Morrison Co., Little Falls, 808 Anne Marie Circle (Old Fairgrounds Location) Map
Find it today: The Morrison County Fairgrounds was moved to a new location in 1992 with the last fair being held at the old fairgrounds in 1991. Today apartments have been built where the old fairground was located. On Highway 10, coming from the south, take the County Highway 76 exit and go north on Haven Road which becomes 1st Street SE. Turn right (east) on 7th Avenue SE and then right (south) on 4th Street SE to 8th Avenue SE. This is the general area of the old fairgrounds. On Highway 10, coming from the north, take the Minnesota 27 exit and go west on 1st Avenue NE. Turn left (south) on 4th Street SE to 8th Avenue SE. This is the general area of the old fairgrounds.
CAMPMEETING - Yes, I know you were surprised when you heard that the campmeeting is to be held at Little Falls, June 5-15, and in my mind I hear you say, “Why is it to be there, and how did it all come about, anyway?” A word of explanation may not be out of the way, so I will make a brief statement as to how such a decision was reached.
Near the close of November, 1918, a letter was sent to all the churches, asking that careful and prayerful consideration be given the items mentioned as necessary to determine where a campmeeting could be held and with these in mind, submit prospective places, with preference stated. Answers were received from about one-fourth of the churches, giving Anoka first and St. Cloud second place. Other places suggested were St. Paul, Alexandria, or some central location. The committee decided to give the Commercial Clubs of the various places mentioned, with the exception of St. Paul, a chance to submit propositions. The same privilege was granted Hutchinson and Little Falls. Anoka, Alexandria, Hutchinson and Little Falls submitted propositions. St. Cloud was not in a position to do so because of building operations on the fair grounds, making it impossible to hold the meeting there.
From a standpoint of dollars and cents, Anoka, Hutchinson and Little Falls were about equal. Hutchinson was bidding against great odds in way of location, having no direct railroad from the north, making the distance via the cities too great for the large number living in the northern part of the State.
The fact that the meeting had been held at Anoka four consecutive years, made a change desirable, and with Little Falls centrally located, good railroad facilities, a new field, affording a splendid opportunity to make the meeting a blessing to the outside as well as ourselves, the committee voted unanimously to take the meeting there, feeling certain that the constituency would endorse their decision, when these special features were taken into consideration.
Little Falls is eighty miles northwest of Anoka, and I am sure the brethren from the south will be glad to make the extra distance to meet with those from the north who have come so far, or could not come at all the past few years. Full details of railroad connections, how to reach the grounds, care for baggage, etc., will be given later. Decide now to attend this meeting which should be the best ever held.
W. H. CLARK – Northern Union Reaper, April 29, 1919
CAMPMEETING DAILY NEWS – Arrangements have been made for a block of space in the Little Falls Daily Transcript, to be known as the Camp Ground News. This space which is to be four columns wide and ten inches deep, will be edited by our force and will contain synopses of events of evening sermons, brief accounts of conference proceedings, extracts from reports, spicy Bible studies, camp ground news items, short write-ups on the rise and progress of this movement, and such other items as will make the paper desirable to have and to send to your friends whom you desire to interest in the message. By special arrangement, a price of twenty-five cents has been secured for the paper during the campmeeting period. The first issue will be dated June 6 and the last June 16.
A letter and order sheets have been sent to all the missionary secretaries, and they will be able to receive your subscriptions by the Sabbath following this article, perhaps. In case you do not have opportunity to subscribe through the missionary secretary, send your subscription direct to R. L. Benton, Little Falls, Minnesota. Be sure to write names and addresses plainly. A one dollar bill will pay for four subscriptions, and is handy to enclose. The paper will reach about 1,200 families in and around Little Falls, and will do much to advertise our work in this un-entered place. This arrangement has been authorized by the Conference Committee.
CAMPMEETING NOTES - The camp ground is enclosed by a high board fence, and is nearly square, so all the tents will be near the big tent, and somewhat protected from the wind. The cafeteria will be enlarged, the service doubled, food sold at lowest possible prices. Those expecting to buy milk to use in living tents should bring receptacles as bottles cannot be obtained.
Rooms near the grounds are scarce. We will be able to secure rooms, but not all close by, for those who order, and the rate will be $5.50 for the season where one bed is in the room. Where extra bed or cot is wanted, the price will have to be arranged. Those ordering rooms should send deposit with order to hold the room. We will select the nearest location we have listed when we receive your order. If possible, we feel it will be to your interest to camp on the grounds.
I would like to hear from some one who plans to attend campmeeting, who would like to come a week or two early, one who can do stenographic work and would like to earn something toward the expense of their trip. Write at once if interested. If you receive no answer within a week you may know the place is filled. We will do our best to make your tent pleasant.
Let us all strive to make this meeting an exception in that we all come the first day of the meeting. Don't disappoint the conference by your absence when the roll is called.
ROY L. BENTON – Northern Union Reaper, May 6, 1919
(Post camp-meeting full report was not found in Northern Union Reaper.)
KATHY JOY PARKER-PARKE, Website Editor
LITTLE FALLS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES:
CAMP MEETING HERE
ADVENTISTS TO HOLD ANNUAL STATE CONVENTION HERE IN JUNE.
Little Falls is in all probability to be the meeting place for the 1919 annual camp meeting, of the Minnesota Conference of Adventists. The convention will begin June 5 and continue for ten days.
Mr. Benton, camp superintendent, Mr. Hartwell and Mr. Clark, representing the state conference, were in this city yesterday relative to holding the meeting here. They met with the directors of the Board of Commerce and their proposition was submitted. The board decided to meet their proposition and invite them to hold their convention here.
The committee desires the use of the fair grounds for the meeting and will erect tents there, in which the people attending the meeting, will live during their stay here. The attendance at the meeting is estimated at 2,500 for the ten days.
Besides the use of the fair grounds, Little Falls is asked for 40,000 feet of lumber to be used for tent floors, etc., electric wiring for lighting two large pavilions, a night watchman, 5 tons of clean straw for bed ticks, and water for cooking. A cafeteria is operated on the grounds, also a camp store. The conference has its own equipment, including 175 tents, electric bulbs and sockets. The cost of transportation of this from Anoka, where it is now stored, is also asked.
Several others towns are bidding for this convention but the committee expressed its desire of meeting here as the railroad facilities here are good and the city is centrally located. For the last four years the annual meetings have been held at Anoka.
Little Falls Herald, March 28, 1919
ADVENTISTS WILL HOLD CONVENTION HERE.
W. E. Olson, secretary of the Board of Commerce, has been advised by the officers of the Minnesota Conference of Adventists, that they have accepted the offer made by this city for entertaining their convention and they will hold it here in June, as planned. The convention will last ten days, from June 5, and will bring more than two thousand people to this city, it is said.
Little Falls Herald, April 18, 1919
It was decided to allow the use of the fair grounds to the Seventh Day Adventists for the holding of their convention, June 5 to 15.
Little Falls Herald, May 9, 1919
Several carloads of equipment for the Seventh Day Adventists have arrived here. They will hold their annual state convention at the fair grounds here June 5 to 15 inclusive. R. L. Benton, conference superintendent, was here on business in connection with the convention, Tuesday.
Little Falls Herald, May 23, 1919
CAMP MEETING HERE
SEVENTH DAT ADVENTISTS' CONVENTION BEGINS NEXT THURSDAY.
Beginning on Thursday of next week the Seventh Day Adventists of Minnesota will hold their annual convention or camp meeting at the fair grounds here. The convention will continue for ten days and the officials expect an attendance during that time of about 2,500 people. Work of preparing the fair grounds for the convention has been going on for some time and practically every thing is ready now. The grounds have the appearance of a real army camp now, with scores of living tents and several large meeting tents. Many of the visitors at the convention will engage private rooms in homes during their stay here but the greater number are expected to live in the tents at the grounds. A commissary is maintained at the grounds, where food can be purchased by those attending the convention.
Little Falls Herald, May 30, 1919
This afternoon, at the Royalton baseball field, the Little Falls and Verndale teams are going to cross bats in the opening game of the league season. The reason for playing the game at Royalton is that the fair grounds here are now being prepared for the Seventh-Day Adventists' convention and are not available even for practice.
Little Falls Herald, May 30, 1919
CAMP MEETING OPENS
SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS HOLDING ANNUAL GATHERING AT FAIR GROUNDS.
Last evening marked the opening of the fifty-eighth annual conference and camp meeting of the Minnesota Seventh Day Adventists, at the county fair grounds in this city. The opening last evening saw between four and five hundred delegates and visitors at the meeting. Pastor Charles Thompson of Minneapolis delivered the opening sermon on the subject: "Who We Are and Why We Are Here."
The fair grounds now have the appearance of a little city or army camp. They have over 200 family tents there, also a pavilion for English services seating 1000 people, one for Scandinavians seating 500, one for young people, one for children and one for the kindergarten classes. A cafeteria dining tent feeds 800 people an hour.
Trains yesterday brought in several hundred people for the meeting and more are expected today and tomorrow. Throughout the session, which ends June 15, the attendance will average 1000. Fifty rooms in residences have been reserved for the excess and more are wanted.
A specialty is being made of the night meetings for the public but all meetings are open to everyone and there is no admission connected with it. Those in charge are R. L. Benton of Duluth, camp superintendent; W. H. Clark of St. Paul, conference president and S. D. Hartwell of St. Paul, secretary-treasurer.
For Wednesday of next week one of the most prominent men of the Adventist church is expected as a speaker. He is A. G. Daniells of Washington, D. C., president of the world conference.
Little Falls Herald, June 6, 1919
BRINGS CURIOS PROM INDIA. - Rev. J. M. Comer, a boyhood friend of A. F. Koslosky of this city, who has been doing missionary work in India for several years, is in attendance at the Adventist Camp meeting here. Mr. Comer brought with him to this city countless curios which he had collected while in India and they are on display in the window of the Victor store. The collection is a very attractive one and is attracting a great deal of attention. There are various kinds of dishes, vases, rings, slippers, knives, bracelets, necklaces, tom-toms, a crude fiddle, Buddhist gods, a prayer cloth, perpetual calendar, etc.
Little Falls Herald, June 13, 1919
Directors of the Board of Commerce and their wives were the guests of the Seventh Day Adventists at a 12 o'clock dinner Tuesday, at the fair grounds, where they are holding their annual camp meeting.
Little Falls Herald, June 13, 1919
Adventists' Meeting Closes Sunday Night. – The fifty-eighth annual camp meeting and conference of the Minnesota Seventh Day Adventists, which is now being held at the county fair grounds here, will close next Sunday evening. In all, the meeting here has been considered a most successful one according to the officers. The attendance has been very good in spite of the bad weather that has prevailed. Last Tuesday the directors of the Board of Commerce and their wives were the guests of the Adventists at a 12 o'clock dinner at the grounds and they were shown about the place. The tents and supplies will be stored here at the close of the meeting as the Adventists expect to gather here again next year.
Little Falls Herald, June 13, 1919
The annual camp meeting of the Seventh Day Adventists, which was held at the fair grounds here, closed Sunday evening and the delegates and visitors returned to their homes that day and Monday. The officers were here for several days this week cleaning up the grounds and arranging for the storing of the equipment, as they hope to meet here again next year.
Little Falls Herald, June 20, 1919