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.

April 9, 1914: Esther Mitchell Marries James Berry


1912 Post Toasties advertisementYaquina Bay News (Newport, Or) 4/9/14 p1


James K. Berry and Miss Esther Mitchell, both of Waldport, were married Tuesday evening in the parlor of the Abbey Hotel. Justice of the peace, Dr. Wm. Berry tying the golden knot. Their friends extend congratulations.


Lincoln County Leader 4/10/1914 p1


Mr. James Berry and Miss Esther Mitchell were married at the Abbey, Tuesday evening, Dr. W. M. Berry officiating. The happy couple will spend their honeymoon at Waldport. Both partied are well known in this county.



Lincoln County Leader 5/8/1914 p1

Bert Starr has left our locality and quit the dairy ranch of O. V. Hurt on account of very poor health. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Helms and two sons, Willie and Clifford, of Waldport have moved up and are going to try dairying for a while.



Yaquina Bay News (Newport, OR) 8/3/1914 p3

--W. B. Hartley, it is reported has purchased the Seaview property from Mrs. Burrows.


(An Advertisement)


Warren B. Hartley

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Parlors Front St. Near New Office.

Phone, 2402 and 2403

Calls answered promptly day or night.

Newport, Oregon

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