The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 27, 1965 · Page 10
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The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas · Page 10

Ottawa, Kansas
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Tuesday, April 27, 1965
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Ottawa Herald, Tuesday, April 27, 1965 Page 10 Defiant Governor Fought The Ku Klux Klan In Kansas (Editor's Note: Recent activi. ties of the Ku Klux Klan have caught the attention of the fed* era! government. Forty years ago the Klan was at its height. Kansas had its share of hooded Klansmen. What happened to the Klan in Kansas is told here.) By FRANK GAROFALO The Wichita Beacon For The Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP)—The be. ginning of the end of the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas came In 1922. A defiant governor, the late Henry J. Allen, appalled by the Increase of Intolerance demon* strated by the growth of the Klan in the state, moved to check the organization. Branding the Klan as the "greatest curse that comes to a civilized people" and a «traves« ty upon Americanism," Allen ordered Atty. Gen. Richard J. Hopkins to find ways to stop the secret organization's activities. Hopkins and his successor, Charles B. Griffith, made a bold move on Nov. 21, 1922. They filed a petition In the Kansas Supreme Court to oust the Klan from organizing and doing business in the state without a charter. The two-count petition specifically named the defendant as the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a corporation organized and existing under laws of the state of Georgia. The first count alleged the Klan was not a benevolent organization, as claimed by its officials, but was organized and operating for profit without a Kansas charter. The second alleged the Klan used "intimidation and threats against persons who do not con. form to the plans, theories, doctrines or practices of said corporation. . ." Despite growing opposition, the Klan continued to grow until the middle of the decade. Its activities, organizers and lead- ers were wrapped up In local and state politics. A Wichita Beacon article on Dec. 31, 1945, quoted Charles H. McBrayer of Klowa and Wichita, grand dragon of the Kansas Klan In the 1920s, as saying: "At one time there were 100,. 000 Klansmen In Kansas and 5,000 In Wichita. Some of Wichita's finest citizens were mem* bers." The 1924 gubernatorial election campaign deeply involved the Klan. An independent anti- Klan campaign by the famed editor of The Emporla Gazette, William Allen White, drove a deep wedge into the GOP ranks. Jonathan M. Davis, Incumbent Democrat governor, and Ben S. Paulen, Republican lieutenant governor, won the 1924 primaries. White then filed as an independent and won support from progressive voters. The Independents charged that Davis and Paulen were under the grip of the Klan. White's efforts were aimed at breaking the grip the Klan supposedly had on state politics. Paulen won the three-way race with 323,403 votes. Davis received 182,861 votes and White 149,811. Meanwhile, the State Supreme Court, acting on the ouster pe- tition, appointed S.M. Brewster, a Topeka lawyer and former attorney general, as commissioner to gather evidence and submit his findings of fact and conclusions to the high court. The court's decision came Jan. 10, 1925. The defendant Klan was "ousted from organizing or controlling lodges. . . In this state and from exercising any of Its corporate functions in the state of Kansas except such as are protected by the inter, state commerce clause of the Constitution of the United States." Brewster found the Klan never had applied for a charter In Kansas and had been doing business for profit in the state. Allegations in the second count were not upheld by Brewster or the court. The Klan appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court but was denied. Subsequent requests for state charters by Klan groups were rejected. The ouster, for all intents and purposes, killed the Klan In Kansas. WASHINGTON (AP)—A grant of $16,500 to Topeka, Kan., to aid in purchase of 100 acres for park and recreational purposes was announced Monday. May End Tradition WASHINGTON (AP) — To. day's the day the Supreme Court may announce a ruling in one of the cases It has been con. sldering and thereby put its "decision Monday" tradition to rest. There have been scattered exceptions, but as far back as anyone can remember the court has announced Its decisions on Mondays — sometimes In such profusion as to set lawyers and reporters' heads swimming. Three weeks ago the court announced that henceforth it will make public Its rulings any day it Is sitting. New Thinwall Design Increases Space By 25 Per Cent Regular $449.95 \ WORLD'S FAIR WEEK HELP US WIN A FREE TRIP TO THE WORLD'S FAIR •*&¥>%•.;•*.• With /orkii Trade Big Family Size 1 Q Cubic Q Feet All Frost free With Big 175 Lb. Freezer And 12 Cu. Ft. 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