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

WHERE RAINBOWS OF GOD'S PROMISES, BEGIN AND NEVER END:

VALUES. CULTURE. 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 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!!

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PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM,

RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:

THIS INTRODUCTORY AND FOUR PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM HOME PAGES:

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

WHAT IS PLAIN VIEW HERITAGE FARM AND THE GOOD WAY? This is a place where we can share our Scandinavian pioneer farm family, its stories and values, tragedies and triumphs and humor too, with others. WELCOME, you all!

THE CONTINUING PROBLEM OF OUR FALLEN HUMAN WILL AND SINFUL NATURE: "The LORD said, 'Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it, then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it'" (Jer. 6:16)

AND THE ONE AND ONLY CURE:

Who is Jesus Christ, and what does He mean to us? "Identification, by E.W. Kenyon is a classic teaching of Jesus Christ's Identification with humanity and what his substitutionary sacrifice of his life on the cross means to every human being God has created, living or dead. You can access this wonderful teaching by going to Amazon, and typing in: "Identification," by E.W. Kenyon. We have also provided it here free of charge for those who have no means to purchase it.

"Identification" by E.W. Kenyon, a Romance of Jesus Christ, will soon be on-line

"Sa langt som osten er fra vesten later han vare misgjerniger vare langt fra oss." (Norwegian)

"Far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us."--Psalm 103:12

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THE STADEM DESCENDANTS' MISSION OF ALWAYS "PUSHING THE ENVELOPE" 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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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! 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:

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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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: A volume in the Plain View Farm house has all the churches and pastors and histories of the Lutheran church, 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 archives we have given the name of a pastor who bore the name of Stadem, who might well be a First Stadem Waver.--Ed.

THE 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

Some 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

Brother to Larry, Axel Lundring's Letter to Pearl Ginther Concerning Telephone Project in Brazil

Carolyn Lundring Roberts' Letter to Ron Ginther published in Samtaleran, Feb. 2010, Soon to be On-Line:

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ANNOUNCING NEW COMMEMMORATIVE 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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ANNOUNCEMENT OF LOVED ONE'S HOMEGOING: 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.

Testimonial Letter by Joyce about Tacoma Seafarer's Center:

Joyce's Christmas Letter, 2013

Scriptures of Comfort to Families of Joyce Bassett, whose life bore out the truth of these verses:

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of the knowledge of God in every land. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing."--2 Corinthians 2:14, 15

Memorial Tributes:

"The Gentle Dove," Memorial Tribute by Joyce's brother, Ron Ginther

Note: Joyce never dwelled on unhappy things in the past, she was a forward going person. She blamed nobody for the hard things in her life she experienced. We have mentioned some of the hard things in our tribute only because many are ignorant of what she faced in the past and what challenges she had throughout her life, some of them very severe, indeed. If we do not know of them, it is because she did not speak of them to gain sympathy or cast blame.--Ed.

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A shining example to others, Joyce Bassett was also a strong supporter of heritage in her family and at Plain View Farm:

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

Joyce Bassett is sitting beneath Norwegian Flag on far left, listening intently to Pearl Ginther Scholarship Awards

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ANNOUNCING THE HOMEGOING OF RUSS DEL VON SCHAEFER:

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, 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!

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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 IN GOD'S PLAN:

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,

with Picture of Peder & Marie Stadem

THE ESTELLE STADEM RANGEN CREATIVE ARTS SERIES AND AWARDS HAVE BEGUN WITH THIS PLAY AND PROPOSAL FOR ITS PRODUCTION:

"Where I First Saw the Light," a One Act Play About the Cross of Christ experienced by Bible characters, for Children and Youth, by Ronald Ginther

Ever thought about Jesus' family, whether they were for him or against him? Did you know that Jesus' step-brothers did not believe he was the Messiah? Yes, they did not believe he was the Messiah! The scriptures record that they once tried to take him back home and stop his public ministry which apparently was embarrassing them to death (Nazareth's whole community was opposed to Jesus and even tried to kill him!). On one recorded occasion at least the step-brothers also taunted him about his apparent choice to remain behind the family as they prepared to go up to Jerusalem for a festival. They did not actually repent and believe in Him until after the Resurrection, for they were not even present when he was crucified. Only Mary of Jesus' family was present, accompanied by the Apostle John and some of Mary's closest loved ones.

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.

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 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 Front Door for the whole Plain View Farm webside is here:

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

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 Famlies, early 1900s to Present, Added to Until There are 37 and Counting:

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.

Plain View Heritage Archives Center

RECORDINGS AND VIDEOTAPES FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND LEARNING ABOUT HERITAGE, AND A NEW DIGITIZING PROJECT TOO!:

"Heritage", Videotape of the Heritage Saving Project on Plain View Farm, by Jerry Ginther in 2008, of Ron Ginther (with sweet cameo appearance of Pearl Ginther in support of the Heritage Project), Telling the RICH Meaning of Our Stadem Heritage

We also plan to start the digitizing of PVF Reunion videos. If you have any, could you donate them, or loan them, so they can be digitized? It will be costly, but is necessary to preserve them for the younger generations. We have three on hand to start with. Some of you have quite a number, and we would like to start on this project in 2018 and see how far we get! Once they are digitized, they can be put on flashdrives and stored and used indefinitely.

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

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 RESTORED 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"), 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

Free Plain View Farm Stationery Created Especially for You to Download and Use:

PLAIN VIEW FARM STATIONERY

FROM THE 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:

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.

"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 Willow Creek Church, where his dad was confirmed

Though latest 2018 genealogy research of the Ginther family indicates that John Ginther was possibly a step-father, his "son" Robert Ginther had no idea of that and loved him dearly John Ginther and Alfred Stadem were well known to each other, as John's "son" Robert married Alfred's eldest daughter, Pearl. Alfred Stadem also led John Ginther in the Sinner's Prayer and he was converted on his deathbed!

2010: A 21st Century EPIC Saga in the Making:

Raising the framework for the ground level of the exciting, new Heritage Center Barn on Plain View Farm!

WHAT WILL THE HERITAGE CENTER LOOK LIKE WHEN IT IS FULLY FINISHED INSIDE AND HERITAGE IS DISPLAYED?

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.

ENJOY THE HERITAGE SMORGASBORD ON "THE TABLES OF JOY"

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.

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

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 HAUGEANISM:

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

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, but they bought 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.

From the Archives:

Pearl, age 100, at 2010 Stadem Reunion:

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:

Mother Pearl prays for the children after reading her stories to them.

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

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

In the Plain View Farm Archives Volumes and CD/DVD Collections we have recordings of the Augsburg Male 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. From their record "Sacred Music Selections," this is Track #15, digitized from vinyl record in 2017, from the Augsburg University Archives, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Here is "At the Foot of the Cross" by the Augsburg Male Quartet, which is not only a tribute to Jerry and his life of servanthood but also a call to us all:

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

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Shown here wearing her lovely Diamond brooch of the "Seven Churches of Asia from the Book of Revelations, Pearl A. Ginther, a true woman of God used mightily by God all her 101 years. 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 at her birthday Sept. 19, 2018.

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"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:

"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: 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.

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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. Some olive trees live to a thousand years or more, we are told. The olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane are said to be so old they may even go back to the time of Christ, which would make them 2,000 years old--not unlikely for long-lived olive trees! We know that Sequoias and Redwoods and certain pine trees can double that age, so it is not unlikely that an olive tree could live so long as to have been there when our Lord Jesus Christ came to pray in the Garden on the Mount of Olives.

THIS WEBSITE, WWW.PLAINVIEWHERITAGE.COM, IS DEDICATED TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE 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'S EMAIL, 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!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: A TRIBUTE TO MIM RINDERKNECHT:

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

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