Centerton, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eleanore Cammack was born in Los Angeles, California back in 1934 to Winfred and Eleanore. She graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1956. She worked as a production assistant on “Climax!” with CBS-TV. In 1980 she moved to Northern California where she had a long public-relations career that included working for the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce. She made a guest appearance on the TV show To Tell the Truth. All in all, she spent 40 years as a marketing coordinator for the Fort Bragg-Mendocion Chamber of Commerce. However, it was what she did when she was 5 that will forever be written in the history books. BTW I’m writing about Eleanore Cammack King, you may know her better as “Bonnie Blue Butler” a role she played in a film you may have hear of, Gone Wit...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
George Mifflin was born in Philadelphia back in 1792 to Alexander and Arabella.  He was educated privately at a Quaker-run preparatory school.  He studied at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) graduating with highest honors in 1810.  He was admitted to the bar in 1813.George did not have a great enthusiasm for the legal practice wanting to fight tin the War of 1812.  That plan failed due to his father’s objections.  He accepted an offer to be the private secretary of Albert Gallatin travelling to Russia with Gallatin to try and secure a peace negotiation between Great Britain and the United States.  After only 6 months in Russia he was sent to London to determine if the War of 1812 could be resolved diplomatically.  Arriving in Washington. D.C. he delivered a prelimina...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Dagmar Mohne Hansen Lahlum was born in Eidsvoll, Norway back in 1922, the family moved to Oslo when she was 17, she worked as a receptionist in the city center hotel later taking modeling classes.She met British double agent Eddie Chapman who was drinking with German officers in the Ritz Bar. This bar was also a popular plat for member of the Norwegian national socialist party. She was dressed in a décolletage with high heels smoking a cigarette with an ivory mouthpiece. Anyway he approached her thinking she was a prostitute of another good time girl. Shortly afterwards they lived together later becoming his fiancée. Once while on a boating trip with the help from a bottle of cognac over lunch he told her he was a British double agent and that the German’s would soon send him to England...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Augustine was born in London, England back in 1710. His father and grandfather were both upholsterers, both of them became officials of the City Company of Upholsterers. His grandfather fell upon hard times and died in debtors’ prison. His father saved up enough money to have him educated at Eton College.However, his true love was music. He was so into it he smuggled a spinet into his room, damping the sounds with his handkerchief he would practice during the night while the rest of the family slept. After graduation he was articled to a solicitor for three years. When Augustine’s father learned of his sons musical talents he was convinced to have Augustine give up his legal career and pursue his love of music.So between 1733 and 1776 he wrote 90 stage works for plays, masques and panto...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Merritt was born in Boston Massachusetts back in 1857 to John and Mary. At the age of 16 she suffered a paralytic stroke while attending Medford High School. Of course that ended her formal education. For several years she remained under her parents’ care at their home.At the age of 30 she could walk however, there was a substantial limp that never left her. She enrolled in Boston Cooking School and as they say the rest is history. She trained at the school unit 1889, she was considered one of the school’s top student. After graduation she was asked to stay on as assistant to the director in 1891.In 1896 she wrote her first cookbook. The book’s publisher (Little, Brown & Company) predicted not so good sales so she had to pay for the limited first edition of 3,000 copies. The book is sti...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jane Nettie Harmon was born in Griffin, Georgia back in 1907. Her family ancestry was interesting it was a mix of African and Cherokee. She attended Episcopal schools and went west no to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated in 1929 as a registered nurse.After graduation she left Georgia and settled in Chicago, Illinois working at Wilson Hospital. She married Evans however the marriage fell apart after two years. She continued working as a nurse but this time for practicing doctors while attending Loyola University. From 1941-51 she was a health inspector for an insurance company.Om 1953 she married again to Sumner. Both of them managed nursing homes for the elderly in Chicago until their retirement in 1972. Sumner died in 1986 and Jane died in 1993. As you may have guessed...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Erskine was born in Scotland back in 1735. He attended the University of Edinburgh. He invented the Continual Steam Pump and Platometer which was a centrifugal hydraulic engine. He became known as an inventor and engineer gaining renown in Scotland. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society at the tender age of 36.In 1771 he was hired by some ironworkers to run a plant near Ringwood, New Jersey. Shortly after he arrived in the colonies the American Revolutionary War started. He was sympathetic to the American cause, he organized the workers at the ironworks into t militia and was appointed as captain of that militia in 1775.On their first meeting George Washington was impressed with Robert from the moment they met. So during the American Revolution George appointed him to do s...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ira Aten was born in Cairo, Illinois back in 1862. His father was a Methodist circuit rider and moved the family to Texas in 1876, settling near Round Rock. As a youngster in 1878 while only 2 years old he witnessed the death of outlaw Sam Bass. At the age of 20 he joined the Texas Rangers assigned to Company D, serving under Captain L.P. Seiker.He was involved in the Fence Cutting War of the mid-1880’s. the Hall of fame member John Hughes and Ira was in pursuit of murderer Judd Roberts which involved a gunfight they killed Judd in that fight. Late in the Fence Cutting War Ira placed sticks of dynamite was placed on some fences set to explode anyone who cut the fence. He was ordered by the Adjutant General to remove the charges however it did curtail and help end the war. He was also in...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
With our recent trip to San Francisco, California I ran across this tidbit of information that I thought I would share.Charles Alton was born in Parkman, Maine back in 1876. He earned a degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University and a graduate degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. After graduation he taught at several places of higher education including the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois and Purdue University.This is going to be an unusually short blog for me today. So I’m writing about Charles Alton Ellis. So can you tell me what he is noted for in the history book? Well he was also a structural engineer who was chiefly responsible for the structural design of the Golden Gate Bridge. He had a dispute with Joseph Strauss and therefore not recogn...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Andree was born in London, England back in 1740. By 1766 he was a lecturer on anatomy in London, and a surgeon to the Magdalen Hospital. By 1780 he was a candidate for the surgeoncy to the London Hospital however he was defeated by William Blizard.In 1781 he was the surgeon to the Finsbury Dispensary. In 1798 he took the degree of M.D. however is does not appear in what university he received the degree from. He practiced several years in Hertford returning to London. The time frame he returned to London is not documented anywhere that I can find. I also cannot find what date he died but all accounts estimate it was sometime after 1819.There is no hidden last name, nickname and so on. So as usual can you tell me what he is most noted for in the history books? Well he performed the ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frank Taylor was born in New Milford, Connecticut back in 1863. He attended Claverack College in Hudson, New York followed by Franklin Institute and the Drexel Institute. He found employment with Electro-Dynamics Corporation, beginning his lifelong work.   What was his lifelong work you may ask? Well I’m so glad you did, because that is the rest of the story.Well he was responsible for the development and research of making a submarine. In 1897 the Holland VI accidentally sank with its hatches open in New York Harbor.   He was dispatched to assist with repairs. Having experience with diesel engines and electric motors he set about making changes. After the restoration the Holland VI was sold to the United States Navy. He was to supervise the building of five submarines in England. After...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Daniel Beard was born in Suffern, New York back in 1850 to James and Mary. I don’t have much to offer you for his early education. However, what I can tell you is he started out early in his career as an engineer and surveyor. He did attend school in New York City and wrote some articles for St. Nicolas Magazine, which served the basis for The American Boy’s Handy Book. He also illustrated a number of books for Mark Twain and Ernest Crosby.Later he became the editor of the Recreation magazine and wrote a monthly column for the youth. He founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905. Later he renamed the organization to the Boy Pioneers of America. He went on to merge his organization with the Boy Scouts of America. He served as editor of Boy’s Life for 30 years. He didn’t stop there and help...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Julia Beckwith was born near Peach Orchard, Virginia back in 1798 to Thomas and Margaret.  The family moved to Parkersburg on the Ohio River.  Julia was an intelligent child however; her life was full of tragedies.   In 1817 she married Jonathan and they moved to Clarksburg.  The young family had three children Thomas, Elizabeth and Laura. Thomas was only 2 years old when his father and sister Elizabeth both died of typhoid fever, the very next day Laura was born.  At 28 Julia was left with a lot of debts, having to sell all of her possession to pay them off.  She took on sewing and taught school to support herself and her children.  In 1830 she married Blake who was the clerk of Fayette County.  Blake disliked his stepchildren, coupled with financial problems Thomas and Laura was sent ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Hall was born in Westfield, Scotland back in 1714. He apprenticed starting in 1729 for five years to a printing firm in Scotland. In 1743 his friend William Strahan sent a letter to the American colonies inquiring if anyone was in need of a journeyman printer. The letter was read by a prominent American publisher who at the time was looking for a journeyman printer. Thus begins the rest of the story.This publisher offered David employment for one year if he was good enough. David arrived in America in 1744. He adapted well and learned the skill of the printing trade. By 1746 he became foreman of the shop and did all the editing and publishing of the newspaper. In 1747 David was offered an official partnership in the paper and he eagerly accepted. The final share of the printing bu...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edward Fitzgerald was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1822 to George and Emily.  In 1842 he graduated from the Naval School as a midshipman and sailed for two years in Europe and South America.  he sailed aboard a Danish ship to gather information on the British feelings on the Oregon boundary.   He returned in 1846 and reported his findings to President James Polk that the British had been making warlike preparations.  He was promoted to the position of master (whatever that is) where he sailed to Panama, crossing by the isthmus by boat and mule then sailing to Peru where the boarded the American Ship Congress.  Having reached San Diego, California he was dispatched to serve with the land forces.During the Battle of San Pasqual on December 6th, 1846 being surrounded by the Mexican arm...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.Clarence Charles was born in Watonga, Oklahoma back in 1904. He started out working for the Adohr Milk Company for publicity purposes. He was dubbed “Whistling Clarence” as he rode the streets with a team of miniature horses and gave treats to the children. On a chance encounter he stopped by the Disney Studios and left a publicity sheet with the receptionist.A few days later Mr. Disney himself called Clarence and sked him to a formal audition. He was hired on the spot and for the next fifty (50) years he was employed by the Disney Studios ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.Albert was born in Peru, Indiana to Samuel and Kate. He was the only surviving child of the family. By the age of 6 he had learned to play the violin, the piano at 8 and he wrote his first operetta at 10. His grandfather James, was the richest man in Indiana. James wanted Albert to become a lawyer so he sent him to Worcester Academy in Massachusetts in 1905. He graduated valedictorian and entered Yale University in 1909 to study law. Law did not really work out with Albert so he majored in English, minored in music and also studied French. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.Susan Ahn was born in Los Angeles, California back in 1915 to Dosan and Helen. Her parents were from Korea and were the first married couple to immigrate to the United States from Korea. She attended Beaudry Elementary School and Belmont High School. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1940 and joined the United States Navy in 1942. She became a Navy LINK instructor in 1943 teaching aviators how to maneuver in a simulator cockpit.After the war she went to work with The National Security Agency in Washington DC during the Cold W...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.Mary Edwards was born in Oswego, New York back in 1832 to Alvin and Vesta. Her parents started a local school where she finished primary school. She then went on to Falley Seminary in Fulton, New York and then onto Syracuse Medical College where she graduated with honors as a medical doctor in 1855, she was the only woman in her class.When the America-Civil War started she volunteered for the Union Army as a civilian. She served at the First Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chickamauga. In 1862 she wrote the Wa...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post. My intent is to put a smile on your face. Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know. Now sit back and enjoy the post for the day.Virginia Apgar was born in Westfield, New Jersey back in 1909. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1929 with minors in physiology and chemistry. She went on to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1933. She worked at Columbia University from 1938 to 1959 as an anesthesiologist, not being fulfilled from 1959 until her death in 1974 she worked for the March of Dimes. But now the all-important question, can you tell me what she will be always in the history book for?   Don’t know, well that’s okay and why I’m here ...
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