May 29 - June 7, 1903

Washington Co., Stillwater, North side of Lake Lily    Map

Find it today: The exact site is unknown, however, Lily Lake Park, off of Greeley Street South, affords a nice view of Lily Lake.

State Adventists Camp at Stillwater - Meeting to Last Over a Week, With Good Attendance - The annual camp meeting of the Seventh Day Adventists of Minnesota began last evening near Lily Lake and there was a large attendance from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Rochester, Winona and other points. Services in English, Scandinavian and German are being held in large pavilions, and the parties in charge say that the attendance will exceed 1,000 by Monday. The meeting will close June 7.

The Saint Paul Globe, May 30, 1903

STATE CAMP MEETING - Opening Day for Adventists at Lily Lake, Stillwater. - Special to The Journal. Stillwater, Minn., May 29. The annual state campmeeting of Seventh Day Adventists opened to-day and by Monday 1,000 persons will be on the grounds. The first meeting of importance will be held in the big pavillion at Lilly lake to-night. Meetings are to be held regularly in the English, Scandinavian and German tongues.

The Minneapolis Journal, May 29, 1903

COMMENTS ON THE FOUR WESTERN CAMP-MEETINGS – At the earnest request of the General Conference Committee, holding its meeting in connection with the Review and Herald election of officers at Battle Creek, Mich., in the early part of April, the writer attended with Elder Haskell the four camp-meetings of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The occasion was one of interest, inasmuch as he had been absent from the work in this great Northern field for nearly fifteen years. Previously to that, or for about the same length of time, he had attended, year after year, the annual meetings of these conferences then organized, and had a very large acquaintance all over the whole American field. Hence the occasion was especially interesting, because of meeting with hosts of friends and renewing many acquaintances.

Great changes had of course occurred during this long absence. Little children had become active laborers in the work. Those who were in middle age are now adorned with gray hairs, many had grown old, and others had passed away ...

Having received an urgent invitation from the president of the Minnesota Conference to be present at least a few days at their annual convocation, Elder Haskell, Sister Haskell, and the writer left the camp-ground Thursday afternoon preceding the close of the meeting, and thus had a little over two days in which to attend the Minnesota camp-meeting. The storms had not been nearly so bad as in Iowa, so there was a better attendance. While Iowa has a membership of about three thousand five hundred, and Minnesota at present claims about two thousand, there was a much larger attendance than at the Iowa meeting. Over a hundred tents were pitched, and perhaps seven hundred people were present. The camp was in a nice grove, in close proximity to the flourishing city of Stillwater, the meeting being, therefore, on the eastern edge of the State. We met with a very hearty and pleasant reception at the Minnesota Conference. Large numbers of our acquaintances were present, and we could not have been treated more royally. Special provision for the ministers on the ground was made, and everything was done for our comfort that could be desired.

While our time was limited, we enjoyed the stay there very much. People seemed exceedingly glad to hear from the old pilgrims, who were indeed happy to meet with their old friends. The Spirit of the Lord deigned to come in, and his blessing was felt in many hearts, Special vows of consecration were made on the Sabbath, and tears of contrition flowed freely. Quite a large number were baptized. An encouraging response was made to the call for means for our Southern work. Seventeen hundred dollars in cash and pledges was raised, and quite a number of subscriptions taken for our Southern Watchman. Of the sum raised and pledged, one thousand dollars was given by one dear old brother whose heart the Lord had touched. The meeting closed with a large attendance from the city on Sunday night, the new pavilion being crowded, and many standing on the outside. Indeed, the people of Stillwater manifested a good interest, and the meetings were to be continued after the camp-meeting broke up. Elder Haskell and I were indeed thankful for this pleasant meeting with the Minnesota Conference.

GEORGE I. BUTLER – Review and Herald, July 21, 1903

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