June 17-27, 1909

Ramsey Co., St. Paul, Wilder Street N. & Merriam Lane, Merriam Park Recreation Center    Map

Find it today: In St. Paul, take Exit 237 from I-94 East, heading south on Cretin Avenue N. Turn left onto Temple Court. Turn left onto N. Finn Street and then right onto St. Anthony Avenue. Follow St. Anthony past the Cleveland intersection until St. Anthony turns right and becomes Wilder Street.  The Recreation Center will be shortly after that on the left.

THE MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING – At the request of Elder R. A. Underwood, who left the campground before the close of the meeting to attend the camp meeting at Sioux Falls, S. D., it affords me pleasure to report for the Review a most excellent meeting just closed at St. Paul. The camp was located in a pleasant grove with sandy soil, in the Midway District, between St. Paul and Minneapolis. People living in any part of both of these cities could reach the campground for a five cent fare, and the evening services especially were well attended by residents in that section of the city where the meeting was held.

More than one hundred ninety tents were pitched, and there were about seven or eight hundred people living upon the grounds. I never saw a meeting move any more smoothly, or where better order on the part of old and young was maintained.

The conference held its annual session, and the business was transacted with the utmost harmony. Several changes were made in officers and the executive committee. Brother C. M. Everest, who has been the faithful, painstaking servant of the conference as treasurer for fifteen or sixteen years, takes up field work in the missionary department of the conference, and Brother H. R. Gay will do the treasurer's work in the office. Elder S. E. Jackson continues as president. The conference felt that it was best to place some new young men on the committee in order that they might have an experience which would fit them for fields beyond. A missionary spirit seemed to be in every resolution and in every talk. Every question was decided from the standpoint of how Minnesota could best encourage the work in distant fields.

The brethren responded nobly to the call for financial assistance, and nearly six thousand five hundred dollars was raised for various purposes. Nearly all of this fund will go outside of the conference. It is over three times as much as was raised last year, and is the most that has been raised in the conference on any similar occasion in many years.

Two financial resolutions are deserving of special notice. Minnesota was one of the first conferences to reach its allotment of ten cents a week. So encouraged were the brethren that they unanimously voted to set fifteen cents a week for each member as their mark for the fiscal year beginning July 1. In addition to this, which we believe is the first instance of its kind in the denomination, the brethren voted to pay one fifth of the tithe to the General Conference after paying a first tithe to the union conference. If the ordinary expenses of the Northern Union Conference continue as they are, enough of Minnesota's tithe is passed on by the union conference to the General Conference, so that if this be added to the one fifth now voted by the Minnesota Conference, each person in Minnesota who pays tithe may feel sure that twenty-five cents on every dollar goes direct to the mission fields.

Both Sabbaths were seasons of refreshing. Elder G. B. Thompson took charge of the revival service the first Sabbath, and Prof. P. T. Magan the second Sabbath. Many souls were refreshed. A number gave their hearts to God for the first time, and many more returned from their backslidings. Sunday forenoon, forty-nine were baptized in the Mississippi River and were added to the church.

One interesting feature of the campmeeting, was a meeting of the "conference church", which is made up of isolated Sabbath-keepers in all parts of the field. About fourteen of those who were baptized were of these scattered members, and Sunday afternoon the church held a meeting, at which were celebrated the ordinances of the Lord's house. It certainly was a great pleasure for some of those who have no such opportunity at any other time during the year.

The General Conference and union conference laborers, other than those already mentioned, were Brethren J. T. Boettcher, of Russia; J. N. Anderson, of China; R. H. Habenicht, of Argentina; S. Mortenson, of the Swedish department; J. W. Christian, of the Norwegian department; G. F. Haffner, of the German department; J. V. Willson, of Africa; and Brethren R. A. Underwood, C. P. Farnsworth, T. D. Gibson, W. L. Manfull, and the writer, of the Northern Union Conference. The St. Paul and Minneapolis dailies gave a reasonable amount of space to the meeting, and their own reporters made conscientious efforts to give correct reports of the services.

One of the larger tents was left standing at the camp, and Elders C. A. Pedicord and A. V. Olson will remain to follow up the interest awakened by the meeting. It is hoped that permanent results may be seen from holding the conference and camp-meeting at St. Paul.

J. G. LAMSON – Review and Herald, July 15, 1909

Lessons of the past
Hope for the future