Steele Co., Medford, East side of Straight River Map
Find it today: Straight River Park is at the north end of Medford on the west side of North Main Street
MN SDA History Editor's Note: All copies of the Review and Herald providing a full report of the 1873 Minnesota camp-meeting have apparently been lost and a copy is not available at the General Conference Archives. If anyone has a copy, this editor and the General Conference Archives would be delighted to obtain a scanned copy to add to their websites. In the absence of the full report, I have provided some of the excerpts announcing the plans for the 1873 Minnesota Camp-meeting and I have provided some historical notes on the Spicer family that, in a small way, tie-in with the 1873 camp-meeting and provide some historical interest.
CHANGE of the Appointment of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Camp-Meetings. We have recently received information that our S. D. Baptist friends who are numerous in the vicinity of Milton Junction, where the Wisconsin Camp-meeting will be held, have an appointment for an Association meeting at the same time. They desire to attend our camp-meeting, but cannot unless our appointment is changed. We therefore decide to reverse the order of these two meetings. They will now stand, Milton Junction, Wis., June 19-23. Medford, Minn., June 26-30.
GEN. CONF. COM. – Review and Herald, May 20, 1873
MN SDA History Editor's Note: Ambrose Coates Spicer was a S. D. Baptist, originally from New York State, who was sent to Milton Junction, WI, by the Seventh Day Baptists to help found Milton Academy in Wisconsin. Later the family moved from Milton, WI to Freeborn, MN where they converted to Seventh-day Adventism (Ambrose becoming an SDA minister) and where William Ambrose Spicer, one of their children, was born. William served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in many capacities including serving as Editor of the Review and Herald, serving as General Conference President from 1922 to 1930 and serving as a missionary to India, having Spicer Memorial College named in his honor. (Read the 1875 Minnesota Camp-Meeting report for more on the conversion of Ambrose Coates Spicer to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.) Who would have known in 1873, that a S. D. Baptist minister in Milton Junction, WI and his son, born in a small Minnesota town, would take such leading roles in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and affect the lives of many on an entirely different continent an ocean away? God always has a plan for each one of us and he has no limitations on who he can use to accomplish his purposes – let none of us say that our beginnings are too humble or our abilities are too limited to be useful for God’s far-reaching plans!
TO THE CHURCHES IN MINNESOTA. Our camp-meeting is now appointed for June 26-30. But before that time, we need to hear from every church in the State, in order to have our report ready. Some have failed in their quarterly reports. Shall we not hear from them? Your fourth quarterly report needs to be sent in immediately. Will you send it? Besides this, there is the report of the financial condition of your church. The clerk should make this out immediately. This report should tell us your standing as to whole number of members, number paying S. B., amount of S. B. pledged for the year, amount pledged to the State Conference. Next, the elder, deacon, and clerk, should make out a report of your standing, as to additions by letter and by baptism; losses by death, by apostasy, and by removal; number of members at the cmmencement of the year, and the present number; and number of Sabbath-school scholars. We believe you all have blanks; if so, it will be an easy job for you to fill them out; if not, do the best you can, and send in these reports immediately, to my address. Those laboring with us desire to see us coming up in better working order, and shall we not take hold with them? I pledge myself to do all I possibly can..
H. F. PHELPS, Sec., Pine Island, Minn. – Review and Herald, May 20, 1873