In 1953, my best friend Billy Derr and I began our first Christmas tree company. Billy was 13, and I was 14, already equipped with my daytime driver's license. We borrowed my brother's old 1939 Plymouth, and away we went. We purchased native (naturally grown) alpine fir trees from the U.S. Forest Service and grand fir from local farmers, selling them to wholesale dealers. These types of trees have remained popular to this day, and we have since added farm-grown Douglas fir, grand fir, noble fir, and Nordman fir to our retail mix.