OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Maurice Enderle, County Assessor

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I have a couple of tricks to do this series. Since I'm chained down to this desk, it's a bit difficult for me to dive into microfilm, but thankfully I'm enough of a nerd so that I have nearly every book about the history of Orange County--on a city, county, familial, regional, and national level--written before 1990. Armed with the OC KKK's membership roster in the 1920s, I'll comb through those books again and again, looking for one specific name; if a Klukker ain't there, then I move on to the next name.

There are easier cheats, of course. I have most of the Orange County Directories printed during the 1920s, and those were the days when they published all the local officials and even officials of local churches.

And that's how I found Maurice Enderle.

My 1926 directory had Enderle as deputy assessor, and that was correct. But after coming across Pioneer Memories of the Santa Ana Valley, Volume X, published in 1989, I discovered that Enderle eventually became the County Assessor in the late 1940s, running for a second term in 1950. Think he messed with the property value of Mexis during his long county career?

And for the record: the Enderle Shopping Center in Tustin is named after his father, who used to own a ranch on which the plaza now stands. No need to impugn the innocent, you know?

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

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Previous entries:

Stanley Edward Goode, Santa Ana Councilmember
Albert Ore, La Habra Pastor
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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BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

No dude, That was me, and it was not a Chevy.  It was a Ford LTD, we removed the spare tire so there would be more room. 

NG Coot
NG Coot

"Think he messed with the property value of Mexis during his long county career?" Damn ... you are number 1 with the baseless accusations.

Roberto
Roberto

I love your work, but I think you need to hit the books again - Enderle Center is named after its developer and still owner, Al Enderle, whose given name is Maurice. Perhaps KKK Maurice is the father of Al, the owner of Enderle Center.

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