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

Chapter 9: the sheriff and the yellow fringe,   pp. 160-186 PDF (9.4 MB)

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Theodore A. Waller, Pierce County District Attorney, later wrote to Frank
Kuehl Governor Blaine's executive secretary, explaining that the Governor
could "....gather from our letter that the people that objected to the
fringe on the flag were Ku Klux Klan members." However, no mention was
made of the Klan because it was not yet established that the "....objections
were made by the Klan as a body." It was more likely that the demands
were the result of individual initiative*ll 
Proceeding to explain the events surrounding the 
afternoon of the sixteenth, Waller related that there were approximately
twenty people who requested that the Flag be removed. As to the crowd's inquiry
into the yellow fringe. Waller said that this was a mistake on their part
since the fringe was gold. Several individuai_9  objected that the "....yellow
was one of the Pope's colors, and that they did not propose in any way to
honor him." Particular focus was centered upon the fact that the Legion
Post decided to vent its wrath on one individual--the Sheriff of Pierce Cotuty.
The Post "....felt that his ordering us to remove our colors was uncalled
for, and especially so in view of the fact that no investigation was made
as to why the gold fringe was on our colors...." As the disputed emblem
had been used by the Post, the Sheriff should have been more prudent in his
lLetter of Theodore A. Waller to Frank Xuehl, September 22, 1926, Blaine
Papers, Box 59. 

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