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Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5), Page 307

Chapter 23—The Fall and Winter Work at Elmshaven

The summer of 1903 had been hot and dry, with no rain for nearly six months. This was not unusual for northern California.

The farm, under Iram James's management for the second year, was doing well. W. C. White reported, “We do not bother our heads about it.” It produced eight and one-half tons of prunes in 1903. When dried, this yielded three and one-half tons of dried fruit. Several one hundred pound bags were sent as a gift to the Oakwood school for blacks in Alabama (23 WCW, pp. 167, 168, 258).

The grapes also yielded well. With the use of machinery purchased for the purpose, they were turned into grape juice; in 1903, 850 gallons were bottled and sold. Eventually a fruit-storage shed was constructed north of the barn to accommodate the business of the Home Fruit Company.

Ellen White, at Elmshaven, had followed the rapid developments in Battle Creek and Washington. From day to day, as the Lord impressed her mind, she wrote letters of counsel. She was perplexed because Elder A. T. Jones, in response to Dr. Kellogg's invitation, and in spite of her warnings, had given up executive work in the California Conference and had gone to Battle Creek. She heard reports of the plans of Kellogg and Jones to reopen Battle Creek College, a plan she strongly opposed. This was in addition to the accelerating inroads of the pantheistic philosophies that Kellogg espoused, which have been noted at length.

Elder Daniells kept before her many questions concerning the work in Washington. Eager for prompt replies, Daniells asked W. C.

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