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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 8
Daniel Myron Lefever was born in Hopewell, New York back in 1835.  In the early 1850’s he began a gun making career as an apprentice in Canandaigua, New York.  He opened his own gun-shop in Canandaigua in 1857.  His principal business was making muzzle-loading rifles.  In 1862, he joined with James Ellis to form Lefever & Ellis, they built long-range rifles used in the American Civil War.  The partnership ended in 1867.He joined several partnerships between 1867 to 1880.  In 1902 he formed the D.M. Lefever, Sons Company with sons Charles, Frank and George.  In 1906, while moving to Syracuse, New York he died from a stomach ulcer, he was 71.What you may not know about Daniel is that he was also an inventor, in 1878 he invented the first hammerless shotgun.  He wasn’t finished in 1883, he...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
Nicolas Leblanc was born in Ivoy-le-Pré, France back in 1742.  His father died in 1751, he was sent to Bourges to live with Dr. Bien, a close family friend.  Dr. Bien died in 1759.  Shortly after his death Nicolas enrolled in the College of Surgeons in Paris to study medicine.  He graduated with a master’s degree in surgery.  After graduation he opened a medical practice.  In 1780, he accepted a position as the private physician to the household of Louis Philip II, Duke of Orleans.  In 1775, the French Academy of Sciences offered a prize for a substance that could be produced from salt.  By 1791, he had succeeded, the prize was awarded to Nicolas.  In a plant he was able to produce 320 tons of the product.Now, I’m sure you want to know what he discovered, well he discovered how to manuf...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 21
Robert Henry Lawrence Jr., was born in Chicago, Illinois back in 1935.  He attended Haines Elementary School, graduating when he was sixteen in the top 10% from Englewood High School in 1952.  He continued his education graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bradley University.  While at Bradley he distinguished himself as Cadet Commander in the Air Force ROTC program receiving a commission of second lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve Program.  At the age of 21 he was designated as a U.S. Air Force pilot upon completing flight training at Malden Air Force Base, Missouri.  In 1965, he earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Ohio State University. He was a senior USAF pilot, with well over 2,500 flight hours.  He flew many tests in the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter...
By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Comments 3
 Carder Buick Olds dealershipNice old souvenier pocket knife from the popular Carder Buick-Olds car dealership in Searcy AR. This is available right now on ebay and I have never seen one of these before.  Carder Buick was a popular dealership up until a few years ago when it closed down.   If you collect you might want to look this up.
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 18
John Hundale Lawrence was born in Canton, South Dakota to Carl and Gunda back in 1904.  I wrote about his brother Ernest the other day.  He graduated from the Canton High School, before enrolling at the University of South Dakota.  He continued his education getting his M.D. degree from the Harvard Medical School.He had a long-term association with the University of California, Berkeley working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He discovered treatments for leukemia and polycythemia by injecting mice with radioactive phosphorus derived from the cyclotron invented by his brother.  His main field was working with cancer patients. He was awared the Enrico Fermi Award in 1983.  He received honorary degrees from the University of South Dakota, University of Bordeaux and the Catho...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 15
Thelma Adele Patten Law was born in Huntsville, Texas back in 1900 to Mason and Pauline.  She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1917 as valedictorian.  In 1923, she graduated from Howard University with a medical degree.  The following year she earned her medical license.  She set up her first practice in Houston at the Odd Fellows Temple in 1924.  In 1940, she became the president of the Lone Star Medical Association.  She died in 1968, she was 67.What you may not know about Thelma is that she was the first African American woman admitted to the Harris County Medical Society.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today.
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 19
Earnest Orlando Lawrence was born in Canton, South Carolina back in 1901 to Carl and Gunda.  He attended schools at Canton and Pierre, after graduation he enrolled at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1922.  He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota receiving his Master of Arts degree in physics in 1923.He moved to New Haven, Connecticut where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics in 1925.  With Jesse Beams from the University of Virginia he continued his research in the photoelectric field.  He was hired as an associate professor of physics and the University of California in 1928, two years later he became a full professor.  After the outbreak of World War II, he was drawn into military projects.  W...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 15
Norma Deloris Egstrom was born in Jamestown, North Dakota back in 1920 to Marvin and Selma.  Her mother died when she was four and her father remarried.  She graduated from Wimbledon High School in 1937.  While in high school she was the female singer for a six-piece college dance band.She sang professionally over the KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936.  At the age of 17 she left ho and traveled to Hollywood, California.  She found work on Balboa Island, Newport Beach as a short order cook and waitress at Harry’s Cafe.  In 1938, he fainted onstage due to overwork and an inadequate diet. She was taken to the hospital where she was told she needed a tonsillectomy.  She returned to North Dakota for the operation.After she recovered she returned to California in 1940.  In 1942,...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 19
John Bernard Lee was born in either County Cork or Brentford, London back in 1908 to Edmund and Nellie.  When he was six his father had him on the stage in a sketch called “The Double Event” at the Oxford Music Hall.  He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, while working as a fruit porter to pay his fees.After graduation he worked in the repertory theatre in Rusholme, Manchester before working on the West End stage.  His first screen debut was in The Double Event in 1934.  He served with the Royal Sussex Regiment during World War II.  After the war he appeared in several movies, there are just too many to mention.While most of you have not heard of John, maybe you’ll recognize him in his role of M in the first eleven James Bond films.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone s...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
Gustaf de Laval was born in Orsa, Sweden back in 1845.  He enrolled at the Institute of Technology in Stockholm receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1866.  He continued his education at Uppsala University in 1867, receiving his doctorate in 1872.  In 1886, he was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.In 1882, he introduced his concept of an impulse steam turbine.  In 187, he built a small steam turbine to demonstrate that such devices could be constructed.  In 1890, he developed a nozzle to increase the steam jet to supersonic speed.  The nozzle, now known as a de Laval nozzle can run at up to 30,000 rpm. He also made important contributions to the dairy industry, including the first centrifugal milk-cream separator and early milking machines, he patented it in 18...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
Dorothy McCullough was born in Oakland, California back in 1901 to Frank and Flora.   Her formal education was limited until she entered Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island graduating when she was 16.  She continued her education earning a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1921.In 1923, he earned her J.D. from the same institution.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1923.  She married William in 1924, moving with him to Portland, Oregon.  She was admitted to the bar in Oregon where she began a small private practice. In 1931 she and Gladys M. Everett created Oregon’s first all-woman law firm.  She was appointed to the Oregon Senate from 1932-43.  She was appointed to the U.S. Board of Parole by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Subversive ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 18
François Lecoq de Boisbaudran was born in Cognac, France back in 1838 to Paul and Anne Louise.  His mother being well educated taught him history and foreign languages, including English.  He attended École Polytechnique where he studied the books assigned in its courses.  He was a self-taught scientist.With the help of his family he assembled a modest chemical laboratory on the second floor of their home.  His main interest was the phenomenon of supersaturation, in which substances can exist in solution in higher concentrations than is possible under normal conditions.  Possibly caused by his experiments his health failed and he died in 1912, he was 74.What you may not know about Mr. Boisbaudran is that he is responsible for contributing thee elements into the Periodic table those were...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 17
Francis Laux Jr. was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma back in 1897. He was heavily involved in sports. He won 16 letters in baseball, basketball and football in Oklahoma City and the Bristow schools before entering Oklahoma City College.  during World War I he served in the United States Army Air Service.  After the war he took odd jobs managing a semi-pro baseball team in Guthrie, also he worked as an insurance and real estate broker in Bristow, refereeing college football games.  In 1927, he began broadcasting Oklahoma and Oklahoma A&M football games. He was the first to introduce Gene Autry on the radio.  He was so good he called the World Series for CBS from 1933 to 1938.  He turned down offers to broadcast for the Yankees and Giants in New York.He retired from broadcasting and died in 19...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 14
Duy-Loan T. Le was born in Vietnam back in 1962. She fled to the United States without her father in 1975 ending up in Houston, Texas.  She graduated from Alief Hasting High School at sixteen as Valedictorian.  In 1976, she received recognition as “Citizen of the Month” from the Kiwanis International Club.  In 1982, at nineteen she received her undergraduate BSEE degree, magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin and obtaining her MBA in May of 1989 from the University of Houston.  She is married to Tuan D. Dao, they have two sons, she also has a black belt in Taekwon-Do.  What you may not know about Duy-Loan is that after graduation she started working for Texas Instruments, she was the first woman and Asian elected as a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow.Your day is worthwhil...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 19
Paul Christian Lauterbur was born in Sidney, Ohio back in 1929.  She graduated from Sidney High School.  While a teenager, he built his own laboratory in the basement of his parents’ house. He was drafted into the United States Army in the 1950’s where his superiors allowed him to spend his time working on an early nuclear magnetic resonance machine.He received his BS in chemistry from the Case Institute of Technology.  After graduation, he worked at the Mellon Institute laboratories of the Dow Corning Corporation.  He pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, earning his PhD in 1962.  He died in 2007, he was 77.What you may not know about Paul is that along with Peter Mansfield they shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003 for their work whi...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 20
Arthur S. Jefferson was born in Ulverston, England back in 1890 to Arthur and Margaret.  He attended school at King James I Grammar School in Bishop and the King’s School in Tynemouth.  He moved with his parents to Glasgow Scotland completing his education at Rutherglen Academy.  In 1912, he worked in the Netherlands and Belgium as a comedy double act with Ted Desmond known as the Barto Brothers.  He moved to the United States where he registered for military service in 1917, he was not called up.  by 1924, he had given up the stage for full-time film work, in the movies.  In 1926, he signed up with the Hal Roach studio, as they say the rest is history.  In 1941, he signed with 20th Century-Fox to make ten films over five years.  In 1947, he returned to the United Kingdom where he perfo...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 14
Wallace Hume Carothers was born in Burlington, Iowa back in 1896 to Ira and Mary.  He attended school in Des Moines, Iowa.  After graduation he attended Capital City Commercial College, completing the accounting and secretarial curriculum in 1915.  That same year he entered the Tarkio College in Missouri.He initially majored in English but switched to chemistry.  He so excelled in chemistry that before he graduated he was made a chemistry instructor and studied as well.  After graduating with a bachelor of science degree he attended the University of Illinois for his master of arts degree graduating in 1921.  He went back to the University of Illinois to study for his Ph.D.  he received that degree in 1924.  After getting his Ph.D. he stayed at the University of Illinois for two years a...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 18
Catherine Bosley Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee to H.W. and Minta Allen back in 1896.  Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was a child.  She graduated from Howard University and Columbia University.  She was fluent in French and could read German.  In 1921, she married Benton R. Latimer, he worked as an accountant for the United States Post Office.In 1920, she was hired as a substitute librarian assistant, later she transitioned to being a full-time librarian by the end of 1920.  She worked there for 26 years, retiring in 1946 due to ill health and poor eyesight.  What you may not know about Catherine is that she was the first New York Public Library’s African-American librarian.  She was instrumental in forming the library’s Division of Negro History, Literature and...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 17
Arthur Charles Hubert Latham was born in Paris, France back in 1883.  He spoke French, English and German fluently.  He attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford, in 1904, after which he fulfilled his reservist military service obligation in Paris.   He led an exploratory expedition to Ethiopia in 1906/07 collecting specimens for the Natural History Museum in Paris.When he returned he saw Wilbur Wright fly his airplane in front of the French Government near Le Mans.  He knew he wanted to fly so he joined the Antoinette company in 1909.  He was taught to fly for the next two year until he could master the controls.  During that same year the Antoinette company worked with the French Army to establish the first military aircraft trials.  Arthur became the school’s principal ins...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
Thomas Oliver Larkin was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts back in 1802 to Thomas and Ann.  When he was 15 he went to Boston to apprentice as a bookbinder.  In 1821, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina where he worked as a clerk.  In 1825, he opened a store in Duplin, North Carolina. He moved again to San Francisco in 1832.  He built the first two-story house in California, it’s still standing at the Monterey State Historic Park.  He also built the first wharf at Monterey harbor.  He acquired several land grants around Rancho Jimeno, Rancho Boga, Rancho Cienega del Rabilan, Rancho Pleyto and Rancho Cotate.  In 1858, he contracted typhoid fever and died within a week.  What you may not know about Thomas is that he was appointed to be the United States first and only consul to Mexican...

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