OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Leslie C. Rogers, Santa Ana City Marshal
The SanTana Police force is nowhere near the best in the county, and Police Chief Paul Walters (who's also currently acting as the city's manager, and where are the civil libertarians railing against police rule in the city?) ain't exactly the paragon of liberalism, but he has bettered the department radically from its nadir in the 1960s, when a good ol' boy network beat down black and brown to the point of making kids riot in SanTana's downtown (but don't tell the Brave New Urbanists that!).
Of course SanTana's police force would be racist to its core--as we pointed out a while back, two former SanTana cops would go on to be sheriffs--and another served as city marshal from 1923 to 1931, a time when the Klan ruled OC: Leslie C. Rogers.
Rogers' reign coincides exactly with that of Roy Horton, the infamous SanTana school district trustee who threatened employees to join the Klan or else. Both of them came into office in 1923 and were voted out in 1931, when SanTana's Whites tired of official racism and went back to their Juan Crow existence. Fun times!
Tune in every Monday around 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!
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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