Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the klan, pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)
before Father Minwegen received his first assignment' It was on July 18, 1908, that Gather Minewegen was assigned to his first post. He was to proceed quam primum to the Vicariate of lbert a-Saskatchewan which was located at Edmonton, Alberta. l ater transferred to Fish Creek, Saskatchewan, the missionary spent approximately seven years engaged in fruitful work with the 1.etis Indians.2 The year 1915 (circa) saw Father Minwegen enter the United States where he was received by Bishop Schwebach into the Diocese of LaCrosse, isconsin. In time, Father Minwegen was duly assigned to Cornell--which at the time was considered prime mission territory.3 According to the missionary's account, Cornell was a rather irreligious place. The town had a Presbyterioa, Methodist and a Lutheran church. Because Cornell owed its existence to the Cornell Tood Products Company, the contributions of Protestant parishoners were anything but substantial.4 The Presbyterian minister managed to remain in Cornell because he received direct suprport from the Company president. Other ministers usually lasted no more than six months at a time. Even so the Protestant 2Minwegen, "The First Assignmeht Under the Vow of Obedience, " MTemoirs, p; 10. 3Minwegen, "To Cornell," Memoirs, p. 36. 41bid., pp. 39-40. Cornell was basically a lumbering town withthe Cornell Wood Products Company serving as the city's only industry.
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