Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 5: Klan happenings in St. Croix County, pp. 81-92 PDF (3.8 MB)
Chapter 5 KLAN HPEITINGS IN ST. CROIX COUINTY One of the more difficulj areas in which to ascertain Klan involvement is in Sto Croix County. Except for two incidents which will be treated as separate chapters, the dearth of materials mitigates against a more thorough assessment of Klan activities in this area.1 In December of 1926, the New Richmond News noted that the population of this city was partially composed of a strong Catholic element. Little was published about Klan activities there. Journals such as the Baldwin Bulletin, Glenwood City Tribune, Hammond News, and the Hudson Star Observer filled few columns with news relating to this organization. Newspapers were not available for Emerald, Somerset, Roberts, and Wilson. One journal which extensively covered Klan activities in eastern St. Croix County was the Woodville Times. Klan activities were first reported in May of 1925. In a letter to the editor, John L. Roberts wrote that, on the twelfth of May, another emblem of Christianity was burned between Wilson and Hersey. Dubbing the Klansmen as shirt tail 1See Chapters Six and Seven. The New Richmond News gave excellent coverage of the events described in Chapter Six.
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