Other items of special interest from the PVF Heritage Center Archives:
1. Apparently, there was question in the Social Security Administration concerning Bergit
Stadem's maiden name of Holbeck. For this reason Alfred
typed out an explanation on the reverse side of a
a Norwegian language document relating Bergit Wilhelmine's (no last name, Holbeck,
ancestry and parentage, dated August 30, 1889.
On the other
side is typed information to the Social Security Administration,
by Alfred Stadem for Bergit Stadem, from Bryant, SD, Sept. 20, 1957.
The information of chief interest is that "Holbeck was a placename from Denmark, attached to distinguish the family from other Anderssen's, in that vicinity. The notary that signed the official paper on the other side
is mentioned for Bergit by Alfred thus: "Possibly the notary at Upsaker was familiar with this, and omitted the name Holbeck that was commonly used, around Mandal. I have an older sister and brother, who is a pastor, the before mentioned, who live in this country, that can verify the above statements too."
2. A "Mortgage with Power of Sale" state form bearing names of
Alfred J. P. Stadem and Martin S. Stadem, dated Dec. 11, 1911. It is notarized
and refers to land Alfred and Bergit Stadem are acquiring from Martin Stadem for the price of $700, comprising 80 acres "more or less according to the U.S. Survey thereof," at 6% per annum.
3. Inspection Card (Immigrants and Steerage Passengers)
on the Hellig Olaf, a ship departing March 27, 1903 from Christiansand, Norway, with Birgit Holbak, Berth Number 2110, K40. The card is stamped Apr 10, 1903. On the back of the card is printed: "Keep this Card to avoid detention at Quarantine and on Railroads in the United States." The same
instruction is given in Norwegian and some other Scandinavian languages.
There is a section verifying Bergit Holbak was vaccinated, with the
stamped name "O. Davidsen" in green, with title "Ships Surgeon" beneath.
"TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO, AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT."
Does that Bible verse refer to Christian schooling? You bet it does! We need to tell you that PVF
was very much centered on Christian education! It began in the home, first
and foremost! The family was taught reverence for God and knowledge of him at the Family Altar, as it was then called: prayer and Bible reading with
everyone present. Then the family studied all week to be ready for Sunday School
lessons and Worship come Sunday! They prepared themselves in every way
for that event, so they were Berean-like, they were nore noble than most
families who go to church today pretty much as they feel like going, without
any preparation, with the "Just as I Am, Take Me" attitude. Yes, church will take you just as you are, but what spiritual gift will you be able to
contribute to the others present? You will be just a taker, not a giver.
You drain away the life at the church, you contribute nothing. The Stadems
were givers, not just takers! And from the home schooling in
things of God, they went on to attending (every son and daughter of
them) Augustana Academy, in Canton, SD. What was this school, and why
was it chosen? You can have the answers to those questions
most easily, by going to:
There is much, much more, so come and sit at the table and enjoy! Don't eat and rush away. Come back for second, thirds, and fourths! Return guests will always find something new as well.
ANNOUNCING THE PLAIN VIEW FARM HERITAGE CENTER PROJECT! Yes, there will be a Heritage Center where Scandinavian culture, food, and customs can be shared and enjoyed. But this Center will primarily feature the unique legacy of godly pioneering parents, Alfred and Bergit Stadem, as they
made founded Plain View Farm on God's word and the faithfulness of the Lord. Their nine children all were raised in this wonderful faith that their parents
lovingly nurtured them with. It made a tremendous difference in all their lives, and it will still make a difference in yours! Check it out, and you will not regret the time spent! Far from it! You will want to tell others too what you have discovered here.
But please check out the Heritage Center. The complete details are on the Plain View Farm Home Page, on Geocities, with the link here:
ARTHUR STADEM TRIBUTE
Arthur Stadem died young, in his early twenties, in a tragic plane crash. Over sixty years have passed for us in the family since Arthur D.
Stadem's departure from this earth to heaven (no one has the slightest doubt, who knew him, that he was heaven-bound, even in his early youth and early manhood) in the sudden plane crash January 9, 1947. To commemorate him better, his page has been worked on, so that it has pictures, and more will be added.
Please check out this page, for it tells about a most remarkable person. He, unlike many people, was
a man of few words.
Calvin Coolidge was such a person. One woman wagered with another that she could get him to say more than two words. She told the President about this wager. "You lose," he remarked.
A SPECIAL TREAT FOR CHILDREN ARE OUR PLAIN VIEW FARM CHILDREN'S STORIES HERE ON THE STADEMS SAGA WEBSITE! Check out the Tales for a Lille Tupa and Tupin, which are all, except one, illustrated! You will like them, so try them out on your children, and they will love them! They are true stories, by the people who experienced them!
ALSO, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE THREE ACTS OF THE PLAIN VIEW FARM MUSICAL, WHICH HAVE BEEN ILLUSTRATED WITH PORTRAITS OF ALL NINE CHILDREN AND ALSO PAPA AND MAMA STADEM.
Paul Rangen, a beloved cousin who went Home to Heaven in 2000, signed our guestbook more than once and expressed his appreciation of the Plain View Farm websites. But Paul is even more a blessing since then! I found that out unexpectedly re-reading a letter he had sent out to the whole relationship four months before his Homegoing. He was telling about how his hope, at the point of vanishing, was unexpectedly revived by a radio testimony from the very same station where he worked. He had collapsed on the way from church, been taken to Intensive Care at the hospital, and the letter describes what happened as he desperately needed a touch from God to revive his spirits--and how God came through for him. This letter did not minister to me in 2000 like it did just a few days ago, when I found myself in different circumstances (not in a hospital with lung disease) but a situation that seemed hopeless and with no way of it turning better. Maybe others can identify with this. If you can, or desperately need a touch from God, and are praying but seemingly not being heard, please link to Paul Rangen's letter. When friends and family fail you, when even God doesn't seem to be listening, here is an opportunity for "God to make a way where there seems to be no way."
And Please Look Into our New Master Directory for all Nine Sites:
Links to other Plain View Farm pages and other Plain View Farm sites on the Web
Please go to the new series, Plain View Farm Reunions, as they are now appearing on the Plain View Farm family of websites, to relive the golden memories of Christian fellowship, food, and fun that will never fade away. You will also find information on Stadem Grandson Stephen Stadem's beautiful new watercolor picture of the old Plain View Farm barn, which he created to raise funds for the building of the proposed new multipurpose meeting facility.
The Stadem Plain View Farm Reunion Series
PLAIN VIEW FARM HOME PAGE
SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO STADEM VETERANS
"GIANT FOOTPRINTS"--TRIBUTES TO DAKOTAN PIONEERS OF RURAL BRYANT
TRIBUTES TO THREE LOVED ONES RECENTLY "GRADUATED TO HEAVEN, WITH SUMMA CUM LAUDE HONORS"
STADEM FARM CALENDAR, 1999
THE STADEM FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM
CENTRAL FOR ROAD MAPS FOR NAVIGATING OUR COMBINED PVF SITES
Horrors! A ducklike species of Extraterrestrials has invaded all the Scandinavian
countries, drawn by the fumes of drying codfish perhaps, and
completely replaced the human population, who were apparently all
abduckted and taken away to colonize planets in outer space. The
aliens have quickly settled in to the Scandinavian lifestyle,
and with few changes have made it their own. You will enjoy seeing
how well the Scandinavian traditions have survived and
are flourishing amongst the aliens. Well, see for yourself!
SCANDINAVIA: DUCK HEAVEN TOONS
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION CENTRAL
PLAIN VIEW FARM: THE MUSICAL DRAMA
AUGUSTANA ACADEMY CENTRAL
TRIBUTE TO STADEM FOREBEARS
RON'S WRITINGS DIRECTORY
TALES FOR A LILLE TUPIN AND TUTA: "TORNADO!"
TRIPS TO NORWAY BY SVANOE FAMILY AND AUGSBURG COLLEGE GOSPEL QUARTET
"STADEM ROOTS" BY BARBARA BENSON, AND HER STADEM GENEALOGY ARTICLE, ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR FEATURES!
EVER WONDER WHAT HAS GONE WRONG WITH THE PUBLIC AND EVEN THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN AMERICA GENERALLY? WHY IS HARVARD, FOR EXAMPLE, FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL DEVOTED TO TRAINING UP YOUNG PEOPLE IN GODLINESS AND CHRISTIAN SERVICE TO CHURCH AND COUNTRY, COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE TODAY? A REAL MUST TO READ--THIS VERY PROPHETIC AND FARSIGHTED SPEECH GIVEN TO AUGUSTANA ACADEMY STUDENTS AND FACULTY IN 1947 BY PEARL STADEM-GINTHER IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ON, PERFECT FOR TODAY'S SCHOOLS--IT ALL CAME TO PASS, AS ANYONE CAN SEE TODAY, BUT PROVIDES THE WAY TO MAKE A REAL, CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. A REAL CHANGE MUST BEGIN WITH RETURNING TO CHURCH, A BIBLE-BASED CHURCH, AND PIETY--REAL, SINCERE FAITH IN GOD EXPRESSED IN LOVE FOR JESUS AND LOVE OF OTHERS...JUST LIKE OUR PILGRIM FOREBEARS, WHO FOUNDED OUR ONCE SPIRITUALLY GREAT NATION...
TRIBUTE TO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BY PEARL GINTHER
PLEASE ALSO LINK TO OUR PRAIRIE FARM SITE ON ANGELFIRE FOR A NUMBER OF SOBERING AS WELL AS FUNNY REFLECTIONS OF THE FARM AND MAMA AND PAPA STADEM BY DAUGHTER ESTELLE AND OTHERS IN THE FAMILY:
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