Bella Vista, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Clarence Everett Lightner was born in Raleigh, North Carolina back in 1921 to Calvin and Mammie.  He attended public schools in Raleigh.  After graduating from high school, he enrolled in North Carolina Central College where he was the quarterback and joined the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, graduating in 1941.After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving four years.  After being discharged, he enrolled in the Echols College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1959 following his brother’s death, is father game him charge of the funeral home.  He later served as president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and chaired the National Life Membership Foundation of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  In 1973 he announced his candidacy for...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Sidney Liebowitz was born in New York City, New York back in 1935 to Max and Helen.  He attended Thomas Jefferson High School.  In the late 1950’s he was drafted into the United States Army serving as the official vocal soloist with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.After being discharged, he had several hit records in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  He was a guest on shows as The Danny Kaye Show, The Judy Garland Show, The Flip Wilson Show along with several more.  He was a regular on The Carol Burnet Show from 1967-78.  He appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow.  He starred in the 1972 film Stand Up and Be Counted, The Blues Brothers and so on.While you may not recognize his birth name (for those of you that are old enough) know him by his stage n...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Willard Frank Libby was born in Grand Valley, Colorado back in 1908 to Ora and Eva.  When he was five the family moved to Santa Rosa, California where he graduated from Analy High School in 1926.  He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley receiving his B.S. in 1931 and his Ph.D. in 1933.On December 8, 1941 he volunteered his services to Harold Urey, he travelled to Columbia University to work on the Manhattan Project.  After the war he accepted an offer from the University of Chicago to work in the Chemistry Department at the new Institute for Nuclear Studies.  In 1972, he started the first Environmental Engineering program at UCLA where he stayed until his retirement in 1976, he died in 1980, he was 71.What you may not know about Willard is that he is noted f...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert John Lechmere Guppy was born in San Fernando, Trinidad back in 1836 to Robert and Amelia.  He was raised by his grandparents, Richard Parkinson and Lucy.  His grandfather wanted him to take over the castle, a role in which he had no interest.  He came into an inheritance from other relatives.He left England at 18 and visited Australia, Tasmania before being shipwrecked on the coast of New Zealand in 1856 for two years.  Later he became Trinidad’s Chief Inspector of Schools until his retirement in 1891. Although he had no formal training he wrote and published numerous articles on the paleontology of the region.  He also served as President of the Scientific Association of Trinidad and the Royal Victoria Institute Board.  What you may not know about Robert is that in 1866, he disc...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Francis Laux Jr. was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma back in 1897. He was heavily involved in sports. He won 16 letters in baseball, basketball and football in Oklahoma City and the Bristow schools before entering Oklahoma City College.  during World War I he served in the United States Army Air Service.  After the war he took odd jobs managing a semi-pro baseball team in Guthrie, also he worked as an insurance and real estate broker in Bristow, refereeing college football games.  In 1927, he began broadcasting Oklahoma and Oklahoma A&M football games. He was the first to introduce Gene Autry on the radio.  He was so good he called the World Series for CBS from 1933 to 1938.  He turned down offers to broadcast for the Yankees and Giants in New York.He retired from broadcasting and died in 19...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Yau Leong Fong was born in Honolulu on this island of Oahu.  He graduated from the McKinley High School in 1924.  In 1930, he obtained a degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Continuing his education, he went to Harvard Law School where he received his law degree in 1935.After graduation, he returned to Honolulu working at the Prosecuting Attorney Office in Honolulu.  In 1938, he founded the law firm of Fong, Miho, Choy and Robinson.  In 1942, he changed his name to Hiram.  During WWII he served as a major in the United States Army Air Forces and as a Judge Advocate.  Later he retired from the United States Air Force Reserve as a colonel.  He died in 2004, he was 97.What you may not know about Hiram is that he was the first Asian-American United States Senator serving from 195...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Semyon Nikolaevich Korsakov was born in Kherson, Ukraine (what was part of the Russina Empire) back in 1787.  I don’t anything about his early childhood, but wait for the ending on this one.  Anyway, from 1812-14 he took part in the Napoleonic Wars with the Russian Army.  He later served as an official in the statistics department of the Russian Police Ministry in St. Petersburg.  He received the Order of St. Anna and the Order of St. Vladimir.  Although not trained as a doctor he treater several thousand patients using conventional medicine before switching to homeopathy in 1829.  He died in 1853, he was 65.What you may not know about Semyon is that he was also an inventor.  He invented the “linear homeoscope with movable parts” and other variations of the device in 1832. It was the fi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Kong Tai Heong was bornin Waichow, Guangdong, Qing China back in 1875.  She was abandoned as an infant on the steps of the Berlin Foundling House in Hong Kong.  The orphanage was run by German nuns.  They helped her apply to the Canton Medical School to study western medicine.She met and married Li, over her parent’s objections, the following day they boarded a ship for Honolulu.  The trip lasted 30 arriving in the Republic of Hawaii on July 4th 1896.  They were unable to work as physicians living in abject poverty working in a tobacco warehouse.  She died in 1951, she was 76.What you may not know about Kong is that after arriving in Hawaii with the blessing of Sanford B. Dole she was allowed to meet with the Board of Medical Examiners, both were given a comprehensive oral examination e...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Knight was born in Old Warwick, Rhode Island back in 1826 to Stephen and Weltham.  The family moved to Cranston, Rhode Island where his father put him to work in the Cranston Print Works at the tender age of eight.  In 1845 he studied for a year and a half at Pawcatuck Academy in Westerly.  Afterwards, he taught school in Exeter for four months.In 1846, you could find him working for John Hopkins Clarke as a clerk in his factory store in Pontiac.  Clarke was elected to the U.S. Senate; Robert and a partner purchased the business becoming owners of the Pontiac Mills.  In 1852 Robert and his brother Benjamin formed the B.B. and R. Knight manufacturing and grain firm.  The brothers purchased numerous manufacturing operation in New England.  The Knights built employee housing, mill v...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Patrick Kinnon was born in Paisley, Scotland back in 1911.  The family moved to American in 1923.  The family settled in Philadelphia where he attended a Catholic seminary in Germantown.  He wanted to be a priest but he started used alcohol and pills and never continued his education.He worked as a roofer and painter, before moving to California in the early 1940’s.  in 1950, he stopped using all mood and mind-altering substances attending Alcoholics Anonymous.  He died in 1985 from tuberculosis, he had been clean for thirty-five years.What you may not know about James is that he was the primary founder of Narcotics Anonymous in 1953 in Sun Valley, California.  Most of the literature was written by James and is still used worldwide today in over 70.000 NA meeting.  He was also a w...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Carl Donald Keith was born in Stewart Creek, West Virginia back in 1920 to Howard and Mary.  After graduating high school, he attended Salem College in North Carolina earning his bachelor’s degree in 1943.  He continued his education earning. Master’s degree in chemistry from Indiana University in 1945 and a doctorate from DePaul University in 1947.After graduation, he worked at Sinclair Oil from 1943-1957.   He was later hired by Engelhard Industries.  From 1976 until his retirement in 1985 he was an executive vice president, president and finally chairman of the company. In 2001, he received the Walter Ahlstrom Prize in conjunction with the Finnish Academies of Technology.  His invention prevented 56 million tons of hydrocarbons and 118 million tons of nitrogen oxides and 464 billion ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Dean Lawrence Kamen was born in Long Island. New York.  In his teenage years he built light and sound systems, before he graduated from high school his income was around $60,000.00 a year.  After graduating from high school, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute but he dropped out in 1976.He currently holds over 1,000 patents, so let’s cut to the chase.  This one is going to be short.  He invented the Segway PT, manufactures and markets the first drug infusion pump.  He holds patents for the technology used in portable dialysis machine, an all-terrain electric wheelchair, a water purification system.  He is so-inventor of a compressed air device that would launch a human into the air to quickly launch SWAT teams or other emergency works to the roofs of tall buildings. A prosthetic...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Theodore Dehone Judah was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut back in 1826 to Henry and Mary.  The family moved to Troy, New York where the attended the Rensselaer Institute.  At 21 he married Anna Pierce, it was the first wedding performed at St. James Episcopal Church of Greenfield, Massachusetts.In 1853, he was elected a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, at that time there were fewer than 800 civil engineers in the United States.  The next year he was hired by the Sacramento valley Railroad, under his direction it became the first common carrier railroad built west of the Mississippi River.In 1859, he was sent to Washington D.C. to lobby for a transcontinental railway system.  On July 1, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Pacific Railroad Act into law.  Having accomplish...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eliza McCardle was born in Telford, Tennessee back in 1810 to John and Sarah.  After her father’s death, she moved to Greenville, Tennessee with her mother.  She was attending Rhea Academy when she spotted Andrew.  The attraction was mutual.  They married in 1827, she was 16 and Andrew was 18.  She was educated and taught Andrew how to read and write, as he had never attended school.  Andrew was a tailor when they married but he had dreams of entering politics.  She supported him in that endeavor.  However, she had tuberculosis so she stayed out of the limelight as much as possible.  Her husband died in July of 1875, she passed in January of 1876.What you may not know about Eliza McCardle Johnson is that her husband was Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States.Your day is...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Pierre Jules César Janssen was born in Paris, France back in 1824 to Antoine and Pauline.  He studied mathematics and physics, at the University of Paris.  After graduation, he taught at Lycée Charlemagne.  His interests were in astronomy, so he devoted most of his life to observation of solar eclipses.He travelled to several locations to observe eclipses.  He was in Paris in 1870 during the Siege of Paris, he escaped in a balloon.  He died in Meudon, France in 1907, he was 83.What you may not know about Pierre is that he was noted for inventing the Revolver of Janssen which was the precursor of the motion picture industry.  He is also noted for discovering helium.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)
George Fredrick Ives was born in Brighton, England back in 1881, he helped his father in his workshop until 1899.  In December of that year he joined the British Army fighting in the Boer War.  He saw action with the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa.After the war, he moved to Canada in 1903 where he purchased 160 acres of land for the vast sum of ten dollars.  He tried to re-enlist during WWI, but was rejected due to a heart murmur.  In 1910, he married Kay Nelson, the couple had three sons and three daughters.  Not satisfied with farming he moved to White Rock, British Columbia.  He worked in a shipyard building wooden scow for another 15 years before retiring in 1956.What you may not know about George is that he was the last surviving veteran of the Boer Wars, he died in 1993, he was...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Michael Broad was born in Stanmore, Middlesex back in 1955.  When he was two years old the family moved to Patchogue, New York.  Four years later the family moved back to England settling in Dorking, Surrey.  The family moved several more times when he attended Worthing High School for Boys. In 1975, he attended the University of Sussex where he wanted to get a degree in English.  He only stayed one year.  Music was his calling and I can say he was right.  In 1981, he moved to New York City where he became a solo artist.  He has been nominated for the Grammy Award for three different songs, but has never won.While you may not recognize his given name, surely you know his stage name “Billy Idol”?Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift of a smile ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Zhang Heng was born in AD 78 in Xi’e, China.  He lived during the Han dynasty, educated in the capital cities of Luoyang and Chang’an.  He began his career as a minor civil servant in Nanyang.  He worked his way up to become the Chief Astronomer, Prefect of the Majors for Official Carriages.He was appointed to the Palace Attendant at the imperial court in 112.  He died in139, he was 61.  I could write a novel about him, but you know me.  Let’s cut to the chase.What you may not know about Zhang is that he was also an inventor.  He invented the world’s first seismoscope which discerned the cardinal direction of an earthquake for 310 miles away.  He also made improvements to the clepsdra (a timekeeping device used then) by adding an additional water tank.However, his greatest invention was...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Shirley Ann Mount was born in Denver, Colorado back in 1925.  Her father worked in construction during the Great Depression.  In 1945, she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.  She continued her education with a Bachelor of Laws in 1949 for Stanford Law School.She graduated at the top of the class but had difficulty in finding employment at the time which was dominated by males.  She eventually made her way to the Attorney General’s Office in California where she served as Special Legal Consultant to the Attorney General.  She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  In 1969, she was appointed Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeals.  She died in 2016, she was 90.What you may not know about Shirley Ann Mount...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Patricia Louise Holte was born in Southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Henry and Bertha back in 1944.  When she was twelve her parents divorced. She attended the Beulah Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.  While attending John Bartram High School she won a talent competition.As they say, the rest is history. She became a local hit and was invited to American Bandstand. By 1963, she had signed with King Records, where she stayed for two years.  In 1965, she signed with Atlantic Records in 1965, she was dropped by Atlantic records in 1970.From 1970 to currently she has signed with several different recording agencies. She participated on the 20th season of Dancing With the Stars.  She is still active and performs to sold out audiences. Have you figured out who I’m writing about...
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