Green Lake Magazine Green Lake Magazine 2012 - Page 32

32 | Green Lake magazine 2012 Green Lake Conference Center (GLCC) is a unique element in the area’s landscape. The property was rst discovered by Winnebago Indians in the early 1800s, and later inhabited by pioneer settlers. In 1888 during a storm, Chicago socialite Jessie Lawson’s Jessie died in 1914 and Victor in 1925. The estate was sold to the H.O. Stone Company, a Chicago real estate rm which in 1928–1929 built an 18-hole golf course and an 81-room hotel, now Roger Williams Inn. After a Depression- era bankruptcy, creditors ran the estate as a resort until it was purchased by the Northern Baptist Assembly in 1943 as the national training center for that denomination. Dr. Luther Wesley Smith encouraged this purchase, and it was made possible with nancial help from James L. Kraft of Kraft Foods and other Northern Baptist leaders. Today, as a premier Christian conference and leadership training center, GLCC partners with Christian denominations By Jean Cornelius steamboat landed at Lone Tree Point on the north shore. She was so taken with its beauty that she and husband Victor, owner and publisher of the Chicago Daily News , returned to purchase 10 acres. Within 12 years, they developed Lone Tree Farm to 1,074 acres with 2- 1/2 miles of shoreline. Their working farm included prize-winning herds of Guernsey and Jersey cows. European- inspired stone walls, bridges, and water towers still stand today, their designs and meticulous construction methods the vision of Jessie. The largest of her water towers, the 140-foot Judson Tower, has 121 spiral stairs to an observation area at the top. With its lighted cross, it stands as a landmark today. GREEN LAKE CONFERENCE CENTER 32 | Green Lake magazine 2012