Synopses & Reviews
This is a story that has the elements sometimes found in modern novels -- sex, mass insanity, the downfall of prominent families, murder, and sensational court trials.
But this story is all true. . . and it happened a century ago!
Corvallis, Oregon leaders weren't terribly impressed with the Salvation Army dropout who appeared in the community in the early 1900s and announced plans to start a new church. While Edmund Creffield may have been unremarkable in the eyes of the city fathers, he became something else to many of the city mothers and daughters.
When Creffield and his "Holy Roller" religious cult made headlines in Oregon in 1903, it was page-one news -- not just in the Pacific Northwest, but around the country. Yet few people in Oregon and Washington today have heard Creffield's name or his story. And the descendants of the people who were involved still refuse to talk about those events 100 years ago.
Robert B. Blodgett spent years sifting through newspaper archives in Washington and Oregon, piecing together the story of Edmund Creffield. Theresa McCracken then turned Blodgett's research into an exciting and entertaining book.
"A gripping book offering special insight into the dark side of mass psychology, religious hysteria and unbridled charismatic religious authority."—The Midwest Book Review Midwest Book Review
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for Caxton Press
When Edmund Creffield and his "Holy Roller" religious cult made headlines in 1903, it was page one news - not just in the Pacific Northwest, but around the nation. Yet few people in the region today have heard Creffield's name or his story. In fact, the descendants of the people who were involved still refuse to discuss those events of a century ago.
About the Author
T. McCracken lives in Waldport, Oregon. She teaches Natural History for Lane Community College and works as a naturalist on the Discovery, a ship that does sea life cruises out of Newport. Robert Blodgett lives in Corvallis, Oregon. He is a paleontologist/stratigrapher unravelling the fossil and rock record of ancient western North America.