Missouri State Highway Department

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Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The last page is titled "Pendergast Gang is Strictly 'Business'" [this portion could not be scanned due to adhesive].

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Correspondence

Letter from S. A. Killian to Joe Kenton describing his activities on behalf of Harry Truman's senatorial campaign.

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Correspondence

Letter signed "Who Knows" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing Louis Stigall, Chief Counsel of the Highway Department, reporting that he has allegiances to Pendergast. Per the letter, Stigall "has always claimed his appointment came from T. J. Pendergast and that he was closely connected with him for years," and the writer describes Still as "an enemy in your camp" who is "snooping around gathering information to relay to Pendergast."

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Correspondence

Letter from Governor Park to Tom Pendergast, asking him to read the list of Highway Department employess and identify each person's political affiliation.

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Correspondence

Letter from Arthur Nelson, vice-chairman of the Missouri State Highway Department, to Lloyd C. Stark, prior to Stark's election as governor, noting with pleasure that Stark appears to have gained Tom Pendergast's support in his run for governor, and assuring him that "no matter who the republicans nominate you are going to get a large republican vote."

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Correspondence

Letter from Jim Pendergast to Guy B. Park recommending Fred Deuchler for a job in the state highway department.

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Correspondence

Letter from Missouri Governor Guy Park to James M. Pendergast, asking him to investigate the political affiliations of State Highway employees.

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Correspondence

Letter from Charles Matthews to Claude Lambert asserting that Lloyd Stark will not be beholden to Tom Pendergast's interests, regardless of garnering his endorsement. This letter is a near replica of SHSMO-C0004-F08113-0001.

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Clippings

Four page article subtitled "An Appeal to the Farm men and Women of Missouri," outlining William Hirth's focus on defeating the Pendergast political machine. Hirth was a democratic candidate for Missouri Governor, ultimately defeated by Lloyd Stark.

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Correspondence

Letter to Claude Lambert asserting that gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark is not beholden or affiliated to the Kansas City political machine, and making complimentary remarks about Matthew S. Murray and Henry McElroy.

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Correspondence

Letter from Lloyd Stark to T. H. Cutler asking for an appointment for the brother of Mary Miller, an instrumental figure in in the passage of a Road Bond Issue in Kansas City.

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Correspondence

Memo from Chairman Hunter L. Gary and Chief Engineer C. W. Brown of the Missouri State Highway Commission instructing Highway Department employees that they are not required to make any contributions to any political party and requests that political conversations be avoided. The memo asserts that "your job does not depend upon your suppor of any person or political party, but upon your ability to perform the work whcih you are expected to do."

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
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.