Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Percy Fitch was born in Orange County, California back in 1882 to James and Coralinn.  Sorry but I don’t have any information as to his education or his early childhood.  Of course, as always what I can tell you is the rest of the story. Percy was an accomplished inventor, he received his most notable patents number 789,881 in 1903, number 1,087,552 in 1913, number 2,316,365 in 1925, number 1,767,699 in 1930 and number 2,497,559 in 1947.  Now, you may be asking yourself what in the world did he invent?  Well I’m so glad you did.  For Percy Fitch Rice the inventions in order are: an automatic paper feeding device for printing presses, an automatic transmission for automobiles, the push-button radio tuner, the gasoline gauge for automobiles and a multiple exposure camera. He died in 1954....
Comments 20
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Reed was born in Trenton, Province of New Jersey back in 1741 to Andrew and Theodosia.  Shortly after his birth the family moved to Philadelphia where he attended the Philadelphia Academy, now the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton in 1757.At the beginning of the Revolutionary War at the request of General George Washington he left his law practice to serve as the aide-de-camp to Washington.  In 1778, he was one of the five delegates from Pennsylvania to sign the Articles of Confederation.  In that same year, he was elected as President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, now we would call him governor.  During his term Pennsylvania passed a law for gradual abolition of slavery.  What you may ...
Comments 16
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Stephen Collins was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania back in 1826 to William and Elizia.  He attended several schools receiving an education in English grammar, diction, the classics, penmanship, Latin, Greek and mathematics.  He taught himself to play the clarinet, violin, guitar, flute and piano.  In 1846, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he worked as a bookkeeper.  In 1860, he moved to New York City where in 1864 he became ill with a fever.  He fell in his hotel cutting his neck, he died three days later at 37.  His wallet contained a scrap of paper with 38 cents in Civil War scrip with 3 U.S. pennies. Of course, you probably don’t recognize Stephen Collins but you surely know Stephen Collins Foster.  Among his works are Oh! Susanna, Camptown Races, Old Folks at Home, My Old Ken...
Comments 9
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Isaac Pitman was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England back in 1813.  In 1831, he spent a whole five months training at the Training College, which qualified him as a teacher.  In 1836, he moved to Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire where he opened up his own school.  He moved again to Bath where he opened another school in 1839. He was a lifelong advocate of spelling reform of the English language.  He published a pamphlet in 1837 on the subject.  This set him on another profession and that was publishing works on spelling reform.  In 1845, he published the first version of the English Phonotypic Alphabet.  He was the first person to provide distance education courses in the 1840’s.   He was a vegetarian, discontinuing alcoholic beverages in 1838.  What you may not know about Isaac ...
Comments 18
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Timothy Pont was born in Scotland to Robert and Catherine.  He attended St. Leonard’s College graduating in 1580.  In 1584, he also graduated from St. Andrews University.  From 1601 to 1610 he was the minister of Dunnet Parrish Church in Caithness.   He was an accomplished mathematician however; his calling was making maps.  He was meticulous that he personally surveyed all the shires and island of the kingdom.  Sadly, he died in 1614 just after completing the first detailed map of Scotland.  His maps are among the earliest surviving to show a European county in minute detail from an actual survey.His originals are preserved in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh. They are characterized by his neatness and accuracy.  They were published in 1654 and again 1850. Until tomorrow kee...
Comments 16
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Petrache Poenaru was born in Banesti, Wallachia, Romania back in 1799.  He attended school at Obedeanu in Craiova while working as a copyist at the office of a bishop. Between 1820-1821 he taught Greek at the Metropolitan School in Bucharest.In the 1821, Revolution he joined the army however, he proved he didn’t have any fighting abilities so the leader of the Revolution made Petrache his personal assistant.  After the war in 1824 he was awarded a scholarship to further his education.  In 1826, he went to France where he studied surveying.  He died in 1875.  However, it was his invention in 1826 that he will forever be in the history books for.Now you may be asking yourself what in the world did Petrache invent?  While his name may not ring a bell for you what he invented surely will.  ...
Comments 12
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Beverley Christiani was born in Georgetown, Guyana to Elaine and Clive back in 1956.  She attended Pius Primary School graduating from St. Rose’s High School in 1974.  She won a scholarship at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  After graduation, she received her commercial pilot’s license in 1977.     She married Randolph before moving to the United States.  She tried to join the U.S. Air Force but was turned away because she wasn’t a citizen.  In 1991, she was hired as an investigator moving to Washington, D.C.  She divorced in 1994, she returned to get her master’s degree in Aeronautical Science.   What you may not know about Beverley Christiani Drake is that she is one of the first two women to earn her pilots license with the Government of Guyana, the first woman commercial pilo...
Comments 17
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
This one will be short, sweet and to the point.Squire Whipple was born in Hardwick, Massachusetts back in 1804.  At the age of 13 his family moved to New York.  He attended Fairfield Academy and then on to Union College.  He must have been an exceptional student as he graduated just a year later. He died in 1888 at 83.  What he accomplished during those years is nothing short of amazing, for you see he was a Civil Engineer.  He held two patents Number 2,064 and 134,338.  What he is best noted for was bridge building.  In fact the Whipple Cast and Wrought Iron Bowstring Trues Bridge is still standing over Norman’s Kill near Albany, New York.  It is still in use but the thing about that bridge is there is no weight limit.  Some of his designs were sued to help design the Erie Canal.  Anot...
Comments 15
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Smith was born in Denver, Colorado back in 1899.  The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he graduated from Little Rock High School.  then it was off to Princeton, graduating in 1921.  He earned a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1925.After graduation he was hired by the Ford Motor Company.  For the first several years he moved from place to place until 1938 where he started his own company, and as they say the rest is history.  His company was stationed in St. Louis where his company became aa principal supplier to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.In 1967, the company merged with another one and moved their location to Huntington Beach, California where they are still located to this day.  What you may not know about James Smith McDonald is th...
Comments 14
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
George Pollard Jr. was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts to George and Tamar back in 1791. His father was a ship’s captain, so it was to be a seafaring life for young George.By the time he was 23 he had served as second mate and then onto first mate from 1815-1819. In 1821, he was appointed captain and prepared to set sail for the Pacific Ocean in August of that year.Four days after leaving Nantucket the ship was struck by a sudden storm. He declared the damage to be severe enough to put back to Nantucket however, the first and second mate persuaded him to go forward to the Pacific.He was 1,500 miles west of the Galapagos when tragedy hit the vessel. The crew had only three life boats and divided up to try and make land. He was eventually rescued and returned to Nantucket.What you may no...
Comments 25
By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing REALTOR in NWA
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Journey)
 You may have seen his work in Las Vegas, Motreal or Colorado Springs. Everyone loves Chihuly! This fall his work creates a stunning outdoor exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville AR " Over the years his creations have become familiar around the world. He is globally renowned for his site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens. At Crystal Bridges, Chihuly’s breathtaking works are installed along a paved and lighted trail, which winds through the museum’s natural Ozark forest." excerpt from the website:Chihuly at Crystal Bridges
Comments 0
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Clarence Everett was born in Raleigh, North Carolina back in 1921 to Calvin and Mammie. He graduated from North Carolina Central University and the Echols College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia.During WWII he served in the United States Army. After the war he managed a funeral home for 45 years, succeeding his father as owner of his father’s business.In 1977 then Governor Jim Hunt appointed Clarence to replace State Senator Joh Winters position. Winter had resigned earlier that year. Clarence was appointed chairman of the Southeast Raleigh Improvement Commission from 1993-2001. Inn 2000, he was a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Sadly, he died in 2002 at 80.What you may not know about Clarence Everett Lightner is that he was the first black popularly elected May...
Comments 20
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles W. Lindberg, sorry I do not know what the W. is for was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota back in 1920.He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was assigned to the Marine Raiders seeing his first combat duty on the island of Guadalcanal. He also saw action in Bougainville. Being reassigned to the 5th Marine division he saw action at a small island called Iwo Jima. In that battle he was assigned as a flamethrower landing during the fifth assault wave on the island.What you may not know about Charles W. “Chuck” Lindberg is that he was one of the first Marines to raise the American Flag on Mount Suribachi on 23, February 1945. The flag was only 54 by 28 inches taken from the USS Missoula. It was mounted by a long piece of a ...
Comments 20
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elise Raymonde Deroche was born in Paris, France back in 1882. She enjoyed motorcycles and cars in her early years. As a young woman she was an actress using the stage name of Raymonde de Larouche.During WWI she served in the military as a driver, chauffeuring officers from the rear zones to the front line. she died in 1919, in a crash while she was in a plane.What you may not know about Elsie Raymonde Deroche AKA Raymonde de Laroche is that she is the first woman in the world to receive a pilot’s license. The crash in 1919 where she died she was in an experimental aircraft. Exactly what went wrong during the approach landing has never been found.A statue of her is at the Le Bourget Airport in France. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, pass it on.
Comments 18
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nathaniel Pitt was born in New York City back in 1832. In 1854, he moved to Saint Paul where he worked as a banker involved with the investment of the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood.In 1862 he was a member of the Northern Overland Expedition ending up at Grasshopper Creek gold fields near Bannack, Montana. There he helped establish several companies including a saw mill and freight company.In 1864 he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue and National Bank Examiner holding those positions for five years. In 1970, he was a member in an expedition which of course is the rest of the story.What the expedition found is still viable to this day. He was appointed superintendent with no salary. After their discovery he returned only twice during his five-year tenure. When he left he retur...
Comments 12
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Peter Fintan was born in Laois, Ireland back in 1827 to Patrick and Ann. He attended Carlow College training as a civil engineer later at Trinity College, Dublin.He moved to Australia arriving in Victoria in 1852. You could find him mining in the Ovens Valley for a little while before moving to Eureka Lead. In 1854, a miner was murdered, a committee was formed to investigate the murder. Peter was a member of that committee.In that same year he led the miners’ opposition against the often-brutal administration of the authorities. A warrant was issued for his arrest on a charge of sedition however, the warrant was withdrawn in 1855 after a jury found thirteen others not guilty of sedition.What you may not know about Peter Fintan Lalor is that his claim to fame was for his leading role in ...
Comments 18
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Simon Lake was born in Pleasantville, New Jersey back in 1866. After attending public schools, he worked at his father’s foundry business.Foundry work was not his interest, so he set about fulfilling his lifelong ambition. I’m sure you’ll scratch your head in wonderment as I did when you read the rest of the story.His longing for adventure and the se carried him to heights only a few of us will experience. He built his first boat for the US Navy in 1893, followed up in 1898 with another one which he sailed from Norfolk, Virginia to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, a journey of over a thousand miles.Finally, in 1901 he built another boat which was accepted by the Navy. He died in 1945 at 78. What you may not know about Simon Lake is that he was an American Quaker and naval architect who obtained ...
Comments 17
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Paul Leland was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado back in 1902.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ohio State University, his Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. in biochemistry for UC Berkeley.In 1929, you could find him teaching biochemistry at UC Berkeley.  A student of his asked him one question that forever changed his life and that of so many other people.  That question “how could it be determined if a dog and died of poisoning”?  as so began his legacy.  In 1942 he was asked to join the Manhattan Project; his job was to isolate fissionable plutonium.  He returned to Berkeley where in 1945 the school of criminology was established with Paul being appointed the chair of the criminalistics department.He died in Alameda, California in 1970 at ...
Comments 17
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Albert Kingsbury was born in Morris, Illinois back in 1863. He graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1880. He continued his education at the University of Akron majoring in Scientific-Latin courses. He dropped out shortly afterwards and worked in a machine shop as an apprentice.He received his mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University in 1887. He pursued a teaching career at the University of New Hampshire, within two years he was a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the university. With his new position it gave him time to work on his other passion. He worked at two other positions before being issued a U.S. paten around 1907. All in all, he was awarded over fifty patents between the years of 1902 to 1930.What you may not know about Albert Kingsbury is that he is...
Comments 17
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Verlin was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1939. After graduating from St. John’s College High School, he enrolled in Georgetown University for one term. He was accepted in the United State Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1962.He was commissioned as a lieutenant seeing action in Vietnam serving three combat tours as an Airborne Ranger. He received several awards for his service and valor, in 2005 he was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his Outstanding Service to the Nation.After eight years in the military he left and opened a bar in Washington, D.C. he also had a side job which of course is the rest of the story. he served as Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International. He as a member of the board for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fun a Senior Fellow to th...
Comments 16