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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)

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Chapter 5 
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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