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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin

Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the klan,   pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)

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Chapter 3 
The Cornell Klan problem, as elsewhere in northwestern Wisconsin, was one
of no mean dimension. The majority   of this comnuun ity's population was
composed of Protestant communicants. Prior to the lKlan's appearance in Cornell,
there existed within the Protestant community a strong element of anti-Catholic
feeling. The Klan only served to embolden this faction. However, there was
no end to the Klan's frustration when the resident Catholic priest (an Oblate
missionary), standing his ground, refused to be intimidated. What follows
is an account of that priest's fight against the Ku ilux Klan of Cornell,
Peter Minewegen was born in Germany, circa 1882. Showing a predilection for
matters both spiritual and intellectual, the would-be priest went to the
seminary seeking fulfillment of his vocation. Desiring to be a missionary
priest, Peter  ofzied t'e Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a religious missionary
order of the Roman Catholic Church. After the required years of theological
and philosophical study at the Oblate scholasticate, Peter Minwegen was ordained
a priest in 1908.1 It was not long 
1peter 1inewegen, 0.M.T., "The First Assigfn~ent Under the Vow of Obedience,"
,emoirs of Father Peter  neen, 0.1.I.,_ Unpublished (heeafte cited as  reMor1Po

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