RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
July 4th Weekend, 1997,
Part II, Bryant Dakotan Article on the Reunion of 1997,
Part III: Minutes of Stadem Reunion Meeting, 1997
Thank you to all who attended the 1997 Stadem Reunuion. Thinking about all that took place makes one realize that the reunion was q worthwhile and, hopefully, left some lasting impressions. While leading a FCA devotion shortly after our reunion, Lee Stadem related to those in attendance how we had honored the family members who had fought for freedom. One listener was both impressed and saddened as he realized his gathered family had not even spoken of the reason for celebrating the 4th of July. All in all the weather cooperated beautifully this year, with the exception of the rain on the extra day which cancelled our work day. Next year's reunion will again be held over the 4th of July, so we can hope for more beautiful weather. (The complete write-up about the reunion is included in the following pages).
Thank you to all who brought recipes. As an encouragement to all of you I am printing the names of the recipes already turned in. We need many more.
Pearl Ginther: Fresh Raspberry pie, Mock Apple pie, Hobo bread, Raisin Banana muffins, Impossible Pie.
Shirley Stadem Wellington: Beans we/pork, Refriderator rolls, Cole slaw, Rhubarb cream pie, Pie crust, Queen of all Puddings.
Sarah (Mrs. Sever) Stadem: String bean pickles, Dumplings, Oven backed custard, Donuts, Raisin Cookies, Goulash, Pumpkin pie.
Maxine Stadem Haugom: Cinnamon rolls, Frozen fruit mix, Ice cream dessert, Banana cake, Caramel frosting, Crunch bars, Oatmeal crispies, Caramel marshmallows, Fudge.
Helen Stadem VanSickle: Rhubarb cream pie, Sausage bean chowder, Date nut squares, Refrigerator ginger snaps, Divinity, Quick coffee ring.
Linda VanSickle Page: Summer tuna salad, Italian meatballs.
Marcia VanSicikle: Oyster cracker snack, Sugar cookies, Mock apple pie, Sausage balls.
Molly Wellingrton Greenfield: Calico beans, No back cookies, Chow mein.
Ruth Harrington: Carrot Loaf, Patriotic pie.
Bergit Stadem: Ice Box Cake, Corn pudding, Rhubarb dessert, Orange cake, Date cake, Pancakes & Syrup.
Estelle Rangen: Almond Roca Candy.
Rachel (Svanoe) Kristine: Yogi Tea.
Eloise Hefty: Lefse, Flat Brod, Kringla, Club or Kumla, Fattigman, pluse other favorites such as Super Duper Potatoes, Carrot Casserole, Southern Beans, Pizza, Mexican Corn Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Bana Split Ice Cream Dessert, Mandarin Salad, Freezing Corn Off the Cob, Sauces for Pork Chips, and more.
I hope this helps you think about your family favorites. Preparing a Family Cookbook is a big job and getting the recipes is the hardest part. Judith Ginther sent information about a cookbook printing company located in Nebraska. Thanks.
A successful cookbook includes most of your favorite recipes, one you can go to and be sure it will have the one you are looking for. So, please send in the ones you use.
Received a note and some postage stamps from Russ & Hazel Zakariasen. They hope to attend the reunion some year. This year they were on a riverboat cruise in Russia at the time of our reunion. Hazel is the daughter of Caroline Stadem McLeod, who was a sister of Alfred Stadem. Meanwhile they enjoy hearing about these "remarkable events." Thanks.
Thanks also to John & Jody Brown for the notes and encouraging messages. It is good to have contact with you out there. Hope to see you next year.
Thank you, MYRTLE, for the great job of coffee and tea maker. The aroma from the spice tea always made the kitchen smell so wonderful. Thanks to BERNICE for the banners and other helps for program & theme ideas. Thanks to all program participants. I, for one, enjoyed this year's reunion very much. Thanks MIM for all your work on the rummage sale. We all will look forward to seeing the contents of the boxes that arrived the day after the reunion, or should we say early for the next reunion!
Thanks to all who have submitted recipes. It looks like the cookbook project will be in progress a while yet. None of us has enough time to do everything on our lists. Would it work for you to make a list of the names of the recipes you would like to submit?
THANKS to Estelle Rangen for the envelope that arrive yesterday. It included some newsworthy items, a check for postage, a recipe of "Mama's," and copies of several of her letters to their family. (I started this newsletter in September and it was 90% complete in early October, but I knew there was a baby due Oct. 31, so decided to wait for the news, then Estelle's letter arrived. What encouragement!!)
While waiting for news, my window of opportunity for getting g this in the mail vanished. I began preparing for Thanksgiving (38 invited), then a brunch for our landlords (18), and now Christmas. I am sorry you are receiving such old news.
SCRAPE & PAINT DAYS
LEE STADEM has scheduled two scrape and paint days at the Plain View Farm. They will be Friday and Saturday, June 12 & 13, 1998. We will try to complete the Heritage House and Spisehutte. Please bring scrapers, brushes and white paint. Also we hope the windows will have been purchased by then and can be installed that day also. Those of you who live close and are able to come and help, please mark your calendars and reserve the time.
A volunteer is needed to make or have made a sign for the Spisehutte. This is the garage which we have been using as our meal headquarters. The sign could be the same as the one donated by John Brown (routed letters on wood), or something of the choice of the volunteer.
RUTH HARRINGTON arrived with HANS & ALIDA at the Thanksgiving Day gathering at the RON & ELOISE HELFTY's home. She expected to join only a few others but found a sit-down dinner for 36. At the end of the day Ruth submitted these verses and said: "Trust Elolse will put this in the Stadem Samtaleran."
"VERSES BY RUTH HARRINGTON"
Today at Ron & Eloise Hefty farm & "beautiful" home I'd like to say
On behalf of the 36 gathered on Thanksgiving Day
The biggest Thank You for all you've done,
For filling our stomachs and truly our hearts have won,
And God's blessings for the Joy and all the fun.
Love and God's Blessings to all of you. Eloise Hefty (Call with news, we'll talk fast! Or send news via the business e-mail at www.heftyseed.com. Just start the message Dear Eloise and it will be printed and given to me (received two from a Spilde cousin)
by Rennard Svanoe, Stadem Grandson
of Alfred and Bergit Stadem, Plain View Farm
The farm home is owned by Mrs. Tom (Ruth) Harrington of Sherwood, North Dakota and occupies 11 acres out of the original acres farmed by the Stadems [owned by Berent Martin Stadem, Alfred's uncle, originally, then sold to him].
Among the 66 persons who attended were seven of the eight surviving children of the Stadems. The eighth member is daughter Cora Taylor of Sao Paulo, Brazil, a missionary of the New sTribes Mission.
A sale of clothes contributed by granddaughter Miriam Rinderknecht of Park City, Utah, was held to raise funds for Mrs. taylor's family and mission.
The reunion commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the tragic deaths of the ninth member of the Stadem family, Arthur [Donald Stadem], who with his sister Pearl's husband, Robert Ginther, was killed in a plane crash near Baltic, South Dakota on January 9, 1947.
Reminiscences by his widow and written tributes b y a son of Robert Ginther, Ronald, both of Pluyallup, Washington, continued the reflections ont he event begun at last years's reunion by Hans Spilde, husband of Alida, the Stadem's fifth child.
Ronald Ginther had also prepared ten stories of events from the extended family's past, recorded by family members during the reunion on videotape filmed by Kalthy Spilde, wife of grandson Dan Sp;ilde of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Following the theme "Freedom: God's Gift," the reunion gathering celebrated Independence Day by witnessing the parade in Bryant, as well as by forming a procession around the farmyard.
The procession honored sixteen family members who have served in the armed forces, including three brothers of Mr. Alfred Stadem who served in World War I [Sever Stadem being one his full brother, the other two were step brothers].
Other family members served in World War II (3), in Viet Nam (9), and in the Gulf War (1). The procession followed the long flag lined driveway, and visited memorial trees and crosses placed in memory of five family members who passed away in the 1990s.
Five veteran family members have p0assed away, and five of the surviving veterans were p-resent this year. Del Von Schaefer [who has since passed away in 2018, see Memorial Page] of Monterey Bay, CA shared his memories of service in Viet Nam in the 60's in an evening gathering of the family.
Memories of ancestors recalled in family meetings were the formation of a community band of Alfred Stadem in the 30's and the promotion of mission work in Mexico in the 50's now carried on by the Latin American Lutheran Mission of Laredo, TX.
A slide presentation of current annual work projects in Mexico was given by grandson Rennard Svanoe of Madison, WI. Stadem daughter Estelle Rangen of Ft. Shaw, Montana, recalled the fondness of the Stadems for the music of John Philip Sousa, whose music was played by the community band [organized by Alfred Stadem].
Mrs. Rangen gave a retrospective of Mr. Sousa's impact on American popular lmusic culture on the occasikon of his best -lov ed compolsition, "Stars and Stripes Forever" (1897), [just five years after that Marie Stadem, mother of Alfred Stadem, passed away at age 25, leaving Peder Stadem her husband and three small children].
A family group presented special music "America the Beautiful" at the Sunday service At our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bryant on July 6, together with a song in both Norwegian and English, "Day by Day Thy Mercies Attend me," sung by a quartet of grandchildren, Peter and Tom Stadem and their wives Kari and Judy, all of Blomkest, MN. A survey of favorite songs of family members was conducted during the four day reunion in preparation for a family song book to be prepared for future gatherings [a songbook compiled by Rennard and Grace Svanoe, later given out to family and friends].
The flooding of a road south of the Stadem farm required the detour of an annual tour on foot to see a buffalo ring [a part once of the original Plain View Farm to be, owned by Berent Martin Stadem, uncle to Alfred Stadem who bought 80 acres and named it Plain View Farm].where the praiarie still shows the depression caused by buffalo who walked around in protecting their young gathered there at night [from the wolves].
[As the mature buffalo walked in a circle round the young, keeping the surrounding pack of wolves at bay, part of the ground was compacted by these 1,000 pound buffalo and pushed down, another part, where the young ones huddled together, was raised up, creating a mound in the center and a depressed or lower ring around it, sort of like a moat round a castle!]. Greatgrandchildren seeded the flooded area with minnows in hopes of mature fish to catch in the future.
Births of three infants were noted: McKayla Ellen Crabtree, Emily Grace Lundgren and Ami Christenson. Two marriages occurred in the last year to family members. Rennard and Grace Schubert, both of Madison, WI, and Kritsin Brown and Javiar Pujals, both of Chicago, IOL.
The death of a former reunion attendee, Charlie Hay, 12 years old, of Park City, Utah, was commemorated in a tribute by Miriam Rinderknecht, mother of Charlie's friend Chad, also of Park City.
Charlie's story of courage and self-giving in his six year struggle with cancer was carried by national television's "Inside Edition" and "20/20" as well as local media in the Salt Lake City, Utah area during the past year.
The Faces of Courage Foundation has been established in his memory by his parents to support the families of children with terminal illness in their grief through the protection of videos.
The reunion elected new officers: Peter Stadem of Blomkest, MN-President; Bernie Iserman of Onamia, MN, Vice-President; and Naomi Iserman, also of Onamia, Secretary [and married to Bernie Iserman]. . Ongoing treasurer, Eloise Hefty of Baltic, South Dakota, and outgoing president and property caretakers Leroy and Elizabeth Stadem of Sioux Falls were thabnked for their service
The photographer for the family picture was Lisa Virchow [shown in the Dakotan article] and the caterer for meals was Mary Ward of the Ward's Store in Bryant [a historic Bryant business].
Submitted by Rennard and Grace Svanoe [with some slight bracketed emendations by Editor Ron Ginther 2019]
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
July 5, 1997
President Lee Stadem [youngest offspring of Alfred and Bergit Stadem] called the meeting to order. Be Schaefer gave the opening prayer. The minutes of the previous year's meeting were read and approved upon motion and seconded by Pete Stadem and Mim Rinderknecht respecitvely. The treasurer's report of the previous year was mailed to all members. A summary of the current year was given, and the final report will be mailed.
The Barn Committee reported that Lorin Ginther is planning to prepare site plans of the farm, showing how it was in the past and also including the buildings pf the present. He needs measurements of distance between buildings and dimensions of buildings. The information will be sent by Lee Stadem [Lorin, please send to Ron for the Plain View Farm archives, they will be copied and laminated for preservation and use.--Ed.].
A discussion was held regarding the holding of reunions every year. Some felt the attendance would be greater if the reunions were held every other year. Some felt the attendance would be greater if the reunions were held every other year [has this actually happened? Has the switching to biannual reunions actually slowed the preservation and rebuilding and enhancement of the farm rather than facilitated the farm and increased the attendance at the remaining reunions? That should be studied and made known if it has been a bad policy rather than good for the farm and the activities there.--Ed.].
Chad R. said that since he lives so far away he is very happy to see his relatives every year. We love you for that Chad!! A suggestion was made to hold major reunions bi-annually (or even very third year) and mini reunions in the off years. It was mentioned that at other reunions, families bring pot luck food for one day's meals. Other suggestions were each family responsible for all of their own meals, or eat one meal at a restaurant (Watertown?), or only one community meal per day, or have volunteer families purchase and prepare the food for one meal, but get paid for the groceries (This would lighten the load of the organizing committee.) One of the major problems is lack of refrigerator storage space. Another suggestion was to have a reunion at the farm one year and another year at a place such as a camp or a hotel. (In off years money would be needed for mowing, etc. at the farm.)
Pete and Kari Stadem offered to do the organization for the next reunion, but they would assign the work at the reunion to others.
[Note: All this practical-minded human reasoning was good at a certain level for maintenance, seeking to lighten the load of the upkeep of the farm and the operation of the reunions, annual or bi-annual, yet no vision was apparent in the statements for the expression on the farm of the ministry of Alfred and Bergit to the community in spiritual ways, and ministry to the poor, and ministry to each other, which is a peculiar lack of these ministry-oriented Stadem families and points to a decline or lack of vision, and where vision is lacking, the people perish spiritually, the Word of God warns us. A signal lack of vision for ministry on the farm among the co-owners and their builder explains its own decline in so many ways for so many years, and why the slowness of improvements and the continuing unspectacular attendances at reunions, not to mention the dropping away of whole families such as the Stadems of Watertown over the years so that they no longer attend what seems to be only the private property of the five Leroy Stadem families who came into actual co-ownership eventually after the passing of owner Ruth Harrington-- Ed.].
After further discussion Kari Stadem moved that in even numbered years reunions would continue to be held as they have been organized, and in odd numbered years the house and farm would be open for a week-end. Each family attending would be responsible for all their own needs. There could be one organized meal. There would not be a tent or any planned programs. Motion seconded by Ruth Harrington. Motion carried. [Present, I felt this was misguided and wrong counsel, but kept silent, for Aunt Ruth expressed her decision that there be no changing of the farm so that if it came to selling it there would be no new buildings that would impede the sale possibly. I was shocked at this, but no one else gave a single sign of disappointment in her decision, nor offered that we all take over the governance and operation and taxes of the property in a foundation, which could relieve her aging body and mind of the responsibility so that she could just enjoy it without any expense or trouble to her. Not seeing anyone offer any such things, I kept silent, which was a mistake on my part. I will never forget Aunt Ruth's facial expression of joyless endurance as she expressed her decision, and the sinking of my own heart hearing her. To others it may have been heard with relief, but to me it was a severe disappointment and a loss that remains a great sadness in my heart, due to what I see as the great blessings we might have had we stepped resolutely forward in faith and not shrunk back.-- Ed.]
The following officers were elected for One Year of Leadership: Pete Stadem, Chm.; Bernie Iserman, VP; Naomi Iserman, Secretary, Eloise Hefty, Treasurer. Motion carried.
Following discussion, Chad Rinderknecht moved that the next reunion be held over the July 4th week-end in 1998. Second by Ruth Harrington. Motion carried.
Ruth Harrington was thanked for her monetary expense of maintaining the farm [her taxes yearly were $3,000 she said, which to me seems excessive even now in 2018 as the acreage was only about 13 acres that included very old buildings. and why so high? Was it because it was not a foundation run charity, which might have defrayed or reduced the taxes considerably on it, but a private property? No one present at the meeting seemed to question her about the finances nor question the tax rate,--whether it was too high, or was low or something reasonable, nor did anyone suggest a foundation established by the families for the upkeep and ownership of the farm for the purposes of heritage preservation and sharing our traditional hospitality and Gospel ministry with the community year round instead of merely continuing the reunions every other year..--Ed].
Victor Svanoe was thanked for the extensive and well-done tree trimming work carried out during the reunion. [No one else since then consistently carried on his work, however, leading to dangerous trees full of dead branches and even whole dead limbs and dead trunks as well, and the loss of the fruit bearing trees [Pertaining to fruit trees, I had the privilege of helping Tanya, wife of Steve Stadem, harvest the aged and spindly crabtree, and climbed up and shook the tree to get the tiny crabapples to fall down to be gathered by Tanya and daughter, but some landed on her head, and subsequently I received none of her famed crabtree apple jelly, nor entertain any expectation thereof.--Ed.]
(Tom Stadem hauled the branches removed by Victor Svanoe, to the ever growing brush pile!)
[Sometime during the reunion that conspicuous and worrisome monster brush pile was dealt with conclusively. The burning of the enormous, high brush pile itself was opposed by a fearful, increasingly health-challenged Aunt Ruth, but the Stadems asked no permission of Aunt Ruth and did it anyway to get rid of it, and it proved a Viking-style spectacle, indeed, with flames shooting high up into the sky off the 20-30 foot high pile of limbs and stumps and old rotten boards from the barn!--Ed.]
The topic of the old church in Bryant was brought up [Ron Ginther was writing to the pastor of Bryant Lutheran's Our Redeemer Church as to the possible moving of it to Plain View Farm as his mother Pearl expressed her desire for a chapel at Plain View Farm.]. It is owned by "Cowboy" McCarthy. The floor is in poor shape. It would be v ery costly to repair and move.
Work will continue on the replacement of the windows in the farmhouse. The first building to be painted on Monday will be the Heritage House [which Ron Ginther since asked Steve Stadem, who has become a co-owner of PVF, as to the making of it into a chapel, but nothing has come of that idea since 2011 when he spoke to Steve. Hopefully, it will still be done as the Heritage House would make a beautiful, small chapel with not much alteration..--Ed.]
Upon motion by Estelle Rangen the meeting was adjourned.
Eloise Hefty, Sec./Treas.
BALANCE FOLLOWING 1996 REUNION-------------------------------------------------------$756.27
Collections for Tent-------------------------------------------$180.00
Collections for Meals------------------------------------------$786.25
Extra Donation s for general expenses-------------------- $261.50
Total Income for 1997 Reunion------------------------------------------------------------------$1,227.75
Attorney Opinion on Foundation [for new barn]----------$26.50
Repair for mowers---------------------------------------------$184.23
Mowing expense and mice control--------------------------$114.90
Rental of Tent---------------------------------------------------$165.00
Groceries purchased by Liz & Eloise-------------------------$192.37
Total Expenses for 1997 Reunion-------------------------------------------------------------$1.089.90
Reunion and Current Expense Fund------------------------------------------------------------- $894.12
Foundation Fund [for new barn facility]---------------------------------------------------------$750.00
Previous Balance $700.00 Add $50.00 (Myrtle Svanoe
Total Amount to Bank Account--------------------------------------------------------------------$$1,644.12
[Note about the budget: "Mice control"--was that a hired cat or just a lot of mouse traps? As for the small amounts involved in this budget, perhaps it served for a reunion held every year or even every other year, but it could not serve for anything more than that. Even after the barn project began, the nickle-and-dime-ing continued, a few giving sacrificially but most not giving anything and some giving modest amounts that did not reflect their incomes or net worth at all. How to stimulate everyone to give more in regard to the largeness of the projects? The co-owners did not want or seek grants for a cultural and historical project such as this one clearly was, something they could have done and easily won substantial grants from businesses and foundations and private individuals of like interests who were looking for worthy causes such as this to support. No fund drives ever were discussed or, if mentioned as a possibility, were ever implemented. No grants sought either. Only one exception: Pearl Ginther and Ron her son were given a grant for the project they mentioned to the Mr. Sebring, the CEO of Morrells, a national meat packing corporation that had plants in South Dakota as well as in other states. After hearing about it from both Pearl and her son, Mr. Sebring was so impressed he gave $1,000 to the heritage barn project, with no strings attached! When the builder of the heritage barn was asked at a large local church, Christian Life Assembly of God where Ron attended in 2011 and 2012, when asked at a men's meeting he attended once with Ron who attended it regularly, he was asked what the purpose of the facility was that Ron had been mentioning to them, and he replied he did not know. That kind of tepid response will not gain financial support. But something greater is at stake. We must have a clear vision of what we are about, and what specifically God has called us Stadem descendants to accomplish on this ancestral pioneer farm so dear to our hearts, or we will eventually shrivel up and blow away on the wide prairie.. Worse, we will not be passing the torch of our godly pioneer heritage to the young people, and they will wander away with nothing of its values and no direction to guide their lives aright and keep them unstained from this ungodly and sin-dominated popular culture around us.--Ed.]
NEW ADDRESSES OR PHONE NUMBERS [no longer current in 2018]
A NEW GENERATION
(3) Amani Marie Christenson, new daughter of Colette & Michael Christenson, born prior to 1997 reunion (sorry I didn't have the date.)
(8) Hannah Grace Stadem, new daughter of Tom & Judy Stadem, born 11-6-97
COMINGS, GOINGS & SPECIAL DAYS
Ron & Eloise Hefty returned from a short trip to Germany and France at the end of September. Ron was awarded the trip through his business with BASF, a German company located near Manheim. Everything was very interesting, although three days in Paris was not enough. If only Europe were closer and the airline flight shorter!
BRENT RANGEN, son of Plaul & Tess Rangen, is in his first year at the University of Mary, Bismarck, NC. he received a scholarlship in track& crioss-country.
Emily Swenson, daughter of Dave & Janelle, is in her second year at the Fergus Falls Community College, and also in her second year of employment at Lutheran Social Services in Fergus Falls, MN.
The SWENSON and CRABTREE families, all of Fergus Falls, took in the Minnesota Timberwolves vs. the Charlotte Hornets basketball game on October 24, 1997 which was played at the Fargodome. Ticketing and planning were completed 2 months ago, thus assuring lots of anticipation, and great fun.
In mid-October the KOSLOWSKY and McMAHON families, all of California, drove and flew to Hoffman Estates, Illinois to visit KARLA & RICHARD BANDY family in their newly purchased home. Chloe & Gary drove and visited relatives along the way.
RUSS SCHAEFER took his annual fall trip, speaking at conferences and visiting relatives in Wisconsin, while wife BE remained at h ome (easier than traveling), also the pets needed care! And BE we understand your legs are giving you a lot of pain, making it hard to walik. I feel sorry for you and hope there is relief soon for you, constant pain is debilitating.
CONGRATULATIONS...JUDITH GINTHER received her Masters degree in Education from High Line Community College on June 15, 1997.
PRAISE GOD...ESTELLE RANGEN continues to have good reports on all her tests, which occur every three months, following her surgery on Mary 31, 1997. At that time she had a malignant tumor removed from her colon, had her gallbladder removed, had a partial hysterectomy, and also had a liver biopsy. (And to think Estelle was able to be at the July reunion!) [Evidently, the one thing they could not removed was her triumphant spirit, her love of Jesus, her love of people, and her love of fun and fellowship!--Ed.]
JOE RANGEN celebrated his 80th birthday and tries to eat healthy and get proper exercise by walking after the mail [Was it the mail carried by the Pony Express? Then he was getting plenty of exercise and fresh air!--Ed.].
MIM RINDERKNECHT informed the Rangens that $343.50 was gathered at the Reunion for [Stadem missionary with the New Tribes Mission] Cora Taylor in Brazil. She also said that the TV program Baywatch had an episode in Oct. on Charlie Hays. Chad was invited along with Charlie's family to fly to LA for the premier. She also would like to locate the videotape of Del Von Schaefer speaking [about his harrowing experiences of being marooned and left behind by his helicopter unit in a combat zone in Viet Nam] at the reunion And I would want it too to digitize for the Plain View Farm heritage archives.--Ed.]
RUTH HARRINGTON purchased a home in Sioux Falls and moved from ND in September with the help of LEE STADEM. She now is only 8 blocks from HANS & ALIDA and sees and talks to them every day.
PEARL GINTHER celebrated her 88th Birthday in September. The Lutheran Adults Fun & Fellowship (LAFF) surprised her with a planned Western-style Barbeque Steak Night with all the birthday trimmings. Son LORIN took charge as a Cowboy! The family had other planned parties in their homes. Quite a celebration for our oldest "Stadem Sister/Aunt".
CONCLUDING NOTE FROM THE EDITOR OFTHIS SERIES: Hope you enjoyed this banquet or smorgasbord of many things of intertest presented in these three parts depicting the momentous Reunion of 1997! All mistakes are my own, and we trust you will take everything in the spirit of Christian love and really come out VIGOROUSLY in support anew for the wonderful, God-inspired inheritance we are highly privileged to imbibe and share as Stadem Descendants! You cannot guess how much enjoyment and fun I have had sharing these things with you! That is my reward, and God bless you richly too!--Editor, Ron Ginther, February 21, 2019, Bonney Lake, Washington.