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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2014, 08:21:33 pm »
Not really just have a lot of saws to post , I have seen that article over and over , there was a saw that a couple of the POULAN brothers broke away from the company and introduced this line , this was one of there large gear drive saws and they called it
"PRO SAW" the tag is from Shreveport La. this is what I was told by another collector who has two of these saws one appears almost new , and let me tell ya they are  SUPER BUILT , my example was heavily used if u look close under the tan color is a dark golden color , but my example was painted once   
"You are an out cast if you are not sawing with a sandcast"

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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2014, 08:34:00 pm »
I was also told some of the early saws under the original  "POULAN SAW COMPANY" that the letter saws were named after key people in the company f-200 =fletcher  and H-200=Harry and so on , this was what I was told I hope it is true
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2014, 08:34:55 pm »
Hadnt heard this before.  Thanks for  sharing.
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2014, 09:40:29 pm »
Interesting info thanks for sharing.   
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2014, 07:57:53 pm »
Was hoping to find some info on the small bow saw.
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2015, 11:15:30 am »
Charles T. Beaird   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_T._Beaird


In 1946, Beaird returned to Shreveport, where he became vice president of the J. B. Beaird Company, which his father had begun as a welding service in 1918. During the war, the company had grown to be a major manufacturer of metal products, with his older brother, J. Pat Beaird, Sr., as president. Charles Beaird worked there as a youth sweeping floors, so he knew the business, a process that he would duplicate in his future enterprises.

Following the sale of that company, Beaird purchased a small chainsaw company founded by Claude Poulan and his brothers and renamed it Beaird-Poulan. Beard built the company into the fourth largest maker of chainsaws in the world. When it was purchased by Emerson Electric in 1973, Beaird became chairman of the Beaird-Poulan Division of Emerson, known for its WeedEater products.

In 1952, Beaird joined childhood friends in an effort to create a viable GOP in Shreveport, which had been an all-Democratic city since Reconstruction. In 1952, Beaird became chairman of the Caddo Parish Republican Executive Committee of Caddo Parish. In 1956, he was elected to the Caddo Parish Police Jury, the equivalent of county commission in most other states. He was one of the first Republicans elected to public office in Louisiana since Reconstruction. He was elected at the local level as there was no Republican gubernatorial candidate running in the 1956 general election. Later that year, he managed the unsuccessful campaign of then Republican Calhoun Allen, who challenged incumbent Overton Brooks of Louisiana's 4th congressional district. After switching to Democrat, Allen won election as Shreveport's public utilities commissioner (19621970) and mayor (19701978).

Beaird attracted national attention in 1956, when he gave a seconding speech for the renomination of President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California.

In 1959, Beaird and Tom Stagg, the GOP chairman for Louisiana's 4th congressional district became involved in an intra-party feud with the Louisiana national committeeman, George W. Reese, Jr., of New Orleans, the party's U. S. Senate nominee in 1960 against Allen J. Ellender, and LeRoy Smallenberger, the Shreveport lawyer, party functionary, and subsequent state chairman from 1960 to 1964. Stagg objected when Reese endorsed, with Smallenberger in agreement, a slate of candidates for party position on both the state and parish committees. Stagg, backed by Beaird, the then chairman of the Caddo Parish Republican Executive Committee, described Reese as having attempted to assemble a group of "yes-men" and had hence "earned the enmity of a large number of fair-minded Republicans".[1]Reese, however, defended his endorsements, most of whom won their primary races, on the premise that he as a statewide party leader was obligated to recommend suitable candidates to rank-and-file voters, many of whom were unfamiliar with the credentials of the various candidates.[2]

In 1960, Beaird was one of the ten elector candidates in Louisiana for the unsuccessful Nixon/Lodge ticket. Though he entered politics as a conservative, his wife and children and his own experiences gradually changed him into a liberal. However, unlike Calhoun Allen, he did not join the Democratic Party he remained a liberal within the more conservative Louisiana GOP.

Beaird was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas; a director of Winthrop Rockefeller's Winrock Enterprises in Arkansas, a member of the Young Presidents Organization; a partner in Westport Real Estate; a founder of the Centenary College Committee of 100; chair of the Citizens Committee on Desegregation for the Caddo Parish Schools; chair of the United Fund Campaign; vice president of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of Shreveport's Biracial Commission.

Fascinated with philosophy, he re-enrolled at Centenary College, where he was already a trustee, earning his B.A. in 1966. He became a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and was accepted in Columbia University where he earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1972 at the age of 50. He returned as assistant professor of philosophy at Centenary College, where he taught for seven years and was inducted into the Centenary Alumni Hall of Fame.
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2015, 11:16:24 am »
Poulan was originally an independent American company based in Shreveport, Louisiana, founded as Poulan Saw Co. in 1912 by chainsaw pioneer Claude Poulan. Purchased in late fifties or early sixties by the Beaird Company, also of Shreveport, it was known as Beaird-Poulan. The company was acquired by Emerson Electric in 1972, and was purchased by Electrolux several years later.

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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2015, 11:17:59 am »
Claude Poulan  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Poulan

Claude Casper Poulan (19151995) of Monroe, Louisiana was the founder of Poulan Chain Saws and the inventor of bow guide.

In 1944, Poulan was supervising German prisoners cutting pulpwood in East Texas. At the time this task required three men, two to operate the chainsaw, and a third to operate a pry pole, utilized to keep the chain from binding as it cut through the trees. Poulan utilized an old truck fender and fashioned it into a curved piece utilized to guide the chain. The "bow guide" now allowed the chainsaw to be utilized by a single operator and quickly revolutionized the booming, post-war wood cutting industry.

In 1946 Poulan Chain Saws was established in Shreveport, Louisiana where it produced chainsaws utilizing existing engines purchased from other manufacturers. In 1951, Poulan began production of its own internally developed and manufactured chainsaws.

The company is now owned by the Electrolux Company and is currently the largest manufacturer of chainsaws in the world.
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2015, 01:57:35 pm »
I can vouch for the German prisoner situation for my uncle used them in his sawmill operation during WW II. They came on the bus before 7AM in the morning with their lunch packed and the bus picked them up a little after 4PM. The prisoner camp was close to 30 mi away. They worked just like all the other mill hands. They didn't drive trucks though.
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Re: Poulan history article
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2015, 01:24:37 pm »
Key Poulan posted this pic that was found in a old locker I believe.



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