Works Progress Administration

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Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Kansas City resident David C. Bagby which claims that, despite some reforms, the Pendergast machine still controls the city, particularly the jobs.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from George M. Morris to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing regarding the development of a road between Jerico Springs and El Dorado Springs. He also discusses political appointments in Jerico Springs.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter to Lloyd Stark outlining the allegiance of political factions in Missouri for the 1936 gubernatorial election.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from J. T. Pinnell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Democratic county officials in southwest Missouri are under Pendergast machine control and that the "office holders have Mr. Billings' picture set up in their offices." Pinnell writes that he believes that there are many "decent, patriotic men and women" who are not allied with Pendergast, "but the trouble is that they are not organized at all, and consequently, will not be able to make their force felt." He also describes machine influence with relief organizations in the region.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Jim Hurst to gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, updating him on Pendergast machine activities throughout the state. He reports that Tom Pendergast likes Stark very much and want to deliver Kansas City for him in the election.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter to Thomas Lococo in which Jimmie Hurst describes unrest within the Missouri Young Democrats organization. He stresses that Tom Pendergast has no affiliation or interest in either faction, and wishes to remain neutral.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to candidate for Missouri governor, Lloyd Stark. Walker warns Stark of the dangers of his endorsement by Tom Pendergast.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from an unknown author to Leo Kanan, District Superintentdent of the WPA Equipment Department. The author indicates that he told Lloyd Stark to contact him at some point, and advises Kanan to "introduce him to some of your good Union Labor friends."

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter alerting the Governor to the illegal activities of Roy Fulton, president of the union democratic club in Kansas City and operator of a brewery.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from William E. Fessant to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the obstacles he has encountered in obtaining work through the WPA due to his opposition for Pendergast and support for James Douglas. He believes his work, six hours a day at Wallace State Park, "is because the Pendergast gang wanted me where I could do the least amount of electioneering for Judge Douglas."

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Earl Sinclair to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining that there is no secret ballot, and that when "we voted at the last primary the official unfolded my wife's ballot in the presence of both of us." He also reports Pendergast influence with WPA jobs.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Harold E. Brawley to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing corruption in the Missouri Works Progress Administration and State Highway Department in Reynolds County. Brawley writes that he "lost today's work on the State Highway because [he] said yesterday 'Our Gov. is right, for Judge Douglas is the proper man for the place,'" as well as other similar incidents.

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