June 6 - 16, 1918

Anoka Co., Anoka, 1500 Sixth Avenue South, George Green Park    Map

Find it today: In downtown Anoka: if you are traveling from Highway 169, turn east on East Main Street and then turn south on 7th Avenue - if you are traveling from Highway 10, turn south on 7th Avenue. From the intersection of East Main Street and 7th Avenue, travel about 5 blocks south on 7th Avenue. George Green Park will be on the west side of 7th Avenue, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue. Still standing are the old "cafeteria" (now a service shed) on the 6th Avenue side of the park and the "Book and Bible House" building (now a Senior Citizens Center) next to the cafeteria.

TENTS AND ROOMS AT ANOKA CAMPMEETING – The order blanks for tents have been sent out to all the churches and isolated members. If anyone desiring blanks and not having them, will write the undersigned at Anoka, or write to the Tract Society at St. Paul, blanks will be sent by return mail.

At this writing, we have orders for eighty-four tents, so it would be well for those desiring a tent, to order at once, as they are going quite rapidly. Any orders received after the tents are gone, cannot be filled. If you desire us to engage a room in the event that the tents are gone, we can do so.

I would say concerning rooms, that this year we are adopting the following plan: All parties wishing rooms, will please describe as nearly as possible, what they wish, and enclose remittance of $5.00, as the people will not hold the rooms without a deposit, and past experience has taught us that it is not best to order rooms for people, unless we get a deposit from them, because, after they see the rooms, they sometimes decide that they want something else, and do not take the room engaged, and the conference has to pay for it.

If you wish us to order your room, remember we will get the best and nearest rooms we can, but naturally some will have to be a few blocks away from the grounds.

We would encourage all campers as far as possible, to order tents, and order early, as we think you will get more benefit from the meeting if you live on the grounds, than if you live in rooms.

Anyone sending orders for tents after they are all taken, will receive a card by return mail stating that the tents are all taken, and then if we receive your order for a room with the deposit, we will secure it for you. Most of the rooms are $5.00 for ten days, with one bed.

CAMP COMMITTEE, R. L. Benton, Camp Supt. – Northern Union Reaper, May 28, 1918

MINNESOTA CAMPMEETING - The 57th annual conference and campmeeting of Seventh-day Adventists, which was held in the oak-shaded park near Anoka, June 6-16, proved to be a record-breaker in more ways than one.

Ten pavilions and some two hundred family tents were pitched on nature's carpet of green, and about one hundred rooms were also secured in the homes of the hospitable people of the progressive little city to accommodate the extra large attendance.

Near the large pavilion Old Glory was hoisted high in the air on a specially prepared flag staff. A service flag was also in evidence in honor of our young men who are "doing their bit" in the service of the government.

Under the efficient management of Elder Roy Benton and his assistants the grounds not only were in first-class shape at the very opening of the meeting but were also kept so throughout. Very little sickness was reported.

Everything was so organized that order and dispatch characterized the administrative affairs throughout. As to round of service, the usual program was practically carried out. Every department and phase of the work received special attention.

Aside from the local conference and union conference workers there were present from the outside, Elder E. W. Farnsworth of California, Elder L. H. Christion of Chicago, Elder G. E. Nord of Massachusetts, Prof. Herman Olson of Broadview, Ill., Dr. E. A. Sutherland of Madison, Tenn., Eld. Eugene Leland, the new Bible teacher at Maple Plain academy, C. A. Thorp of Brookfield, J. R. Ferren of Kansas City, and Elder A. R. Ogden of Iowa.

Soul-stirring messages were delivered by the Lord's servants. The spirit of God was clearly in-evidence, and copious drops of the latter rain were received by all who sought God with all their hearts. Though many were recommended for baptism in their home church, yet 55 were baptized in the Mississippi river at the close of the meeting.

The amount of literature sold on the grounds was $3273; amount raised in cash and pledges for foreign missions, $7845.50; amount raised in cash and pledges in behalf of foreign literature, $3359.45. The Sabbath school donations for the two Sabbaths totaled $834.93. Thus the sum total of all funds raised at the camp-meeting amounted to $12,039.88.

Elder W. H. Clark of the Kansas conference was unanimously elected president of the Minnesota conference to succeed Elder G. W. Wells, who goes to the North Western California conference. The departmental heads and executive committee remain much the same.

In spite of the prevailing high cost of food in general, the committee set the prices at the cafeteria at a modest, conservative figure, and under the efficient, careful and painstaking management of Elder and Sister A. W. Kuehl and their willing and faithful assistants, the cafeteria proved to be a blessing. The extra large appreciative patronage taxed the management almost beyond its facilities.

The meeting is over. The workers have gone to their various fields. Angels are hurrying to and fro in heaven and on earth. In this supreme moment of history, let us all press together in unity and harmony and fully cooperate with the divine agencies in the speedy finishing of the gospel ultimatum.

STEMPLE WHITE – Northern Union Reaper, June 25, 1918

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