Mr. Anson was, by contemporary standards, a stunning racist who was the managing secretary of the Salinas Vegetable Grower-Shipper Association. He was quoted in an article in the Saturday Evening Post
of May 9, 1942 (cited by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Korematsu v. United States
, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)
) as follows:
We're charged with wanting to get rid of the Japs for selfish reasons. We do. It's a question of whether the white man lives on the Pacific Coast or the brown men. They came into this valley to work, and they stayed to take over. ... They undersell the white man in the markets. ... They work their women and children while the white farmer has to pay wages for his help. If all the Japs were removed tomorrow, we'd never miss them in two weeks, because the white farmers can take over and produce everything the Jap grows. And we don't want them back when the war ends, either.
Mr. Anson is certainly entitled to his own little bit of immortality for this utterance -- anonymity is too good for him.