Welch, Casimir J.

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Joseph B. Shannon

Joseph “Joe” Shannon presided over Kansas City's Northside Democratic Party from the early 20th century to 1930, after which he relocated to Washington, D.C., for a 14-year tenure as a U.S. Congressman. Shannon's political career was marked by his Jeffersonian Democratic views and his tenuous relationships with brothers James and Tom Pendergast.

Casimir John Joseph Michael Welch

For over thirty years, Casimir Welch controlled "Little Tammany," 36 precincts east of downtown, for Thomas J. Pendergast. This area was heavily populated, largely with African Americans. Through the usual ploys of free food and coal to the needy, Welch gained his constituents' trust and admiration, and they repaid him by voting as they were told.

"As Good as Money Could Buy": Kansas City’s Black Public Hospital

"They did not try to build something ‘good enough for Negroes’ but something as good as money could buy." This is how Chester Arthur Franklin, the Republican founder of The Call newspaper and one of Kansas City’s most prominent black leaders, greeted the newly constructed eight-story building that housed General Hospital No. 2, serving the indigent African American population of Kansas City.

Soup Line and Casimir J. Welch

Soup line during the Depression; Casimir J. Welch with woman in lower inset photo, no date. For over thirty years, Casimir Welch controlled “Little Tammany,” 36 precincts east of downtown, for Thomas J. Pendergast. Source: Bernard Ragan.

Missouri "Machine Busting"

Clipping from Time (magazine) on February 22, 1937 detailing the election fraud that occured in Kansas City during the 1936 General Election. The article features extended quotes from Judge Albert L. Reeves concerning the election fraud, including the following: "We can't surrender the ballot boxes to thugs, gangsters and plug-uglies who patrol the streets with machine guns. We can't stand for that any longer." The article then provides a history of political corruption in Kansas City through 1936.

Longhand Note of Judge Harry S. Truman

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman exposes many of the names and relations of those involved with the Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Although supported by Pendergast, Truman comments on the machine thusly: "What chance is there for a clean honest administration of the city and county when a bunch vultures sit on the side lines and puke on the field[?]."

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch hoping that Mrs. Welch will recover quickly from an illness.

Future: Vol. I, No. 5

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, with a photo and description of Kansas City FBI agent Lieutenant William Gordon, "commended by J. Edgar Hoover," in an article about the crime-fighting operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigations and its relation to Kansas City crime. Sheriff Bash, Chief Coffey, Director Reppert, Chief of Detectives Thomas Higgins, and Lieutenant George Rayen are also discussed. Other featured articles include: “Journey to the K.C.

Future: Vol. I, No. 26

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about crime in Kansas City, the lack of accurate, trustworthy records about its frequency and location, and the city’s “inefficient, politically-controlled police department.” Other featured articles include: “Mister Welching” (p.

Future: Vol. I, No. 12

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today.

From Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman

Letter from Thomas McGee to Harry S. Truman in which McGee expresses his appreciation in Truman's interest to re-appoint McGee's son-in-law, John Lillis, at the Federal Housing Administation. McGee also comments on Casimir Welch's funeral.

From the Jackson County Republican Committee to the Citizens of Kansas City

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.