Uncle Pete, along with other foreigners and Jewish people living in the area, were the target of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members at one point.
“They were coming to Bucyrus to lynch the foreigners, Jews, and other residents who didn't fit their definition of Americans. Needless to say, my father was terrified. There was, however, a legendary Chief of Police, who assured him that he was safe. The Chief and his posse met the Klan at the city limits, with guns drawn, and turned them away, telling them they were not welcome in his city,” said Vicky. “It sounded very much like the Wild West to me. But thankfully, it worked. There was never another confrontation with the Klan as far as I know.”
Eventually, my Uncle Pete became a naturalized United States Citizen. He was also married briefly sometime in the 1930's but refused to talk about his first wife other than to say she cheated on him and he divorced her. They did not have any children.
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