Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Charles Walgreen Flies the coop!

Gotcha! Betcha thought I was talking about Walgreen’s tax inversion plan. Nope!

Ira Biffel was born and raised near Marble Hill, Missouri—hence the name of Marble Hill’s airport—Ira Biffel Memorial.

What’s Ira Biffel got to do with Charles Walgreen? Glad you asked.

After leaving Missouri Ira Biffel spent time in the US Army and is credited with being one of the first pilots to use an aircraft in the armed services, thus helping start what is now known as the US Air Force. That was during WWI.

Ira became known as one of America’s best flight instructors, which is why… Continue reading

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