OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: William A. Culp, Brea Schools Board of Trustees President

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Brea is infamous in the annals of Orange County for its unofficial sundown town law for much of its existence, and for just being generally nasty toward minorities, but here's an interesting fact: Brea never had segregated schools for Mexicans. Reason? There was no need for it--no Mexicans in town!

The area's most famous Mexican resident was former California Supreme Court Judge Cruz Reynoso, born in the town in 1931. As he told an oral historian years later, there were two Mexican families in Brea at the time--two! In 1930s Orange County, the height of the area's citrus industry! Mexis knew better, you know? Judge Reynoso doesn't say it in the interview I linked to, but he's told other historians that one of the reasons he got into law was because of the racism his family faced in Brea.

Which leads us to William A. Culp.

Culp was a mechanic and orchardist by trade who was also responsible for Brea's first movie theater. At some point, he was also the president of the board of trustees for the Brea public schools.

And, of course, Culp was a Klukker.

May the racists of today breed more great men ala Reynoso--and may men like Culp be rolling around in hell as their descendents marry Mexicans.

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

Previous entries:

Harry E. Inskeep, Fullerton Justice of the Peace
Arthur E. Koepsel, Chair of the OC Republican Party Central Committee
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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Gustapo
Gustapo

These klan people worry me do they have wings and magical fairies too. I mean are they really wizards did they know merlin? mmm I worried can I learn magic. at what point is magic necessary. these people worry me Gustavo save me. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Gustavo, can some arbitrary limit on the number of posts be instituted?  Maybe 483?

junior
junior

In 1924, the Klan became active in local politics in Anaheim, California. The city had been controlled by an entrenched commercial-civic elite that was mostly German American. The elite gave little support to the prohibition laws--the mayor, for example, had been a saloon keeper. The Klan was closely allied with the prohibitionist Women's Christian Temperance Union.

The Klan, led by the minister of the First Christian Church, represented a rising group of politically oriented non-German citizens who had been shut out of influence and who denounced the elite as corrupt, undemocratic and self-serving.

The Klan easily won the hotly contested local election in Anaheim in April 1924. They systematically fired Catholic city employees and replaced them with Klansmen. The new city council tried to strictly enforce prohibition, and the Klan held large rallies and initiation ceremonies over the summer.

The opposition organized, bribed a Klansman for the secret membership list (Gustavo's List of 1,200), exposed the Klansmen running in the primaries and defeated most of them. The anti-KKK's stepped up the campaign in 1925 and succeeded in a hotly contested election in voting to recall the Klansmen who had been elected in April 1924. The Klan in Anaheim quickly collapsed, its newspaper closed after losing a libel suit, and the minister who led the local Klavern moved to Kansas.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K...

The OC KKK was primarily motivated by anti-prohibitionists, anti-catholics and post WW1 anti-Germans.

Carlashworth
Carlashworth

rider 1 anti-economic warfare writes as well as Gustavo Arellano, ooops, I meant Professor Gustavo Arellano

Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare
Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare

don don don don quixote is the mayor get used to it sounds great you like it I win you vote for me cause I know wen cause I win against the communist han we get jobbies poor get bathroom and license to work I am mayor you know it. darn I am good. 

Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare
Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare

ghetto senator say um ok well folks should vote on this matter no upsettness remeber boobies are good. lots of them when youa refree

Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare
Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare

Communist Chinese are going to take evrerything you darn gustapo stop attacking business. darn u they going to use this against each other. 

Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare
Rider I Anti-Economic Warfare

Economic warfare attacks are economic attacks. Which is funny how some of these people you write about being a specific secret society ancestor in ties to a different southern society. Seem to have business that are now being affected in which Mexican Pride members business are picking up the benefit of that affect. Which again means it comes under jurisdiction of elders. So the research is being done to keep the peace between to very old ancient tribes the Americans and the Mexicans for proper peaceful resolution so that the Communist Fascist racist do not get an upper hand on the matter. If it comes out it will come out through equality and justice. Of course My vote is in on the half bread swing. As it is not fair to one to not have the other equated. 

mitch young
mitch young

Interesting take -- an intra-white ethnic conflict. Wouldn't be the first, won't be the last.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You know nothing of this subject other than what a quick Google search can find, so please stop embarrassing yourself, homo-hating Klan apologist.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I know, I'm quite worried about the attacks on the livings of the bottom members of society that's being perpetrated by the wealthy too.

When did you invent "Communist Fascist"? I don't suppose you could favor us with a definition?

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

Whatever you are smoking; pass the formula to the Mexican cartels dude. By the looks of it, its some good shit.

Gustapo
Gustapo

Do you ever feel like you are the king writer of all writers in which the world sits at your feet some nights when writing and the greatest of ideas come and say ah yes great one. I am good. You good gustapo gustavo. I know I am. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

You're clearly doing more than pot. How long after your last post did it take you to get off the floor from the middle of the pool of your vomit?

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