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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Franklin Benjamin Hough was born in Martinsburg, New York back in 1822 to Horatio and Martha. He graduated with a degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1843.  He continued his education receiving a M.D. from Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio in 1848.  After graduation, he opened a medical practice in Somerville, New York.In 1854, he was appointed superintendent of the New York State Census Bureau, the first complete census of the state.  By 1861, he was an inspector for the United States Sanitary Commission, the next year you could find him as a surgeon in the 97th New York Volunteer Infantry. After the war, he returned to overseeing the 1865 state census.  While working there he noticed something that would change him for the rest of his life.  He died in 1885, h...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Arthur Rose Eldred was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1895.  He entered Cornell University in 1912, graduating in 1916.  In 1918, he enlisted in the United States Navy during WWI.  He served aboard the USS Henderson seeing action near France. Later he was transferred to Italy where he attended submarine school.He was discharged from the Navy in 1919.  After being discharged he worked for a dairy and an agricultural agent for the Atlantic County, New Jersey.  Later he served as the manager for the Eastern Railroad Association’s Motor Carrier Committee, the Camden County Council and the Clementon School District Board of Education.He died in1951 from colon cancer he was 55. What you may not know about Arthur is that he was the first Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America at 16.Your ...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Leslie Townes was born in Eltham, London, England back in 1903 to William and Avis. In 1908, the family moved to the United States settling in Cleveland, Ohio.  He performed as a street performer to help the family financially when he was twelve.  He attended the Boys’ Industrial School in Lancaster. In 1919, he had a brief career as a boxer, with two wins and one loss.He also worked as a butcher’s assistant and a lineman. In 1921, while helping his brother Jim in clearing trees he fell which resulted in crushing his face. He had to undergo reconstructive surgery.  He finally decided to go into show business, as they say the rest is history.His career started in 1919 and ran through 1998, a total of 79 years.  It would take days to record his achievements, frankly I am going to cut it s...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Homer Hadley Hickman Jr., was born in Coalwood, West Virginia back in 1943 to Homer Sr., and Elsie. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960.  He continued his education graduating from Virginia Tech in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering. He served in the 4th Infantry Division with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.After being discharged in 1970 he worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as an aerospace engineer.  He left in 1971, working as an engineer for the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command until 1978.  He returned to (NASA) in 1981 where he retired in 1998.  In 2018, he was appointed by Vice President Mike Pence to serve as a member of the National Space Council.What you may not know about Homer is t...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Albert Hofmann was born in Baden, Switzerland back in 1906 to Adolf and Elisabeth.  His grandfather paid for education due to his family’s low income.  He studied chemistry at the University of Zurich.  After graduation, he worked at the pharmaceutical/chemical department of Sandoz in Basel, Switzerland.His main interest was to derive from the plants a system to purify the active constituents for use in the pharmaceutical industry.  His work led to the discovery of several things, but they are way beyond me to understand, except one. We’ll get to that in a moment.  In 1962, he and his wife Anita traveled to Mexico in search of the plant “Ska Maria Pastora”.  While he was able to take some of them back to Switzerland, he was never able to identify the active compound to synthesize it.  H...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Leah Hing was born in Portland, Oregon back in 1907 to Lee and Ah Sin.  When she was five her father bought a hoe in Ladd’s Addition in Portland, where she would live for the rest of her life.  She attended Atkinson Elementary School and then graduated from Washington High School.  After graduation, she continued her education at Northwester Business College.She was one of the first Chinese-American women to be hired as an elevator operator in Portland.  In 1927, her and five other young women founded the Portland Chinese Girl’s Orchestra.  The group toured American for three years.  When she returned to Portland she managed the Chinese Tea Garden restaurant. During WWII, she worked at the Portland Air Base repairing flight instruments.  She also sold insurance, had her own watch-repair...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Beatrice Alice Hicks was born in Orange, New Jersey back in 1919 to William and Florence.  She graduated from Orange High School in 1935.  Continuing her education, she received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1939.  After graduation, she stayed at Newark as a research assistant.In 1948, she married Rodney Chipp.  In 1960, the couple made a month-long trip speaking tour of South America which focused on international cooperation between America and South American engineers.  Rodney died in 1966, she never re-married.  She died in 1979, she was 60.What you may not know about Beatrice is that she was the first woman engineer to be hired by Western Electric, the first president and co-founder of the Society of Women Engineers.  She also inv...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Diego Hernandez Sanfeliz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico back in 1934.  After graduating from high school, he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology.  He received a Navy ROTC scholarship in 1955, earning a degree in Physics.  After graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign, in 1956 he was designated as a Naval Aviator.He saw action in Vietnam, he also served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Carrier Division. By 1980 he was promoted to Captain taking command of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy.  In 1981, he was in charge of the Third Fleet which included 40 ships, 200 aircraft, and roughly 50,000 sailors, airmen and Marines from the United States, Japan, Australia and Canada. He retired in 1991.What you may not know about Vice Admiral Hernandez is that he was ...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Sonja Henie was born in Oslo, Norway back in 1912 to Wilhelm and Selma.  From a young age, she showed talent as a tennis player, swimmer and equestrienne.  She was educated by tutors and her father hired the best experts in the world to further his daughter into a sporting celebrity.She won her first major competition at the tender age of ten in the senior Norwegian championships.  She competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics when she was 11.  When she gave up her amateur status she moved to California, signing with Darryl Zanuck.  She signed a multiple year contract making her the highest paid actress of her time.  She retired in 1943 forming her own business with Arthur Wirtz.In the mid-1960’s she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, she died in 1969, she was 57.What you may n...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Anita Hemmings was born in Boston, Massachusetts back in 1872 to Robert and Dora.  She attended the preparation school for girls at the Girls’ High School in Boston. A lot of her classmates considered Anita an attractive woman.  She sang soprano in the glee club and was a featured soloist at the local churches in Poughkeepsie.She married Andrew in 1903. Three years after their marriage Andrew earned his medical degree from the Meharry Medical Department of Central Tennessee College in Nashville.  He did his post-graduate studies at Harvard Medical School in 1905.The union produced three children: Ellen, Barbara and Andrew.  She died in 1960, she was 88.What you may not know about Anita is that she was the first African-American woman to graduate from Vassar College. after graduation, sh...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
John Bell Hatcher was born in Cooperstown, Illinois to John and Margaret.  The family moved to Cooper, Iowa where he received his early education.  He worked in the coal mines to save for his education.  He attended Grinnell College in 1890, transferring to Yale University’s Sheffield Scientific School in 1882.  His major was in geology, mineralogy, zoology and botany. He graduated in 1884.He was hired in 1884, after graduation to excavate a site in Long Island, Kansas for the hefty sum of $50.00 per month.  He was hired by Princeton University during his employment he made three expeditions to Patagonia.  He produced twelve publications between 1897-1903 on his findings. He died in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania of typhoid fever in 1904, he was 42.What you may not know about John is that he w...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Mae McCabe was born in Buffalo, New Your back in 1920 to Daniel and Matie. The family moved several times finally settling in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1932.  She graduated from high school in 1938.  After graduation, she attended the Allentown General Hospital School for Nursing. In 1942, she joined the Army Nurse Corps, where she was sent to India, serving with the 20th Field Hospital.  She was on leave when the war ended, later serving at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Moving up the ranks being appointed head nurse at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.  She served in three wars retiring in 1971.  She served this Republic for 29 years.  She died in 2018, she was 97.What you may not know about Anna Mae Hayes is that the was the first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to be promote...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Claud Adkins Hatcher was born in Quitman County, Georgia back in 1876 to Lucius and Eleanor.  He had always wanted to be a doctor, however after his first year in college he changed his major to pharmacy, graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  By 1901, he was a successful businessman operating two pharmacies one in Preston, and the other in Dawson, Georgia.Later that same year he quite the pharmacy and opened a wholesale grocery business with his father I Columbus, Georgia. After a falling out with the Coca-Cola Company over wholesale pricing he dropped their line and experimented making his own line.  He developed Ginger Ale and Cherry Cola. However, he will be remembered for the one that brought him the most success that of Royal Crown Cola, later shortened ...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Alfred Seale Haslam was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England back in 1844.  His father was an iron-founder so he was trained as an engineer.  He took over Union Foundry in 1868 until 1873, when his father retired.  he renamed it the Haslam Foundry and Engineering Company Ltd in 1876.Later on, he was elected as a counselor for Derby and justice of the Peace.  While serving as Mayor of Derby in 1890, where was an outbreak of a disease in the William Strutt Infirmary.  Back in those days proper ventilation was not known, so Alfred redesigned the hospital.  When it was reopened in 1891 the Queen Victoria knighted him for his services.  He died in St. Pancras, London, England in 1927, he was 82.What you may not know about Alfred is that in 1894, he applied for a patent for a new type of compre...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Tatsuo Hasegawa was born in Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, Japan back in 1916.  He received his diploma in Engineering at the Tokyo Imperial University in 1939.  After graduation, he worked at the Tachikawa Aircraft Corporation.  He worked on the Tachikawa Ki-94 aircraft for the Imperial Japanese Army. However, the war ended before it ended.  His idea for the aircraft was later adopted by NASA in the 1960’s. After the war, he worked at Toyota Corporation. He rose through the ranks retiring as general manager in 1982.What you may not know about Tatsuo is that he was the chief developer of the first Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Publica.  He was involved in the development of the Toyota Crown, the Sports 80, the Celica, the Carina and the Toyota Dyna.  In 2004, he was inducted into the Japan A...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Leonard Roy Harmon was born in Cuero, Texas back in 1917.  He graduated from the Daule High School.  After graduation, he worked in livestock production during the Great Depression.  He enlisted in the United States Navy when he was 22 in 1939.  He reported to Norfolk, Virginia for boot camp.After graduation, he was assigned to the USS San Francisco in 1939.  During the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942, the Japanese raked the ship killing nearly every officer on the bridge.  Leonard helped to evacuate the wounded. He was helping Pharmacist’s Mate Lyndford Bondsteel when the ship came under gunfire again.  While this was happening he deliberately stood between Bondsteel and the enemy gunfire in order to protect his wounded shipmates resulting in his death.  He was awarded the Navy Cro...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
James Philo Hagerstrom was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa to Edward and Hazel.  He attended Waterloo west High School graduating in 1939.  He enrolled at the University of Iowa, but after a year he transferred to the Iowa State Teachers College and also joining the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps.On December 6th, 1941, he drove to Iowa City and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces.  After training he was transferred to Hickam Field near Pearl Harbor.   He finally was sent to New Guinea.  He was involved in his first aerial combat on April 11th 1943.  By the end of the war he had flow 170 combat missions destroying six enemy aircraft.By 1950, he was a major assigned to the 111th FBS, ordered into active duty in the Korean War.  Arriving in Korea he was assigned to the 334th Fighter-Inte...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Gurney was born in Wobum, Bedfordshire, England back in 1705.  His father had decided that Thomas would be a farmer, however his inclination for books and mechanics was so dedicated, when he put to farming he ran away.  Moving to Newport he learned clock making before becoming a schoolmaster at Luton.He was also interested in astrology, purchasing a lot sale of books he came upon one that will forever put him in the history books, more on that in a moment.  In 1737, he moved to London and was hired by Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales).  In 1749, he returned to clock making while teaching, he died in 1770 at 65.What you may not know about Thomas is that one of the books he bought was by William Mason.  With that knowledge by reading the book by Mr. Mason...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Luther Halsey Gulick Jr. was born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands back in 1865 to Luther Sr., and Louisa.  He studied at Oberlin Academy and at the Sargent Normal School for physical training.  He continued his education graduating from the medical school of New York University in 1889.  After graduation, he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where he as the founding superintendent of the physical education of the International YMCA Training school.He designed a triangle logo- Spirit, Mind & Body that represented the YMCA philosophy, which evolved into the block letter “Y” that is used today.  From 1900 to 1908 he was the principal of the Pratt Institute High School.  He died in 1918 in Casco, Maine, he was 53.What you may not know about Luther is that he and his wife Charlotte founded t...
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By James Dray
(Fathom Realty)
Franz Seraphicus Grillparzer was born in Vienna, Austria back in 1791 to E.J. and Anna.  I could not find anything about him until 1807 when he entered the University of Vienna fulfilling his father’s wishes to become a lawyer.  he received his degree in 1811.  He worked as a private tutor until 1813.  He worked as a clerk at the Imperial and Royal Exchanger in Austria. However, his true love was the works of Pedro Calderon de la Barca.  He (Franz) wrote many dramas, he was considered a popular author ranking with Goethe and Schiller.  He was considered as the national poet of Austria.  He died in1872, he was 81.What you may not know about Franz is that not only was he the author of dramas, he also wrote the oration for Ludwig van Beethoven’s funeral.Your day is worthwhile when you make...
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