OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Arthur E. Koepsel, Chair of the OC Republican Party Central Committee

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I'm not going to write TOO much about Arthur Koepsel here because...well, you'll read more this Thursday in our paper. But, of course, whenever it comes to the pioneers of Orange County, first we must consult their self-published bios as included in Samuel Armor's collection. So, let's hear it, Art!

"Prominent among the leading attorneys, who have steadfastly sought to maintain a high standard of ethics for the Orange County Bar," starts his mug-shot bio, "Arthur E. Koepsel, of the well-known firm of Eden and Koepsel, enjoys that esteem, both indicative of the confidence of his fellow-citizens in the past and desirable and  enviable as a guarantee of profitable patronage for the future."

Unless, of course, you were a minority, 'cause Koepsel was Klan.

Koepsel was Klan when he was chair of the OC Republican Central Committee, that wackjob group of people who compare Obama to a monkey and Muslims to terrorists. Apple obviously didn't fall too far from the tree--shit, apple is still on the tree! But, again: more on Thursday...

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

Previous entries:

Frederick Bastady, Buena Park Citrus Rancher/School Board Member
Charles C. Kinsler, Brea Fire Chief/Clerk/School Board Member/Pioneer
Alvin L. Hitchcock, Orange County Chief Deputy Clerk
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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15 comments
Bill T.
Bill T.

This series strikes me as one of your happier inspirations.

Writers block?  No problem, there's always going to be more KKK scum in our history to out and simultaneously raise awareness some (however minusculey (not correct usage, too lazy to figger it out)).

Robyyo
Robyyo

And Gustavo's four fathers are part of the mexican mafia and mecha. Who cares?

mitch young
mitch young

Koepsel pere served in a Wisconsin  regiment during the Civil War (that would be on the Union side, Klavito). Koepsel himself served in the California National Guard *after* working on the railroad (literally, showing despite what you read, the Chinese didn't build the bulk of our railroads). He educated himself in the law, then 'was graduated' from USC. He was in the Shriners and Elks. Sounds like an upstanding guy. I seriously doubt there will be any sort of 'shocker' on the dead tree version of this.

And, no matter how much you dislike it, the Democrats were associated with the klan. Today they've just switch sides in racial matters, they are still racially oriented.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Apple obviously didn't fall too far from the tree--shit, apple is still on the tree! But, again: more on Thursday... 

Hmmm Interesting... Cant wait for Thursday!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Wackjob group?  You're condemning the whole OCRCC because of Davenport's actions?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Did you think of that pendejada all by yourself, or did your circle jerk think of it together?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

...and he was Klan. Typical apologist pendejo skin...

909Jeff
909Jeff

Mitch I've said it til i was blue in the face and it does no good... Robert Byrd was in the Klan but he gets a pass cause he's a Dem... Every governor in every southern state during the freedom rides was a Dem. Bull Connors was a Dem. Al Gores father was a segregationist and a Dem.   Look at the Civil rights act of 1964 

The bill came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964 and the "Southern Bloc" of 18 southern Democratic Senators and one Republican Senator led by Richard Russell (D-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell: "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states."The most fervent opposition to the bill came from Senator Strom Thurmond (D-SC): "This so-called Civil Rights Proposals, which the President has sent to Capitol Hill for enactment into law, are unconstitutional, unnecessary, unwise and extend beyond the realm of reason. This is the worst civil-rights package ever presented to the Congress and is reminiscent of the Reconstruction proposals and actions of the radical Republican Congress."On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) completed a filibustering address that he had begun 14 hours and 13 minutes earlier opposing the legislation. For those of you who dont study history this remains one of the longest filibusters in the history of the senate #1 still remains Strom Thurmond in 1957 when he was a Democrat opposing civil rights one might say toeing the party line! And what is Strom Thurman Guilty of?  Realizing he was wrong and joining the Republicans. Had he stayed a Dem he would have got a pass just like Byrd. Look at the Voting results for the Civil rights act of 1964.The original House version:Democratic Party: 152-96   Republican Party: 138-34   Cloture in the Senate:Democratic Party: 44-23   Republican Party: 27-6   The Senate version:Democratic Party: 46-21   Republican Party: 27-6   The Senate version, voted on by the House:Democratic Party: 153-91   Republican Party: 136-35   So you tell me... Which is the party of diversity and tolerance and which party continues to perpetuate the victim mentality and pander for votes by making promises to minority's that it never intends to keep. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Given other members include Deborah "Sodomy" Pauley and Tim Whitacre, yes!

Robyyo
Robyyo

Glad you liked it. What's the point of these articles? Some dead person 50 to 100 years ago was an asshole and you're going to expose them? Decades after they're dead? Great journalism there pal. This just in Gustavo, Charles Lindberg's baby was abducted, you better put out an A.P.B.

Bill T.
Bill T.

You have four fathers?  Can you explain this miracle of procreation?

Bill T.
Bill T.

Yah, what has history to do with where we are and what we do? We can forget about all that old junk and just continue making the same mistakes.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Ahhh, restraint, admirable.

mitch young
mitch young

On the 'four fathers' thing, I was gonna make a nasty comment about Klavito's mom, but thought the better of it. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! I wasnt sure if someone was gonna catch that!

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