Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the klan, pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)
Chapter 3 FATHER 4! 17ECEN FIGHTS THE KLMI 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, Tisconsin. 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1peter 1inewegen, 0.M.T., "The First Assigfn~ent Under the Vow of Obedience," ,emoirs of Father Peter neen, 0.1.I.,_ Unpublished (heeafte cited as reMor1Po 7.
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