Missouri State Highway Department

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Leaflets
Photographs
Cartoons (Commentary)

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 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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Correspondence

Letter from Missouri Governor Guy Park's Executive Clerk to James M. Pendergast accompanying a list of all Kansas City-based state employees.

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Correspondence

Letter from Charles U. Becker to Guy B. Park vouching for H. W. Hershberger with the State Highway Department. Becker asserts that Hershberger did not speak against Tom Pendergast during a recent campaign and thus should not be fired.

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Correspondence

This letter provides an update to Lloyd Stark on the status of support for his gubernatorial campaign in Missouri.

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Miscellaneous Documents

The full text of a speech given by Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark over radio at St. Louis station KSD on August 3, 1936 from 8:45-9 p.m.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Confidental memorandum regarding Pendergast machine activities. The memo mentions patronage from the current governor, internal feuds, the State Highway Department, and advises allying Jim Aylward because "[Tom Pendergast] is slipping [and] Young Jim incompetent."

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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.