OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Emil Carlson, Brea Mayor/Fire Chief, Namesake of Street

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Good news, pathetic fanboys: I just unearthed a treasure trove of papers that'll allow me to continue this series for couple more years! Yay!

The problem with sussing out the OC pioneers from your average Klukker is that the master list only lists the names, addresses, and occupations of Klan members in 1924. It gives you no clue as to what those pendejos would turn into in the future, whether two years later or decades later. So in the case of Emil Carlson, I initially dismissed him as the lowly mechanic he's listed as in the membership roll. I never figured him to become Brea's fire chief by 1926, or a councilmember in the 1940s, or a mayor that decade as well. Who knew being a Klan member could lift a lowly mechanic to the halls of power?

Carlson Drive is named after Emil; parallel to it in the neighborhood next to it is Reynoso Parkway, named after former California Supreme Court Judge Cruz Reynoso, a true pioneer. An Aztlanista and Klukker, with streets named after each on the same city block? Only in Orange County, cabrones...

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Previous entries:

Jo Lowell, Santa Ana Rancher, Namesake of Street
A. Verd Napier and James E. Rymer, OC Newspapermen
Walter W. Davis, Health Officer for Brea
Lawrence A. Stevenson, Orange Councilmember
Roscoe Gulick Hewitt, Former Chairman of the OC Republican Party Central Committee
Oswald Richard Meissner, Brea Councilmember
Maurice Enderle, County Assessor
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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10 comments
Carlashworth
Carlashworth

"treasure trove" is that synonymous with primary documents that without a shadow of doubt reveals Emil Carlson to be a member of,the KKK? Whymdon't you just once scan proof of,these documents? Clarify why the master list makes it,difficult to sift,out the OC pioneers from the other '

james.ramirez2012
james.ramirez2012

Membership in the Klan is equal to membership in the NAZI party. How would you feel if Germany had streets by the name of Hitler St, Goering Ave, Goebbels Lane, etc. 

smedia62
smedia62

If you're interested in that map of streets and parks named after Klan members, I do maps....

NGCoot
NGCoot

@james.ramirez2012 Membership in the NAZI party, post WWII, did not qualify a German citizen for the firing squad like the war criminals you mentioned. If what you are intimating were true, the Allies would have executed millions of German citizens after the war. Actually, after the war former NAZI party members pretty much continued to run Germany. Get your history straight james.

jl641
jl641

 @ageofknowledge Gus only had disdain for the white man, in case you have not noticed the drivel he writes about.

 

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

 @NGCoot

 So because they weren't able to run death factories anymore you conclude they were just misunderstood citizens.

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