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Manuscript Releases, vol. 14 [Nos. 1081-1135], Page 214

MR No. 1115—Ellen White Comments on Finding Water at the Paradise Valley Sanitarium: A Collection of Source Documents

In September, 1902, Ellen White visited the site of the present Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, California. What she saw was a three-story building containing about 50 rooms, situated on a 20-acre property, well landscaped with rare shade trees. She urged that the property be purchased if the money could be raised. Although the institution, under the original owners, had failed twice, largely for lack of water, Mrs. White felt sure that water could be found.

In 1904 the institution was purchased, and renovations were begun in preparation for receiving the first patients. During these months of preparation water was scarce and vegetation showed evidence of the prevailing drought. But Mrs. White insisted that water was available, if they would dig a well. The well was dug in November and, much to the surprise and delight of everyone, it yielded an abundant supply of pure, soft water.

This collection of letters contains every known Ellen White reference to the finding of water at Paradise Valley. If other references are found, they will be included in future editions of this collection.

Ellen G. White Estate.

March, 1985.

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