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PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

THIS IS HOME PAGE PART 1.

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YOUR HOSTESS, NONE OTHER THAN "RIXA", ESTELLE STADEM RANGEN! The entrance to our Plain View Heritage Farm Family Story is by Hostess Estelle!

Estelle Stadem Rangen and portrait of her Grandfather Peder Stadem and Grandmother Marie Stadem

ANNOUNCING; THE ESTELLE A. RANGEN CREATIVE ARTS SERIES AND AWARDS. FIRST PRODUCTION WILL BE A ONE-ACT PLAY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH TO PERFORM ON PLAIN VIEW FARM AT THE 2018 CENTENNIAL:

"Where I First Saw the Light," a One Act Play About the Cross, for Children & Youth

Stadem Descendants must choose what parts they wish to play and then notify Ron Ginther to see if the part is still open for taking. Then, if awarded, the recipient must memorize the part and be ready for rehearsal at the farm 2017 reunion, as that will prepare the cast for the final production and full performance of the play for the gathering at the 2018 Centennial celebration on the Farm! Important for parents to understand: Parts chosen by their children or youth but not memorized for the 2017 reunion rehearsal will be given to others. There will be no taking a chance the part will be empty at the Centennial for us to fill at the last moment!! Part takers will be expected to show up at rehearsal; if not there, the part will automatically be given to someone else. Anyone who does not notify Ron Ginther of sickness or inability to come to the 2018 Centennial to perform after being awarded a part will be made an effigy of, with the picture of a hog's head attached, and hung up for all at the grand gathering to see and admire, with name affixed of course.

God's First Little Acre, by Daughter Estelle "Rixa" Stadem Rangen

WE HAVE THESE SAME PAGES ON ANGELFIRE AS WELL:

Plain View Farm on Angelfire's Directory for God's Little Acres

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S SECOND LITTLE ACRE

"LIFE ON THE FARM"

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S THIRD LITTLE ACRE

"A LITTLE ABOUT PAPA"

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S FOURTH LITTLE ACRE

"A LITTLE ABOUT MAMA"

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S FIFTH LITTLE ACRE

"MORE ABOUT FARM LIFE"

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S SIXTH LITTLE ACRE

"BUYING, BARTERING, BUTCHERING, AND BANDS"

PLAINVIEWHERITAGE FARM'S GOD'S SEVENTH LITTLE ACRE

"THE SPIRITUAL SIDE"



...And Where the Corn is Always Sweet and Ripe to Pick!

...And Where the Coffee is Always Ready to Pour Hot and Fresh in Your Cup!

Plain View Farm Intro and Mission Statement

"Our Vision for the Future"

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As their family and friends and everyone else was aware who knew and loved them, Grandpa and Grandma Stadem were awfully keen to have evangelistic services on PVF, and had many during their tenure on Plain View Farm. Why don't we continue this grand tradition and mission of theirs? Why have we neglected so important a commission given us by the Lord Jesus? For my thoughts on the importance of evangelism being offered on Plain View Farm:

"We Need Evangelism on Plain View Farm," by Ronald Ginther, Grandson of Bergit and Alfred Stadem

LOVED ONES, WHY DO YOU TAKE TRIPS TO NORWAY? JUST TO ROLL YOUR EYES OVER THE SPECTACULAR SCENERY, TAKE SOME PICTURES, AND THEN GO BACK HOME?

As my Grandma Bergit (othertimes I spell it "Birgit," but it looks nicer with an "e", don't you think?) made it plain in word and in writing, she was only to happy to leave Norway when she and her sister finally got the chance! My own mother never has had any desire to go there too. Except for a couple relatives, a Taylor and several Svanoes, we have had no ministry trips to Norway in all these years since the Stadems left in the 18605 and the Holbeks departed in the first years of the 1900s. Yet of late flocks of relatives and family have flown to Norway for very expensive jaunts up and down the land, visiting batches of third or fourth cousins, then returning back to their lives here, without any giving to the Heritage Project on the Farm or PVF itself. Why? You would think that exposure to Norway's culture would stimulate them to give, and give all the more--but that is not how it works out. Norway was in declining spiritual condition, turning cold and rationalistic toward God and the Bible, well over a hundred years ago due to the trends in so-called Higher Criticism of the Bible in Germany and other "Enlightened" Countries of Europe, and it hasn't improved since, but has grown only worse and worse. Norway has a cold and formal state church system, just like the other Scandinavian countries, and a strong secularist-humanist culture and society behind that formal religious structure. Only a fraction of the people attend church, though they are all listed as members and prefer to be so listed (very few modern, civilized but ungodly, immoral pagans prefer to be listed as such, even if that is all they are). God, as the Living God of the Bible, is not a part of post-modern Norwegian life to any significant extent, by the express choice of contemporary Norwegians! So it has gone with Britain, Canada, Australia, most of Europe, and America now too. It is then high time not to follow their example, but to turn back to God, our living Almighty God of the Bible, and follow the true way to happiness and fulfilment that the Bible prescribes and which our forefathers followed. Those who prefer to follow a dead God, can keep him! They choose ruin and death. But let us not be like these losers, let us choose the Living God and the life He has for us in Him!

The PVF HERITAGE PROJECT THAT INCLUDES THE HERITAGE "BARN" NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION TO BE WHAT WE NEED IT TO BE: Why don't you support that with the thousands you spend on a trip to Norway that lasts only a week or two at the most, so that our golden legacy of faith and traditional values in a Scandinavian setting can be preserved, restored, enhanced, and shared with the younger generation and the whole community round about? You are missing out on a tremendous blessing if you do not join in now--that is a fact. You are also aiding the secularist-humanist, anti-Christian society and culture of America and the West to push our forefathers' wonderful faith and values into the dustbin, while the materialistic, godless, pleasure-seeking, selfish, relativistic culture grabs the younger generation and turns them into strangers where God and all the things of God are concerned. Forget about our Scandinavian heritage--that is reduced to a few Scandinavian pastries and a Norwegian flag or two stuck on a birthday cake! We've lost everything really that made us Stadems and Holbeks, authentic people of faith in God and sacrifice for the strengthening and spreading of the kingdom of God in our families and in our country. We really cease to be true spiritual descendants of Oline and Sjur/Sjvert Olson Stadem and Bergit, Katrine, and Andrew Holbek and become children of the lost world instead. Is the latter end what you really want? Then, if not, support your priceless godly heritage and spiritual legacy on PVF all you can, every way you can. Teach your grandchildren and great-grandkids about your mother and father, your grandparents, and what they stood for. Show them pictures, take take them to reunions instead of DisneyWorld or Sea World, get them involved in rebuilding what our forefathers and foremothers bequeathed to us. The time is now, not later. Later, who knows? You may not be here any longer to make a difference in your children's lives and in the lives of the younger generation.

IMPORTANT: THIS IS PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM, PART 1

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Ladies Tea with Pearl Ginther, Plain View Farm House parlor, June 22-29, 2010

HOW DO YOU GET TO KNOW A STADEM THAT PASSED AWAY MANY YEARS AGO, BACK IN THE 1950s, AND YOU NEVER MET HIM? WELL, I AM GOING THROUGH HIS POSTCARD COLLECTION SCRAPBOOK FROM THE EARLY 1900s. IT GIVES ME A FEW CLUES ABOUT ADOLPH STADEM, WHO WAS A YOUNG BOY OF NINE OR SO AT THE TIME. HIS BROTHER IS MALVIN STADEM. HIS HALF-BROTHERS ARE SEVER AND ALFRED, BORN OF PEDER AND MARIE. ADOLPH AND MALVIN ARE THE ONLY DIRECT OFFSPRING OF PEDER AND GURINA STADEM OF CANTON, SD. THEY BOTH DIED RELATIVELY YOUNG FOR STADEMS AND ARE BURIED NEXT TO EACH OTHER (AS THEY LIVED, BACHELORS, TOGETHER TOO) IN OUR REDEEMER'S LUTHERAN CEMETERY, BRYANT, SD. YOU WILL ENJOY THE POSTCARDS AND VALENTINES TOO, WHICH ARE JUST A FEW AS A SAMPLER.

Postcards and Valentines for Adolph Stadem,Esq.

PLEASE PROCEED TO PART 2 OF THE PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE HOME PAGE FOR THE REST OF THIS HOME PAGE! THE LINK IS GIVEN AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE. OR USE THE LINK BELOW:

Plain View Heritage Home Page, Part 2

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From January of the 2011 calendar of the Union Gospel Mission, Sioux Falls, SD (Art and thoughts by Jennifer Bocke, a wonderful artist):

"The Prodigal Son"

"When he came to his senses, he said, '...I will set out and go back to my father'..."--Luke 15:17-18 (NIV)

The prodigal son, a young man who thought he knew better how to live his life, finds himself at the bottom, lower than the pigs he serves. In this hour of defeat comes hope. He remembers the father who loved him. He remembers a man who treated even his servants with dignity.

He determines to humbly return to his homeland and ask his father's forgiveness. In the distance, down that narrowing road toward the farm, stands his father. He has been waiting and watching a long time for the lost son. He stands excitedly waving and shouting, "Welcome home my son!"--Jennifer Bocke

(Note: If you look very carefully to the right, up the winding road, you will see the waving figure of his father!)

We at the Plain View Farm Website thank Almighty God, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ and His faithfulness and grace, and for giving us yet another year in the bud to serve Him and His glorious kingdom, a year which we pray He will cause to be very fruitful! May the Holy Spirit guide and direct us in every thing we say and do! Amen

Want to enjoy some more Stadem Valentines, this time from the collections of Arthur and Ruth Stadem:

Stadem Valentines

Stadems have always cherished good, clean humor; and Pearl Stadem Ginther was no exception, by far! Her grandchildren and great-gran kids loved her jokes. She always had a bag of them to share. Many of her jokes went into her cards and letters that she wrote continuously throughout her long life to friends, family, and acquaintances. Here are just two:

"Why can't a bicycle stand upright alone? Answer: It's two tired!"

"Where do you find an ocean without water? Answer: On a map."

A great delight always for the Ginther kids was to visit Grandpa John Ginther on his little farm, where he had beautiful ponies to ride, trick horses Grandpa had trained, and all kinds of special buggies and circus rigs, including a merry-go-round that Grandpa Ginther had ingeniously made from gears and wheels he found in the dump. These, ponies, horses, buggies, and wagons, he decorated up for special events such as parades. Here Grandpa Ginther is shown, with his stovepipe hat on, driving a merry-go-round down the main street of Hayti, SD, in a parade.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and Israel and People, both Jewish and Arab who are Israeli!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WHY THIS WEBSITE WAS EVEN STARTED:

THIS WEBSITE IS A CREATION OF THE LATE JERRY L. GINTHER, WEBMASTER, WHO PASSED TO GLORY JULY, 2011, AGE 58. JERRY ALSO CREATED THE NAME, BUTTERFLY PRODUCTIONS.

"Why This Plain View Farm Website Started," by Ronald Ginther

Here are the other sections of the Plain View Heritage Home Page that continue on from this "part 1" of the Home Page:

Plain View Heritage Home Page, Part 2

Plain View Heritage Home Page, Part 3

Plain View Heritage Home Page, Part 4

(c) 2013-2014, Butterfly Productions, All Rights Reserved

For the BRYANT DAKOTAN July 7, 2010 reprint of South Dakota's "Great Faces" series article on Laura Ingalls Wilder, go to:

South Dakota's Great Faces: Laura Ingalls Wilder

We hope you feel LOVED before you sign off this page, or any other pages of this Plain View Heritage Site, because you are loved! You, yes, you, are the reason why this website was created and kept going over fourteen years now!

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