Lornedale Academy Sold, 1911

Canadian Union Messenger, July 11, 1911

Lornedale Academy

After having received the appointment by the members of the Conference committee to negotiate the sale of the school farm at Lorne Park, I immediately prepared a short description, and had it inserted in the Evening Telegram. The first time brought no results, but in response to another about eight letters were received, all except one being from land agents, one of whom brought an intending purchaser, but owing to what his lawyer called a flaw in the title, he refused to complete the deal. About this time my wife and I were at the Academy for a day, and went to visit an old neighbor, with whom we had made an acquaintance while employed at the school, and he inquired if the farm was still for sale, and to whom application should be made, representing that he might find a purchaser, and if he did, he would like to know where to go. A short time after he and his nephew came to our home, and the bargain was completed, the terms of which, briefly stated, are as follows:—

He pays in all $13000, $1000 when the contract for the deed is signed, which has been paid me, and 1 now have it on deposit in the bank, $4000 when the deed passes, which cannot be done until ratified by the Conference, and the remaining $8000 to be secured by first mortgage on the land with interest until paid at the rate of five per cent semi-annually, and an agreement to keep the buildings insured for not less than $4000 at the expense of the purchaser, and in case of fire the proceeds to apply on the mortgage. We are at liberty to rent the buildings for another year at the rate of twenty-five dollars per month for the school year, and to have all this year’s crop.

The difficulties encountered in making this sale and in endeavoring to make the title sure to the vendee could not be told in three papers the size of the MESSENGER. Elder Kirkendall and I were going from one lawyer to another and from one place to another for over a month, finding old papers, and in fruitless endeavors to satisfy the objections of the lawyers, until at last Elder Kirkendall told them they could take it as it was, or go without it, and call the deal off.

One of the reasons for selling may be briefly told as follows:—

The school land is such that fruit growing is all that will bring in returns so as to pay interest on the money invested. The labor of this class of farming all comes in the summer at a time when there are no students to help do the work, and if fruit is planted in quantities sufficiently large so as to make the farm pay, help outside of the school must be employed, and it is usually of a very undesirable class. In the mind of the committee this difficulty would be obviated if land more suitable for stock raising were bought, and some site secured where dairy products were in demand. In that way the two branches of industry could be carried on; and if properly located, the school could be enlarged so as to accommodate pupils from Quebec and the Eastern provinces, and made to teach advanced courses of study, and thus retain the students who annually go to the United States to finish their education. It is seldom that such students return to make Canada their field of labor. In many peoples’ minds Seventh-day Adventism is an American idea because those who teach it are so largely from the United States. There seems to be no other way to keep the best and most influential students as laborers here except to provide some way for them to finish their training here. This would also do a great deal toward making our schools popular in the minds of Canadian people. Your brother,


Lornedale Academy Sold

No doubt all the readers of the MESSENGER and the Review in Ontario have noticed the call for the special meeting of the Conference for the purpose of selling the Lornedale Academy property. Perhaps some have wondered why this move on the part of the committee, therefore we believe a short explanation will be acceptable.

When I came to the Conference a little over a year ago, almost the first thing of a discouraging nature presented to me was the situation of Lornedale Academy and its unsightly buildings, and I must confess that when I arrived upon the Academy grounds, and viewed the surroundings, I had the impression that those who made the remarks were in a degree justifiable. In the first place the building is not the best arrangement for a school, and it would take considerable to make it such. The out buildings are in bad shape, and it would take more to put them where they should be, and erect the other necessary buildings to accommodate the teachers. Part of the soil is excellent for one thing only, and that is fruit. The rest of it affords space and plenty of hard work with little results financially, while all of it must be heavily fertilized in order to bring favorable returns, and as a result we are compelled to buy grain for the stock instead of raising it on the farm, which to me seems a bad arrangement. After taking all these things into consideration, the Conference thought it best to offer the farm for sale, and if we could get all the money back that had already been spent on it, we would locate at some other place where land is cheaper, and where we could erect buildings more suitable for a school, and in this way overcome the present difficulties. In harmony with this idea we have been watching for an opportunity to sell, with the result that we have entered into an agreement to sell it for $13000 with no agent’s fees or commission to pay, and the privilege of holding school in the buildings this next term, and we hope by that time to have the new location ready so that there will be no break in the school whatever.

We have no location yet, but as soon as the sale is completed, we expect to have a locating committee appointed, and then we hope that all the members of the Conference will appoint themselves as a committee to look for a nice location, and send the same to the locating committee for consideration, and especially so if anyone knows of a place, where buildings are erected suitable for such purposes, and can be purchased at a low figure. Last but not least we hope that all will remember us at the throne of grace that we may be directed of the Lord so that the school work in this Conference will prosper, and be the means in the hands of the Lord in educating the young people of this Conference for the Master’s service.



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