Jost, Henry L.

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Letter from Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth, chairman of the Douglas-for-Judge Club. Neel recommends John T. Harding to give a speech, and recommends spreading the word that Pendergast is causing trouble amongst the Democrats "to try to help him gratify his spite and ill-will towards" Governor Lloyd C. Stark for not reappointing the local election board.


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."

Henry Jost
Susan Jezak Ford

Henry Jost was a respected lawyer and made savvy political connections, but it may have been his status as an orphan than won him the position of Kansas City’s mayor in 1912. Little is known of Jost’s early childhood. He was brought to an East Side orphanage in New York City at an early age—as an infant, toddler, or five-year-old, depending on the source. By most accounts, his mother had died, and his poor, ailing father could no longer care for him. He stayed in the Five Points Mission for Homeless Children until he was sent on a train westward with other children from the orphanage. He found a home in Nodaway County, Missouri.


Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this particularly revealing letter, Truman provides a detailed update on politics in Jackson County and says, "I have talked to T.J. [Tom Pendergast] and to Jim [James Pendergast] over the phone. T.J. is much better and gave me to understand that I could do as I pleased with the county."

Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.