Creffield and the Holy Rollers made page one headlines from 1903 to 1907. When I was researching Holy Rollers: Murder and Madness in Oregon’s Love Cult I spent months transcribing hundreds of articles. I’m not sure why I was so obsessive. Maybe it was my way of immersing my self into a cult without joining one. Anyway, I’m posting them all for those who are really interested in the story, or are interested the history of journalism, or are interested in how a scandalous story played out in the "media" in a by gone era. Since I no doubt made typos and unconsciously corrected papers' typos, these web pages should not be cited in anything serious (e.g. your dissertation). For such projects they should only be used as starting points and you should refer to the original sources. If you want a shorter version of the story, buy my book. Enjoy.

December 29, 1903: Holy Rollers’ Not Liked at the Dalles


Oregon Daily Journal (Portland) 12/29/1903 p9

Holy Rollers’ Not Liked at the Dalles


(Journal Special Service.)

The Dalles, Or., Dec 29.--Yesterday two “Holy Rollers” were on Second Street behaving in a noisy manner, telling every passerby he was a hypocrite, and everybody but their own kind were doomed to eternal destruction, when Marshal Ed Wood appeared on the scene and requested them to not make so much noise. One of the fellows answered saucily and asked the officer “who are you? What is it any of your business? You can’t arrest me,” whereupon the marshal made it the first order of business to arrest him and place him in the city jail. At the appearance of the prisoner before the recorder, Mr. Filloon fined him $10, which he remitted on condition he would not repeat the offense, which he promised to do and he was turned free. His name is Martin Zeigner and he was sent from Prineville in 1900 to the state prison for forgery. The Dalles does not appreciate the “Holy Roller” aggregation.

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