Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Wesley was born in Baltimore, Maryland back in 1927.  During his senior year in high school he was the Cadet Corps Battalion Commander.  He was the first in his family to attend college at Howard University.He entered the Naval Academy in 1945 and graduated in 1949.  He was also an athlete, running cross-country with Jimmy Cater9 yes that Jimmy Carter.  he served this country from 1944 to 1969 in the U.S. Navy.  He fought in the Korean and Vietnam War’s retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.  His daughter chairs the California Division of the American Cancer Society today as well as the External Affairs and Diversity management departments at Macy’s West.I’m writing about Wesley Anthony Brown today, he was the first African-American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
August Karl was born in the Kingdom of Prussia back in 1861. He graduated from the University of Greifswald and the University of Bonn where he received his doctors license. Sorry I do not have any dates or who his parents were etc., so let’s continue with the rest of the story.On August 16th, 1898, he did something that will forever place him in the history books. More on that later. In 1903 he joined the faculty of the University of Bonn as a full professor teaching there until 1907. He moved to Berlin being appointed Geheimrat Professor of Surgery and Chief Surgeon. He treated some important people including Kaiser Wilhelm II and family members of Nicholas II of Russia and of course Vladimir Lenin. If you haven’t guessed it by now I’m writing about August Karl Gustav Bier.  Now we’ll...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Cornelius was born in Dublin, Ireland back in 1920. Sorry I do not have any information about his parents or his early childhood however, what I can tell you is the rest of the story. he studied the violin at the Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and was an altar boy at St. Kevin’s Church.In 1940 he became a war correspondent covering the air war in Europe. He was involved in fourteen missions with the Eighth and Ninth United States Army Air Forces before joining General George S. Patton’s Third Army. After the European war ended he transferred to the Pacific theater of action.He emigrated to the United States in 1947 working for Time Magazine. During a trip to Normandy he came up with an idea that will forever be noted in the history books. Now you may be asking yourself what was that i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thora Maria Fredrika Hildegard Bjorck was born in Bro, Varmland back in 1847 to Carl and Anna. Her mother died when she was only four years old and her father when she was 22. She graduated from the Nya Elementar-school in Stockholm in 1872.The following year she entered Uppsala University graduating with a medico-philosophy degree in 1873 and a medicine degree in 1879. She suffered with an outbreak of measles and hearing problems stopping her studies to become a licensed doctor. She became an informal assistant doctor to her uncle however, after they died she worked as a private caretaker to several individuals in France and England. She died in 1920and is buried at Skogskyrokgarden cemetery in Stockholm next to her brother Rudolf.So, you may be asking yourself what or why is James wri...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Earl was born in Columbia Heights, Minnesota back in 1924.  He described himself as a nerd.  He attended the University of Minnesota earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1948.  Just after WWII hospitals were just starting to employ electronic equipment however, they did not have the staff to maintain and repair them.Seizing on the opportunity he started his own business to assist the medical institutions in doing just that.  He, with the help of his brother-in-law, started the company in his garage and as they say the rest is history.  He was round when Dr. C. Walton Lillehei was performing a life-saving surgery on children with blue baby syndrome.  Now you may be asking yourself what surgery did Doctor Lillehei perform and what business did Earl start?  Well now y...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Taylor was born in Exeter, New Hampshire back in 1753. By 1775 he was one of the Minutemen moving up to a selectman in 1777. He served as a member of the New Hampshire House of representatives in 1779 to 1781 when he was selected as a delegate to the Convention of the States in Hartford, Connecticut.In 1791 he was appointed as the New Hampshire Treasurer and moderator serving off and on until 1825. During that time, he also served as Governor in 1794. He died in Exeter in 1828 he was 74.Now let me tell you the rest of the story. If you haven’t figured it out my now I’m writing about John Taylor Gilman. When he was 22 he read aloud a Dunlap Broadside, which was the first published copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed on the night of July 4th, 1776. There were only 200 ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Francis Salvador was born back in 1747 to Jacob (sorry I do not have any information as to his mother’s name), in London, England.  His uncle, Joseph Salvador was a prominent business man and director of the British East India Company.  His father died when he was two.  He inherited a rather large sum planning on using it to settle in the New World.He married Sarah his first cousin and they moved to the small community of Savannah, Georgia.  When the Spanish attacked Georgia in 1740 he fled with his family to Charleston, South Carolina.  He purchased 7,000 acres in the Carolina colony, and in 1773 he joined the American cause.  During that time, he was elected to the South Carolina Provincial Congress being re-elected to the second Provincial Congress in 1775 holding that office until h...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Jeffries was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1745.  I have no information about his parents or his upbringing that is until he graduated from Harvard College getting his medical degree from the University of Aberdeen.  He was a key witness for the defense for the trial that ensued after the Boston Massacre.  He is credited with being among America’s first weather observers, taking daily weather measurement in 1774.  In fact, National Weatherperson’s Day is celebrated in his honor.  Amherst College has a collection of his papers if you are ever close you need to stop by and take a look at them. He lived in England from 1776 to 1790 returning to Boston to open a private practice staying there until his death in 1819.  During his lifetime, he served the British Army in Nova Scot...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nicky Daniel was born in Caraway, Arkansas back in 1945 to Johno and Beta. In 1951 the family moved to Glendale, Arizona. He grew up driving tractor and picking cotton on a ranch where his father worked. He quit school to work full-time helping to support the family when his father was diagnosed with polio.At 17 he forged his mother’s signature to enlist in the Arizona National Guard. When he turned 18 he enlisted in the US Army where after basic training he was stationed in Worms, Germany. He was sent to Vietnam in 1966 at which time he was wounded three times. He volunteered for a second tour from 1968-1969 reaching the rand of staff sergeant while serving with the 21st, Infantry Regiment. During an operation near Tam Ky his platoon leader was wounded and he assumed command. He led hi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Richard Trevithick was born in Cornwall, England back in 1771 to Richard and Ann.  They had 6 children, he was the only boy.  He stood 6ft. 2in. and was athletic.  One of his teachers described him as “a disobedient, slow, obstinate, spoiled boy, frequently absent and very inattentive”.  The only good thing is that he was exceptional at arithmetic.  Apparently, he was very good having an unconventional means of arriving at the correct answer.  From what I’ve read it does not tell me what that unconventional means was so we’ll go on.He started working t 19 with the East Stray Park Mine.  In 1997 becoming an engineer at the Ding Dong Mine (not made up), he pioneered the use of high-pressure steam.  In 1801 he developed what was called the “Puffing Devil”, a full-size steam road locomotive...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Asa was born in Srednik, Lithuania back in 1886 to Moses and Nechama. In 1891 the family moved to New York. His mother died in 1895, this put him in a state of withdrawal spending time at the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. Later that same year he was introduced to something that became his life’s work. More on that shortly.In 1902 he worked for the Walter L. Main’s Circus working as an usher. It wasn’t long before he was noticed and moved up as a performer in one of the Side Shows of the circus. It was from this humble beginning that Asa’s career took off. He moved to San Francisco as a vaudeville singer. Returning to New York in 1909 he appeared in his first musical revue at the Winder Garden Theater. The show he performed in lasted for 104 performances while his popularity con...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Chuck was born in Clifton, Colorado back in 1939 to Lester and Esther. He graduated from Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado. He received a BS in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1961.He came up with an idea back in 1983 that forever changed his life (more on that later). Three weeks before he applied for a patent two other beat him to it. However, after a short time the other two had abandoned the idea due to “a lack of business perspective”. He applied and received U.S. Patent 4,575,330 for his idea in March of 1986.Now many of you may be asking what was his idea but first I guess it’s time to tell you I’m writing about Chuck Hull and his invention was what he called sterolithography. Better known s (3D Printing). His company is 3D Printing. He is nam...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Horace Abbott was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts back in 1806. Sorry I don’t have the names of his parents but onward to today’s history lesson. What I can tell you of course is the rest of the story. In 1836 he bought the Canton Iron Works in Baltimore, Maryland, the company specialized in the production of steamboat and railroad components.   He renamed it the Abbott iron Company and by 1850 it was the largest iron mill in the United States. He was founder of Baltimore’s First National Bank and director of the Second National Bank of Baltimore. He died in Baltimore in 1887 at 81.Now you may be asking yourself why I am writing about Horace? Again, as usual I’m so glad you did for you see his company provided the armor plating for the USS Monitor, USS Agamenticus, USS Roanoke and the US...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Blanche Douglass was born in Tensas Parish, Louisiana back in 1860. I don’t know her fathers or mothers name but it doesn’t matter. Anyway, on with the lesson. She married and as such she became the daughter-in-law of T.P. Leathers. You may be asking yourself sooooo? Well now I mentioned that because it ties in with the rest of the story.You see he T.P. Leathers was the Captain of the riverboat Natchez. She was there to see such passengers as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis as they travelled down the mighty Mississippi. Sorry maybe does the name Blanche Douglass Leathers ring a bell? Hmm, so let me tell you a story for you see back in 1894 she began an historic voyage up the mighty Mississippi as she was the first female steamboat captain on the Mississippi piloting the Natchez up the...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Shippen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1712 to Edward and Abigail. He joined the Second Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia back in 1742. He helped Benjamin Franklin who founded the Public Academy in 1749, serving as one of its trustees.He served as a trustee of the College of Philadelphia from 1755 to 1779, the College is now known as the University of Pennsylvania. He was chosen as a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1778 to1780. He remained active well into his eighties. He died in 1801 and is buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard in Philadelphia.So, no biggie, here right? Well not so fast cowboy for you see it was some of his offspring that will be wrote about later that will tell the rest of the story. more to follow on this man later.  Stay tu...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Archer Alexander was born around 1810 on a Virginia however there is no official record as Archer was a slave. Archer was bought and sold several times finally winding up on border of Missouri in St. Charles County and Warren County. He married Louisa and they had several children all of which were sold by his owner James Naylor.He worked for Naylor for over twenty years. During that time, he gained the respect of Naylor and was put in charge as an overseer on the farm. Just prior to the Civil War he listened to the political issues and determined that if the opportunity presented itself he would flee from his life as a slave. He did so around 1863. His escape and recapture is something you should read however; it is too long in this forum. Suffice it to say he was kept safe until the E...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Walter Chauncey was born in New Britain, Connecticut back in 1859 to Everett and Ellen.  He attended Hopkins Grammar School and entered Yale College in 1875 graduating in 1880.  He went on to attend medical school at Yale Medical School from 1880 to 1883 however, a bout of typhoid fever interrupted his studies.  During his time at Yale he played intercollegiate football, then the teams were allowed 15 players.  He served as the head football coach for Yale from 1888 to 1892.  Sadly, he died in 1925 in New York, New York.  What he did between 1880-1925 is what he’ll be noted for in the history books.  For you see today I’m writing about Walter Chauncey Camp.  Does the name ring a bell?  If not that is okay for when I finish I’m sure you’ll remember his name.  he was on various collegiate...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William was born in Circleville, Pennsylvania back in 1809. He made his fortune in the railroad industry in Pittsburg. Moving to the Kansas Territory in the 1850’s, he founded a homestead in Leavenworth where he lived with his wife and 9 count em 9 kids.Moving yet again he staked his claim by laying cottonwood logs along a square-mile parcel of land on a hill. He planned the site and sold tracts to miners and other migrants headed through the Rocky Mountains. He anticipated becoming the first governor of the state however, another one was appointed to that position. He later became a United States commissioner and judge.He served as a Kansas state senator from 1867-1870. He retired and moved back to Leavenworth, Kansas and died in 1875. So, what can you tell me about William Larimer Jr....
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Henry Soskin was born in London, England back in 1930. He studied acting t the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He appeared in some television series like “the Avengers, The Saint, Man in a Suitcase and The Champions.” He co-wrote the movies “The Abominable Snowman, The Web of Fear and the Dominators.In 1969 while on vacation in the Cevennes he read a book that forever changed him and of course all of us. More on the book in a moment. Anyway, after reading that book he embarked on a journey which to this date he is still on the hunt. After reading the book he wrote several other books including “The Priest, the Painter and the Devil and The Shadow of the Templars”. If you haven’t figured it out by now I’m writing about Henry Lincoln (born Henry Soskin) who co-authored The Holy Blood and t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Lee de Forest was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa back in 1873 to Henry and Anna Margaret. His father was a Congregational Church minister that wanted his son to follow in his footsteps. He attended the Mount Hermon Boys’ School and attended a three-year course of study at Yale University’s Sheffield Scientific School in New Haven, Connecticut. His dream was to become a successful famous and rich inventor.His inventions were to say the least very unsuccessful. During an important lecture by Professor Charles Hastings one of his experiments caused a total blackout which resulted in him being expelled from school. during the Spanish-American War in 1898 he enrolled in the Connecticut Volunteer Militia Battery however, the war ended and he was mustered out.His first job was with Western Elect...
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