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Arthur S. Jefferson was born in Ulverston, England back in 1890 to Arthur and Margaret.  He attended school at King James I Grammar School in Bishop and the King’s School in Tynemouth.  He moved with his parents to Glasgow Scotland completing his education at Rutherglen Academy.  In 1912, he worked in the Netherlands and Belgium as a comedy double act with Ted Desmond known as the Barto Brothers.  He moved to the United States where he registered for military service in 1917, he was not called up.  by 1924, he had given up the stage for full-time film work, in the movies.  In 1926, he signed up with the Hal Roach studio, as they say the rest is history.  In 1941, he signed with 20th Century-Fox to make ten films over five years.  In 1947, he returned to the United Kingdom where he perfo...
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Frank Purdy Lahm was born in Mansfield, Ohio back in 1877 to Frank and Adelaide.  His grandmother was related to Daniel Webster.  His mother died when he was three and his father on the advice of doctors left him in care of relatives.  His father came every summer to see his son, he made more than fifty trips crossing the Atlantic Ocean.In high school he excelled in football and baseball.  He left with his father to travel to France in 1893.  He attended the Albert-le-rand school near Paris.  He attended the Michigan Military Academy before entering the United States Military Academy in 1897.  After graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, 6th Cavalry where he was shipped to the Philippines for two years. At the age of 56, he purchased a balloon completing the requirements h...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Margaret Ingels was born in Paris, Kentucky back in 1892.  She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1916.  After graduation, she worked for the Chicago Telephone Company in the traffic engineering department. Later she left, moving to Pittsburgh where she worked for the Carrier Engineering Corporation.In 1920, she earned her Mechanical Engineering profession degree.  In 1921, she joined the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers research lab.  While there she perfected a new portable machine that determined the amount of germ-laden dust in schoolrooms and public places.  In 1931, she returned to Carrier-Lyle Corporation where she stayed until her retirement.  While at Carrier she helped perfect the sling psychrometer, a device that read the relative humidity of th...
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Clara Helene Immerwahr was born in Polkendorf, Kingdom of Prussia back in 1879 to Philipp and Anna.  Her mother died in 1890 from cancer, Clara moved in with her father in Breslau.  She studied at the University of Breslau, in 1900 attaining her degree in chemistry.  She continued her studies finally getting a PhD in Chemistry, she graduated magna cum laude.She converted to Christianity in 1897, marrying Fritz four years later.  In those days due to societal expectation that a married woman’s place was in the home, her ability to conduct research was limited.  During WWI Fritz became a staunch supporter of the German military, he played an important role in the development of chemical weapons.  He supervised the first successful deployment of a weapon of mass destruction in military his...
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James Franklin Hyde was born in Solvay, New York back in 1903 to James and Ann.  After graduating from Solvay High School when he was 16 he attended Syracuse University.  After earning his Bachelor of Arts, he continued his education earning him a Master of Arts.  He then continued earing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois. Not to be deterred he received his Doctorate at Harvard University.  In 1931, he was the first organic chemist to work at Corning Glass.  He was hired to investigate a new plastic.  In 1934, he applied for a patent, which was granted in 1942, U.S. Patent 2,272,342.  He stayed with the Research Laboratory at Corning retiring in 1951.  By the time he left Corning he held over 100 patents.  He died in 1999, he was 96.What you may not know about J...
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Muriel Fay Buck was born in Huron, South Dakota back in 1912 to Andrew and Jessie.  After graduating from high school, she attended Huron College, where she met her future husband.  By all accounts it was love at first sight.  They married in 1936.  She followed her husband where he pursued a graduate degree at Louisiana State University.He decided to get into politics where he won the office of Mayor of Minneapolis.  Afterwards he served three consecutive terms as a Senator from Minnesota.  He was the Vice President of the United States.  He would later run for the Presidency losing the bid.  Afterwards, he ran for Senate and won again.  While in office he died and she was appointed to the Senate vacancy by the Governor of Minnesota.  She died in 1998, she was 86.What you may not know ...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Eugene Maurice Orowitz was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York back in 1936 to Eli and Peggy.  When he was four the family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey.  He attended Collingswood High School. Because of his athletic skills he was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California. Because of an injury he turned to show-business.  He started out with television series Telephone Time.  He also released a single record with Candlelight Records.  In 1959, he began his first starring TV role, the series lasted until 1973.  Seeing the decline in ratings in 1972 he began recording another series for television.  That series lasted for 10 seasons.  in 1991, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, it was inoperable and terminal. He died in 1991, he was 54.So, does the name r...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Hope was born in Augusta, Georgia back in 1868 to James and Mary.  He was eight when his father died leaving school in the eighth grade to help support the family.  Undeterred he saved enough money to put himself through school graduating from Worcester Academy in 1890.  He continued his education graduating from Brown University in 1894.After graduation he moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he began his teaching career.  In 1898, he was chosen to be president of Atlanta Baptist College, where he stayed until his death in 1936. His tenure was interrupted by WWI, when he served as the YMCA secretary.  After being discharged he organized the Commission on Interracial Cooperation serving as its first president. What you may not know about John is that his father was white and his mot...
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Maude Cecilia Acklin was born in Baxter County, Arkansas back in 1914. She married William Hopkins (age 86) when she was 19.  William has enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Pikeville, Kentucky when he was 16. He served under General Samuel G. French’s Battalion of Virginia Infantry.He was captured in 1863, later was a part of a prisoner exchange.  He supported Maude with his pension of $25.00 per month. He died in 1937, he was 89. She remarried twice more having three children. She died in 2008, in Lexa, Arkansas, she was 93.What you may not know is that she was the last surviving widow of a Civil War veteran.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile today
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Benjamin Tyler Henry was born in Claremont, New Hampshire back in 1821.  He worked as an apprentice at the Robins & Lawrence Arms Company of Windsor, Vermont.  While working he met Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson.  Horace and Daniel started their own business which you know as Smith & Wesson. One of the new investors in the company was Oliver Winchester.  Of course, he would go onto open the Winchester Company.  Both of those are still in business to this day.  In 1860, he had moved up the ladder to became plant superintendent.  By 1866, he left the Winchester Repeating Arms Company where he continued to work as an individual gunsmith until his death in 1898.What you may not know about Benjamin is while he worked for Winchester, he applied for a patent for the very first reliable leve...
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Edith Holländer was born in Aachen, Prussia, German Empire back in 1900 to Abraham and Rosa.  She attended the Evangelical Higher Girl’s School graduating in 1916.  She met Otto and were married in 1925 at Aachen’s synagogue.The family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, to escape the rise of antisemitism.  In 1940, the German’s invaded the Netherlands, the family was hiding at the company Otto worked for.  In 1944, she was sent to the Westerbork concentration camp.  Her daughters where transported to Bergen-Belsen.  She died of starvation in 1945, just three weeks before the Red Army liberated the camp and just 10 days before her 45th birthday.While you may have never heard of Edith before surely, you’ve heard of one of her daughters, Anne Frank? Your day is worthwhile when you make someone sm...
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Richard Halsey Best was born in Bayonne, New Jersey back in 1910 to Frank and Euretta.  While I do not have any information about his childhood for this blog it really doesn’t matter.  He attended the United States Naval Academy graduating with honors in 1932.  He served for two years aboard the USS Richmond. In 1934, he transferred to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola as a naval student.  After training, he was assigned to the USS Lexington.  In 1940, he was assigned to the USS Enterprise being made flight officer for the Grumman F2F.  on December 7th, he was aboard the Enterprise when he learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Shortly afterwards he was promoted to executive officer.  He saw action in the Marshall Islands, Kwajalein and Wake Island. However, he will be remembered for ...
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Anna Arnold was born in Marshalltown, Iowa back in 1899 to William and Marie.  The family moved to Anoka, Minnesota where she was active in the Methodist Church.   She graduated from high school, afterwards attending Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  She married Merritt, the couple had no children.After graduation, she taught English and History for two years at Rust College, in Holly Springs, Missouri.  She was named executive director of the YMCA in Ohio, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.  In 1946, she served as assistant dean of women at Howard University.  She died in 1990, she was 90.What you may not know about Anna Arnold Hedgeman is that she was the first African-American graduate to earn a B.A. in English.  The first African-American woman to hold a mayoral cabi...
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Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1918 to Eduardo and Volga. Her parents wanted her to become a dancer, while she wasn’t fond of the idea she went along with it not to disappoint her parents.  By the time she was eight she was featured in La Fiesta, a short film for Warner Brothers.When she turned twelve her father started sexually abusing her, taking her to Tijuana, Mexico to perform on the stage dancing.  Because she was working all the time she never finished high school but did make it through the ninth grade at Hamilton High in Los Angeles.  When she was sixteen Winfield Sheehan the head of Fox Film Corporation saw her dancing and as they say the rest is history.In 1937, she started working for Columbia Pictures where she stared in several movies, she ...
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Joseph Woodrow Hatchett was born in Clearwater, Florida back in 1932.  He graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954.  He served in the United States Army as a lieutenant.  After being discharged, he graduated from Howard University of Law in 1959.  He continued to serve in the United States Marine Corps reserve as a lieutenant colonel and judge advocate from 1977-1988.He has a lot of firsts so let’s cut to the chase.  In 1975, Governor Reubin Askew appointed him as an Associate Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, he retained that seat in a state-wide election, making him the first African-American to serve in that capacity post-Reconstruction.  He was the first African-American to serve in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Wh...
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Robert Haslam was born in London, England back in 1840.  While I don’t have the exact date, as a teenager he arrived in the United States, where he was hired by Bolivar Roberts.  His first job was to help build stations for the Pony Express riders.  After the Pony Express ended he worked as a rider for the Wells Fargo and Company. After the Civil War, he worked as a scout for the U.S. Army, later accompanying Buffalo Bill Cody on a diplomatic mission to negotiate the surrender of Chief Sitting Bull.   He also served as Deputy United States Marshall in Salt Lake City.  He died in poverty in Chicago in 1912, he was 72.What you may not know about Robert “Pony Bob” Haslam is that he will forever be in the history books for two things.  One, is he made a 120 ride in 8 hours and 20 minutes wh...
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Barbara Jane Harrison was born in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England back in 1945.  She graduated from Doncaster High School in 1962.  From 1962-64 she worked at Martins Bank before taking a job as a nanny in San Francisco.  While in San Francisco, she applied for a job with the British Overseas Airways Corporation as a flight attendant.  She was hired in 1966.After completing her training, she was assigned work onboarding for the Boding 707 fleet. On April 8th 1968, she was assigned to Flight 712 Whiskey Echo from Heathrow Airport to Sydney, Australia.Almost immediately after take-off the number 2 engine caught on fire and fell from the aircraft.  It was forced to make an emergency landing.  The chute inflated and passengers were getting off.  After the chute burned Barbara co...
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Anna Tuthill Symmes was born in Morristown, New Jersey back in 1775 to John and Anna.  Her mother died the next year.  Her father took her to her grandparents in Long Island where she was raised.  She attended the Clinton Academy and the private school owned by Isabella Graham in New York City.In 1794, Anna went with her father to the Ohio wilderness settling in North Bend, Ohio.  In 1795, she visited her relatives in Lexington, Kentucky where she met William.  Her father was deadset against the relationship, but that did not deter the lovebirds. They eloped in November of that same year.  The union must have been good as it produced 10 children and 40 grandchildren.William went on and won fame as an Indian fighter and a hero of the War of 1812.  She died in 1864, she was 88.What you ma...
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Bessie Lee Pittman was born in Pensacola, Florida to Ira and Mary.  At the tender age of 13/14 she married Robert giving birth to a son who died when he was five thus ending the marriage.   She worked as a hairdresser eventually winding up in New York City at the prestigious slon at Saks Fifth Avenue.In the 1930’s she started taking flying lessons at Roosevelt Airfield.  Within two years she obtained her commercial pilot’s license.  In 1934, she was only one of three women to compete in the MacRobertson Air Race.  In 1937, she was the only woman to set a new world speed record.  During WWII, she volunteered her services to the Royal Air Force reaching the rank of Flight Captain.  For her wartime service, she received the Distinguished Service Medal.In 1948, she joined the U.S. Air Force...
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John R. Hargrove was born in Atlantic city, New Jersey back in 1923 to Raymond and Georgine.  When he was six months old the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland.  He graduated from Douglass High School in 1941.  After graduation, he entered Morgan State College. he joined the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1946.After being discharged he continued his education at Howard University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947.  In 1950, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a Bachelor of Laws, being admitted to the bar the same year.  In 1963, he practiced law with the law firm of Howard and Hargrove until 1968.  He died in 1997, he was 73.What you may not know about John is that he was the first African American to be appointed Assist...

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