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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.

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June 8th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

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June 21st 1938

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

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June 10th 1938

Letter from Harley Ferguson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing the open gambling in Kansas City during the 1930s and hoping to shut it down. He expresses particular concern that gambling establishments are open on Sundays and open to women, and says they "operate without fear."

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June 20th 1938

Transcript of the Court's Charge to the Grand Jury in case investigating election fraud in a 1936 election.

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June 20th 1938

Letter from G. H. Smart to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting suspicious hiring practices in the Works Progress Administration in Clair and Henry Counties, saying that he was "laid off becasue [he] didn't vote to suit the Pendergast bunch" while others who were unqualified received jobs.

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June 20th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

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June 21st 1938
letter From C. M. Meadows to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from C. M. Meadows to Governor Lloyd C.Stark, requesting that Stark put him in touch with "some official authority in connection with these beer places." He reports that "a number of the fellows running such places are using their establishments for display rooms for [Judge James] Billings literature," as well as "boosting Pendergast and knocking [Stark's] administration." Meadows also writes that the Pendergast machine has been bad for property values and created "open and solicitious gambling houses, [horse] race rooms," and other issues.

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June 25th 1938

Letter from F. M. Stamps to Robert Holliday, requesting to be put in touch with the Judge James Douglas campaign. Stamps is concerned about the lack of Douglas supporters working in Cass County. Per Stamps, "there are a lot of Patronage Jobs here and it seems to me all these should be be at work for their own interest by lining up with the Stark forces, yet they are not."

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June 27th 1938

Letter signed "Who Knows" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing Louis Stigall, Chief Counsel of the Highway Department, reporting that he has allegiances to Pendergast. Per the letter, Stigall "has always claimed his appointment came from T. J. Pendergast and that he was closely connected with him for years," and the writer describes Still as "an enemy in your camp" who is "snooping around gathering information to relay to Pendergast."

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May 20th 1938

Letter from Mrs. James L. Owens to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that an employee at the St. Clair Secretary of State's office was passing out literature for James Billings' Missouri Supreme Court campaign. Owens thinks that "a good evening out in the office of secretary of state would be a good thing."

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June 7th 1938

Letter from Mr. Shackelford to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for Supreme Court candidate James Douglas in the counties of southwest Missouri, and the lack of of an existing organization in that area to support their candidates.

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June 13th 1938

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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June 17th 1938

Letter from Juanita B. Duggins to Edgar Shook, discussing the candidacy of James Douglas for the Missouri Supreme Court and the Pendergast machine's involvement in the race and the lack of confidence in elections.

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1938

Letter from W. F. Enright to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for James Douglas's Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Buchanan County. Enright suggests Stark and Douglas "could arrive at noon or shortly after in order that we might have our parade through the downtown district during the noon hour," as well as other events with supporters.

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July 1st 1938

Letter from Henry A. Bundschu to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing election corruption and how it might be dealt with by the Board of Election Commissioners. He recommends "this matter should be attended to without delay for it requires time for the Board to set matter down for hearing, make the changes, if necessary, and procure the new personnel."

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July 1st 1938

Letter from Chas. H. Green to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, inquiring as to how his family can support James Douglas' Missouri Supreme Court campaign in St. Clair County. Green describes himself as a Republican of long standing, but that he admires "honesty in politics as well as business, and we admire a Governor that has the courage of his convictions."

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June 22nd 1938

Letter from G. E. Happy to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting an overheard conversation in Richmond about Pendergast campaign activities, and offering to work for James Douglas's Missouri Supreme Court campaign, "and if not would be glad to distribute his literature in Richmond free of charges."

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July 2nd 1938

Letter from "Shack" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Missouri Supreme Court campaign in eastern Missouri, and stating there is ample support for James Douglas in Cape Girardeau County, for James Billings in Lewis County, and that Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties are undecided. Shack also reports that he is sure "that at least 90 percent of the vets in the state will be for Douglas."

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July 3rd 1938

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 ... we will lose our job as a consequence."

Date: 
July 3rd 1938

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