Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the Klan, pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)
52 Minwegen counselled his parishoners to practice the virtues of fortitude and patience and to avoid violence. The Catholics of Cornell were content to quietly distribute pamphlets which refuted the ravings of Pat Malone.28 Passive resistance on the part of the Catholics only served to increase Klan provocations. There followed several incidents which prompted Father Minwegen to embark on a course of action against the Klan. The first of these involved Sever Solie who was an employee of the Cornell Wood Products Company. A distraught parishoner by now, Solie reported to his Pas-or the incessant insults received from many of his fellow mill employees. It was bad enough to have to endure them during the lunch hour, but to have to sit out the taunts during the working hours was simply too much to bear for"....any man with red blood in his vein's."'29 Describing for the priest several of the barbs which had to be endured, Solie explained that the mill employees. ....'tell us we are dupes and slaves of the "dago-pope", call the Blessed Virgin by a blasphemous n~ae I don't care to repeat: They call the Pope a son of a b. and the anti-Christ, etc. Today I felt like seizing the sledgehammer and knocking out the brains of the fellow who insulted me and my religion with his vile talk, But I remembered your warning, "No violence," and I had to take it, but I do not know how 28 Minwegen, "The K. K. K., "M1emoirs, p.. 68. None of these pamphlets are available* 291bid.
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