Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Jesse L. Hunter, San Juan Capistrano Innkeeper, Owner of Mexican Restaurant

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Even in 1920s Orange County, Know Nothings knew that if they wanted to be successful, they had to do business with Mexicans. You could segregate against them, kick their asses, exploit them--but you needed their money, too, to make sure you could make a living.

That's exactly what happened with Jesse L. Hunter. He and his wife owned the second incarnation of the historic San Juan Inn during the 1920s, and they also ran El Casador Cafe, one of the earliest Mexican restaurants in Orange County and a natural given Capistrano was much more Mexican then than it is today.

And makes total sense given Hunter was one of the few Capistrano members of the Orange County Ku Klux Klan.

The love that gabachos have for Mexican food is known, even racist ones--let's not forget that arch-Know Nothing Tom Tancredo and I had dinner at a Mexican restaurant before our debate last fall. Hunter sure as hell didn't want Mexicans living near him, didn't want them to have equal rights--but their food? Not only would he take their tamales, he'd eat them, too. May he have had more than a couple of bouts of Montezuma's revenge in his day for his nasty bigotry...

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

Previous entries:

John A. Leuzinger, Brea Mayor, Founder of Brea Electric
Newton E. Wray, SanTana Rancher, Failed City Council Candidate
Samuel F. Hilgenfeld, Buena Park Minister, Founder of Anaheim's Hilgenfeld Mortuary
Elmer E. Heidt, OC's First Scout Executive for Orange County Boy Scouts Council
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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lydiawow
lydiawow

Gustavo, growing up, you were probably the type who would hit your little brother or sister first. Then when they would go to hit you back, you'd make sure your parents saw it so that they would get in trouble. And that carried over to your journalistic style.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

lydiawow
lydiawow

I am curious to know what this guy's agenda is.  I have been seeing this Klan thing lately. I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

HAZEL
HAZEL

Wow, that's a racist white person for ya! How are you supposed to not like Mexican people, but open a Mexican restaurant? I guess that's why the white race is becoming the minority, and the minorities are becoming the majority. Lol! Viva, Mexico! :   )

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Get Help Now

Gustavo, growing up, you were probably the type who would hit your little brother or sister first. Then when they would go to hit you back, you'd make sure your parents saw it so that they would get in trouble. And that carried over to your journalistic style. Your whole game revolves around antagonizing people and putting down or calling someone a name who doesn't agree with you. All that does is show your insecurity. What are you so insecure about? Why do you have this need to put others down? Maybe if you are fortunate enough, someday you be able to answer those questions.

If you don't believe me, go over the psych department and talk to one of the professors. They might be able to do you some good. Good luck with your insecurity issues.

mitch young
mitch young

Your just jealous because, despite the millions of Mexican 'cooks' in the US -- the best Mexican chef in the entire country is an 'Anglo' from the mid-West.

Steve
Steve

I am curious to know what this guy's agenda is.  I have been seeing this Klan thing lately.  What's the point?  You are talking about guys that are dead and gone. Then he refers to white people as "gabachos" which is a derogatory word for white people.  So I know they didn't have mexicans in the Klan but it sounds like you are racist like the Klan.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

What a hoot yet again: Hate the greaser wab but love his juicy chilote picante..... Maybe some were closeted klanners... HAHAHAHA!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Actually, I just put down Know Nothings, and Mitchie above can attest to that—smoke that one, Freud!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hi Steve,

I have been arguing with Gustavo since he started this column and all he does is call anyone who dares challenge him names.  Youre right this peice for the most part is meaningless.  He claims that we are all history denyers and from stormfront etc... But the fact of the matter is Gustavo hates any white person who is not self loathing.  He barely tolerates asians and he takes up the cause for Blacks only when it suits his agenda. Otherwise he is a bigoted mexican who feels powerful when guys like coochi1967 kiss his culo. Just read his stuff... He will make racial jabs at whites all day long and when you call him on it he claims that it is all in good fun just a joke.  But I dare you to make one dicey comment about any other race and he will attack you with the same type of logical fallacies that he tries to call other people on.  Total double standard.  This is why I call him a Charlatan... The Pied Piper of Santa Ana!

NI66ERBEATER
NI66ERBEATER

the orange county register is one bulshiitt asss newspaper, with a wetback agenda

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Bayless? Please. He's a little whiner who believes his own cult and can't take criticism from a Pulitzer Prize winner who calls out his lies.

HAZEL
HAZEL

The name you chose to use shows how ignorant of a person you are. I would love to see you go to Los Angeles, or Long Beach and attempt to beat a black person.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I know Susan Feniger, and she'd dispute your assertions—actually, she wouldn't even let you sit among your fellow gabachos there haha, but keep dreaming!

mitch young
mitch young

"They're from Los Angeles"

LOL, that makes it worse ...the second biggest Mexican city in the world and the best Mexican chefs are two 'nice white ladies'.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You mean the Two Hot Tamales? They're from Los Angeles, pendejo—again, you just can't handle truths, eh? Meanwhile, all you do is bitch about those Argies—let's see you say your bitching to their faces—but, of course, you won't haha

mitch young
mitch young

Then there's those two women in Berkeley. Man, win, place, show, gold, silver, bronze. You must feel like black people do when Duke wins the NCAAs.

And you should take a tip from your hero Gold and 'call out' folks -- starting with sudaca roach coach owners who pass off chimichuri as 'Catalan'.

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