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Letter from J. N. Burroughs to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, commending Stark's opposition to "the corrupt elements in our party headed by the Pendergast machine," and believes he will receive support for Judge James Douglas's election to the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
May 7th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. T. Elam to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Elam writes that he heard that he "had been classified in [Stark's] mind as a Pendergast follower." He denies this and states that he feels "that every good citizen should back you up in your stand against bossism."

Date: 
May 9th 1938

Letter from Robert F. Nichols of Ashland, Missouri to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing to "congratulate [Stark] upon the noble fight [he is] waging against the Pendergast regime," and describing the difficulty he and his family members have had in securing work in jobs managed by the machine.

Date: 
May 4th 1938

Letter from J. J. Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Smith warns that if a man named H. V. Sewell has recently written to pledge support for Judge James Douglas, Stark should be suspicious as Smith knows that Sewell has recently written to Pendergast pledging loyalty to his side. Smith writes that Sewell has an "inclination and practice of trying to ride two horses at the same time going in opposite directions." Smith also offers Stark advice and information in the future, "confidentally or publicly."

Date: 
May 9th 1938

Letter from J. B. O'Day to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. O'Day writes that he was an undercover investigator during several presidential administrations, and asks for an appointment with Stark in which he can prove "to you the things I already know, if acted upon with your usual vigor, will be the hardest blow to the Pendergast machine yet."

Date: 
May 10th 1938

Letter from Edward P. Burton to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describes an encounter with Roy Sibley in which they discuss the candidates 1938 Senate Democratic primary: Bennett C. Clark, Roy McKittrick, and Joe Davis.

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May 11th 1938

Letter from Virgil Reddington to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Reddington writes to report on the state of the election rolls in the Seventh Ward, and to mention that he lost his job as a city fireman after refusing to accept a large salary cut. He hopes the governor can help him to obtain employment.

Date: 
May 10th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. T. Elam to W. M. Marsh, discussing the alliances and influence of a "Dr. P." Elam clarifies that Dr. P's "loyalty will definitely be on the side of the Governor" but that "he and Dr. Bourke were both under obligation to Mr. P[endergast] for his endorsement."

Date: 
May 14th 1938

Letter from Jesse R. Leavy to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, asserting that "the people in our part of the state are behind you one hundred percent." Leavy believes Pendergast supporters "are on the way out and this next primary will see many of them among the missing."

Date: 
May 12th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. L. Brandon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, in which Brandon resigns "as a member and as Vice-President of the Missouri State Board of Health, effective this date." He does so in protest of Stark's request for "a confidential report on those who are for Judge Douglas in your section; and also the names of leaders who are against him." He states that in addition to supporting Judge Billings, who is a personal friend, he considers Stark's request "to be both sinister and corrupt."

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May 17th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. L. Brandon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing state pension relief and the implications of the Townsend Recovery Plan.

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May 18th 1938

Letter from E. R. Holland to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, regarding Dr. W. L. Brandon's alleged statement that "two carloads of Douglas supporters couldn't be found in all Southeast Missouri." Holland reports that there are in fact numerous Douglas supporters in the town of Kennett and the county at large.

Date: 
May 19th 1938

Letter from Lauretta S. Canfield to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing the support of the women of Independence Avenue Methodist Church in his work enforcing liquor and gambling laws, stating that "As christian citizens WE pledge our co-operation to do all we can for the betterment of our City and State."

Date: 
May 20th 1938

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.

Date: 
May 20th 1938

Letter from Frank K. Ashby to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Stark (and Judge James Douglas) do not have the support of a Pendergast-allied group in his county. Ashby suggests that if Stark "can shift the positions or take away the appointments of some of the men you know are not for you, or anything you want, you will make it much easier to control this section almost solidly."

Date: 
May 21st 1938

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.

Date: 
May 21st 1938
From Charles F. Williams to James Douglas

Letter from Charles F. Williams to Judge James Douglas, discussing his candidacy for Clay County Sheriff in 1936 and how he "could not overcome the effect of outside interference" of the Pendergast organization and their desire "to control gambling and liquor in [Clay] county with the result there seemed to be no limit to their financial strength against me." Williams reports that "the organization in Kansas City" is working against the Douglas Supreme Court campaign, but that he believes Douglas will still win the campaign "because right is right and always wins in the end."

Date: 
May 21st 1938

Letter from Hurd Martin to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the alliances of Carroll County Democrats to the Pendergast machine. He reports that Earl Cheesman, county chairman, met with Tom Pendergast recently and pledged his support. Martin is concerned that Stark could inadvertantly appoint Pendergast loyalists to important positions.

Date: 
May 27th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. T. Elam to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting with concern that political candidates in northwest Missouri counties "are almost without exception afraid or hesitate to express theri attitude in regard to State issues because of their fear that there might be reprisals by the friends of the K.C. boss." Elam requests that "known and trusted" Stark supporters help to organize the camapaigns in the region.

Date: 
June 3rd 1938

Letter from J. W. Emory to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the James M. Douglas and James V. Billings campaigns for Missouri Supreme Court in 1938. The Pendergast Machine supported Bilings; Emory is pledging his vote to Douglas and seeking advice for how to best organize support in Mississippi County.

Date: 
June 5th 1938

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