OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Earl G. Glenn, Santa Ana Postman/Record-Breaking Cyclist

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Time was when cycling was viewed as a heroic effort and not the efforts of Irvinites trying to burn off a few pounds on weekends, and Earl G. Glenn was the master of them all in OC. In 1897, he set a speed record that stood until at least the early 1920s: 12 1/2 miles in 30:31 on a dirt course--that's a speed demon!

That's not all Glenn did, of course. He was SanTana's postman for many years,and also served on the SanTana Fire Department as a volunteer, holding the record for service for quite some time as well.

And, of course, Glenn was Klan.

The weird thing about Glenn's kluckery was that he married the daughter of what I can only assume is either a Latino Arab, or a Lebanase Latino--what else can we make of someone with the name Carlos Mansur (the only Mansur I ever knew was a beautiful Argentine woman whose maternal side were Lebanese Christians who settled in the pampas)? Of course, as any Chicano Studies major can tell you, marrying a minority doesn't make you somehow more enlightened on racial matters--if anything, it just emboldens you to steal from those baboso brownies. And that was Glenn--fun!

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

Previous entries:

Arnold F. Peek, Santa Ana Butcher
William A. Culp, Brea Schools Board of Trustees President
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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NG Coot
NG Coot

"Of course, as any Chicano Studies major can tell you .."

If you are white your very existence is evidence that you are a racist and btw get the hell out of our imaginary aztlan.

mitch young
mitch young

What about Allan Mansoor? 

You see, Klavito, the Ay-rabs don't write in the 'Latin' alphabet, so Mansoor and Mansur are pretty much the same name.  Indeed semitic languages are generally pretty lax on writing vowels at all -- sometimes leaving them out all together, sometimes indicating them by vague diacritics. I'm sure your buddy Dave can tell you all about it.

NG Coot
NG Coot

Gustavo says:  ".. the Invisible Empire had launched a violent campaign of cross burnings, death threats and angry rallies in its quest for civic domination and white supremacy."I am calling BULLSHIT!You haven't presented any evidence that the OC Klan of the 1920's (actually 1922-25) was on a “quest for white supremacy.”  Why would they be on such a quest?  The OC population of non-whites at that time was less than 10% in the OC.What the KKK of 1922-25 OC was about was:1.  Supporting Prohibition aggressively2.  Hating Catholics3.  Political power.  The Klan capitalized on genuine discontent through aggressive newspaper criticism of the Anaheim City Council - (sounds like GA would fit right in).4.  Business interests  - if you didn’t belong to the Klan you didn’t do business with certain people5.  They didn’t like unions6.  A shoppers discount - 20% off for Klan members7.  Protection against speeding tickets8.  Did I say hating Catholics?I will give you this Gustavo;  there is no doubt that race played a part in the OC Klan - people were concerned about the influx of Mexicans fleeing the terror of the Mexican Revolution.  But this was no “quest for white supremacy” in the OC.  The worst event in the OC that you could come up with was “a large rally near La Habra's Mexican citrus camp.”Before you go calling me a supporter or apologist for the OC KKK, let me say that I completely 110% agree with Alexander P. Nelson’s statement:"In my opinion, the KU KLUX KLAN as an organization is absolutely un-American, and its slogan of 'One Hundred Per Cent American' is absolutely misleading, for the reason that the fundamental principles upon which the KLAN is founded are RACIAL HATRED AND RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY," But your statement that the OC KKK was on a “quest for white supremacy” is also absolutely misleading and is counterproductive towards fostering racial tolerance and understanding.

mitch young
mitch young

"-if anything, it just emboldens you to steal from those baboso brownies. And that was Glenn--fun!"

LOL -- what exactly can we steal from people who live 3 families of 6 in a 3 bedroom mid-century 'ranch' house. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Apologist, apologist, apologist. Give up your screeds against history, pendejo. "Quest for white supremacy"? IT'S IN THEIR MEMBERSHIP CARD, PENDEJO.

Carlashworth
Carlashworth

why doesn't CSU fullerton Professor Gustavo Arellano present with conclusions drawn from his detailed research on the Ku Klux Klan? After all, professors devote their professional lifetimes to in-depth study of a particular subject. Oh, wait a minute. Professor Gustavo Arellano isn't held to the same standards as his colleagues because he is nothing more than a humorous side-kick to academia, kinda like those dwarfs or short, scrawny men who wore funny hats with tinkling bells on them and hung out in royal courts in the  Dark Ages . 

peter sparks
peter sparks

Lol "call it as I see it", and  its black with a little silver  TREK

mitch young
mitch young

The white man did invent the bicycle, Shit, the Aztecs didn't even have the working wheel; putting two of them on a frame would have exploded their Nahua minds.

mitch young
mitch young

Tiny Cum Hog

LOL. Was gonna ask where that came from, but then I realized its an anagram. I'm flattered you'd go thru all that trouble.

*the only Mansur I ever knew* I assumed your dialed-in-self would know Allan Mansoor, but that's what I get for assuming. 

And yes, there was a lot of 'Lebanese' -- i.e. generic immigration -- to the New World around the turn of the last century. Like, two of the three famous Mexicans in the World, Selma Hayek and Carlos Slim, are Arabs. Dick Dale was of Arab descent too. Which begs the question, what is the relative contribution of Christian Arabs versus Mexicans to California/American culture.

NG Coot
NG Coot

I know it's in the membership card mi amigo.  That's why I said that race played a part in the 1920's OC Klan.

Even your hero Alexander P. Nelson said that the members of the OC Klan were being mislead in that regard.  A statement on a membership card is quite different from the main thrust or focus of a group's significant objectives.

You have not presented one tiny bit of evidence, by way of historic ACTIONS of the OC KKK, to prove your accusation that the OC KKK was on a "quest for white supremacy."  That is the definition of BULLSHIT!

909Jeff
909Jeff

As Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free our people from the exploitation of an oppressive society that occupies our land. Thus, the principle of nationalism serves to preserve the cultural traditions of La Familia de La Raza and promotes our identity as a Chicana/Chicano Gente.

Its in their membership card!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Obviously missed out on the cover story we did back in January—you can look it up!

peter sparks
peter sparks

I can't remember one person saying " wow thats from Mexico I just gotta have it"

Except maybe gastovo and his tequila shots!

mitch young
mitch young

" generic immigration" --> generic Arab immigration

mitch young
mitch young

Just about every white person in the country was a 'white supremacist' in the 1920s, if by 'white supremacist' you mean not wanting to see the country their ancestors built be swamped demographically by Asians or other immigrant groups. 

NG Coot
NG Coot

the "Mexica Nation" movement that appears to want to take the Aztec Aztlan homeland myth and reimpose the Aztec Empire in the U.S. Southwest in total disregard to the indigenous nations that have always existed in this region. This notion is not too popular with many tribal nations in this region.http://www.networkaztlan.com/a...

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