Smith, Forrest

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Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum regarding James M. Pendergast, nephew of Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast. The document discusses his involvement in the 1948 election of Forest Smith as Missouri governor, with the understanding that Smith would allow crime boss Charles Binaggio to have greater influence over the Kansas City police board of commissioners. There are further descriptions of Binaggio's attempts to take advantage of Pendergast's influence prior to that time, and of election fraud efforts in 1946 and 1947.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Document stating the objectives of the Kansas City hearings of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, popularly known as the Kefauver Committee. The document says the committee intends to establish that a group of criminals, who operated gambling and illegal liquor establishments centered around Charles Binaggio, attempted to dominate Kansas City law enforcement.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Summary of the testimony of Edward Ochadsey, aka Eddy Spitz, describing him as a night club operator, gambler, and wire service partner, who partnered in a liquor distribution business with Kansas City crime boss Charles Binagio and Morris "Snag" Klein. The operations of the Last Chance Saloon, a gambling parlor straddling the Missouri/Kansas state line, are described, including a note that the establishment was closed the day Binaggio was murdered.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum containing a statement from an unnamed former member of the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and his contacts with Charles Binaggio. He describes efforts by "the Binaggio political group" to remove him from the police board, and a meeting with Binaggio arranged by Herman Rosenberg, wherein Binaggio stated that he felt his group was due patronage and favors due to their support of Governor Smith's election.

Object Type: 
Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes a notice that Future’s publishers plan to temporarily suspend publication to reorganize the paper, and also note that “youth is interested and youth is organizing,” and “FUTURE is their paper.” Other featured articles include: “Why Charge a Cover?” (p.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Edison Blagg to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on where alliances lie in the Douglas vs. Billings Supreme Court campaign in Nodaway County. He writes that county has "always been an anti-Pendergast county" though some local candidates have received machine support. Billings supporters include John Rush and Stanley Ferguson. Douglas "will have the support of the more stable type of Democrats here," including Judge M. E. Ford, T. G. Robinson, and Judge A. P. Kidder.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from W. G. Lynch to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that while the August 2 election was cleaner than in the past, corruption still remains and that "liquor interests must be curbed and license laws enforced." Lynch also congratulations Stark on James Douglas's win in the Supreme Court vote, and writes that "the boss thrives on prestige and privilege... You have deflated him considerably. He is no longer unbeatable."

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark referring to enclosed correspondence about a state insurance scandal.

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.