Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ellen G. Harmon was born in Gorham, Maine back in 1827 to Robert and Eunice. Her father was a hat maker and most of her youth was spent in the business. When she was nine while with her sister Elizabeth an older classmate shouted some angry words and threw a stone that struck her in the head. Thinking she was going to die she confessed her sins.At twelve she attended William Miller’s lectures feeling guilty for her sins so in 1842 she was baptized in Casco Bay, Portland, Maine where she eagerly waited for Jesus to come again. In 1845 she met her future husband James. The union bore them four sons only two lived to adulthood.From 1844 to 1863 she experienced between one and two hundred visions, typically in public places and meeting halls. It was during this time she began to write about...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Emma Didlake was born in Boligee, Alabama back in 1904. The family moved to Kentucky where she married a coal miner in 1922. In 1943 when she was 38 and the mother of 5 children she enlisted in the WAAC during WWII. She served as a private and a driver. She earned the Women’s Army Corps Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.After leaving the service she moved to Detroit, Michigan where she lived until her death. On July 17th , 2015 at 111years old she visited Washington D.C. meeting President Barack Obama durin the honorary trip. She attributed her longevity to a diet with a great deal of fruits and vegetable. Every day she ate golden raising which she had soaked in vodka overnight (my kind of woman). About a month after visiting the White House she f...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ralph Waldo McBurney was born in Quinter, Kansas back in 1902 to George & Mary. Can’t say much about his childhood but what I can tell you of course is the rest of the story. he attended Sterling College and transferred to the Kansas State Agricultural College graduating in 1927.He was an elder in the Quinter congregation of the reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. He held multiple Master athletics world records for track and field. He was a beekeeper in the city of Quinter, Kansas.   He died in 2009 at the age of 106. Now most of you know that is not the end of this story so can you tell me what he is most noted for? In 2006 he was recognized as the oldest worker in America. That’s right he was still working at 103.
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Belle Macomber was born in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts back in 1840. Shortly after her birth the family moved to Iowa where when she was old enough she moved back East to complete her education. She taught school in the wilderness of Cass County, Iowa. In 1860 she married and moved to Peoria, on the anniversary of her wedding news about the firing on Fort Sumter reached her.Her husband was called up for service with the Seventeenth Illinois. Belle followed her husband experiencing all the horrors of war, sleeping on the ground with the occasional blanket. After the war she studied medicine and surgery where for the rest of her time she was on the clinical staff of Hahnemann College in Chicago. So no big deal you may be asking yourself as hard life was the norm back in those days. For...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
This is one that I usually don’t post but I thought you may enjoy it. I have an email marketing campaign I use to attract agents. I send several every day to agents. Well yesterday I was just finishing lunch when my phone rang. “Hi this is (Adam) not his real name. I received an email from you and I want to know what is going on? Interesting first line as my email stated it all.Anyway I told him I had sent out the email as a marketing plan to get new agents to come over to our firm. He was impressed and stated he called me to chew on my A$$. Guess he didn’t know who was talking to. To make a long story short is seems his mother owns an agency and is ready to retire. He hasn’t got his broker’s license and is looking to either get it or switch to another agency.What he thought was going t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James King was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota back in 1923 to Rolf and Ruth. After graduating from Washburn High School we worked as a jewelry wholesaler, loading and unloading railway boxcars at Burlington freight yards in Minneapolis. He wanted to be a naval fighter pilot but he had poor eyesight and was 6’7” tall. At the time the limit was 6’2”. He was called up for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He served as a rifleman with the U.S. 3rd, Infantry Division. He was severely wounded during Operation Shingle at Anzio.In 1945 after having undergone several surgeries he was honorably discharged. Among his decoration were the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three battle stars, the WWII Victory Medal and the Combat Infan...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Curtis Wain was born in Lamar, Colorado back in 1916 to Dan and Nellie. The family moved to Las Animas which was the county seat in Bent County where his father ran for sheriff and was elected. The family lived below the jail and his mother cooked for the prisoners. He was the quarterback of Bent County High School football team. During WWII he served in the United States Army from 1943-1945.After the war he attended Colorado College to study medicine but left shortly to pursue his musical career. He joined the “Sons of the Pioneers from 1949-1953, he also sung in the tommy Dorsey band. Columbia Pictures signed him to a contract where he starred in a series of musical Westerns. One of his songs still resonates with me and it is still played today the title “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky.” H...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ezra Lee was born in Lyme, Connecticut back in 1749. I don’t have any background as to his education however, when you hear the rest of the story it really doesn’t matter.In 1776 he was selected to volunteer for a mission. Then Sergeant Lee was one of several men taught to operate the Turtle, more on that in a minute. Many stories have been written because of the failure of the Turtle and Sergeant Lee to complete their mission. So the Turtle was the first man-made submarine to be used in war. The first story is that Lee could not bore through the hull of the British ships due to their thick copper-sheeted hull. In fact, the copper was thin, it is believed now Lee’s drill struck a metal rudder support which was thick. Another myth is that Lee was frail and did not have enough strength to...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elias Dayton was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey back in 1737 during the French and Indian War. He was a captain in the New Jersey militia during Pontiac’s War in 1760. In 1774 he joined the Continental Congress call to resist Parliament’s recent tax policy and to boycott good imported from Britain. When New Jersey turned against Royal Governor William Franklin in 1775 the New Jersey Provincial Congress chose Elias to lead the 3rd, New Jersey Regiment.In 1776 his troops were sent to invade Canada but they were diverted to New York’s Mohawk Valley. He was put in charge of constructing fortification to protect the colonists. He supervised the construction of Fort Dayton, now Herkimer, New York and Fort Schuyler now Rome, New York.In 1777 he set up a spy network for George Washington on Stat...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Michael Alan Weiner was born in the Bronx, New York back in 1942 to Benjamin and Rae, Jewish emigrants from Russia. He describes his childhood as difficult as his father died in 1970. He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1958 and attended Queens College earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1963. He taught school for several years after graduation.He worked for Timothy Leary as keeper of the stone gatehouse for the Hitchcock Cattle Company in Millbrook, N.Y. afterwards he went on to study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. There he earned a Master of Science in botany in 1970 and a Master of Arts in anthropology in 1972. In 1978 he obtained a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in nutritional ethnomedicine.He wrote a health and nutrition manuscript in 1194 which w...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Matthew Webb was born in Dawley, Telford back in 1848. At the age of 12 he joined the training ship HMS Conway for two years. Afterwards he joined the merchant navy where he served a three-year apprenticeship. While serving about the Cunard Line ship Russia travelling from New York to Liverpool a man fell overboard. He jumped into the water in an attempt to rescue him however, the man was never found. For his daring rescue attempt he was awarded the Stanhope Medal and became a hero of the British press.Again in 1863 while he was at home he rescued his 12-year old brother Thomas from drowning in the Severn near Ironbridge. However, on August 24th 1875 he did something no-one else had ever accomplished and therefore be forever written down in the history books for. What was this accomplis...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Noah was born in Hartford, Connecticut back in 1758. His father was a farmer and deacon of the local church. His mother spent long hours teaching her children spelling, mathematics and music. At 6 he attended a dilapidated one-room primary school. He described his teacher as the “dregs of humanity” complaining they taught mainly religion.At 14 he was taught Latin and Greek by the local pastor. Just before he turned 16 he entered Yale College. He graduated from Yale in 1778. He taught school briefly in Glastonbury, due to low pay and harsh conditions he quit to study law. He passed the bar examination in 1781. Reports indicated he fell into a state of depression due to a failed romance. Turning to literary work as a way to overcome his losses plus channel his ambitions he began writing. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Erroll Brown was born in St. Petersburg, Florida back in 1950. He graduated from Dixie Hollins High School in 1968. After graduation he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He graduated in 1972 after majoring in Marine Engineering. He continued his education with a master’s degree in Naval Architect and Marine Engineering. Not that it was enough but he also earned a second masters in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.The journey continues in 1986 he received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   Just one more to tell you about in 1994 he graduated from the Naval War College with yet another master degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.He served aboard the Burton Island, Jarvis and Cutter Rush...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Crawford was born in Cedar Valley, Missouri back in 1899 to Glenn and Margaret. I have no information as to his education etc. what I can tell you is the rest of the story. He became an aviator flying a Flamingo monoplane. One day while searching for an ore bed he discovered something which he will forever be written down in the history books for.But first let’s go back a little bit. This thing he discovered happened on November 18th 1933. On October 9th, 1933 he returned to this place where he intended to land the aircraft which he did. The aircraft nose-dived when it hit soft ground making take-off impossible. No-one was injured but they had to trek across terrain, having a low food supply it took them 11 days to make their way back to civilization.When word got out about the di...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
It was Sunday afternoon when I drove up in our driveway after chasing that little white ball around the course.  My Mother-In-Law is staying with us for 3 months while her home gets a make over. I was fixing our weed-eater when they drove up.  My wife wrote this on her Facebook page and I asked her before posting it here.  Happy reading Mom's mentioned a few time that she'd like to get behind the wheel of a car again just to see if she could still drive. I finished my yard work today and I called her outside to go for a little ride. I drove a few miles to a huge empty church parking lot and I stopped the car and told mom to come around and get behind the wheel. She looked like I'd asked her to hook up to a zip line and jump off a hundred foot platform into the Australian bush. "Susan, ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
I’ve been thinking about doing this for some time now. Starting today I’m going to put it into action. For the last two-three years I follow only a select few people here in the Rain. Starting today I’m going to expand my horizons and look for some new people to follow who I think would be a good choice for me.I know they are out there but frankly I’m getting out of my comfort zone. It’s like agents who get comfortable in what they do; they never expand their horizons to see what else is out there. Today is a new day I’m going to make the most of it and see what I’ve been missing.For those of you who I do follow hopefully I’ll be able to comment on your posts like I do almost daily however if I don’t that means I’m following so many people now I just don’t have the time to make it.Wish ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Peter Cooper was born in New York City, New York back in 1791, being the fifth child of John. John was a hat maker from Newburgh, New York. Peter worked as a coach maker’s apprentice, cabinet maker, hat maker, brewer and grocer. In his spare time, he also set about tinkering with making things, therein lies the rest of the story. in 1821 he purchased a glue factory for $2,000.00 a hefty sum in those days in Kips Bay. He ran the business successfully for many years producing a profit of $10,000.00 equivalent to roughly $200,000.00 today in just two years. He purchased 3,000 acres in Maryland which he started developing.He was the first person to successfully use anthracite coal to puddle iron. He owned a number of patents for his inventions some for the manufacture of gelatin, he also de...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Louis Barnett was born in Kinver, Staffordshire by his parents Phil and Mary.  During his school years he struggled to meet his teacher’s expectations.  His biggest issues in school were math and written works.  Other students would not understand him so he got into a lot of fights and became the target of bullying.  At 11 his parents took him out of regular school and gave him a vocational homeschooling. Later in life his problems were to be diagnosed to be caused by dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder.  His parents hired a tutor who helped him with his studies however, his parents encouraged him to follow his interests.  What sparked his interest, why that is the rest of the story. Falconry became his interest at first, he spent 18 months working as a volunteer at a falco...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Boivin was born in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada back in 1866 to Stanislas and Marie. As a child he contracted polis and as a result he lost on leg due to the complications of the illness. He studied at Saint Hyacinthe College before immigrating to Manchester, New Hampshire in 1883.   He worked for the law offices of Burnham, Brown, Jones and Warren while studying law. He was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1899 and subsequently to the Hillsborough County Bar Association.In 1902 he represented Manchester’s Ward 9 at the constitutional convention. His law office was located at the Kennard Building in Manchester. He also served as a justice of the peace, insurance agent and real estate broker. He was a devout Catholic who sang in the choir, an avid singer and music lover. His prim...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
I went to a garage sale.  I usually do not go to garage sales. However, this morning when I got up my wife had left me a message on my phone. We have been looking for a new lawn mower and there were two listed so off I went. When I got there I bought a new Lawnboy mulcher complete with bag for 150.00. the mower had not had the oil put in it. The condition was new with no signs of wear or tear.Anyway one of the sellers helped me load it into our SUV. As I was getting ready to go we spoke a little while about him needing more space of course the talk was about real estate. I handed him my card and low and behold he as a residential in a nearby town he is considering to sell.My point is wear your nametag and always take your business cards. Hopefully when I get back I’ll have a new listing...
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