Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Kitty Lanahan was born in Buffalo, New York back in 1903. I have no clue as to who her parents were, her schooling or much of anything else that is except for the rest of the story.She was a small-time actress. She played in a short film “The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner in 1921. Some of the other films were “Where’s My Wandering Boy Tonight, Vamoos, Smilin’ Through, The Phantom of the North, Klondike Annie and for playing Tirzah in the 1925 film Ben-Hur.” just to name a few.Her stage name was Kathleen Key sometimes credited as Kathleen Keys. Her claim to fame was two-fold number one she had a well-known love affair with actor Buster Keaton. However, her real claim to fame was her role in the film “The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner.” For you see Kitty Lanahan was in true life t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jack St. Clair was born in Jefferson City, Missouri back in 1923 to Hubert and Vina. He attended school in Great Bend, Kansas. He received his bachelor of science from the University of Illinois and a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1950.In 1958, he was working at Texas Instruments. He had not accumulated any vacation time so he spent his summer working on problems in circuit design. What he came up with revolutionized his work. He was issued U.S. Patent 3,138,743 for his work (more on that later).In 1970 he took a leave of absence from Texas Instruments to work as an independent inventor. Jack St. Clair Kilby was the co-inventor of the handheld calculator and the thermal printer. But his breakthrough design was that of the first...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Simon Kenton was born in Fauquier County, Virginia to Mark and Mary. When he was 16 he fled the area into the wilderness of West Virginia. He had shot a man in a fit of rage over a girl, thinking he had killed the man he changed his name to Simon Butler.He did something in 1777, which we will get into later. Anyway in 1778, he was captured by the Shawnee where they tortured him for many days. He was saved by Pierre Droullard. Having survived the torture, the Shawnee adopted him naming him Cut-ta-ho-tha (the condemned man).In 1778 he served as scout for George Rogers Clark during the American Revolution. In 1793-94, he served with “Mad” Anthony Wayne during the Northwest Indian War. In 1810 he moved to Urbana, Ohio where he served in the state militia achieving the rank of brigadier gene...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda, New South Wales back in 1880 to Michael and Mary. She was mainly home-schooled but did attend schools in South Wales.When she was seventeen she broke her wrist, her father took her to Toowoomba for treatment where she said while recuperating. With nothing much to do she began reading his medical books, thus is the subject of the rest of the story.From 18 to her mid-twenties she worked as an unaccredited bush nurse. In 1909 she paid a tailor to make her a nurse’s uniform complete with cap and cape. In 1915 she volunteered to serve as a nurse in the war. Not officially qualified the service took her anyway. She was so good at the job she earned the title of “Sister” in the Australian Army Nurse Corps. With the information I have it would take 3-4 blog...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eglantine Jebb was born in Ellesmere, Shropshire back in 1876. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. After graduation she taught school for one year. Having made the decision being a school teacher was not for her she went on to do something else. This of course is the rest of the story.She moved to Cambridge to care for her mother when she became involved with the Charity Organization Society. She carried out some research and wrote a book “Cambridge, a Study in Social Questions” in 1906.In 1907, she was appointed to the Education Committee of Cambridge Borough Council. In 1913, she went to Macedonia where she wrote in the Cambridge Magazine about her experiences.With all her experiences she set into motion something that is still going to this day. She started a fund for tho...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eleanor Jarman was born in Sioux City, Iowa back in 1904 to Julius and Amelia. Sorry I do not and cannot find any information about her childhood, education and so on however, what I can tell you is the rest of the story, well sort of….Records show she married Leroy and moved to Chicago. In 1933 she along with two others a George Dale and Leo Minneci tried to rob a clothing store in Chicago. As a result, the store owner was shot and died, witnesses noted the license plate and the trio was arrested. Although she was never charged for the robbery she was charged as an accomplish in the store owners death.For seven years she was a model prisoner but in 1940 she escaped. For the next 35 years she made contact with her family through classified ads in the newspaper. She is on the FBI’s ten m...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Chaim Godalia was born in Makow Mazowiecki, Congress Poland back in 1900 to Abraham and Rachel. They later changed his name to Hyman George.In 1906 the family moved to New York City, they later moved to Chicago where he worked when he was 9 for three cents an hour. He graduated from John Marshall High School and was admitted into the United States Naval Academy.At the age of 18 he began his naval career. In 1923, he became the youngest officer to make officer to make engineering office. He continued his studies and graduated with a Master of Science at the United States Naval Academy.He served during WWI and WWII. By the time WWII started he rose through the ranks to commander. in 1945 he was appointed Inspector General of the 19th Fleet. Those who served under him said he was hyperacti...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Sally Ward was born in Scott County, Kentucky back in 1827 to Robert and Emily. She attended a French finishing school graduating in 1844. She was fluent in French and played several musical instruments.She married Timothy in 1849, divorcing in 1850 due to cultural differences. She then married Robert in 1852, living in New Orleans, Louisiana. The marriage produced two sons Robert and John and one daughter Emily, with only John surviving to adulthood.When the Civil War started Robert was killed in action for the Confederacy however, they had already separated because she supported Abraham Lincoln. She then married Vene, after his death she married her fourth husband George. She died of a ruptured stomach ulcer in 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky.What you may not know about Sally Ward Lawren...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Benjamin Leroy was born in Concord, New Hampshire back in 1849 to William and Eliza. In 1869, you could find him working at his father’s sawmill getting hardwoods ready for shipping to his brothers in San Francisco.Benjamin left for California in 1883 after the death of his parents. He met up with his brothers where they founded the Stockton Wheel Company. Benjamin was an inventor of sorts. He produced the first horse-drawn “Link-Belt Combined Harvester.”In 1890, he built his first steam traction engine named “Old Betsy”. In, 1892 he produced a steam-driven tractor that was capable of hauling 50 short tons of material at 3 MPH.In 1904, he produced something that is still in use to this day. He designed the first practical continuous tracks for tractors. This gave rise to the first crawl...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Lucy Hobbs was born in Constable, New York back in 1833. I have no data about her parents, schooling etc., but what I can tell you is the rest of the story. She entered the working world by teaching school for ten years. In 1859, she moved to Cincinnati trying to gain admittance to a school.Back in those days women were denied certain training/schooling due to their sex. So, what did she do? Well she began studying with the help of a professor from the school she had tried to enter. She was allowed entrance into that school of higher education where in 1866 she earned her doctorate.After graduation in 1867, she moved to Chicago where she met James, they married and moved to Lawrence, Kansas where they remained until James died in 1886. Sadly, she died in 1910 but her legacy and what she...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Fowler was born in Great Torrington, Devon, England back in 1777. I could not find anything about his childhood including who his parents were, his education and so on. So, what say let’s get to the rest of the story.In 1828, he patented something that I thought was invented not that long ago. He received the British patent number 5711 for his invention, more on that in a moment. In 1840, he invented something else which he single-handily made from woo in his workshop. The device was 6 feet long by 3 feet deep and 1-foot high.Now you may not know Thomas Fowler but you undoubtedly have benefited from his inventions. His first invention was called the “thermosiphon” which formed the basis of the early hot water central heating systems. His second invention which he hand-carved was ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nathan Cooley was born in Longmeadow, Massachusetts back in 1800. By 1821, you could find him working as an apprentice with a local jeweler. That’s when he left, moved to Boston where he graduated from Harvard Medical School with a M.D. in 1827.His true love however, was dentistry which of course is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it shall we. He practiced dentistry for forty years in 1843, he was awarded an honorary D.D.S. by the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. Being a practicing physician, he also helped Fanny Longfellow to give birth to her daughter in 1847.What you may not know about Nathan Cooley Keep is that he was the first physician to use anesthesia for childbirth, one of the first to manufacture porcelain teeth and most importantly being a critical participant in a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Kam Tong was born in Kalihi, Territory of Hawaii back in 1918.  He graduated from President William McKinley High School in 1938.  He started working in the shipyard at Pearl Harbor.  He witnessed the attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.  In 1944, two B-24 bombers collided over his home killing his wife, his four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son.That same year he applied for a job as a police officer for the Honolulu Police Department where he served for sixteen years.  After his retirement, he worked as a disc jockey and sold real estate.What you may not know is that due to a misunderstanding by his first teacher he was taught to spell his name as Kam Fong Chun.  Due to the confusion as he got older he legally changed his name to that spelling.  You may not know Kam Fong C...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Merritt was born in New York City, New York back in 1824.  He went to work at the age of twelve however, he continued his education on his own.  In 1846, he married Caroline, the couple had six children two sons and four daughters.Caroline was the sister-in-law of Nathaniel who hired him as a bookkeeper in 1852.  By 1857, James had moved up through the ranks where Nathaniel offered him a full partnership in the firm.  His job was to streamline the company to make it more profitable.  He worked there for over forty years until his death in Rye, New York in 1895.  His sons and those of Nathaniel took it over continuing to manage the firm until it went into liquidation in 1907.  By this time, I hope you are wondering who James is writing about today.  You may not know James Merritt b...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Toliver was born in Greenville, South Carolina back in 1910 to Thomas and Charlotte. His father was a real estate broker and his mother a concert pianist.He graduated from Furman University in 1931 with a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. for Cornell University in 1936. After graduation, he became director of research for DuMont Laboratories in New Jersey. He left DuMont in 1966 to become a professor of physics at Furman University, he retired to become an emeritus professor in 1975. He died in 2009 due to a hip fracture leading to infection, he was 99.What you may not know about Thomas Toliver Goldsmith, Jr. is that in 1947 he filed for a U.S. Patent number 2,455,992 making him the co-inventor of the first arcade game using a cathode ray tube. He was awarded five more U.S. Patents inv...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Henry Welch was born in Norfolk, Connecticut back in 1850 to William and Emeline. Educated at Norfolk Academy and the Winchester Institute before entering Yale University in 1866. His ambition was to teach the Greek language. He received his A.B. degree in 1870.After graduation, he taught school in Norwich, New York for a short period of time. He went on to study medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in Manhattan. He received his MD in 1875. He studied in Germany after graduation returning to the United States in 1877 opening a lab at Bellevue Medical College.He was the first physician recruited by the newly-formed Johns Hopkins Hospital and Medical School in Baltimore. By 1886, he helped establish the first postgraduate training program for phys...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Gladys Wolf was born in Mason County, Michigan back in 1900 to George and Emma. In 1910, the family moved to Medford, Oregon where she attended Medford High School. Moving again the family settled in San Diego, California where she graduated from San Diego High School.In 1920, she graduated from Occidental College. In 1922, she was offered a job in Inglewood but she didn’t know where the community was. She accepted the position which of course is the rest of the story. She met and married Frances, he died in 1983, Gladys died in 1997 they had no children.What she did do is nothing short of amazing for you see she taught Spanish at Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California for 45 years. She taught some ten thousand youngsters during her tenure at Inglewood. Two of them became lieute...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Tudor was born in St. George’s, Bermuda back in 1745 to Henry and Ann.  He studied medicine graduating from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1770.  He moved to South Carolina in the 1760’s settling in Charleston where he opened his medical practice.In 1781, he joined the Continental Army as a hospital surgeon serving until 1783.  In 1787, and again in 1788, South Carolina sent him as a delegate to the Continental Congress.  After the war, he opposed the United States Constitution believing it gave too much authority to the central government.  He was elected to the United States House of Representatives serving the first two congresses from 1789 to 1793.In 1801, then President Jefferson appointed him as Treasurer of the United States serving until his death in 1828.  Thom...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eva Morris was born in Newcastle, Staffordshire, England back in 1885. She worked as a domestic servant in Staffordshire before retirement. She was widowed in the 1930’s, I can’t find were she ever remarried. She had one child Winnie who died of cancer in 1975, she was 62.What you may not know about Eva Morris Sharpe is that she was a supercentenarian. She died in her sleep on 2nd, November 2000 she was 114 years, 360 days young. What you may not know about Eva is that she attributed her longevity to a daily dose of boiled onions and whiskey along with an occasional cigarette. Now, where can I find the nearest liquor store in Maine?Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face, a penny in your pocket and a snort of whiskey each night. Can’t say the same about a cigarette or boiled onions…...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Isaac Leonard was born in Salt Springville, New York back in 1833. I have no information about his parents or schooling. As a young man, he began selling sauerkraut to help him survive. In 1851, he headed west to the California Gold Rush.After the rush was over he returned to DeKalb, Illinois in 1855 where he opened a hardware and implements store. Being a successful businessman and rising in prominence he began to import Percheron draft horses and land, acquiring around 3,400 acres. In 1874, he saw something that would forever change the west (more on that in a moment).In 1874, with two others he formed the I.L. Elmwood Manufacturing Company.    In 1881, the name was changed, seventeen years later they merged into what would later me known as United States Steel. While he was on a trip...
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