Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

OK NOW I'M GOING TO SKIP OVER THE PRELIMINARIES OF, YOU KNOW, WALKING THROUGH THE TOWN OR WHATEVER. YOU'RE AT THE COURTHOUSE STEPS NOW. GO BACK TO THAT MOMENT AND TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED.

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Well, and we, I was at the lead of the column uh and uh, as we came to the steps of the courthouse, we were met by a phalanx of uh, sheriffs and uh, the one sheriff stood right in front of me and, uh, I didn't know what he was going to do, whether he was going to arrest me uh, or, or what but he pulled out a piece of paper and began reading from it, uh and he said, "I have a telegram from uh your superior, a Reverend Homrighausen," and uh, I thought, "Well, this is interesting," uh, so he read the telegram which in effect, uh, said that uh, President Homrighausen, who was president of our, uh, Southern district of the Lutheran church that I was a part of, said that I uh, did not represent the church, and in effect he was distancing himself and the church from me, uh, in as polite a way as possible. So after he read the telegram, he said, "Now what do you say to that?" And as, as far as I can re—uh, recollect, I said something to the effect that, "Well, uh, Dr. Homrighausen uh, is entitled to his opinion uh but we are here to demonstrate." And I was intent, I was determined that we were going to finish what we came to do. And so, he did step aside and uh we went up to the steps and uh, completed our demonstration.