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Deep Study: Ku Klux Klan "Fiery Cross" Articles About Jeffersonville

One of the strongest influences in William Branham's early life appears to be the "heroic" forces of the Ku Klux Klan as they made an organized effort to clean up the lawless bootleg, casino and gambling town of Jeffersonville, Indiana. As the Klan was becoming a strong political force in the State of Indiana through Grand Dragon D. C. Stevenson and his efforts to take control of the White House through Indianapolis, it began working to influence positive change in cities throughout the region.

William Branham's father, Charles, was part of the problem in Jeffersonville.

I was only about eight years old, or nine, watching the whiskey still run all night long, and get right up and started down packing water back to this still.
- Branham, 51-0415A - Life Story

When I was a little boy, my father being a bootlegger, I was hated. Anybody... Go downtown, I start to talk to somebody, nobody would have nothing to do with me. They, they'd see somebody else come along, they could talk to, they'd walk away and leave me.
- Branham, 64-0418B - A Paradox

But on March 6, 1924, Charles was arrested for operating the still. Shortly after, William Branham shot himself in the leg with a rifle, and was critically injured. Interestingly, the newspapers list Branham's age at 16, which is yet another strike against his alleged "supernatural" 1909 birth year. Not only does it appear that the Ku Klux Klan was involved in putting the family into a desperate situation through the arrest of William's father, it seems they also came to the rescue:

I remember Mrs. Roeder stood by me, out there in the hospital. I'll never forget that woman. No matter whatever happens, I could never forget her. She was just a young woman then. Her husband was the superintendent down here at the car works. And I—I remember she standing by me, her and Mrs. Stewart. And they was the one actually that paid my hospital bill. I... We didn't even have food to eat, in the house, so how could we pay a hospital bill, hundreds of dollars? But she, through her church society and the Ku Klux Klan, paid the hospital bill for me, Mason's. I can never forget them. See? No matter what they do, or what, I still... there is something, and that stays with me
- Branham, 63-1110M - Souls That Are In Prison Now

A few weeks later, the Klan described their cleanup operation on the bootleggers of Jeffersonville, Indiana. This "cleanup" not only included the closing of illegal whiskey stills, but also harsh propaganda campaigns against the Catholic community and especially any elected officials who were Catholic.

This appears to have later influenced William Branham's political speeches in the form of "sermons" in evangelistic campaigns across the country. Not only was Branham firmly against Catholicism from a difference in theological views, Branham successfully convinced his followers that Catholicism was a demonic force from Satan himself, and that all who joined the Catholic church were doomed. This "doom" was later expanded to include any churches influenced by the Catholic Church.

Fortunately, these publications are being made available by the Indiana State Government, and are available here.

Evening News, August 26, 1924
At the height of the Klan's growth in 1924 in Jeffersonville Indiana, where the Ku Klux Klan headquarters was located, the anti-Catholic white supremacy group was met with rising opposition. The headquarters was severely damaged in an alleged arson attempt, and the Klan's membership records, financial records, and other information stolen. When the Jeffersonville Evening News began publishing these records, it was announced that Mr. Brumback held the keys to the Klavern.

As the newspaper articles point out on our Roy E. Davis page, William Branham and Amelia Hope Brumback held very active memberships in the official Ku Klux Klan spokesman and leader's Pentecostal church in Jeffersonville. Hope led the youth ministries, and William was an elder in charge of the praise service.

Was William Branham's connection to Hope Brumback much deeper than young love and religion? ... and did their form of religion serve a darker purpose?

Interestingly, transcriptionists have spelled Brumback with an "H" at the end (Brumbach) in every single sermon transcript. Yet, all government records we've come across spell this family's surname with a "K" at the end. The court dockets for Charles Brumback's violation of liquor laws and his divorce from Hope's mother end in "K," as does his daughter's marriage certificates. Is Voice of God Recordings attempting to hide this connection?

More On Charles Branham's Arrest and William's Injury:

Evening News, March 6, 1924
The Courier Journal Thursday, March 6, 1924
The Courier Journal Friday, Mar 14, 1924
The Courier Journal Tuesday, March 18, 1924
Evening News, March 21, 1924
The Courier Journal Friday, March 21, 1924
The Courier Journal Wednesday, July 9, 1924

Jeffersonville Evening News Ku Klux Klan Inquiry:

Evening News, August 26, 1924
Evening News, August 24, 1924
Evening News, August 28, 1924
Evening News, August 28, 1924 (Part 2)
Evening News, August 30, 1924
Evening News, September 1, 1924
Evening News, September 4, 1924
Evening News, September 6, 1924
Evening News, September 8, 1924
Evening News, September 8, 1924 (Part 2)

The Fiery Cross Articles:

The Fiery Cross Sunday, May 11, 1923
The newspaper blasted the Sheriff of Jeffersonville, who they claimed to be Roman Catholic, after an altercation with a vehicle.
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 11, 1923 (Page 3)
First announcement of a cross burning in the area. According to the publication, when the principals of the organization were described to the public, the speaker was enthusiasticlly received and applauded.
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 11, 1923 (Page 5)
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 11, 1923
Continued propaganda against Catholic Sheriff Cole.
The Fiery Cross Wednesday, May 23, 1923
The beginning of the battle of the Klan against the Jeffersonville and Clark County bootleggers.
The Fiery Cross Friday, July 13, 1923
Clark County Klan representative in Indianapolis is met with an attack by bricks.
The Fiery Cross Friday, July 13, 1923 (Page 10)
More of the battle against Catholic Police Chief Cole.
The Fiery Cross Friday, August 24, 1923
Klan advertisement announcing parade and picnic. The "Old Man" (D. C. Stevenson) Parade was expected, as well as other "National Speakers" which would have likely included official Klan spokesperson Roy E. Davis.
The Fiery Cross Friday, November 9, 1923
Jeffersonville holds very successful Klan meeting, followed by Masonic band concert. It was held on the property of the Knights of Pythias.
The Fiery Cross Friday, December 7, 1923
In an attempt to positively influence the public's opinion of the White Knights, a Jeffersonville African-American church is the recipient of enough funds to meet all expenses. In fact, the remainder of their debt was paid by the Klan.
The Fiery Cross Friday, March 7, 1924
Women of the Klan (popular in Indiana at the time) conducted a funeral in Jeffersonville.
The Fiery Cross Friday, March 28, 1924
Klansman raiding a gambling casino was arrested by the Jeffersonville Police force. According to the article, it was attributed to the mayor being Roman Catholic.
The Fiery Cross Friday, March 28, 1924 (Page 2)
The Klan announced succes in the education of Jeffersonville about their "Roman Catholic-ruled" government. Apparently, their cleanup of bootleggers, gamblers, and other vice was starting to sway public opinion.
The Fiery Cross Friday, April 11, 1924
Immediately after Charles Branham (William's father) was arrested for operating a liquor still in Clark County, the Klan announced their success in breakup up a Jeffersonville liquor ring.
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 9, 1924
120 Klansmen took part in the largest funeral held in Jeffersonville at that time. 2,000 persons attended.
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 23, 1924
The Klan newspaper published an expose of the local Jeffersonville newspaper's article on political affairs.
The Fiery Cross Friday, May 30, 1924
The courier of the Fiery Cross newspaper in Jeffersonville was removed from a bowling alley after a "Roman Catholic conversation."
The Fiery Cross Friday, June 27, 1924
Local Jeffersonville attorney speaks against Ku Klux Klan in a Flag Day speech.
The Fiery Cross Friday, October 31, 1924
Political advertisement for Samuel L. Scott, democrat from Jeffersonville.
The Fiery Cross Friday, December 12, 1924
The Jeffersonville office of the Ku Klux Klan is burned, and several of their important documents stolen.
The Fiery Cross Friday, December 12, 1924 (Page 6)
The Jeffersonville office of the Ku Klux Klan is burned, and several of their important documents stolen.
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