June 4-14, 1908

Hennepin Co., Minneapolis, E. 34th Street & 4th Avenue S., Central Park    Map

Find it today: From I-35 W, take Exit 14 towards 35th Street/36th Street. Merge onto Stevens Avenue going south. Turn left onto East 36th Street. Turn left onto 4th Avenue South. The park (which is now a school complex) is on the west side of 4th Avenue South between 35th and 34th Streets. The park is what is now the Green Central Park Middle School complex.

MINNEAPOLIS CAMP MEETING – How to reach the camp ground and how shall I get my baggage out, are questions that confront those coming to camp meeting.

Beginning, Thursday, June 4, and continuing till Monday, June 8, we will have agents at all of the depots in Minneapolis to meet all trains (except Sabbath and Sunday). The agent will wear a badge reading, “Camp Meeting Agent.” Deliver to him your baggage checks, paying him 25 cents for the delivery of your trunk to the camp ground. The agent will also give you direction to the camp ground.

Those who come on other days than the above, or those who miss seeing the camp meeting agent at the depots, should observe the following directions: Those arriving at the Union Depot may take any car going south on Hennepin avenue, transferring at Fifth street to the Fourth avenue car, getting off this car at the camp ground, Thirty-fourth street and Fourth avenue, S.

Those arriving at the Milwaukee Depot may walk one block south on Fourth avenue and take the Fourth avenue car south to campground; no transfer needed. Those arriving at the Great Western Depot may take Fort Snelling, or Riverside or Minnehaha car north to Fourth avenue and Third street, and transfer to Fourth avenue car south to camp ground.

Those arriving at Minneapolis and St. Louis Depot should take Washburn Park and Camden Place car to Fifth street and transfer to Fourth avenue car to camp ground.

Be sure to get a transfer from the conductor where you change cars on any of these lines. If you fail to do this you will have to pay a second fare; but by taking a transfer from the conductor you need pay but one fare, five cents, to get to the camp ground.

Cut out this instruction and bring it along. It will aid you in getting to the camp.

C. M. EVEREST – Northern Union Reaper, May 26, 1908

THE first meeting of the Minnesota camp meeting will be held Thursday evening, at 7:30 o'clock. Elder Jackson and his corps of laborers have been hard at work for more than a week in an endeavor to get the camp in readiness. It is believed there will be a large attendance at the first meeting, as the orders for tents have been coming in rapidly. The first of the workers' meetings was held last Friday night, and was attended by some of the members of the Minneapolis church, besides the conference laborers. A good meeting is anticipated from beginning to end, and it is believed action will be taken during the meeting which will mean that the onward progress of the message in Minnesota will be given an impetus which will carry it with greater rapidity than heretofore. Good help has been provided for the meeting, and with the presence of the Holy Spirit everyone should receive an abundance of blessing.

Northern Union Reaper, June 2, 1908

AT this writing the members of the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists are enjoying their camp meeting in this city. The camp is well located, and every provision is being made for the comfort of the visitors. The weather conditions have been very favorable, so that everything was in readiness for the campers when they came to the city. Every tent belonging to the conference is occupied, and others have been hired from local tent makers to supply the demand. The people seem to be full of zeal and earnestness, and evince a desire to connect more fully with the work of the conference. Elder R. A. Underwood, Elder G. B. Thompson and Professor Frederick Griggs are among the arrivals to assist with the work of the meeting for the English-speaking people, and Elders Haffner, L. H. Christian, John Hoffman and others are at the camp in the interest of the Germans, Swedes and Danish-Norwegians. The attendance on Sunday was quite large, the people of the city filling almost every portion of the camp. The pavilion was packed to its fullest capacity. A more full report of the camp meeting will be given in the next issue of the REAPER.

Northern Union Reaper, June 9, 1908

THE MINNESOTA CAMP MEETING – The annual camp meeting of the Minnesota conference, held at Minneapolis, June 4-14, was very much enjoyed by a large number of the members of the conference. All the camping material belonging to the conference was in use, and it was found necessary to rent a number of tents from a firm in the city to accommodate those who came after the meeting had commenced. Almost 1,000 persons were encamped on the ground, and the meetings were all well attended.

In the consideration of the business of the conference the spirit of harmony prevailed, and this work was conducted with dispatch. Elders Underwood, Christian and Thompson and Prof. Frederick Griggs gave much helpful instruction. At the evening meetings there was a large attendance from the city, many persons showing a decided interest in the topics presented.

The cause of missions was given attention, $2,000 being voted from the tithe to the work of foreign missions. The plan to assume the responsibility of raising ten cents a week for each member of the conference was adopted without a dissenting vote.

The work of the different departments was considered, and action was taken looking to advance moves in every branch of the work. The needs of the Sabbath school, the educational and church school, the work for the young people, home missionary work, and the book work were presented by those in charge of the departments, and measures were taken to meet the needs as far as possible.

There were almost two hundred young people in attendance at the meetings, and it is believed much help was given through the ministration of those in charge of this branch of the work. Elders Benson and Ruble directed in these meetings.

Doctors Hawkins, McDonald and Nelson, of Minnesota, and Dr. Farnsworth, of South Dakota, were present to help those who might need their assistance; but the health of the camp was very good, and there was very little call for service from the medical men.

Over one thousand dollars was donated in cash and pledges for the tent and camp meeting fund. On Sabbath the ordinance of baptism was administered to fifty-five persons at Lake Harriet, near the camp ground.

Elder S. E. Jackson was re-elected president of the conference; C. M. Everest, vice president and treasurer; H. R. Gay, secretary and bookkeeper; the executive committee consisting of the president, vice president, and Elders Ruble, Chapman, Ewert, Anderson, and Babcock; Sabbath school and home department secretary, Miss Ella E. Merickel; field secretary, F. F. Fry. The missionary secretary to be supplied by the conference committee.

A. D. Ewert, A. V. Olson, O. E. Johansen, O. J. Nerlund, J. M. Comer and G. L. Budd were set apart to the work of the ministry, the ordination service taking place at the early morning hour on the last Sabbath of the meeting.

The recommendations made by the conference, and other items of camp meeting news will be given in a later issue of the REAPER.

Northern Union Reaper, June 23, 1908

MINNESOTA NOTES – The book tent was a feature of the camp meeting. A large stock of books, pamphlets and tracts were on display and for sale, and many of the people supplied themselves with needed literature. A canvassers' institute was held following the camp meeting, at which a number of young men and women took training for work in the field.

Elder Allen Moon, president of the Lake Union Conference, gave an interesting discourse at the camp meeting Sunday morning. Prof. C. C. Lewis, of Union College, was at the camp meeting the last three days in the interest of the educational work. The students from Maplewood Academy came to the camp meeting en masse, and were a happy, joyous company of young people. Elder F. A. Detamore has taken up the work of educational and missionary secretary of the Oregon conference. Elder August Anderson spent one day at the camp meeting in the interest of the Swedish educational work. Elder C. W. Flaiz has been called to the presidency of the Oregon conference.

Northern Union Reaper, June 23, 1908

THE Minnesota camp meeting was more largely attended than was anticipated. Almost one thousand persons were encamped upon the ground, and good order and good health prevailed. Preaching services were held at the same time in three languages in different pavilions. The attendance from the city was very good when the weather was favorable. Everyone appeared to be of good courage, and the people have gone to their homes with an expressed desire for a more complete consecration to the cause of the message, that they may be able to give a more acceptable service.

Northern Union Reaper, June 23, 1908 

THE MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING – The Minnesota camp-meeting was held in Minneapolis, June 4-14. The annual conference was held in connection with this meeting. One hundred forty tents were pitched, and about seven hundred persons encamped on the ground. This, I am told, was the largest attendance seen at a camp-meeting in this State for a number of years. Services were held in three languages – English, Scandinavian, and German.

One encouraging feature of the meeting was the large attendance from the city. When the weather was favorable, the large pavilion was filled each evening, and all listened with marked attention to the fundamental truths of the message. This large attendance was due to the excellent location of the meeting. It was held in a large residential section of the city, which had good street-car service. Some from the city took their stand to keep the Sabbath during the meeting, and a large number of others are interested. It is found necessary to follow the meeting with a tent effort to develop the interest created by the meeting. Instead of seeking especially our own comfort, the primary object we should keep in view in locating these large camp-meetings is that of reaching the people with the message.

An excellent spirit prevailed throughout the entire meeting. The utmost unity was manifested in all the business transactions. The officers chosen to fill the various offices were practically the same as last year. Elder S. E. Jackson was elected president for the ensuing year. A deep interest was manifested in the growth and development of the work outside their own conference. Two thousand dollars from their surplus tithe was voted to the Mission Board for the foreign work, and three hundred and fifty dollars for the German work in Baltimore, Md. The ten-cent-a-week plan was enthusiastically adopted, and in one of the morning meetings nearly fourteen hundred dollars was raised in cash and pledges for the foreign work. It was also recommended that the Sabbath-schools in the conference give all their donations to missions, securing the funds to purchase the necessary supplies from some other source than the donations. In addition to the money given to missions, over a thousand dollars was raised in cash and pledges for the purchasing of tents and other equipment needed for the work in the conference.

A splendid work was done during the meeting for the youth and children. Elders C. L. Benson, W. W. Ruble, and others labored earnestly for their salvation; and as a result, many gave their hearts to the Lord. General revival services were also held during the meeting, and on the last Sabbath fifty-five were baptized in the beautiful waters of Lake Harriet.

One encouraging feature of the meeting was the large corps of laborers ordained. At the early morning meeting on the last Sabbath, Brethren Geo. L. Budd, O. J. Nerlund, A. V. Olsen, A. D. Ewert, O. E. Johnson, and J. M. Comer were set apart to the sacred work of the gospel ministry.

All the conference laborers were present to share in the labors of the meeting. In addition to these, Elders R. A. Underwood, L. H. Christian, John Hoffman, Profs. F. Griggs, C. C. Lewis, August Anderson, and the writer were in attendance from outside the conference during some part of the meeting.

The blessing of God was manifest throughout the meeting, and the brethren and sisters left for their homes with good courage in the Lord, and with a determination to be more faithful than ever in carrying forward his work.

G. B. THOMPSON – Review and Herald, July 9, 1908

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