OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Albert Ore, La Habra Pastor

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The dirtiest secret about the Ku Klux Klan in Orange County during the 1920s--more than all the councilmembers and trustees and city fathers put together--is that one of the most-represented professions among their ranks were ministers.

You had virtually every Protestant denomination represented--Congregational, Methodists, evangelicals, Lutheran, Baptists, Episcopalian--basically everyone except the Catholics and the Jews. Hell, even the Methodist Evangelical Church was represented with Albert Ore of La Habra.

And here, I thought all the Methodist Evangelicals were black!

Ore came from San Diego County to preach the way of the Klan. He had previously preached in Fresno, another mecca of Klan activity--coupled with San Diego and OC, all that's missing is Bakersfield, and Ore would've completed the trek of the racialist dregs of California!

La Habra Methodist Evangelical Church
no longer exists, victim probably to some doctrinal dispute or other. Would've LOVED to have heard Ore use the words of the Nazarene--the least-racist person EVER--in justifying segregation and white supremacy.

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Previous entries:

Robert S. Elliott and Dorsey L. Ellis, Santa Ana and Fullerton Police Sergeants
Oliver N. Thornton and James Henry "Harry" Whitaker, Brea and Anaheim Postmasters
Earl L. Matthews, Santa Ana Automotive Electrician Pioneer
Harold S. Twombly, Fullerton Rancher/Black Sheep of Prominent Family
Elvin A. Ames and Osborne Garber, Fullerton and Santa Ana High School Teachers
George Bird and E.P. Rudy, Brea Constable and Marshal
Harry Winchell, Brea's First City Marshal
Charles E. Smith, Brea Justice of the Peace
Earl B. Tozier, Founder of Fullerton High School's Band
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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johnrose7588
johnrose7588

Lol. Idiot? This comming from a wet back with an education froma bullshit school like chapman u. Lol. Gustabo, you will never amount to anything but a half ass writer who hates america. Poor miho. I feel sorry for your father. Mexis cant move forward with little bitches like yourself always bitching about how ruff life has been for you beaners here in the U.S. hopefully the weekly will smarten up and replace you with some real talent soon. Because the weekly is getting a little old with your articles all sayin the same shit

NG Coot
NG Coot

NGC:  "The Mexican government paid bounties on indian scalps - men, women and children."AoK:  "That's a work of fiction ... Mexican authorities (Mexican Government authorities) paid private armies to hunt Native Americans, paying per kill and using scalps as receipts."That is a distinction without a difference.

NG Coot
NG Coot

No Protestants ... wow - didn't realize that better get out and protest that too.

mitch young
mitch young

I'm not asserting that Jewish Americans don't have a right to lobby -- I'm just saying that  had the great immigration cut off come in 1890 versus 1922, that lobby would be a lot weaker.

NG Coot
NG Coot

The Mexican government paid bounties on indian scalps - men, women and children.

mitch young
mitch young

Hey AoK -- ever read Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian'? Loosely based on the Glanton gang, which the *Mexican* government hired to exterminate indians along the frontera. Prose is kind of dense, but well worth the effort.

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