Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Elmer E. Heidt, OC's First Scout Executive for Orange County Boy Scouts Council

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Today, the Boy Scouts is one of the most multicultural organizations in Orange County--indeed, if you asked me to describe the prototypical OC Boy Scout, I'd say he was a Vietnamese kid from Little Saigon. But the Boy Scouts wasn't always so egalitarian--although the national organization maintained a non-discrimination position early on, it also allowed local chapters to discriminate according to the local mores at the time. And since Orange County was a segregated society when la naranja's first Scout Council was formed in 1920, I think it's safe to assume the local Scouts then weren't exactly recruiting wabs and chinitos to join their ranks.

I mean, why would they when the Orange County Boy Scouts Council's first Scout Executive (the head) was a Klan member?

Heidt was a SanTana resident and also became the first manager for the Automobile Club of Southern California's Orange County branch. He was part of the first wave of the Klan in OC, the ones who nearly took over SanTana, influenced the creation of Mexican-only schools in the city, and actually had more members than the more-infamous Klanaheim. As my colleague Gabriel San Roman pointed out, given the vigorous Klan membership among santaneros like Heidt during the 1920s, perhaps it's time to rename the city Santa Klana...and trust me, there are more members to come in this series from what's now the most-Mexican big city in America! Oh, the irony...

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

Previous entries:

James W. Newell, Fullerton-area Miner/Mason
Garland C. Ross, Santa Ana dentist, batted against Walter Johnson
Ferris F. Kelley, San Juan Capistrano Postmaster
Clyde Fairbairn, Longtime Olive resident/nice guy
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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Lishu Zheng

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Buddyfitz
Buddyfitz

Anaheim has an all white city council while the population in Anaheim is 53% brown.The spirit of the KKK still lives in Anaheim.

GA fan
GA fan

Thank you Gustavo for the lesson in logic and critical thinking. Here is what I learned......

Almost all of us have heard the expression "work smarter, not harder," right? And, I am not going to deny that many Mexicans do work hard. So, I am going to say it is safe to assume that Mexicans are incapable of thinking smarter.

mitch young
mitch young

Are we gonna get some, you know, actual wrongdoing?

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Ok, Know Nothings, start your injuns.... Their denouncements should be starting on cue..

Jack123
Jack123

"Orange County California, The Right County, The White County"

1955 Orange County Chamber of Commerce Advertisment...

OY VEY!!

Whitey
Whitey

That may be true, but first you have to subtract all of the illegal aliens, and the "browns" who don't vote (I was going to say unregistered voters, but that doesn't stop you Mexicans. I mean, look at Loretta), and the "brown" population only represents 5%.

mitch young
mitch young

And 30 years ago Anaheim had, what, a population that was 70% or so white? So who is really under attack?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, because being in the Klan was SO right. Typical pendejo skin...

mitch young
mitch young

66% of Americans are white, but only 9% of immigrants are? Who is really under attack?

junior
junior

No - I would not say something racist and stupid.

I am offended GA, that you would think that I would stoop so low.

mitch young
mitch young

Freedom of association is a constitutional right, for MEChistas or Kluxers.

mitch young
mitch young

Jack seems to have disappeared. Probably brushing up on his photoshop skills to manufacture some evidence.

GA Fan
GA Fan

Gladly. Know any place where I can get a lemon that is certified hand-picked by a Mexican? Oh, wait. I can get that anywhere.

junior
junior

No problem GA - thanks.

I agree - "GA Fan": Go suck a lemon.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

My apologies, junior. I only said that because I know sometimes you refer to me as GA. Again: my sincerest apologies.

"GA Fan": Go suck a lemon.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Well, that makes it ok, doesn't it?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Hey, kids! Name at least three logical fallacies with Mitchy's comment here, and win a prize!

Bill T.
Bill T.

And don't forget freedom to gather ('round the ol' cross fire). Whom do you think you're kidding?

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