September 30 - October 4, 1869

Dodge Co., Wasioja, William S. Ingraham farm (between Wasioja and Mantorville)    Map

Find it today: On County Road 16 (600th Street), traveling west from the crossing of 220th Avenue it is the first farm on the south side of the road - there is a large sign near the fence line noting that it is the site of the first MN SDA camp meeting

CAMP-MEETINGS - There are, at least, seven camp-meetings to be held the present season. Requests for these meetings have come in from New Hampshire, NewYork, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The time for these must cover a period of at least ten weeks, unless two or more shall be held at the same time. If these meetings shall cover a period of ten weeks, the first must commence as early as Aug. 10, in order to get through with them before cold weather. Camp-meetings will probably be held as follows: (Particulars as to time and place will be given in due season.)

Ohio, August 10-16.
Michigan, August 19-26.
New Hampshire, September 7-12.
New York, September 15-20.
Wisconsin, September 24-29.
Minnesota, October 6-10.
Iowa, October 13-19.

If our brethren in Ohio object to having their camp-meeting so early, and the brethren in Minnesota and Iowa, theirs so late in the season, then two meetings will have to be held at the same time, or some will have to be omitted. As the time draws near for the first meetings, the time of the appointments for Ohio, Michigan and New Hampshire may be considered settled. The things to be regarded as very important to the success of a camp-meeting are,
1. A central and accessible point, near a railroad.
2. Dry grounds, large trees, as far apart as possible, and yet furnishing a complete shade.
3. Good water, and ample grounds for retirement.
4. There should be a good chance to pitch one or more large tents, in which to hold meetings in case of storm.
Letters of inquiry relative to camp-meetings may be addressed to Eld. James White, Greenville, Montcalm Co., Michigan.

GEN. CONF. COM. – Review and Herald, July 13, 1869

MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING AND CONFERENCE – The committee have selected the location for the Minnesota Camp-meeting, to be held Oct. 6-10 (Website Editor’s note: this date was later changed), as per REVIEW No. 8, at Wasioja, Dodge Co., on the farm of Eld. Ingraham. It is a grove of large and small trees, as dense and perfect to protect from wind and storm, can be found. It is five miles from Kasson Station, and four from Dodge Center Station, on the St. Peters R. R. A daily stage runs from Kasson to Wasioja. Besides this, the brethren will furnish two teams to bring passengers from and to these two stations.

As there is no S. D. A. church in Wasioja, the brethren will see the necessity of bringing small tents, bed-ticks, bedding and provisions. A supply of hay, straw, and oats, can be obtained near the place. Ministers and their wives can put up at Bro. Ingraham's. It is hoped that children of an age not likely to be benefited, but be an annoyance to the meeting, and to Bro. I's peace and interest, also the infirm, and all such as are not able to take tent fare, would not be present.

It is confidently expected that Bro. and Sr. White will be present. Also, the Minnesota State Conference will be held at the time and place of the above Camp-meeting. All churches belonging to said Conference, and those that wish admittance, will appoint delegates for the same, and send by them written reports of their standing, the number of their members, and the amount of their s. n. funds pledged yearly.

Let the churches bring their tents, and be sure to be in time to have everything in readiness for the meeting to commence on the sixth. Everything should be completed by the evening of the fifth.

Review and Herald, September 7, 1869

WESTERN CAMP-MEETINGS – Providence permitting, there will be three camp-meetings in the West the present season. Bro. Andrews and Bro. and Sr. White will probably attend these meetings. The first of the three will be held at Clinton Junction, Wis., Sept. 23-27. The second will be held in Minnesota, Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. The third will he held at Pilot Grove, Washington Co., Iowa, Oct. 6-11. Our brethren in the West will please see that the time, place, &c., &c., of the State Conferences are given in the Review in proper time.

GEN. CONF. COM. – Review and Herald, September 14, 1869

MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING – By comparing Review No. 11 with No 12, it will be seen that two different appointments have been given for the Minnesota Camp-meeting, but we presume it will be sufficiently understood that the latter, by the General Conference Committee, annuls the former, as by this arrangement, the presence of Bro. and Sr. White and Bro. Andrews will be secured at all the Western meetings.

W. O. A. – Review and Herald, September 28, 1869

WESTERN TOUR – The 29th, we left Clinton Junction (Iowa) for Minnesota, and reached the camp-ground at Wasioja, the 30th. It was a long, hard route by railroad and steamboat and carriage. Mrs. W. was in good spirits, but we were all weary.

We found several tents on the ground. By a strong effort, many brethren and sisters had come together. But recent rains, flooding the streams and sloughs, prevented some. We put up our tent, and made preparations for the night. Here we were happy to meet Dr. Russell, who remained with us, lodging in our tent, with Brn. Andrews and Erzenberger, till the meeting closed. We also here met Elds. Pierce and Ingraham, formerly from Vermont.

In the evening I spoke to the people, showing why we believe as we do. It was a place of freedom. The night was cold. I preached with my overcoat on. And I could see my breath float out upon the cold, clear air, far from me, as I spoke. Yet the people heard me with fixed attention.

This meeting was marked with great freedom in preaching the word, and a spirit of confession among the people. We were happily disappointed in the brethren and sisters in Minnesota, and hope to be able to meet a more general gathering at their Camp-meeting the last of June next. May God bless the labors of preaching brethren in that new State, and raise up many witnesses for the truth there.

We feel a deep interest in the Danes in that State, and shall see that Danish publications are furnished at reasonable prices, and a portion to circulate gratuitously. Dr. Russell left us free in spirit, settled in faith, expressing the strongest confidence in the truth and work of God as held by Seventh-day Adventists. His many friends wish to hear from him through the Review.

We sold many books at this meeting, and gave from the book fund about two hundred dollars' worth. We are ready to send English and Danish publications to that new field when needed for gratuitous distribution. May God bless the cause in Minnesota.

JAMES WHITE, Battle Greek, Oct. 17, 1869. – Review and Herald, October 19, 1869

FROM BRO. INGRAHAM – As Bro. Pierce has said nothing in relation to our good camp-meeting in Minnesota, I wish to write a few lines. After calling long, and praying much, we were permitted to see the faces of Bro. and Sr. White, accompanied by Brn, Andrews and Ertzenberger, and hear their voices in the proclamation of the truth on the camp ground. We were glad that they did not have to meet opposing elements in our State, but our brethren were ready to take hold of the work with them. Bro. and Sr. White have ever lived in the hearts of Sabbath keepers in Minnesota, and still more since the camp-meeting.

Freedom was enjoyed by those who preached the word. Especially did we feel grateful to our Heavenly Father for raising up Bro. White from feebleness of mind and body, and arming him with strength physically and mentally to proclaim the present truth as clearly, if not more so, than at any time in the past. Every sermon was interesting and profitable, to both the church and world. Sr. White's sermon on Sunday was listened to by all with great attention.

This camp-meeting makes us long for another, and we shall have everything in readiness to enjoy another like season next June, requesting Bro. and Sr. White, and such help as they think proper, to attend. We were sorry that all our brethren did not learn the change of the time in the appointment. Quite a number started for the meeting one week too late, and one brother came eighty miles (fifty, on foot) and reached the place after the close of the meeting. But may the Lord reward them for their labor.

Wm. S. INGRAHAM, Wasioja (written Nov. 16, 1869)
Review and Herald, December 7, 1869

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