Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
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and Glenwood City printed little--if any--information that was of value. There were several possibilities here., Either the Klan was not active in that particular community or the editors desired to leave well enough alone.. Inquiries were made of local Catholic as well as Protestant churches with a view toward getting a particular Pastor's stand on the hooded order. No records were available. Several Wisconsin Protestant publications (of the Baptist, Congregational and Presbyterian communions) were looked into, but these revealed nothing. Inquiries were also made of the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Superior and La Crosse. Again, the results were negative. A number of local and county government agencies were consulted (city councils, county boards, county courts and county sheriff offices). Though there were a good many negative replies, the search on this level did prove to be more fruitful. Three court cases were turned up which led to a greater understanding of not only what the Klan and its representatives were about, but also the reaction within the particular community where the lan operated. This was particularly true of Klan activities in Hudson.15 Other than local newspapers and the court cases, the State Historical Society of Wisconsin was able to provide a goodly amount of information. The Papers of John J. Blaine, former Wisconsin Governor and United Statei Senator, were 15See Chapter Six and the introductory overview in this chapter.
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