Plain View Heritage Farm Home Pages: the Introductory (or Front Door)

WHERE COVENANT RAINBOWS OF GOD'S PROMISES, BEGIN AND NEVER END, AND WHERE ANGELS TREAD, DEVILS FLEE, AND CHILDREN OF GOD ARE SAFE TO GO.

FIRST AND LAST, "LET GOD BE EXALTED

AND MAN BE ABASED!"

--Bernice Augusta Stadem Schaefer,

Founder of the Tradition of Annual Stadem Reunions on Plain View Farm

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Plain View Farm Angel Missing One Wing & Playing Autoharp, Doodle by Eben

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Praiseless believers not only clip angel wings, they even take them!

"Let the peoples praise You, O God;

Let all the peoples praise You.

Then the earth shall yield her increase;

God, our own God, shall bless us.

God shall bless us,

And all the ends of the earth

shall fear Him."--Psalm 67:5-7

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WINNING VALUES. VIBRANT CULTURE. WONDROUS CHRIST.

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 Cuisine, Patriotism, Sod House and Pioneer Farm Origins, Farm Children's Stories, Israel and Jews, Messianic calling, Reunions and Welcoming Hospitality to All, Centennial Farm celebration 2018, Centenarians, SD Centennial Message by Pastor Leroy Stadem, Bryant, SD, June 29,m 1986, 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, the Coronavirus Fear Antidote, AND MORE!! BUT CAN YOU TAKE IT? CAN YOU AND YOUR HEART EXPAND ENOUGH TO ENJOY IT ALL?

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NORWEGIAN LIVES MATTER

Some of you dear brethren seemed to have forgotten this important truth: all lives matter equally to God. True, God created the Rainbow as a promise to Noah and mankind after the Great Flood that he would never again send such a world-wide deluge to destroy the wicked world, but he also created a rainbow of skin hues for mankind, which all spring from Adam and Eve and thus are equal and without partiality, so that all means one color is not more important than another or more worthy than another which is then rendered less worthy. It is all set forth clearly there, to be sure. For printing off your own copy:

NLM Banner

Norwegian bark (fixed sail ship) that carried Sjur and Oline & Family to North America

"Stadems Sail to America," by Ron Ginther

Oline and Sjur Stadem, Norwegian Immigrants, Dakota Territory Pioneers

Founders of Plain View Farm, Alfred & Bergit (Bessie) Stadem

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Bryant, South Dakota, "Biggest Little City of the Northwest," and a Mother of Gospel Missions Spreading Round the World!

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NOTE ABOUT THE CROSS POEM BELOW: We realize there is a cross on the Farm now, but it is treated as only a decoration, something certainly not intended by those who paid for it to be built and customized. It is a "Gospel Cross," which actually points clearly to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a signpost of what matters most: Jesus Christ and His saving Substitution for our sins by the sacrifice of his body and the shedding of his blood, the only way God provided for us sinners all to escape our deserved damnation and everlasting punishment.

Do you like that, or dislike that? Our liking or disliking it doesn't change the fact that the Cross stands for everything we have that is good, true, and saving, and without the Cross of Jesus Christ we supposed disciples of Jesus Christ are most to be pitied, since we will end up in the same place as those who could not care less about Jesus Christ and whatever he accomplished for salvation.

I know it must grieve the Holy Spirit to observe how lightly, flippantly, and selfishly we Stadem Descendants regard and treat the Cross emblem on Plain View Farm today. It is a mirror, indeed, reflecting back on ourselves and our impoverished spiritual conditions. Let us return to the Cross of Jesus Christ, or we will lose everything that we assume we have, for everything we have is bound up in the Cross, all the rest is passing and will be blown away when Death breathes its chill breath on our earthly works and ways and our very lives.

"IS THERE A CROSS ON PLAIN VIEW FARM?"

"Is there a Cross on Plain View Farm?"

by Ron Ginther

Is there a Cross on Plain View Farm

where sinners can find a cure for sin?

Is there a cross on Plain View Farm

with healing for life's wounds within?

No need for excuses, not when

they stagger to the grave--

they need a real Savior,

not to improve but their souls to save!

The real Jesus was rejected long ago,

a whole society chose Barabbas

--and viewed Christ's death as a circus show.

They rejected His Cross, is it any different today?

Is there a Cross on Plain View Farm?

Or did Jesus, with tears, walk slowly away?

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THREE HEAVENLY HOMEGOINGS:

"Three Heavenly Home-goings of Vernon and Barbara Benson & Celinda Templeton Lehner

ANNOUNCEMENT: Mim Rinderknecht Memorial:

Mim (Miriam) Kareen Svanoe Rinderknecht passed to Glory in mid September. Rachel Kristine, her younger sister, has already contributed a most splendid and complete tribute, the best and most loving we have seen anyone has done that we can recall, so I would rather post that tribute done while she was still with us than attempt one that is not going to add anything as good. If we do think of something that can contribute as a memorial, we will add it hereon this page, or at least provide a link to it. In the meantime, we posted this following tribute to her while she was still with us, and it still applies to her.--Editor

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ALERT FROM YAHOO ABOUT THESE SITES ON WWW.PLAINVIEWHERITAGE.COM:

March 31, the Site Builder will be frozen and no longer of use to update the pages or do any work on them whatsoever, unless we pay them to upgrade the pages according to their new, enforced standards, or pay some other party to do the same thing. We cannot pay them and see no reason to do so, as they will come up with yet another change for an "upgrade" in the near future and we will be always having to pay more for really nothing but increasing Yahoo's profit margin.

So considering our options, at the last "upgrade" and alert from Yahoo, we transferred 99 % of the files on these websites to Angelfire.com, which is a subsidiary of Tripod/Lycos, I understand, and which has never yet forced us subscribers to submit to a series of expensive upgrades such as Yahoo is doing. By transferring the files, we now are in a good position to re-locate entirely. Or we can do both, re-locate the living pages, already accomplished, and let www.plainviewheritage.com remain as it is, frozen, but still usable by you who are interested and love family heritage and godly pioneer values instead of what the popular culture, depraved and perverse, dishes out to the American people 24/7.

It seems a foregone conclusion what we must do, and prefer to do, though it entails a lot of work, reviving the links on the transferred pages, or reviving those links most important on the Angelfire/Plainviewfarm home pages.

Maybe this is telling you what you need not know, but it does say what is happening to impact these websites in a fundamental way, precipitated by Yahoo's radical Leftist leadership and agendas. They will turn away many loyal customers such as us. We were free before, on what was supposed to be a "maverick", freedom-promoting website platform, but it has evolved far from that into an aggressive octopus and so we had to move out of reach of its sucking tentacles. You will still be able to access the pages here, but know that we have, heart and soul, moved on because we had to move on, to Angelfire, which I like the name of more than Yahoo anyway. Now, praying, Let the Angels of Plain View Farm websites stand their guard round them on Angelfire in the days to come, and may God Bless those humble pages and bring the desired spiritual advancement for the kingdom of God's strengthening and increase in all our hearts and lives. Amen!

That prayer of ours may sound like religious blah to a lot of you dear brethren in this cynical, anti-Gospel, social-justice crazed Christian culture, but it is our urgent modus operandi for these last of these evil Latter Days before Christ's return like a Thief in the Night. Are you ready? Be ready, or join the tragic Foolish Virgins shut out of the coming Wedding of the Bridegroom (Christ/Messiah Yeshua/Jesus) and the Bride, (the Church, and believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and Redeemer)--Ed.

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WORD ABOUT OUR KINSMAN-REDEEMER, TOM HARRINGTON, AS OUR FORERUNNER OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR GREAT KINSMAN-REDEEMER:

When we read the Book of Ruth, we come across the "kinsman-redeemer," which was Boaz, who chose to redeem the field owned by impoverished Naomi, Elimelech's widow. Please read the book yourself or review it, as it is always fresh and wonderful and inspiring.

We will say here that we can understand Christ's role even better as a kinsman-redeemer after the account of that role in Ruth. It may be foreign to our thinking, but we need to understand how important it was, not only in Ruth and Boaz and Naomi's time at some point in the Period of the Judges in the Old Testament account, but even more vital for us today. We were redeemed, how? Redeem means to "buy back." In our case, not anybody could do that, for no sinful human being could do what Christ, sinless and divine as well as sinless human, could do, and did. If you dear brethren are duped by Satan and false teaching to think anyone could do what Christ did, well, did anyone die on the Cross for you? Was that someone sinless? Did Buddha, Gandhi, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Sanger, Lenin, Obama, Clintons, Biden and Harris, Lady Gaga, John Lennon, the Kardashians, Michael Jackson, your various sports heroes, die for you on the Cross and pay the penalty for all your sins? Would it have done anything for you lasting if any of them had died for you? On the contrary, the Book of Hebrews points out that Christ only could be our Redeemer of our sin-sick and sin-condemned souls. Jesus only perfectly satisfied the requirements and job description of the Kinsman-Redeemer!

How? Only Christ was without sin! The God-Man, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem of Mary, not Joseph, conceived of the Holy Spirit, was sinless, which your theologians and churches no longer teach because they have made themselves enemies of Christ and the Scriptures.

This opposition is nothing new. In his time on earth his enemies tried very hard to convict him of sin, but they could not do it, all they could bring forward at the kangaroo court trials they cooked up were false witnesses whose testimonies of his wrong-doing fell pathetically apart in court. So the accusers were obliged to concoct a charge of sedition against Roman authority, and we know from the Gospel accounts that Pontius Pilate the Roman in charge in Judea was intimidated by the accusers' threats. The chief priests and their cohorts threatened to write and inform Pilate's Emperor in Rome that he was not dealing rightly as Caesar's friend with a threat against Roman authority in declaring him innocent as charged and letting him go free. So the frightened Pilate did the expedient thing and had the Lord Jesus crucified and slain to save his own skin and political career.

We know all this, from Sunday School flannel graphs to the Gospel accounts to various sermons we might have heard on this subject in churches that still teach the from the Gospels. However, it is old hat to us! We are bored and yawn at the thought of it. But it is absolutely life and death to us, when dealing with the question of where are we going to spend Eternity. If we take it lightly now, we will be sobered up later when we stand at Eternity's edge as our life passes from our mortal bodies!

Now to cut to the chase regarding our account! Tom Harrington came along regarding Plain View Farm when he married our aunt, Ruth Stadem, and bought the farm. It had been sold and the proceeds given out to the immediate family by the youngest Stadem, Leroy Stadem. That was the end of it as a venue for the family reunions, which Aunt and Leroy's elder sister had initiated years before in her visits to her beloved Mama in Mobridge, SD. But it proved not to be the end. Tom Harrington redeemed the house and barn and some outbuildings and adjacent acreage for a possible retirement home for himself and Ruth. They began strenuous efforts to restore the dilapidated property and house. The barn was too far gone to be restored, but Tom offered it to anyone who might be able to shore it up in some way, for it was leaning over and in time would collapse.

Using his own retirement funds and his savings from a long career of Border Customs House officer and inspector, Tom bought the farm back not just for their use but for the whole Stadem Relationship of families of Stadem descendants then numbering several hundred adults and children. He generously and hospitably continued the same policy of the farm's founders, Bergit and Alfred Stadem, which was clearly one of generosity and hospitality shown to all, family or not.

When Tom passed to Glory, the little, 13 acre farm passed to Ruth his widow. She kept it from sale, but chose not to alter it for fear it would not be salable if it came to that. When she passed to Glory, the farm was to go to her youngest brother Leroy, due to his great help to her in her personal affairs, but he declined and, instead, it was offered to be taken care of by his four sons and one daughter. They accepted the responsibility, probably not understanding it as well as older cousins and aunts and uncles understood it. We in the Stadem Relationship who were older but lived far off, no doubt shared this thought, that it was a good idea, for his sons and daughter mostly lived closest to the farm, and it was reasonable to expect they could do a better job of overseeing it than relatives who lived a thousand or miles away could do.

Tom, then, was not biologically our kinsman, true, but he was a true redeemer of the Plain View Farm site, so beloved to us because of our grandparents' godly heritage and their lifelong examples of what true Christians are and how they serve Christ and people and the Church and evangelism in this world.

Tom so admired and esteemed our heritage, that he truly, lovingly "adopted" us and our heritage, providing an open door and a year-round showcase for our heritage, whatever we wanted to make of that opportunity, he was open to us, inviting us to regard PVF as our home too. This the records we have of him and his statements proves, that Tom redeemed the farm and then opened it up to us all for the sake of our heritage preservation and enjoyment and fellowship.

All that has been curtailed, put on the shelf, or even ended, when it was lately given to one young family on the farm, who operate it as their private home, except for a reunion every other year, now discontinued due to the Covid-19 risk, ostensibly. The four brothers and one sister have also formed a LLC legal group that enhances and gives legal standing to their names on the shared title, so there is no legal way to assert a wider governance of the farm and a re-opening up of it to the wider Relationship. The heritage gathered and preserved principally by Pearl Ginther has still to find a venue at Plain View Farm. It was taken away when her son brought it to the farm to be showcased and enjoyed and learned from. Now in bins in Sioux Falls, it may serve to enhance the Center for Western Studies at Augustana University, in Sioux Falls, but the Farm itself may not be available for it, not for years to come if present LLC Stadems policy prevails indefinitely.

But that was not God's will, as Tom bought it for himself and Ruth and everyone, not just himself and his wife. That was his guiding love for our heritage and all of us, evidenced. His chosen way to handle PVF as heritage to be shared by all would best evince the spirit of the Farm's founders, Bergit and Alfred Stadem, too. To do less could not be Tom's desire, and certainly God used Tom to redeem the farm as it had been founded on the prayer that Plain View Farm would glorify God.

Our "kinsman-redeemer" Tom has gone to Glory, but our Kinsman-Redeemer" Christ who grafted us in, even as Tom "adopted" us as his family, is coming to take us up to himself when he comes soon as a Thief in the Night (not the Second Coming, to be sure).

We have no issue with the family on the farm being there. They are in their legal right to be there. But that legal right does not supersede God's plan for what should be done regarding the Plain View Farm. They are not mutually exclusive, either. Only God's will comes first and foremost always, and the private interest must give way, though that does not mean that the family residing on the acreage must go. By no means! Pearl Ginther, matriarch of the Stadem and Ginther families, always wanted a caretaker to reside on the farm, and that declared wish of hers was ignored until lately when this young family came to homestead there.

We only hope that PVF can be opened up, welcoming all to come again to showcase their dreams and visions with freedom, and with love and understanding shown to all. This has to be in accordance with the values and beliefs of our grandparents, it must be said, as radical politics has taken control of many church bodies that have nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Those radicalized church bodies seek to restructure or remodel or makeover American churches and the nation at large according to their ideas about social justice, which have to do with equalization of genders, religions, values, life styles--even though that "equality" is none other than camouflaged Marxism, LBGT-QIA, Planned Parenthood abortion, and liquidation of gender differences, in direct opposition to the Bible and Divine Creation and God's sovereignty over heaven and earth.

It will be interesting to see how God takes charge and what he does to restore this sin-ravaged and Satan-dominated world. We all shall see it, either with joy or grief and terror. Maranatha!--Ed.

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A TRIBUTE TO PEARL'S NIECE, MIM RINDERKNECHT, WHO PASSED TO GLORY MID SEPTEMBER ACCOMPANIED BY MANY, MANY ANGELS NO DOUBT:

Mim with Rose Bouquet, June 2020, Park City, Utah, at her home

"The Master's Heart," A Tribute to Mim Rinderknecht, a New Year's Bouquet, by Cousin Ron Ginther

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AFTER EXPLORING THIS INTRODUCTORY PAGE, GO FOR PART 1 of This First Home Page:

HOME PAGE PART 1

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GOD'S TWO MAIN CONTROVERSIES WITH US 21st CENTURY STADEM DESCENDANTS:

"God's Two Main Controversies With the Stadem Descendants, by Ron Ginther

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REGRETTABLE DELAY OF THE DVDS TO THE DONORS:

Until the DVD copies are tested, they cannot be given to the donors. This has been delayed, due to circumstances not under our control. Incompatibility between software systems used may be the problem, we do not know yet. We ask for patience and will see God to break the logjam so that all the donors who have not yet accessed it may receive tested DVDs of the video. My consolation is that the Youtube video with the same content has been seen by quite a number of Stadem Descendants by now. Even with covid distancing and masking, people must still live, and the Holbek and St adem Bibles Memorial & Heritage video is getting out the grand story of how God has blessed us so exceptionally, but for the purpose that we will share our blessings with the world, which includes the greatest blessing of all he has given us, the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord, our Savior, King, Redeemer, Friend, and Messiah..--Ed.

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THIS IS A REALLY TOUCHING FILM LIKE FEW ARE: THE DANISH FILM: "BABETTE'S FEAST": PORTRAYS SACRIFICIAL, SELFLESS, CHRISTLIKE GIVING TO OTHERS SHOWN BY A SINGLE WOMAN, A FRENCH REFUGEE AND LOWLY HOUSE SERVANT IN A NORTHERN COASTAL VILLAGE HOME OF TWO PIOUS, ELDERLY SISTERS IN THE 1900s. SOUNDS DULL? WELL, THAT VILLAGE LIFE WAS CERTAINLY HUMDRUM AND DULL AS SOGGY, COLD FRENCH TOAST ON YOUR PLATE. BUT DON'T BE FOOLED, DYNAMITE IS GOING TO EXPLODE IN ALL THEIR LIVES, IGNITED BY THIS LONE, POOR, HARD-WORKING FRENCH WOMAN, BABETTE:

"Babette's Feast, Classic Danish Film featured in OUR DAILY WORD, Oct. 2019

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CORONAVIRUS FEAR ANTIDOTE:

"Do not be afraid; only believe."--Luke 8:50

Man has his plans for you, which can be evil and not for your good. God's plans are for your good! Choose Him and his plans for your life and you will be given life and fulfilment which the world cannot give:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."--Jeremiah 29:11

Scientific studies and science doctors have examined the masks, and found and declared they are useless and merely cosmetic, as they do not prevent all the droplets going out or coming in. Okay, that means you and I can still get the virus despite wearing the masks day and and night, 24/7. You know that is impossible. Even if it were, you can pick it up possibly by touching something it is on, right? Common sense tells us there is no avoiding it. Common sense tells us also that corona virus does not know a 9pm to 6am curfew imposed by officials in various places.

Joe Biden has taken the reins of presidential power by hook or crook, and apparently mostly by crook. But he has them, so that is that! How long? We shall see. That is in God's purview. Those who voted for him, and some or many of you did despite the fact he had "One Nation Under God" deleted from the Pledge of Allegiance at his inauguration, and despite the fact he is totally for abortion and will be extending it to the nations abroad with our tax dollars. You are abiding in Biden, but are you abiding in God more than a mere man? God is righteous and holy; obviously, Joe Biden is not godly and is shamefully treading on our Pledge of Allegiance and also human rights such as the sanctity of life as God created life. Would God our Creator sanction abortion for a so-called reproductive right of women to kill their own unborns? Hardly! Human law cannot sanction it in Giod's eyes, human law can only legalize it. But laws of God are supreme and perfect; man's laws are subordinate and inferior and often unjust..

I just today read I John 2:28 after reading a great Adrian Roger's message written back in 2001 or so about the very troubled AND DIVIDED America then. How much worse and more divided it is now! Many times worse and more divided, to be sure! Adrian Rogers, republished in the latest Decision Magazine, strongly challenges each of us, pro- or anti-Biden to repent and pray, to pray and fast, for fasting averted total destruction of Nineveh when the wicked population took Jonah's message of warning seriously and truly repented and fasted. No cheap repentance would do. No giving up a smoothie or a Big Mac would do. They people really repented and really fasted. THEN GOD HEARD, AND CALLED BACK HIS ANGELS OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION!.

Nineveh, the greatest metropolis and power of the time, was not destroyed as God had intended to do. Their time was up! Yet God stayed his sword, and for that generation, extended his grace and mercy. A generation or two later, it was a different story. The Ninevites quickly fell back into their former wicked ways. We know what the outcome was: in 612 B.C. Nineveh and its empire were destroyed by its enemies. Utterly! Even its two splendid capitals, burnt and flooded by diverting the Tigris river onto the cities, dropped out of sight! They were so buried in ruins and covered with high mounds of sand and dirt so that no one could tell who passed by those great world-class cities that under the mounds lay cities that once ruled far-flung domains. Go see for yourself! All mighty, imperial Assyria is today is a ravaged, battle-torn province of Iraq. And good riddance to Nineveh! A cruel, bloody, violent, greedy, idolatrous, utterly wicked people and nation, it deserved its terrible fate. So with us, we deserve what is coming to America.

As happened with Nineveh, once a world power like the United States of America, so it will happen with us. We too will fall and be destroyed and go into the dustbin of history if we do not truly repent and truly fast and seek God's mercy and forgiveness with all our hearts. What is it going to be with us? Defend ourselves, when the very ground under all our feet wherever we happen to live is drenched with the blood of the innocents, the 60 or more miilions of unborn children killed in the womb and then parted out to make even more money? No, we best not defend ourselves. Our best option is to be honest as the Ninevites initially were who were saved from destruction by repentance and fasting. It is questionable, however, whether we will do that. Stubborn pride may keep us from that, and we will go the way of Rome, Greece, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, etc. Into the dustbin, with all the shame and disgrace those once mighty powers and peoples heartily deserved. We Americans, however, will be more disgraced and shamed than all of them, for we had the Gospel in its fullness. What else can be said? We are in a sorry state, and we may not come out of it even alive, and as a people and a nation, as the Judging Angel is drawing nearer and nearer every moment..--Ed.

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HANS CHRISTIAN HEG, NORWEGIAN-AMERICAN HERO AND ABOLITIONIST CHAMPION, HIS MEMORY AND MEMORIAL AT THE STATE CAPITAL OF WISCONSIN DESECRATED WHLE THE CAPITOL POLICE APPARENTLY STOOD SHAMEFULLY DOWN BEFORE A MOB:

Who was Heg? He was a Norwegian immigrant, who emigrated in 1840. He became a leading abolitionist in Wisconsin. But he was no armchair abolitionist. He fought in the Civil War to free and emancipate the slaves, "walked the talk," in short.

Heg "practiced what he had preached" about the rights of men including black people. He put his very life on the line for the freeing of the slaves. Isn't that admirable? Wisconsin teachers, are you teaching these facts to your students, or or you parroting the mantras of Black Lives Matter (but white lives do not?).

Heg was a colonel in the Wisconsin infantry and was killed in the battle of Chicamauga, in Georgia in 1863 while fighting to free the slaves. He gave his very life for them, yet he is labeled a "white racist" by the anarchist mob in Wisconsin. They dragged his statue to Lake Manona and threw it in. The historic statue had been erected in 1925 and stood there as a noble example of Heg's self-sacrifice for the freedom of black people.

Any state would be proud, you would think, of such a citizen, who brought such glory and honor to it. But not Wisconsin, apparently! The irresponsible Wisconsin authorities allowed the destruction of the statue, standing down when the mob began its rampage.

Wipe the shame from your Wisconsin State Escrutcheon, People of Wisconsin! Remove the sin, shame, and outrage of what an anti-American mob was allowed to perpetrate in destroying Hans Christian Heg's statue. How? Start teaching again what you need to teach instead of the political substitutes for a genuine education. Long live the memory of this noble man and Norwegian immigrant in Wisconsin and American history!--Ed.

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"S-S-S-SOUTH DAKOTA

(Tune "Katy")

S-S-S-South Dakota, South Dakota,

You're the only s-s-s-state that I adore.

Whenever the sun shines over the corn fields

We are worth a m-m-m-million dollars more.

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SOUTH DAKOTA WE LOVE YOU BEST

(Tune "Smiles")

You may sing of your Nebraska,

You may sing of Iowa, too.

You could name multitudes of blessings

That the Lord has given you.

There is just one State in all the Union

From the north to south, from east to west,

That was made for men to really live in;

South Dakota, we love you best.

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HAIL, SOUTH DAKOTA

Hail, South Dakota, the State we love the best,

Land of our fathers, Builders of the West;

Home of the Badlands, and Rushmore's ageless shrine,

Hills, farms and prairies, blessed with bright sunshine.

Songbook donated to our Heritage Archives by Sylvia Fjelstad Yuge

Extension Mimeographed Circular #410, SOUTH DAKOTA SINGS,

Published by Cooperative Extension Work, U.S. Department of Agriculture

and South Dakota State College Cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 3 and June 10, 1914.

George I. Gilberton, Director--SDES-Y-87

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Another song for the old Farm and the circle of loved ones round the campfire:

Love's Old Sweet Song" (with stanzas 2 & 3 by Ron Ginther"

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WE HAVE BEEN RICHLY BLESSED AND HONORED BY THREE CENTENARIANS SO FAR, AND CELEBRATED A CENTENNIAL ON THE FARM THAT INCLUDED THE HOUSE IN 2018, BUT SOUTH DAKOTA HAD ITS CENTENNIAL, CELEBRATED in 1986:

Leroy Stadem, Pastor of many churches, gave a Centennial State celebration message.

Pastor Leroy Stadem's Centennial 1986 Message in Bryant, SD, Centennial Community Worship, Recorded by Ruth Stadem Harrington

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FOCUS ON LEROY STADEMS:

LeRoy and Elizabeth Stadem observed their 65th wedding anniversary August 6. Here is a listing of files featuring LeRoy, Elizabeth, and family:

Nine More Feathers in Their Caps

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SPOTLIGHT ON A KINDLY, SWEET, QUIET SOUL:

Grace Shubert Svanoe, who moved out from the nice Peace Corps compound quarters she had and once chose to live in the same squalid poverty as a lone woman among those in Central America she came to serve, breathed out these Last Words in Prayers in Anahuac, Chihuahau, October 31, 2010:

"Help us find our way"

"Thank you, Lord"

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Grace Shubert Svanoe's last words and last prayers

reprinted from "Rennard Svanoe Update - DEN STADEM SAMTALERAN,

March 2011

Memorial to Grace"

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"When a Dove is Praying,"

Tribute to Grace Shubert Svanoe,

by Ron Ginther

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"Help us find our way,"

was all she could say,

on her bed of pain in Old Mexico.

As you hurry and click on by, on some app seeking pie in the sky,

pause a moment, friend,

and hear her whisper, sweet and low:

"Help us find a way,"

was all she could say,

but no lengthy eloquence in a marble and gold pulpit was ever equal.

She was drawing her last breaths,

and her soul was nearing the end;

but yet the Spirit was drawing her close,

healing and making her whole.

We know all was well, when her very last words came,

"Thank you, Lord"-- breathed to the One she adored.

Yes, Christ came down for physical needs,

but no one could pay him with

meritorious deeds;

spiritually blind, halt, and lame,

rich or poor, schooled or untaught,

they needed him most desperately

all the same.

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Posted Bryant Inspector's Building Permit for the Plain View Farm HERITAGE CENTER BARN

FRIEND, RELATIVE, SURFING GUEST, ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT? FRIENDS AND FAMILY TOO WILL FAIL YOU. YOUR CAREER OR JOB WILL FAIL YOU. YOUR HEALTH MAY FAIL. BUT THERE IS STILL AN ANSWER, THE SAME THAT GRACE SHUBERT SVANOE WAS GIVEN AT THE CLOSE OF HER LIFE.

A Cross Has Come to Plain View Farm," by Ron Ginther

Well, friend, how about it? Which road will you choose to take? The road less travelled by that leads to the narrow gate that opens to Eternal Life, or the wide highway the multitude races down that leads to eternal perdition and death?

HEY, ALL YOU SAVVY TECHIES, WHAT IS "PERDITION" ANYWAY, YOU MIGHT WONDER. WHY TAKE THE NARROW ROAD OF THE GODLY? WHY NOT THE WORLD'S INTERSTATE AND SUPER-EXPRESSWAY, WHICH WE ALL KNOW AS THE INTERNET? WAIT A MINUTE. SEE IF THE "NARROW WAY" JESUS TALKED ABOUT IN FOLLOWING HIM DOESN'T PRODUCE SOME WONDERFUL LIVES. BEFORE YOU SPEED DOWN THE HIGH SPEED INTERNET HIGHWAY TO PERDITION, YOU JUST MIGHT WANT TO TURN AROUND AND HEAD BACK TO THE TURN TO THE NARROW WAY:

"In Years Past," The Compass for Living, by Estelle Rangen and Ron Ginther

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"Christ Our Harrow," Breaking Our Hearts' Crusty Soils, by Ron Ginther

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PALE HORSE, PALE RIDER?

"There's a Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On!", by Ron Ginther

HOW ALMIGHTY GOD IS MIGHTILY BRINGING GREAT GOOD OUT OF WHAT SEEMS BAD:

"Call To Fence Straddlers," by Ron Ginther

"Our Fences (Traditions/Heritage) Make Us Good Neighbors," by Ron Ginther

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Devotion Based on Norway's Greatest Evangelist, Hans Nielsen Hauge, Reprinted

"The Need of the World," by Dave Breeze, Reprint Article in the Mennonite "The Sword and the Trumpet," 1979

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HAVE YOU LOST LOVED ONES LATELY, OR POSSIBLY STAND TO LOSE A LOVED ONE BEFORE TOO LONG? I KNOW THAT LOSS, IT IS SOMETHING I LIVE WITH DAILY TOO, SO I UNDERSTAND YOUR LOSS AND THE CROSS IN IT:

"Daybreak," My Hope for Reunion, by Ron Ginther

"How Could You?", My Questions for the Crucified, Now Risen Christ, by Ron Ginther

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EMINENT SCANDINAVIANS SERIES ANNOUNCED, WITH FIRST PAGE OFFERED TO ENJOY:

PART I--WORLD WAR II COMMANDO AND RESISTANCE HERO, KNUT HAUKELID AND HIS TEAM FLEW FROM BRITAIN TRAINED TO KNOCK OUT THE HEAVY WATER PLANT AT VEMORK THE NAZIS WERE USING IN NORWAY FOR THEIR NUCLEAR REACTOR IN GERMANY.

Norwegian Heroes

And, often as we can, pointing out Connections with these Eminent Scandinavians and, in our unequivocal view, the equally eminent Alfred Stadem and his daughter Pearl of Plain View Farm!

EMINENT SCANDINAVIANS SERIES

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TO LIGHTEN THINGS UP A BIT:

Norwegian Sayings, by Vanberg [with Ron Ginther's two wooden krone added to the wealth of Norsk wisdom literature]

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Greater Saints than Billy Graham Among or Lately Among US?

"Greater Saints Among Us," by Ron Ginther

TRUE SAINTS DO NOT TAKE THEMSELVES TOO SERIOUSLY, AS IN THIS SKETCH OF PAPA ALFRED STADEM CLOWNING WITH A HORSE HALTER:

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DID YOU ENJOY THIS FIRST PART OR INTRODUCTORY OF THE PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM? WE HONESTY BEGAN BY INFORMING YOU THAT WE WOULD OFFER BOTH TRAGEDY AND VICTORY AND SUNSHINE AND RAIN, FOR WE OFFER YOU THE ANSWER WITH THE TRAGEDY, CHRIST AND HIS EMERALD RAINBOW IN THE RAIN.

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 CENTENARIAN PIONEER SOUTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE FARM.

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PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM HOME PAGE 1

PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM HOME PAGE 2

PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM HOME PAGE 3

PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM HOME PAGE 4

Or:

PLAIN VIEW FARM ON ANGELFIRE

And:

PRAIRIE FARM ON ANGELFIRE

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ANNOUNCING NEW UPDATED PRAIRIEFARM PAGES ON ANGELFIRE.COM NOW MOSTLY AVAILABLE:

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JUST A BIT MORE OF TRUE HISTORY

behind this old farm being a "Sabbath Farm":

Alfred and Bergit Stadem dedicated the farm to the glory of God, it was not just a piece of property they owned that would give them and their family a living if they worked it hard enough. No! The purpose and meaning of the farm and everything done there was for the glory of God. That is a nice phrase many Christians like to parrot, but they were not parroting a nice religious phrase, they absolutely meant it, and they were determined to accomplish it with God's strength, mercy, grace, and guidance. THEY WOULD USE PLAIN VIEW FARM TO GLORIFY GOD! Period!

How would they accomplish that? We know how they did it. They established their whole operation on the Sabbath. From Monday to the Sabbath they worked to be ready for keeping the Sabbath holy. Despite all the demands and regimen of daily chores, the children were instructed in holiness and right behavior and love for God and respect for God's commandments and obedience and humility shown all those God put in positions and roles over them.

Right away, the naysayer or skeptic reacts with, "Ridiculous! Nobody does that, and it could not be done anyway!" You do not know anything essential about Plain View Farm and its family the Stadems, friend!

I am not claiming that this devotion to God's commandment to keep the Sabbath holy was followed in all the families that came out from the main stem, nor am I claiming that the majority of the Stadem Descendants have anymore the slightest idea what holiness and the Sabbath and a Holy God mean, though they sometimes sing in their churches the historic hymn, "Holy, Holy, Holy!"

I am stating the absolute truth, that the Stadems practiced a rigorous, faithful Sabbath preparation that culminated every Sunday with them in church, fully prepared worship and give thanks to God, and ready to serve God and man and to receive the saving Word of God preached from the pulpit and declared from the open Bible.

Phil Wellington's First Sermon, on Sabbath-Keeping and Sabbath-Breaking, Republished by Permission

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PRAIRIE FARM ALIVE AND WELL ON ANGELFIRE!

But we have the Prairiefarm recollections for you now just a click away in Angelfire.com, and if some link you find there aren't working yet, others will, and we are working still on getting the pages fully operational with all pages linked for easy access. Please enjoy what you can access, as these are rare views into the Farm and its family in days of yore that you surely would not want to miss

Prairie Farm Home Page

Prairie Farm Intro

Ruth's Tribute to Papa

Estelle's Recollections of Papa and Life on the Farm

Estelle's Cameo Portraits of Papa & Mama

Cora's Recollections

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WHEN TIMES ARE HARD, EVEN UNBEARABLE, DAY AFTER DAY, ARE YOU AND I JUSTIFIED IN COMPLAINING?

Be sure and go to Estelle's recollections and cameo portraits, and you will find a quote from Papa Alfred Stadem (who had a family and farm and had to make it through the years of catastrophic Drought, Dust-storms, and Great Depression of the 1930s, not to mention the tragic, sudden deaths of his eldest son and his son-in-law in a plane crash. The quote is given in the narrative of Papa's daughter is about complaining that should stick with you in these hard times we are experiencing with the corona virus crisis hysteria and government lockdowns of businesses and public venues and even Christian church meetings and singing of hymns in California.

Quoting Papa Alfred Stadem on Complaining During Adversity

These verses were known to Papa and Mama Stadem in all their Christian lives, and seem to speak to us here, and particularly now as we face great adversity due to the corona virus hysteria and its world-wide shut-downs of airports, stores and widespread losses of jobs along with lock-downs of whole countries, with airports and road border closures stopping incoming and outgoing traffic:

1st Corinthians 15: 55, 56, 57, 58

"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?

The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory

through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast,

immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,

knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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If you are not in God's flock, turn to him now, confess your sin, ask his forgiveness, plead the Shed Blood he shed for you for the forgiveness of all your sins, and thereby become his sheep the way he has set forth: Scripture says: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.

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"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"--Ist Corinthians15:55

January 9th, 1947, my father and young uncle stepped into Eternity in just a few seconds in the plunge of a plane to earth and a fiery crash, only 13 minutes after take-off in a plane my dad was buying from what we believe was an unscrupulous aircraft dealer who knowingly sold my Dad a malfunctioning plane he had not had fixed, though pressing Dad to take it up.:

"Accident Kills Two Hunters", Newspaper Article, 1947

Bob Ginther's Bio, Unknown Author

Awful good thing Papa Alfred Stadem had such strong faith in God, respecting God's will above his own, and was no complainer in adversity!

What was going to be his response to terrible tragedy in his own close home circle? Read his own words: Papa Alfred Stadem's letter concerning the Events of 1947, involving the plane crash and deaths of his eldest son, Arthur, a WWII navy vet in his early twenties, and his son-in-law Bob Ginther, family man with six children (a seventh coming 9 months after his death) and wife Pearl:

Papa Alfred Stadem's Letter Concerning Events of 1947

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A SON OF BOB GINTHER REFLECTS ON THE TRAGIC LOSS OF HIS FATHER AFTER SEVENTY-THREE YEARS (AND STILL SEEMS TO HIM LIKE YESTERDAY!):

"The Missing Piece of the Puzzle," Part I and Part II, by Ron Ginther

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YOUR WEBSITE EDITOR ON A BORROWED BLUE OX AND PLOW:

2020 and Onward: A 21st Century EPIC Saga in the Making:

The following displays set up in a home in Park City, Utah, 2012, 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 of these treasures, 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. We trust in God to lead and provide.--Ed.

ENJOY THE HERITAGE SMORGASBORD ON "THE TABLES OF JOY"

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THE INTRODUCTORY (OR FRONT DOOR TO "THE GOOD WAY"

"The Front Door or Gateway to the Good Way to Go," by Ron Ginther

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ASKING THE SPEEDY RETURN OF SPECIAL HERITAGE ITEMS:

1. Missing Alida Stadem Spilde's Norwegian Language Bible Donated to Heritage on the Farm by Daughter

Alida's Bible in the Norwegian language needs to be returned and put under glass in a case. It is understandable that things are moved for valid reasons, but they can be returned and should be. These things are precious to Mim, the Spilde Families, and also the Ginthers. No questions and no explanations asked on return, just "Mange tusen tak!"

Note that encouraging things do happen in the midst of what seems a total disaster: Alida Spilde's Norwegian language Bible may have been found by Stephen Stadem in the ruins of their beautiful home which recently burned. A very large but partly damaged volume in the Norwegian language was found. I believe it is the one Alida Spilde possessed, and which her daughter Eloise donated to the Farm. I will be able to tell by the surviving illustrations, as I took a number of pictures of them.

On this "commemorative cup" he created and so thoughtfully sent to us, Steve is pictured holding the huge book that somehow survived the fire and the deluge of water poured on it by the fire trucks. On the cup is the inscription: "Start Each Day With a Grateful Heart," and there is also a picture of Ron Ginther with the Flag of Israel, a photo that also survived the fire."

2. As of November 2019 Ruth Stadem's dozens of very interesting photo albums have disappeared from the Farm, however, and anyone knowing their whereabouts or possessing them, please return them for viewing by Stadem Descendants.

3. Please also return Pearl Ginther's Memorial items last housed in the master bedroom of the house!

4. And the Green Railroad trunk in the utility room was a very old Ginther artifact, full of Pearl Ginther's records and Ginther family films. Please return them to the Ginthers even if you do not want them on the property for some reason, okay?

5. Mim Rinderknecht's piano donated to the Stadem reunion attendees has also been missing for some years now, and needs to be returned to her or to the farm.

6. Ron Ginther's easy-learning organ also has been missing and needs to be returned.

There are other items as well that are missing, but we have pictures of them, so we have records and will continue the search and inquiry after them.--Ed.

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THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EVENT AT THE 2010 REUNION:

Centenarian and Stadem-Ginther Matriarch Pearl Ginther Praying for the Restoration of the Once Vital Haugean Tradition and the Spirit of the Lutheran Fellowship League on Plain View Farm

NOW LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! THE STADEM DESCENDANTS' MISSION OF ALWAYS "PUSHING THE EGG SHELL" EXEMPLIFIED FOR 100 YEARS BY CENTENARIAN & EPIC LETTER WRITER PEARL STADEM GINTHER ON HER GLIDER FLIGHT WITH PILOT SON!

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Introduction, or Front Door to the Plain View Heritage Farm's Good Way & Website:

Introduction, or Front Door, to Plain View Farm & Its Future

WHY THIS WEBSITE STARTED:

"Why This Website Started"

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HELEN JEANNE VAN SICKLE'S HOMEGOING TO HEAVEN, SEPT. 22, 2019, AT AGE 95. HER FAMILY SENT THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT. (HELEN WAS THE OLDEST STADEM DESCENDANT AFTER CORA TAYLOR AND PEARL GINTHER. THE DAUGHTER OF SEVER STADEM AND SARAH STADEM OF HENRY, SD., AND SEVER AND ALFRED STADEM WERE BROTHERS.)

Helen Jeanne (Stadem) Van Sickle's Homegoing, Sept. 22, 2019

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The original 12 (of a series that now numbers over 37) Jam-Packed Archives Filler Notebooks Hold Pearl's precious PVF Records, Documents, Recordings, Videotapes, Pictures, & Cards & Letters for all the PVF Stadem Families, early 1900s to Present, Added to Until There are Now as of 2020, 40, and Counting:

Plain View Farm Heritage Archives Center

IS IT WITH AN "E" OR AN "A"--OUR PREVIOUS GREAT SAMTALEREN/SAMTALERAN FOUNDER AND EDITOR USED BOTH, SO WE WILL TOO, IN CASE YOU ARE WONDERING ABOUT THE VARIANT SPELLINGS!

SAMTALERAN LOVERS:

The on-line archived Stadem Samtaleran Collection is being updated to include the issues by year of 1971, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 (2 letters), 1993, 1995, 1996 (with three parts: Part I, the Bryant Dakotan article about the Reunion 1996, Part II: The Samtaleran about the coming Reunion 1996, and Part III: Bernice Schaefer's Letter telling about the 1996 Reunion!), 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, [lacking complete Samtaleran for 2008, but we have two wonderful pages identified from it], 2008 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (the succeeding issues were digitized and emailed to the subscribers and can be sent to anyone on request to Aanna Chase). Please contact this website editor first:

ronaldginther42@yahoo.com

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NEWLY POSTED REUNIONS AND TRULY FASCINATING ACCOUNTS OF THEM:

Stadem Reunion 1996, in Three Parts, With Special Appeal to Stadem Families to Fund Finishing of Heritage Barn

Stadem Reunion 1997, in Three Parts:

Parts I & II: Stadem Reunion 1997 in Samtaleren, Dec. 1997

Part III, Stadem Reunion 1997 Business Meeting Minutes, Events, Updates about Birth Increases and Family Events

Latest submissions:

Stadems' and Bernice Schaefer's Letters to Pearl on Reunion 1990

Stadem Reunion 1998

Stadem Reunion 1999, in Samtaleran

Stadem Reunion 2000, in Samtaleran and BRYANT DAKOTAN

Stadem Reunion 2001 in Samtaleran and BRYANT DAKOTAN

Stadem Reunion 2002 in BRYANT DAKOTAN, July 2002

"Stadem Reunion 2004 in BRYANT DAKOTAN & the Samtaleran

Stadem Reunion 2005 in Samtaleran, April 2005

Stadem Reunion 2006 in March 2006 Samtaleran

Stadem Reunion 2007 in Samtaleran

Stadem Reunion 2008, in Samtaleran (2 pages)

"Norway, the Land of Our Roots," 2008 Ginther Families Trip, Account by Gloria Brown

Stadem Reunion 2009, Two Samtalerens, With Rennard Svanoe's Article of the Reunion for the Bryant Dakotan

Stadem Reunion 2010, Samtalerens, April, May, and September

Stadem Reunion 2011, Samtaleren 2011

Stadem Reunion, Sept. 2011, in Samtaleran, in Progress

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BR-R-R-R-R! ICELAND ANYONE?

Gloria Brown has yet another fascinating trip as a notch in her travel belt to tell us about:

"Iceland, Land of Fire & Ice, by Gloria June Ginther Brown, A Challenging Trip Shared By Mother & Daughter

PLEASE GO FOR THE COMPLETE LISTING OF THE POSTED REUNION SAMTALERANS AND BRYANT DAKOTAN ARTICLES:

Stadem Reunion Central

STADEM REUNION NEWSLETTER EDITORSHIP PASSED TO STADEM DESCENDANT & GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER OF ALFRED AND BERGIT:

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BERNICE AUGUSTA STADEM SCHAEFER, SHINING SAINT IN HEAVEN, BORN FROM JERUSALEM ABOVE BUT, WAS A SHINING SAINT ON EARTH, HERE IN THE COSY PLAIN VIEW FARM KITCHEN WITH SOME OF HER 30 HOME-BAKED LOAVES OF SUPERB BREAD! BERNICE WAS BORN 107 YEARS AGO, SHE PASSED BACK TO GLORY OCTOBER 2000 AT THE RIPE AGE OF 89, AND HER BIRTHDATE TO REMEMBER IS MARCH 18, 1911, ONE YEAR BEFORE THE ONSET OF WWI. BLESSED BE HER MEMORY!

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CALLING THE YOUNGER GENERATION, OUR INTREPID YOUNG PEOPLE, TO INVOLVE THEIR LIVES IN OUR GREAT HERITAGE--THE PEARL GINTHER SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ESSAYS FOR JUNE 17, 2017; THE PEARL GINTHER ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR 2018

Awards and Essays, 2016

For the website editor's remarks and observations on the essays concerning the larger context of Stadem heritage and its re-discovery, go to:

Essay Awards

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Essay Awarded Prize for 2018:

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!:

Reghan Brown Essay, 2018

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STADEM "BARNATOPSIS" TIMELINE COMPOSED BY THE PLAIN VIEW FARM FAMILIES:

This "Plain View Heritage Barn Timeline" of the United Stadem/Holbeck Lines and Plain View Farm's history was presented to the Reunion 2012 gathering, stretching from the late 19th century to the early 21st Century:

Plain View Farm Timeline, 19th century to 21st century

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF OUR STADEM LINE WASN'T THE FIRST STADEM LINE TO SET UP IN AMERICA? WELL, DEAN STADEM, SON OF PETER GORDON STADEM, SON OF SEVERT STADEM, RESEARCHED THIS AND FOUND:

"Dean Stadem's Letter

Moreover, an old volume in the Plain View Farm house (cannot say if it is still there or not) has listed along with pictures all the churches and pastors and histories of the early Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and some Stadems are listed, and they are not of the line of Sjur and Oline nor of the other lines we know of. They could well have come from the 1793 migration of the First Wave of Stadems.

From this volume, in our Plain View Farm heritage 40+-volume Archives at the Farm in the Heritage Barn, we have given the name of a pastor who bore the name of Stadem, who might well be a First Stadem Waver.--Ed.

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THE DANO-NORWEGIAN HOLBEK ROOT OF NORWAY NOURISHING THE STADEM/HOLBECK "OAK TREE" IN AMERICA:

"Holbek Root in Norway," by Arne Age Holbek, Kristiansand, Norway

Holbek Lineage Remembered

Operating a Bible Bookstore, Wife Dagny and Lay Minister Andreas Holbek, Norway, with Family

"Andreas Holbek's Letter to Estelle Stadem Rangen and Pearl Stadem Ginther, 1983

Some American Holbeck Descendants: Little Carolyn Lundring (Roberts), Granddaughter and Parents (Larry Lundring and wife--with lace) and Grandparents (Tena Holbeck Lundring and Albinus Lundring, in yard of Canton, SD. home

Carolyn Lundring Roberts's Letter to All Loved Ones, Feb. 2010, Samtaleran (Stadem Conversation Newsletter

LATELY A DONATION FROM THE LUNDRINGS FOR THE DIGITIZING OF THE REUNION VIDEOS IS REMINISCENT OF AN EARLIER DONATION FROM GINTHERS AND OTHER STADEM FAMILIES TO A LUNDRING INITIATED PROJECT:

Brother to Larry, Axel Lundring's Letter to Pearl Ginther Concerning Telephone Project in Brazil called "Christmas in May Solicitation"

"Missionary Cora Stadem Taylor's Missionary Letter to Holbek Relations in Norway

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Bergit Wilhelmine (Holbeck) Stadem Reading the ANDREAS HOLBEK Bible?

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"Grandma's Old Wooden Mixing Bowl," a new poem for you on the bowl that Grandma used to mix dough for over 3,500 loaves or more!

"Grandma's Old Wooden Mixing Bowl," from Lorin Ginther Rambling on Memory Lane, composed by Ron Ginther

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The beautiful faces of our loved ones will be even more beautiful in heaven above!

"Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Smiles," by Ron Ginther

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ANNOUNCING NEW COMMEMORATIVE STADEM FAMILIES HERITAGE SERIES ABOUT PLAIN VIEW FARM ON AMAZON KINDLE:

Go to: Kindle on Amazon.com

1. "Myrtle's Letters," by Myrtle Stadem Svanoe (e-book, $1)

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.

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NEW MEMORIALS PAGE FOR THREE STADEM DESCENDANTS WHO PASSED TO GLORY 2018:

Memorials for Joyce Bassett, Russ Del Von Schaefer, and Marc Latimer Svanoe, the three Stadem Descendants who passed to Glory in 2018

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HOW DID THE STADEMS AND THEIR SAGA OF VALOROUS, EXPLORING SPIRIT AND SUPERLATIVE, CHRISTLIKE SERVANTHOOD GET STARTED?

"Oline and Sjur to America," by Stadem genealogist, Barbara Vorseth Benson

Oline Madsdatter Vikoren and Pearl Andrina Stadem Ginther's Amazing Dates

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ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT "THE GOOD WAY", OUR HERITAGE?

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?

"Sjur of Stadheim," a Tribute to Sjur and Oline, by their Gr Gr Grandson, Ronald Ginther

"Stadems Sail to America," Part II of "Sjur of Stadheim"

DO YOU KNOW WHO MOTHER BRITTA WAS? AND WHY SHOULD YOU EVEN CARE?

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.

Tribute to Britta, the Pillar, by Ron Ginther, her Gr Gr Gr Grandson, Ron Ginther

Tribute to Peder and Gurina, by their Gr Gr Grandson, Ron Ginther

HOW EVERY LIFE, HOWEVER BRIEF, IS SIGNIFICANT, EVEN VITAL, IN GOD'S PLAN, AS SCRIPTURE ATTESTS:

Tribute to Two Oles, by Ron Ginther

Descendants of Knudt Staim/Stadheim's Line Found in Puyallup, Washington!

Descendants of Knudt Stadem Line Found by Sylvia Fjelstad Yuge, Genealogist for Stadems

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Estelle Stadem Rangen Composing Her Sparkling, Articulate, Ginger-Spiced Heritage Account

on Plain View Farm, which we called "God's Little Acres,"

with Picture of Peder Johan Stadem & First Wife Marie Stadem

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WARNING: Whenever you come close to Plain View Farm Heritage, It may stick to you like a magnet!

"Without a Vision, the People Perish!"--For "Our Vision for the Future", with Vital Foundational Scriptural Support & Guidance & Empowerment, go to:

"Our Vision for the Future"--The Pumping Up Scriptural Basis for our Heritage Preservation & Sharing of It

Devotional Message Based on Norway's premier Gospel Preacher, Writer, and Evangelist, Hans Nielsen Hauge:

"Stubborn or Committed," Devotional message from "Christ In Our Home," Thursday, March 29, 2012, Based on Hans Nielsen Hauge

"All Are Welcome," Suggested Theme Song for Plain View Heritage Farm and Heritage Center!

The Introduction for the whole Plain View Farm website is here:

The "Front Door" Introduction to Our Plain View Farm Heritage

Rennard Stadem's Article about the 2012 Reunion and Stadem Matriarch, Pearl A. Ginther:

"Stadem Matriarch Remembered," by Pearl's Nephew Rennard Svanoe, with appended tribute by Pearl's Son, Ron Ginther

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This Introductory to the four Home Pages is not large enough to include all the items we have already on-line, so this heritage center archives page is taking the overflow. Soon that page will be full as well and we will have to add many pages to it as time goes on, God willing, and we still have opportunity to record our golden heritage on them.

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.

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Plain View Heritage Archives Center

RECORDINGS AND VIDEOTAPES FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND LEARNING ABOUT HERITAGE:

"Heritage", Videotape of the Heritage Saving Project on Plain View Farm, by Jerry Ginther in 2008, with Ron Ginther (and after his rather too long exposition, the sweet cameo appearance of Pearl Ginther in support of the Heritage Project),

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WHAT IS HERITAGE?

THE BIBLE TELLS US PRESERVING AND PASSING ON "THE GOOD WAY," THE GODLY HERITAGE WE INHERITED TO SUCCEEDING GENERATIONS IS VITAL:

Jeremiah 6:16: Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."

Another way to say it is: "If you don't know where you have been, you don't know where you are going!"

WHAT IS A "HERITAGE FARM"? WHY "HERITAGE"? WHY NOT JUST "PLAIN VIEW FARM"?

INTRO TO HERITAGE: THE WHAT AND WHY OF HERITAGE, Shared Views by Ronald Ginther

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Leroy Stadem wrote down his wonderful account of the various farm buildings and pieces of equipment and how they used them, which is absolutely fascinating when you see how they came about, each in response to a very real need..

Leroy Stadem's Accounts of the Plain View Farm's Buildings & Equipment & Uses Made of Them

Wedding Guests (nearly all Stadems and Descendants) Gathered at Madison, Wisconsin motel for Leroy and Elizabeth Stadem

Papa Alfred Stadem Speaks For Himself, Giving His Views and Reactions to the Events of Two Challenging Years, That Included the Death of a Special Family Friend (1946) and then the Sudden Deaths of Their Eldest Son and a Son-In-Law in early 1947:

"Papa's Letter Concerning the Events of 1946-47", by Alfred Stadem

GRANDPA STADEM'S LETTERS FROM THE ARCHIVES:

"Grandpa Speaks For Himself," Part 1, Alfred Stadem's Letter of 1951 Expressing His Plain Views

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF GRANDMA BERGIT STADEM

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:

"To God Be The Glory," a Biographical Sketch of Bergit Wilhelmina Holbek Stadem by Mrs. Walter Kloster, May 22, 1975, on the Occasion of Her 90th Birthday

THE STADEM FAMILY ALBUM:

"The Stadem Family Photo Album, Restored to View 2013

WHEN THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IS TRULY IN CHARGE ON PVF, IT IS A LITTLE GLORIOUS BIT OF HEAVEN ON EARTH:

"Isn't It Heaven?", A Call to Stadem Descendants to Come Home, Dedicated to Cora Stadem Taylor

WHEN CORA STADEM TAYLOR WAS NINETY-SEVEN, SHE SENT OUT THIS GREAT, GREAT LETTER TO ALL OF US:

"Cora's Letter to All Her Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, and Nephews and Nieces

In reply to her Daughter Carleen's questions, you'll also love her pungent comments about Sjur and Oline (She says: "Can't recall them." Good answer, since her Great Grandpa Sjur died in 1909 and her Great Grandma Oline died in 1911, which was four or five years before she was born!), Ben and Norman Stadem, Malvin and Adolph Stadem, Gurina Stadem (Peder's second wife), and, last but greatest, beloved Papa!

"Cora's Comments," by Cora Stadem Taylor, Age 97 Years Young

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STILL AVAILABLE, FREE and ATTRACTIVE Plain View Farm Stationery Created Especially for You to Download and Use:

PLAIN VIEW FARM STATIONERY

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GENEALOGICAL TIDBIT: "The Gurina Erickson & Spilde Connection!":

Gurina Erickson Stadem & Spilde Connection, by Eloise Spilde Hefty

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FROM THE PVF ARCHIVES FOR SOUTH DAKOTA:

"Liberty Township History"

WANT SOME SHIVERS THAT ARE GOOD SHIVERS? FROM THE QUENCHLESS, SUPER-ABUNDANT FOUNTAIN ON THE PRAIRIE, THE STADEM HERITAGE ARCHIVES:

Here is one artifact that ought to bring a lunar thrill:

PEARL GINTHER AND APOLLO 15 AND HER CONNECTION TO THE MEN ON THE MOON:

Pearl Ginther and Apollo 15

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Mama Bergit's Favorite Song, by Eldest Daughter, Pearl Ginther

MORE ON MAMA BERGIT'S PASSING TO HEAVEN AFTER OVER NINE DECADES OF PRAYING, COOKING, WASHING, QUILTING, AND 24/7 LOVE AND SERVICE TO OTHERS:

"Myrtle Svanoe's Letter to Mama," Typed but Still in the Typewriter the Very Day When Her Mama Went Home to Glory

BERNICE'S AND ESTELLE'S JOINT LETTER RELATING THE PASSING OF THEIR BELOVED MAMA AND CONSEQUENT EVENTS:

"Bernice's and Estelle's Letter

PICS FROM THE ARCHIVES:

Leroy Stadem by Historic Willow Creek Church, where his dad Alfred Stadem was confirmed and where Stadem Ancestors Worshipped and Served

FROM THE ARCHIVES, A NORWEGIAN DECLAMATION CONTEST MEDAL WON BY AUGUSTANA ACADEMY STUDENT PEARL GINTHER IN 1930: The tough, highly competitive contest set between the premier Scandinavian colleges, St. Olaf College of Northfield, Minnesota, and Augsburg College of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Augustana Academy, a parochial high school, showed that while not winning first place, how well a Christian academy's two female students could do against men from elite colleges such as these, with Pearl Stadem and Barbara Jean Rothnem winning Second and Sixth places respectively. The clipping from a paper states: "WIN MORE PRIZES-- Canton--Barbara Jean Rothnem and Pearl Stadem, Augustana academy's entrants in the National Sigvald Qvale Norse declamation contest, won second and sixth places respectively. The contest was held in "Mindekirken" in Minneapolis, Saturday evening. A student from St. Olaf college, Northfield, Minn., won first and one from Augsburg (rest of clipping missing).

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.

FROM THE ARCHIVES/LIBRARY, THESE COFFEE-SPILLING BOOKS:

VALUABLE BOOK DONATIONS TO PVF ARCHIVES LIBRARY: This valuable book of our Norwegian immigrational history is donated to PVF by Rennard Svanoe from his own library. A great picture of life aboard the Hellig Olav, the steamship that brought Bergit Holbeck and Katrine her sister over to America in 1903, shows us how it looked on the main deck with the passengers all out taking the sun and fresh air. A voyage to America from Norway used to take 7 weeks on a sailing vessel, but the steamship can make it in less than a week! Steamships are also clean and full of conveniences that were undreamt of aboard sailed vessels. It was a great improvement, indeed, when the Age of Steam arrived to transform shipping round the world. The quality of life zoomed upwards for both crew and passengers. Even though immigrants were not the richest people, they were treated far better on the 20th century steamships than people had been treated on the extremely cramped sailed ships. It is interesting to wonder how Bergit and Katrine reacted to the marvels of these modern, mechanical giants, things they had only heard of, but now were experiencing for the first time. Certainly, life aboard such a technological wonder prepared these two Norwegian farm girls for the technological marvels of the great city where they would soon disembark--New York City, unquestionably the queen city of America.

This same book, which is mostly all pictures and with text in both Norwegian and English, shows the Svanoe family operating conspicuously in high diplomatic office early on in American society, particularly in Chicago, which was a center of early Svanoe family clan enterprise.

THE BOOK JACKET FOR UTVANDRERNE TIL AMERIKA, PLUS CONNECTIONS WITH THE STADEMS IN EVANGELICAL HAUGEANISM:

"Our Norwegian Immigrants," and Stadem Connections to Haugeanism and his Stupendous Evangelical Revival and Faith

The Stadem Family all attended Augustana Academy, with numerous grandchildren following; this great school was faith-building and was very much administered by godly men and women in the Haugean spirit:

FOR AUGUSTANA ACADEMY ALUMNI:

AUGUSTANA ACADEMY CENTRAL

MILLENNIAL CALENDAR 1999-2000 by Ron Ginther found after being missing for some years. We had intended to hand them out at a reunion, but never made it. There are copies for 30 or so 1960 classmates of available.

What makes the calendar most meaningful to me, however, is the saint we all knew at the time, and to whom the calendar was dedicated: Lilian Heide. I will append here the Dedication:

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The Augustana Academy Millennial Calendar is dedicated to the memory and example of Lillian Grace (Lee) Heide (1907-1986). Beloved mother, wife, teacher, and librarian, she exemplified in her Christian life and profession the best that could describe the sacrificial faculty and administration of the Academy over the course of many years--a leadership that trained up generations of young men and women to take meaningful, productive roles in society and church as committed Christians. All we who benefited richly from your spirit, training, encouragement, salute you, Lillian Heide! We owe you more than words can say.

Lillian Heide taught at the Academy beginning Fall 1956 (U.S. History), and was the librarian until the school closed on its American campus. She was a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. After marriage to Elmer Heide, the family moved from California so that the children could attend the Academy. Arden (1954), Margaret (1956), Marian (1960), and Sharon (1962), all graduated from A.A.

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FROM THE PVF ARCHIVES:

This valuable volume put Plain View Farm back on the map of Hamlin County, thanks to Ruth and Tom Harrington! The Farm House and its acreage had been auctioned off because no Stadem would come and farm it, but they bought a modest manse of 13 acres with the house and outbuildings and set about restoration of the ruins, bringing them back to life. Only the barn continued to deteriorate, though Tom straightened its sagging frame. Now in 2019 there is a need to finish the facility that is barnlike but serving people exclusively, and to do that we will need a push of some really generous donor that will lead the others to give until there is sufficient funds to finish what was begun in 1996. The Bible talks about the foolish man who does not count the cost and begins building but cannot finish. That will not be us! With God's motivation in the hearts, there is going to be a great outpouring of funds, we will believe, and it will take place SOON, not years down the road.

From the Archives:

Pearl, age 100, at 2010 Stadem Reunion, her last reunion attendance:

Pearl's Centennial Birthday Cake at Plain View Farm Reunion 2010:

Pearl reads to her Stadem families her own stories of life on Plain View Farm when she was a girl:

Stadem Famillies Matriarch Pearl prays for the children after reading her stories to them.

THIS INSCRIBED MEMORIAL CROSS FOR PEARL GINTHER'S YOUNGEST SON JERRY LEE GINTHER HAS BEEN ERECTED ON PLAIN VIEW FARM ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE HERITAGE CENTER, BARNA VELKOMMEN.

What the inscriptions mean, and how they apply to Jerry Ginther, for which the cross was made as a memorial.

"A Seed Was Sown," a Memorial Tribute to Jerry Lee Ginther, by Ron Ginther

Tribute and 49th Birthday of Jerry Ginther as First Concierge at the SeaTac Hotel

Both Jerry & his Mother, Pearl, Graduated to Heaven, Jerry Entering the Pearly Gates in first week of July, Preceded by Mother Pearl Entering the Pearly Gates on April 30, 2011; Darrell Also Entering Soon After Jerry August 13, 2011

In the Plain View Farm Archives Volumes and CD/DVD Collections we have recordings of the Augsburg Male Gospel Quartet featuring the Gospel and Sacred Music of Rennard Svanoe, Alfred Svanoe, Victor Svanoe, and Joe Nystuen, who comprised the Augsburg Gospel Quartet and toured Norway and the U.S. in 1960-1961. They were one of the greatest Augsburg quartets and sang with a truly amazing fidelity to the music and a unity of spirit that approaches a prophetic level of declaring God's Word through music and lyrics. From their record "Sacred Music Selections," this is Track #15, digitized from the vinyl record in 2017, from the Augsburg University Archives, Minneapolis, Minnesota, you can judge for yourself if this is not so or whether it is mere exaggeration to say so. Here is "At the Foot of the Cross" by the Augsburg Male Gospel Quartet, which is not only a tribute to Jerry Lee Ginther and his life of servanthood but also a call to us all to be what Christ called us to be:

AUGSBURG COLLEGE MALE GOSPEL QUARTET OF COMPRISED OF THREE DANO-NORWEGIAN STADEM DESCENDANTS AND ONE DANE SINGING A GREAT, HISTORIC HYMN

The Augsburg Male Quartet Singing "At the Foot of the Cross"

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Shown here wearing her lovely paste Diamond-Starred brooch of the "Seven Churches of Asia" featured in the Book of Revelation, Pearl A. Ginther, a true woman of God used mightily by God all her 101 years (note: the diamonds in her crowns in heaven are no longer Woolworth's paste but heaven's finest). The pin was given her by her youngest daughter Roberta, and it has recently come back to her from her late sister Joyce Bassett's estate, after being presented to her for Roberta's birthday Sept. 18, 2018.

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Pearl Ginther's 75th Birthday, Tribute by Son Ronald

Pearl's Seventy-Fifth Birthday

Pearl's 101th Birthday, With Tribute by Nephew-in-grace Dan Templeton

Pearl With Heritage Picture of Plain View Farm Barn,

Framed Print of Watercolor by Stephen Stadem,

Used to Raise Funds for the New Heritage Barn Project

PEARL GINTHER WAS A NAZiRITE?

If she wasn't, how do you explain these facts away? I cannot. You have the job if you like.

As a young woman, as she related to me many years later, she was losing her hair and in danger of going bald. Her hair was very fine, and thin, and a picture of two show her thin hair. She looked so unlike other pictures, where her hair was growing again, or had not yet thinned out.

Growing very concerned, she prayed to God, "Lord, if you will regrow my hair, I will never cut it."

Her hair regrew, and though fine, it was thick way into her advanced age, when she lost it all due to a doctor's use of an antibiotic in connection with her eye trouble with cataracts. Twice the same prescription caused her to lose her hair and a lot of skin too, when the doctor failed to take our warning about what the first prescription had done to her.

Her daughters-in-law were strongly against her long hair for many years, and pressed her to go to a beauty parlor and cut and perm it, but she would never do that, she held firmly to her vow to God.

She never discarded what she combed out when the prescriptions took her hair. We have it still in bags.

Mother also, like a Nazirite, did not drink wine. She took only Communion wine. Pressed to take glasses of wine even at family get-togethers, she declined, and she was made subject to considerable jokes at her expense, but she again held firm.

As for not touching dead bodies, Mother touched many living people in praying for them and administering wonderful back-rubs. Dead bodies? She never washed any dead person, that we know of, in preparation for burial.

Do Old Testament, so-called, vows have any validity today in the Church Age of Grace? In Mother's case, they certainly do in the case of her vow to God concerning her hair loss, as there is no real division between the Old and New Testaments, and the Old Covenant regarding Israel and its land and is still in force, though the New Covenant in Christ['s Blood has superseded it.

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Darrell Ginther, with friends and Holbeck relatives Nada (Lundring) and Nelius Ronning & Daughters in Norsk Regalia

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APPRECIATION FOR ELDEST STADEM GRANDSON OF ALFRED AND BERGIT STADEM, DARRELL R. GINTHER AND HIS LEGACY:

"He who is without sin cast the first stone," a reminder from Jesus, which we mention in regard to Darrell R. Ginther, who passed to glory Aug. 13, 2011. Here is his mother's "Update on Darrell" published in the Samtaleran, Feb. 2010:

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EVANGELIST DARRELL R. GINTHER'S MOTHER SAYS:

"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

DESPITE HIS BEING SEVERELY BRAIN-DAMAGED BEFORE BIRTH AND SUFFERING THE LOSS OF HIS UNBORN TWIN, DARRELL ROBERT GINTHER SURVIVED MIRACULOUSLY AND WAS PEARL AND BOB GINTHER'S ELDEST AND IN MANY WAYS MOST REMARKABLE SON. COUSIN SYLVIA YUGE'S MEMORIAL TO DARRELL GINTHER & A MOTHER'S LOVE:

Memorial to Darrell Ginther & His Mother's Love, by Cousin Sylvia Yuge

MORE ABOUT DARRELL R. GINTHER AND HIS LEGACY IN THE PRINCE OF ZION SERIES ON-LINE: If you want to find out what life-threatening challenges Darrell experienced and how it nearly caused him to be incapacitated or locked up in a mental ward for life, you are invited to go to the "Prince of Zion Series" about Darrell's life as given on these pages. This series is based in part on Darrell's own autobiography and the foreword is written by his missionary aunt, Cora Stadem Taylor.

Prince of Zion Central for Darrell R. Ginther

"Do You Hear Their Voices?--A Memorial Tribute, by Ronald Ginther

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This exciting news arrived in December 2012 as a special Christmas gift to all who loved her! Pearl Stadem Ginther's Living Olive Tree is in the Israel Grove, Planted March 1, 2012 by Daystar Television Network who have the grove near the Mount of Beatitudes and the Sea of Galilee. This is a wonderful living memorial that will provide olives and oil for years to come to bless Israel, even for centuries.

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THIS WEBSITE, WWW.PLAINVIEWHERITAGE.COM, IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF PEARL ANDRINA STADEM GINTHER, WHO PASSED FROM THIS EARTH TO HEAVENLY GLORY AND REWARD WITH JESUS HER SAVIOR, APRIL 30, 2011. PLEASE GO TO HER NIECE MIM RINDERKNECHT'S EMAIL, TRIBUTE WHICH IS THE BEST OF MANY WONDERFUL RESPONSES TO THIS VERY TEARY BUT GLORIOUS EVENT:

"Mim's Email" Concerning Pearl's Graduation Event at the Age of 101 & 8 Months!

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We have Norwegian American beauties in our midst too, but these young ladies certainly are a tribute to Norway's penchant for producing lovely maidens, and they sing beautifully too!

Our Guests have left ENCOURAGING comments, and here are some that came to us around 2000, four years after the Plain View Farm websites were inaugurated and christened with prayers in Pearl Ginther's livingroom:

PLAIN VIEW FARM GUESTBOOK FOR YEAR 2000

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Our Wonderful Historian Estelle Rangen had this to say about the Plain View Farm heritage building and the websites. In the closing days of the year 2020, our prayerful hope is that she would still approve of our feeble and humble efforts here to tell the whole truth and nothing but the trukth and to glorify God with a display of his wonderful works in our midst:

Estelle Rangen's Letter Card to Ron Ginther, September 9-1998

WWW.OARINGINTHERIVER.COM Master Directory


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Bio of your Plain View Heritage Farm Websites Editor:

"About Me," by Ron Ginther

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U.S. Weather, Good, Bad, and Not so Good, and Not so Bad!

OUR DAKOTA PRAIRIE FARM'S BEAUTY by Carleen Taylor Newton

Minnesota sunflower fields and a Stadem/Svanoe beauty who is just as pretty!

NEBRASKA PRAIRIE WINDMILL

OLD NORWAY'S BEAUTY IN THE FAR, FAR NORTH WHERE THE SQUARED BECOME ROUNDED WITH ICE AND SNOW IN THE ARTIC CIRCLE

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