Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Ferris F. Kelly, San Juan Capistrano Postmaster
But that's the type of man Ferris F. Kelly was.
|Kelly, second from left, with OC supervisors and others discussing the route of the Ortega Highway|
|Orange County Archives|
Kelly was the postmaster for San Juan Capistrano, which didn't have a problem with bootlegging ala Anaheim, was relatively at ease with its brownies--so why did Kelly join the Klan? The answer, of course, is lost to history, although we can all safely surmise that Kelly was a white supremacist--you know, because the official oath of the Klan made people abide by the supremacy of Whites and all that. Tell that to the people who put the Ferris Kelly Buildings on San Juan historical walking tours, going on and on about the niceness and tolerance of their "Spanish" town.
Tune in every Monday around 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!
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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