Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Regulation, Taxes, and Fees.

Regulations, Taxes, and Fees.

Regulations are necessary in order to provide appropriate balance and protection.

Most homes have water pressure valves that regulate the water pressure coming into the home providing enough pressure to run appliances but not so much as to damage the appliances or burst pipe fittings and joints. Too much regulation and appliances don’t work properly, too little regulation and the plumbing fails and nothing works. There’s a balance.

Work place regulations are subject to the same principle. Regulations are necessary in order to assure a safe working environment. The difference with the work place is the… Continue reading

STIHL American Sales Sheet

The following is the sales sheet for the upcoming book STIHL American.


The Author

Being present when the first Stihls arrived at Crader Distributing in 1959, attending his first Stihl Distributor meeting in 1966, and having had the privilege and opportunity to first observe and then participate in Stihl’s American success, and having published three novels, Stan Crader is uniquely qualified to write the story of Stihl’s reintroduction into the American market.

Stan came of age in rural Missouri in the heart of hard wood country. For years the harvested oaks have provided the staves for the world’s best… Continue reading

Fred Whyte

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book, “Stihl American.”

For twenty years Etta Whyte waited at home for her husband’s safe return. Al Whyte, a graduate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police School, comparable to America’s advanced FBI training, served on Vancouver, British Columbia’s police force for over twenty years before joining Titan. Al was Titan’s sales engineer responsible for Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Since the new position was with an American company and working in America, Al, Etta, and their eight year old son moved a few miles south, across the Washington state line.

After gaining considerable… Continue reading

1st Stihl Salesman in America

Genealogy is always tedious and rarely interesting, especially when it deals with an unrelated family. We now know that genetics play a significant role in our health and behavior. It’s easy to recognize the effects of genetics in animals–retrievers naturally retrieve, beagles chases rabbits, and chihuahuas bark. The same natural tendencies occur in humans.

The Bryan’s have traced their genealogy all the way back to Sir Francis Bryan, who served as Governor General of Ireland 1549. The following reads like something out of the book of Numbers, but is representative of the journey of many American families. Francis was the… Continue reading

Greg’s Saw Center

Greg’s Saw Center today…

If there’d been hyphenated Americans in the twenties, Greg Bobeen would have been born a Bohemian-American, but as it was, he was simply born American, 1925 in Troy, Missouri, long before the rhapsody made famous by the rock band Queen hit charts celebrating Bohemian heritage.

Greg was born into a family of farmers and would have grown up to be a farmer had it not been for the great depression, which cost his family the farm. Having learned all he felt he needed to accomplish his life goals, or possibly to provide for his struggling family,… Continue reading

Stihl in America Blog 16 – A Quintessential All American Couple

He was the son of a Connecticut florist—she was the daughter of a wealthy Missouri banker. He was known for his love of horses—she was known for catching a car on fire with a smoldering cigarette while on the way to grade school—both were known for their service to America during WWII—one flew planes and the other went Navy–they were of the greatest generation.

Margot – Far Left

Tom Reck was born November 1914 in Bridgeport Connecticut, the home of P.T. Barnum, birthplace of the Frisbee, and Subway, and once headquarters to numerous well-known companies, including Remington Arms. Situated in… Continue reading

Let Liberty Ring

While many are dusting off their artificial Christmas tree and placing the spider infested contraption in the traditional place of prominence, others are heading to a crowded parking lot occupied by their favorite local civic organization selling trees shipped in from who knows where. The more fortunate will be keeping with tradition and traipsing into the woods and choosing the perfect conifer suitable to be adorned with all of those ornaments brought home by the kids during their elementary school days, at least the ones that weren’t edible and still have a remnant of glitter clinging to the, now fragile… Continue reading

Stihl in America Blog 15 – Opportunity and Commitment

Glen Banks was born November 25, 1902 in Columbus, Ohio to Lewis Banks, a railroad conductor, and Barbara Calhoun Banks, reportedly a relative to the late John C Calhoun, who was famous for serving as vice president for both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson.

Glenn earned a degree in Forestry Management in Mansfield, Ohio, near where the legendary Johnny Appleseed supposedly planted one of his many apple trees. Immediately following graduation, Glen accepted a position with the city of St. Louis managing the trees in the city’s many beautiful parks, including the famed Forest Park, known then and now… Continue reading

STIHL in America Blog 14 – He Could Have Played Baseball


Jimmy admiring his billboard

His father was employed with the civil service at Wright-Patterson Air base; he grew up just down the street, a few blocks, from the garage where the Wright Brothers designed the first airplane. One would assume that during his formative years he’d dreamed of strapping on a leather helmet, wrapping his neck with a silk scarf, becoming an airborne swashbuckler, and barnstorming across America. Rather than using a vacant field to fly kites and balsam model airplanes and idolize Ohio’s Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy migrated to the field where America’s favorite sport was being played—baseball. His idol… Continue reading

Stihl in America Blog 11 – He honored the family legacy and then some…

On possibly the same day a Pan American Lockheed Super Constellation night-flight from New York to Stuttgart, Germany, carrying Gordon Williams and Harding Smith on their quest to secure the famous one page contract, a young, driven and clever Dorsey Glover was possibly sitting in an afternoon class on the sultry campus of the University of Arkansas, wishing he had drank more coffee before attending class to suffer through a monotonous law professor drone on about torts. It’s not likely that the lanky soon-to-be lawyer was sitting in class and obsessing about torts the way Gordon and Harding were obsessing… Continue reading

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