Centerton, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William George was born in Pompey, New York back in 1818 to William and Stacy. His education was limited to the rudiments taught in a country school. To help support his family he left school when he was 13 to carry mail in the local area. In 1838, he worked with Hough & Gilchrist grocers. In 1841, he worked as a fright agent for the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad.In 1845, he along with Henry and Daniel opened up their own freight agency running from Buffalo to Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago. By 1866, the company had expanded naming William the president. He remained in that position until his death in 1881.What you may not know about William George Fargo is that the company he organized with Henry and Daniel was the American Express Company. Quite an accomplishment for someone with ju...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Gertrude Lilian Entwisle was born in Swinton, Greater Manchester, England back in 1892. She graduated from the Manchester High School for Girls and continued her education at the University of Manchester but she never graduated. in 1915, she went to work at British Westinghouse working on the design of the DC motor. She never married and was allowed to stay on the condition that she never was to wear trousers (my have times changed). She spent most of her career working on the design, manufacturing and cost of the AC and DC machines while attending the Manchester College of Science and Technology. She retired after 39 years as an electrical design engineer.What you may not know about Gertrude is that she was the first British woman to retire from a complete career in industry as a profe...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth was born in Malta, New York back in 1837. He grew up in Mechanicville, New York before moving to New York City. In 1854 he moved to Rockford, Illinois working for a patent company. In 1880, he moved to Springfield, Illinois to work with Abraham Lincoln, where Lincoln helped him in his law studies.He assisted in the Lincoln campaign for president and accompanied him to Washington, D.C. Standing only 5’6” tall Lincoln referred to him as “the greatest little man I ever met”. In 1857, he joined the local militia company the “Rockford Greys” as a drillmaster. He moved again to Chicago, Illinois were the was promoted to the rank of Colonel in charge of Chicago’s Nation Guard Cadets. After the fall of Fort Sumter in 1861 he joining the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry R...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thereasea Delerine Elder was born in Lancaster, South Carolina back in 1927. She attended West Charlotte High School. She continued her education at Johnson C. Smith University, the US Cadet Nursing Program and the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing. After graduation, she studied pediatrics at Howard University.She married Willie in 1948. She was certified as a public health nurse working for the Mecklenburg County Health Department until her retirement in 1989. She was active in the community and founded the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Historical Society and the Greenville Community Historical Society.What you may not know about Thereasea is that she was the first African American public health nurse in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was only allowed to treat African American patients ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nelson Edwards was born on a farm in Lowndes County, Alabama back in 1917. I don’t have any information as to his parents, childhood or schooling, but apparently, he was a bright man. In 1937, he moved to Detroit working at a Chrysler plant. He became involved in the UAW union rising through the ranks. He was elected UAW Union steward at the Chrysler plant. He was laid off in 1941 when he became active at the Ford Motor Company, serving as the local’s education, citizenship and by-laws committee. In 1947, he became the International Representative assigned to Region 1A. he served in that capacity for 14 years. In 1970, he was elected Vice President of the UAW. In 1974, he was killed by a gunman.What you may not know about Nelson is that he was the first African-American to hold the posi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nathaniel Eaton was born in Great Budworth, Cheshire, England back in 1609 to Richard and Elizabeth. He was educated at Westminster School in London before attending Trinity College, Cambridge. Later he graduated from the University of Padua where he obtained his M.D. and later his P.h.D.At some time, he moved to the New World settling in Connecticut. He was a founding member for the city of New Haven. In 1640, he moved to Virginia. He sent his wife and children back to England but the ship disappeared never to be found. Around 1669, he returned to England, he died in 1674 in London.What you may not know about Nathaniel is the he was the first schoolmaster of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he also designed the Seal for Harvard.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone s...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eva Beatrice Dykes was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1893 to James and Martha. She attended M Street High School before continuing her education. She graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 1914. After graduation, she was teaching at Walden University in Nashville, Tennessee. While there she received her second degree from Radcliffe College in 1917 and a Masters in 1918.She continued to teach before returning to Radcliff, in 1929 where she was a member of the English Faculty. During her 15 years at Radcliff she won several teaching awards. In 1980, she was made Professor Emerita, she died in 1986, she was 93.What you may not know about Eva is that she was the first African-American to fulfill the requirements for a doctoral degree, and the third to be awarded a PhD.Your d...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Seymour Bernard Durst was born in New York City, New York back in 1913 to Joseph and Rose.  His family arrived in the United States penniless, but his father became a successful businessman.  Seymour graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, the Bronx, New York.  He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1935 with an accounting degree.In 1940, he joined the real estate firm “The Durst Organization” which his father founded. He stayed with the firm and died in 1995, he was 81.What you may not know about Seymour is that he was also an inventor.  You may be asking yourself what he invented, so without you having to look it up, I’ll tell you.  Seymour invented the National Debt Clock.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a sm...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Mary Phylinda Dole was born in Shelburne, Massachusetts back in 1862 to George and Philinda. Both of her parents died in 1871, she moved in with a relative in Ashfield, Massachusetts. She was educated at the Sanderson Academy before continuing her education at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduating in 1886.From 1886 to 1888 she studied medicine at the Women’s Medical College of Baltimore earning her M.D. in just two years. She moved to France spending additional time at the Pasteur Institute. She returned to the United States where she practiced in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Due to medical issues her career was cut short making her retire in 1927 when she was 65. She died in 1947, she was 84.What you may not know about Mary is the she was the first female to earn a bachelor’s deg...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Mikhail Dolivo-Dobrovolsky was born in Gatchina, Russia back in 1861. He studied at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany (yes, I spelled those correctly). Anyway, after graduation he worked for the Allgemeine Elektricltats-Gesellschaft in Berlin.In 1911, he received an honorary doctorate from TH Darmstadt. He died in Heidelberg, Germany in 1918, he was 57.What you may not know about Mikhail is that in 1891 he created the first three-phase hydroelectric power plant. During his lifetime, he obtained over 60 patents. He also developed the first three-phase electrical generator and the first three-phase electrical motor. Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Marie Alfreda Johnson was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia back in 1925. She was a Haida woman of the Sadsugohilanes Clan (yes, it is spelled right). Anyway, let’s move on. She studied at the Vancouver School of Art and was one of the first students at Giltanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art.To say she was a late bloomer is true, as she didn’t start working in her profession until she was 42. She held a major part in the revival in Northwest Coast art in the 1960’s. Now, you may be wondering what she is noted for and I’m the one to tell you, so let’s get to it.Somewhere along the line she changed her name to Freda Diesling. She was one of a very few female carvers in the Northwest Coast. She carved totem poles, portrait masks and bowls. I tried to find some of her works a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Walter Henry Deubener was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota back in 1885/87, the records I found indicate either date. In any respect, I could not find who his parents were, where he attended school, if he graduated or much of anything about him until the early 1900’s. By then he was married to Lydia.He and his wife owned and operated a grocery store. He noticed something that would rewrite history and of course his soon to be fortune. He and Lydia made 50 of his inventions selling them for $0.05 per item. In 1927, they applied for a patent, it was issued in 1929 # 1713747. With their fortune, they sold the store and lived off the royalties inviting all of the local people from Lake Gearge, Minnesota during the summer to their estate. They would serve hot dogs, hamburgers and cut watermelon...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hugh Robertson DeHaven was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1895. He graduated from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he attended Cornell University and Columbia University. When WWI started he tried to join the US Army Air Corps but was rejected. He moved to Canada joining the Royal Flying Corps Canada in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.While in training he was involved in a crash, he was the only survivor. While he was recuperating he wondered why he was the only survivor, this of course led him to what is the rest of the story.Between 1924-1933 he filed for seven patents related to the design of a self-sharpening single edge safety razor. However, what we now use and in most States, is required for he was issued US Patent 2710649 in 1955 for the first three-poi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
 Adolf Dassler was born in Herzogenaurach, German Empire in 1900 to Christoph and Aldirdas.  At 13 he completed his formal education and was apprenticed to a baker.  Being a baker did not appeal to young Adolf but what did was his love for sporting events.  He engaged in a variety of sporting events, track, soccer, boxing, ice-hockey, skiing and ski jumping.  He fashioned his own equipment.  At 14 he was conscripted by the German Army, but did not see action until 1918 just before the end of WWI.  After the war, he followed in his father’s footsteps as a cobbler.  He produced one of the earliest spiked shoes with spikes forged by the local smithy.  When WWII started he was again conscripted into the Nazi Party.  He was arrested after the war and was hold for a year while the investigati...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Harvey Williams was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1869 to Henry and Elizabeth. He attended the Cleveland Manual Training School. He earned is A.B. in 1891 from Yale moving on to Harvard Medical School earning his medical degree in 1895. After completing his residency, he began private practice in Baltimore. At 32, he was an associate professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In1911, he was surgeon-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. In 1917, he was commissioned a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps attached to the British Expeditionary Force in France. In 1919, after his discharge he wrote a Pulitzer prize-winning biography, Life of Sir William Osler.He died in 1939, he was 70.What you may not know about Harvey Williams Cushing is that he was the first exclusive ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Margaret Cochran was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to Robert and Sarah. When she was five her home was attacked by Native Americans. Her father was killed and her mother kidnapped, never to be seen again. Margaret and her brother were not at home at the time of the attack, they lived with her uncle for the rest of her childhood.In 1772, at 21 she married John. When the Revolutionary War started he enrolled in the First Company of Pennsylvania Artillery. On November 16, 1776 at Fort Washington the Continental Army was attacked by the British forces. John was killed during the action, Margaret took his place at the cannon continuing to fire until her arm, chest and jaw was hit by enemy fire.She was captured and later released. After her release she went to Philadelphia, completely...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Russell Sidney Colley was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts back in 1897. His dream was to design women’s clothing but enrolled at the Wentworth Institute of Technology graduating in 1918. Ten years later he moved to Akron, Ohio working as a mechanical engineer for the B.F. Goodrich Co. A fellow engineer came with the idea of the first aircraft de-icer, he was given the assignment to make it operational. Of course, he did and that same concept is still in use to this day. In 1935, he helped Wiley Post reach an altitude of 40,000 feet which was unheard of in those days. All in all, he received 65 patents in his career, retiring from NASA he returned to Ohio where he died in 1996. He was 98 years young.What you may not know about Russell is that the suit he created for Mr. Post was the firs...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nuta Kotlyarenko was born in Kiev back in 1902. To escape the dictates of Czarist Russia his parents sent him to America when he was 11.   Once he arrived in the States he crisscrossed the country working as a shoeshine boy and a boxer.   He met and married Helen in 1934 while living in Minnesota, the couple moved to New York City opening their first store.In the early 1940’s the couple moved to California, where his fame took off. He died in 1984, he was 81. What you may not know about Nuta is that he is better known as Nudie Cohn, he was a tailor made famous by his rhinestone-covered suits. His first famous person was Tex Williams, followed by Porter Wagoner, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and Robert Redford, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to name a few. If you can find an original by him, y...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hiram Codd was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England back in 1838 to Edwin (sorry could not find out his mother’s name). When he was 23 he was a mechanical engineer working for the British and Foreign Cork Company where he greatly improved the production of corks. In 1862, he patented a device for measuring the flow of liquids.In 1870. he patented another machine, more on that in a moment. In 1873, he perfected his invention. Those who wished to use his invention had to pay a yearly fee. In 1884, his business was acquired by his partner. He died in 1887, however his invention is still manufactured in India. What you may not know about Hiram Codd is that his invention replaced the cork for many uses. What he patented was a bottle filled under gas pressure which pushed a marble agains...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Georges Claude was born in Paris, France back in 1870. He studied at the Higher School of Physics and Industrial Chemistry of the City of Paris. After graduation, he held several positions as an electrical inspector in a cable factory. He founded and edited the magazine (The Electric Spark). In 1902, he along with Carl von Linde founded the (Air Liquid) company which is now headquartered in Paris, France. At a young age, he was against any democratic rule. In 1933, he joined the Action Francaise which was in favor of restoring a monarchy in France. He supported the German occupation of France publishing several papers in support of the Germans. He was arrested in 1944, because of his collaboration with the Axis Powers. Sentenced to life in prison he was released in 1950 and removed from...
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