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)
166 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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