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 reject absolutes, and there is sin no more but "problems", caused by inequitable social conditions, not by personal choice primarily. How to best address this unbiblical 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 beautifully flaming 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 Plain View Farm 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.
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.
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