A Trip Down Memory Lane

Excerpts taken from the camp meeting newspaper, Oregon Camp Meeting Today, in 1973 and 1979....

Oregon Camp Meeting Today
Thursday, July 19, 1973

Camp Meeting Recollections
By Edith Darnell

In 1933 we camped in our own tent on the location where the junior log pavilion was built. There were small fireplaces with sheet metal tops where the campers could cook and heat water for cleansing purposes.

In the old Chautauqua building the balcony was a favorite place for people to sit, especially during the afternoon meetings.

At first there was no covering on the ground floor. Sawdust provided less dust, but the slivers were very annoying, and soon the dust was almost as bad as the bare ground had been. Then fine crushed rock cut down a little on the dust, but small people received many abrasions on the sharp surfaces and soon that too was abandoned. Everyone rejoiced greatly when, a little later, the area was paved, first in the aisles and finally the entire inside of the building.

The addition of a satisfactory public address system made the meetings available to everyone inside the pavilion, and when the overflow on the outside became an entity to reckon with, the speakers reached out to them too.

We camped in several areas, and at times had as many as eight or ten in our tent and on the ground around it in sleeping bags. The old fireplaces gave way to small cookhouses scattered about the grounds in strategic spots where wood fires in old cookstoves provided the campers with cooking and water-heating devices.

With my mother very ill and a family of six in the tent, we went through a real water crisis in 1946. Fire hoses brought water from the old lake to flush the camp toilets. Fire trucks from Oregon City brought drinking water and allowed a continuous line of campers to draw one gallon at a time for domestic use, and the devil’s design to ruin the camp meeting was foiled. It was one of the best we ever had.

Oregon Camp Meeting Today
Tuesday, July 17, 1979

Dwindling Water Supply

Gladstone Mayor Stroble notified the campground headquarters Monday that because of the extremely hot and dry weather the city’s water supply is being reduced at an alarmingly fast rate.

Stroble appealed to campers at the Adventist camp meeting to join all Gladstone residents in doing all they can to conserve water. This would include shortening showers, turning off dripping and running faucets, reducing waste and encouraging children not to waste water.

Let’s be good neighbors and cooperate with Mayor Stroble and the people of Gladstone.