OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Harry Ipsen and E.A. Long, Placentia Treasurer and Councilmember

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Amazingly, for a city that was founded on apartheid, for a city that has the most severe Mason-Dixon line in Orange County, Placentia didn't have many Ku Klux Klan members during the 1920s.

It wasn't as if the city's Mexicans and gabachos got along. In the 1930s, the city would explode with racial violence during the 1936 Citrus War. During the Great Flood of 1938, while the majority of city residents helped out the Mexican colonias severely affected, more than a few gabachos groused at government money being doled out to help the victims. Even as recently as a couple of years, ago, crazy gabachos got mad at a business owner because he allowed Cal State Fullerton's MEChA chapter to paint a mural on his office's wall and made him whitewash it.

Despite all this, few Placentia Kluckers. But I did dig up two: Harry Ipsen and E.A. Long.

Ipsen was the treasurer for the city, while his brother Andrew served as councilmember (Andrew, alas, wasn't KKK). Long, whose initials I couldn't crack this time but I think was an Edward, was a councilmember.

Only a couple of Ku Klux Klan pioneers in a city whose main industry for decades was predicated on exploiting Mexicans? Placentia, WTF?

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Lawrence A. Stevenson, Orange Councilmember
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Maurice Enderle, County Assessor
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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
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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
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Harry E. Becker, Mayor of Brea
Francis Allen Kidder, Santa Ana Father and Son
Leslie C. Rogers, Santa Ana City Marshal
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William French, Fullerton's First Deputy Police Officer
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9 comments
NGCoot
NGCoot

Gustavo fails to mention that strikers instigated violence. And he portrays the citrus strikes as more of a racial issue rather than the labor issue that it was.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

Wah wah -- those 'exploited' Mexicans came to the US willingly, worked willingly. 

NGCoot
NGCoot

" crazy gabachos got mad at a business owner because he allowed Cal State Fullerton's MEChA chapter to paint a mural on his office's wall and made him whitewash it." What was the content of the mural? After all - it was MECha.

ernestogoldstein
ernestogoldstein

@ageofknowledge

Gustavo's racism and racial hate is the first sign of severe mental illness and natural inferiority/ insecurities, just so you know.

 

But good luck with all of that, Gustavo. 

 

james.ramirez2012
james.ramirez2012

 @ernestogoldstein  @ageofknowledge

 How is Gustavo being a hateful racist? Because he writes about a shameful past? That's being a good historian, and being complete. If the Disneyland narrative of US History excludes the hateful racism, then as a good historian/reporter he should write about.

Plus, I bet neither have read his food column.

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