Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 6: incident at Northline, pp. 93-119 PDF (8.8 MB)
The New Richmond News, in its version of the incident, noted that the Klan tent was destroyed by fire of an unknown origin "....together with the piano, seats and everything.2 Prior to the fire a rather boisterous meeting was held. "There was no storm during the night, so the tent evidently was not struck by lightning."t2 The Spring Valley Sun said that 1000 were gathered to hear Alfred Brown. Brown was said to have challenged a Catholic priest to answer him. Father Rice appeared with several hundred supporters. The priest proceeded to the platform after which a row developed. 3 Warrants wero soon sworn out for the fourteen individuals suspected of being involved in the Klan tent burning., The warrants, charging the suspects with disturbing a public meeting, were sworn out on the complaint of J. H. Neff who was said to be the Ku Klux Klan organizer at the meetings.' On Saturday, June nineteenth, eleven of the defendants were arraigned before Judge Otto A. Arnquist at Hudson Court House. A-l concerned pleaded not guilty. They were released on a one hundred dollar bond with their cases being adjourned until June twenty-eigkh. Attorney William T. Doar appeared for the defense.4 2New Richmond News, June 16, 1926, p. 1. 3Spring Valley Sun, June 17, 1926, p. 1. 4New Richmond News, June 23, 1926, p. 1.
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