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Mrs. Lulu Wightman Speaks on Liberty

November 7, 2008

Review and Herald, June 24, 1909, pages 20, 21

Religious Liberty Work in the Central Union Conference

A BRIEF report and summary of the religious liberty work in the Central Union Conference the past winter, including the effort put forth in the legislature at Jefferson City, Mo., last April, may not be uninteresting to readers of the REVIEW.

Sunday bills were introduced in all of the legislatures of our territory, with the exception of Wyoming; and though Sunday rest associations and individual advocates have urged their adoption, we are glad to ‘be ‘able to say that all of these bills have failed of adoption, nearly all being defeated in committee. Missouri had .the largest number of bills of any single State,— six in all,— and these were defeated. With the exception of a hearing granted Mrs. Wightman and the writer by a committee at Jefferson City, there were no public hearings. It is quite certain that newspaper correspondence upon the subject of Sunday legislation, private letters of protest, the judicious use of religious liberty literature, and direct personal work with the representatives of the people, have, altogether, ‘been effectual in halting further Sunday legislation in the Central Union Conference territory. From the reports I have received from the State secretaries from time to time, I am sure vigorous efforts have been put forth by them, and that signal success has attended these efforts.

At Jefferson City, Mo., April 10, a resolution was offered in the House of Representatives granting Mrs. Wight- man the privilege of using the House of Representatives Hall on the evening of April 12. The night was exceedingly disagreeable, yet a large number of the legislators and senators were present. They listened with marked attention, and frequently applauded points of the lecture.

At the conclusion of the lecture a large number of the legislators, including the speaker, the Republican floor leader, and chairman of committees, came crowding forward to the speaker’s stand, asking almost numberless questions. For an hour we were kept busy replying to these. Mrs. Wightman was asked if she would give the same lecture to the legislature the next day. Of course she re- plied in the affirmative. The following morning, Mr. Conran offered a resolution inviting Mrs. Wightman to speak to the House of Representatives at five o’clock on the “Object of Civil Government,” which was unanimously agreed to. At five o’clock scarcely a single member — 156 in all — was absent from his seat. Many of the wives and families were present, a number of senators came over from the Senate chamber, and the public galleries were well filled. In the lower gallery were the prohibition and temperance forces which were advocating a constitutional amendment for State-wide prohibition.

It will ‘be impossible to give the results of this meeting with the legislators in detail. The mention of a few incidents may be of interest. Three of the leading members requested that they be furnished all the information and literature upon the subject that was possible, while the requests for the Sunday Mail Report were so many that we decided to furnish every member a copy of the same, and did so. Personal interviews granted by many of the members disclosed an amazing interest in the subject of religious liberty and the dangers of religious legislation, plainly presented to them. Returning to Jefferson City two weeks later, we found that this interest had not abated at all; rather it had increased. A voluminous correspondence has since been carried on; and all indications, without exception, augur for good. One of the strongest Sunday-law advocates in the House completely changed his views. He said: ” Missouri evidently ought to be just where California is — without a Sunday law.”

The Speaker of the House gave us a letter of introduction to Speaker Shurtleff, of the Illinois House of Representatives, being anxious to have the Illinois Legislature hear the same doctrine of government, from which I quote, in part: —

” On April 13 Mrs. Wightman addressed the members of the legislature on the object of civil government. Her lecture was listened to with marked attention, gave general satisfaction, and made a profound impression on the minds of many of the members.” Letters of introduction to the city officials Of St. Louis were given us, and to many of the county officials of the • State of Missouri, and to certain members of Congress and United States senators at Washington. This, too, in my opinion, has opened a larger door to the press of Missouri, as nothing else, perhaps, could have done.

A brief summary of the work of the religious liberty department of the Central Union Conference (not including the work of the State departments) for a twelve-month is as follows: Religious liberty lectures given, 265; number of persons in audiences, approximately, 30,000; -newspaper articles published, in 94 different newspapers, 156, reaching, in the aggregate, 8,000,000 readers; personal visits, 2,800; pages of religious liberty literature distributed, 143,000; letters written, multigraph process and otherwise, approximately, 4,000.

We praise the Lord for the privilege and the “blessing of working with him.


Lulu Wightman, Religious Liberty Advocate

November 4, 2008

Lake Union Herald, June 23, 1909

These lines were first sung by the author at a Religious Liberty meeting where Lulu Wightman spoke to 1,500 in an auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 23, 1909.



Dedicated to Civil and Religious Liberty in the land of the Stars and Stripes.
TUNE : ” The, Holy City.”

This nation lies asleeping,
Securely drugged is she ;
While hosts of men are trying
To check her liberty.
They fed her gold and rubies,
They gave her praise to drink ;
They covered all her sorrows
Until she ceased to think.

America ! America !
Lift up thine eyes and see ;
For justice in this hour of need,
Thy people look to thee.

They said she needed clothing,
Which fitted kings of yore ;
They scorned the robe so spotless
Which she had worn before.
They decked her head with diamonds,
They worshiped at her shrine,
Until the smile of heaven
Around her ceased to shine.

America ! America !
Wake thee and sleep no more;
Unfold thy power, in this thine hour,
Stand firm on freedom’s shore.

And then they made them laws of steel,
Which bound her children dear;
They forced them to acknowledge
And serve the Lord through fear..
By law they bound their consciences,
By law they made them pray,
By law they thought to (ill the church,
Upon a law-made day.

For those, the loathsome prison cell
Who would not bend the knee ;
They placed themselves in human hearts,
Where God alowe should be.

America! America !
Wake thee and stand for right ;
Cast off thy chain, and live again,
In freedom’s holy light.

NOTE :—The above lines were first sung by the author, at the Religious Liberty meeting, when Mrs. Lulu Wightman spoke to 1,500 in the Auditorium, Lincoln, Nebraska, Feb. 23,1909.

1897, Lulu Wightman, Gas Spring

November 3, 2008

New York Indicator, October 6, 1897


THE first session of the thirty-sixth annual session of the New York Conference of Seventh- day Adventists held at Syracuse, N. Y., was called to order Sept. 5, 1897, at 5 P. M. President A. E. Place occupied the chair. After the roll call, to which twenty-four churches responded by their delegates, prayer was offered by Elder F. Wheeler. On motion of Brother C. Gilbert the reading of the minutes was waived till the next meeting. A call was then made by the President for new churches, and in response there were five presented as follows :—

… Fifth, The church at Gas Springs was presented by Elder Place, and a brief review of its rise and progress given to the assembly. This company was raised up largely through the efforts of Sister Lulu Wightman and her husband, and is a strong body. The church was organized by Elder Raymond. Brother Gilbert made a motion that we receive this company into the fold of the Conference, and the motion was supported by the action of the Conference.

1897, Lulu Wightman, Wallace

November 3, 2008

New York Indicator, July 28, 1897


ON Wednesday, May 19, we came to Wallace, Steuben Co., a village of three hundred inhabitants, and began an effort in the Wallace Union church. A great interest was manifested from the beginning. God has blessed the work here. The result is, fifteen noble souls have taken a decided stand for the truth that makes us free from the worst of all bondages—sin; and a Sabbath-school of twenty-two members has been organized.

We were challenged for a debate on the Sabbath question by an Antinomian minister. We sent for Elder Place, who arrived on the 6th inst., accompanied by Elder Raymond, and the debate began the same evening, and continued five nights, the no-law man affirming “that the Bible teaches that the Seventh-day Sabbath has been abrogated,” and Elder Place taking the negative side of the question. Crowds were in attendance, some coming as far as eight miles. The excitement was intense, and God be praised. We were given the victory, and the truth prevailed. Our opponent failed signally in his effort to show that the law of ten commandments had been abolished, while our brother summed up the matter in a masterly manner.

The “affirmatives ” were not willing to have an expression taken at the close of the debate ; but after a careful canvass I am certain had an expression been taken, we should have had over three fourths, or, perhaps, even four fifths of those present on the right side, viz., that those ten precepts are still binding upon Christians. Elders Place and Raymond have since delivered five sermons to large and appreciative audiences, and the prospects are yet good. One more soul has been added since the debate. The spirit exhibited on the affirmative side helped her to decide for the right.

Brother Place leaves to-morrow morning for Gas Springs, where a young company of sixteen members are flourishing. The brethren here are loth to part with him so soon, but hope to meet with him often again, if not here, then in that new and beautiful land of Canaan just beyond, where the saints may rest from their labors. Pray for the continuance of the good work here, and for the blessings of Christ to rest upon this new company.


July 15.

1897, Lulu Wightman, Woodhull

November 3, 2008

New York Indicator, May 19, 1897


DEAR INDICATOR: I thought I must write and have it known how a few lone Sabbath-keepers here have had their hearts cheered of late, for as the result of a series of meetings held here by Sister Lulu Wightman and her husband, seven persons have accepted the third angel’s message. A Sabbath-school of seven adult members has been organized with Brother D. I. Calkins as superintendent, and we feel to thank God and take courage.

Your sister in Christ,


Lulu Wightman

November 1, 2008

1904, SDA Yearbook

New York Conference of the Atlantic Union.

J.S. and Lulu Wightman of Conewango Valley both listed as Licentiates.

1905, same, of Lakeville, N.Y.

1906, J.S. listed as a Minister; Lulu still as a Licentiate. Home: Hemlock, Livingston County

1907, same as 1906, of 317 West Bloomfield St., Rome, N.Y.

1909, same as 1906, of Central Union Conference, Nebraska


1910, SDA Yearbook

Central Union Conference

J.S. Wightman, Minister
Mrs. Lulu Wightman, Licentiate

Address on page 211, 803 Cleveland Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

Errata, page 233

“Pages 31 and 211: Omit the name of Mrs. Lulu Wightman. ”


The Menace of Prohibition (1916)
by Lulu Wightman
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (February 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 054884772X
ISBN-13: 978-0548847725


The September 26, 1917 Atlantic Union Gleaner’s obituary for Helen M. Robard Cook mentions Lulu Wightman:

“She was converted under the preaching of Sister Lulu Wightman, and became a charter member of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Wallace, N. Y., in July, 1898….”


Kit Carson Russell, on his way back from General Conference visited with his sister and her family:


ON the morning of April 14 we left San Francisco for our return trip east on the Southern Pacific via Los Angeles, Loma Linda, and Salt Lake City. From San Francisco to Los Angeles we took the Pacific Coast line.

We spent the fifteenth in visiting with my sister, Mrs. Lulu Wightman, and her daughter, Miss Ruth. Her husband, John S. Wightman, is seriously ill with tuberculosis…”

1918, In the March 6 Atlantic Union Gleaner obituary for her brother Claude Russell, her address is Los Angeles, California.

1920, January 29. In the RH obituary for her brother Kit Carson Russell her address is Los Angeles, California. ALUG 04-24-1918


August 15, 1928 Atlantic Union Gleaner

EDMTSTER—Sister Leonora Edmister died at Burt, N. Y., July 20, 1928, aged 51. She accepted of the truth from Miss Lulu Wightman and has lived a consistent Christian life. She leaves her husband, five sons, and three daughters. We hope to again meet her where no farewell tear is shed.

H. W. Carr.


Books by Lulu Wightman

1. The menace of prohibition 1. The menace of prohibition
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: Los Angeles, Cal. : L. Wightman : Los Angeles Print. Co., ©1916.
View all editions and formats

2. A great declaration 2. A great declaration
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: [United States : s.n., 1913?]

3. Great questions of the hour 3. Great questions of the hour
by Lulu Wightman
Language: English
Publisher: Reno, Nev. : Mrs. L. Wightman, [1914?]


Price 25 Cents


Book about Lulu Wightman

by Josephine Benton
Chapter 3, Minister to Legislatures: Lulu Wightman
Licensed minister 1897 to 1907, 1909 to 1910
Ordained minister in 1908