"Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stadem

Celebrate Silver Wedding,"

from Hamlin County News,

Bryant, SD, Sept. 1, 1933

Friends And Neighbors

Hold Surprise Fete

In Their Honor


Sunday, August 20th. 1933, the day following the "Anniversary Day" will be long remembered by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Stadem, when a number of close neighbors, relatives and friends, approximately 100 in number, surprised them in such a way that after the morning services they were persuaded to enter the church hall, instead of leaving for home on this particular Sunday.

With much insistency on our part, they did so and to their surprise found the hall quite decorated and inviting. The room itself, together with the tables and the two chairs to be occupied by the couple, in whose honor this reception was being given, were beautifully decorated in the colors of silver and orchid.

The guests were then ushered to a table decorated with large bouquets of gladiolas and a very attractive wedding cake, where a most delicious dinner was enjoyed.

Following the dinner, the honored guests as well as all the rest were invited to the church where an inspiring program was presented.

While a march was being played by Maxine Stadem, they entered the church.

Axle (sic) Lundring, nephew of the bridal couple presided as Toastmaster. He first announced a hymn, "Thee Good We Praise," which we joined in singing, after which Rev. Solheim led us in a few words of prayer.

Bernhard Stadem then favored us with a piano solo which was followed with a recitation by Margret Cleven [if we only had that!--Ed.]. The Toastmaster called on Harold Golseth, the first speaker, who in well chosen words addressed the bridal couple, greeting and congratulating them on behalf of their many friends from the East Bethany church community on this occasion.

In speaking of the many landmarks of time, the 25th wedding anniversary was emphasized as one of the most outstanding ones, the speaker said, as he had learned to know the honored guests, the self-sacrificing love, neighborliness and good citizenship was a trait, unconsciously on their part, manifest in their lives and to be obtained by all when we permit Almighty God to guide us and live our lives to His pleasure.

We were then favored with a song, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul", by a quintet, Pearl, Bernice and Myrtle Stadem, Lawrence and Axle (sic) Lundring.

Then the second speaker, Prof. Solheim, president of the Academy at Canton, S.D., who occupied the pulpit at the church service that day was then called upon.

After expressing hearty congratulations, many thoughts were brought out as to the value of living a Christian life, both as to rearing of children and as an asset to the community.

The overflow of joy in a Christian's life was also alluded to as imaginary incidents pictured in our minds in a most humorous way. In closing, the speaker, as it were, left with the honored couple something of value, even then when silver or gold, rubies and diamonds have no value, namely an extract from God's holy word.

Toasts were given at this time by G. M. Thompson, Martin Cleven, Bernhard Stadem and Sever Stadem, the best man of twenty-five years ago, a brother of the groom.

Some relatives and friends, however, who were unable to be present at this occasion sent greetings which were read by G. M. Thompson. These were from the pastor, Rev. Peterson and family, who were spending their vacation in Minneapolis at this time; Rev. and Mrs. Jordahl and family of Lee, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Thompson of Baltic, S. D.; a friend, Robert Ginther of Sioux Falls and also a brother of Mrs. Alfred Stadem, Rev. Hallbeck (Holbeck) and family of Big Timber, Mo. These greetings will always be a cherished keepsake in their possession. Lastly a cornet solo, "Home Sweet Home" was played by another nephew, Lawrence Lundring.

The toastmaster, in well chosen words, gave a short presentation speech and handed the guests of honor their silver gifts. A prompt response was made by Mr. and Mrs. Stadem, for this unexpected honor and words failed them to express their appreciation as they would like by the speeches, songs, musical numbers, greetings and environments in presence of the beautiful flowers and decorations and not the least, the presence of neighbors and relatives from far and near.

In closing, the beautiful hymn, "There is a Safe and Secret Place" was sung by all. We parted, but as the evening hour approached, car after car arrived at their home until the yard was full of cars and their house filled with friends. They returned home at a late hour.--Contributed

Two Silver Anniversary Greetings, by Edward Jordahl and Rev. Andrew Holbeck

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