OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Alvin L. Hitchcock, Orange County Chief Deputy Clerk

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In the early 1920s, the Orange County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution forbidding any county employees from being a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The supes had a serious problem on their hands, given that the sheriff at the time, Sam Jernigan, was a Klucker.

The directive, of course, did little to stem the influence of the Klan in Orange County, or even stop county employees from joining their ranks--county employees like the chief deputy clerk of Orange County during the mid-1920s, Alvin L. Hitchcock.

Unlike most of the first wave of the Klan, Hitchcock wasn't a SanTana resident but rather from Orange, which never had TOO much of a Klan presence save for one notable incident which I'll be detailing very soon...in the meanwhile, the beat goes on!

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

Previous entries:

George W. Cullen, Brea Schools Clerk
Walter S. Gregg, County Statistician/Aid Commissioner
Forrest Hurst and Ben Blanchard, Brea Councilmembers
Evrit S. Boice, La Habra's First Mayor
Morris W. Martenet, Jr., Anaheim Councilmember, Owner of Martenet Hardware
William F. Espolt, Jr., La Habra Banker/Citrus Grower
Perry Woodward, Deputy County Assessor, Failed Supervisorial Candidate
George Annin, Fullerton Police Officer, Councilmember
Harry E. Becker, Mayor of Brea
Francis Allen Kidder, Santa Ana Father and Son
Leslie C. Rogers, Santa Ana City Marshal
Earl Sechrist and Burton Young, Brea and Yorba Linda Ministers
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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qdpsteve
qdpsteve

Alls I knows is: for a second I thought the headline read Alfred Hitchcock. Thank God it doesn't... :-)

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

This story goes on and on and on.........to what end !.......

Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

Gustavo, you should appear on the show "Las Mangas del Chaleco" on Televisa!! It fits you! 

Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco

Gustavo, you came outof a show of 1000 ways to die. You’re so scrawny; you need to eat a lot myfriend.

mitch young
mitch young

Great juxtaposition today. 

Currently we have, at large, two African-americans who knocked over a DW ATM , a Mexican convicted of murdering another Mexican, a Latino of some sort convicted of a sexaul assault (victim's race unspecified), a dead Latina who will almost certainly turned out of the been killed by yet another 'Latino', a 'Latino' convicted in taking part in the multiracial (oh, happy day!) gang killing of a white man and man with a hispanic surname being wanted in connection with killing of yet another white man.But go ahead and keep digging up names of long forgotten, but once prominent, white men of the county if it makes you feel better.

Vertov
Vertov

The point of Gustavo's (small once-a-week) series is to undermine the idea that  "things used to be better when OC was all-white." This false notion underpins your sentiment, mitch. 

mitch young
mitch young

How does this series undermine that notion? Aside from one cross burning (directed against white Catholics) hasn't produced any evidence of wrongdoing.

peter sparks
peter sparks

mitch, don't get all worked up over gastavo, he has a serious drinking problem. This is the best he can do, when you know he's drunk or hung over.

gastavo you need to seek medical attention before the drinking is your demise. Just get help.

mitch young
mitch young

I've done some looking and the only real 'klan terror' I can find in all of SoCal are some raids up in LA against illegal liquor making operations -- said enterprises being run by 'bohunk' European immigrants. That won't fit Klavito's tale of woe of brown and black folks being raped, murdered and pillaged by evil, old stock Orange County whites.

This whole project is about nothing buy racial/ethnic solidarity. Texans have their Alamo, the Israelis have Masada, the military has the joint suffering of bootcamp and frateritiies have hazing. Gustavo is trying to create this imaginary history of 'woe is us' for Mexicans in the 'C. It's bullshit --notice his father didn't settle in Compton, but chose a city that was probably 60-70-80 percent white in the early 1970s.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Not one of these stories you have posted have involved a single cross burning or lynching. they all seem to be some yokel in a menial position like a clerk or feed store or school board who were by your own admission were mostly closet Klansters.  So far the highest ranking person was a Brea city council member. Get to the meat and potatoes or give it up.  I have yet to be convinced that any of these men were actually "Pioneers" of Orange. 

I have a feeling the story your alluding to is the Mexican ranch hand who killed his foreman in 1892?  Of course we'll never know if he did it because he was lynched right?

Another group in the news recently has affiliated itself with radical Imams that support terrorism.

But we dont call the Irvine 11 terrorists. 

Alva
Alva

This "Thick Anglo Mind" is wondering when you will acknowledge and investigate the rampant ethnic cleansing perpetuated by raza street gangs against blacks.  Or have you found a way to blame whitey for that as well?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

People who burn crosses and lynch? Terrorists. Of course, your thick "Anglo mind can't get that!

mitch young
mitch young

Oooh, 'terrorist'. You sound like Jorge Arbusto (though I suspect he speaks better Spanish). 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Good ol' Mitchie: never failing to apologize for white terrorists!

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