RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
THE INTRODUCTORY (OR FRONT DOOR TO "THE GOOD WAY")
"Far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from us."--Psalm 103:12
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:
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.
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.
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
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!
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?
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.
on Plain View Farm,
with Picture of Peder & Marie Stadem
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.
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.
Another way to say it is: "If you don't know where you have been, you don't know where you are going!"
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:
"Cora's Comments," by Cora Stadem Taylor, Age 97 Years Young
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.
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.
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.
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 PIONEER SOUTH DAKOTA PRAIRIE FARM.