Bentonville, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Padmavathy Bandopadhyay was born in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh in 1944.  She ended up being her mother’s primary caregiver at the age of 4 due to her mother being bedridden with tuberculosis.  She studied at DTEA in the Humanities.  After graduation, she studied Science at the Delhi University then Pre-medical at Kirori Mal College.  In 1963, she joined the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune.  After graduation, she signed up for the India Armed Forces in 1968.  She retired in 2005.What you may not know about Padmavathy is that she was the first woman to become a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Society of India, the first Indian woman to have conducted scientific research at the North Pole, the first woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force and the second woman in the Indian armed forc...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Harvey Ross was born in Worcester, Massachusetts back in 1921 to Ernest and Christine. While in high school he apprenticed to a local sign painter later attending the Worcester Art Museum School studying in fine arts. He served in both the Asia and Pacific theaters of war during WWII. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of Okinawa, He served for 27 years in the National Guard, retiring as a full Colonel in 1973, he then went one to serve 6 years in the Army Reserves retiring again as a Brigadier General in 1979. After the war, he worked for a local advertising firm until he started his own business. In 1963, the State Mutual Life Assurance Company purchased the Guarantee Mutual Company, the merger the employee morale was low so they hired him to come up with an ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert C. Baker was born in Lansing, New York back in 1921. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 1943. He continued his education at the university’s College of Agriculture moving on to Penn State University earning his master’s degree and a doctorate at Purdue University.He traveled the world viewing how people ate and viewed chicken. Spending his entire academic life at Cornell University from 1957-1989. He published some 290 research papers and in 1970 founded the university’s Institute of Food Science and Marketing. In 1997, he was elected a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. He is credited for more than 40 poultry, turkey and cold cut innovations. Some call him the “George Washington Carver of poultry”. What you may not know about Robert is that he co-invente...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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James Gilbert was born in Louisville, Kentucky back in 1914 to Jesse and Hattie. After graduating from the Louisville DuPont Manual High School, he attended the University of Louisville majoring in mathematics. It was there that he became interested in astronomy where he helped to form the Louisville Astronomical Society. He graduated with a B.A. in 1935.He went on to study astronomy at Harvard College Observatory earing a M.A. in 1936. In 1942, he was awarded his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard.During WWII, he worked as a civilian optical designer for the U.S. Army. in 1948, he moved to Orinda, California joining the Lick Observatory as a research associate. He died in Bedford, New Hampshire at the young age of 90in 2005.What you may not know about James Gilbert Baker is that he and Ed...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Polly Baca was born in Weld County, Colorado back in 1941 to Jose and Leda. She can trace her heritage back to the 1600’s. when she was three the family moved to Greeley, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts. She became involved in the campus politics taking the presidency of the “Young Democrats”. After graduating in 1962, she worked as an editorial assistant for a trade union newspaper in Washington, D.C. with all of her accomplishments this would take me a full week to write about her, so I’m going to cut it short and get straight to the point in a moment. In 1970 she married Miguel, the union produced two children before ending in divorce. What you may not know about Polly Baca-Barragan is that she served as Chair of the Democratic Caucus of...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Ellene Alice Bailey was born in Pond Fort, Missouri back in 1853 to Robert and Lucinda. While I don’t have a date, she moved to New York where he opened up a manufacturing business. She became a designer of clothing and household goods among other things. She died in 1897 age 43 or 44, as I don’t have the month and day of her birth.What you may not know about her is that she was also an inventor. One of her early inventions was the “Dart” needle patented in 1884, she made the first 60,000 of these by herself. Some other practical things she invented was a holder for rubber overshoes, a manicure case, a photograph album, several clocks and ornamental tables. However, what she is most noted for was her patent of 1882 which was a powder puff, she went on to invent three more variations of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Isaac Babbitt was born in Taunton, Massachusetts back in 1799. I can’t find anything written about him prior to 1824. He was a goldsmith by trade, who also experimented with metal alloys. In 1834, he moved to Boston where he worked at the South Boston Iron Company. While at the South Boston Iron Company he produced the first brass cannon in the United States. In 1839, he invented something else, more on that in a moment. For that invention, he received a gold medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Later the United States Congress granted him $20,000.00 for his invention.In 1844, and 1847, he patented this material in England and Russia. Now I hope you’re asking yourself what was it that he invented. Well Isaac invented the Babbitt metal a low-friction tin-based me...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Nan Jeanne Aspinwall was born in in New York back in 1880. Sorry I don’t have any information as to her upbringing, but I’ve seen this before. Somewhere along the line she married, but I don’t have his first name either. She worked as an oriental dancer, horsewoman, sharpshooter and roper. On the side line, she also had a vaudeville act with her husband. She died in 1964 in New York. A book about her life was published in 2007. What you may not know about Nan is that she was the first woman to ride on horseback across North America alone. She left San Francisco in September 1, 1910, arriving in New York on July 8, 1911.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Vernice Armour was born in Chicago, Illinois back in 1973 to Gaston and Authurine. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee she graduated from Overton High School. She excelled in mathematics and was a member of the National Honor Society. She continued her education at Middle Tennessee State University.She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and the ROTC program. It was in 1996, that she took time off from college to become a Nashville police officer. She graduated from college in 1997. She moved to Tempe, Arizona where she served as a police officer. In 1998, she was Commissioned a second lieutenant where she was sent to flight school at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was not only number 1 in her class of 12 but number 1 among the last 200 graduates. She saw combat in Iraq completi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Charles Courtice was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1857.  After high school, he attended Framingham College in England studying medicine at the University of Texas.  After graduation, he worked as a pharmacist in Waco, Texas in a shop called Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store.While working there he noticed customers were tiring of the old traditional flavors of sarsaparilla, lemon and vanilla from the soda fountain.  So, he began trying to revive sales by working on a different combination of flavors.  His discovery was first served on December 1, 1885.  It was introduced to the public in the 1904 World’s Fair Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri as a new kind of soda pop.What you may not know about Charles Courtice Alderton is that combination of 23 ingredients is now known as Dr. Pepp...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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George Alden (as far as I could tell) was born and raised in Templeton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School. After graduation, he taught mechanical engineering for twenty-eight years at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He co-founded the Norton Emery Wheel Company in Worcester, Massachusetts.He was a member of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute from its founding in 1880 and Vice-President from 1891-1893. He died in 1926 at 83.What you may not know about George is that he invented something that is still in use to this day although it has been modified along the way. Now you may be asking yourself what did he invent. Well he invented the first dynamometer, a devise for measuring the power of various machines. As if that was not enough he also invented th...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Addis was born back in 1734, near Clerkenwell, London but I’m not certain. I do not have any data as to who his parents were, if he had any schooling and so on. What I do have of course is the rest of the story, so let’s get to it.In 1770, he was in jail for causing a riot in Spitalfields. Sorry, but I don’t have any information as to how long he was in prison. What he did notice while in prison and what he did after he got out changed the world for the better and made him a rich man. After his release, he opened up a business to manufacture his invention. He died in 1808, and left the business to his son. The company stayed in family ownership until 1996.So, do I have your curiosity up? William took a small bone from a meal he had the day before drilled some holes in it obtaine...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo was born in New York City, New York back in 1936 to Robert and Joan. At 7 he contracted polio, he attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. Continuing with his education he graduated from Fordham University in 1956. After graduation, he served at Fort Benning, sent to a tour duty in Korea.He married Arlene a year after graduation. He got into acting in the1950’s. He is a strong and vocal supporter of women’s right and the feminist movement. Throughout his career he has received 31 Emmy Award nominations and two Tony Award nominations. In 2005, he helped narrate the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital special titled Fighting for Life. In 2006, he was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. All in all, he has received...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Weston was born in Bristol, England back in 1776, to Edward and Sarah. His parents were Quaker’s. he attended Gildersome Quaker boarding school in Yorkshire. He found employment at Dillwyn’s Cambrian Pottery in Swansea. He was also an artist, many of his works can be found at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea.In 1806, he created an improved “forceps” mechanism used to raise wrecked ships. His first assignment was to raise the freight ship Anne and Teresa they both had a cargo of copper. That made him enough money to live comfortably but he wasn’t finished.In 1814, he became the major investor for the Nantgarw Pottery Company in Glamorganshire. However, it wasn’t until 1817, that he invented something that will forever place him ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Balamurali Krishna was born in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India back in 1977. When he was three the family moved to Buffalo, New York, then Orangeburg, South Caroling and finally to Baltimore, Maryland. He attended school at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, transferring to Baltimore City College.  Moving on to New York University, then onward to Mount Sinai School of Medicine graduating with distinction, scoring above 99 percent on his National Medical Boards. Completing his residency at Harvard University. He won the Westinghouse Science Talent Search becoming a National Merit Scholar. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia. In 2008, he earned a PhD in Cell Biology from the Medical College of Georgia.What you may not know about Balamurali Krishna Ambati is the on Ma...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Yang Chih-Yuan was born in Taipei, Taiwan back in 1968. His father died when he was two, so his mother a professor of English moved the family to San Joes, California in 1978. He only knew one English word when they arrived and that was “shoe”. However, in three years he became fluent in English.I have no idea of where he went to high school however he earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University in four years. It was during this time he met someone and together they started something that each one of us knows. In 2008, he gave his resignation as CEO of the company remaining on the board of directors until 2012. He has helped more than 50 startups become a mentor to technology with another firm he started AME Ventures.What you m...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Soh Jaipil was born in Boseong County, Korea back in 1864. He studied at the Kim Seong-geun and Park Kyu-su’s private schools. Passing the civil service exam at the age of 18 becoming one of the youngest people to ever pass the exam. He was commissioned a junior officer in 1882. In 1884, he was involved in the Gapsin Coup, a radical attempt to overturn the old regime and establish equality among the Korean people.The coup failed and as a result his father, mother and two brothers were executed under a guilt-by-association system. To save his own life he fled Korea, moving to the United States. After fleeing to American he changed his name. he died in 1951 just two days short of his 87th, birthday.Remember the name change? What you may not know about Philip Jaisohn is that he was the fir...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Chien-Shiung was born in Liuhe, China back in 1912 to Wu and Fan. She received her primary education at the Women’s Normal School No.2 in Suzhou. In 1929, she graduated top of her class and was admitted to the National Central University in Nanjing. In 1936, she left to continue her studies at the University of Michigan, it would be the last time she saw her parents.Her plans changed once she arrived in the United States, changing her graduate studies to the University of California, Berkeley. In 1940, she completed her Ph.D. She accepted a job at Princeton University in New Jersey as an instructor for naval officers. In 1949, she joined the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, she remained there for the rest of her career. She died in 1997, at 84.What you may not know about C...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Charlotte Louise Berry was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1897 to Mackell and Louise. In 1917, she and her sister Sophie joined the Navy. She attained the rank of Yeoman (F) Second Class serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve after the war. She served as secretary of the Naval Reserve retiring in 1953.She helped found the National Yeoman Association in 1926, serving as its eighth commander from 1940-1941. She was also active in the American Legion for 88 years. She died in Boonsboro, Maryland in 2007.What you may not know about Charlotte Louise Berry Winters is that she was the last surviving American veteran of The First World War. She was 109 years of age when she passed.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile. During this month if you know of someone who is serving or has s...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Henry III was born in Boston, Massachusetts to William Henry II and Ann Marie. As a child, he apprenticed as a printer for the American Traveller (no that is the way it was spelled, I double checked). Anyway, his duty was to greet ships as they docked at port. Receiving the latest news from Europe, he would then pass that information on to the publisher for the American Traveller.His father was murdered in 1844, shortly afterwards his mother married James Buckle, moving the family to Labrador. It was there where William learned the fishing trade. In 1858, he was called to England where he received an inheritance from his great-uncle William Jury. Using that inheritance, he started a large-scale fishing operation. He also had a successful career in politics representing the Newfo...
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