RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
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Our ancestors, the pioneering emigrants Sjur and Oline Stadheim and their family sailed bravely (with faith in God enabling them to make this great venture) from Norway on one of those sailed boats in the early 1860s and traveled via Quebec to Northwood, Worth County, Iowa, where they settled for a time. They then moved from there to South Dakota, where, a generation later or so, Alfred Stadem, grandson of Sjur, was born and married and raised the family that is chiefly featured on these Plain View Farm websites, as Alfred Stadem is the founder of Plain View Farm in rural Bryant South Dakota, together with his beloved wife Bergit Holbeck Stadem. Cousin Barb's genealogy book is a wonderful labor of love, and only a limited edition was produced, but enough for the Stadems and her own Vorseth line to each have a copy if they requested one. Each copy now is offered at copying cost, plus shipping and handling. Please pay her before she ships it, that way she is sure to be paid for the copying and S & S costs at least if not for all her work! Copying Cost and Putting It in a Book for you is $20, but remember S&H with $5 more, please. She'll do all the rest for free. Contact her via email for your own copy(s): BvorsethB@prodigy.net
Ever wonder what the Norwegians did before the invention of paper calendars?
Really, you never thought of that? You always assumed people had paper calendars? Not so, my friend! They didn't have such modern inventions until maybe the 19th century came along! They had to know when to let the animals out of the barns, when best to plant, when to marry, when to harvest, when to take in the animals from the fields, when to shear the sheep, when to gather in the hay to feed them over the winter, etc., etc. So what did they do for a thousand years, go without knowing what day it was? Hardly! They made calendars out of stone, first, those lasted a long time then. But then they decided stone wasn't necessary and turned to the every-present, handy, easily-worked wood that was Norway's chief asset after cod, cod, and more cod!
Maybe a lot of old-fashioned Norsk kept to stone calendars, but others turned to wood as it was extremely plentiful and cost nothing but the labor to cut it from a tree and could be easily worked with a simple knife every man and boy (and many a woman!) carried on his person.
Imagine, carrying a stone calendar around in your pocket! You couldn't do it, it weighed more than you did! So they carved their calendars on flat sticks! These were portable, and you could hang them on a peg in the house too, for easy reference. And it had other ancilliary uses too--for domesticating the younger Norsk! Was that because they could use them, in a pinch, for a handy little paddle for disciplining children for some nifty piece of misbehavior during the long winter season spent virtually housebound? They certainly could be handy in that way. Imagine getting whacked on the bottom with the burning Summer Side or the Winter Side of the year afterwards to cool you down a bit! But wouldn't both halves of the calendar feel pretty much the same, or would one feel warmer (the Summer Side), and the other side (the Winter Side) feel colder? We don't know if we haven't had the experience of them in that way. But we can know how else they were used: Janet Smith's REPLICA of the ancient Norwegian Primstav, and explanations of the dates of the Ancient Norwegian Calendar Stick, called the Primstav, "Winter or Summer Side"
We will be restoring the often beautiful symbols or Norwegian signs for each month, so please return to see them when they are on-line again.
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