The Salvation Army in Corvallis in 1902
Corvallis Gazette December 5, 1902, pg. 3
- The big drum of the Salvation Army is no longer in evidence about eight o'clock each evening and tambourines are very cheap in Corvallis. The army has gone to its religious "Waterloo"--it met a body of Divine Healers, Army of Holiness, or something, and went over to the enemy. True religion of a respectable character, a religion that is reasonable, that commands at least the respect of the greatest thinkers and the better class of people, is the last thing on earth that should be treated in a contemptuous manner. But a "holy show" that is a burlesque on religion is a bad thing for any community as it is not taken seriously and consequently lays the foundation for the youth of the land to scoff at religion in any form. There should be reason and moderation in all things. There may be efficacy in prayer--who can say there is not?--but it must be the prayer of a sane mind and a reasonable being. The prayer of a religious fanatic cannot avail much.
Corvallis Times June 10, 1903
DESERTION FROM THE RANKS
Major Brooks Forsakes the Salvation Army and Joins the Comeouters.
- Major Charles Edward Brooks who has
had charge of the Salvation Army work in this locality
for some months has a charge of desertion laid against
him by his former associate and ex-comrade who so long
marched by the major's side in pursuance of his duty as a
lieutenant of the Corvallis corps. "Yes," said Lt. Mannes
to a Times writer, "the major has deserted us. In
his talks on the street you no doubt have heard him
declare how certain he was that was saved in the army. At
last he concluded that he was not saved and affected to
to believe that he could be saved only through the
Comeouters. He pretends to know now that he is saved and
affected to believe that he could be saved only through
the Comeouters. He pretends to know now that he is saved,
but whether he was lying before or now I can not tell.
Ever since months ago so many members of the army here
went over to the Comeouters, or Holy Rollers as they are
sometimes designated, the work of the army has been very
difficult because that organization seems to make a
greater effort to win members of other churches than it
does to win sinners." These were the words of Lt. Mannes,
spoken in a dejected manner, and he was doubtless much
affected by conditions of affairs. Ensign Brown, who has
charge of the social work of the army in Portland was
here Monday to wind up the affairs of the organization in
Corvallis. He gave up the building in which meetings have
been held, and the furniture and fixtures were stored for
the present in rooms near by. The Salvation Army is to
withdraw from Corvallis for an indefinite time. The boom
of the bass drum is hushed, and the notes of "Down Where
the Living Waters Flow" is silent, possibly forever in
At one time membership of the Salvation Army here numbered about 25, but some months ago they went over almost in a body to a sect established here denominated Comeouters. This new order is apparently very devout, but their customs, rites and formalities are so queer and unusual that the organization has been the subject of much comment from those who do not enter fully into the idea of allowing persons to worship God in the manner that seems to them best. At present the Comeouters are holding a protracted camp meeting on the Kiger Island, and here it was that Major Brooks was converted to their belief. It is said that the conversion of of Brooks was quite spectacular; that in his spiritual excitement he saw and described the devil approaching enwrapped in a network of snakes, and having frogs, lizards and other hideous reptiles clinging to his body; that as a means of placating his devilish majesty he tore off his Salvation Army cap and coat and hurled them into the fire. Then he swooned and became oblivious to his surroundings, and incident common to the rites of the sect.
Access to the camp ground and to the services is not enjoyed by the public, presumably for the reason that many wish to attend through curiosity mainly.
Corvallis Times April 19, 1904
- The old Salvation hall is being remodeled and will be occupied by the Corvallis Steam Laundry about May 15.
- The work of the Salvation Army
continued elsewhere, though. In Portland, Sergeant-Major
Phoebe Mitchell, the sister of two of Creffield's most
devoted followers, married days after Edmund Creffield's
"We do solemnly swear that we seek this union not alone for our own happiness," Phoebe and her husband to be vowed, "though we hope that through it it may be advanced, but because we believe we will be better fitted to carry on the work of the Salvation Army. We will in no way let this union come between us and the work of the Salvation Army. We will each of us not object to anything the other may desire to do to further the work of God through the Salvation Army."
The Morning Oregonian's headline, "Wife Second, Army First," succinctly told readers how this was not going to be your typical marriage.