June 16-25, 1905

Hennepin Co., Maple Plain, Baker Park Reserve, Near Wilderness Settlement    Map
(Formerly Maplewood Academy)

Find it today: This former site of Maplewood Academy is now Baker Park Reserve. Maplewood Academy was located approximately at the New Wilderness Settlement at the north end of Katrina Lake.  From Highway 12 in Maple Plain, turn north on County Road 19 (Baker Park Road) - the road will make a sharp turn to the right and then a sharp turn to the left.  Shortly thereafter, turn right onto County Road 24.  Traveling east, the park entrance will be on the right side of the road.  You may have to walk a distance to get to the actual school site.

MAPLE PLAIN (MINN.) CAMP-MEETING – This meeting was located in a beautiful grove about twenty-five miles from the city of Minneapolis. The outside attendance was small, but there was an excellent attendance of our people. Notwithstanding the conference had heavy local responsibilities, the meeting was characterized by much of the Holy Spirit's presence.

One of the special features which engaged the attention of the conference was the question of constructing a suitable building in which to continue their industrial school, which has been so nicely started on their farm at Maple Grove. (Error – corrected to Maple Plain in next issue.) The school will be known as the Maple Grove Academy. (Error – corrected to Maplewood Academy in next issue.)

There was an unusually heavy fall of rain during the meeting, so much so that the ground was wet and muddy, but even through it all the Lord preserved his people from any unusual sickness, as there were only one or two who were afflicted, and, too, there was no murmuring concerning the weather.

Elder J. N. Anderson, of China; Elder J. W. Westphal, of South America; Elder Smith Sharp, of Tennessee; and Dr. W. A. George, of College View, Neb., were present, and were all given an opportunity to present their respective lines of work. Elder H. S. Shaw was unanimously re-elected president of the Minnesota Conference for the ensuing year.

A commendable missionary spirit was shown by the conference in pledging to support a worker in another field, notwithstanding its increasing local financial burden. I am informed that in some instances whole churches have left Minnesota for California in order to enjoy a warmer climate, etc. Thus it will be seen that with such a decrease in her membership, the resources would correspondingly decrease. The conference is planning for aggressive work during the summer's campaign. Monday, June 26, I had the pleasure of spending a few hours, at the pleasant home of Elder R. A. Underwood in Minneapolis, Minn.

K. C. RUSSELL, Review and Herald, July 20, 1905 (continues next issue)

THE MAPLE PLAIN (MINN.) CAMP MEETING – We desire to report further features of the Minnesota camp-meeting which have not appeared in the reports that have already been written.

The educational work occupied its share of the conference, and steps were taken to erect a much-needed building on their school farm; this will be known as the Maplewood Academy. The large number of noble young people in attendance at the camp-meeting was a strong argument that Minnesota should have a school where these young men and women can be quickly educated for active service in advancing the third angel's message. A fund was started at this meeting for the purpose of erecting their building, to which a liberal amount was subscribed. We believe the loyalty which has characterized our people in Minnesota in every other good work will not be lacking in responding to this enterprise.

The church-school work was ably discussed by a number of the church-school workers of that conference who could speak from experience. We were surprised to see such a large number of church-school teachers in this conference.

The ordination service which took place the last Sabbath of the meeting was a most impressive one. Preceding the ordination, the candidates were called upon to speak a few words. The testimonies borne gave evidence to all that no mistake had been made in recommending these brethren to be set apart to the sacred calling of the gospel ministry. We feel assured that our brethren and sisters in this conference will stay up the hands of these consecrated workers as they go forth on their mission of love, bearing good tidings to those in darkness. We were gratified at the interest shown by those in attendance at this meeting in the work at Washington.

Elder O. O. Bernstein was elected Religious Liberty secretary, and we bespeak for this department of the work in that State a vigorous campaign. The medical work as a part of the message, and how it can be united with the evangelistic work in our public efforts, was clearly set forth by Drs. W. A. George and E. P. Hawkins. Brother J. S. James, the Northern Union general canvassing secretary, was present, and rendered most valuable help in awakening new enthusiasm and interest in the canvassing work.

The work in South America was presented by Elder J. W. Westphal, whose services were appreciated. The people responded to the interest of the work in that field with a liberal offering. The mission work in China was presented by Elder J. N. Anderson, and we are sure from the interest manifested in his accounts of this field that Minnesota will be a warm supporter of this mission field as well as others. Elder Smith Sharp presented the needs of the Southern field, to which there was a liberal response.

Public services were held regularly in a separate tent in both the Scandinavian and German languages. The last Sabbath was a most glorious day for the camp, and one long to be remembered, for the Holy Spirit was present with great power, which was demonstrated by souls yielding and re-consecrating their lives to the service of the Master. We believe this camp meeting will mark a new era for the cause in Minnesota, both for our public workers and for our people in general.

K. C. RUSSELL – Review and Herald, August 3, 1905

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