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

Chapter 4: Chetek: a hot time in the old town,   pp. 59-80 PDF (7.4 MB)


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Chapter 4 
CHETEK: A HOT TI-E IiT THE OLD TO1N 
The Ku Klux Klan made one of its first appearances in Barron County as early
as March of 1924. There was already a district Klan organizer in the Chetek
area.1 At a Klan organization rally that month, there appeared an audience
composed of all creeds and nationalities. Chetek's Grand Opera House was
filled to capacity with many not being able to gain admittance at all.  
As far as could be ascertained, nothing of an offensive nature was discussed.
The orderly and well conducted meeting was handled in such a manner as to
prevent the least bit of friction among the people of Chetek. It was noted
that there was "....no real reason in this community for any antagonism
between...Catholic and Protestant friends, or among friends and neighbors
of the various nationalities."2 All of Chetek's citizens were considered
to be good Americans. 
Chetek residents received the following news in relation to a recent cross
burning. 
Residents o2 Chetek and the near vicinity were 
somewhat startled last Friday night between 7 
and 8 o'clock when they saw the Fiery Cross of 
1Chetek Alert, IMarch 21, 1924, P-, 1. 
2lbid*. 


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