OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Arthur E. Koepsel, Chair of the OC Republican Party Central Committee
I'm not going to write TOO much about Arthur Koepsel here because...well, you'll read more this Thursday in our paper. But, of course, whenever it comes to the pioneers of Orange County, first we must consult their self-published bios as included in Samuel Armor's collection. So, let's hear it, Art!
"Prominent among the leading attorneys, who have steadfastly sought to maintain a high standard of ethics for the Orange County Bar," starts his mug-shot bio, "Arthur E. Koepsel, of the well-known firm of Eden and Koepsel, enjoys that esteem, both indicative of the confidence of his fellow-citizens in the past and desirable and enviable as a guarantee of profitable patronage for the future."
Unless, of course, you were a minority, 'cause Koepsel was Klan.
Koepsel was Klan when he was chair of the OC Republican Central Committee, that wackjob group of people who compare Obama to a monkey and Muslims to terrorists. Apple obviously didn't fall too far from the tree—shit, apple is still on the tree! But, again: more on Thursday...
Tune in every Monday around 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!
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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