Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
A WOMAN was flying from  Melbourne to Brisbane .. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sydney Along the way. The flight attendant explained that There would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board In 50 minutes.     Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye Dog lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.    He could also tell she had flown this very flight before because the pilot approached her, and calling her by name, said, "Kathy, we are in  Sydney for almost an hour. Would you like to get off and stretch your legs?"   The blind lady replied, "No thanks, but maybe Max would Like to s...
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By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing REALTOR in NWA
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Journey)
  So close to the Bentonville Community Center! Everything on your wish list! True 4 Bedroom, with office and 2nd living space . Bentonville schools .Convenient location in Oxford Ridge! This beautiful home is the perfect mix of location and luxury. Get the lifestyle that you have been looking for with community amenities - pool and play ground. This home features one level living with a flexible open floor plan and a 3 car garage including a storm shelter. The kitchen has tons of storage and prep space. Enjoy the convenience of being minutes to the Bentonville Community center and the Downtown Square.See Video of this Beautiful Home 
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jerry Parr was born in Montgomery, Alabama back in 1930.he received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from Vanderbilt in 1962 and in 1987 his M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola. In 1939, while watching Code of the Secret Service he knew one day he would join the ranks of that great agency so many have tried to get into and failed. He was working as a lineman for Florida Power and Light in 1962 when he was interviewed by a recruiter. At 32 he was the oldest rookie in his class. For 23 years in 15 foreign and 65 domestic protective surveys for various Presidents and Vice Presidents in all 50 States and 37 countries he was a devoted agent. Working security, intelligence in 1982, he became Assistant Director of Protective Research. He retired in 1985 and died in 2015 at 85.What you ma...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Gardiner Greene was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1822 to Samuel and Mary. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover. He went on to Dartmouth graduating in 1841, then he was off to Harvard studying law. In 1843, he was admitted to the bar. While working for the Benjamin Robbins Curtis law firm in Boston he founded the Cambridge Gas Company. When Curtis retired he moved to Washington, D.C. where he continued to practice for 5 more years. In 1876, then President Grant appointed him to determine the proper rates for railway mail. What you may not know about Gardiner Greene Hubbard is that he founded and was first president of the National Geographic Society, the founder and first president of Bell Telephone Company and a founder of the journal Science. He died in New York City in 189...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Emanuel Goldenberg was born in Bucharest, Romania back in 1893 to Morris and Sarah. The family moved to the United States in 1903 settling in New York City. He attended Townsend Harris High School, then to further his education he attended City College of New York. His ambition was to be a criminal attorney.He served in the United States Navy during WWI however, he was never sent overseas. After the war, he changed his career from wanting to be an attorney to show business. When WWII started he volunteered for military but was turned down to do his age of 48. Instead they sent him to London where he delivered radio addresses in over six languages. He died in 1973 at Mount Sinai Hospital of bladder cancer. What you may not know about Emanuel Goldenberg is that he changed his name when he...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Brownie was born in Scotland back in 1869. While I have no information about his parents, schooling and so forth. What I can tell you of course is the rest of the story. I guess you could call him an inventor or a man with a vision. One thing for sure is he was busy for his day so shall we get started.By 1904 he was a Master Joiner when he opened up his own business in Kilsyth, Scotland which made him a wealthy man, more on that shortly. In 1955, he invented the “infinitely variable gear box”, it was a method that used the engine of a vehicle to stop the forward motion of it, without the use of brakes. He also invented the skid proof vehicle which according to all reports worked very well however his interest waned and he moved on to other pursuits. In 1929, he invented the Tota...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Harvey Fletcher was born in Provo, Utah back in 1884. He graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1904. It took him only 3 years to earn his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University graduating in 1907. In 1911, he was the first student to ever earn a Ph.D. summa cum laude at the University of Chicago.He started out working as the head of the physics department at Brigham young University from 1911 to 1916. He then worked at Western Electric until 1933 when he joined Bell Telephone Laboratories as a researcher from 1933-1949. He moved to Columbia University as a professor of electrical engineering from 1949-1952. In 1952, he returned to BYU as the first dean of the Physics and Engineering Sciences until 1958. He died in 1981 at 96.What you may not know about Harvey he was the i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
This one is going to be short however, it is fully loaded and I’m ready to go, hang on tight. Elsie Eaves was born in Idaho Springs, Colorado back in 1898. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1920 earning her degree in civil engineering. Retiring in 1963, she died in 1983 in Roslyn, New York, she as 84.Nothing extraordinary, right? Well Pilgrim you’re wrong so here we go. She was the first woman elected Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the first elected Member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, the first woman elected as Chapter Honor Member of the Chi Epsilon Fraternity, first woman to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, first woman to receive the Honorary Life Membership Award from the International Execu...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Dunn was born circa 1764 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He started out as a cabinet maker, a plumb maker and tuner. However, what he did for the rest of his life will forever put him in the history books. I don’t have a lot more to tell you about his history, so let’s get to the rest of the story, shall we.John Dunn also made bagpipes particularly Northumbrian smallpipes (yes, I spelled it right). Anyway, not only was he a bagpipe maker he also developed the chanter which is still in use to this day, the chanter he made gave the pipes more depth. Don’t know about you but I love to listen to them. My favorite is Scotland the Brave. He died in 1820. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, got to run and listen to them, TTFN
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Seymour Bernard was born in New York City, New York back in 1913 to Joseph and Rose. His father was a tailor a real estate developer and manager. In 1931, he graduated from the University of Southern California majoring in accounting. After graduation, he went to work with his father in real estate.   His philosophy was one should never buy anything one cannot walk to.While on a trip to Paris, France he bought a book which resulted in a private collection known as The Old York Library. His collection is now housed at City University of New York. He believed the government should not interfere in real estate transactions, we see where that one went. Anyway, moving on his other passion was the national debt. He was so consumed by it he did something in 1989 that is still in use to this da...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles Augustus was born in Concord, New Hampshire back in 1859. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1881. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps where he organized and commanded the 5th Marine Regiment in WWI. In 1917, he was placed in as Commanding General 2nd Division where he was the first Marine to command a US Army Division.He returned to the United States in 1918 where he died of influenza on October 6th, 1918 at Quantico, Virginia. What you may not know about Charles Augustus Doyen is that he was the first recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Two ships have been named the USS Doyen for him. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, have a great day
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Mathieu da Costa was born in Lusofonia, UK. (date unknown). What I can tell you is that in 1607 he was in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1608, he was in Port Royal where he left to make a voyage to Acadia and the St. Lawrence area. He returned to Port Royal in 1617.He was instrumental in developing relations for the Native Canadians in the many adventures. He had an understanding of Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Mi’kaq and pidgin Basque.His translation and communication skills helped him to provide a cultural gap between the early French explorers and the Native Canadians. In 1017, a domestic rate postage stamp honoring him was issued by Canada Post.He died in 1619, in Quebec, City, Quebec. What you may not know about Mr. da Costa is that he was the first recorded free black person in Can...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Martha Hughes was born in Llandudno, Clwyd, Wales in 1857 to Peter and Elizabeth. In 1860, the family moved to the United States settling in Salt Lake Valley in 1861. When she was 14 she taught school for a year but quit finding it hard to control the larger male students. With the encouragement of her mother she continued her education.If I wrote about all she did this would be one of those week-long blogs, so I’ll just hit the highpoints. At 16 she enrolled in the University of Deseret now called the University of Utah. She went on to attend the University of Michigan where she received her MD. She left the States going to Europe so she wouldn’t have to testify against her husband during the anti-polygamy crusade. What you may not know about Martha Hughes Cannon became the first femal...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Chalmers was born in Scotland back in 1782. In 1809, he moved to Dundee where he established himself as a newspaper publisher, bookseller and printer. He was a strong advocate fighting for the repeal of taxes on newspapers and newspapers advertisements. However, his calling was that of postal reform.In 1825, he positioned Robert Wallace to speed up the mail, convincing them to save nearly a day in the delivery of the mail. During the rest of his life he continued to advance his cause. What you may not know about James is that he is credited for being the first person to invent the adhesive postage stamp in 1838.  I know this one is shorter than my usual blogs, hope you enjoy. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
A lot of you should get this one way before I tell you the rest of the story. Charles Weedon was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan back in 1934. That’s about all I have until 1954 when he was drafted into the Army. When he was discharged he moved to Battle Creek, Michigan and worked as a carpet salesman.Okay, this one is going to be short so let’s get to it. What Charles Weedon Westover really wanted to do was to sing. He played in a band called Big Little Show Band with the stage name of Charlie Johnson. Things really changed in 1960, when Harry Balk suggested another stage name. he also convinced Charles to rewrite a song he had already recorded but with a different lead instrument. Some of my younger readers won’t recognize the stage name Del Shannon however if you listen to music surly...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Robinson was born in Scotland back in 1860. When he was three the family moved to the United States settling in Pennsylvania. By the time he was 12 you could find him working in the coal mines, by the time he was 20 he had worked his way up to journeyman machinist. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University. In 1907, he founded a company in Pittsburgh however, due to America’s entry in WWI he moved to Blairsville, Pennsylvania. That company is still in operation to this day. Now you may be asking yourself what company did he start and what does the company do? Are you ready, let’s go.In 1907, he started the Robinson Ventilating Company. The company manufactures industrial fans for the coal mining industry and other industries. In 1922, he wrote a book about how to ven...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Let’s go bike riding Jimmie.Well my wife insisted we go bike riding. I knew it could not turn out good however, we took off to see the island in two wheels with pedals.      Of course 10 minutes later she was done.  I think we made it 6 blocks.  I believe it will be sometime before we go bicycle riding again  
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
I’ll be the first to admit I am not a good picture taker. However, my wife and I are in the market to move. I have set myself up a listing alert on homes in our price range. One came on the market today and I notified my wife. Of course, she went on the internet and looked at the photos provided.I believe a child could have done better. After looking at the photos she won’t go by the home to look. Why am I posting this, just to let you know the photos killed the deal. When I saw them my first thought was, this is not good. This was the photo of the living room.  Yep that’s it, no other ones were taken. I looked up the agent, she has been around and has several listings. Somebody needs to talk to her don’t you think?Anyway, like Barbara Todaro  would say, just a thought for the moment
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
If I wrote about all of her accomplishments it would take 1-2 weeks with myself imposed, limit of around 200 words so let’s hit the highlights.Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol, England back in 1821 to Samuel and Hannah. She was well educated. In 1844, she had landed a teaching job in Henderson, Kentucky for a lofty sum of 400.00 per year. In 1847 she moved to New York to continue her education at Hobart College. After two years she continued her education in Europe.Returning to the United States in 1853, she was involved in the Civil War working for the United States Sanitary Commission. I can see my limit is drawing near so I’ll cut through the red tape. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as wll as the first woman on the UK ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Isaac Leopold was born in Wachenheim, Bavaria back in 1850. He moved to the United States with his mother in 1856. Graduating from Central High School in Philadelphia, at 19 he was sent to Paris where he studied music for 3 years.He moved back to American where he received a Law Degree from Columbia College in 1880. By the early 1890’s he was involved in many ventures including the Electric Vehicle Company, the Consolidated Rubber Tire Company and as president of the Electric Storage Company. He was a prominent figure of the American chess world. In 1892, he won a chess game against Wordsworth Donisthorpe, co-founder of the British Chess Club. He died in New York City in 1915.What you may not know about Isaac Leopold Rice is in 1899 he bought the Holland Torpedo Boat Company, renaming i...
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