OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Robert S. Elliott and Dorsey L. Ellis, Santa Ana and Fullerton Police Sergeants

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Because we're way too nice with police 'round these parts, let's go back to those boys in blue who donned the white hood come sunset.

Robert S. Elliott belonged to the SanTana Police Department at a time when nearly the entire department was Klan. The city ordered their police to drop membership in the KKK after its first incarnation flamed out, but the sensibilities of the Hooded Order stayed well into the 1960s, and really until the ascension of Police Chief Paul Walters and his community policing schtick, which meant a shitload of Mexi cops. No more Kluckers in their ranks!

Ellis and his departments, on the other hand, are a different story.

Ellis was the desk sergeant with the Fullerton Police Department at a time when the city was overrun with Klan. When the local Klavern organized an embarrassing raid that ultimately led to the OC Klan's downfall in 1924, the police became the fall guys, and the city council forced Ellis to resign after firing his boss, whom protected Ellis because--you know it!--he was also Klan. Ellis decamped to La Habra the following year, where the Klan was still happily untouched--indeed, it was the Klan connections that got him a job as deputy marshall. And it was the Klan connections that got Ellis canned in 1926, when anti-Klan forces cleaned house in what the 1929 Orange County Peace Officers Association Year Book euphemistically called "a change in the city administration" that saw the city's entire police force canned.

Silly Klukkers!

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Previous entries:

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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21 comments
Johnrose7588m
Johnrose7588m

Santa ana was a thriving city when klan ran it. Though the klan doesnt allways have the right intentions, it was safer to walk down the streets of santa ana at night. No the city is occupied mainly of illegals and gang bangers and its not safe to be there day or night. Could it be the mexicans behind all this gang violence, tagging, hooking, and filth?

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Increasingly in the SouthWest, Hispanic politicians have a history of belonging to racist organizations like Mecha which, in many people's opinion, is one of the most racist hate groups in America today. As the Irvine Review once published:

" MEChA has a long history of being anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist, Starting back in the 80’s when the RUP leaders had a meeting with none other than Yasser Arafat in Beirut, Lebanon. Moreover, La Voz de Atzlán, their newspaper has taken an anti-Semitic stand over the years. In 2000, La Voz blamed the Jewish community for “corrupting democracy” and creating “Judenrats”.

Judenrat is a term they coined to describe Hispanic politicians who are “owned by Jewish interests”. In an article entitled “La Raza and Jews on Collision Course in Alta California,” they claimed that Jew’s had a conspiracy to subjugate up and coming Latino political power, and that “the sectors that they (the Jews) cannot control directly, they will (control) indirectly through the purchase of influence as well as the cunning manipulation of ethnic and other minorities.”

For some reason, every successful Latino that is not about to die for the cause of “La Raza” turns out to be controlled by the Jews, or so it is in the mind of MEChA. Their paper has suggested that successful Latinas become successful because of their relationships with Jewish men. UCI’s own version of the publication, La Voz Mestiza, is constantly putting down and rejecting Hispanics that are successful, yet not loyal to the cause by calling them “coconuts”, which is a Hispanic that is white on the inside, brown on the outside.

In Winter 05’ Issue 2, of La Voz Mestiza in an article entitled “They Don’t Know, Who We Be!” they refer to “the coconut, managerial traitors who have already proudly flown their assimilationist banners against us,” and about how they should “let them grovel in that world; it is their penance for being chumps.” Essentially, for a Hispanic to assimilate into America, they must also be a traitor and a” chump” is MEChA’s view."

mitch young
mitch young

"Police Chief Paul Walters and his community policing schtick, which meant a shitload of Mexi cops."

And Kelly Thomas was the result.

Bill T.
Bill T.

OK, I'm not convinced that la Mecha is all that racist (whose welfare do YOU think they should be promoting, Chechens'?). I'm not even convinced that their aim is political over-throw of government in favor of setting up their own. For the sake of argument, I'll concede these points. The claim that la Mecha and the KKK are analagous is still not made. There is a big difference between rhetoric and activism and out-right intimidation by force, extortion, clandestine murders, and more, that the KKK has been shown to be guilty of.

Gloria Monti
Gloria Monti

and what's wrong with having a meeting with yasser arafat?  he was a head of state, just like president obama is.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 Typical pendejo looks to race when it was black, brown AND gaba that killed Kelly. Of course, yours is the kind that spits on the homeless and does nothing for them.

mitch young
mitch young

MEChA is to 'la EME' as Sinn Fein is to the 'Real IRA'. That is, 'Latino' gangsters do a lot of the sort of violence that helps MEChA's goals, even if there are no active links between the two. (I have read, however, several elected politicians with MEChA roots have been at least peripherally involved with gangs).

909Jeff
909Jeff

Not Racist? 

"Por La Raza todo, Fuera de La Raza nada" = "For the Race, everything, outside the Race, nothing"

Or 

‘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 

Or 

1998 MEChA youth conference at Cal Poly SLO featured a printed program that introduced the school as "Cal Poly State Jewniversity". The program also referred to New York as "Jew York 

 

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Many Germans said the same thing about the Nazis in 1932. There are interesting parallels between Mecha and the Nazi Party and it is with cause they are sometimes referred to as the Mexican Nazi movement in the United States.

The KKK was all but dead until it resurged in the the early and mid 1920s (called the second movement). After the Civil War mostly Southern whites pushed into the Southern California area and you can still see organizations to this day like the Sons of Confederate Veterans here. It was these southerners that joined the second KKK movement in Southern California.

The second movement was part fad part resurgence of the real thing but died off after the scandal surrounding the murder trial of D.C. Stephenson destroyed the image of the Ku Klux Klan as upholders of law and order. By 1926 the Ku Klux Klan was crippled and discredited and by the Great Depression they were almost gone from SoCal. The second movement's rise and fall was fairly quick from about 1915 to 1926. Even southerners had figured out the KKK wasn't really about justice, law, and order and abandoned it by the Great Depression. Too bad those involved with Mecha haven't figured out yet that Mecha isn't really about justice.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

I don't care about that either. Even folks like Arthur Blessed had meetings with Arafat. If that's all you got out of the article, then you missed the point.

mitch young
mitch young

"These fists are going to fuck you up" -- Manuel Ramos

mitch young
mitch young

Gustavo the 'Mensch'. LOL. Having some gefilte fish on a bagel tonight?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Mitchie is the world's worst expert on MEChA, so reading this "analysis" made me plotz!

Jack123
Jack123

 new york has a lot of jews...

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Actually, the reason why the OC Klan got beat was because sane white men beat those Kluckers down—but your white-is-might analysis never considers that there are gabas that might actually care about everyone instead of their own race.

mitch young
mitch young

Great post -- nice to see some actual knowledge here, your moniker is accurate.

I'd add that a big reason the Klan faded was the 1922 and 1924 immigration restriction laws. A lot of 'old stock' Americans did not like mass immigration from Europe, and with good reason. It brought corrupt ethnic politics in the cities, and displaced many of them from areas their families had lived for generations (sound familiar?). By virtually ending immigration, and ensuring the small amount that continued actually reflected America's demographics, the Congress did as much to cut off support for the Second Klan as any number of local prosecutors.

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

^ Grandpa always said, "throw a stick into a pack of dogs and the one that yelps the loudest is the one that got hit." 

The truth only hurts those on the wrong side of it Gustavo and an evidence of that is to resort to name calling instead of joining the discussion, like an adult, with a qualified argument. 

In fact, in logic resorting to name calling is a fallicious argumentation tactic known as ad hominem which is short for argumentum ad hominem which is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by pointing out a negative characteristic of the person, a belief of the person, or in your case: mere name-calling.

Ad hominem is a logical fallacy or more precisely an informal fallacy and an irrelevance to any argument. 

If you want to be irrelevant Gustavo, continue to engage in ad hominem rather than make a qualified argument that can stand up to cross-examination.

You are a writer and an advocate. I shouldn't have to explain to you that resorting to name calling rather than making and defending an argument is unethical journalism.

Of course, if you're just making a joke in passing then that's OK. We all do that and we do it frequently on these boards. Only when you're seriously trying to discredit an argument by resorting to ad hominem is it fallicious and unethical.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

And Ramos was a six-member fight squad all by himself—your one-track mind is the ultimate proof why you gabas are doomed.

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