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Lornedale Academy Sold, 1911

October 19, 2008

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.


Ontario, Everyone a Delegate, 1910

October 19, 2008

Canadian Union Messenger, August 16, 1910, p. 132

In harmony with a resolution passed at the last session of the Ontario Conference the business of the Conference will be transacted upon the first three days following the camp-meeting. Therefore the eleventh annual session of the Ontario Conference of Seventh Day Aclventists will be held on the camp-ground at Hamilton, Ont., from Sept. I9th to 21st, 1910. The first meeting of the session will be called Monday Sept. 19, 1910 at 9 A. M.

At this session of the Conference, officers will be elected to serve for the following year; also other important matters relative to the welfare of the Conference will be considered. All persons in good and regular standing who hold their membership in any one of the Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Ontario and who may be in attendance at any one of the regular meetings of the session of the Conference are counted as delegates and are entitled to all the privileges of such. We therefore urge upon all their duty to be present and in the fear of the Lord bear the responsibility laid upon them as members of the Conference.


Statistical Report of Seventh-day Adventist Conferences and Missions, 1910

Ontario Conference

Churches – 23
Members – 450

Camp Meeting Essential

October 19, 2008

Canadian Union Messenger, August 16, 1910


AS the time draws near for our annual camp-meeting no doubt many of us wonder if we can find the time and means to attend. Let me say to such: you cannot afford to miss the blessings of the camp-meeting.

As the time draws near for the return of our Master the deceptions of the enemy will become more difficult to discern; therefore we ought to heed the instructions given by the servant of the Lord as found in Heb. 10:24,25. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

In Rev. 7: 1-4 the holding back of the angels of the destruction of the world is presented to us and no doubt if our eyes could behold the conflict as it really is we would hasten our preparation. Surely since the angels are commissioned to hold back the destruction until the servants of the Lord are sealed there is nothing so important as the preparation for this work to be done for us.

Our camp-meetings are designed by the Lord to be a means in instructing his people in the fear of the Lord that they may be hid in the day of his anger; therefore if it is any way possible for you to attend one and you do not you may suffer an irreparable loss. If the way seems, to be hedged up by the enemy, let me suggest that you had better seek the Lord earnestly to open the way. It may be possible that the enemy is working to defeat you and thus keep you from receiving the very blessing you at this time need in your preparation. Come brethren and sisters, feeling your need; come with meekness and humility; come with a spirit of repentance; come and let us seek the Lord together for his blessing and He will not disappoint us. May it be so.


Relocating Lornedale Academy, Choices

October 18, 2008

Canadian Union Messenger, October 3, 1911, p. 154



I have an important mat ter I would like to have you consider, and then I shall be pleased to have each one who is interested enough to do so, write me your advice as well as any suggestions you feel free to offer.

If you have been reading the MES SENGER of late, you are acquainted with the movement that has been made for locating the Academy in another place. Brother Terwillegar has offered us one hundred acres as a gift for this new location. The land he offers is his ” old home farm ” near Oshawa. The farm is somewhat run down because of being in the hands of renters for several years.

The soil, although not the best, could be brought to a state of fertility beyond what we had in the old farm at Lome Park if it were fertilized. Some object to the farm because it lies back from the Kingston road about three quarters of a mile, and therefore would not be an ideal place on which to build. There are one hundred and thirty-five acres lying beside this farm, and extending to the Kingston road, on which we have an option for four thousand dollars. Part of this farm is hilly, and the people who own it have not taken very good care of it; as a result it, also, is run down. It is well watered, and would make good pasture land as well as furnish a building spot on the Kingston road; and would be about one mile from Oshawa.

The radial line which has been surveyed from Toronto through to Oshawa passes across the front of this place. Oshawa is a good town with good railroad facilities.

Now the question:—

Would you rather have the locating committee buy the one hundred and thirty-five acres for four thousand dollars, which joined to Brother Terwillegar’s farm would make two hundred and thirty-five acres iii all; build the school upon it, and be no more more in debt than we are at Lorne Park; or shall we buy a farm of perhaps one hundred acres of better soil, and put the farm in debt from four to six thousand dollars more than we are at present.

Now I wish each one who feels an interest in this matter, would write me your answer as I do not wish to move unadvisedly, and place a debt upon you which you will not feel able to meet.

The two hundred and thirty-five acres are in the fruit belt, and would be good for dairying also. It is now worth from eight to ten thousand dollars.

At the present time we are in debt on the old school property close to three thousand dollars.



Canadian Union Messenger, October 17, 1911, p. 164

The locating committee has decided to accept Brother C. D. Terwillegar’s offer, and locate the school at Oshawa. Surely two hundred and thirty-five acres of land should give a few boys employment, and thus provide a way for school advantages.