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Wisconsin State Journal
Dec. 13, 1940
Prayer 'Started' His Camp
'Hallelujah Jack' Linn,
Oregon Pastor, Dies
OREGON — The Rev. C. H. "Jack" Linn, 54, founder and superintendent of the Hallelujah camp here, died early today of a
heart attack. He had been ill during the night, complaining of pains in his chest. He succumbed about 5:30
this morning, and his wife, who had sat up with him all night, called a physician. The physician , who had never
treated Mr. Linn, called the coroner, who said death was due to a heart attack.
Survivors include the widow; his father, Sherman Linn, Goodman, Mo.; two brothers, Rexford,
Brooklyn, N. Y., and Grover, Tucson, Ariz., and a sister, Mrs. Olive Shelmire, Chicago.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday from the Kjolseth funeral home at
Stoughton, with burial at Prairie Mound cemetery, Oregon.
Mr. Linn, known as "Hallelujah Jack," gave the credit to prayer for the start of his unique
camp on Highway 13, on the south edge of Oregon, several years ago. | "I was a newspaperman," he '
once recalled, "and I lay down the pen to take up the pulpit. And I was an actor, and I forsook the
footlig-hts to preach the Gospel. "I came to Wisconsin because I did not want to go to China or
Japan or Africa, and I bought an abandoned tobacco field on Highway 13, and asked God to wave a
magic wand over it and make it the most beautiful camp meeting grounds in the world.
"I do not want to brag about myself, but I do want to boast of the Father in Heaven, because He
answered my prayer." Bolstered by prayer, he built up the camp so it included a large
tabernacle, dormitory, and dining room, a print shop and children's tabernacle, cottages, and other
buildings. He put in modern conveniences, ' and landscaped the grounds. "We have planted more than
2,000 trees and shrubs," he once said. "So you see a tobacco field can be converted too."
Under his leadership, the meeting place became famous, and every year drew rnany of the annual camp meetings, incorporated
under state laws, interdenominational. Mr. Linn himself was an ordained minister in the Congregational church, while his
wife is a Presbyterian, his mother and father Methodists, and one brother a Baptist.
Special preachers, musicians, and singers from different parts of the country were highlighted on
at the annual programs. In 1931, Mr. Linn took a seven month missionary journey around the world, visiting 25 countries, in
an "independent and interdenominational" trip. Mrs. Linn carried on evangelistic work in this country.
On that trip, Mr. Linn had his picture taken in Bedouin costume in Jerusalem. "Hallelujah Jack" told a frank
story about his conversion. "I was editor of a newspaper in a town down on the Mississippi river in Arkansas, living under an
assumed name because of some troubles I had on Broadway in New York when I was on the "It was just like a fellow getting over the tooth-ache. Once he
had it and then it was gone. I had a new heart. I was so happy and light inside that I could have
walked on eggs and not broken a single one."
His getting religion was "simply wonderful," Mr. Linn continued. "The new fangled idea today is to stick up your little finger, sign
on the dotted line, join the church over the telephone, send your picture to be baptized and hear the sermons over the radio.
"That was not my case. I felt the sins of my heart leave, and before I knew it I hollered out loud, 'Hallelujah!' I knew it wasn't cussin'. Honest, I did not want to cuss.
" 'Hallelujah' means 'Praise the Lord, or Glory to God!' Imagine a fellow like me saying that. I had been playing stud-poker all night
just two days before, and now praising the Lord. Bless Cod, I was saved from a bottomless hell to a topless heaven."
In his story, like a sermon, Jack told how "as a kid," he sold newspapers, shined shoes, was a store cash-boy, messenger boy, bell hop,
and printer's devil. In that story, told 12 years ago, Jack said, "In other states they flock to hear me, and here they scheme to stay away." His hustling to raise $50,000 for Ihe camp meeting showed he was a booster for the state, he declared. "But I’m not complaining; as we have good crowds and are making
progress," he added. "And some day old Wisconsin will wake up."
Dec. 15, 1940
THE REV. C. N. LINN
.. Funeral services for the Rev. C. H.
"Jack" Linn. 54. founder and for
many. years director of the Hallelujah
camp at Oregon, who died Friday,
will be held Tuesday at 2 in the Kjolseth funeral home, Stoughton. Burial
will be in Prairie Mound cemetery, Oregon.