Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Hare-Salisbury Papers

Dates: 1918-1930

George Hare: attorney, Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners; assistant prosecutor, Jackson County; president, Independence Bar Association; co-organizer, first president, Junior Chamber of Commerce (currently the Jaycees); assistant tribune, national chapter Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; First Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, World War II; judge advocate, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1000

Spencer Salisbury: Captain, Battery E, 129th Field Artillery, World War I; Division Deputy and Deputy Collector, U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue, 1919-1926; partner, Harry S. Truman and Company, 1926-1927; partner, Community Savings and Loan Association, 1926-1934; partner, Community Investment Company, 1927-1930; president, Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1934-1939; founder and president, James A. Reed Rural Democratic Association

The papers of George Hare and Spencer Salisbury consist of financial records and correspondence of the Community Savings and Loan Association and the Community Investment Company; County Court records, records relating to elections, and other government documents of Jackson County, Missouri; records of the Rural Jackson County Democratic Club; documents from other Jackson County organizations and financial institutions; legal documents; and miscellaneous memoranda. This collection of documents (1918-1930) related to Truman and Jackson County during the Pendergast era is a partial collection photocopied from the complete Hare-Salisbury Collection (1914-1963) at the Jackson County Historical Society, Independence, Missouri.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: less than one-half of a linear foot (approximately 400 pages)
Access: Open
Copyright: Mary Pearl Hare donated her copyright interest in writings in this collection to the United States of America. Copyright interest in any other writings in this collection is assumed to remain with the authors of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: Lori Schwartz as part of the Internship Program at the Truman Library
Supervising Archivists: Randy Sowell and Amy Williams

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Spencer Salisbury

1887 (October 17) Born, Kansas City, Mo.
1916

Company F, Third regiment of Missouri National Guard, commissioned First Lieutenant upon return from the Mexican border

1918 Captain of Battery E, 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division; became acquainted with Harry Truman during the war; remained in the reserves and rose to rank of Lt. Colonel by 1941
1919 (November 10) - 1926 (February 28) Division deputy, Kansas City, Missouri, United States Bureau of Internal Revenue; promoted, Deputy Collector
1926 (February 1) Gained control of Citizens Security Bank of Englewood with three partners, Truman, Arthur Metzger, and General Stayton; quickly left the venture in late April 1926 before it failed under new ownership
1926 (April) One of four partners, Harry S. Truman and Company, a stock-selling operation; appointed community treasurer, Community Savings and Loan Association when Truman took over management from the same group who had set up Citizens Security Bank to fail; same four partners (Salisbury, Metzger, H.H. Halvorson, and Truman) now controlled Harry S. Truman and Company and the Community Savings and Loan which operated in tandem with one another
1927 (November) Harry S. Truman and Company changed to a limited partnership called Community Investment Company.
1930 (September) Partnership dissolved and legally replaced by a corporation; audit shows Salisbury lost $2200
late 1930/early 1931 Salisbury, Metzger, and Halvorson renewed their partnership without Truman and reestablished the Community Investment Company as the Rural Investment Company, a corporation to manage Community Savings and Loan
1934 East Jackson County manager for Tuck Milligan, an opponent of Truman's in the Democratic primary
1934 (November 10) Community Savings and Loan Association converted to a Federal Savings and Loan Association, with assets valued at $451,096; Salisbury made the conversion against advice from his attorney
1939 (August) Truman encouraged officials at the Federal Home Loan Bank System to investigate Salisbury and the Community Savings and Loan Association.
1939 (December 2) Resigned as president of the Federal Savings and Loan Association
mid-1940 Filed suit for $75,000 against the Building and Loan Association, citing humiliation and reduced income stemming from the association's refusal to give him a letter stating the true cause of his resignation
1941 (February 8) Pled guilty to federal charges of falsifying an affidavit; sentenced to fifteen months in prison; not convicted on charge that he deceived examiners with a false appraisal of the Premium Petroleum Corporation that he had operated to make loans in connection with the Savings and Loan
1967 (April 21) Died, Independence, Mo.

George M. Hare

1915 (February 21) Born, Independence, Mo.
1936 Jur. D., L.L.M., Kansas City School of Law (now part of UMKC); admitted to the bar
1939 (June 8) Married Mary Pearl Salisbury, Spencer Salisbury's daughter
World War II Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, awarded the bronze star and Purple Heart
1946-48 Assistant prosecutor for Jackson County
1976 (November 26) Died, Veterans' Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

other achievements: attorney, Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners; president, Independence Bar Association; co-organizer, first president, Junior Chamber of Commerce (currently the Jaycees); assistant tribune, national chapter Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity; judge advocate, VFW Post No. 1000; member, Knights of Columbus; officer, St. Mary's Historical Society; member, Jackson County Historical Society

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of George Hare and Spencer Salisbury consist mainly of financial records, legal documents, and correspondence from the Community Savings and Loan Association, the Community Investment Company, and the government of Jackson County, Missouri. Correspondence and minutes of the Rural Jackson County Democratic Club, and miscellaneous memoranda are included as well. The Hare-Salisbury Papers consists of those documents relating to Truman or Jackson County during the Pendergast era created from 1918-30. The collection is less than one-half of a linear foot (approximately 400 pages). The collection has one series, a subject file, arranged alphabetically.

The complete papers of George Hare and Spencer Salisbury (1914-1963) are at the Jackson County Historical Society in Independence, Missouri. The complete collection consists of 18 cubic feet of material, approximately forty-two thousand pages. At the request of Mary Pearl Hare's nephew, and in cooperation with the Jackson County Historical Society, the staff at Truman Library reviewed the Hare-Salisbury Collection and photocopied the documents that related to Truman or Jackson County during the Pendergast era. George Hare was born in 1915, and consequently, documents relating to Hare can be found in the Hare-Salisbury Collection at the Jackson County Historical Society and not at the Truman Library. The complete collection was then turned over to the Jackson County Historical Society for further processing.

Financial records from the Community Savings and Loan Association, Harry S. Truman and Company, Community Investment Company, and the Jackson County Court and government make up the majority of this collection. The records, many handwritten, appear in the form of charts, graphs, bank statements, balance sheets, inventory lists, and statements of funds. Included in the funds statement of the Jackson County Court for 1924 is a parole board vouchers payable chart that recorded payments to paupers and the insane. The Truman-Barr Insurance Company has one document in the collection--a record from their insurance company. Included in the records of these companies is some correspondence and several handwritten drafts of ads for the Community Savings and Loan.

There are several legal documents in the papers. These include the by-laws of the Community Savings and Loan Association; an affidavit and two writs of prohibition relating to a 1926 court case brought against the Jackson County Board of Election Commissioners; documents from two court cases (1923-1924) of the Supreme Court of Missouri; and a notice from the Missouri attorney general to Salisbury and Truman, among others, over a claim brought against the Citizens Security Bank of Englewood. Documents of the Jackson County Court and government also include typed and handwritten correspondence, a list of road overseers by district, several lists of civil and judicial officials of the Jackson County Court, lists of precinct captains for the "goat" and "rabbit" Democratic factions in the 1924 and 1926 elections, a Jackson County government report for 1923, several documents related to roadwork in Jackson County, and work estimates from the Office of the County Clerk.

There are several documents from the Jackson County homes for the dependent (boys, girls, aged and infirm, Negroes, and detained), including an inventory of automobiles belonging to Jackson County with related correspondence from the homes. Memorabilia from Truman's campaigns for election to the Jackson County Court and minutes from the Rural Jackson County Democratic Club meetings (1918-21) with related correspondence are included. A military book order form from Truman appears in the collection along with an agenda for a celebration of the Charles Lindbergh flight (August 17, 1927).

Other materials at the Truman Library relating to Spencer Salisbury and his connection with Harry S. Truman and Jackson County, Missouri during the 1920s and 1930s include the Papers of H. H. Halvorson (includes Community Savings and Loan correspondence from the 1920s and 1930s); the Papers of Jonathan Daniels (includes interview with Salisbury, 1949, and newspaper references to Salisbury from the Kansas City Star, 1914-1956); the Papers of Rufus Burrus; the Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers Pertaining to Family, Business, and Personal Affairs; and the Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as Presiding Judge of the Jackson County Court. The Miscellaneous Historical Documents Collection contains one file with financial records from the Citizens Security Bank of Englewood and other related materials, 1925-1928 (File 790).

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1 Subject File, 1918-1930
Financial records and correspondence of the Community Savings and Loan Association and the Community Investment Company; County Court records, records relating to elections, and other government documents of Jackson County, Missouri; records of the Rural Jackson County Democratic Club; documents from other Jackson County organizations and financial institutions; legal documents of Jackson County financial institutions and the government of Jackson County; and miscellaneous memoranda. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

  • Community Savings and Loan Association
  • Jackson County, Missouri-Election (1924)
  • Jackson County, Missouri-Election (1926)
  • Jackson County, Missouri-Election (1928)
  • Jackson County Court-Lists of Civil and Judicial Officials
  • Jackson County Court-Memoranda (1922-24)
  • Jackson County Court-Memoranda (1927-28)
  • Jackson County Court-Memoranda (undated)
  • Miscellaneous Memoranda
  • Rural Jackson County Democratic Club Meetings (1918-21)
  • State of Missouri vs. Hayes, McElroy and Truman (March Term) (1924)
  • State of Missouri vs. McElroy and Truman (1923-24)
  • Truman-Barr Insurance Company (1928)

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