OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Earl B. Tozier, Founder of Fullerton High School's Band

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Next year, the Fullerton High School band will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Today, it's a fine, multiculti group of kids, including more than a few Mexis who want to become rich and famous blowing the tuba.

Given I'm not an Indian (I'm an Anaheim Colonist, and the cosmos take sick pleasure in that they always kicked our ass in football, so much so that the two schools no longer play each other in the regular season), I don't know TOO much about the history of the Fullerton High band. But I do know that the founder, Earl B. Tozier, was a Klan member.

Wonder how Tozier would react today to all those coloreds mucking up his program?

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

Previous entries:

Dr. Charles V. Doty, Santa Ana Dentist
Orrin M. Thompson, Fullerton Councilmember
Albert O. Nelson, Placentia Constable
Earl G. Glenn, Santa Ana Postman/Record-Breaking Cyclist
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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Patty McNeil
Patty McNeil

I would like to know where your information came from. My Grandfather was Earl Tozier and his father fought for the Union during the Civil War. After being in the Maine First Cavalry he went on to join the Civil War navy on the USS Brooklyn. I would like Gustavo to show us where he got his information!Patty Tozier McNeilSan Jose California

NG Coot
NG Coot

It is only Sunday morning and I can hardly wait for GA's next edition of the OC Klan Light Chronicals - tee it up Gustavo!

RobE
RobE

The thing that disappoints me about these Orange County pioneers who were klansmen articles is that they lack any overarching narrative like the excellent one a while back in the OC Weekly detailing the birth of the county after it broke away from L.A.. Instead, we just get a bunch of vaguely connected anecdotes. What that does is deprive us of an overall idea of just how strong/weak/indiifferent the klan influence in the county may have been and how it specifically manifested itself.

Of course, everyone by now is pretty conversant with how the Klan dominated Anaheim at one time, but far less about how that organization exerted its influence in other parts of OC. Just knowing the membership roles isn't enough. Instead, a more comprehensive approach to this is called for in the same vein as the excellent pieces on the Bernal case and the ending of racially exclusive covenants in neighborhoods in this country.

peter sparks
peter sparks

What about Disneyland Gastovo? How many klan members were involved with that? I bet if you ponder it enough ( drink about it ) you could probably pull something out of your ass about it and slam a church or two doing it.

Marlena
Marlena

Do people really think the Klan left? I go to our council meetings all the time. I am pretty sure there are still Klan members amongst them...

Rider I
Rider I

Now Gustavo if you want to be a Super Hero like me writing against Genocidal Communist extremist in the world. Why do you not write about Aztlan. They on the daily strip men from their wives and children and from the great lands of Mexico in beautiful territories with no war no drug lords, just lands and animals. And force them via popularity and ideas and marketing to get them to come to the US. So they can implode our economy. I mean there are Aztlan figures in the DOD, Border Security and in the Court systems. Which believe 100% that for some reason the American Indians, Then the Spanish, which the US helped Mexico boot of this land then this land was sold to the US, is some how their lands and they should leave Mexico in a holly tamaly speed gonzales birthing type war. Now that my friend would help the US and Mexico. As Mexico loses 7. 5 million great citizens a year to the US to become slaves, instead of fighting at home to be free. Now that my friend is a good heroic battle. This is stupid you just look like every other idiot who buys main stream media and can't read that the names on the list are not even what you Aztlan folks call white. They are Spanish, darn Gustavo you make so unhappy my little Robin. 

Rider I
Rider I

It upsets me that you say color mucking up. Some of the folks you write against are some of the strongest fighters against racism and communism in the name of race or genomic superiority. The Klan is not nor has never been Nazi. The Movies you see are based on the South where racist Marxism was prevalent. You do not however, see the movies of the other groups who had man Spanish again what you Aztlan pro Mexican nationalist types would call Mexican out of ignorance, in them. In which Orange county was very diverse and a lot of these groups helped out the folks that where pro non criminal and pro religious. These folks loved Religious folks and where very weary about non religious anything or anyone. As they thought that not believing in a higher power would lead to the easy ability to break laws as they did not fear god so why would they fear laws. Still makes me laugh to think you have no clue who funded Cesar Chavez's fight against the enslavement of the Mexican immigrants. I just thing you are not very educated journalist as your conclusion is based on evidence that would prove other wise. "Wonder how Tozier would react today to all those coloreds mucking up his program?" "Frederick Bastady" your an idiot my friend. 

Rider I

Rider I
Rider I

So you take a stance as if these folks where racist. Obviously you have no clue how to do research. As if you did you know that racism was not the issue they fought for. As per your list who already have named a few Spanish or what you would call Mexicans. 

Rider I
Rider I

For example lets look at your Frederick Bastady. He was what you would call a Mexican however, what the folks in the US would call a Spanish descendant. 

Rider I
Rider I

I mean Gustavo the Pro Mexican non EU folks that think they are all Mayans have lists too. And they have folks in high power positions. You can go down the court house and find them too that the courts filed charges on. They where thought to be militia orders too. 

Rider I
Rider I

It is understood if these figures you write about had major racist biases, or hated folks who where legit. But you are writing about the foundation of one of the best counties in the California state. Which again, is the idea if you are going to write just do not spew out names. Write about something. Do your research, if you find things like stopping integration that is fine. You wrote about a Fullerton teacher or principal or somebody. Look at the records of the school 20 bucks says that Mexican students went there and where just fine. Do some research. You say this guy is from here. Dig deeper, during that area was there any kind of terrorist racial acts or illegal actions by these folks except maybe the occasional Spanish Inquisition symbol for a drug dealer or a man who beat his wife or somebody found hating their own club. 

Carlashworth
Carlashworth

"Wonder how Tozier would react today to all those coloreds mucking up his program?" with glee if they blew the tuba

peter sparks
peter sparks

I just want to make something perfectly clear, I really do have a bike damit!! and don't you forget it>>>>

And no matter how many beers and shots gastavo does its not two bikes, its one.

those who forget...
those who forget...

yeah, like Dr and coot said--let's just forget about their Klan memberships. Studying the past is stupid--nobody ever learned anything from that, right, fellas?

Dr
Dr

What is this supposed to accomplish?This all looks historical, antiquated and anecdotal. You get paid for this?This information is no longer relevant. Get over it. The county, like the nation has it's own stains. Surprise, surprise.

NG Coot
NG Coot

"Wonder how Tozier would react today to all those coloreds mucking up his program?"

What proof do you have, beside a statement on a membership card, that Tozier was a racist?

None - you have no proof or evidence that the motivation of any of these people was racism.

They likely were motivated by anti-catholicism and support of Prohibition - not too mention that they got their KKK discount at the local Woolworth's. 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Go ask the Library of Congress, and owe up to your grandfather's racist reality.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Figures—instead of going out and helping your fellow man, you'd rather pretend to be a big man hiding behind a pseudonym. Tell the world your name, coward!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

You must've missed my cover story on the subject earlier this year...

mitch young
mitch young

Walt Disney himself has long been criticized for supposed 'anti-semitism" and 'racism', though no one has suggested he was a klansman. 

NG Coot
NG Coot

Maybe we can get them to wear their pointy hats to the next council meeting.  To which city council are you referring?

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Congratulations, pal, you're leading the Babbler of the Week Most In Need of Syntax & Spell Check contest ...

NG Coot
NG Coot

Actually twf - I advocate for studying the past as it really was, membership card and all - not how Gustavo would like to twist it.

You see, that is all Gustavo has, a membership card and some anti-catholic and pro Prohibition bad behavior by the OC Klan which he barely mentions.

He wants you to believe that the OC Klan was the vicious and nasty KKK of the post Civil War era - and it was not that at all.

Study your history.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

How is knowing that the pioneers of a municipality were Klan members—information long suppressed—not relevant?

WW
WW

Earl B Tozier was my grandfather and I was shocked at seeing Mr. Arellano's article calling him a Klan member. I never heard anyone in my family speak of the "Klan".    Unless he can come up with some facts, he may be getting a call from my attorney! 

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yes, we're going to believe the historical pronouncements of a homophobic moron who supports the pedophile-protecting Diocese of Orange. How about you make your statements under your real name—or would that embarrass you?

RobE
RobE

 It's possible. I sometimes go a couple of weeks without looking at the weekly since I'm often busy with other things.

As I stated in an earlier post, I know  that you detailed how the county broke away from L.A. and the white supremacist involvement in that. But when it comes to each different locality (especially Fullerton) and whether there was any cross county coordination, I don't remember seeing anything comprehensive. I know  you did a pretty good job with Santa Ana's history of racism, just not with other areas. It seems like Buena Park and Fullerton would be particularly fertile fields for exploration in the way of a narrative history.

NG Coot
NG Coot

I am familiar with spell check is there really a syntax check too?

Streets
Streets

Yeah Gus!  You know that the Klan was like, like the Kiwanis Club and Lions.  They were open to having Latino's and Blacks, and Asians in thier club.  It was a social club that was open to all.......

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

It's nice seeing the KKK no longer socially acceptable as it was then regardless of history or interpretation of it.

Bottom line is simple: hate gets you no where

Rider I
Rider I

By the way Gustavo Cross burning in the front yard is an old Spanish inquisition trick that tells the village citizen to repint your sins as you are burning at the stake. Which again, came from the Spanish members of some of the National Klan members. 

Rider I
Rider I

This group you write on is no different than the Mexican Pride you so claim. If you went to Mexico and made illegal actions as a foreigner and the government would not properly deal with you. By the way which is way more vigilanty down there than it has every been here. 

Rider I
Rider I

It has never been suppressed after the time it became public information on the DA's office in the case you could go down to the Court house and pick up the list of what the Government considered was a militia order. Relevance is the idea of you are writing to induce hate towards a EU social club that protect its citizens from illegal actors. The moto was that if the criminal took the law into his own hands. The Citizens would do the same. Including again Gustavo Spanish or what you would call Mexican's. For example the Spanish Missionaries where a big part of helping many KKK folks when it came to vaquero or cowboy style justice. 

gabriel san roman
gabriel san roman

Looks mighty relevant given all the folks who get worked up every Monday at 5 p.m.!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I'd be more than happy to get a call from your attorney, just to see you waste some money. Can't defame the dead, dear—and besides, your gramps was Klan all the way.

NG Coot
NG Coot

If my "historical pronouncements" are so inaccurate - correct them rather than just babble on.

Rider I
Rider I

Gustavo there was Spanish our what you call Mexican's in the KKK. Who did not believe in alcoholism or certain non Baptist issues. Again Gustavo these folks where not pure racist. Each clan was different in the US. You should do more research than just saying this guy here is a list. I know what you are doing. Again the KKK was a group of men and woman from the EU who believed against crimes and took their own kind of justice if the criminal courts did not take justice. There are cases of racial hatred in the South but that was because they where Communist who believed in mono cultural industrial beliefs of Marxism. In the West most clans where based on non criminal pro religious ideas.  

qdpsteve
qdpsteve

"not too mention that they got their KKK discount at the local Woolworth's."

Oh, well, then. I gotta admit, this statement really astounds me. Would *you* join the Nazi party if it meant you could save five bucks every time you went to Wal-Mart?

NG Coot
NG Coot

Gustavo's "cover story" doesn't say shit - same skimpy anecdotal nonsense with no real meat to the story.  If he was so proud of his "cover story" he would have provided a link to it.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

"Facts" and you go like "honesty" and the Catholic Church. Post under your name, coward.

NG Coot
NG Coot

And facts support what I write, including analytical opinion concerning those facts - you give no analysis only inuendo and baseless accusations not backed up by anything.  You throw shit on a wall that does not stick.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Facts support what I write. You go to church and support pedophile priests with your tithes and lack of action. Who's full of shit again?

mitch young
mitch young

That's the one -- but it is doubtful he was a 'rapist', at least not in the normal sense of the word. Women are attracted to power and wealth, he had them. 

Streets
Streets

You mean the same T. Jefferson founding father, and rapist of slaves?

mitch young
mitch young

Yeah, that's why they limited naturalization to 'free white persons'. 

And seeing as how the Yaqui (who used to kick Mestizo-Mexican ass, btw) were in the Southwest, I doubt William T. Sherman had anything to do with the Yaqui. Even his name "Tecumpsah' was just because his father admired the Shawnee, not any biological connection to the "merciless Indian savages' (don't blame me for that last bit, it's T. Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence) 

NG Coot
NG Coot

Thank you for agreeing with me that Gustavo is full of shit.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

Well if you didn't realize it, this is the OC Weekly, not the LA Times.

Think about that. They are known for the juicy stories and pumping them up with steroids, not telling the black and white facts. It's entertaining and funny. Don't like it, don't read it.

NG Coot
NG Coot

No one is advocating for, supporting, excusing or being an apologist for the KKK (Klan) in OC or anywhere.  I am advocating for accurate and not misleading reporting and editorializing - period.

Koolarrow
Koolarrow

The ones who founded this great nation wanted democracy and to treat all man equal. It wasn't the KKK.

The KKK was founded by men who lost in the civil war. By the way, Sherman was part Yaqui which is why he burned down most of South Carolina.

mitch young
mitch young

Well, seeing as how these guys were 'pioneers' who created a prosperous county -- so prosperous that Gustavo's father settled there rather than, say, Compton (or stay in Mexico, for that matter), it appears that 'hate' got them and the County somewhere pretty darn good.

909Jeff
909Jeff

A lot like how y'all get worked up when we talk shit about illegal immigrants? 

I'm not sayin... I'm just sayin... 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Do i have to tell anyone? Hey 5 bucks is 5 bucks! 

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