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

Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the klan,   pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)

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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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