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The Righteous Remnant: The House of David
The House of David was a religious commune founded in 1903 by Benjamin & Mary Purnell. Based in & around Benton Harbor & High Island, MI, the commune required its members to refrain from sex, haircuts, shaving & meat eating. Starting around 1907 the community ran "The Springs of Eden Park" which became a popular Michigan vacation spot in the '30s.
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Published April 30th 1989 by Kent State University Press (OH)
(first published April 1989)
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Jun 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: students of religious cults
Recommended to Erik by: Einar Graff
Back before my birth the Norwegians in Chicago were tight. They had their own club, their own church, their own reading circles and publications--even a socialist singing society. Many still spoke the language at home. Around the beginning of WWI a number of them, including my paternal great and great-great grandparents got together and bought a few hundred acres of lakefront land available cheaply in Lake Charter Twp. of Berrien County, Michigan. This had been logging country, but a fire had ...more
With a chapter called, "Sex in Michigan, Beards in Baseball", I felt like I was reading a tabloid account of a religious organization. Of course, this is how an outsider might view this community when they never experienced their kindness and what they brought fiscally to our struggling economy at the time with tourism. It was easy to single them out for having a different religion that maybe no one understood but few took to the time to understand! Having long hair and playing baseball was ...more