I find the history of the Klan fascinating because the people involved seemed to start out with good intentions. But, like so many groups, they attracted extremists and things eventually went wrong, terribly wrong.
The Durant Democrat
May 22, 1922
Church People at Caddo Cheer the Klansmen as They Filed
Into the Church: Give Free Will Offering to Pastor
The Baptist tabernacle at Caddo echoed with cheers last night as twelve white robed Klansmen dressed in the full regalia of the organization filed down the aisles, handed the minister a letter, and asked him to open it and read it. When the twelve robed men reached a point in front of the pastor they knelt in prayer, which was delivered by the Rev. Rylant, who is conducting a revival at that place. While the men knelt “America” was sung. After the prayer the men arose and handed the minster a free will offering as a token of appreciation of the great good that he had accomplished in that little city. The letter given below was read to the audience when the men silently left the tabernacle. As they wended their way out of the building cheers greeted them and many asked them to return again. The minister asked the congregation to discontinue the cheering, which was done. The Klansmen stepped into waiting automobiles and were driven away.
Following is the letter the pastor read to the congregation:
Please Read as We Retire
Rev. E. Rylant, Caddo, Oklahoma
Acknowledging a Supreme Being as exemplified through the Protestant religion and its teaching through the Blood of Jesus Christ, we the members of Caddo Ku Klux Klan beg to hand you the enclosed free-will offering. This organization stands for the Christian Religion, white supremacy, separation of church and state, free press, free speech, upholding the constitution of the law of the land, sanctity of the home, and the purity of womanhood and manhood.
“God give us men; a time like this demands
Men whom the lust of office does not kill,
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy,
Men whom possesses opinions and a will,
Men who have honor, men who will not lie.
We will stand for our blood and it is not pledged in vain.
By order of the E. C.
Caddo Ku Klux Klan