All About Arkansas Real Estate

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Richard Lower was born in St. Tudy, England back in 1631.  He studied at Westminster School.  He moved to London where he carried out research with Robert Hooke.  He formed an informal research team, performing laboratory experiments at the University of Oxford.  He earned his M.D. degree in 1665.  He was a medical student under Professor Willis collaborating with him to investigate the nervous system.  Later he traced the circulation of blood as it passes through the lungs and learned that it changes when exposed to air. He was the first to observe the difference in arterial and venous blood.  Willis died in 1675, making Richard very busy with the demands of his medical practice.  He died in London from a fever in 1691, he was 60.What you may not know about Dr. Lower is that he is most...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Welcome to a new subdivision coming to Searcy AR.  This sign has just gone up at the Corner of Sawmill Road and Country Club Road on the West side of Searcy AR.  The land has been in the Phillips family for many years and is now to be turned into a subdivision by Clay Hite, a popular builder in this area.  Hite has already completed several subdivisions in our town but this one may be the grandest yet.The sign says it is to be Belmont Estates, a grand sounding name.  We'll have to find out more from him about the name, the price range of homes and covenants.  It is a great place for a subdivision and I think it will be one that will be popular. 
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Barrow was born in Chambers County, Alabama back in 1914 to Munroe and Lillie.  At birth he weighed a whopping 11 pounds.  He suffered from a speech impediment and spoke very little as a child until the age of six.  His father was committed to a mental institution in 1916.  His mother married Pat Brooks in 1920.In 1926, he moved to Detroit, Michigan, he worked part time at the River Rough Plant.  When the Great Depression hit he spent a lot of time at a local youth recreation center at 637 Brewster Street in Detroit.  At the age of 17 in 1932, he made his debut boxing fight.  In 1933, he won the Detroit-area Golden Gloves Novice Division.  In 1934, he won the light heavyweight United States Amateur Champion National AAU tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  During his boxing career...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hannah Lincoln Harkness was born in Houghton, Michigan back in 1914.  She attended the Milton Academy in Massachusetts and Vassar in New York.  At 16 she obtained her pilot’s license.  At Vassar she earned extra money taking students for rides in an aircraft she rented from a nearby airport.In 1932, at the end of her freshman year she earned her commercial license receiving national attention.  In 1936, she married Robert an Air Corps Reserve Major.  In 1937-38 she worked as a test pilot for the Gwinn Air Car Company.  During her time at Gwinn she tested the new tricycle landing gear, which subsequently became standard on most aircraft.  She died in1976, she was 62.What you may not know about “Nancy” Harkness Love is that during WWII she convinced William H. Turner to set up a group of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edward Lowe was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Henry and Lulu.  The family moved to Cassopolis, Michigan where he attended high school at Cassopolis High School.  During World War II he served in the United States Navy. After being discharged he moved back to Cassopolis.  A neighbor as him for a favor and as they say the rest is history.  More on that shortly.In 1947, he decided to sell his invention, he packaged it in five-pound bags.  He approached a local pet store in hopes of getting them to sell his invention, the store owner refused.  He told the store owner to give it away until the people demanded his invention.  It was a successful endeavor.  In 1964, he founded Edward Lowe Industries.  He sold his company in 1990, to a management team funded by venture capitalists from New Y...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
It could be considered inappropriate of me to have just a week ago put up a picture of the popular Dr. Porter Rodgers and his prized bull. Here it is.  Click to pull it up.  Someone commented that he was the one who murdered his wife. Just a few days after that blog came out this new book was brought to my attention.It is a long, highly researched book about the murder.  It is written by Mike S Allen and Deana Hamby Nall.  It will definitely be a best-seller in Searcy AR.  The crime was such that people remember what they were doing when they heard the awful news.  I was teaching school and the teacher across the hall from me came over and told about it.  We were both frozen with fear and sadness.  I definitely remember it.I have ordered the book and it should be here in a few days.  I ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Asa Lawrence Lovejoy was born in Groton, Massachusetts back in 1808 to Samuel and Betsy.  He attended Cambridge and Amherst College before studying law and passing the Maine Bar to become an attorney.  He moved to Missouri before moving to the Oregon Country because of health reasons.He first moved to Oregon in 1842 over the Oregon Trail, part of a wagon train led by Elijah White.  During his trip he was briefly held captive by Native Americans.  He set up a law practice in Oregon City during the Provisional Government period.  He and his traveling companion Willian Overton split a claim to 640 acres along the Willamette River.  He married Elizabeth McGary in 1845, the couple would have five children.  He was elected to the Provisional Legislature of Oregon representing Clackamas Distri...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
José Mendoza López was born Santiago Ihuitlán Plumas, Oaxaca, Mexico back in 1910.  As a young boy he and his mother moved to Orizaba where he helped his mother sell clothes that she had made.  When he was eight his mother died so he moved to Brownsville, Texas to live with his uncle’s family.While in Brownsville, he began working various jobs and never returned to school.  He later traveled the country with a boxing promoter with 55 fights under his belt in the lightweight division using the nickname of Kid Mendoza.  In 1934, during a boxing match in Melbourne, Australia he met a group of Merchant Marines and signed a contract with them.  He was accepted in the union spending the next five years traveling the world.  He was en-route to California from Hawaii when he learned about the J...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 It's collectible now!  I mean the chair, not the baby!  If you live in Searcy AR, you might recognize this street........if you are pretty darned old....... because the street has definitely changed.  What is surprising is that this old chair now seems to be collectible.  Why it is so large in this picture is the mystery.  Possibly the young child loved the chair and it was to be used in the photograph with him inside.The picture is over 70 years old.  The child had a good life and has passed on.  The chair may be out there somewhere with a new coat of paint and a proud owner who calls it an antique.Searcy Sleuths, can you name the location?
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Íñigo López de Loyola was born in Azpeitia, Spain back in 1491to Don Beltrán and Doña Marina.  His mother died soon after his birth so he was put in the care of the local blacksmith’s wife.  He became a page (messenger at the service of a nobleman).  During this time, he took up dancing, fencing, gambling, and the pursuit of the young ladies.He joined the army at seventeen, he was known as a fancy dresser, an expert dancer and sensitive to insult.  He participated in many battles without injury. That all changed in 1521, when a cannonball ricocheted off a nearby wall, shattering his right leg, that ended his military career.  During his recovery he underwent a spiritual conversion and discerned a call to the religious life. He resolved to begin a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to “kiss th...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frank Fowler Loomis was born in Akron, Ohio back in 1854 to Joseph and Elizabeth.  His father died when he was eight, so he lived with an uncle at Wadsworth, Ohio.  He attended the Akron public schools.  In 1869, he worked on the Ohio & Erie Canal for a few months.  In 1870, he became a volunteer fireman at the Akron’s Fire Department.He became a paid fireman at Steamer No. 1 in 1871 when the current engineer had died.  By 1874, he and James H. Stanford built four fire alarm telegraph signal boxes at key businesses in Akron.  Realizing they needed more fire alarm boxes he designed an alarm box for police patrolmen requesting a wagon, additional police, or required firemen.  He was promoted to the city’s Chief Engineer in 1980, a position he held for 27 years.What you may not know about ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Bernard Loomis was born in the Bronx, New York under poor conditions.  During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in the Philippines.  After being discharged he attended New York University.  After being discharged he became a salesman where he represented several manufactures to retailers such as Toys R Us and Sears.In 1960, he became a part of the Mattel Toys sales department.  By 1968, he started promoting the new Hot Wheels car line for the company.  For his marketing he was dubbed as “The Man Who Invented Saturday Morning”.  In 1981, he founded the Manufacturing and Design (MAD) group at General Mills.  Later he began working at Hasbro in charge of the development helping transition that company into becoming the world’s largest toy company.  He was inducted into the Toy...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert H. Lochner was born in New York City, New York back in 1918 to Louis and Emmy.  He grew up in Berlin, Germany.  He studied one semester at the University of Berlin before moving back to the United States.  He continued his education taking a B.S. and an M.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Chicago.After graduation he worked for NBC during World War II, returning to Germany as a U.S. soldier in 1945.  With his knowledge of the German language he became chief interpreter for the US occupation forces in Western Germany, until he took a position as chief editor of the Neue Zeitung newspaper in Frankfort in 1949.  He was also head of a radio station supported by the US government in West Berlin. He died in 2003 from pulmonary embolism.What you may not know abou...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
THE CATTLEMAN MAGAZINE a photo by Roger B. LetzThat is the information on the back of the above photo. Searcy residents know the man in the picture, Dr. Porter Rodgers, a popular physician in Searcy AR.  He had cattle land and it looks as if he enjoyed his cattle and posed fully dressed up in suit and tie for this photo.  We can only guess at the date but it would have been some years ago because Dr. Rodgers has been passed on for several years.But the picture was impressive and was loaned to me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person and is worth sharing.
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Crawford Williamson Long was born in Danielsville, Madison County, Georgia back in 1815 to James and Elizabeth.by the age of fourteen he had graduated for the local academy.  He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, after receiving his A.M. degree, he continued his education at Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky.  He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania receiving his M.D. degree in 1839.  After graduation, he did an 18-month internship in New York before returning to Georgia.  He started his medical practice in Jefferson, Jackson County in 1841.  He was a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society and a cousin of the western legend Doc Holliday.  Doctors Day is celebrated on March 30 every year to commemorate Long’s contributions.  A statue of Long stands in t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alvin Orlando Lombard was born in Springfield, Maine back in 1856.  As a young boy he demonstrated his mechanical aptitude build a model wood-splitter powered by a water wheel.  When he was 8, he started working in the family sawmill in Lincoln, Maine.  He later obtained patents for some of his mechanical innovations at the sawmill, he also opened a blacksmith shop in Waterville, Maine with his brother Samuel.  In their shop in Waterville they produced steam-powered locomotives that slid on skis powered by huge tracks in the rear, enabling them to travel throughout the Maine woods free from the steel tracks that hampered the other railroad vehicles.  He also received patents for a pulpwood de-barker, a pulpwood crusher and a governor to control the speed of a water turbine.What you may ...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Way back when Searcy probably looked this way......or perhaps didn't exist......I'd never heard of it before but while reading the Democrat Gazette a few days ago and finding an article by Steve Straessle (July 10) where he was reviewing a new book called "Chasing the Thrill: Obsession, Death, and Glory in America's Most Extraordinary Treasure Hunt" by Daniel Barbarisi, I discovered something new. He mentioned other treasure hunts and called up one called the Bog's Treasure which was lost about 10 miles North of Searcy AR!  So what did I do?  I googled it!  Here's what Google revealed.A wealthy Mississippi cotton planter named John Bogs bought some land about 10 miles north of Searcy.  He saved up gold and silver coins through the years and during the Civil War he buried jars of coins ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Llewellyn Morris Chilson was born in Dayton, Ohio back in 1920 to Frank and Goldia.  The family moved to Akron, Ohio when he was young.  His mother was struck and killed by a truck in front of their home in 1930.  He left South High School when he was 16, taking a truck driving job hauling freight across the country.He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942.  He reported to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana for basic training.  After basic training, he was transferred to Camp Livingston, Louisiana then to Camp Johnson, Florida for amphibious training with the 112th Infantry Regiment.  Later he was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division becoming a member of Anti-Tank Company of the 2nd Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment.  He saw action in Algeria, Sicily, France and Germany.  He was honor...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alexander Nikolayevich Lodygin was born in Stenshino village, Tambov Governorate, Russian Empire back in 1847.  He studied at the Tambov Cadet School from 1859-65.  After graduation her served in the 71st Belev Regiment.  from 1866-68 he studied at the Moscow Infantry School.  Just after graduation, he retired from the military and found wok at the Tula weapons factory.In 1871, he proposed an autonomous diving apparatus that consist of a steel mask, natural rubber costume, accumulator battery and a special apparatus for electrolysis of water.  The diver was supposed to breathe the oxygen-hydrogen mix obtained by electrolysis of water.  the device is very similar to modern scuba equipment.  He died in Brooklyn, New York in 1923, he was 75.What you may not know about Alexander is that in ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alain Leroy Locke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1885 to Pliny and Mary.  He was called Roy by everyone who knew him, at the age of 16 he chose to use the first name of Alain.  He graduated from Central High School second in his 107th class.  After graduation, he attended Harvard University graduating with degrees in English and philosophy.He was admitted to Hertford College where he studied literature, philosophy, Greek and Latin.  He received an assistant professorship in English at Howard University in 1912.  He retired in 1953, Locke Hall on the Howard campus is named in his honor.  He moved to New York City where is died in 1954.What you may not know about Alain is that he was the first African-American to be a Rhodes Scholar.  Your day is worthwhile when you make s...
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