June 2 - 9, 1891

Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, Pleasant Park    Map

Find it today: The Review and Herald and Minneapolis Tribune refer to the site as being on Nicollet Avenue between 44th and 46th Streets, although, the Review also refers to it being on Pleasant Avenue which is 4 blocks to the west.  Throughout the years that camp meeting was held here, six years from 1889 to 1894, this area of picturesque countryside dotted with lakes and groves made for a truly pleasant spot for gatherings; baptisms were held at nearby Lake Harriet a few blocks to the west. Today, on the tree-lined Nicollet, there is no semblance of a park - rather the area is filled with small businesses and modest, but tidy, homes.


The cold weather continued during the Minnesota meeting until Sabbath morning, without rain however, when the clouds broke away, and fine weather prevailed until the close. Prof. Prescott, on his way from the northwestern camp-meetings to Battle Creek, was detained by a washout (providentially, some thought), and had to spend the Sabbath at the camp. Accordingly, he was invited to take charge of the revival service in the forenoon. The Holy Spirit attended the preaching of the word, and a large number came forward for prayers. After this service, the inquirers retired to another tent, and the work was continued till two o'clock. One of the results of the work done was the baptism of forty-three candidates in Lake Harriet, Monday afternoon.

The sessions of the Conference were harmonious throughout. A kind, brotherly spirit characterized all that was said and done. The people were loath to give up Elder Porter, but did so without murmuring, and will follow him to his field in Africa, with their sympathy and prayers. The progress of the work the past year has been encouraging. The tithe was increased $4,000; most other funds had a corresponding increase, and none fell behind the previous year. Five new churches were added to the Conference, and the additions to its membership were nearly 200. Removals, deaths, etc., reduced the increase for the year to about fifty. The death of Elder Norlin, the only ordained Swedish minister in the Conference, was severely felt; but the ordination of Bro. John Hoffman to labor in the same language, will in some measure fill the vacancy. Three other brethren were also ordained – H. F. Phelps and Byron Tripp to the English work, and H. F. Graf to the German. Two new licentiates were added to the working force, and five young men were recommended to enter the field as tent-masters. The canvassing work has been prosperous. During the past year over $30,000 worth of books have been sold, and the prospect for the coming year is even better.

A good interest was taken in the educational work. Bro. Henry arrived Monday morning, and addressed the congregation in behalf of Union College. The needs of that institution as set forth by him, had been anticipated by the pledging the day before, of enough to finish ''paying the State's apportionment of $6,600, with the exception of $200. Considerable real estate was also purchased. Under the head of educational work may be properly mentioned Elder Me Coy's efforts in the interests of The James White Memorial Home. He made an earnest plea for the fatherless, who could not speak for themselves, and his remarks reached the hearts of the people.

Upward of eighty addresses were obtained of those who are interested in our schools, and who desired catalogues. Over half of these expect to attend either Battle Creek College or Union College the coming year.

The outside interest was better than in former years on the same ground. Sunday was a beautiful day, and hundreds visited the camp. It was noticeable that but few sight-seers were present; nearly all listened attentively to the sermons. The English tent was comfortably filled, and the Scandinavian and German tents were crowded all day. Four public services were held in English. Elder W. H. Wakeham spoke in the forenoon on temperance. Elder Haskell, in the afternoon, showed how God is controlling the nations in the interest of the proclamation of the gospel. A little later, Elder Porter gave an address on religious liberty, and in the evening he preached his farewell sermon. The best of attention was given to the preaching in all the languages, and we had many evidences that a good impression was made.

Some remarkable conversions were reported. A Scandinavian, a member of the Baptist Church, came on purpose to see if what the ministers had told him was true ; viz., that we taught justification by the law and not by faith in Christ. Before the meeting closed, he publicly confessed that he had received the greatest blessing of his life; and he went home an avowed S. D. Adventist, to tell his friends that the ministers were mistaken. A young lady came on purpose to oppose, but was forced to testify before the meeting closed, that she could not withstand the truth any longer, and on Monday she was baptized. A brother had a wife who bitterly opposed him. He prayed earnestly that she might be led to come to the meeting and be converted. On Friday she came, was converted on the Sabbath, and was baptized with the rest.

The cooking-school attracted favorable attention from outsiders. It began in the dining tent, but the attendance was so great that it was moved into a tent 40x60 feet. It finally broke over all bounds, and was thrown open to the public in the great pavilion. This was the first time Minnesota, has had a cooking-school, and it was regarded on all hands as a success. Both the dining hall and the provision stand were conducted on strictly hygienic principles. I heard no criticisms, but everywhere words of commendation. Sister Evora Bucknum, of the Battle Creek Sanitarium Training-school, conducted the school, and superintended the dining department.

People were pleased as well as surprised at the provisions made for their comfort in the reception tent and elsewhere. Teams were taken by attendants, cared for, and brought back to the owners on the presentation of checks. Nearly everybody took out a quarter or half-dollar, and was greatly astonished when pay was refused. Some were overheard to say, “This beats all we ever saw in the line of free accommodation.”

The meeting closed with the heartiest good feeling on the part of all. Elder Breed enters upon his work with the confidence of both people and workers, and the prospect is good for a prosperous future for the Minnesota Conference.

C. C. LEWIS – Review and Herald, June 23, 1891

Lessons of the past
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