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Form letter from Matthew A. Foster to the voters of Kansas City in which Foster urges Kansas Citians to vote against bossism and the interests of John P. O'Neill, Tom Pendergast, and Joe Shannon. Foster asserts that "every name on the Republican Ticket is a guaranty of honest, efficient public service."

Date: 
April 1st 1920

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.

Date: 
November 3rd 1922

Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."

Date: 
March 19th 1925

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding a conversation with Joe Shannon about Mr. Kingsley (probably George Kingsley).

Date: 
May 8th 1930

Cartoon from the Kansas City Star after the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts James P. Aylward driving a street sweeper with Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Thomas J. Pendergast, Joseph B. Shannon, and Casimir J. Welch. The caption reads, "The Democratic Machine makes a clean sweep in our recent municipal election."

Date: 
March 30th 1930

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post before the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Tom Pendergast as a ringleader in a circus with his assistant Cas Welch by his side. Their pockets are stuffed with local infrastructure contracts. Spectators to the circus include Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Bryce B. Smith, Ruby D. Garrett, Elliott H. Jones, Byron Spencer, Frank M. Eviston, James B. Shoemaker, and Joseph B. Shannon.

Date: 
March 20th 1930

Program for the third annual dinner of the Fifteenth Ward Regular Democratic Club, a Joe Shannon "Rabbit" faction organization. The program includes the menu for the dinner with a main course of fried young rabbit. The evening's events include vaudeville acts, speeches, and dancing. The program reminds the attendee that "you can't spend anything at our party but your time."

Date: 
January 25th 1930

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on November 5, 1930 showing how many votes each candidate received from each ward in Kansas City in the election the day previous.

Date: 
November 5th 1930

Clipping from the Kansas City Times in September 1930 showing Joe Shannon, Peter Kelly and L. C. Johnson. The caption explains that Shannon is turning over his political boss responsibilities over to Kelly and Johnson.

Date: 
September 1930

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 1, 1931 showing Joe Shannon turning over the reins to a rabbit drawn carriage of the "Rabbit Faction" to Peter J. Kelly. Dr. L. C. "Doc" Johnson is shown walking away in the background.

Date: 
February 1st 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star of Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch dressed as old women and knitting while the Kansas City Police Department plays like children on the floor. The signs on the wall show, "God Bless Our Home", "Crime never pays", and "The way of the transgressor is hard".

Date: 
1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 22, 1931 shows a satirical concept for police badges to be used by "Goat", "Rabbit", and "Hybrid" factions controlled by Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch, respectively.

Date: 
April 22nd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 23, 1931 showing three men (presumably Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, and Joe Shannon) taking a joy ride while a young boy holds a sign stating, "We have no money for playground supervision."

Date: 
April 23rd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch enjoying Home Rule of the Kansas City Police Department while trading police action figures. The onlooking "Kibitzer" references a pseudonymous City Hall inside source for the Kansas City Star in the early 1930s.

Date: 
February 15th 1931

Letter from Mitchell J. Henderson to Guy B. Park, incoming Missouri Governor, asking to meet with him about a job in his administration.

Date: 
December 31st 1932

Letter from John T. Barker to Ralph F. Lozier in which Barker states that anyone that Thomas J. Pendergast supports will win the primary election in 1932. He then provides details on his predictions of election results.

Date: 
April 20th 1932

Letter from Ralph F. Lozier to C. E. O'Dell in which Lozier informs O'Dell that he can not send his recommendation of O'Dell to Thomas J. Pendergast. Instead, he suggests sending the recommendation for employment to Joseph B. Shannon or Pete Kelly.

Date: 
September 16th 1932

Clipping from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 28, 1932 entitled "Kansas City Boss and Congressman" and with caption stating, "Thomas J. Pendergast (left), and Congressman Joseph B. Shannon of Kansas City in a pow-wow at Hotel Jefferson preceding the Democratic State Convention."

Date: 
March 28th 1932

Clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on March 29, 1932 entitled "Democrats Talk Things Over at Convention" and with caption stating, "Democratic leaders talk things over during Democratic State Convention at the Coliseum yesterday. Left to right: Tom Pendergast, Democratic boss of Kansas City, and the most powerful political boss in the state, conferring with Congressman Joseph B. Shannon of Kansas City. Shannon is head of the lesser of the Democratic factions in Kansas City, was formerly a rival of Pendergast, but is now an ally."

Date: 
March 29th 1932

Clipping with two photographs entitled "Happy and Smiling Democratic Leaders of Kansas City at St. Louis State Convention" and "Mrs. Pendergast and Daughter Enjoy Convention" from the Missouri Democrat on April 1, 1932 showing highlights from the Democratic State Convention on March 28th in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographs' captions state, "T. J. Pendergast and Congressman Joe Shannon As They View the Great Crowd at the Democratic State Convention in St.

Date: 
March 28th 1932

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