Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Clyde Fairbairn, Longtime Olive Resident/Nice Guy

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The secrets people keep. A couple of years ago, a couple of amateur historians wrote up reminisces of Clyde Fairbairn, for whom Fairbairn Street in Orange is named. Fairbairn was a longtime resident of Olive, a community now mostly gone, gobbled up by Orange in the past half-century, but once centered largely around what's now Orange Olive Road. "He led a quiet life in Olive with relatively few personal changes, and was regarded by many citizens as a community-minded individual," one writer wrote.

Of course, the brief history didn't mention that Fairbairn was a member of the Orange County chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

What's remarkable about the Orange-Olive area during the 1920s is that, despite the longstanding Mexican communities in El Modena and Cypress, and the hundreds who worked its orchards and packing houses, few Orange residents joined the Klan. In fact, in the more than 1,000 individuals listed in the membership roster of the Orange County Ku Klux Klan assembled by the DA's office during the mid-1920s, only 10 have Orange or Olive addresses; compare that with the hundreds in Fullerton and SanTana alone.

Of course, that doesn't exculpate Orange from its own racialist comedy. It definitely enacted Mexican-only schools in the 1920s, and was reportedly a sundown town well into the 1940s. And the Olive community now? Mostly Mexican, with Taqueria Guadalupana its shining beacon, in a shopping plaza anchored by a thrift store that attracts a bunch of wabs, across the street from Shaffer Park, which wabs overtook decades ago. Oh, how Fairbairn must love this new normal!

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

Previous entries:

Charles McClure, Brea's first police chief
John F. Pieper, Tustin feed store owner, councilmember
William Starbuck, Fullerton school trustee, druggist
Hoyt Corbit, Yorba Linda Pioneer, Fan of Richard Nixon
Lucien Proud, La Habra mayor/school trustee
Albert Hetebrink, Fullerton rancher
Henry W. Head, Orange County godfather
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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Rider I
Rider I

I do not understand this. Are you trying to make these folks look bad. I mean from what I am seeing the black hand which is your genomes protection turns neighbor hoods into places of decreptive violence and attacks on their own people, along with nice people. However, the people you are speaking about had to stick together as the Majority of Hispanics in the area where ganged or even in Unions where they would constantly get into fights. They did not know any better then. All they knew was that Hispanic American's mostly migrated from Mexico. Some of them had grandfathers and elder's who remembered the stories of the war against Mexico. In which still scared them. However, all your report does is stir up more racism and hate for folks. I mean your antagonisms alone in calling your own people wab's, is enough to even piss off anybody. Furthermore, if Orange County is one of the most influential neighborhoods in California and you are speaking bad about its founding fathers. What does that say. No offense hear, it is one thing to attack folks and bring out the basics of fear mongering. However, you should at least be respectful and show the current black hand influence in Orange County CA. I mean, these men and women you are speaking about are the same folks that helped American Hispanics that wanted to live here get good jobs and homes. What you mistake for hate is wrong. If you looked further into your investigation. You would see they where against Mexican nationals and Mexican soldiers being housed in the US. Which during those times you have to remember. The US was still very vulnerable. Where Mexican solidres would constant act as immigrants or even migrant workers. As they where still trying to figure a way to get the land they lost back. I just do not get people like you. Are you writing to make the KKK look good or are writing to make them look bad. Or are you just trying to take focus off of illegal crime that has come from every walk of life immigration from Irish, which I am, by the way most Irish where treated just like Mexican's. Which has always upset me. As racist folks like you forget that the African American's and Hispanics and Asian's in this country where not the only one's working farms, or being discriminated against. You always take one side and do not explain the whole. For example, my family was one of the families that helped Hispanic workers get good homes, paid good wages and get their children into schools in this area. However, we are white. I have black members calling me names like Nazi and KKK member just because I will not hang out with them and I am white. However, my best friend is black, mother best friend Indian and my girlfriend is Vietnamese. I do not appreciate people like you who write articles to stir up hate and violence. It is one thing during the winter time when folks are going to be at home more. It is a whole other thing when all of the kids are going to be out and about. I remember more racist violence when I was a kid from the Hispanics than I do any other race. If you are trying to upset folks it is working. I mean, all these people are are the protectors of their genomes. They are just scared of having what they know taken from them. Please refrain from calling names in your articles written. As it creates that installment in our young people this summer. Along with that, the idea that you are doing a specific dig into one race and not the other. Is already upsetting and I am not even racist the slight bit. As a matter of fact, It upsets me so much that I want to write a report on the Hispanic racist in this area. However, I will refrain as I am working on the biggest racist party in the World the Han Chinese Communist party. It is really upsetting, and you are writing in a time when I remember walking the streets as an English speaking person meant I was going to get in a fight or somebody would try and chase after me because I was not in their gang or spoke their language. I never ganged up and most of my friends where the American multiplicity. I have never just dated one type of race in a women. However, I bet 100% you are racist and that most of your friends are Hispanic and your girlfriend is too. 

Rider IThis article angers me, not because it is digging into something. However, because of the language used. This could be written without your racist opinion of name calling in it. Please refrain from using racist terms in an open source article. You write like you have no clue what it is to be a minority in a country. I do as my whole neighborhood is everything but white. It has been my whole life. Every school I have gone to in Southern California has been everything but white majority. So excuse me when I say. You may call yourself with your racist friend what every you like, as I do. However, your writing instills in our youth anger and tendencies to call each other names. 

Olive branch
Olive branch

Gustavo, have you even been to the Olive section of Orange? The term generally refers to the hilly unincororated area between Eisenhower Park and Orange-Olive Road, along Lincoln Avenue. If you take into account the surrounding area, it's 1960s era tract houses, inhabited mostly by white people. So where did you get the idea it was "mostly Mexican"? Did you see three apartment houses on Lincoln and decide the are had "gone Mexican"? Way wrong. And Taqueria Guadalupana, those thrift stores and Shaffer Park aren't in Olive. It's tough to take you seriously as a self-appointed OC historian when you get things so wrong.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Funny you say that, because even when I was going to Eisenhower Park as a child in the 1980s, gabachos were a rarity in the area. That old burger stand off Lincoln near Eisenhower? All raza, last I went.

Pat
Pat

The unincorporated area is just one part of the former community of Olive. It just happens to be the affluent area not incorporated by Orange. http://dragoon1st.tripod.com/o... has decent maps showing the scope of the community beyond the limited scope you reference.

Guest
Guest

" It's tough to take you seriously as a self-appointed OC historian when you get things so wrong."

He's also a self-appointed food critic who thinks that the chimichuri laden sandwiches at 'Barcelona on the Go' are 'Spanish' food. Give him this, he is a master of the 'cara dura' or whatever Mexicans call Chutzspah.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Wow, you care about something other than the fate of Whites! But, like usual, your pendejismo is showing—what they put on their Catalan sandwich is about as much chimichurri as you are mestizo.

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

You mean to tell me that racism was rampant and widespread back in the day? Hard to believe!

Gus! You should demand your reparations!

Whitey
Whitey

Hey Gustavo. I read about the SF Giants fan that got beat up at the Dodgers game on opening day by those Mexicans is going to die. Another fine moment in the history of Mexicans. You must be so proud.

Everytime you do one of these KKK posts that talks about something whitey did 90 years ago, I can find today at least 5 stories from credible news sources about Mexicans killing someone, or committing some other vile act.

So come on, give me your infamous "Pendejo" or some other "weak sauce" response.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

What does that horrific beating have to do with history?

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