Bernstein, Otto O.

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1904-1906 Maplewood Academy Principal

Born:      May 12, 1874 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN
Death:    December 03, 1965 in Wayzata, Hennepin Co., MN
Buried:   Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Darien, DuPage Co., IL
Findagrave:   167440684
Spouse: Myrtle Belle Franklin
Parents: William Bernstein, Sr. and Catharine Foul

MWA First Faculty in 1904
Photo: 1954 MWA Maple Log

Bernstein Letters of Interest:
Letter to MWA from O. O. and Myrtle (Franklin) Bernstein – 1945
Letter to MWA from O. O. Bernstein – 1955 (Text)
Letter to MWA from O. O. Bernstein – 1955 (Handwritten)

Otto O. Bernstein
Photo: Maplewood Academy

Death of O. O. Bernstein – O. O. Bernstein, whose service with the denomination began in 1894, died December 3 at Wayzata, Minnesota. He was 91. Elder Bernstein was widely known as an evangelist and conference administrator, having served in conferences coast to coast and in England. As an evangelist, he labored in the Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Greater New York, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas, New Jersey, and Illinois conferences. He was president of the New Jersey and Southern California conferences, and for two years was principal of Maplewood Academy. To the bereaved we extend our sympathy. A life sketch will appear later.
Review and Herald, December 23, 1965, 24.

BERNSTEIN. – Otto O. Bernstein, born May 12, 1874; died Dec. 3, 1965, at Wayzata Minn. While herding cows as a youth, he practiced preaching. In 1888 a General Conference session was held near his home, and he was inspired to become an evangelist through hearing Ellen G. White and other speakers. In 1891 (the year Union College opened) he enrolled as a student at Union College and distinguished himself as an orator. He was active in the first Foreign Mission Band. He became a minister in the Minnesota Conference. He was called to England and became an evangelist in London and other large cities of the British Isles. He conducted 77 major evangelistic campaigns during his service in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. He was the first Adventist minister to pitch a big tent in the downtown area of New York City. In Aurora, Illinois, he showered handbills from an airplane. During the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1933 and 1934, he had a booth showing the world work of the denomination. He was the first principal of Maplewood Academy in Minnesota and also taught Bible there. He served as president of the New Jersey Conference and later was president of the Southern California Conference. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wilburn Bradley, of Hinsdale, Illinois.
Review and Herald, March 3, 1966, 24.

OTTO O. BERNSTEIN – Otto O. Bernstein, born May 12, 1874, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed to his rest in Wayzata, Minnesota, December 3, 1965, where he had spent the last six years of his life. Elder Bernstein was one of the original seventy-three students at Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, where he prepared for a life of service to mankind. Throughout his life he was most effective in his evangelism, preaching in larger cities throughout the United States and England. He also served as an educator. He was the first principal of Maplewood Academy. He served as president of the New Jersey Conference and the Southern California Conference. Even after retirement Elder Bernstein loved to explain the ministry of his beloved Saviour. His devoted wife, Myrtle Franklin Bernstein, preceded him in death in 1957 in Loma Linda, California. Their only son, Wilburn, was killed in an automobile accident at the age of forty. He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Bradley of Hinsdale, Illinois; two grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas Crammer, New York City; and William J. Bradley, Addison, Illinois; plus a host of nephews and nieces. Elder Bernstein longed for the resurrection morning when he with his family can meet their Saviour. He also spoke of seeing the hundreds of men and women whom he had helped win to Christ through his ministry. Thus, he awaits the call of the Life Giver, resting beside his dear companion, in the Clarendon Hills Cemetery in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Received 1-20-66; Russell G. Lucht – Northern Union Outlook, March 25, 1966, 10.

BERNSTEIN, Otto O., was born May 12, 1874, in Minneapolis, Minn., and passed away Dec. 3, 1965, at Wayzata, Minn., where he spent the last six years of his life. In his youth he made the decision to devote his life to the ministry, and upon completion of his education at Union College, Lincoln, Nebr., he received his first assignment to the ministry from the Minnesota Conference. On Dec. 27, 1898, he was united in marriage with Myrtle Belle Franklin who preceded him in death in 1959, at Loma Linda, Calif. He developed into an effective evangelist and conducted 77 major efforts in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New York, Nebraska, Colorado, New Jersey, California, and Illinois. He was the first principal of Maplewood Academy, Maple Plain, Minnesota, and served as conference president in New Jersey and Southern California. In 1949 Elder and Mrs. Bernstein were saddened by the loss of their only son, Wilburn, who was killed in an automobile accident. Surviving are Elder Bernstein’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Bradley, of Hinsdale, Ill.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas (Linda) Cranmer, of New York City, and William James Bradley, of Addison, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Services were conducted in Minneapolis, December 4, by Elder R. G. Lucht, and in La Grange, Ill., December 6, by the writer, with interment at Clarendon Hills Cemetery, Clarendon Hills, Ill.
C. G. Tuland – Lake Union Herald, December 21, 1965, 16.

Bernstein Sanctuary Model Used for Evangelism
Photo: Center for Adventist Research