Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
George Washington Bush was born in Pennsylvania back in 1779.  He was educated in Philadelphia working for a merchant named Stevenson for most of his life.  He fought under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans.  He later worked as a fur trapper and then working for the Hudson Bay Company.In 1830, he moved to Missouri where he married Isabella.  Fourteen years later in 1844, he left Missouri heading west on the Oregon Trail.  Due to his experience as a fur trapper he was indispensable guide to the party.  His wife Isabella was also indispensable due to her training as a nurse. They settled in the southernmost tip of Puget Sounds in now what is Tumwater, Washington, it was there that he built the area’s first gristmill and sawmill in 1845.  When the Washington Te...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Bullock was born in Greenville, New York back in 1813, orphaned at an early age he was raised by his brother. He worked as a machinist and iron-founder. He acquired a lot of knowledge about mechanics. By the time he was 21, he was running his own machinery shop in Savannah, Georgia. His first invention was a shingle-cutting machine, but was unable to market it.He returned to New York where he invented a machine for a cotton and hay press, a seed planter and a lathe cutting machine. He also invented a grain drill which won him a prize from the Franklin Institute in 1849. Shortly thereafter he began working as an editor for The Banner of the Union Newspaper. One last invention in 1843 he invented the web rotary press, the press allowed for continuous large rolls of paper to be aut...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Rebecca Ann Bryan was born in Winchester, Virginia back in 1739 to Joseph and Hester. When she was ten, the family moved to the Yadkin River Valley in North Carolina. In 1756, she married Daniel. The union produced six sons and four daughters.When she was in her early forties, considered an old woman at the time she adopted six other children of her brother. Without any formal education, she was reported to be an experienced community midwife, the family doctor, leather tanner, sharpshooter and linen-maker. When she was 40 in 1780 she gave birth to another son Nathan. After a brief illness she died in 1813, she was 74. What you may not know about Rebecca Ann (Bryan) Boone is that she married Daniel Boone the famous frontiersman. The WWII Liberty Ship SS Rebecca Boone was named in her ho...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert R. Bruno Jr., was born in Los Angeles, California back in 1945 to Robert Sr., and Delores. His parents divorced when he was an infant, so he spent part of the year and in the United States and part of it in Mexico. He attended Dominican College in Racine, Wisconsin and did his graduate at the University of Notre Dame. It was while he was at Dominican College that he met and married Patricia.After graduation, he taught at Texas Tech University at the School of Architecture. While at Texas Tech he constructed the Steel House in 1973. It was 2,200 sw. ft. of steel using numerous pieces of scrap steel. It is still standing known as the Steel House at Ransom Canyon. He died in Lubbock, Texas in 2008 he was 63.What you may not know of Robert is that in 1982, he designed and created one...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Mary Babnik was born in Pueblo, Colorado back in 1907 to Frank and Mary. She left elementary school when she was 12 to help support her family as a part-time domestic for $5.00 per week. A year later she lied about her age obtaining a job at the National Broom Factory which paid her $0.75 a day, she worked there for 42 years.She was well-known for being a dancer, beginning it in her early teens, winning her first dance contest at the age of 19. During WWII, she taught GIs how to dance. She married Carl around 1944. She died in 1991 at 83.What you may not know about Mary Babnik Brown is that she donated her hair to use for military aircraft bombsights. Her hair was 34 inches long and had never been cut. She never used an iron or washed her hair with nothing by “pure soap”, combing it twi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Andrew Betts was born in Edinburgh, Scotland back in 1841 to Robert and Marion. He attended the Edinburgh High School.   After graduation, he took evening classes at Watt College winning prizes in Physics and Dynamics before moving to Manchester for two years to study Sciences.He married Anna in 1869, they had four children. He purchased a brewery in Vauxhall a suburb of London in 1863 and converted it into the Vauxhall Iron Works. He died at his home in Edinburgh in 1906 he was 65.What you may not know about Andrew Betts Brown is that he invented the first hydraulic crane and overhead travelling crane. One of his cranes is still on display at the Albert Dock in Leith. He also invented the telemotor which was a mechanism allowing removal of most of the complex gears and chain between th...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Rachel Fuller was born in Springfield, Massachusetts back in 1898 to George and Annie. The family moved to Missouri until she was 14 when her parents divorced, so Rachel and her mother moved back to Springfield. She graduated from Central High School. A fried was so impressed by her determination to attend college, she paid for Rachel to go to Mount Holyoke College.In 1920, she earned the B.A. in chemistry and history. In in26, she stared working at the Division of Laboratories and Research with the New York Department of Health. She helped develop a pneumonia vaccine that is still in sue to this day. Penicillin had been discovered in 1928, but one of the side effects would lead to sore mouths and upset stomachs. Other effects were attacking the central nervous system, athlete’s foot an...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hubert Cecil Booth was born in Gloucester, England back in 1871. Educated at Gloucester College. He went on to continue his education at Central Technical College in London in 1889. He completed the three-year course in civil engineering graduating in 1892. After graduation, he worked for Maudslay Sons & Field, in Lambeth.His assignment was to design bridges and large ferris wheels for amusement parks. He also worked on the design of engines for the Royal Navy battleships. What he is famous for was his creation of a device driven by an internal combustion engine, nicknamed the “Puffing Billy”. While the device he invented was too bulky to be brought into a building, its principles of operation are essentially the same as they are today. He received his patent for the device in 1901. He ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nora Stanton Blatch was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England back in 1883 to William and Harriot. The family moved to the United States in 1902, where Nora attended Cornell University graduating in 1905 with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, she worked for the New York City Board of Water Supply.In 1908, she married Lee and helped manage some of the companies he had founded. That marriage only lasted a year. In 1919, she married Morgan, she worked as a real-estate developer and political activist until her death in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1971.What you may not know about Nora Stanton Barney is that she was the first woman to graduate with an engineering degree in the United States. she was also the first female member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.Until ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Edward was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin back in 1902. His mother died when he was 11 months old, so his dad left with in the care of relatives in Hibbing, Minnesota.   He finally ended up in Washburn, Wisconsin graduating from Washburn’s St. Louis Catholic School. After graduation, he left Washburn embarking on a nomadic lifestyle.By 1921, he was living in Santa Monica, California supporting himself as a lifeguard. In 1924, he moved to Hawaii, he would travel from Hawaii to the mainland for the remainder of his life. While in Hawaii he took up surfboarding. In 1936, he set a milestone that still stands. He rode his surfboard for 4,500 feet, the longest recorded surf ride in history.What you may not know about Thomas Edward “Tom” Blake is that he was the first to construct a hollo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Sutherland was born in River John, Nova Scotia back in 1846 to William and Eleanor. When she was a child the family moved to De Pere, Wisconsin. By the time she was 16 you could find her working as a school teacher. She married Melville at 19, that union produced 5 offspring.After the marriage, the couple opened up a crockery and china business. She complained to her husband about all of dust etc., so he invented something that is still in use to this day. Melville died in 1889, so she took over the business. She was a charter member of the Ladies Literary Club, a life member of the Women’s City Club and several other clubs. On November 8, 1934, she died in Grand Rapids, Michigan at 87.What you may not know about Anna is that because of complaining to her husband Melville Reuben Bi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner was born in Brooklyn, New York to Gebhard and Balbina. I do not have any information as to her early childhood, what I can tell you of course is the rest of the story. She started out working at Coney Island in a song and dance act. He caught the attention of Theodore, but as fate would call it she fell for Harry, Theodore’s brother.Harry and Wilhelmina were married in 1894, they remained childless due to a medical condition that prevented her from bearing children. Sadly, Harry died in 1936. She appeared as herself in a 1938 film Religious Racketeers. The film was rereleased in 2006 on a DVD. She died in 1943 from a heart attack.What you may not know about Wilhelmina “Bess” Houdini, yep she married Harry Houdini she was his stage assistant during his rise to ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Walter Owen was born in Hampstead, London back in 1888 to Alfred and Emily. His family was wealthy so he was privately educated at Clifton College. At 16 he left to start working as an apprentice engineer with the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster in Yorkshire. His apprenticeship which was 5 years completing it in 1910. He studied theoretical engineering at King’s College London where he worked for the National Motor Cab Company, his duties included the overseeing of the maintenance of the fleet’s 250 vehicles. During WWI, he advocated the use of aluminum alloy pistons in military applications. After the war, he and his brother Horace Millner founded a company (more on that in a moment). They went on to build vehicles that I wish I could get my hands on one of the originals. I could r...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Matthew Beard Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California to Matthew Sr., and Johnnie. He father was the founder and pastor of Beloved Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles. At the age of 5 his parents signed him to a five-year contract to play a part in short movies. After he left the series in 1935, he went on to get some minor roles in feature films such as Captain Blood, Jezebel and the Return of Frank James. By the time he finished high school he had retired from acting.For most of his adult life he was in and out of jail due to drug and theft charges. Later he checked himself in a drug rehabilitation facility successfully ending his heroin use. He was able to get some small roles in feature films and on some television shows. He suffered a stroke in 1981, two days after his 56th birt...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ann G. Baumgartner was born in Augusta, Georgia back in 1918. Her father was stationed in France so her mother moved the family to New Jersey to be closer to her grandparents. Her true inspiration to know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life came from a visit from someone while she was in grade school.She graduated from Walnut Hill High School in Natick, Massachusetts then Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts graduating in 1940 as a pre-med major. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots Program in 1943 stationed in Houston, Texas. In 1944, she was sent to Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio. She was assigned to transport staff officer to other Army bases and deliver planes as required to bases. She flew among many the Douglas A-24, Curtiss A-25, Lockheed B-34, Cessna UC...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Baskett was born in Indianapolis, Indiana back in 1904. His dream was to be pharmacist however he abandoned his plans due to financial reasons. He moved to New York City where he found work as an actor. He performed with legends like Louis Armstrong on Broadway and Bill Robinson. He moved to Los Angeles where he had a supporting role in Straight to Heaven (1939). He also appeared in several bit parts until 1944 when he joined the cast of Amos n’ Andy. That lasted until 1948. It wasn’t until he auditioned for a bit part in 1945 that forever changed his life.That performance led to him receiving an Honorary Academy Award.For you see James stared in the 1946 movie Song of the South, he portrayed Uncle Remus singing the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah. For that performance, he was the first b...
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By Nicky Dou, The BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT in Northwest Arkansas
(Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
Home for sale in Hanover | 1 NW White Way in Bentonville, ARExplore in 3D | 1 NW White Way in Hanover!You will LOVE this 4 bedroom, 4 bath home located in the popular and established neighborhood in North Bentonville - HANOVER! Large trees and tons of character close to the Bentonville square, Wal-Mart Home Office, Crystal Bridges and the trail system! Bonus room upstairs with full bath (could be a teenager or mother in law suite (would make 5th bedroom - there is a closet) complete with wet bar! Updated kitchen with granite counters, painted grey cabinets, double convection oven with gas cooktop, a granite sink and large pantry! 2 living areas and a dining room - very versatile home! 3 car garage! 2 New Hot water heaters, new HVAC, new roof! All this HOME needs is YOU! Listed for $475,...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Barrow was born in LaFayette, Alabama back in 1914 to Munroe and Lillie. Suffering from a speech impediment he spoke very little until the age of six. His father was committed to a mental institution in 1916. His mother married Pat after Monroe died while institutionalized. In 1926, the family moved to Detroit where Joseph attended Bronson Vocational School learning the art of cabinet-making. His mother wanted him to play violin but he had other things in mind. You’ll know what I’m getting at shortly. He made his debut in 1932 at 17. Being barely literate he wrote his name so large he couldn’t fit his last name to the contract.He professional appeared in 69 events winning all but 3 of them. What you may not know about Joseph Louis Barrow is that we all know him as Joe Louis, the ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Sarah Babbitt was born in Hardwick, Massachusetts back in 1779 to Seth and Elizabeth.  In 1793, she became a member of the Shakers at the Harvard Shaker community in Massachusetts. In 1813, while watching some men using the two-men whipsaw she had an epiphany.  More on that in a moment, she is credited for the process for the manufacture of false teeth and an improved spinning wheel head.  As a Shaker, she never patented any of her inventions.  She died in Harvard, Massachusetts in 1853.What you may not know about Sarah “Tabitha” Babbitt is that she is credited for inventing the first circular saw used for cutting timber.  While just one researcher has disputed this, it has never (at least what I found on the subject) been proven. Who would have thought a woman invented something, at th...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Grace Banker was born in Passaic, New Jersey back in 1892. After graduating from Barnard College, she worked for AT&T as a switchboard instructor. She was recruited by the U.S. Army sailing from New Jersey in 1918 with thirty-three other women to Paris. After five months, she was sent to the war front at First Army headquarters in Ligny-en-Barrois.She chose five other women to accompany her working in the trenches wearing gas masks and helmets they performed their duty. Housing for the women at best could be described as harsh. After the Armistice of 1918 she returned to Paris working at the temporary residence of President Woodrow Wilson. She stated she did not find that job as exciting compared to the work at the war front. After working for 20 months at the war front she returned hom...
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