Gentry, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Mackenroth was born in Danzig, Germany back in 1861.  As a young woman she worked as a teacher. In the early 1880’s she moved to Berlin giving private lessons in classical languages, philosophy and mathematics.  She continued to study in her spare time for the career she really wanted.In 1888, she relocated to Zurich, Switzerland where in 1894 she obtained her law doctorate from the University of Zurich.  She became a Swiss citizen so she could practice in that country.  She worked mainly as a public defender representing destitute women.  She campaigned for a universal guaranteed minimum income, rights for single mother and for reform to legislation on family names and women’s property rights.  She died in 1936.What you may not know about Anna is that she was Zurich’s first practi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Sandra Lea Lynch was born in Oak Park, Illinois back in 1946.  After graduation from high school she attended Wellesley College where she received a B.A. in 1968.  She continued her education receiving a J.D. for the Boston University School of Law in 1981.  She was an editor of the Boston University Law Review.After graduation from 1971-73 she served as a law clerk for Judge Raymond J. Pettine of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.  From 1973-74 she was an assistant state attorney for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  she also served as an instructor at the Boston University Law School from 1973-74.  She was a partner at the law firm of Foley, Hoag, and Elliot and the first woman to lead the firm’s litigation department. From 1992-93 she served as president of t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Lynch Jr. was born in Georgetown, South Carolina back in 1749 to Thomas Sr. and Beverly.  He attended the Indigo Society School in Georgetown before leaving for England.  He enrolled at Eton College and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.  He returned to South Carolina in 1772.  He was elected a member of the Provincial Congress in 1775, where they formed the South Carolina constitution.  He was named company commander of the First South Carolina regiment in 1775.  In 1776, the South Carolina General Assembly named Thomas to the Continental Congress as a sixth delegate.   During the trip from South Carolina to Philadelphia his father became ill so he signed the Declaration of Independence.  He was the second youngest delegate to sign the Declaration.  After returning to South Ca...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Francis Lupo was born in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 1895.  While I don’t know anything about his childhood I can tell you something interesting about him.  He was drafted during World War I in October of 1917.  His education was limited because he only made it to the fifth-grade.  Arriving in France in 1918, assigned to the 18th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division.On July 20 1918 his battalion took part in a French-led attack on a German-help position near Soissons.  He was killed in action and hastily buried on the battlefield with another U.S. soldier.  In 2003, a French archaeologist discovered the remains of both soldiers.  He was repatriated and buried with full honor at Arlington National Cemetery in 2006.  He holds the record for being the longest known period of an...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Waldorf Loveless was born in Warren, Ohio back in 1929.  At 14 he altered his birth certificate and joined the Merchant Marine, later serving as an Air Corps control tower operator in Iwo Jima. He witnessed many fight in bars where this gave him an idea, more on that in a moment.After being discharged he attended Chicago’s Armor Institute of Technology.  In 1951, he returned to Ohio and studied literature and sociology at Kent State.  In 1953, he returned to the Merchant Marine on a tanker.  While in New York City, New York he wanted to make a purchase only to find out there was a nine-month waiting list, so he decided to make his own and as they say the rest is history.  What you may not know about Robert AKA Bob Loveless is that he was an American knife maker.  He designed the ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alvin Orlando Lombard was born in Springfield, Maine back in 1856.  As a young boy he demonstrated his mechanical aptitude build a model wood-splitter powered by a water wheel.  When he was 8, he started working in the family sawmill in Lincoln, Maine.  He later obtained patents for some of his mechanical innovations at the sawmill, he also opened a blacksmith shop in Waterville, Maine with his brother Samuel.  In their shop in Waterville they produced steam-powered locomotives that slid on skis powered by huge tracks in the rear, enabling them to travel throughout the Maine woods free from the steel tracks that hampered the other railroad vehicles.  He also received patents for a pulpwood de-barker, a pulpwood crusher and a governor to control the speed of a water turbine.What you may ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alain Leroy Locke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1885 to Pliny and Mary.  He was called Roy by everyone who knew him, at the age of 16 he chose to use the first name of Alain.  He graduated from Central High School second in his 107th class.  After graduation, he attended Harvard University graduating with degrees in English and philosophy.He was admitted to Hertford College where he studied literature, philosophy, Greek and Latin.  He received an assistant professorship in English at Howard University in 1912.  He retired in 1953, Locke Hall on the Howard campus is named in his honor.  He moved to New York City where is died in 1954.What you may not know about Alain is that he was the first African-American to be a Rhodes Scholar.  Your day is worthwhile when you make s...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
 George Llewelyn Davies was born in London, England back in 1893.  His father died in 1907 and a friend of the family supported him and his brothers becoming their primary guardian following the death of their mother in 1910.  They remained very close with “Uncle Jim” as they grew up and went away to school.He attended the Berkhamsted School after graduating he attended Trinity College, Cambridge.  While at college he joined the Amateur Dramatic Club.  When World War I started he and his brother Peter volunteered for service.  He received a commission as a second lieutenant in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps serving in the trenches in Flanders.  On the morning of 15 March, 1915, he was resting on a bank when he died of a gunshot wound to the head by a German sniper. What you may not know a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Carl Linnaeus was born in Småland, Sweden back in 1707 to Nicolaus and Christina. As a young child his father taught him Latin, religion and geography.  In 1717, he was sent to the Lower Grammar School at Växjö.  At his last year in school the headmaster noticed the interest that Carl had in botany and gave him the run of his garden.In 1724 he entered Växjö Katedralskola where he studied Greek, Hebrew theology and mathematics. In 1727 at the age of 21 he enrolled in Lund University.  In 1729 he wrote a theses o plant sexual reproduction.  By May of 1730 he was giving lectures at the University.  Needless to say I could go on writing about Carl.What you may not know about Carl is he formalized binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms.  He is known as the “father of mo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Lillian Marie Bounds was born in Spalding, Idaho back in 1899.  She attended Lapwai High School.  After graduation she attended a year of business college before moving to southern California in 1923 to live with her sister Hazel’s family.  She worked at the Disney Studio in the “ink and paint” department as a secretary.It was there where she met and married her husband.  Because of her father being deceased her uncle who was the chief of the Lewiston Fire Department, gave the bride away.  The couple had two daughters, Diane Marie and Sharon Mae. It is her who named someone you may have heard of Mickey Mouse.Surely, if you haven’t figured it out by now her husband was Walt Disney.  She died in 1997, she was 98.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles Herbert Lightroller was born in Chorley, Lancashire, England back in 1874 to Frederick and Sarah.  When he was 10, his father moved to New Zealand leaving him in the care of the extended family.  Not want to end up with a factory job at 13, he began a four-year apprenticeship on board the Primrose Hill.In 1898, he nearly died from a bout of malaria.  That same year he headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, failing he then became a cowboy in Alberta, Canada.  That did not suit him, he arrived back in England in 1899 penniless.  He received his master’s certificate and in 1900 began his career with the White Star Line as fourth officer of the SS Medic.  Two weeks before the sinking of the RMS Titanic he was acting first officer.  As the officer in charge of loading passengers into life...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Franz Lieber was born in Berlin, Prussia back in 1789/1800, the exact DOB is unknown.  He joined the Prussian Army in 1815, wounded during the Battle of Waterloo.  After the war, he returned to Berlin entering the University of Berlin.  Moving to Jean he enrolled at the University of Jena in 1820.  Just four months later he finished writing a dissertation in the field of mathematics.  He fought briefly in the Greek War of Independence.  In 1827, he moved to Boston, where he worked as a gymnasium administrator.  While in Boston he edited an Encyclopedia Americana between 1829-1833.  He became a professor of history and political economics at South Carolina College serving 20 years.  From 1856-1865 he held the position of Professor of history and political science at Columbia University. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Lick was born in Stumpstown (now Fredericksburg) Pennsylvania back in 1796.  The son of a carpenter, he learned the craft at an early age.  When he was 21, he moved to New York City where he set up shop.  Moving again to Baltimore, Maryland he learned the art of piano making, quickly mastering the skills he started making pianos.He moved around a lot finally settling in San Francisco, California in 1848 with $30,000.00 in gold (valued in 2020 at 2.75 million) and 600 pounds of chocolate.  The chocolate sold quick so he convinced his friend to move to San Francisco (more on that in a moment).  He also started buying up land.  A few weeks after his arrival the California Gold Rush started.  He continued to purchase land in Santa Clara, Lake Tahoe and a ranch in Los Angeles Count and...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elizabeth Van Lew was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1818 to John and Eliza.  She was sent to a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Her father was a slave owner and when he died Elizabeth and her mother freed them.  During the depression of 1837-44 she used her entire inheritance to purchase and free some of their former slaves’ relatives.When the American Civil War started she and her mother started taking care of wounded soldiers.  Not only did she care for the Confederate deserters she also cared for the Union soldiers. She died in 1900, she was 81.What you may not know about Elizabeth is that she convinced Varina Davis to hire Mary Bowser (a union spy) to work at the White House of the Confederacy.  Her spy ring was unknown until after the war.  She was allowed to bring in food, clo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jonathan Leibowitz was born in New York City, New York back in 1962 to Donald and Marian.  When he was eleven his parents divorced which cause Jonathan to have an estranged relationship with his father.  He had his name changed in 2001, more on that in a moment.  He attended Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  He continued his education graduating in 1984 from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.  After graduation he had several jobs: a contingency planner for the New jersey Department of human services, he also worked for the City University of New York, a puppeteer for children with disabilities, a soccer coach, a busboy and a shelf stocker at Woolworth’s just to name a few.He was known as a funny man in school so in 1986 he returned to New York City where he mad...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Bernard Lee was born in either County Cork or Brentford, London back in 1908 to Edmund and Nellie.  When he was six his father had him on the stage in a sketch called “The Double Event” at the Oxford Music Hall.  He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, while working as a fruit porter to pay his fees.After graduation he worked in the repertory theatre in Rusholme, Manchester before working on the West End stage.  His first screen debut was in The Double Event in 1934.  He served with the Royal Sussex Regiment during World War II.  After the war he appeared in several movies, there are just too many to mention.While most of you have not heard of John, maybe you’ll recognize him in his role of M in the first eleven James Bond films.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone s...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Dorothy McCullough was born in Oakland, California back in 1901 to Frank and Flora.   Her formal education was limited until she entered Rogers High School in Newport, Rhode Island graduating when she was 16.  She continued her education earning a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1921.In 1923, he earned her J.D. from the same institution.  She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1923.  She married William in 1924, moving with him to Portland, Oregon.  She was admitted to the bar in Oregon where she began a small private practice. In 1931 she and Gladys M. Everett created Oregon’s first all-woman law firm.  She was appointed to the Oregon Senate from 1932-43.  She was appointed to the U.S. Board of Parole by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Subversive ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Duy-Loan T. Le was born in Vietnam back in 1962. She fled to the United States without her father in 1975 ending up in Houston, Texas.  She graduated from Alief Hasting High School at sixteen as Valedictorian.  In 1976, she received recognition as “Citizen of the Month” from the Kiwanis International Club.  In 1982, at nineteen she received her undergraduate BSEE degree, magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin and obtaining her MBA in May of 1989 from the University of Houston.  She is married to Tuan D. Dao, they have two sons, she also has a black belt in Taekwon-Do.  What you may not know about Duy-Loan is that after graduation she started working for Texas Instruments, she was the first woman and Asian elected as a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow.Your day is worthwhil...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Laljl Singh was born in Jaunpur, United Provinces, British India back in 1947.  He received his primary education in a government school.  He attended high school in the nearby village of Pratapganj.  After graduation, he attended the Banaras Hindu University.  In 1964, he graduated with a B.Sc. degree.  In 1966, eh scored the highest marks in his Master’s degree las and won the Banaras Hindu Gold Medal for standing first in order of merit.  He received his doctorate in 1971.  He received the INSA Medal for Young Scientists in 1974, for his research in the field of cytogenetics(the study of inheritance in relation to the structure and function of chromosomes).  He died in 2017, he was 70.What you may not know about Laljl is that he is considered as the “Father of Indian DNA fingerprinti...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alfred Dillwyn Knox was born in England back in 1884.  He was educated at Summer Fields School, Oxford and Eton College.  He continued his education at King’s College.  After graduation, he was recruited to the Royal Navy’s cryptologic unit just after the outbreak of World War I.After the war he wanted to resume his research at King’s College, however his wife persuaded him to remain with the Royal Navy.  His work was so top secret, even his children only found out about what he done many years after his death.  He died in 1943 from lymphoma he was 58.What you may not know about Alfred is that in 194, he discovered the method that broke the Italian Naval Enigma, which provided the Allied victory at the Battle of Cape Matapan, he also broke the Abwehr Enigma.  By the end of the war he ha...
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