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Glenn E Rice
November 30, 2014
First in a four-part series of historical fiction set in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1904 and focusing upon a murder investigation carried out by the city's first African-American police officer Lafayette...
Boss Tom Had the Power, Delivered the Patronage
Matt Devoe's recollections of the Pendergast era.
Dig into Income: Phil McCrory, Associate of T. J. Pendergast in Liquor Business, Called by Jury
Photo and article about the subpoena "appear before the federal grand jury" of Phil McCrory, "associate of T. J. Pendergast in the wholesale liquor business." Description of the court proceedings in the...
First Overhaul on Brush Creek
June 20, 1962
The paving of the creek bed began in November 1935, at a cost originally estimated at $1,395,000, and at one time employed 1,647 WPA workers. Concrete was laid eight to 10 inches thick and 70 feet wide....
Historic Building Being Converted to Lofts
June 30, 2005
The historic Hotel Monroe at 1904 Main St. once owned by ''corrupt Kansas City political boss TomPendergast in the early to mid-1900s'' is being renovated into eight lofts. The building was added to the...
Historic Renovation Nears Completion
February 2, 2006
Article reports the near completion of the renovated Hotel Monroe, located at 1904 Main Street. Once a hub of Pendergast political machinations, the building in 2006 will offer eight luxury condominiums...
Junk Dealer Says Hotel's Pendergast Connection Makes It Ideal for a Museum
September 3-9, 1998
Discusses a proposal put forth by Sleyster to turn the Monroe Hotel and the adjoining building--headquarters of Tom Pendergast--into a museum honoring the city boss.
KC’s Organized-crime Past Inspires an Up-to-date App
April 9, 2015
A new cell phone app, designed by retired Kansas City police officer Gary Jenkins, takes users on a Kansas City mob history tour.
M. J. Pendergast Dies [and] Pendergast Was a Fighter
Photo and obituary articles for Michael Pendergast (ca. 1867-1929), "former city clerk, and for more than thirty years a leader in the Democratic organization in Kansas City." Native of Saint Joseph, Missouri...
M. J. Pendergast Dies Following 4 Years' Illness: Brother of Democratic Leader Inactive Politically since 1925
Photo and obituary articles for Michael Pendergast (ca. 1867-1929), "lieutenant of the 'big boss'" Tom Pendergast in his Kansas City political machine, dying at the age of 62 on September 2, 1929. Native...
Pendergast Politcal Machine
Article about Pendergast's political machine and its corruption.
Pendergast Political Machine
Article about the election frauds and other injustices of the Pendergast regime.
Pendergast Project is Almost Done
May 21, 2012
Article describes renovations to the former Jackson Democratic Club building at 1908 Main Street. The building was the headquarters of political boss Tom Pendergast during the 1920s and 1930s. It was recently...
Power in Tax Laws: Elmer L. Irey Has Made All Evaders Fearful
Photo and biographical article about Elmer Irey, "the man directing the federal investigation of what happened to the mysterious $447,000 paid in the Missouri insurance compromise case" dealing with the...
T. J. Pendergast Is Indicted
Photos and biographical article about the indictment of Tom Pendergast, Kansas City political boss, by the federal government for tax evasion. Shown with James Michael Pendergast, or James Pendergast,...
The $5,000 Check That "Tom" Accepted
Photo and caption about the possible embezzlement of a check endorsed only by Tom Pendergast for the city government's bill for sewer work done by the Kelly-Dennis contractors.
These Residences, Just Completed in Consecutive Blocks on Ward Parkway, Heighten the Interest in That Street of Fine Homes
Photos and caption about the new Ward Parkway homes of Tom Pendergast (5650 Ward Parkway), Michael Katz, or Mike Katz (southwest corner of Ward Parkway and Stratford Road), and Raymond White (5735 Ward...
Newspaper clippings with photos, illustrations, and information about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945) and his political machine in Kansas City in the 1920s-1930s, associating with organized crime and election...
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