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Nell Donnelly Reed
Author: 
Jason Roe

Nell Donnelly and her chauffeur, George Blair, were kidnapped on December 16, 1931. Donnelly had become famous after her 1916 founding of the Donnelly Garment Company, which sold stylish but affordable dresses for daily wear by ordinary women. Backed by the sales of “Nelly Don’s,” as the dresses became known, the company grew into a multi-million dollar business with over 1,000 employees in the 1920s.

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, discussing the difficulty of accessing city records for citizens or reporters. Other featured articles include: “Snapshots” (p. 1), with quick items that include Nell Donnelly Reed having been rated fourth in a list of the most prominent business women in the country; “Seven Eleven” (p.

Date: 
March 22nd 1935

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about the apartments on the Country Club Plaza and Armour Boulevard managed by the Assured Rental Company (led by George Goldman and Herman Shapiro), in the city's "South Side," voting against the Pendergast ticket City Council nominees.

Date: 
June 7th 1935

Clipping from the St. Louis Star on March 28, 1932 of top Missouri Democrats at the Democratic State Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Pictured are "Mrs. Nell Donnelly (Kansas City candidate for delegate at large), Ernest A. Green (St. Louis candidate for delegate at large), William T. Ragland (Supreme court judge), H. C. McElroy (City manager of Kansas City), C. W. Greenwade (Chairman state committee), Perl Decker (Joplin candidate for delegate at large), James Pendergast (Nephew of Tom Pendergast), Ewing Y. Mitchell (Springfield candidate for delegate at large), Mrs. Charles B.

Date: 
March 28th 1932
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