Rogers, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Blanche Ames was born in Lowell, Massachusetts back in 1878 to Adelbert and Blanche.  She attended the Rogers Hall School in Lowell.  She earned a B.A. in Art History from Smith College in 1899.  In 1900, she married Oakes Ames (no relation) so she was then Blanche Ames Ames, I found that interesting.  Anyway, apparently, she was a talented artist as most of her paintings are now on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard, Dartmouth and Columbia University.  In 902, she began illustrating Oakes Ames’s botanical publications, including his seven-volume treatise on orchids, which is still considered one the best researched to this day.  What you may not know about Blanche is that she held several patents, one of which was a hexagonal lumber cutter, another was a method for entr...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Juana Navarro was born in San Antonio de Bexar. While her exact birthdate is not known she was baptized on December 28, 1812. Her mother died in 1831, she was adopted by her cousin Ursula. In 1832, she married Alejo who was a relative of the family which had founded Victoria, Texas.She was at the Alamo when Santa Anna arrived to lay siege to the mission. Following the second day of the siege William Travis sent her to Santa Anna’s headquarters to negotiate an honorable surrender for the Alamo defenders. She returned to the Alamo giving Travis the news of their talks. The next day Santa Anna’s forces overwhelmed the defenders sparing seven women and seven children. In 1857, she was granted a pension for her services before and during the siege. She died in 1888. What you may not know abo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Samuel Alderson was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1914, shortly after his birth the family moved to southern California. Apparently, he was a bright young man as he graduated from high school at 15. He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley but he did not complete his doctoral dissertation.During WWII, he helped develop an optical coasting to improve the vision of submarine periscopes. He died at his Marina Del Rey, California in2005.What you may not know about Samuel is that he is best known for his development of the crash test dummy, toenail clippers, the cardboard box and the death-metal banjo. One last thing, he also built dummies to test the Apollo nose cone’s water landing capability.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile.
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Adams was born in Gillingham, Kent, England back in 1564. His father died when he was young so he went to work at a shipyard. He spent twelve years learning shipbuilding, astronomy and navigation before joining the Royal Navy.He served under Sir Francis Drake seeing battle with the Spanish Armade in 1588 as master of the Richarde Dyffyde, a resupply ship. After the war, he became a pilot for the Barbary Company. In 1598, he set sail for the west coast of South America. In 1600, after 19 months at sea he arrived at the island of Kyusho, Japan. He helped the Japanese construct the Western-style ships. He died in Japan at 55.What you may not know about William is that he was the first of his nation to reach Japan. After settling in Japan, he was the first ever Western samurai. He i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Bridges was born in Woore, Shropshire, England.  As a young man, he apprenticed to the coach making firm of Baxter & Pierce of Long Acre, London.  Napoleon’s travelling carriage was brought there, after the Battle of Waterloo, where the young William made a drawing of it.  In 1819, he married Elizabeth the family moved to Valparaiso, Chile to seek their fortune.He found employment as a manager of Lord Cochrane’s estate.  In 1823, Elizabeth died giving birth to their second child, the child died also.  With their first son in tow he moved back to England working for Hobson & Co. as a coach maker.  It was then when he found his true calling.What you may not know about William Bridges Adams is that he patented an improved carriage spring.  With that invention, he was financially se...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Soren Sorensen was born in Midtjylland, Denmark back in 1879 to Hans and Sofia. When he was two the family moved to the United States to Perth Amboy, New Jersey. In 1904, he was working for a dye company. One of their products had an effect on people (more on that in a moment). He was able to isolate that product and opened his own company in Plainfield, New Jersey.Within a few years he was able to expand his empire. In 1928, he invented a prototype of something we can still find today. The invention was patented in 1932 during the Great Depression, however his company thrived. He died in Asbury Park, New Jersey in 1963, at 84.What you may not know about Soren Sorensen Adams is that the product he was able to isolate was a powder that caused people to sneeze. It was produced as the Cach...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Henry was born in Bronx, New York back in 1922. He attended the Fordham Preparatory School graduating in 1939. He studied mechanical engineering at Villanova University prior to the outbreak of World War II. He served in the United States Army, after the war he worked at a machine shop before opening up his own company in 1949.In 1956 he married Josephine, the union produced two children. He contributed generously to the Catholic charities. In 1971, he was given the Order of Malta and the Order of the Holy Sepulcher. He died in 2003 from lung cancer, he was 81.What you may not know about Robert Henry Abplanalp is that he invented the currently used aerosol spray valve. He was the founder of Precision Valve Corporation which he started in 1949. By 1950 his corporation had sold som...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frank Jr., was born in Bronxville, New York back in 1948 to Frank Sr., and Paulette. He obtained his primary education at a Catholic School. At the age of 15 his father gave him a gas card. He used that card to purchase tires, batteries and other related items only to return them to get the cash needed for dates. The total bill came to around 3.400.00.This guy was great, he devised a plan in which he magnetically printed his account number on bank deposit slips slipping them into stacks of real bank deposit slips. When a customer filled out one the money would be deposited to his account instead of the customers. Another one of his adventures was to pose as a doctor at a Georgia hospital under an alias. One other thing he also forged a Harvard University law transcript, passed the Louis...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Young was born in Little Britain, New York back in 1731 to John and Mary. He apprenticed to a local physician afterwards he began his own medical practice in Amenia, New York in 1753. He met a younger Ethan Allen teaching him a great deal about philosophy and political theories. He moved to Albany, New York in 1764, where he helped found the Sons of Liberty. In 1765, he moved again to Boston where he became a family physician to John Adams. He helped organize the Boston Tea Party, although he didn’t actively participate. In 1775, he moved to Philadelphia helping frame the state constitution.What you may not know about Thomas is that he helped frame a new name for the state of New Connecticut. He decided he would name it for the Green Mountains by using a combination of the words ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hidetsugu Yagi was born in Osaka, Empire of Japan back in 1886.  He graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University, Faculty of Sciences in 1909.  He studied in Germany, England and the United States.  In 1919, he became a professor at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, where in the same year he attained the title of Doctor of Engineering.  He continued research on one subject for the remained of his life.  In 1926, he received patent rights to an invention that is still in use to this day.  he died in 1976 at 89.  On April 18, 1985, the Japan Patent Office selected him as one of the Ten Japanese Great Inventors.  Now, you may be asking yourself what did he invent?  Well I’m so glad you did for you see he invented an antenna used to capture short waves or ultra-short waves, what we now c...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alfred Bitini was born in Manzana Village, Transkei back in 1893. He was a follower of Nelson Mandela who in 1944 visited his home in Sophiatown to help draft a new constitution. He was president-general of the African National Congress from 1940 to 1949. He died in 1962, his home currently serves as the Sophiatown Heritage and Cultural Centre. What you may not know about Alfred Bitini Xuma is that he was the first black South African to become a medical doctor. I know this one is short but sometimes you have to roll with the punches.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile.  
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Angus Gilchrist Jr., was born in Kaufman County, Texas back in 1914 to Angus Sr., and Nemo. He attended Highland Park High School, graduating in 1931. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1938.   From 1938-40 he worked in the Texas oil fields. In 1940, he joined the Navy, being awarded six service stars for his service in the European and Asiatic theaters.Shortly after the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, California Angus visited the theme park. He was involved in the civic development work for the University of Texas, Baylor University Medical Center and the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. He also worked with the State Fair of Texas and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.What you may not know about Angus Gilchrist Wynne is that he was the fou...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan, Empire of Japan back in 1910. Raised by his grandparents, following the death of his parents. His grandparents owned a textile store and that the age of 22 he started his own. In 1933, he went to Osaka to study economics at Ritsumeikan University.After WWII ended he decided to remain a Japanese subject instead of a citizen of the Republic of China. In 1948, he was convicted of tax evasion serving two years in jail. In 1958, after many trials and errors he discovered something that forever changed his life and many others, more on that in a moment. In 1971, at 61 he had an epiphany that again made him a wealthy man. He died in 2007 at a ripe old age of 96.What you may not know about Momofuku is that he founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is known a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alexander Wood was born in Cupar, Scotland back in 1817 to James and Mary. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at the University of Edinburgh. He received his MD in 1839. It wasn’t until 1853, that he invented something that will forever place him in the history books, more on that in a moment.In 1858, he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He died in 1884.What you may not know about Alexander Wood is that he was stung by a bee (date unknown). He pulled the stinger out and examined it. From that one bee sting he invented the first hypodermic needle that used a true syringe and hollow needle. Not bad from a simple bee sting don’t you think?   He died in 1884, at 67.Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile. 
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Hubert Blaine was born in Bergedorf, Germany back in 1914. He emigrated to the United States settling in Philadelphia. He found work as a typesetter, he also was a member of the American Name Society. It wasn’t until 1938 that he gained attention for something which we will get to shortly.In 1964, the IBM 7074 computer at the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company could process one million policies but refused to hand Hubert’s last name. So, let’s get to it. According to him the spelling of his last name was (going to copy and paste here, so there is no mistakes) Wolfe­schlegelstein­hausenberger­dorffvoraltern­waren­gewissenhaft­schaferswessen­schaftswaren­wohlgefuttern­und­sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen­vor­angreifen­durch­ihrraubgierigfiends. In a law suit between him and Yellow Cab Co...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frederick William was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England back in 1897 to Frederick Sr., and Florence. Educated at the charterhouse School in Surrey, at the start of WWI he enlisted in the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as a fighter pilot. In 1917, he was shot down and remained a prisoner-of-war until the armistice.He received his law degree in 1920, but did not like the job so he moved to Kenya to take up farming. Not liking that job either he returned to England where he was recruited by the Royal Air Force, assigned to the Air Section (MI-6). He retired in 1946 as a Group Captain. He died in 1990 at 92.What you may not know about Frederick William Winterbotham is that he was a spy for the British. Alfred Rosenberg that he was just a civil...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
David Marshall was born in Cumberland County, North Carolina back in 1900 to James and Laura. As a young boy, he worked at his family’s farm. In the 8th grade he was expelled from school. When he was 15 he enlisted in the Navy but they found out about his age and discharged him. In 1917, he enrolled in the Blackstone Military Academy however he failed to complete the first semester. Having failed at many jobs he began to operate an illegal distillery near Godwin, North Carolina. Some deputies found the still, as they were transporting evidence they came under fire from David. Deputy Alfred Pate was struck two times by bullets and died at the scene. David was arrested the next day charged with murder. While in prison he worked in the machine shop. It was there where his true talents were...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Wessels was born in Hackensack, New Jersey back in 1863 to William and Jane. After graduating from high school, she became a schoolteacher. When her sister Millie narrowly died while in childbirth her life’s direction made a change. She went back to school to become a physician. She enrolled in the Woman’s Medical College of New York. Graduating in 1891, she taught pathology and hygiene at her alma mater.In 1884, she moved to New York City working with the Department of Health diagnostic laboratory. In her first year, she isolated a strain of the diphtheria bacillus. An antitoxin was produced and shipped to doctors in the United States and England free of charge. She had a short visit to Paris bringing back a culture of the rabies virus. In 1905, she developed a new method for prep...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Johannes Widmann was born in Eder, Bohemia back in circa 1460. He attended the University of Leipzig in the 1480’s. Sorry I know this is vague but that is all I have to go on. Stay with me on this, I promise we’ll get through it. He received his Bachelor of Art Degree in 1482 and his Doctorate in 1485.I’ll give you the English version, in 1489 he published the Nimble and Neat Calculation in all Trades. Handwritten notes by him shows he was holding lectures on algebra. Evidence shows this is the first known university lecture on the topic. He died in Leipzig in 1489.What you may not know about Johannes is that in his writings and book is that he was the first person to use the (+ and – symbols). I bet he would be proud to know those symbols have survived for 529 years now with no end in ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Buster Warenski was born in Kimberly, Nevada back in 1942. Frankly I do not have any information about him that is until 1966 when he was 24. Prior to that his hobby was making knives however after seeing a photo of a knife made by Gil Hibben he started making knives full time.By 1975 was president of the Knifemakers’ Guild for 2 terms and a Blade Magazine member of the Cutlery Hall of Fame. He was famous for his “Art Knives” making them exclusively after 1975. He built a recreation of the gold dagger found in King Tut’s tomb. It took him 5 years to make the knife from 32 ounces of pure gold, that knife beame his “Legacy Knife”. He went on to build “The Gem of the Orient”, that one had 153 emeralds totaling 10 karats, 9 diamonds totaling 5 karats. That one took him 10 years to build. It...
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