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     Stephen Proper Gredler was born in Ithaca, New York in 1949.  His father, Charles Rogers Gredler, joined the U.S. Army Airborne after attending Cornell University for two years.  When he returned he took a degree in Slavic languages.  He married Eloise Electa Proper from New Jersey, who had waited for him to return.  When Stephen was three months old, and his older brother, two; the family of four moved to Lexington, Massachusetts and his father took a degree from Simmons College and started as a cataloger at Harvard University’s Widener Library.  His father became the Director of the Slavic Division--a silent architect of the Cold War, and built the library from 500 volumes to more than 7,000,000 volumes by the time of his retirement in 1979.  During those thirty years, he was contracted by the Library of Congress to duplicate Widener’s holdings. His mother, Eloise Proper Gredler, first became a homemaker using a degree from Cornell to her best advantage, to care for four more children.  In later years she started a second career-she developed a system for teaching remedial reading to children and adults, and for training parents and teachers; with an accent on the treatment of dyslexia. Mr. Gredler’s parents retired to Nelson County, Virginia in 1979.  His four brothers and sister reside in Virginia, and there are nine nieces and nephews, one grandnephew and three grandnieces.

     Stephen Gredler attended private schools all of his life, with brief experiences with public schools when curriculum requirements prevailed, including Bartlett Elementary, Manter Hall, Kalamazoo College, and Northeastern University.  He attended the Kaji Aso’ Studio Poetry Workshops in Haiku, and the Frost Place Workshop in 1992.  He has written twelve books of poetry, a book of his photographs, and has started a textbook concerning the lives of pure poets and influential writers.  He has, in beta, and selected sketches from the textbook available online at: 

     A tape recording of a Tufts University Radio Show is available at the Poet’s Library in Washington D.C.  He is a lifetime associate member of the New England Poetry Club and had an affiliation with the Copley Society of Art in Boston for fifteen years, leaving the Society after winning six juried shows and one award and Copley Artist status.  His photography was featured in ZOOM Magazine in 1999.  He showed at Bozart in Charlottesville in the mid nineties.

     Mr. Gredler’s grandparents have social notoriety.  His father’s parents were ministers for the Unitarian Universalist Church, holding churches in East and West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  After their divorce, his grandfather, Frank Seraf Gredler, worked as a chaplain for the YMCA in New London, Connecticut and as a supply minister for the UUA in New England.  Hazel Rugg Rogers Gredler took the Hingham and then the Yarmouth Port Church in Massachusetts.

     Eloise Gredler’s father was the co-inventor of Snow-Proof leather dressing and sold his interest in the business to his partner in the early 1920’s.  He married Mina Shepard, who was employed as a researcher by Madame Curie in New York City. The sibling of Eloise, John Proper, was a successful veterinarian in Honeyoye Falls, New York.  The family is a direct descendant of the sporting artist, Lynn Bogue Hunt. 




Mr. Gredler is an accomplished tradesman, and owns a successful property caretaking company.  His work concentrates on professional interior and exterior metal, wood, paint and plaster restoration; furniture refinishing, long gun restoration, landscaping, and handyman services.  The work has expanded to large format farm work, including field maintenance, fencing, and stable management.  He owns another business, which manufactures Propestephens Custom Equestrian products.  He works in the equine industry, photographs steeplechase and other equine events, and portraits of horses and people.  He is an accomplished TTouch groom and stable manager, and trains with behaviour modification and imprinting with broodmare and foals, young stock, and other ages of any breed of horse; and other animals, such as Llamas and Alpacas, and companion animals.



OBJECTIVE: A position of responsibility which allows the fullness of my experience as a property caretaker to manifest itself in a leadership position, allowing success and profit to develop for the good of the company.


SPECIFIC EXPERIENCE: Twelve years of business in an historic district as a restoration painter and restoration landscaper.  Maintenance and handyman services included.  Most were clients for many years.  Twelve years of equine experience while continuing the property caretaking experience.  Bringing the two businesses into one while diverting time to build subsidiaries.  Discovery experience with racehorses with regard to Ttouch training, especially with broodmares and injured animals.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Engaged since 1982 in the administration and implementation of a property caretaking service company-a sole proprietorship-which requires a secure designation for the type of work involved.  Owner of an equestrian design firm and manufactory, which represents sixteen products for sale to the general public.  Owner of a freelance photography business specializing in steeplechase racing,  represented to the general public with sales of DVD photography stock, and custom digital artistry services.







Bartlett Elementary School  Winchester  Massachusetts  gr. 3-6

Manter Hall School  Cambridge  Massachusetts  1963-67

Kalamazoo College  Kalamazoo  Michigan  1967-71

Northeastern University  Boston  Massachusetts  1980-81

Kaji Aso’ Studio  Boston  Massachusetts  1977-81

The Frost Place Workshop  Franconia  New Hampshire  1992





1982-1994        Sole Proprietor, Stephen Gredler-Poet, Artist, Tradesman

                        Restoration Painting and Landscaping.  Handyman Services.


     1994              Thirty Days contractual tryout.  Director of Maintenance-Victoria Station Farm, Mahtomedi, Minnesota (Dressage)


     1995               May to November   Property Caretaker-Meadowfarm, Orange, Virginia


     1995-96          November 1995 to February 1996  Property Caretaker  Arrowhead Stables, Nokesville, Virginia


     1996               April to August   Property Caretaker-Pravdinskaya, Marshall, Virginia


     1996               May 1996 to April 1999   Property Caretaker-Raya Estate, Marshall, Virginia


     1996               May 1996 to April 1999   Property Caretaker-Five Points Farm, Marshall, Virginia


     1996               June 1996 to June 2006    Property Caretaker-Garden Walls Estate, Marshall, Virginia


     1996               August 1996 to April 1997   Property Caretaker-Deerhaven Estate, Paris, Virginia


     1998               May 1998 to April 1999   Property Caretaker-Windsor Farm, Upperville, Virginia



     2000               May 2000 to November 2001   Property Caretaker-Lochlow Farm, Marshall, Virginia


     2000               July 2000 to March 2003   Property Caretaker-Varzara Estate, Marshall, Virginia


     2001               April 2001 to January 2003   Property Caretaker-Explosive Countermeasures International, Marshall, Virginia


     2003               May 2003 to July 2006   Property Caretaker-Raya Estate, Marshall Virginia


     2004               November 2004 to February 2005   Property Caretaker-Meriden Farm, Berryville, Virginia


     2004               November 2004 to May 2005   Stable Manager-Bedford Stables, Delaplane, Virginia

     2006               February to March 2006   Assistant Farm Manager-Mary’s Alpacas, The Plains, Virginia


     2006               August to September   Hay Making-Bill’s Stables, Marshall, Virginia


     2006               October to November   Farm Manager  BGE Enterprises, Warrenton, Virginia


      2007               March to November   Driver/Foreman-Bladecutters, Round Hill, Virginia


      2008               Unemployed-Layup-casual Labor for friends

                            Created a book of photographic digital artistry.

      2009               Unemployed-Layup-casual Labor for friends

                            Created a book of selected poems and essays

      2010               Unemployed-Layup-casual Labor for friends

                             Finished volume one of a textbook, grades 9      

      2011                Employed by a horse racing and breeding facility

      2012                Started a landscaping business after several

                             years of medical layup and unemployment

                             Built the sites for

      2013                Purchased a house in Reva Virginia and continued

                             with the propestephens companies

      2014                Working the propestephens companies full time



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