BALD KNOBBERS KKK Vigilantes on the Ozark Frontier
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Bald Knobbers "Kinship Through Loyalties, not Royalty!"
The Bald Knobbers were very active around the town of Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. During the 1880's their numbers were estimated to be a nine hundred member band of vigilantes that roared through the Ozarks.
The League for Law and Order (later called The Bald Knobbers) was organized in Forsyth, Missouri in the month of January 1885 in the back room of the Yell Everett Store.
The League had an official badge, a white silk ribbon with the words "Stand up for Taney County and Law and Order." Such a badge is still in existence (Mrs. Maude Nagel of Taneyville has one of the original badges.(For the story of the badge see Ozarks Mountaineer, April 1984, page 54~.
According to news reports published at later date the original committee was composed of the following citizens and taxpayers of Taney County: Nathan N. Kinney, a Union Army Veteran from West Virginia. Col. A. S. Prather, Union Army Veteran 6th Regiment
Indiana Volunteers. Yell Everett, Forsyth merchant. P. F. Fickle, Union Army Veteran. J. B. Rice, later judge of the county court Taney County. T. W. Phillips, Captain. James B. Van Zandt, veteran of Mexican and Civil War and a minister of the Gospel. J. J. Brown, attorney of Forsyth, Missouri. G. E. Branson, later elected sheriff of the county and slain while in performance of his lawful duties. J. K. McHaffie, later sheriff of Taney County. I. A. De Long, attorney and stepson of Nathan N. Kinney. The above information except description of the parties was published in the Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, Missouri Vol. IV, Number 155, December 29th, 1888. http://www.cfainusa.org/BaldKnobbers.htm http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lo