Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the Klan, pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)
Through a cross burning incident, Father Uinwegen discovered that a Catholic by the name of Christopherson had joined the KIluxers. Christopherson, a Cornell garage owner, had used some " ....fine tubing which connects the gas tank and the carburetor in a Ford runabout.... " to tie the cotton around the cross.24 It was this copper tubing which betrayed the man. Father linwegen had informed him of this. The garage owner now feared a Catholic boycott. This was indeed an ironic situation inasmuch as Christopherson was forced to join the Klan out of business considerations.25 Thus did the missionary chronicle another instance of Klan intimidation. There were other instances of Klan harrassment which had to be contended with by the Catholics of Cornell. Postcards were circulated by the Klan which carried a "....picture of the Tree Things That do Not .arry: a dog, a bog and a bull with a ring in his nose and a priest's biretta on his head and literature marking the Tope inRome as the Anti-Christ.''26 In addition, there were circulated speeches by Pat alone--an alleged ex-priest.27 Father ,24inwegen, "Free Masons," Memoirs, p.. 60. 25Ibid. 26Minwegen, "The K. K. K.," M1emoirs, p. 68. 27Ibid. Father linwegen's discussion of rat :alone as an alleged ex-priest will be found in the introductory chapter. Of particular interest in this regard is the revelation that, orior to affiliating with the Klan, Malone was espousing anti-kierican as well as anti-Catholic sentiments.
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