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Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13649: United States vs. Margaret T. Kelley, Cecelia Ditsch, Beulah Walton, Maurine Nelson, Marie Denger, Olga Kegin, Frank Ditsch, and George Neeper, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 26th Precinct of 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
January 9th 1937

Separate verdicts for selected defendants in Criminal Case No. 13649: United States vs. Margaret T. Kelley, Cecelia Ditsch, Beulah Walton, Maurine Nelson, Marie Denger, Olga Kegin, Frank Ditsch, and George Neeper, Defendants. All verdicts are signed by the foreman and are assumed to be guilty.

Date: 
January 1937

Remarks of the court on Thursday, February 25, 1937, before imposing sentences for Criminal Case No. 13650: United States vs. Callie Clark, Lorne E. Wells, Frank H. Adams, Joe R. Wells, Jr., Pearl Sperry, John A. Luteran, and Leo B. Roach, Defendants. This document states that there is no question of the defendants guilt; "The only reliance of defendants is the hope... that perhaps the exact and precise conspiracy charged in the indictment is not amony the several of which unquestionably they are guilty." The document also remarks on civic ethics in elections.

Date: 
February 25th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 28th Precinct of 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
January 29th 1937

Judgement and sentence for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. The document states that Ogden, Middleton, Maher, Campbell, and Depasco were found guilty and that Clark had pleaded nolo contendere ("no contest").

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Memorandum on motion for new trial for Criminal Case No. 13676: United States vs. Samuel J. Clark, Marie Ogden, Myrtle E. Middleton, Joseph Maher, Herbert Campbell, and Don Depasco, Defendants. The document provides an intriguing and detailed account of the voting fraud that occurred in the 28th Precinct of the 12th Ward of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri on November 3, 1936. Joseph Maher, known to be the 28th Precinct captain for the Pendergast Machine, claims that "In what I did I had no intention of defrauding any specific person".

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13677: United States vs. James Callahan, Frank Geier, May Bartlett, Geneva Vielbig, Maude Hancher, Frank Gumminger, James Carter, and Mike Cummings, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 18th Precinct of the 3rd Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
January 29th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13677: United States vs. James Callahan, Frank Geier, May Bartlett, Geneva Vielbig, Maude Hancher, Frank Gumminger, James Carter, and Mike Cummings, Defendants. The document states that Callahan, Geier, Gumminger, Carter, and Cummings were found guilty and that Bartlett, Vielbig, and Hancher had pleaded nolo contendere ("no contest").

Date: 
June 29th 1937

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 13756: United States vs. Henry T. Johnston, Vernie McCollum, Bertha Patterson, Florence Buchanan, Edward Hogendorn, I. Vaughn Buchanan, and Harry O. Mittong, Defendants. In this indictment, the defendants are charged with voter fraud during the national election on November 3, 1936. These defendants were in charge of recording votes for the 23rd Precinct of the 12th Ward located in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 1st 1937

Amended bill in equity in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this petition, the plaintiff asserts the ILGWU has been conspiring to force employees of the Donnelly Garment Company to join the defendant union. This bill in equity lists 39 statements from the plaintiff that outlines their case against the ILGWU and its members. The document then lists the requested injunctions.

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September 4th 1937

Statement from Circuit Judge Van Valkenburgh in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this document, Circuit Judge Van Valkenburgh presents a summary of the case and his interpretation of the same. He then outlines the legality of requesting injunctions or for their dismissal. Van Valkenburgh also includes excerpts of testimony from Wave Tobin, manager of the Kansas City Joint Board of ILGWU.

Date: 
December 31st 1937

Findings of fact and conclusion of law in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. This document, created by Circuit Judge Arba S. Van Valkenburgh and District Judges Albert F. Reeves and Merrill E. Otis, lists 20 facts found during the case and 29 conclusions of law.

Date: 
December 31st 1937

Wave Tobin's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Tobin discusses the consolidation of multiple ILGWU locals, wage improvements in much of the industry, and his role with the local organizations.

Date: 
1937

Virginia Ousley Stroup's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Stroup describes her experience working in the Donnelly Garment Company, addressing working hours and wages, the stress and pressure employees faced to speed up their work, and the company's practice of dropping piecework pay rates as efficiency increased.

Date: 
1937

Edyth Stearns' affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Stearns discusses ILGWU Local 114, the changes in wages paid and hours worked since its founding, and piece work pay rate negotiations between the union and local garment companies.

Date: 
1937

Anna Koval's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Koval describes the standardization of piece work rates, pay, and working hours, among other changes, since the local garment factories organized with the ILGWU.

Date: 
1937

Mamie Tubbersing's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Tubbersing describes being laid off after discussing the benefits of joining a union with her coworkers.

Date: 
1937

Omar Rose's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Rose attests to a positive relationship between ILGWU Local 250 and the Stern, Slegman & Prins garment factory and describes higher pay and fewer hours of work since the affiliation.

Date: 
1937

Elizabeth Fischer's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Fischer describes improved wages, hours, and the ability to negotiate piece work rates for operators with the Marlene Dress Company organized ILGWU Local 274.

Date: 
1937

Ellen Fry's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Fry describes working conditions at the Donnelly Garment Company and the reaction she and others faced from supervisors after joining a union.

Date: 
1937

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