Writing on it: "From J. Ginther, Castlewood...
Mr Robert L. Ginther
615 So Ceder St
Bob Ginther Dear Son
Your letter of the 31 was received yesterday at noon the 3rd, and was glad to heard from you and glad you have a good job
Darrel is geting along fine you ought to see him ride he goes in gallup last night he drove the mules home from the binder lots of fun here for him.
They are going to town this morning he is going to get a new hat and overal. he is doing lots of work haul water to the pigs [?] yesterday he rode one around on the binder. but we have not heard from Perl [page 2) a card Saterday Stadem is building a barn just north of the old one basement barn wind mill down flat and the old barn is all down so they have lots of work too I have a few hours culing to do this morning it went very good this harvest and then we have a few days chocking to do so we are getting along fine and good luck too must close and answer [you?] can
Dad John Ginther Castlewood S Dak.
Ardella Simpson was John Ginther's second wife. She moved to the Dallas, Texas area after her divorce of John, taking Edith, Renee, and Jack. It is not known how hard she took the death of her former husband and the father of her four children: Robert (Verne originally), Edith, Renee, and John (called Jack). If anyone knows, please let us in the Ginther family here know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of the signatures and dates of the Ginther visits, please see the "Guest Register" of Bob and Pearl Ginther via the link given below.
Of Tornadoes and Barns: The Stadems' barn was demolished by a tornado, and so starting in 1942 Alfred Stadem (Darrell's Norwegian Grandpa on his mother's side) began to salvage what he could, and used that to begin the replacement, which he called the Basement Barn, since the foundation was partially dug into a slope or small hillock. That barn has in recent years fallen down in a bad storm, and is now replaced in turn with the new people-oriented structure that looks like the Basement Barn, called Barna Velkommen (Welcome, Children). Pearl lived to age 101 and a half, and saw the first level, the basement built, while contributing to the project's expense along with her sons.
Bob and Pearl did well enough in Washington State to purchase a small farm for John's and Anne's retirement years; this was the farm on which he spent his last years and days. Nobody knows what happened to his unique, hand-made, horse-drawn circus equipment. His extensive German-style pipe collection was sent by Anne to Darrell Ginther, who had no idea what to do with them and disposed of them. Two fancy German plates were given to Pearl Ginther by Anne. Besides pictures and a few letters, the Ginther children have their memories to treasure of Grandpa Ginther and the old farm and the wonderful ponies, horses, mules, and good times spent there on visits. Anne was their Grandmother, far as they knew, and she was a very sweet, loving person to them always. As children, they had no knowledge or awareness of their Grandpa's drinking problem, and they didn't know anything about his previous two marriages, being too young to ask about such things. Childhood used to be regarded and preserved as long as possible in a state of innocence, you see. But no more!
Darrell Ginther wrote up an account of his rollicking times on the Ginther farm and also the Stadem farm, called "The Old Horse and Buggy Days." We have it on-line, but can't say exactly where at the moment. Please go to it on-line when we offer it here in the near future. You will get to see what it was like in the 1940s on these farms, for Darrell's was an exceptionally detailed account; he had an excellent memory for the way things were like back then as a kid knew and enjoyed them, a far different way of life than we live today that is probably gone forever. It is that way of life that the Heritage Center Barn on the Stadem farm is set up to recreate or portray as far as it can be, so that the younger generation can see what made them what they now are. For that reason Pearl Ginther contributed so much to the project, for the sake of the younger generation, lest all knowledge of that wonderful heritage be completely lost to them.
If you are interested in what this project entails, please go to:
In any case, he was no loyal Lutheran, and if he was a believer in anything, it wasn't in Christ and the Free Gift of Salvation (to which he may have given lip service, but that is about all, apparently). Religion saves nobody, and religious or not, Lutheran or Baptist, he did not truly accept Christ in the saving Gospel until he lay very ill on his deathbed. We have a testified account of it, so we know this happened. A "Grasshopper-man" all his life, he yet came to know saving grace and rest for his soul. As his grandson, I am so thankful for that fact. Besides, I loved his ponies and horses and the great fun we had as little children on his little farm he shared with sweet-tempered Grandma Anne, where we took outrageous advantage of our too-trusting and too-indulgent grandparents! And I was, with my eldest brother, probably the worst!--Ed.
For the Ginther Genealogy by Sue Grable: