Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 4: Chetek: a hot time in the old town, pp. 59-80 PDF (7.4 MB)
60 the Knights of the Ku K'lux Klan burning in all its brilliancy on Dunsmoor's hill, southwest of the city. An organizer of the Klan had been in the city that same day, and it was said that the Fiery Cross was raised and burned by new members which he had secured in Chetek. It was otherwise rumored that a group of young men on mischief bent built the Fiery Cross and lighted it as a joke. At any rate, it was there on the occasion mentioned.3 However, there did not appear to be any reason for a disturbance over the activities of the Chetek's Klan organizers. Information as to Chetek Klan activities did not-again appear until lay. on Thursday evening of M!ay second, there wvas a large gathering in attendance at the local Klan meeting. Many of those present were visitors from the Cameron area. The organizer and speaker at this meeting was a Mr. Dague.4 Dague was said to have discussed many important events occurring in American history. Though there were four Klansmen in full regalia at the meeting-with a large fiery cross illninating the grounds--there were no demonstrations. The meeting concluded in a peaceful manner. Organizer Dague said that he would be resigning his position and would return to 1,ichigan.5 Chetek residents were advised by their local newspaper that religious issues would not be argued in that journal., The editor, L. P. Charles, told an anecdote about a certain 3Ohetek Alert, March 21, 1924, p. 1. 4Chetek Alert, May 9, 1924, p. 1. 51bid.
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