May 26 - June 5, 1904

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 News - The Seventh Day Adventists are in annual camp at Stillwater.

The Princeton Union, June 2, 1904

MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING – This meeting was held at Stillwater, adjoining Lake Lilly, May 26 to June 5. Besides the laborers of the conference there were present to assist in the ministerial work of the meeting, Elders A. G. Daniells, E. W. Farnsworth, S. Mortenson (who labored in the Scandinavian language), V. Leer (who labored for the Germans), and the writer. It had been eighteen years since I attended a camp-meeting in the State of Minnesota. I was at Mankato in 1886. Great changes have come to the conference in its laborers' and the lay membership during these years. I was glad to find so many young men of promise, who were but boys at the time of the meeting I attended, developing into strong laborers. At Mankato, notwithstanding the continuous rains throughout the meeting, making the grounds unpleasant, a cheerful spirit pervaded the camp.

For a year or more an effort had been in progress to establish an industrial conference school. A farm in a central location had been secured, and steps taken looking toward the erection of a suitable school building, yet some delays in this enterprise, owing to the lack of funds to erect school buildings, had caused some discouragement as to the conference school. As the meetings progressed, this feeling entirely disappeared from the camp.

The business meetings were among the best meetings we held in bringing light and courage to the people. Sufficient funds were secured to purchase material for the erection of the principal school building. The work will go forward, as rapidly as funds come in, and no debt will be incurred.

The keynote of the meeting was consecration to the work. The Lord has called this people to preach the everlasting gospel in its fullness to the ends of the earth. The conference pays about one third of all the funds it raises to assist the general and foreign work. This is done by weekly offerings, special offerings, the first and second tithe, and the support of two laborers in Africa. Owing to a lack of funds for the home work, the question was raised in a meeting among the laborers of the conference whether in the year to come they should continue to support from their conference tithe the two laborers in Africa. After the question had been considered, it was the unanimous vote of the laborers of the conference that the conference should do this, even if their own wages had to be cut down to make it possible.

Elder H. S. Shaw was elected president. The conference committee was enlarged to seven. Twenty-six dear souls were baptized Sabbath afternoon in Lake Lilly, a short distance from the camp, while a number will be baptized at their home churches on returning from the meeting. The brethren and sisters were glad to see Elder C. W. Flaiz at the meeting two of three days, although he was unable to enter into the labor of the meeting. The Northern Union Conference committees held an important council during the meeting. At the close of the meeting it was the general expression that this had been one of the best camp meetings ever held in Minnesota.

R. A. UNDERWOOD – Review and Herald, June 16, 1904

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