posted on Aug, 31 2008 @ 10:53 AM
Ethel P. Hill was born Ethel Mabel Perkins in Illinois 24 June 1875 to an Englishman Mr. Perkins and Evelyn M. ‘Eva’ Finch. Mr. Perkins died when
Ethel was a girl.
About 1895 she married Methodist minister Rev. James B. Crippen of Coldwater, MI. He was the cousin of future notorious wife murderer Dr. Hawley H.
Crippen. By 1900 they had two children, a son and daughter, both born in the vicinity of Tampa, FL. Shortly after, say 1902, Ethel divorced Rev.
Crippen and moved with her children and widowed mother to Los Angeles, CA.
By 1910, working for a retail clothing chain, Ethel was possibly the first female advertising department manager in California. Within the year she
would marry Omar G. Hill from Iowa. O.G. worked in Hollywood as a cinematographer and is credited with several silent films during the teens and
In 1926 Ethel received the manuscript for ‘What Next?’ through automatic writing from a spirit identified only as ‘C.N.’ While professing no
earlier interest in matters related to spiritualism, the story came to the attention of metaphysician Charles W. Callaway, advisor to the School of
Knowledge in San Jose. The book was issued by his associate B.F. Austin through the Cosmos Publishing Company of San Jose and Los Angeles. The book
went into several printings and is readily available in used copies from this period, suggesting that it had considerable circulation.
She remained in Los Angeles, likely until the death of her husband Mr. Hill in 1950.
While no documentation for the period between 1930 and 1950 is available, it is clear that she cultivated contacts in occult circles. In 1932 for
instance ‘What Next?’ was recommended for additional reading by Edna S. Griffith, corresponding on behalf of William Dudley Pelley’s League for
Dr. Frank W. Sumner had also worked with Pelley at that time and in later years he would compile and write the foreword to another collection of
messages from ‘C.N.’ under the title “The Coming Golden Age,” 1957.
It was this later phase of messages from C.N. which introduced Mrs. Hill to the world of UFO contactees. One of the early C.N. saucer messages
“On the first of October, 1950, we received an invitation to visit the planet Venus and, as this spells "home" to some of us, we gladly accepted
the invitation and made a flying trip to see what our good friends on Venus had on their minds.”
The earliest copy of this message available is dated Feb. 1955, but if an earlier copy does exist, as suggested, Oct 1950 would certainly make it an
early example of extraterrestrial contact through a human spirit.
About 1950 Ethel moved to Colville, WA and lived with Dr. Dwight and Mrs. Marguriette Clarke. They had also been supporters of Pelley since the
She remained with them until at least 1956. During this period, though nearly 80 years old, Mrs. Hill produced a voluminous collection of mimeographed
letters bearing on spirit and saucer communication. She also corresponded with likely dozens of persons, including a number of prison inmates.
She also submitted her writings to William Kullgren of Atascadero, CA who issued at least one collection of C.N. messages under the title The Divine
Dynamo, 1951. Other Kullgren publications featured channeled messages from the space men and it is supposed that Mrs. Hill contributed or had some
influence in this.
Her most notable later work was the issue of messages received through automatic writing from “Ashtar -speaking for a mighty army of Space Men now
in active service.”
The first volume of these messages, first circulated in 1954 and titled “In Days to Come,” was published by Franklin and Dorothy Thomas through
their New Age Publishing Company, Los Angeles, in 1957.
The second volume was serially circulated by Mrs. Hill toward the end of 1955.
In her last years Ethel relocated to southern California and lived with relatives.
She died 22 April 1962 in La Mesa, CA.