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 12, 1905: Frank & Mollie Hurt Have a Baby Girl

Frank, Mollie & Ruth Hurt
Jon Ashley Hal & Sara Robbin
as Frank & Mollie Hurt

Corvallis Times 12/12/05 p4

--Born, Friday, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hurt, a daughter.



Corvallis Times 12/22/05 p3

Gave His Own Bail

Fawver did--Girl Testified Against Him--He Looks like Creffield.


John Fawver, the Benton county man who left his family of wife and six to run away with a neighbor girl is under bonds to be tried in the circuit court of Marion county. After his arrest, he had a hearing before the justice of peace of that county, and was put under $500 bonds for his appearance on a charge of adultery. He put up a cash bail, and is again at liberty. Shortly afterward, he purchased a ticket and took the train for Harrisburg where he has relatives. He has a brother on Ingram Island.


They tell it that Fawver somewhat resembles Creffield. He is a duplicate in stature of the late Holy Roller high priest, and like the former, is of slight build. He has a small reddish moustache, and is not accounted by those who have seen him as prepossessing in appearance. That he should have won the neighboring girl over to his scheme of elopement is a source of wonder to those who have seen him.


Miss Howard has gone home with her father, and Mrs. Fawver has returned to her children. The girl gave testimony at Salem, that should it be repeated in court, establishes the guilt of Fawver. In order, however, to secure a conviction, it is necessary under the Oregon law for Mrs. Fawver to be the complaining witness. Whether or not this will come to pass remains to be seen. A penalty of about two years in the penitentiary is what is provided for if Fawver gets but a small portion of what is coming to him.



1906 massage cream advertisementCorvallis Times 12/29/05 p4

--There was good cheer at the home of Lewis Hartley on Christmas day. All the Hartley’s within hailing distance were there. Among them were N. B. Hartley, wife and tiny son, of Cottage Grove, Mr. and Mrs. Will Potts and three children, lately arrived from Ottumwa, Iowa,(Mrs. Potts is a daughter of Lewis Hartley and has come here to live), Mr. J. G. Hartley, wife and nine children. A daughter of Mrs. J. G. Hartley has lately arrived from Oklahoma with her husband, Mr. Charles Forsythe and one child. Three weeks ago they were in the southland where the “cotton blossom grows” and were found there in the cotton patch. They will very likely make this their home. Counting Lewis Hartley, wife and Miss Sophia, there were 23 present.



Corvallis Times 1/9/06 p4

-- Miss Maud Hurt went to Portland Saturday for a brief stay.



Corvallis Times 3/23/06 p4

-- Frank Hurt returned to his home at Seattle, Wednesday, after a brief visit home.



Corvallis Times 3/13/06 p4

-- Frank Hurt, a former Corvallis boy, has been appointed deputy assessor of King county, Washington, where he resides.



Corvallis Times 4/13/06

-- Miss Mae Hurt and Miss Atta Bray left yesterday for a visit at the Coast with relatives.



Corvallis Gazette 1/9/06 p3

Frank Hurt and Family returned to Seattle Saturday after a seven-week visit with Corvallis relatives.



Corvallis Gazette 2/20/06 p3

Miss Ester Mitchell of Portland is the guest for ten days of Misses Maud and Mae Hurt.


Seattle Post Intelligencer 4/4/1906 p11

Marriage Licenses

Franz E. Crefeld (sic) (32) and Ida M. Hunt (sic) (25), both of Seattle.



Lincoln County Leader (Toledo, OR) 4/20/1906 p8

Miss Addie Bray of Corvallis is visiting at home for a short time.

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