Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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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

The First Man of Stihl – Sort of

ErnieRoger Maris had recently broken Babe Ruth’s record, much to the dismay of most Yankee fans, they’d preferred that the record stand, and if it was to be broken, let Mantle be the one. Cassius Clay, after cruising to the Gold at the 1960 Olympics, was beginning the long-lasting spar with Howard Cosell, the Russians were building a missile base in Cuba, Bob Dylan was inspired to pen the lyrics to “The Times They are a Changin,’ and Stihl American needed someone focused on sales.

Years later, when a Stihl salesman walked through a dealer’s door, he’d often times be… Continue reading

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