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.

June 29, 1904: Sarah Hurt is Committed

Corvallis Gazette (or maybe Corvallis Times) 6/29/1904 p3

Sarah HurtMrs. O. V. Hurt, after examination, was committed to the asylum Monday, and taken there by her husband and Deputy Henderson More and more the teachings of a false prophet bear fruit.



Corvallis Times 7/2/1904 p4

The wedding of Miss Aileen Peterson and Warren B. Hartley is scheduled to take place in the near future. Rumor says that the date is Wednesday.



Corvallis Gazette 7/9/1904 p2

Happily Wed

A Pretty Home event and Numerous Guests in Attendance--Peterson--Hartley


With Revs. Hershner and Moore officiating, the ring ceremony was performed in an impressive manner at nine o’clock Wednesday morning that united for life Miss Aileen Peterson and Mr. Warren B. Hartley. The event took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Peterson, on Ninth Street, and was witnessed by about 40 guests.


Promptly at the appointed house, to the strains of a wedding march skillfully played by Mrs. Cecile Cummings, the happy couple entered the parlor, and standing beneath an arch of asparagus and white perennial peas, were pronounced man and wife. The bride was tastily gowned in cream albatross, and her maid was Miss Bertha Wright, of Shedd Station little Agnes Peterson acting as flower girl. Arthur Belknap was best man. Congratulations over, the wedding party sat down to a delicate breakfast prepared in the dining room, the latter being beautifully decorated in pink and white.


Mr. and Mrs. Hartley are well and favorably known in this city, and have the best wishes of many friends. They left on the eleven o’clock train for the Bohemia mines, where they will spend the summer, returning in the autumn to Portland, where they will reside.



Oregon State Insane Asylum

Corvallis Gazette (or maybe Corvallis Times) 7/13/1904 p3

--The first of the victims of the Creffield creed to leave the asylum is Rose Seeley. She was practically discharged from the institution as cured a week or tends ago, but did not take final leave until Sunday, when she went to a brother and sister at Oregon City. At the time of her examination for commitment to the asylum, held in the Benton County court house three months ago, she was the chief officer of the sect of Holy Rollers. Her sister, who is in the Boys and Girls home in Portland, is said to be practically cured of her trouble.



Corvallis Gazette (or maybe Corvallis Times) 7/13/1904 p4

--Miss Mary Hurt is to arrive today from Oakland, Indiana. She is a sister of O. V. Hurt, and will remain indefinitely.

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