The Klu Klux Klan recruits in El Paso
In the summer of 1921, the KKK showed up in El Paso. Considering the local conditions at the time, it was questionable whether the KKK would have any degree of success in El Paso. El Paso's racial tensions and the problems posed by the city's border location was important in laying the groundwork for the Ku Klux Klan. El Paso presented the KKK with an opportunity for playing on racial fears. The Texas Klan was occupied with issues concerning law, order, and social morality. There was no community in Texas more concerned with these issues than El Paso. The city was perfect for the growth of the KKK.
It's not for sure when the Klan first came to the El Paso area, but as early as May, 1921, there was a Klan recruiter in El Paso. Kellogg ( the recruiter ) set up his headquarters in the Sheldon Hotel. There he had a lot of strange meetings and received a lot of phone calls. In the New York World's expose of the Ku Klux Klan, Kellogg was listed as the King eagle for the realm of New Mexico. Nobody really knows if Kellogg had recruited members in El Paso. .
Certain El Pasoans were ready to fight with the Ku Klux Klan in 1921. One of the enemies of the Klan was Black, editor of the El Paso Times. He called its members anarchists and public enemies who seize the purpose of the state. The highest ranking law officials shared the Times' attitude toward the Klan. Police Chief Peyton J. Edward promised to do all that was within his power to put down the activities of the Ku Klux Klan or any other secret order. County Sheriff Seth B. Orndorff was also quick to take a stand against the KKK.
In September, it was announced by the Herald (a magazine in El Paso) that a
Klan has been organized in El Paso. All of the city council members received a membership offer, but only council member one decided to join. On September 15, it was rumored that the El Paso Klan might have a parade, but if they did have a parade it would end up in total violence. El Paso failed to confront the Ku Klux Klan and the nature of the troubling problems that the community faced. By late September there, were more than 300 members of the KKK and the number was still growing. Deprived of an opening for its views in local press, Frontier Klan No. 100 made a donation of fifty dollars to the local Associated Charities fund drive to demonstrate its respectability in other ways. But they sent the money back to man. After this, the Klan accused the Associated Charities of taking money from gamblers and other dangerous people. An unsigned letter was sent to the Associated Charities director warning him that they would boycott their annual charity ball in late November . But they never did
I know that the KKK is bad and hardly no good comes from those idiots but imagine that they came to El Paso and nobody gave them any guff, and just ignored them and, let them do their own thing. Then I bet that there wouldn't have been any threats to any body made and the KKK would of recruited their members and moved on.
Do you remember when that guy in Arkansas tied a black guy to the back of his truck and drug him down a gravel road and his body parts were spread out for two or three miles? Well I do and I'll probably never forget it because that really made me sick to my stomach. I just don't under stand what would make some body hate another person so much that they could do such a horrible crime but I guess stuff like that happens every day. It just shows ya how bad the world really is.
This is a two-page report by Cody Tozier (Posey)
The Klu Klux Klan recruits in El Paso
In the summer of 1921, the KKK showed up in El Paso. Considering the local conditions at the time, it was questionable whether the KKK would