Rogers, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Mary Moss was born in Somercotes, Derbyshire, England back in 1791. When she was 16 she met Samuel who soon proposed to her but she refused. That didn’t stop Samuel and he pursued her until she had a change of heart and the couple married. That marriage produced two boys and three girls. When the couple married Samuel was well off financially and a gentleman. As the years when by his business turned south and they slowly became poor. That prompted Mary to get a job to help support the family. Samuel had a bad case of rheumatism and Mary nursed him until he died. With his death Mary was forced to move out of her house working to support her children they lived in a poor section of Nottingham. One of Mary’s son William became a pawnbroker’s assistant giving her as much money as he could. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Adrienne Bolland was born in Arcueil, France back in 1895. While I don’t have any information about her parents or early childhood from what I read she developed an independent and assertive streak in her childhood. In her family, she was known as “the little terror.” Later on, in life she described herself “No one could change my mind, I won’t give up, I won’t give in.”Apparently, she was a hard drinker and gambler. She lost all of her money at a race track and had to get a job. She worked for Caudron, France’s first airplane manufacturer. Two months after signing up she earned her pilot’s license. Her fiery kept her grounded as if anyone would disagree with her, she was known to sometimes physically attack them. It was her job to deliver and pick up planes. However, what she did in 19...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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James Blyth was born in Marykirk, Kincardineshire back in 1839 to John and Catherine. After graduating from a local parish school, he attended Montrose Academy, then to the University of Edinburgh where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1861. After graduation, he taught mathematics at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.He completed his Master of Arts in 1871 when he married Jesse. In 1880, he was appointed Freeland Professor of Natural Philosophy at Anderson’s College in Glasgow. While there he invented something, more on that in a moment. He died from a stroke at his home in Glasgow in 1906, he was 67.What you may not know about James is that he invented the first wind turbine. His home was the first that used the electricity produced by a windmill. For his invention, he was awarded a UK p...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Sidney Blyth was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1882 to Maurice and Georgie. The family was constantly on the move, he attended no less than four schools. That didn’t help as he was expelled in 1891 when he was sent to the Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey. From what I’ve read he had a real problem with discipline. In 1895, he entered Georgetown Preparatory School but was expelled two years later. He travelled to England in 1898 where he joined King’s College School, Wimbledon. He moved back to New York in 1900, finding work as an illustrator on The New York Evening Journal for $50.00 per week.He worked on stage in minor roles before hitting it big in the movies. If you haven’t guessed who John is by now, I know you’ll know him by his stage name of John Barrym...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Jennie Louise Blanchard was born in Waterloo, New York back in 1856.  She graduated from Buffalo Central High School in 1874. She wed Robert in 1881, that union produced one son Charles in 1883.  She was the first woman to purchase a woman’s bicycle when they went on sale in Buffalo.  In 1876, she was working in the office of Richard Waite in Buffalo.  By 1881, she opened an independent office with her husband Robert.  That company is still in operation to this day.What you may not know about Louise Blanchard Bethune is that she was the first American woman known to have worked as a professional architect.  She was elected a member of the Western Association of Architects in 1885, later serving as vice president of that origination.  Her best-known design was the Hotel Lafayette, comple...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Howard Blackburn was born in Port Medway, Nova Scotia back in 1859. When he turned 18 he moved to Massachusetts where he found work as a fisherman for the Gloucester, Massachusetts fishing company. In 1883, he was on a schooner when a winter storm hit, at the time he and another fisherman were in a dory preparing the lines. He had lost his mittens; he knew his hands would freeze, so he kept them in the hooked position that would allow him to row. His crewmate gave up and laid down in the boat and died. It took Howard 5 days to reach Newfoundland where he was treated for frostbite. He lost all of his fingers except his two thumbs, they were removed to the first joint and many of his toes. He opened a saloon in Gloucester but the quest for adventure never left him. What you may not know a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Thornton Blackburn was born in Mason County, Kentucky back in 1812, growing up in Washington, Kentucky. Because he was a black man he was sold ending up in Louisville, Kentucky. He escaped with his wife Lucy in 1831, making their way to Michigan. The two were arrest two years later however Lucy was able to exchange clothes with Mrs. George French walking out of the jail where she was smuggled across the Detroit River to Essex County, Upper Canada.Thornton’s escape was more difficult because he was heavily guarded. Detroit’s African-Americans community rose up in protest in The Blackburn Riots. About 400 showed up at the jail where they were able to free Thornton. He made it to Essex County eventually reunited with Lucy. They moved to the newly incorporated City of Toronto in 1834. He fo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Thora Maria Fredrika Hildegard Bjorck (say that five times fast) was born in Bro, Varmland, Sweden back in 1847 to Carl and Anna. Her mother died when she was four and her father died in 1869 when she was twenty-two. She graduated from Nya Elementar-school in Stockholm in 1872, entering the Uppsala University. She graduated with a medico-philosophy degree in 1873 and a medicine degree in 1879.She was accepted at Lund University, but suffered from measles and hearing problems. She stopped her studies and never graduated. She became an informal assistant doctor in Stockholm. Later she worked as a private caregiver moving in with one of her clients until her death in 1920, she was 72.What you may not know about Thora is that she was the first Swedish woman to complete an academic degree. T...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Charles Billings was born in Weathersfield, Vermont back in 1834 to Ethan and Clarissa. He apprenticed at Robbins and Lawrence as a machinist. In 1856 when he was 21 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut to work for the Colt Armory as a die sinker and tool maker. While there he became their expert on the drop forging process.In 1862, he joined the E. Remington & Sons, helping build their forging plant, thereby increasing its efficiency many times. At the end of the American Civil War he returned to Hartford as the superintendent of the Weed Sewing Machine Company. By 1868, you could find him at the Roper Repeating Arms Company in Amherst, Massachusetts. When the company failed in 1869 he helped in founding the Billings & Spencer Company where they manufactured sewing machines, drop-forged h...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Glen William Bell Jr., was born in Lynwood, California back in 1923. After graduating from the San Bernardino High School in 1941 he joined the United States Marine Corps serving as a cook during WWII. After being discharged he opened up his first hot dog stand in San Bernardino in 1948. In 1952, he sold that hot dog stand and built a second one where he served hot dogs and hamburgers. It was after opening up his second restaurant that he started selling something else (more on that in a moment). He opened up three more restaurants in Long Beach between 1954-1955, concentrating on just one food item. He sold that business in 1955, opening up another restaurant that is still in operation to this day. in 1978, he sold the restaurant chain to PepsiCo for $125 million in stock.Now, that bus...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Mieczyslaw Gregory Bekker was born in Strzyzow, Poland back in 1905. I do not have any information as to who his parents were or his early childhood. What I can tell you is in 1929, he graduated from the Warsaw Technical University. After graduation, he worked for the Polish Ministry of Military Affairs from 1931-1939. His job was to work on systems for tracked vehicles on uneven ground. In 1939, he moved to France. The Government of Canada offered him a job so he moved again to Ottawa to work in the armored vehicle research. In 1943, he joined the Canadian Army working as a researcher reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was decommissioned in 1956 when he moved once again to the United States.He worked as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and the Army Vehicle ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Trevor Baylis was born in Kilburn, London, England back in 1937 to Cecil and Gladys. He attended the North Primary and Dormers Wells Secondary Modern School. After graduation, he worked for the Soil Mechanics Laboratory in Southall. He joined the Army in 1959, as a physical-training instructor with the Royal Sussex Regiment. After his service, he worked for Purley Pools for a short time where he performed as a stunt performer. His specialty was performing high-dives into a glass-sided tank. It was during this time he noticed the plight of the disabled. He invented over 200 devices to make their lives easier. He invented the one-handed bottle openers, foot-operated scissors, can openers and sketching easels to name a few. But what you may not know about Trevor is that he saw a television...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Basil Mott was born in Leicester, England back in 1859. He attended the International School in Switzerland and at the Royal School of Mines. After graduation, he found work as a mining engineer with the Neston Colliery Co. in Cheshire. In 1886, he joined the staff at the City & South London Railway, his employment there influenced the remaining 40 years of his life.In 1902, he formed a partnership for David Hay. They worked on extending the Central London Railway, the building of escalators and the construction of two bridges. In 1922, he started on something that he is still in the history book for Great Britain. That one kept him busy for 12 years. In 1932, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society, which is truly a rare honor for a civil engineer. Sadly, he died 6 years later.What you...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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William Barton was born in Philadelphia, in the Province of Pennsylvania back in 1754 to Thomas and Esther. He grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with the outbreak of the American War of Independence he went to England to study heraldry. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1779 where he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. In 1787, William was elected to Benjamin Franklin’s American Philosophical Society. By 1800, William had moved back to Lancaster. In 1813, he published Memoirs of the life of David Rittenhouse. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1814. He died in Lancaster in 1817.What you may not know about William is that not only was he a lawyer and scholar he along with Charles Thompson, designed the Great Seal of the United States. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Barnes Neville was born in Ripley, Derbyshire back in 1887 to Charles and Edith. Attending school first at Christ’s Hospital and then at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Grammar School. He left at 17 to start working at Thames Engineering Works then to J. Samuel White’s shipbuilders on the Isle of Wright. He graduated from the University of London External Program in 1922, with a degree in engineering. He was the first to use a geodesic design airframe (look that one up). With the outbreak of WWII, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service. It was during WWII where he left his mark in the history books, more on why in a moment.After the war, he worked for the Vickers-Armstrongs Research & Development Department working on futuristic aerospace projects. One of them the “Swallow” looks like one of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John H. Balsley was born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania back in 1823 to George and Sarah. His father was a carpenter by trade, so it was only right that he followed in his father’s footsteps, which of course he did. In the borough of Connellsville in 1825, a new borough office was created: Keeper of Ladders. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. In any respect that title does not appear after 1831, due to a gap in records from 1835-1856. Anyway, back to my story for today. Although stepladders had been in use for many years what he did was to replace the round rungs with flat steps. He also invented a practical folding wooden stepladder. He received the first U.S. patent issued for a safety stepladder. He also invented the first adjustable table leg. Until tomorrow give someon...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Earl Elmer was born in Columbia Heights, Minnesota back in 1924. He was a self-described “nerd”. Being self-described as such he invented a rudimentary electroshock weapon while in school to fend off bullies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1948 for the University of Minnesota Graduate School. In 1949, he formed his company on a 9-acre estate in Hawaii. That company is still in operation to this day. One of his inventions has saved countless lives, with more to come. It all started when Dr. C. Walton Lillehei operated on a child with blue baby syndrome. The hospital experienced a power blackout which the child died as a result of the blackout.What you may not know about Earl Elmer Bakken is that he invented the first external, battery-operated, transistorize...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Clara Gregory Baer was born in Algiers, Louisiana back in 1863 to Hamilton and Ellen. She graduated from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, enrolling at the Emerson School of Oratory, the Boston School of Expression and the Posse Normal School of Physical Education in Boston. After graduation, she was employed by the Southern Athletic Club to teach gymnastics to women.Not content with that she reached out to Newcomb College, now a part of Tulane University. She was hired on a trial basis for a physical education teacher, that position was made permanent where she stayed and completed a 38-year career.What you may not know about Clara is that she started the first teacher certification program in the South, as well as the first four-year degree program in physical education. She was al...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Francis William was born in Harborne, England back in 1877 to William and Fanny. After finishing high school at Harborne Vicarage he enrolled in Mason College. He received a scholarship to the University of Birmingham, graduating in 1910 with a Bachelor’s in Applied/Pure Science and a Doctorate in 1914.He started researching something, but due to the outbreak of WWI, it was delayed until 1919. On a private side he was a sportsman, cross-country skier and during the season an ice-skater. He was a very good piano, violin and cello player. He never married, except for his work. He was also a skilled photographer and astronomer.What you may not know about Francis William Aston is that he invented the mass spectrograph winning the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was a fellow of the Royal S...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Emik Avakian was born in Tabriz, Persia back in 1924. He was born with a severe case of cerebral palsy however this did not affect his cognitive abilities. The family moved several times seeking medical assistance for him. They finally settled in New York City where he became a naturalized citizen.Although he suffered from palsy he graduated Magna Cum Laude in physics and mathematics from Eureka College before continuing his education at Columbia University. After graduation he moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts where he remained for the rest of his life.   He died there in 2013.What you may not know about Emik is that because of his disability he invented a series of inventions. One of them was a typewriter that would produce a letter from breath rather than typing. It used four micropho...
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