Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Albert Hetebrink, Fullerton Rancher

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If you were a proud, upstanding White man during the 1920s, joining a fraternal organization was a must. Catholics joined the Knights of Columbus or the Knights of Pythias; worldwide-domination types preferred the Masons. The Elks, the Kiwanis, and many, many others: they all did good and upheld American values.

Then you had the loser fraternal organization in town: the Klu Klux Klan, the only one stupid enough to stress white supremacy as its raison d'etre, even though the other fraternal organizations were practicing and supporting the same policies of segregation that the Klan desired. So it took a pretty stupid, racist baboso to join the Klan, especially in a place as lily-white as Orange County. As a result, the Klan's numbers weren't as large as those of the other fraternal organizations, and you had families that had Klan members and non-Klan members.

And that's where we find the Hetebrinks of Fullerton.
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Photo by Tony Bushala--hey, man, I got you at La Bamba next time...
The John Hetebrink House

The Hetebrinks were a prominent Fullerton ranching family, with their family home still standing on the corner of Berkeley and Chapman avenues in the city. That house, seen above, is named the John Hetebrink House and remains in the family's possession even though it's surrounded by Fullerton College, parts of which sit on the old Hetebrink ranch. There's also a Henry Hetebrink House on the Cal State Fullerton campus (named after the patriarch of the family), a Hetebrink conference room at the university as well, and a Hetebrink Street on the development.

Neither Henry nor John were Klan members, but the Hetebrink that eventually received the most recent attention was: Albert. He lived to be 101 years old, passing away in 2001 after receiving all sorts of hagiographies in the Orange County Register for being one of the last connections to the good old days of Fullerton. Like the rest of his brothers, Albert was a rancher until that trade went away, then became a lovable old coot who never married and lived alone in that huge home his father built. By all accounts, Albert was a nice guy--but again: in an era when fraternal organizations were everywhere, it took a special kind of sick to join the Klan.

As pointed out earlier in this series, the Klan was at its nastiest not in Anaheim (where Orange County historians erroneously claim the Klan found its most enthusiastic members) but in Fullerton, where members actively campaigned to keep Mexicans away from their homes and eventually created Mexican-only schools as well. Why Albert joined the Klan and not the Kiwanis or other groups is known only to him, but the record stands...and not a single other Hetebrink joined the Invisible Empire.

Tune in every Monday at 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!

Previous entries:

Dr. Roy S. Horton and Marshall Keeler, Santa Ana Unified trustees
Sam Jernigan and Jesse Elliott, Orange County sheriffs
Herman Hiltscher, Fullerton bureacrat


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Navytruthsayer
Navytruthsayer

Oh, Gustavo , my Grandpa was a good guy too, he went to church every Sunday and liked Polkas, Corridos and Ranchero music, everyone loved him in the community.

Navytruthsayer
Navytruthsayer

When I was molested by my Grandpa Jack De Leon, as were most of his Granddaughters, I tried to talk to My Tia Lorraine about it and she became incensed and furious and made it a point she did not want to hear anything.. No matter that she herself was a mother and a Grandmother. It was as if I was the one who did the evil deed.

This may not be molestation but it is the same bad news, people hate to hear bad news even if it is true, you end up looking like sh*t. I have learned this is human nature and as the bearer of bad news people "hear no evil" it is a human characteristic which has caused us deny many truths in all aspects of life.

John J.
John J.

gustavoarellano 16 hours ago in reply to John J.

"Go to the Anaheim Public Library and you'll find the information you need... "

No source for this story? Did you just make it up? All I am asking for is the proof that you must have seen to write this story.

Norris
Norris

jeff and those others who doubt what Gustovo says , why don't all of you just crawl back under your white hooded rocks you OC racists. Everyone knows the history taught in schools and colleges are lies, all lies!. Gustavo is one of the few investigative journalists who has broken through the white man conspiracy to expose the fulminating racism that calls itself orange county. and Bill T. is right, since when is consistency found in the KKK? So what if they help people of color, the KKK only does it when they feel like doing it. As for proof of the KKK in OC, all one has to do is take a walk around anaheim and fulletron today to see it is alive and well just better hidden by those only claiming to pbe politically correct.

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John J.
John J.

I was born and grew up in Fullerton and never heard this story. "The record stands" What record are you speaking of? Weak story - very weak.

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fullerton lifer
fullerton lifer

correction: I meant Albert not Henry as the friend of the Castro family

fullerton lifer
fullerton lifer

Henry Hetebrink was a lifelong friend of Mr, Castro whose family worked for the Hetebrinks. It was Henry who gave Mr. Castro the down payment on his house located lived on Santa Ysabel street in Fullerton. Henry also gave each of Mr. Castro's daughters ten thousand dollars as a presentwhen they were young woman. If you doubt my story then ask Rosemary Castro who works for the city of Fullerton.

Clarence of Arabia
Clarence of Arabia

Sorry, don't feel guilt. The Klan was a tribal organization just like La Raza.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Bravo John J!

Good tenacity! Dont let him off the hook, if there is anyone here who is a racist and is fanning the flames of hate in the OC its Gustavo!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Lifer,

I was on your side until you scribbled this garbage. As I have stated in the past and will state again, my IMMEDIATE family, meaning parents, brothers, and wife.... Are practically the freaking united nations... Mexican, Asian, Black, and then my pasty white ass... so you can try and call me a racist all you want and tell me to go crawl back under my white hood....etc. But that dog don’t hunt around here.

However, you did just prove the point I've been making about the pied piper of the OC weekly. He writes these ridiculous hit pieces on the long deceased, who apparently found it in the kindness of their hearts to help minorities, and definitely cant defend themselves. He besmirches the family's name, as he did with this one. Because apparently the family, which is still in the area, were good decent people or so Gustavo says except this one guy Albert. So from now on a mindless goon such as yourself will associate everything bearing this family’s name with the Klan and use it as undeniable proof as to how racist OC is when it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Good job Gustavo! Another satisfied reader blindly following your propaganda.

909Jeff
909Jeff

John,

This whole series has been a joke, I encourage you to search the weekly and read the other stories. Gustavo is doing nothing but dancing on the graves of the dead and fear mongering. He also penned another little ditty about the census and why African Americans apparently aren’t moving to the OC... Probably a valid question except for the fact that if you read any of Gustavos work why would any minority want to live here, and he loves.... LOVES, to re-tread a picture of some Klan member from 100 years ago like its travel brochure picture, as if to say..."Come to OC, this is what every Cracker here wears on the weekend"! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions but more than likely you’ll find that Gustavo should stick to what he does best… Writing about food and playing slap-and-tickle with Moxley and their gimp Coker.

Other than that he’s a Charlatan, Or a Chismoso or a Calumniador… Or all three!

Kokopuffette
Kokopuffette

I am one of John Castro's Daughters. Pete Hetebrink was the most kind and generous person. I grew up playing in that big house. People close to him will tell you what a super nice person he was. I am honored to have had in my life. He had a sweet lovable heart. I do not know about any KKK involvement, so I can only speak to my relationship with him. He was like a Family member, and my Father and him, were the best of Friends. Why don't you report on positive things rather than crucifying anyboby that you think hates Mexicans, Gus.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Since when is consistency an essential attribute of those worthless goons? How does (apparently) being kind to some of their acquaintences excuse thier excesses? Lynching is not the only form of repression. Even if they weren't active in the bullying typical of the KKK their membership proves tacit approval.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You can rip me all you want (it's really flattering!), but a Coker-hater? What a fool!

John J.
John J.

Yes I do, but what does that have to do with this story? Please post a link or reference to documents that back up your claim that Hetebrinks was KKK. That's all I'm asking.

Kokopuffette
Kokopuffette

Gus, you are such a racist. Put your big boy chones on. Signature on an old paper, or living his life as decent human being?

909Jeff
909Jeff

Nor did it change the fact that U.S. Senator Robert Byrd was a klan member... but its ok to have been a Klan member if you turn out to be a big fat Liberal. Typical double standard!

Isnt that right Gustavito?

fullerton lifer
fullerton lifer

if albert hetebrink was a sincere klan member would he have helped the Castro family?

fullerton lifer
fullerton lifer

actions speak louder than words, when albert hetebrink lynch people?

Clarence of Arabia
Clarence of Arabia

Did the Klan lynch Mexicans? Never heard that. Don't even think it happened.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Johnny: It's not claims when there's a verified membership list with Hetebrink's name on it. Sorry!

Johnny
Johnny

You know G, I recently got your book.. thought it was interesting. I don't know who you are writing for here, but if you make claims like this, you should provide a reference. I don't take any of this serious. These are just accusations. I am disappointed. This is like Donald Trump and his provocative statements. No substance. More of these baseless articles and I am no longer a fan. Truly disappointing.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

My point is that just because you never heard the story doesn't mean it's somehow false. You want the documents? Go to the Anaheim Public Library and you'll find the information you need...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Again, your silence is deafening, You write about the alleged "Pioneers" of OC who were klan members but you align yourself with a political party that puts Byrd on a pedestal. No doubt you'll be writing soon about how the Orange plaza is the grand temple for the racist's in Orange because Glassell and Chapman were southern sympathizers durring the civil war blah blah blah... Can you provide an example of where you have defended anyone in this county who was other than Mexican or Black or Muslim?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

When have you ever seen me champion Byrd? Can you provide the example?

Bill T.
Bill T.

"Lynching is not the only form of repression". Quote. Unquote. Oh, well he didn't actually HANG any poor sods so he must have been a nice guy. "Actions speak louder than words", you mean as in membership in scum organizations such as the KKK?

909Jeff
909Jeff

And you never answered any of my questions Chismoso! Where have you been hiding?

And this was a great piece.. "You know this one guy... who knew this other guy... who had a farm in fullerton? Yeah his 2nd cousin was a bigot! This one was laughable.

And a week late! I looked for your hit piece at 5 pm last Monday as you said it would be posted. But I guess all the exaustive research you had to do dalyed this pulitzer worthy piece.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

so, it's alright that the klan didn't lynch wabs but ok for doing so only to the negritos, right Clarence of Saudi Arabia west of Iran aka Aryan? too funny, jackhole.klan doesn't discriminate: they are an equal opportunity executioner, pendejo..

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