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From A Brief History of the Stivers

That was quite a train ride from Youngstown to New Orleans. At times the tracks went directly through the water. I didn't know what to think about that. I was a bachelor and was anxious to see St. Luke's. It was a white painted church.

In New Orleans we were in the Texas district of the American Lutheran Church. For my installation, the president of the Texas district needed to come to New Orleans. We did not call them bishops at that time. The president, Rev. C.N. Roth, preached the sermon that Sunday and installed me.

Parsonage at St. Luke's, New Orleans
St. Luke's parsonage

During those four years, we had many wonderful, faithful members. People were always hospitable. There were 235 members with an average attendance between 140 and 150. Here I was given one of the first crosses that is in my collection.

The parsonage beside the church had kitchen furniture, one bedroom furnished, and a large desk in the front room. During the four years in this house, we learned quickly about ants. When you finished eating, you do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or you had a trail of ants. If you dropped a crumb in any room of the house, one little crumb, soon there was a trail of ants. They must have had a spy out and when they saw it spread the word.

Stanley and Mary New Orleans
Mary Jane Anderson and Stanley Stiver, 1948

In the time before marriage, I made arrangements with the woman next door in regard to an evening meal. When I arrived home about 6 pm, I knocked at the side of the house and she then brought the meal over.

In this church on Christmas Eve in 1948, Jane and I were sitting on the row on the right side early in the evening. It was here where I gave to her, her engagement ring.


Mary Jane Anderson

Mary Jane Anderson was born on April 2, 1922 in Washington,DC, the first child of Gunnar (G.I.) and Ruth Anderson. Her father arrived in America from Sweden through Ellis Island in 1916. Her mother's parents had arrived from Sweden in the 1870's, settling in Duluth, Minnesota. G.I. and Ruth met in a Lutheran Church in Washington.

Jane grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. Her father was a successful plumber and contractor. She attended Bethesda Elementary, Leland Junior High, and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, graduating in 1939. She remembers attending one of the Easter egg hunts on the White House and still has the invitation from Eleanor Roosevelt. She has two sisters, Ruth and Grace, and one brother, Paul.

Upon graduation from high school, she pursued a degree in nursing, attending Capital University, receiving her diploma from John Hopkins School of Nursing in 1944 and a BS in Public Health Nursing in 1948. In between, she served as an Army nurse (Second Lieutenant), 1944 to 1945, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The hospital handled serious casualties during the war and added convalescent facilities to assist wounded soldiers in rehabilitation.

After Vanderbilt, she worked as a public health nurse in New Orleans. While in Claremont, she taught briefly at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory and taught and then became director at Davis Hospital School of Nursing in Statesville.

One Sunday in New Orleans, she attended St. Luke's and met the Rev. Stiver.

Jane at 4 Jane and family
Mary Jane Anderson at four; with Grace, Ruth and Paul; as senior in high school, 1939;
as a nurse, 1944; and as a second lieutenant, 1945.
Jane Stiver High School, 1939 Jane as nurse
2nd Liutenant Anderson

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