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A list of the Employees at the Oregon Insane Asylum in 1907:

Superintendent--J. F. Calbreath.

Supervisor--W. J. Irwin.

Matron--Frances Cornwell.

First assistant physician--L. F. Griffith.

Second assistant physician--A. E. Tamiesie.

Third assistant physician--J. H. Robnett.

Overseer--A. C. Dilley.

Bookkeeper--R. B. Goodwin.

Stenographers--Harriet G. Rafter, Gertrude Campbell.

Engineer--A. E. Strang; first assistant, F. D. Howe; second assistant, A. B. Seeley.

Steward--J. G. Wright.

Commissary--E. A. Thatcher.

Chief cook--C. W. Boeschen; first assistant, T. L. Poujade; second assistant, Mrs. Mae Dilley.

Head farmer--D. S. Brown.

Carpenter--Ed. Zeyss; assistant, A. H. Moore.

Baker--Robt. Ashford; assistant, J. C. Lewis.

Night watchman--James Neil.

Druggist--E. Ostrander.

Painter--Thos. H. Gilbert.

Tinner--Jas. Herrington.

Shoemaker--W. H. Armstrong.

Blacksmith--A. C. Hansen.

Tailor--W. C. Wesotowski.

Night Fireman,--H. H. Watson.

Brick mason--Chas. Van Wagner.

Laundryman--J. C. Sutton; assistant, J. J. Gergahty.

Laundress--Anna Parker.

Fireman--John Quirk.

Dairyman--D. H. Ferrell.

Gardner--R. W. Powell.

Hackman--W. W. Westenhouse.

Stableman--T. L. Hargrove.

Porter--Otto Neumyer.

Farm helpers--Chas. Poppa, W. T. Hayward, B. F. Anderson, A. H. Hammer.

Seamstress--Mabel Bean.

Attendants, male wards--G. F. Litchfield, T. J. Lousignont, F. M. Quinn, E. Barlow, G. V. Boggs, H. E. Bell, S. A. Parks, H. H. Riddell, H. H. Fenton, Ed. Simpson, O. H. Barnes, J. A. Ramey, J. A. Huston, G. A. Woestefeld, E. K. Shaw, W. Wilce, E. P. Cochran, A. Hobart, W. E. Mitchell, Jas. Kershaw, C. Peterson, B. B. Jackson, Frank Hobson, G. W. Hirons, G. A. Adkins, W. R. Kane, Willard Davis, Sim Phillips, Walter L. Davis, R. B. Snedden, L. C. Brotherton, E. W. Stubbs, T. A. Veach, G. K. Harrington, I. N. Parks, Ed. Scolfield, M. C. Russell, J. F. MacDonald, Alva Ventress, N. Scritchlow, I. T. Chambers, D. E. Harris, Chas. R. Brague, Ed. Foster, Chas. Kratz, E. C. Lathey, M. F. O'Brien.

Attendants, female wards--Hanna L. Kencaly, Mary Martin, M. B. Churchill, Lena Brandt, Mrs. Belle Irwin, Emma Washburn, Marteanna McAlpin, Augusta Wilce, W. J. Buscer, Lean Zaenker, Lucy Andrews, Nellie Ramsey, Grace Cleaver, Lucella Stone, Gertrude Litchfield, Pearl Baker, Mrs. W. M. Buser, Jessie Daley, Mrs. F. M. Quinn, Jessie Mitchell, Louise Fryslie, Mrs. Frona Winslow, Bessis Warner, Mrs. J. G. Wright, Lulu Jackson, Edith Cleaver, Mrs. E. W. Stubbs, Sadie Carpenter, Katherine Kissani, Grace Bluck, Martha E. Whelan, Kate Watt, Lottie Hobson, Lulu Martin, N. Augusta Veach, Maud Brotherton, Nora Vincent, Mrs. Della Parks, Ada LaShum, Mrs. Mary M. Hofer, Adelia Wainscott.

Elevator operator--W. A. Benedict.

Trustees--Geo. E. Chamberlain, F. I. Dunbar, Chas. S. Moore.

Employees at Asylum Farm

Cook--s. M. Snell; assistant, H. E. Symes.

Dinner room assistant--Elsis B. Simeral.

Engineer--S. W. Brad; assistant, R. Simeral.

Farmer--John Noran.

Gardner--Wm. Flannigan.

Dairyman--N. Fryslie.

Farm Helpers--F. Reeve, Ben Bowden, W. H. O'Mara, Fred Brutzka.

Attendants, male wards--J. L. Bullock, E. A. Dunlop, J. A. Dickey, S. Wood, A. B. Conway, L. Hobson, Claud Buster, Co. O. Bates, Allen R. Howell, W. F. Jones, C. E. Spidell, W. E. Shaw, Chas. Ferrell, Edward Rock, John Cavaher, Geo. F. Shaw, M. J. Lewis.

Assistant bakers--E. R. Cover, J. W. Hirous.

Attendants, female wards--Elaine Dilley, Mr. Bertha Spidell, Mrs. Susie Bates.

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Sample Chapters from Holy Rollers:
Murder and Madness in Oregon's Love Cult


The Cast of Characters
Photos and Bios of the Holy Rollers


Holy Rollers' Asylum Commitment Papers


Info for Book Groups

Book Reviews


1903 to 1907 Newspaper Articles About the Holy Rollers

1906 Editorial Calling for Gun Control
After Multiple Murders Involving the Holy Rollers

Stewart Holbrook Holy Rollers Article

Advertisements from 1893 to 1913


Oregon Insane Asylum
Where the Holy Rollers Were Committed

Creffield, Brainwashing & Thought Reform

Early Cases of Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

1906 Autopsies Of Holy Rollers
Forensics Before CSI

Holy Roller Bizarre Divorce Decree
Hartley describes trying to kill his wife's lover


Comedians on Edmund Creffield

The Shadow Testament
A Play About The Holy Rollers

How the Fire Fell
A Movie About The Holy Rollers


Life in Corvallis in the early 1900s

Life in Waldport, OR in early 1900s

Heaven's Gate

Facts & Stats about 1906
And How The Holy Rollers Measured Up

Oregon State Penitentiary
Where Creffield Was Incarcerated


Info about Cults

Could you ever be lured into joining a cult?

Share your thoughts about, and experiences with, cults


Creffield's Preachings

Creffield Vs. Crefeld

The Salvation Army Opening Fire in 1886

Holy Roller Theology

Reverend Knapp's Bible Songs of Salvation & Victory
Songs Sung by the Holy Rollers


About the Authors

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