Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Crosthwait was born in Nashville, Tennessee back in 1898. At a young age the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he attended school. He received his Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering degree from Purdue University.His expertise was air ventilation, central air conditioning and heat transfer. He held 39 United States patents and 80 international ones. He invented a vacuum pump, a boiler and thermostat control devices. He retired in 1971, when he returned to Purdue to teach a course on steam heating and control systems. He died in 1976, he was 77.What you may not know about David is that he created the heating systems for the Rockefeller Center and New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Such an accomplishment for an African-American back then, don’t you think? I can...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Alfred L. Cralle was born in Kenbridge, Virginia back in 1866 just after the American Civil War. He attended the local schools, but I do not know if he graduated. While working with his father in the carpentry trade he became interested in mechanics. He was sent to Washington, D.C. attending Wayland Seminary. It was founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society to help educate African-Americans after the Civil War.He settled in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania where he found work as a porter in a drug store and at a hotel. On June 10, 1896, he applied for a patent on an invention, it was granted on February 2, 1897. His basic design is still in use to this day. he later became a general manager for the Afro-American Financial, Accumulating, Merchandise and Business Association. Tragically...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edith Dircksey Brown was born near Geraldton, Western Australia back in 1861 to Kenneth and Mary. Her mother died when she was seven and her father killed her step-mother when she was 14. Those horrific experiences made her a solitary person. It also committed her to social reforms, securing proper care for mothers and children.She stayed with her grandmother while attending Bishop Halle’s School. With the passage of giving women the right to vote in 1899, she turned her attention to women’s health and the welfare of disadvantaged groups. In 1916, she became a Freemason admitted to the Australian federation of Droit Humain. She founded the Children’s Protection Society in Australia. She died in 1932 in Perth, Australia she was 70.What you may not know about Edith Dircksey Cowan is that ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Alvin Charles Copeland was born in New Orleans, Louisiana back in 1944. His father left shortly after his birth causing the family to live at the St. Thomas Public Housing Project. He did not finish high school leaving at 16 to help support the family. Working first for Schwegmann’s Super Market in Gentilly as a soda jerk. When he was 18 he sold his car to purchase a doughnut location. That purchase taught him the restaurant business and franchising. In 1972, Alvin started a fast food chain in the New Orleans suburb of Arabi in St. Bernard Parish. He began franchising his restaurants in 1976. In 1989, his franchise business was the third-largest chain.   What you may not know about Alvin Charles “Al” Copeland is that franchise he started in 1972 was Popeye’s Chicken. There is one about ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Lloyd Hillyard was born in Orange, New Jersey back in 1923. In 1941, he studied chemistry at Amherst College. World War II interrupted his studies when he joined the Navy. He spent three years in the Pacific aboard a landing ship, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade.After being discharged he returned to Amherst receiving his B.A. in 1947 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1950. After graduation he worked for Pfizer, in the chemical research department. In 1971, he became the research director at Pfizer Central Research in Sandwich, England retiring in 1984. He died in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2017 at 93.What you may not know about Lloyd Hillyard Conover is that he discovered an antibiotic by chemically modifying a naturally producing drug from plants. His disc...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Samuel Pomeroy was born in Paterson, New Jersey back in 1852 to Christopher and Theodora. At 23 he was appointed military aide-de-camp to the Rhode Island Governor, commissioned as a colonel. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1876. That same year he was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives. While in the House his main focus was to regulate child labor and the advancement of women’s property rights. In 1881, he was elected the Attorney General of Rhode Island, he served in that office until 1886. He died in 1921, from complication of a stroke.What you may not know about Samuel Pomeroy Colt is that he founded the Industrial Trust Company, it later became the Industrial National Bank, the Fleet Bank which was merged into Bank of America.   In 1887, he was appointed r...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elizabeth Hart Jarvis was born in Saybrook, Connecticut back in 1826 to William and Elizabeth.  Growing up in Portland to an affluent and prominent family.  In 1851 while in Newport, Rhode Island she met Samuel, the couple was married in 1856.  The union produced four children all but on died in infancy except for one.  Caldwell survived to adulthood but drowned at sea when he was 35.In 1861, Samuel died from complications associated with gout.  She inherited controlling interest in her husband manufacturing company worth 3.5 million.  She served for 22 years as the president of the Union for Home Work.  She was dubbed “The First Lady of Hartford”, for her work with the Hartford Soldiers Aid Society and organized the first Suffragette convention in Connecticut.  She sold her interest in...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Zerelda Elizabeth Cole was born in Woodford County, Kentucky back in 1825 to James and Lindsay. Her father while she was an infant broke his neck due to a riding accident leaving her mother with two small children. When she was 16 she married Robert in Stamping Ground, Kentucky, the two moved to Kearney, Missouri.Robert was a hemp farmer, a slave owner and an evangelical minister. The union produced Alexander, Woodson, Susan and Robert. Shortly after the birth of Susan Robert moved to California preaching to gold miners. It was reported that he died of cholera or typhoid around 1850. She remarried two more times, before dying in 1911. She was 86.What you may not know about Zerelda is that the two of the sons she bore was Alexander Franklin and Jess Woodson. You may know them better as F...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Henry Clay was born in Chester, Pennsylvania back in 1842. In 1863, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a newly minted 2nd lieutenant during the American Civil War. He saw action in the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion and the China Relief Expedition. He accompanied President Lincoln as a member of his guard at the Gettysburg Battlefield.As he continued his way through the ranks he was present at the bombardment of Alexandra, Egypt. His assignment was to protect the U.S. consulate. He was present at the coronation of Czar Alexander II at Moscow in 1883. During the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 he commanded the 1st Marine Regiment as part of the China Relief Expedition. He retired in 1905 as a colonel serving his country for 42 years of service in the Marines.What you may...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Louis Laurent Marie was born in La Balme-les-Grottes back in 1785 to Joseph and Marie. He attended the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris where he graduated and became a teacher. In 1815, he traveled to England to give a lecture, then to visit a school in Paris. After a few months in 1816, he crossed the pond to the United States. Along the way he learned English.Once he arrived he stayed in the States until his death in 1869. What you may not know about Louis Laurent Marie Clerc is that at the age of one he fell from a chair into a fire, suffering severe burns. That fall caused deafness and the inability to smell. He co-founded the first school for the deaf in North America, at Hartford, Connecticut in 1817.the school was remained to the American School for the Deaf in 1821. I...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Edith Clarke was born in Howard County, Maryland back in 1883 to John and Susan. While I don’t have any information as to what happened but, she was orphaned when she was 12. She went to stay with her older sister. Using her inheritance, she studied mathematics and astronomy at Vassar College. She graduated in 1908.She taught math and physics near San Francisco for a few years before working with AT&T in 1912. In 1922, General Electric hired her, she retired in 1945. She died in 1959 at 76.What you may not know about Edith Clarke is that she was the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She invented the Clarke calculator, receiving a patent for it in 1925. She was also the first woman to deliver a ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Robert Reed Church was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi back in 1839 to Charles and Emmeline. His mother died when he was 12, so his father a Steamboat Captain took on along on adventures along the rivers leading to New Orleans. During this time, he worked as a steward and mess hall. He saved up enough money to buy a bar in Memphis which eventually he traded for a saloon and billiard room. By 1878-79 he had acquired considerable wealth, he moved his family outside of the city. Seizing on the opportunity he acquired commercial building, residential housing and bars as well as undeveloped land. In 1906, Robert and two other partners established the Solvent Savings Bank serving as founding president. He served as an adviser to the Republican presidents in the 1920’s. What you may not kno...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Sarah Childress was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee back in 1803 to Joel and Elizabeth. She was well educated attending the Moravians’ Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She met James at the home of Samuel P. Black, he was 19 she was 12. They were married in 1824.The marriage lasted for 25 years they had no children as James was sterile due to an earlier surgery. In 1849, the family moved to Nashville, Tennessee where three months later James died of cholera. After James died she lived in their home until her passing some 42 years later. She never remarried and as it was during those days she always wore black. What you may not know about Sarah Childress Polk is that her husband was James Polk, the 11th President of the United States. They were the only presidential couple ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Toussaint Charbonneau was born in Boucherville, Quebec back in 1767. For a time, he worked as a fur trapper with the North West Company. While living with the Hidatsa people he purchased a Shoshone girl. In 1804, he was hired by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for their expedition While on the journey his performance was a mix, Meriwether Lewis call him “a man of not peculiar merit”. He did however, make several contributions to the success of the expedition. He also served as a cook by making a sausage made for bison meat. He and his family stayed with the expedition until August of 1806. For his service he was paid $500.33, a horse and a lodge. In 1809, he moved his family to St. Louis where he left them in the care of William Clark, never to see them again. From 1811-1838 he worke...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Richard Alva was born in Gibbon, Nebraska back in 1936 to Alva and Erabel. Both of his parents were teachers. When he was three the family moved to Lincoln. His mother died when he was 10. He completed his education at Lincoln High School. He worked as a caddie at the Lincoln Country Club before leaving for college.While attending Yale University in his senior year he changed his major from English to drama. After graduation, you could find him working as a copyboy at Time Magazine. He read about Jack Paar where he (Paar) was having difficulty in finding opening monologues. He wrote some jokes, put them in a Time envelope and went to the RCA Building, running into Paar he handed him the envelope. Within a few weeks he was hired as a talent coordinator.Needless to say, that set him on a ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Benjamin Hallowell was probably born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1761, however there are no records to confirm his birth. Both of his parents were Loyalists, as such they fled to Halifax, Nova Scotia at the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. In July of 1776, the family moved to England.He was educated in England joining the Royal Navy as a lieutenant in 1781. His naval career spanned the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. He was one of the select group of officers referred by Lord Nelson as his “Band of Brothers”. What you may not know about Benjamin Hallowell Carew is that in 1798 he engaged with French flagship L’Orient playing a major role in the ships destruction. Taking parts of the ship and the mainmast he ordered a cof...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John William Cann Jr., was born in Louisville, Kentucky back in 1920, to John Sr., and Ida Mae. His parents owned a movie theatre, so he grew up watching a lot of movies. When he was in high school the family moved to Southern California. He majored in drama and literature at Fullerton College.During WWII, he served as a fighter pilot, when he was discharged he had moved up the ranks to captain. He also served as a producer-director of the Armed Forces Radio Service. He estimated he played more than 7,500 roles during his radio career. While his main focus was radio he also was successful with movie and TV shows. He was the voice for the animated Rocky and Bullwinkle series from 1959-1964. In 1960, he directed episodes of The Rifleman Bat Masterson, Route 66 and others to name a few. He...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Allan Brian was born in Hinsdale, Illinois back in 1931. When he was 13 he read an article in Life Magazine that would put him on a path that would change his life. He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in 1953. He continued his education at Harvard Law School only to quit after one year. He was hired by Sylvania’s Applied Research Laboratory in Waltham. Massachusetts as a system analyst, he also worked as a tour guide for the Statue of Liberty. His invention has been published in several different languages in other nations by various publishers. Later on, he worked as a mail carrier.What you may not know about Allan Brian Calhamer is that he invented the board game Diplomacy. He invented two other board games that never caught hold. He died in 2013, he was 81.Y...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Hamilton Perkins was born in Skiddy, Kansas back in 1874 to Perkins and Ella. He attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Kansas graduating with a PhD in 1903. After graduation, he became an assistant professor of chemistry.In 1917, he was appointed consulting chemist to the U.S. Bureau of Mines. In 1936, he developed a new method for the accurate measurement of gaseous densities. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. He died in Lawrence, Kansas in 1943, he was 69.What you may not know about Hamilton Perkins Cady is that in 1907 along with David McFarland, discovered that helium could be extracted from natural gas. In 1933, he developed a process for usin...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Sonya Butt was born in Eastchurch, Kent, England back in 1924. She was only 15 when WWII started, but as soon as she turned the legal age back then which was 17.5 years old she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force serving in the Administrative Branch. Women were banned from the front-line service, but that all changed when the SOE began recruiting females for agents. She joined the SOE (Special Operations Executive) group at age 19 in 1943. She underwent the usual training which I understand was brutal even for the men. In 1944, she as parachuted into France as a courier under the codename of “Blanche”, just nine days before the D-Day invasion. Shortly after the war she married Guy and moved to Canada without signing off from the SOE. What you may not know about Sonya Butt d’Artois, i...
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