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N. Clark Smith

Harlan Leonard once described N. Clark Smith’s impressive persona as the segregated Lincoln High School’s band leader in Kansas City, saying that Major Smith held a “commanding personality”: “He was short, chubby, gruff, military in bearing, wore glasses, and was never seen without his full uniform and decorations. His language was rather rough and occasionally shocking to the few young ladies who were taking music classes, though never offensive. Major Smith simply ran a tight ship. . . . He drilled the Lincoln marching bands until they were the best in the area, some said the best of their kind in the Middle West.”

Letter from Governor Ben Paulen to Allen Peal regarding issues at Western University, and stating that he hopes difficulties between Peal and university president Pastor F. J. Peck will not influence Peal against him, as he refrain[s] from interferring in the conduct of state institutions or schools unless compelled to do so."

Letter from Governor Ben Paulen to F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University regarding Peck's earlier requests for additional funding for the university. Paulen writes that he will discuss further appropriations with the Board of Administration.

Letter from F. J. Peck, superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, informing the governor that the trustees of the university elected Bishop John A. Gregg and Rev. W. H. King to replace Bishop A. J. Carey and Rev. J.C.C. Owens, respectively.

Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen, regarding the removal of a Mr. Small and his replacement with Mr. Easter for a position at the university at the request of the Board of Administration and other issues of concern with the board and personnel.

Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen. Peck congratulates Paulen on the appointment of a Mrs. Childs, and looks forward to Paulen approving the university's new board of trustees.

Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Mr. C. Miller, secretary to Governor Ben Paulen regarding a voucher being sent to a Mr. Guy, and thanking the office for its help with "money and instructions."

Letter from Allen S. Peal to Governor Ben Paulen, writing about his concerns with Western University's president, F. J. Peck. Peal writes that he was rejected for the position of Dean at the Negro Topeka school due to the "powerful 'influence' of 'Dr.

Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding Sgt. Walter B.

Letter from Rev. J. D. Barksdale, editor of the Western Christian Recorder, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding concerns about F. J. Peck, president of Western University. Barksdale writes to offer the opinion that Superintendent F. J.

Letter from F. J. Peck, president and superintendent of Western University, to Governor Ben Paulen regarding staff turmoil at Western University. He writes that the "little unrest" is caused by individuals who want his job, and that he has issues with male teachers because he objects to teachers dating female students.

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