I was in La Habra over the weekend for...something...when I realized La Habra hasn't gotten enough love in this column. And why shouldn't it? La Habra, per capita, was probably the most Klan of all OC cities, a place where orange growers actually hired overseers to make sure their Mexicans didn't get uppity at work or at home. Not only that, essentially everyone on the city council was Klan from its foundation well into the 1930s.
Change starts at the top, of course, and La Habra had its route set from the beginning, with the election of physicist and Klukker Evrit Boice as the city's first mayor.
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To give readers an idea of what Klan power did, consider a 1925 incident involving Boice and hypocrisy. The Klan, of course, were staunch Prohibitionists, yet Boice prescribed an alcoholic "medicine" to a patient despite there being no proof the patient needed it. That caught the attention of Orange County DA Alex Nelson, the anti-Klan crusader who had previously rid SanTana, Fullerton, and Anaheim of the Hooded Order. He charged Boice with breaking the law, and relished the chance to put him in jail.
Instead, Boice had the charges dismissed by a judge. Guess why? Hizzoner was KKK. Good times!
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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