Turcheneske, John Anthony / The Ku Klux Klan in northwestern Wisconsin
Chapter 3: Father Minwegen fights the Klan, pp. 43-58 PDF (5.3 MB)
Father ,,inwegan returned to Cornell a vindicated man One other incident relating to Father Minwegen's struggle against -Cornell's Klan is worthy of mention. On a certain Sunday evening, fifty Ku Kluxers assembled in front of the missionary's temporary residence duly regaled in Klan costume. After calling the priest a "....blackrobed devil...." the Klan proceeded to burn a cross on the opposite side of the street.43 The next day, the priest journeyed to Eau Claire "....to find out who owned the property...." upon which the nefarious cross was burned.44 Father 'Yinwegen learned from the appropriate real estate agency that the Cornell school district had an option on the propensity which expired during the previous week. The priest made a down payment of fifty dollars and the te: acre plot became the property of the Catholic Church.45 In his Memoirs, Father V'izeg-en relates the following anecdote. Great was the surprise and the shock of 1ir. Hansom, Town Treasurer, to take the 10 acres off the tax roll, as it was now church property., The Klan had suggested it. Where they had burned a fiery cross at the end of Main Street, on the -ost beautiful spot of the tovm site, Holy Cross 2atholic Church was to be erected in time.4 3%Iinwegen, "The K. K. K. ," Memoirs, p. 74. the following a. ecdote are substantiated by Father 7. L, Kuouf, presently Pastor of St. Joseoh's Catholic Church at Prescott. (Perso -al letter of Fr. B. L. Kuouf to John A., Turcheneske, Jr.; December 22, 1970.) 44Ibid. 45Ibid. 46Ibid.
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