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RESTING PLACE OF ELDER AND MRS. JAMES WHITE, BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN Photograph taken at the burial service of Mrs. E. G. White, July 24. 1915
of the world. In this assembly, as in every Conference since 1901, the demands of the world field were paramount. No new principles were enunciated, no really new plans were made; but the work was considered in its world-wide aspects, and action was taken for pushing it forward to completion.
At this meeting, A. G. Daniells was relieved of the heavy administrative burdens he had carried for twenty-one years, and W. A. Spicer, who had been intimately associated with him. in the work, having served continuously as missions and general secretary since 1901, was called to the presidency. W. T. Knox retired from his work as treasurer, and J. L. Shaw was elected to that office. C. H. Watson, of Australia, was elected vice-president. There were some other changes in personnel which are noted in the chapters dealing with the various lines of work. A. G. Daniells was chosen secretary of the General Conference, and C. K. Meyers associate secretary.
There was one familiar figure absent from the General Conference of 1922. George I. Butler, president of the General Conference for eleven years, had passed away. In the last few years of his life he held no administrative position, but was active in writing for the denominational papers, and also did some preaching. Elder Butler had a large place in the affections of the rank and file of our people. His death occurred at Healdsburg, Calif., July 25, 1918.
A very few days later, R. C. Porter, another of our honored leaders who was born and brought up in Iowa, and was baptized by Elder Butler at the age of thirteen, passed away at his old home in Hamilton, Mo. Elder Porter began his ministry in Nebraska, and later became president of the Minnesota Conference, of the Atlantic Union Conference, and after that of the South African Union Conference. At the General Conference of 1913 he was called to the presidency of the Asiatic Division, where the hardships incident to long journeys under tropical conditions brought on a physical breakdown. Elder Porter was a keen Bible student as well as an able administrator. He was greatly loved by his associates, and the work prospered under his care.
He died July 29, 1918, a little more than sixty years
Though they remained a little longer with us, it seems appropriate in this connection to mention two other standardbearers who were associated for many years with the work of the message. S. N. Haskell was in fair health at the General Conference of 1922, and sat on the platform with others of the honored pioneers in the movement. Soon after the meeting
was over he began to grow weaker, and was obliged to give up his work. The end came at National City, Calif., the revered leader being then in his ninetieth year.
Elder Haskell was of New England stock, and born at Oakham, Mass., April 22, 1833. He came to a knowledge of the advent message through reading our publications, and early in his work began to show a special interest in organized efforts
to circulate our tracts and papers. His eminent services in connection with the International Tract Society and as a pioneer worker in Australasia, South Africa, and Europe, have been recorded in earlier chapters. During the last few years of his life he devoted his time to literary work, and to the conducting of Bible studies at camp-meetings and other large assemblies. His favorite hour for these studies was at half-past five or six in the morning. The presentation was marked by quiet earnestness, the attendance kept up well, and the people felt that they were fed spiritually.
J. N. Loughborough was not able to attend the General Conference of 1922, his advanced age making any such strain inadvisable. The active career of our revered brother is dealt with at some length in early chapters of this book. He was prominently connected with the beginnings of the advent movement,
being ordained to the gospel ministry at the early age of twentytwo, and continuing his work faithfully till the infirmities of age made it necessary to lay off the heavier burdens. Elder Loughborough pioneered our work in California and in Great Britain, and was for a number of years very closely associated with Elder and Mrs. White in the building up of the general interests of the cause.
In 1908, being then seventy-six years of age, Elder Loughborough began a tour of the world, in the course of which he visited all our leading centers in Europe, Africa, and Australia. His presence everywhere imparted new life and interest to believers, for he could speak authoritatively concerning many features of the work in its beginning. After returning from this trip, he settled at Lodi, Calif., occasionally making short trips to camp-meetings and other gatherings, where his accounts of early experiences were listened to with great interest.
Elder Loughborough was the author of many tracts and pamphlets as well as of that well-known work, "The Great Second Advent Movement." He wrote much for our leading papers. To the very end of his long life he took a lively interest in all things pertaining to the early history of our work, and was indefatigable in his efforts to assist any who were endeavoring to get data on the subject. The last few years were spent quietly at the St. Helena Sanitarium, where he passed away April 7, 1924, being then ninety-two years of age.
There is one laborer fortunately still with us, and yet so fully identified with the aggressive evangelistic work carried on in the Middle West and other parts of this country in the eighties, that it does not seem out of place to mention his name with those of men with whom he was so long intimately associated. When E. W. Farnsworth addressed the delegates on the second Sabbath morning of the General Conference of 1922, there were many gray-haired men present who in their early youth knew him as the most eloquent and untiring of camp-meeting preachers in the days when camp-meetings were great events. Elder Farnsworth served for years on the General Conference Committee, and has done very acceptable work as a Bible teacher; but it is as a preacher of the word that his name will always be held in loving remembrance. No man in the denomination ever gave himself more unreservedly to this great calling, and no one reached a larger number of people with the definite gospel message. May he long be spared to us!