Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Earl Sechrist and Burton Young, Brea and Yorba Linda Ministers

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All right! Mega-project out of the way, time to return this desmadre to its weekly status! Since I missed last week, this week is another two-fer, from a profession that contributed many members to the Ku Klux Klan's roster in Orange County during the 1920s: Christian ministers.

The Klan was famously anti-Catholic: one of the few actual incidents of terror polite historians have been able to pin on the OC Klan (they're not looking close enough, but that's another blog post...) is their burning of a cross in front of St. Boniface Church at the height of the KKK's power in Anaheim. But hatred toward Catholics didn't translate into bigotry against all Christians, of course.

Indeed, the head of the Anaheim Klavern was the Rev. Leon Myers, head of the First Christian Church in Anaheim. We've previously discussed Samuel Hilgenfeld, who was a minister at Buena Park Congregational Church before founding the Hilgenfeld Mortuary. Add to the list of supposedly holy men who were Klukkers Earl Sechrist and Burton Young of Brea and Yorba Linda, respectively.

Sechrist was the head of the Congregational Church of Brea, and the more outspoken of the two. It was he who addressed a meeting of Klukkers after the Klan staged a raid on alleged bootleggers, the raid that eventually helped lead to the downfall of the hooded pendejos. Young, the minister at First Methodist Church in Yorba Linda, seems to have been just a rank-and-file member of the Invisible Empire--but let's see what the archives have to say soon...just look at what they're unearthing about Schuller!

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

Previous entries:

Rollin Marsden and Roy Davis, Fullerton Councilmembers
William French, Fullerton's First Deputy Police Officer
Rudolph Kroener, Co-Owner of Former Gas Station that's Now Orange's Filling Station
William E. Fanning, Brea Schools Pioneer, Namesake of Fanning Elementary
Jesse L. Hunter, San Juan Capistrano Innkeeper, Owner of Mexican Restaurant
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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26 comments
Newportblue65
Newportblue65

More rants from a left wing nobody. These are a waste of space!.......

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

For those OCW readers who would minimize or excuse the klan's history, please read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

No, it's not an OC story, or a new story. But the walking excrement the KKK was made of needs to be exposed.

Petit Bourgeois
Petit Bourgeois

You never seem to mention Jose Vaconcelos: a supporter of the Nazi regime.

Jessica
Jessica

I think it will surely does, just go do the rest of the research!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"Sechrist was the head of the Congregational Church of Brea, and the more outspoken of the two. It was he who addressed a meeting of Klukker..."

What did he say?  Does a copy of his speech exist?  Quotes?

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

"Burton Young"

No relation that I know of, which is too bad, as that would make me really old stock OC. BTW a lot of Young's originate in Western (upstate) New York and Ohio. If this guy did too, and note he isn't with the 'Southern' Methodists, just the Methodists -- that would be more evidence of the widespread support for the Second Klan.

As for the cross burning -- that's pretty weak sauce.

Alex
Alex

Yet here you are. Some people are funny.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Exactly right, not an OC story.

Any large organization is going to have problematic members. The NFL has rapists, dog torturers, and former players have killed. (Hello OJ). The vast majority of Second Klan members were Americans who were worried about an assault on their county and culture. Looking at, say, the current Supreme Court which has no white Protestants (no Protestants at all), you'd have to say they were right -- they have been dispossessed from the country and institutions their ancestors built.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You, lecture anyone about the evils of anti-Semitism? That's rich!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Of course it does—why else would I bring it up? Go do the rest of the research!

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Burning a cross is considered 'weak sauce'? Back then (as it would be today) such an act would have meant a death sentence. Thanks, Bitch Young. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Simple answer, the difference is between an organization that incidentally has bigoted members (as all do) as opposed to an organization that was founded on and operated by and continues to operate by bigoted principles, DUH. I should be used to it by now, but your ignorance never ceases to surprise me.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Obviously you can't read. Look at the Supreme Court today, probably the most powerful segment of our government. White Protestants--you know, the people who founded the US and its government -- have been eliminated from that august body, even though they still make up 42% of the population.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

wow, the KKK and its insitutions have finally been 'dispossessed' and eradicated, just like the history you wish to eradicate. bitch young, at it again...

just curious: why do people like to grasp at straws with such fervor in light of empirical evidence put before their eyes? just wondering...

Bill T.
Bill T.

I would like to see reference sources cited. Not that people would start letting a little thing like facts stand in their way so it wouldn't make any difference in the end.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

"Back then (as it would be today) such an act would have meant a death sentence"

???

mitch young
mitch young

Maybe you've not heard of Ginsberg, Kagan, and Sotomayor?

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

the US Supreme Court: the scariest and most dilusional group of male con artists this side of neo-cons. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

It's because I have self-respect that I have no problem respecting others. The fact that I have to point out this obvious fact speaks volumes about your attitude. Keep it up, you're batting 1000.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

man, you crack me up, bitch young. but keep 'em coming: gabachos, chinos, negritos, and wabs demand comic relief.  

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

There's Bill, the 'I'm so down with the Latinos, white man'. Dude, have some self respect.

Bill T.
Bill T.

You're not going to penetrate what passes for Mitch as a skull. That said, his ignorances demand a reply lest anyone think that there is no disagreement with his pendejados.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Bitch Young: this means a death sentence for the recipient of the cross burning,  you ignoramus pendejo...

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