June 16-23, 1913

Ramsey Co., St. Paul, Como Park, Corner of Chatsworth Street and Como Avenue    Map

Find it today: From I-94 in St. Paul, take exit 239 and turn north onto Lexington Parkway North. Travel about 2 miles north on Lexington Parkway North and turn right onto West Orchard Avenue, traveling 4 blocks to Chatsworth Street North where you will turn left onto Chatsworth.  Travel 4 blocks on Chatsworth to where it intersects with Como Avenue. The camp meeting area was between Como Avenue and Lake Como.


Once more I call attention to our annual conference and camp-meeting to be held in St. Paul June 16-23. The camp will be pitched in a nice grove, bordering on a beautiful lake, corner of Union and Chatsworth Streets. (Editor's Note: In 1913, Chatsworth Street traveled straight north-south, running all the way to Como Lake at the north end of the street.  Today, Union Street is named Como Avenue. Thus, in today's terms, the camp meeting location was bordered by Chatsworth Street, Como Avenue and Nagasaki Road.)

When you reach St. Paul take the Hamlin-Union Depot street car, ask for a transfer, get off at Robert and 5th St., and take a Como-Harriet, Como-Hopkins, or any car going to the Fair Grounds, getting off at Union Street, where you will see the camp.

We have petitioned the Railroad for reduced rates, and expect this favor will be granted, so our people may return for one third fare. Definite instructions will appear in these columns from Brother Gay, regarding the plan, as soon as we hear from the railroad officials.

It will be a great advantage, and will save confusion, if all who desire a tent will place their order at once with Brother B. C. Haak, campmeeting superintendent, whose address is 336 E. Lake St., Minneapolis. The usual charges will be made for the tents as follows: 10 x 12 -$2.00; 12 x 14 - $2.50; 12 x 16- $3.00. A fly will be $1.00 extra. If you desire a floor or part of a floor, in your tent, please state this when you write.

You will save money if you hand your baggage checks to one of our boys who will be at the depot in St. Paul the first days of the meeting. No provision will be made for baggage at Minneapolis stations.

We will have a dining tent on the grounds where those who wish may get their meals. We also plan to have a store. We shall endeavor to have everything as convenient as possible, and hope and pray for a great spiritual reviving. I am sure the young people in our conference will greatly appreciate the new tent that will be pitched for their use this season, and will take pleasure in fitting it up in an attractive manner. We are expecting excellent help and special services will be conducted daily in the interest of the youth and their work.

The General Conference coming this year, we were compelled to hold our meeting a little later than usual. I know that this is a busy season and there is much work to do. but the servant of God has said that “it would be far better to let your business suffer than to neglect the opportunity of hearing the message God has for you.”

Let us all plan to attend and ask God to awaken in our hearts a longing desire for spiritual power. Some may come with their hearts full of murmuring and complaining. May we not pray that through the work of the Holy Spirit these may be led to see that murmuring is an offense to God. Still others will be indifferent. May God help us, even now, to surrender and pray for the melting influence of the spirit to rest upon us so we may come upon the camp ground to be a blessing, also to be greatly enriched in our own souls.

G. W. WELLS – Northern Union Reaper, May 20, 1913

My next appointment is on the campground, near Como Park, St. Paul, June 16-23. Come brethren and sisters to the feast.

ANDREW MEAD – Northern Union Reaper, June 10, 1913

THE MINNESOTA CAMP-MEETING - The annual camp-meeting of the Minnesota Conference was held this year in one of the many beautiful parks of St. Paul. Owing to the recent General Conference, it was decided to hold this meeting just one week, from June 16 to 23.

One hundred forty family tents were pitched among the trees surrounding the large pavilion. Although some rain fell, and the weather was very hot, a courageous, pleasant spirit characterized all the campers, and a deep spirit of earnestness was noticeable at all the meetings.

Services were held for the English, Germans, and Scandinavians. In the English meetings the local conference brethren were ably assisted by Elders Chas. Thompson and O. A. Olsen; the Germans by Elders W. F. H. Shroeder, C. K. Reiswig, and G. F. Haffner; the Scandinavians by Elders Carl Svenson Erickson from Chicago, L. H. Christian, and O. A. Olsen, The young people on the grounds numbered more than three hundred, and Sister Pogue and Elder W. W. Ruble, assisted by the writer, had the satisfaction of seeing many give their hearts to God for the first time, and almost all on the ground consecrate anew their lives to the finishing of the third angel's message. Other helpers were Sister Armitage from Africa, Dr. David Paulson, from the Hinsdale Sanitarium, and Dr. Schunk, from the Iowa Sanitarium.

The book work was ably looked after by Brethren Gay and Shrewsbury, assisted by the union conference canvassing agent, Brother F. E. Painter, and S. N. Curtiss, manager of the Kansas City Branch of the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Eight hundred dollars worth of books and tracts was sold on the ground. A good interest was aroused in the sale of our publications.

Elder G. W. Wells continues to act as president, all the conference officers being reelected with one exception. The General Conference recommendation to raise twenty cents a week per member for missions and the liquidation of institutional liabilities was enthusiastically carried. The mission offering taken on the ground amounted to over $3,500, besides the Sabbath School collection of $239.

Sabbath was the great day of the feast. Elder Olsen spoke from Isa. 52:1-10. The Lord came very near, and almost the whole camp went forward. At the afternoon service, Brethren Stemple White and B. C. Haak were ordained to the ministry. Following this impressive service, fifty-six, mostly young people, followed their blessed Lord in the ordinance of baptism.

C. L. BENSON – Review and Herald, July 24, 1913

Lessons of the past
Hope for the future