Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

Mall Tool Company

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

Stihl in America – Blog 1 “Genius, Compassion, Tenacity”

“Amazing,” is the typical response by many when told that Stihl has been recognized as the leading brand of outdoor handheld power tool for the 7th consecutive year. Once told the Stihl story, one quickly realizes that amazing doesn’t do Stihl justice. Amazing doesn’t appropriately describe Stihl’s pinnacle position–all things considered, Stihl is in a league of its own and has no true comparison.

Most, after having heard my biopic on Stihl, and knowing my penchant for writing, have repeatedly encouraged me to write a book about Stihl in America. I’m now doing so. Henceforth, my blogs will be… Continue reading

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