Centerton, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
François-Philippe Charpentier was born in France back in 1734. His father was a bookbinder who made sacrifices so that François could attend a Jesuit college at Blois. After a few years he left so he could support himself. He started working as an engraver of copperplate in Paris. As they say the rest is history.He invented a way of engraving the copper plate resembling a watercolor (aquatint). A few years later he sold the secret. King Louis XVI appointed him the “Royal Mechanician” providing him a studio. He used a burning-mirror for melting metals without using fire. He also invented a fire-engine adopted in 1771, a machine for drilling metals. He also invented a mechanical engraving machine which enabled lace-manufactures to engrave in a few hours elaborate patterns which would have...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ferdinand Phillippe was born in Moislains, Somme, France back in 1824. Sorry I don’t have much information about him until 1858. In that year, he invented something that was the mainstay until the early 1900’s. Because this one is going to be short, very short he died in 1900, he was 75. What you may not know about Ferdinand Phillippe Edouard Carre´ is that he back in 1858 invented the refrigeration equipment used to produce ice. It was able to produce about 440 pounds of ice per hour. It was used aboard ships allowing them to ship frozen meat on an intercontinental trip.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)
Eugene James Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia back in 1895 to William and Josephine. He attended the Twenty-eighth Street School from 1901-1906. As a teenager, he stowed away on the German freighter Marta Russ arriving in England then decided to settle in France. He worked in a music hall. With the outbreak of WWI, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion with the 3rd Marching Regiment of the Foreign Legion. By 1915, he was a machine gunner seeing combat on the Somme front in Picardy. He also saw action serving with the 48th Infantry Division. For his action during the Battle of Verdun when he was wounded, he was awarded the croix de guerre. In 1916, he volunteered for the French Air Service as an air gunner. In that same year, he joined the Lafayette Flying Corps. He died in 961 i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles Francis was born in Euclid, Ohio back in 1849 to Isaac and Delia. He attended Central High School in Cleveland graduating with honors in 1867. He received an undergraduate education from the University of Michigan and his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 1880.Before graduating he received his first U.S. Patent # 189,997 to which he continued to add improvements to it. His first project was the Philadelphia’s Wanamaker’s Grand Depot. By 1881, the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Montreal, Buffalo, San Francisco and Cleveland had bought his services.   He died in 1929, he was 80.What you may not know about Charles Francis Brush is that the patent he was granted was for what he called a “dynamo” (an electrical generator) for powering arc lights. His sys...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Brown was born in Sheffield, England back in 1816. His father was a slater (one who covers buildings with slate). When he turned 14 he apprenticed to Earl, Horton, & Company. They manufactured files and cutlery. In 1844, he started his own company John Brown & company manufacturing steel.He sold the business shortly after making a huge profit. In 1856, he started a new business on a 3-acre track, just three years later that business was so successful it had grown into a 30-acre track. In 1864, he retired living in Sheffield. He was elected Mayor of Sheffield, knighted in 1867. He died in 1896, he was 80.What you may not know about John is that in 1848 he invented the conical steel spring buffer for railway carriages. He sold them to most railways throughout the UK. However, it was ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Margaret Brewer was born in Durand, Michigan back in 1930 to Maurice and Anne. After graduating from a Catholic High School in Baltimore she entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she received a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1952. She joined the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1952 commissioned as a second lieutenant. She was assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, California. Assigned to several stations she continued to rise through the ranks before retiring in 1980 after 18 years of serving this country. After retiring she served on the boards of the Catholic Charities of Arlington County, and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. She died in Springfield, VA. In 2013 of Alzheimer’s disease.What you may not know about Margaret is that she was the first female in ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edward Black was born around 1853 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He joined the 21st Indiana Infantry seeing action at the Battle of Baton Rouge, Battle of Mobile Bay, Battle of Spanish Fort, the Battle of Fort Blakely and the Bayou Teche Campaign to name a few during the American Civil War.He was captured at the Battle of Baton Rouge, but was freed when the city fell being discharged in 1862. He re-enlisted in 1863 serving with the 1st, Indiana Heavy Artillery until 1866, he died when he was only 18. He was laid to rest at the Crown Hill National Cemetery in Indianapolis.What you may not know about Edward is that he is considered the youngest serving soldier who has ever served in the military. He started out as a drummer boy at the age of eight. Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Gwendolyn Bingham was born in Troy, Alabama back in 1959. Graduating from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps as a graduate of the Army ROTC in 1981. She continued her education with a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science from the National Defense University.To tell you about all the different positions she has held would take several pages so this one is going to be short. Let’s get right to the subject. Are you ready, let’s go.Needless to say, but she rose through the ranks she is currently the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. What you may not know about Lieutenant General Gwendolyn Bingham is that she as the 51st Qua...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Biard was born in Paris, Texas back in 1931 to James and Mary. When he was 6, due to some digestive issues his doctor recommended a diet of mashed overripe bananas, stewed apples and homemade dried cottage cheese. Get this, his mother would take unpasteurized milk in a cup towel and hang it on the outdoor clothes line. Interesting way to make cottage cheese, but it worked.He graduated from the Paris High School, attending Paris Junior College, then transferring to Texas A&M University in College Station graduating with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in May or 1957. Apparently, those overripe bananas and homemade cottage cheese did their work. In June of 1957, he started working for Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. He left Texas Instruments in 1969 to join Spectronics, Inc. S...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Dunbar was born in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland back in 1854. His family moved to Detroit when he was two. At 15 he left school to work for a company that made plumbing goods. The company experienced financial troubles in 1882, at which time he and a partner took it over. At 28 he invented a lawn sprinkler and a method for permanently coast cast iron with vitreous enamel.With his inventions, he had enough capital to turn his attention to another line of business. In 1902, he started another company. If you could find the first one he built you could retire, well maybe. More on that in a moment. In 1906, he accepted a severance package and left the company he had founded. He only had one share of the company in his possession. That share was bought for $100,000.00 equal to $2,788,519....
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Lewis was born in Flint, Michigan back in 1922.  After high school, he worked at odd jobs before enlisting in the United States Marine Cops. With the start of WWII, he joined the United States Navy, he passed the induction examination by memorizing the eye charts because he had limited eye vision in his right eye.  He served in the Pacific Theater until being discharged in 1946.After the war, he broke into broadcasting in Flint as an announcer at WMRP, he left for South Bend, Indiana working for WHOT.  It wasn’t until 1960, that he played a character where he will forever by placed in the history books.  He played that role for nine years, once serving as the Grand Marshal for Chicago’s Christmas Parade in 1968.  The number of people who turned out for that event was estimated at...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Johann Beckmann was born in Hoya in Hanover back in 1739. He was educated at Stade and the University of Gottingen, where his studies included theology, mathematics, physics, natural history, public finance and administration. With the death of his mother in 1762 he started teaching natural history at the Lutheran gymnasium in St. Petersburg, Russia.In 1766, he was appointed extraordinary professor of philosophy at Gottingen, his lectures concentrated on political and domestic economy. Part of his habit was to take the students to the workshops where they could witness for themselves the practical and theoretical knowledge of the various different processes and handicrafts. In 1772, he was elected a member of the Royal Society of Gottingen where he contributed valuable scientific disser...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ballington Booth was born in Brighouse, England back in 1857 to William and Catherine. As a teenager, you could find him preaching at the Salvation Army open-air meetings. At twenty-three he became a Colonel in the Salvation Army as a Training Officer. He was sent to Australia, the United States and Canada training those in service to the Salvation Army. In 1886, he married Maud when they were assigned to the United States. Both of them became American citizens in 1895. After becoming citizens of America, the Salvation Army wanted to relocate them outside of the United States, they left and started their own organization. They took with them many of the officers and soldiers as well as many of the Army’s wealthy American supporters. Ballington led that organization for 43 years until hi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alexander Bain was born in Houstry, Caithness, Scotland back in 1811. He did not do well in school so his parents had him apprentice to a clockmaker in Wick. He moved to Edinburgh in 1837 where he worked as a journeyman in Clerkenwell. In 1840, he invented something that will forever place him in the history books.He showed his invention to Charles Wheatstone who told him “Oh, I shouldn’t bother to develop these things any further!” trouble was he had already applied for a patent for the invention. Three months later Wheatstone demonstrated Alexander’s invention to the Royal Society, claiming it was his own invention. When Alexander presented the Royal Society with the evidence it caused Wheatstone to resign.What you may not now about Alexander is that he invented the first electrical c...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Waightstill Avery was born in Groton, Connecticut back in 1741. He enrolled in Yale around 1763 but only stayed for two years because of the oppressive discipline and the college’s unpopular president. He and fellow student later to become a Justice of the Supreme Court Oliver Ellsworth transferred to the College of New Jersey (today Princeton University) where he received his law degree.He was a successful attorney elected to the colonial assembly in 1772. In 1775, he was elected to the North Carolina Provincial Congresses helping to draft the first North Carolina Constitution. The first Attorney General of North Carolina and a colonel in the state’s militia during the American Revolutionary War. He also served I the North Carolina General Assembly and the Senate. He died in Morgantown...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frederick Bean was born in Taylor, Texas back in 1908 to George and Mary. He graduated from North Dallas High School, after graduation he studied at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1928, he moved to Los Angeles where he found menial jobs. You could find him working at a warehouse, at the local docks, painting cars and loading fruits and vegetables.With his love for art he soon was hired at Universal Studio where he moved up the ranks promoted to the position of animator. He moved several times doing other work for various studios before being hired at The Walt Disney Studio’s. In 1941, he was hired by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with a five-year contract, he left in 1953. He died in 1980 from lung cancer in Burbank, California.What you may not know about Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery is that he brou...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Stanley Armour was born in Wichita, Kansas back in 1918 to Ralph and Ruth. When he was 8 he discovered his mother’s body after she committed suicide. His father placed him in the care of his maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas. It was reported that he punched his high school principal. He spent some time drifting, hopping rail to Chicago, California among other places.He joined the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in the European Theatre of WWII. After being discharged in 1945 he moved to Berkeley, California working for a furniture company. He moved several more times before finally settling in Honolulu, Hawaii working again at a furniture store. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992, he as 73.What you may not know about Stanley Armour Dunham is that he was the maternal grandfather to t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jack Aeby was born in Mount City, Missouri back in 1923. He found work at the Manhattan Project in 1942. His various jobs included ferrying scientists and equipment from Los Alamos to Albuquerque. He worked his way up the ladder to the SEC (Special Engineering Detachment) as a technician. After WWII, he went to UC Berkeley receiving his degree working for the Health Physics Department. He retired moving to Espanola Valley, New Mexico where he died in 2015.What you may not know about Jack is that he is most noted for having taken the only well-exposed color photograph of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon on July 16, 1945 at the Trinity nuclear test site.The government asked him if they could keep the original negative “for safe keeping”, of course it has been lost. Surprised?Until...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Vasco Abadjiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria back in 1926. To say he was brilliant would be an understatement. He graduated from a secondary school at nine. In 1936, his parents moved to Brussels, Belgium. At thirteen he graduated from the Brussels conservatoire with the highest distinction. Right after graduation in 1939, he travelled to Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Sweden. His father died in 1947 which was a difficult time for him. In 1952, he moved in with his mother in Bulgaria. In 1956, both of them resettled in Germany, never to leave again. His mother died in 1965. After her death, his live spiraled downward. He was plagued by numerous illnesses, financial problems and suffered from loneliness. In 1978, he was found dead on the city railway in Hamburg. How or what he died fr...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ammi Burnham was born in Lebanon, New Hampshire back in 1798 to Samuel and Rebecca. He was way beyond me as he showed an exceptional talent for mathematics and drawing. At 14 he worked in his father’s trade. In 1830, he opened his own office in Burlington, Vermont. In 1850, he entered a competition, but lost out to Thomas U. Walter.He was awarded honorary degrees (M.A.) from the University of Vermont (1839) and Dartmouth College in 1841. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1864 at 75.What you may not know about Ammi Burnham Young is that he was an architect. In 1852, he was the first Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury Department during the Fillmore administration. Some of his designs was the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Wentworth Hall at Dartmouth College, t...
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