Date: Wed, May 5, 1999
Subject: Your Fantastic Website
Well, I just about dropped the phone, because I knew by the tone of his voice that he was sincere. I told him my name was Dean Stadem, and that my father's name was also Peter Stadem. This time it was his turn to drop the phone. As we talked, we figured out how we were related. When I first met him I was struck by how much he looked like one of my immediate family. Through him I learned about the other parts of the Stadem family that I never really knew too much about.
Although I do not know any of you other Stadems very well, I just want to tell you how proud I am to be a member of this family. Our ancestors for the most part did a good job in passing on important values to all of us. The reason I know this is because I have been asked many times if I am related to the Stadems who live in the Dakotas, or the Stadems in Tempe, Arizona, or in Alaska, New Mexico, California, and Washington State. When I explain that we all came from the same original family, the comment I always, always hear is that the Stadem name is very well respected in whatever part of the world they happen to be in, and that I come from a "fine family."
I have to agree. Congratulations on your website. Feel free to contact me if you want to just talk. I have discovered a lot of information on our family tree that goes back to the early 1700s. Did you know that there were at least two migrations of Stadems to the Territories? [North and South Dakota Territories] The first one was from a group of about 12-15 families that came by ship from Norway through Hudson's Bay in, get this, 1793!
They overwintered in the Winnipeg area at that time, and several died, and the rest of the group (about 150 people in all) traveled south and settled in what is now North Dakota. They actually were living in that part of the country for almost 75 years before the first settlers came, in fact, they were some of the first white people to settle and actually survive west of the original 13 colonies. I found this absolutely fascinating. Well, goodbye, it sure was nice visiting your website."
[The Plain View Farm website has changed location from Geocities since then to our own domain: www.plainviewheritage.com]
[It is noteworthy too that he mentions how important values and transmitting them generation to generation was to the Stadems, earliest on. Why is this our trait, seemingly, in the Stadem family? Has God put that trait in us for a special purpose of His own? Could you guess the reason for that? Would our spiritual heritage, our Christian faith based on the Bible and salvation in Jesus Christ's gift of grace, would that have something to do with the purpose?--Ed.]