CONTENT: Christian Family, Norwegian American pioneer farm life, Faith, Values, Roots in Norway and Haugean Revival, Death, Tragedy, Restoration, Church, America the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, Nordic Cusine, Patriotism, Sod House and Pioneer Farm Origins, Farm Children's Stories, Israel and Jews, Messianic calling, Reunions and Welcoming Hospitality to All, Bible and Hebrew Heritage, Tributes to Godly Ancestors, Parents, and Grandparents, Rare Portrait of Grandmother at Prayer for her Families, Clean Norskie jokes, Album Photos, AND MORE!!
THIS IS THE INTRODUCTORY, OR FRONT DOOR, BUT IT TAIN'T THE ONLY PART BY ANY MEANS! PLEASE GO FROM HERE TO HOME PAGE PARTS 1, 2, 3, and 4, AS THERE IS MUCH, MUCH MORE FOR YOU TO EXPLORE OF OUR GOLDEN HERITAGE IN GOD AND FAMILY VALUES OF A PIONEER SOUTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE FARM.
RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
A further challenge: Younger people are said now to eschew absolutes, and there is sin no more but "problems", caused by inequitable social conditions, not by personal choice primarily. How to address this shift in responsibility and individual accountability? We must address it or lose these younger people, so this will be dealt with as we go on. One author who has done it well is Josh McDowell in his book, "Beyond Conviction," available at bookstores or on Amazon.com.
"Far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us."--Psalm 103:12
. The torch of editorship was passed by Eloise Spilde Hefty to Aanna Stadem Chase, and from the grandchildren to Alfred and Bergit Stadem to the generation of the great-grandchildren by this editorship transfer.
As for the issues of 2013-2019 and onward, we shall have to decide whether to provide a link to Kindle where the latest years of digitized editions are stored, or archive them on-line on this site for viewing and downloading.--Ed.
Reghan Brown (12 going on 13 years of age), of Sioux Falls, Great-granddaughter of Pearl A. Ginther, won the scholarship award of $250 for her timeline and explanatory essay at the 2018 Centennial Reunion! Her timeline was displayed and she read her essay that explained it and how she came to do this project and what was her thinking behind it. She also spoke to the assembled group in the Barna Velkommen and strongly encouraged parents and her peers present to get involved and send in anything, anything, and they would be blessed by the effort. Perhaps, they too would win awards, the top prize being $500.00, surely a good amount to apply to schooling expenses or save toward entering college. Her essay remarks and explanation will follow:
From this volume, In our Plain View Farm heritage archives we have given the name of a pastor who bore the name of Stadem, who might well be a First Stadem Waver.--Ed.
A memorial of a special kind for three who passed in the second half of 2018 will be a showcase and triform display of the Andreas Holbek (Norwegian language) Bible given to Bergit Holbeck Stadem by, it would be most likely, Andrew Holbeck her brother, or among effects handed out to closet family members after his decease. Why is this Bible important to us today? The display and showcase of the Bible itself will attempt to show the importance. In a nutshell, this Bible was given to Andreas, Bergit's father in Norway, by the British and Foreign Bible Society of London sometime after it was printed in 1877 in Copenhagen. Andreas Holbek passed away in 1882, so this Bible was probably kept by his survivors, his wife and three children. The ailing mother passed away and the children were in their teens when they found they could no longer survive on the farm, with the economy in Norway declining as it was at the time. Their farm was really too small to support even the three young people, and their father's income, gained by selling Bibles for the British and Foreign Bible Society had probably been the mainstay of the family. With no alternative income, the farm situation was hopeless for the three orphans. Bergit's brother Andrew was the first to try for a new life in America, and a concerned pastor from there, Rev. Haaland, helped him emigrate. The two girls remained on the farm, but they could not survive there, so they hired out as teenagers as servants in well-to-do households, of which there were a few within walking distance. It was a poor income for them, but better than nothing. Their treatment was not always good either. They wished to join their brother in America, consequently. But a major reason was not economic opportunity or even reuniting with Andrew (who was forging a new life for himself in college and seminary, aiming for ordination in the Lutheran Church), but to find fellowship among fervent believers in Jesus, since Norway was declining not only in economy but in faith, growing colder to spiritual things all the time. Bergit and her older sister Katrine (Tena) did not need much encouragement from Andrew who wrote back to them to "try the waters" and come over to America the land of opportunity and a second chance for a better life if someone wanted to improve himself and work hard.
Aren't we glad these two girls chose to launch out from all they knew and sail into the new prospects that America represented? We their descendants would not exist but for the courage of these two teenage girls and their putting their lives in the hand of God to lead, protect, and provide for them. It was a perilous venture for two sisters alone like that in the world. All they had known was their little home and farm in Mandal and a locality that was mostly poor and rural, with very little contact with the wider world despite the seaport of Kristiansand not far away. But they sold the tiny farm and what farming implements and maybe a cow and a few chickens they had there, gaining just enough for their fares by ship to America and train fares to Dakota, and let all its dear associations of parents and family and holy family altar become a most cherished memory in their hearts as they left Norway by ship in 1903.
Did they carry with them the family Bible bequeathed to them by their dying father and then their dying mother, both saints of God who died young in life? Andrew may have taken it with him previously, but however the Bible was transported and by whom, it reached America safely, no dunking of it in the Atlantic Ocean evidenced, and was recently discovered in a closet of the 100 year old house on Plain View Farm. How many times had it moved, and with whom? We may never know here, but we have it, truly a miracle. Why do we care if we have it or not? The Bible was given Andreas by a Bible society founded by none other than JOHN NEWTON OF "AMAZING GRACE" RENOWN! That's why! Now you know some of the reasons that make this Bible important and probably the most important part of our Stadem heritage.
Even then, the Facebook-centric generation may wonder, "Who cares about an old family Bible?" The display and dedication will perhaps answer that valid question adequately. It is worth the effort anyway, as without the primacy and authority of the Holy Word of God we have nothing lasting in this world. Everything we now prize will not last and will be forgotten in short time to come. Also, lives lived without God's Word will be misspent and misdirected by the world, ruined by human lusts and addictions and evil influences of all kinds. We know this, we who are older, what traps the younger ones can fall into, for we have escaped only by the faithfulness and grace and mercy of God, and our determining to follow Jesus and not again fall back into the Satan-ruled world that purports to be the only life possible. Thank God for the Bible! Without it we are lost amongst lesser things in this world and have nothing in eternity. The display will show by scriptures and pictures how this is so, a fact we all must face and deal with if we are to have meaningful, productive lives that will bless others. "There is a way that seems right to a man," Scripture says," but it leads to death. Yes, death! Death here in this temporal, finite, passing world and death in the eternity to come. On the other hand, the Word of God, the Bible, points us to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The Word not only brings us to Him and repentance and reconciliation with God, our sin taken away and our reuniting with God our Creator and Savior, but it serves as a trustworthy roadmap and compass to keep us on track in all our ways as we travel toward the final moment of life and then step off this whirling planet into God's eternity and his eternal kingdom.
Is an old family Bible important to the Facebook-centric generation? It is not, but should be. Hopefully, this display will make the Facebook-centric generation, Christo-centric and Bible-centric instead. This must be done! Then you will see a mighty force rise up in our midst that will turn this sad, wicked, sick and dying, Satan-ruled world we inhabit upside down! Maranatha!--Ed,
Note: Generous donations have come in from Stadem/Holbeck descendants for creating and showcasing the Bible memorial and the goal set was reached with a final pledge, we believe. A Donor List will be published and included as part of the 2020 display along with the interpretive Bible history triforms and Bible showcase.
2. "The Old Horse and Buggy Days," On the Prairie Farms of South Dakota, by Darrell R. Ginther (e-book, $1),
3. "Nine Tales of a Lille Tupin and Tupa," an Interactive Story of Life on Old Plain View Farm, by Ronald D. Ginther (e-book, $1)
Proceeds will go to heritage projects on Plain View Farm.
We are all one saint less in number, with the passing of beloved Joyce Marlene Ginther Bassett, daughter of Pearl A. Ginther, to heaven.
Joyce Marlene, Mother, Grandmother, and Matriarch, and long-time Care-Giver for husband and family members and while employed at a group home, passed to heaven June 30, 2018, having lived 73 years. Her 74th birthday would have been December 7. A Memorial Service was held August 13, 2018, 4 p.m. at Mt. View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, Washington. It is only suggested but Memorials can be sent to the Tacoma Seafarer's Center, Tacoma, Washington (see their website for contact) or to any other Gospel ministry. One memorial, however, was accepted for the Holbek Memorial Bible Project of 2018-2019, to be unveiled at Reunion 2020.
Joyce attended the 2018 Plain View Farm Centennial, arriving several days before the actual events, along with her brother Lorin and sister Roberta. She was on oxygen, but she testified to those at the Centennial that God had made it possible in a number of miraculous ways for her to make it to the event. She had to have a trustworthy person to take over so she could leave home care-giving duties and also needed the right new equipment (and Inogen oxygenator with additional batteries). Also her eyes had just recently needed and received cataract surgery, and beyond this she needed to feel well to go. In every way she was able to go, thanks to the Lord's provision and enabling her, giving her a care-giver to take her place at home, and she flew from Seattle to Minneapolis and went by rental car to the reunion with her brother Lorin and younger sister Roberta. Her prayers were answered and she got her heart's desire, and she took eager interest in everything that transpired. In the picture she is on the far left seated at the table nearest her brother Lorin while he is hosting the Pearl Ginther Scholarship Awards. It would be difficult, we must say, to think that anyone else made a greater effort to go and support our godly pioneer farm heritage. She obviously wanted so much to pass on an example to her children and grandchildren and to the young people of the Plain View Farm Stadem Relationship as well.. This turned out to be her last opportunity to join in at a Plain View Farm reunion, on the farm where her Grandparents pioneered and raised a wonderful family headed by her own mother, and she truly made the very most of it. Blessed be her memory and her example of love and sacrifice and faith in the Lord Jesus!--Ron Ginther
Russ Del Von Schaefer has recently passed to glory and left a beloved wife and two sons and their families and several grandchildren.. He was born Dec. 4, 1944, four days before Joyce Ginther Bassett. He is the only child of Russel H. Von Schaefer and Bernice Augusta, who is the second Stadem child of Alfred and Bergit Stadem. His dad and mother preceded him in 1999 and 2000 respectively. As stated in a group email from Elizabeth Stadem, wife of Leroy Stadem, he was involved considerably in Plain View Farm in his childhood and youth. He attended several times afterwards, and shared his experiences in the Viet Nam war, and even returned to visit the area with his wife. Hopefully in life, he found healing for the trauma suffered there and to which he testified on Plain View Farm at a reunion. We are grateful for his valiant service to our country and the cause of freedom and the sacrifice and pain which he endured for our sake. Moreover, after his mother's and his father's passings, he gave a large gift of money to the Farm projects, and that shows his high regard for his parents' great legacy there and his own love of Plain View Farm and all what it means to us. Blessed be his memory!
Marc Latimer Svanoe, the youngest son of Rennard and Carol Svanoe who evidenced the reddish hair of his Gr Grandmother Bergit Stadem, recently passed to the Lord at the age of 54. He was the grandson of Bill and Myrtle Svanoe. His middle name comes from, originally, the martyr Latimer of England, which we discovered in researching his name. Marc appeared in an article in the Samtaleran in 2018. His death came from a car accident, and he appeared very happy in the last picture of him featured in the Samtaleran, as he had successfully completed his program in the rehabilitation facility for alcohol addiction. He was evidently a proud graduate, and was helping others too achieve their goals. We shall add to this remembrance in the near future and invite contributions from family. "Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his saints," a Scripture that well applies to beloved Marc Latimer Svanoe. Blessed be his memory!
Have you ever wondered what motivated our ancestors to leave Norway and travel across the Atlantic in a sailed ship, then travel by train to Iowa?
Britta was the valiant Matriarch of the Olsons or Stadems or Stadeims or Stadheims of the Old Country who produced our particular line. (I am so glad they dropped Olson, aren't you?--THAT TRIBE HAS ENOUGH PEOPLE IN IT!).
Mother to all of us, a true Matriarch, she was the mother of Sjur and Knud, who had the old Viking spunk living in them and emigrated to America. We have devoted an entire tribute to her. I am not sure there are any extant photos or drawings of her--which is too bad, but who knows what priceless pictures were destroyed when a cyclone obliterated Sjur and Oline's house when it was under construction. All they saved from that disaster was a single family photograph. But what they have to teach us could fill volumes. All we have is a website, to do this great work of translation. I hope you have patience as we unfold the things they have bequeathed us in their golden legacy. It isn't fashionable, yet it is so timely it could save us and teach us how to survive as Christians in the coming world famine and the collapse of the present order.--Ed.
on Plain View Farm,
with Picture of Peder & Marie Stadem
What was the family like and why didn't they believe in Jesus, whom they knew from childhood and into his manhood and public ministry?
What other currents of trouble and disagreement were there in the family possibly that served to split it apart? This play deals with the possible split between the sisters of Jesus. We have named them, but they were not named in scripture. Jesus' brothers were named in scripture, however. We also include other Biblical and non-biblical characters, and name those that need names that are not in scripture. The split that we portray may not have happened in the family of Jesus, but we know it happens in other families, as it has to do with unforgiveness and envy. Siblings often envy one another, so this is not uncommon in families. In Jesus' family's case, the seeming tragedy and criminal aspect of Jesus' trial and execution by the Roman authorities, after being condemned by the highest Jewish court, would only serve to make the split all the more painful and irreconcilable. Yet God had mercy on the estranged sisters of Jesus in this play. See how! You may not physically fight a brother or sister, as was done in this play, but you may have felt anger and hatred even for the other person who offended you, and that is just as wrong in God's view. How can there be forgiveness and reconciliation? Perhaps this play will give a clew as how it can happen.
A new and exciting development to the Archives Center will be an Audio library! We have a video with audio already available, two in fact. They can be accessed as soon as we post them to the Archives page.
Another way to say it is: "If you don't know where you have been, you don't know where you are going!"
As Grandpa repeatedly testified in one way or another, his wife was the real spiritual powerhouse and pillar of the Stadem household, not himself. But do you know the basic facts about her, that they weren't promising at all, in fact, were almost guaranteed to keep her down and cause her life to be of no real significance? That she had great handicaps to overcome even at a very young age is revealed in this short biographical sketch:
"Cora's Comments," by Cora Stadem Taylor, Age 97 Years Young
Pearl Ginther was given this picture by Edward Conlin who was on the stellar Boeing Team that created the lunar rover for Apollo 15. We have two pictures he gave her, one of himself and one of lunar rover and lunar module and an astronaut saluting the flag. The astronaut shown is not identified in the picture but was one of three Apollo 15 team workers, Al Worden, Dave Scott, and Jim Irwin. He can be identified by going to the NASA account of the mission. This signed picture has Pearl's notations on the back and she also wrote a note we have attached to the picture in back, telling she received the picture Nov. 7, 2003, delivered by Edward Conlin's daughter. She also noted Edward Conlin's death and his funeral, saying she could not attend but sent $10 as a memorial. The service was at the Eagle Lodge in Puyallup, Washington. We hope to have this picture at least displayed at the Barna Velkommen with the books and artifacts in the heritage loft on the third level for 2019 and 2020 Reunions. Pearl Ginther was extraordinarily fascinated by the moon, so this picture and her coming to know Edward Conlin was very meaningful to her indeed. The rover itself is still there on the moon, in fact, and will testify until the end of time about the great event of man's first walk on the moon--Ed.
The following displays will give you a good idea, as they picture the heritage items in a 9 by 9 space, walled on two sides only in the corner of a dining room. Recognize any of the items? We wish we could give you an itemized account, but there are just too many items to do that. The pictures overall will give you the idea how a single, rather small space or enclosed room in the Heritage Center may look, which is the purpose of showing them. The only things missing are hundreds of other wonderful items brought out for inclusion, if the space is ever made available. If that is not done, the entire collection of these heritage items and the Children's Books library will have to go into a venue other than the farm. Until then they are being kept in storage at cost by two Stadem Descendants who are doing it for the younger generation's benefit.--Ed.
Pearl wrote on back that the St. Olaf College entrant was training to be a pastor, while she was a high school student, which points out how college students back then were pitted against high school student in this contest, which wouldn't happen today. Incidentally, Barbara Jean Rothnem remained a friend lifelong of Pearl Ginther and became a singer of repute.
"I'm so proud of Darrell as he truly feels led of the Lord, and shares the Lord in scripture, word and gospel song as he is out picking up pop cans for the Tacoma Seafarers Mission, where he works once a week. After the Lord delivered him of his mental problem, he loves calling me, and we feel truly blessed having our devotions and prayer over the telephone every morning. Children and their parents will ask him to sing gospel hymns wherever they see him, and they truly let him know how much they enjoy it. Winning souls has been his joy."--Pearl Ginther