The Stadem family soon became a large one of seven girls and two boys.
Reared during the First World War, then through the Twenties and the Depression, this family knew hardship and the test of faith in God, but not only survived but triumphed, thanks to that strong pioneering faith.
This play depicting a pioneer family's fun, dreams, joy amidst material sparsity and hardship, and the catastrophic loss and tragedy that redeemed a man's wayward heart has yet to be set to a musical score by the Stadem descendants of the family. Copies can be obtained by downloading. Plain View Farm is a funny, sentimental, sometimes deeply spiritual, and altogether most refreshing. You don't have to be a religious person to really enjoy "Plain View Farm" for its high cultural value and intrinsic interest as a piece of authentic Americana and rollicking Norwegian-American farm life. The songs and lyrics will be set to music, but the lyrics are available along with the play.