Pendergast Machine

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Letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the activities of election clerks and precinct captains in local elections. He is concerned that "Charter Party precinct captains insist on accompanying [election] clerks," and believes "the Election Board has the situation well in hand."

Letter from Missouri candidate for governor Francis Wilson to J. D. Hawkins of Webb City, asserting that his opponent, Russell Dearmont would not be successful due to his criticism of the Pendergast Machine of Kansas City.

Letter from Mitchell J. Henderson to Guy B. Park, incoming Missouri Governor, asking to meet with him about a job in his administration.

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing that Kansas City's oppression under Pendergast "is only exceeded by Hitler abroad." The letter thanks Stark for his work in cleaning up state goverment and suggests that he looks into Jackson County courts.

Letter from Jesse M. Cain of Springfield to Lloyd Stark, advising him to Ben Harrison to avoid being swept up in negative Pendergast news coverage.

Letter from David M. Proctor to Judge James V. Billings, in response to Billings' solicitation of support. Proctor writes that, in spite of warm personal feelings, he cannot support Billings for two reasons: one, he is a Republican, and second, due to his sponsorship by the Pendergast machine.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Johnny Wurzer promoting Lloyd Stark's candidacy for governor and asking him to "get them talking Stark" in Liberty.

Letter from William Hirth, publisher and managing editor of The Missouri Farmer, to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on April 13, 1940, regarding concerns over the New Deal. Hirth also attempts to rally support for Lloyd C. Stark for his efforts in dismantling the Pendergast Machine.

Letter from Paul A. Marye to Guy B. Park regarding election fraud in Missouri and the involvement of the Pendergast machine in insurance fraud and other issues.

Letter from Fred C. Reynolds, former election judge and policeman, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, suggesting that state troopers be used to protect the upcoming elections, because "I do not think the police can handle it."

This letter congratulate Mrs. Stark on her husband's selection as the Democratic nominee for governor. Mayerhoff goes on to describe Tom Pendergast and his machine positively indicating that the state would benefit from Stark's association with him.

Letter from L. B. Jones to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Missouri State School employees are forced to donate a percentage of their wages to Pendergast's candidate James Billings in his campaign against James M. Douglas for Missouri Supreme Court. Jones writes that "if the board here investigates how our vote was cast ...

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