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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Lucy Craft Laney was born in Macon, Georgia back in 1854 to David and Louisa.  At the age of four she could read, she attended Lewis High School in Macon.  After graduation she attended Atlanta University graduating in 1873.  She worked as a teacher in Macon, Milledgeville and Savanah, Georgia.After 10 years working as a teacher she opened the now call Lucy Craft Laney High School in 1883.  By 1928 it had more than 800 students, the school also served as a community center. In 1974, Governor Jimmy Carter hung her portrait in the Georgia state capitol to hone her, in 1992 Lucy was inducted into the Georgia Women of Achievement.What you may not know about Lucy is that she was an African-American, the school she opened was the first school for black children in Augusta.  She was principal ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Elizabeth Kortright was born in New York City, New York back in 1768 to Lawrence and Hannah.  At nine her mother died and her father never remarried.  Elizabeth first met James while he was serving as a member of the Continental Congress.  The couple were married in February of 1786 in New York City.  In December she gave birth to Eliza.James was appointed United States Minister to France.  While in France she helped secure the release of Madame La Fayette and gave shelter to Thomas Paine while he was in Paris. They returned to the United States in 1802.  In 1803, James was appointed the United States Minister to Great Britain and Spain.  They returned to Virginia in 1807.  Elizabeth suffered the first of a series of seizures and collapses in 1801, which would plague her for the rest of...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Ellis O. Knox was born in Northern California back in 1900 to Albert and Addie.  He attended the public schools in Lake County, California.  In 1923, he graduated from UC Berkeley.  After graduation, he accepted a staff position at the Phoenix Union High School.  He met his wife Lois there and in 1926, they moved back to Los Angeles.He continued his education at the University of California, graduation with a doctorate he moved to the District of Columbia accepting a staff position at Howard University in 1931.  He was an adjunct professor at Yale and the American University.  In 1955, he was appointed to the President’s While House Conference on Education.  He worked alongside Thurgood Marshall.  In 1967, he ended his tenure at Howard University, moving back to Los Angeles where he ser...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Marie-Claire Kirkland was born back in 1924 in Palmer, Massachusetts to Charles and Rose.  I didn’t find much of her childhood.  So, let’s cut to the chase.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947, her Bachelor of Civil Law in 1950 from McGill University.  She became a judge in 1973, retiring in 1991.  She died in 2016, she was 91.What you may not know about Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain is that she was the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, the first woman appointed a Cabinet minister in Quebec, the first woman appointed acting premier and the first woman judge to serve in the Quebec Provincial Court. I know this one is short, however sometimes I can’t find more to make it interesting.NW Arkansas, come for a visit, stay for a lifetime
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Herbert David Kelleher was born in Camden, New Jersey back in 1931.  He was raised in Audubon, New Jersey graduating from Haddon Heights High School.  After graduation, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University.  He continued his education with a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.After graduation he clerked for a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.  He moved to Texas, but I do not have the date.  In 1978, he was installed as Chairman of the Board of Southwest Airlines.  He stepped down in 2007, retiring.  In 2010 he was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  He died in 2019, he was 87.What you may not know about Herbert is that he was he co-founder, later chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines.Your day is worthwhile when you make...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Arthur Atwater Kent Sr. was born in Burlington, Vermont back in 1873.  The family moved to Worchester, Massachusetts in 1881.  He entered Worchester Polytechnic Institute majoring in mechanical engineering.  He excelled in mechanics and drawing, but he was weak in chemistry, algebra and language, having no interest in those subjects.He started the Kent Electric Manufacturing Company where he sold electric motors and generators.  In 1921, he was producing radio components.  His business was so successful he built a plant that eventually covered 32 acres in North Philadelphia.  By 1925 it was the largest maker of radios in the United States, employing over 12,00 workers. He died in 1949 in Hollywood, California he was 75.What you may not know about Arthur is that in 1921, he patented the ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Whitcomb L. Judson was born in Chicago, Illinois back in 1843.  He enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 at Oneida, Illinois serving in the 42nd Illinois Infantry Regiment.  he attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  After graduation, he was a traveling salesman for Pitts Agricultural Works and then for Earle Manufacturing Company.Around 1889, his attention turned to inventions, his first one was for a “pneumatic street railway” system. In 1889 alone, he received six patents related to hi concept of a street railway running on compressed air.  Of course, it failed, so he turned his attention to some other invention.  He is more noted for his patent that was approved in May of 1893 U.S.P. 504,038 and 557,207 after improvements.  Later in 1893, he exhibited his new invention at the Ch...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Estelle Scher was born in New York City, New York back in 1923 to Charles and Sarah.  Her mother was a homemaker while her father owned his own business installing glass windows on vehicles.  She graduated from Seward Park High School.  After graduation, she worked as a secretary while attending auditions as she wanted to be an actress.She was introduced to Arthur who she later married in 1947. The union produced two sons Carl and Barry.  While she was able to get a few roles in the New York theater circuit.  It wasn’t until she was 60 that she got a breakthrough role in the Broadway production Torch Song Trilogy.  She died in 2008, she was 84.While you may not know Estelle or even heard of her you surely know her by her stage name of Estelle Getty, best known for her role in The Golden...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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William Fothergill Cooke was born in Ealing, Middlesex, England back in 1806. He was educated at the Durham School before enrolling at the University of Edinbrugh. When he was 20 he enrolled in the Indian Army. After five year of service he returned to study medicine in Paris. In 1836, he was something that at the time was only experimental. He quit studying medicine and put the invention into practical operation.In 1837, he returned to England where he met Charles Wheatstone, together they opened up a partnership with Cooke handling the business side. For Cooke’s improvement and patents on the idea he was granted a civil list pension in 1871, he died in 1879.What you may not know about William is that he was the co-inventor of the Cooke-Wheatston Electrical telegraph, patented in 1837 ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Eleanora Norah Lillian Fleury was born in Manchester, England back in1867 to Robert, (sorry I don’t have her mother’s name). For the first few years she was homeschooled. This one is going to be short so let’s get to it. He studied medicine at the London School of Medicine for Women and the Royal Free Hospital. She was the first female graduate of the Royal University of Ireland graduating with first-class honor and a first-class exhibition in 1890. She was the first woman member of the Dedico-Psychological Association. She also was the first female psychiatrist in Ireland. She worked at the Richmond Asylum for 27 years. She died in 1960. That’s it I hope you enjoy.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Philo Taylor Farnsworth was born in Beaver, Utah back in 1906 to Lewis and Serena. He grew up in a log cabin built by his father until 1918, when the family moved to a 240-acre ranch near Rigby, Idaho. His education was at the Rigby High School. The family moved again to Provo, Utah in 1923 where he attended Brigham Young High School. After graduation, he applied to the United States Naval Academy scoring the nation’s second-highest score on academy recruiting results.  Within a few months of being accepted he obtained an honorable discharge. He returned to Utah enrolling at Brigham Young University. He moved again to Berkeley, California where he set up a lab at 202 Green Street, while there he received his first patent. His patent was first seen by the press in 1928. As they say the r...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Kamal al-Din al-Farisi was born in Persia back in circa 1267. There is not much written about him so this one is going to be short. He is noted for a number of important contribution to the number theory concerning factorization and combinatorial methods. However, that is something that is way beyond me, what I did find interesting is that he was the first person to mathematically explanation of the colors of the rainbow. He died in 1319.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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William Barton was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1804 to Patrick and Hannah. He was educated by his father, attended public schools in Baltimore, Maryland before graduating from William and Mary College. After graduation, he gave a series of lectures on science at the Maryland Institute.In 1827, he was a professor of natural philosophy and chemistry at William and Mary until 1835. His brother Henry had returned from England filled with enthusiasm for geology, this of course prompted William to begin studies in that field. Together they unfolded the historical geology of the Appalachian Mountains. That same year (1835) he was a professor at the University of Virginia until 1853. In 1861, he opened his charter of a college where he served as its first president until 1870 whe...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Helen Richey was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania back in 1909. She graduated from McKeesport in 1927. By the time she was 20 she had learned to fly. As a side note she was one of the few girls to wear pants back then. In 1933, she partnered with Frances Marsalis setting a record by staying airborne for nearly 10 days with midair refueling. In 1936, she set an international altitude record for aircraft weighing under 440 pounds reaching 18,448 feet. She died in her apartment in New York City in 1947 for an overdose. What you may not know about Helen is she was the first female commercial airline pilot in the United States. She also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and one of the first female flight instructors. A true pioneer for women don’t you think? Until tomorrow keep ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Charles Brewster was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1870. When he was four he and his brother Walter were playing in the front yard when a horse-drawn carriage pulled up. The boys were approached by two men who offered them candy and fireworks if they would take a ride with them.Of course, the boys agreed and off to Philadelphia they went. Walter was told to go inside a store, was given 25 cents to buy candy and fireworks. When Walter returned the carriage along with Charles had vanished. Five months after the boy disappeared two men were killed during a home invasion. Bill Mosher was killed outright, Joe Douglas died two hours later. Walter identified them as the same men who had given them a ride into town. Charles never was found. What you may not know about Charles Brews...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Jean-Louis was born in Peyre, Huates-Alpes, France back in 1761 to a poor family.  He worked for the Marseille observatory as a caretaker.  After a while, he gained enough experience that he assisted the astronomers with observations.  While he had very little formal education he had the canny knack of remembering star fields noting changes in them.He was often the target of jokes by the more experienced astronomers.  Staying the course, he gradually in 1819, became the director of the new observatory at Marlia, near Lucca.  He left in 1825 to teach astronomy at La Specola in Florence.  Around that same time, he was picked to become the Director of the Florence Observatory at the request of the Grand Duke of Tuscany.  By 1827, his eyesight began to fail and he retired from observing alt...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Louis Aime Augustin was born in Metz, France back in 1841. He studied painting and a post graduate chemistry at Leipzig University. This set forth something he will forever be written in the history books for.In 1866, he moved to Leeds, UK working for Whitley Partners a firm specializing in brass valves and components.  In 1881, he was sent to the United States as an agent for that firm becoming the manager for a small group of French artists.  He returned to Leeds in 1887 to continue his work on an invention, more on that in a moment.In 1888, he did something that had never been done before. Preparing to return to the United States in September 1890 he decided to go back to France for a visit with friends and family. He was to arrive in Dijon however, when the train arrived he was not ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Kenneth George was born in Birmingham, England back in 1934 to Harold and Ethel.  He lived with his father and stepmother in Hastings, Sussex.He worked for a circus where he learned to ice skate.  Having a taste of show business, he formed a comedy act called the Minitones, making the nightclub circuit. He was able to land some roles in several films.  Living in Preston, Lancashire he died just 11 days prior to his 82nd birthday.  What you may not know about Kenneth George Baker is that he is best remembered as the character of R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies, for you see he stood only 3’08” tall.  He married Eileen who also had dwarfism.  They had two children who did not inherit dwarfism. On a side note he also was the Ewok in the 1983 Return of the Jedi film.  Until tomorrow keep that ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Mary Mason was born in Buckland, Massachusetts back in 1797. Her father died when she was 5 and her mother remarried when she was 13. Her mother moved with her new husband however, Mary stayed behind so the home and farm would stay in the family.In her spare time, she attended various school and in 1814 she actually taught some classes. She was called upon to help open a school, more on that in a moment. She was a hard teacher, having the students exercise by walking one mile after breakfast. During the winter the students was required to do calisthenics for 45 minutes instead of walking.She died in 1849 from erysipelas (look that one up), her burial site is marked with a granite stone surrounded by an iron fence. What you may not know about Mary Mason Lyon is she established the Wheato...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Hanna Lindberg was born in 1865 in Sweden.  She worked as a Gofer and a milliner before opening her own hat shop in 1891.  She was active in the YMCA as well as within the women’s suffrage society.  As far as my research could go she never married and was quite wealthy in those days.  She died in 1951, nothing much here is it?  Well now let’s get to the rest of the story.What you may not know about Hanna is that she was the first woman elected to the Orebro city municipal council, thus making her the first female in Swedish history to do so.   Short one for today nonetheless important as a first.  Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and pass it on.   

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