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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
([1971])

Chapter 2: Klanitor from Clear Lake,   pp. 22-42 PDF (6.7 MB)


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Chapter 2 
KL NITOR FaRO CLEAR LAKE 
One of the earliest scenes of Klan activity in 
northwestern 7,isconsin was the Clear Lake area of Polk County. As gleaned
from the local newspaper, the Clear Lake Star, Klan organizers first appeared
in early February of 1924. What information there was of Klan activit- in
Clear Lake was to be found only in the Star. However, this journal was unique
in that there was published in five consecutive issues a colimn specially
reserved by the lan called the "Klan Komrent Korner." Contained
in these columns was Klan news, commentary, statement of objectives and an
explanation of why it was necessary for every true American to be affiliated
with the Invisible B-pire. Interestingly enough, the Star's editor, Fred
L. Rothgeber cane out in support of the organization. Iov,!ever, by June
of 1924, the Star ceased to publish news about the Klan as it related to
the area. The organizers had moved on. True, Klan news was published sporadically
until the Spring of 1927, but this related to Klan happenings in other areas.
On February 6, 1924, the citizens of Clear Lake were 
informed that the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were commencing a membership
drive in the state of Wisconsin.1 
1Clear Lake Star, February 6, 1924, p. 1. 
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