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Joseph Shannon
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Mary Frances Ivey

Joseph “Joe” Shannon presided over Kansas City’s Northside Democratic Party from the early 20 th century to 1930, after which he relocated to Washington, D.C., for a 14-year tenure as a U.S. Congressman. Shannon’s political career was marked by his Jeffersonian Democratic views and his tenuous relationships with brothers James and Tom Pendergast.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the state of his orchard and conversations with Tom Pendergast. He also invites Stark to use him as a reference with Casimir Welch or Jim Aylward.

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January 17th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark discussing Pendergast support in the gubernatorial race vs that for Roy McKittrick, and Hurst's efforts to gather support for Stark.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark warning him of a potential situation of concern involving Matthew Murray, director of the state relief fund, and his concern that Murray "might be something sinister in the making."

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July 11th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, advising Stark on strengthening certain political relationships for the upcoming campaign, including his connection with Jim Aylward. He also writes that Judge Ross "is one of the very last men T.J. consults with when making an important political move," and that he spoke with the judge about Stark.

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September 5th 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards.

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September 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards.

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November 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards, along with an example form letter to be send in advance.

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September 1935

Letter from Ruby Henshaw describing the results of the recent elections in Kansas City, remarking that Tom Pendergast and his affiliates were victorious. She also comments on the poor state of economic affairs in Kansas City, and also provides some personal updates and business suggestions for Stark's nursery & orchard operation.

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December 1st 1932

Letter from James McPherson Shockley to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, discussing the importance of keeping Democrats engaged, lest they assume victory for Stark.

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August 13th 1936

Letter from Lester Seacat describes an enclosed chart of election-related activities in various districts in Kansas City.

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February 18th 1938

Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle on January 13, 1933. Bland provides his analysis of the Missouri political landscape as Mitchell attempts seek political support in a campaign for office.

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January 13th 1933

Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle, Ewing Young, Mitchell, Jr. on March 27, 1932. Bland updates Mitchell on his meeting with James P. Aylward and recounts the individual opinions of Aylward, Thomas J. Pendergast and Cas Welch of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Democratic nominee for President.

Date: 
March 27th 1932

Letter from A. Ross Hill to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on July 18, 1934. Hill reports from Kansas City on a Jacob L. Milligan campaign event, the aftermath of John Lazia's death, and campaign speeches against Harry S. Truman.

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July 18th 1934

Letter from Ewing C. Bland to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 20, 1936. In Bland's lengthy response, he explains how the public views Bland and Mitchell to be connected politically, and how Mitchell consistently jeopardizes Bland by attacking the Kansas City organization for Mitchell's own political gain. Because of Bland's diminished political standing and Mitchell's public connection with Marie Plummer, it would be impossible to leverage for her reinstatement without being charged with nepotism.

Date: 
January 20th 1936

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.

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April 20th 1932

Letter from an unknown writer to James A. Reed discussing the potential appointment of Dr. Porter to city coroner or other potential placements should coroner not be possible.

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May 10th 1938

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman exposes many of the names and relations of those involved with the Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Although supported by Pendergast, Truman comments on the machine thusly: "What chance is there for a clean honest administration of the city and county when a bunch vultures sit on the side lines and puke on the field[?]."

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, with a photo and description of Kansas City FBI agent Lieutenant William Gordon, "commended by J. Edgar Hoover," in an article about the crime-fighting operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and its relation to Kansas City crime. Sheriff Bash, Chief Coffey, Director Reppert, Chief of Detectives Thomas Higgins, and Lieutenant George Rayen are also discussed. Other featured articles include: “Journey to the K.C.

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February 8th 1935

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today.

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March 29th 1935

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