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Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin

Chapter 9: The sheriff and the yellow fringe,   pp. 160-186 PDF (9.4 MB)

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our national flags were exactly alike.,,37 
Sheriff Baker was then asked whether he was a Klan 
member. Ba2er replied in the affirmative. However, as far as the Sheriff
was concerned, the Klan was "....nothing but an American class of people,
and I don't understand how it has anything to do with the issues whether
we are Klan or not." Baker was not certain whether all the people in
the crowd were Kluxers--though some of them probably were. Baker maintained
that his being a Klanner in no way served to influence him in the performance
of his duties.38 
Baker was also asked whether he had anything against the American Legion.
Said the Sheriff: "Well, I should hope not, not against the AmericanLegion,
not in the least. I don't see how any good American citizen could have,--I
would be a pretty poor American citzen holding the position I am if I didn't
have respect for the flag. That is what hurts me now to think that they hold
that against me." Baker believed that he acted and spoke in good faith.
As to 
other comments, the Sheriff said 
all I have to say is, I feel it is trying to 
humiliate me to think that I am not an American citizen, when I was born
in this country and my father fought under the stars and stripes. 11r 
White knows himself they have been after me 
ever since I have been in office because I 
have tried to enforce the law....I was 
unfortunate to get hurt and be here now....God, 
I dontt want you to think because I show a 
37Testimony of Frank L. Baker, Comrision Hearing, FBI, pp. 103-105. 
38Ibid., pp. 102. ;09. 239. 

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