Rogers, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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An Wang was born in Shanghai, China back in 1920. His father taught English at an elementary school and his mother was a homemaker. Graduating from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1940 with a degree in electrical engineering. He emigrated to the United States attending Harvard University earing a PhD in applied physics in 1948.After graduation, he invented something we still use to this day, more on that later. He started his own engineering business in 1951 as a sole proprietorship. His patent was issued in 1955, and as they say the rest is history. By 1970, his company had sales of 27 million and 1,400 employees. By 1989, he employed an estimated 30,00 people headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and later Lowell, Massachusetts. He died of cancer in 1990 at 70.What you may not kn...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Frederic Waller was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1886 to Frederic and Katherine. I don’t have much information about his early childhood. When he was an adult he worked for Paramount Pictures holding several patents including Cinerama, using a curved film screen that extends his peripheral vision. For that invention, he received an Academy Award.What you may not know about Fred Waller is that he also invented two other things we still use to this day, there have been improvements to his inventions but the basic concept remains the same. He also was the first to obtain a patent for a water ski and an Anemometer. The Anemometer is used to determine wind speed and direction. Bet ya didn’t know that one, did you?Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile, I promise it won’t ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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This one is going to be short.John Walson was born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania back in 1915. I do not have any information about him until 1948. He was the owner of Mahanoy City General Electric appliance store. He had an issue receiving signals from Philadelphia television stations. So, what did he do well he erected an antenna on a utility pole from a local mountaintop. He ran an electrical wire from the antenna to his store for reception, it worked.What you may not know about John is that he is the inventor of cable TV. However, he wasn’t finished as he also was the first cable operator to use microwave to import distant television stations. The first to use coaxial cable to improve picture quality and the first to distribute pay television programming. His descendants now own Serv...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Findley was born in Fall River, Massachusetts back in 1852, to David and Martha. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1872, moving on to the University of Wooster and earning Sc.D from Armour Institute in 1904. He was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 for a project.At the time, he was paid $25,000.00 per year having the second largest salary in the American Government, behind only by the salary received by the President. He resigned from the project returning to the United States in 1906. Back at the States he conceived and designed the passenger terminal facilities for the Chicago and Northwester Railway. From 1911-1916, he was president of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr and Company. He was president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Railway Enginee...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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William Walker was born in Newington, Surrey, England back in 1869. In 1887, he was training to be a diver at Portsmouth Dockyard. He was a man of many talents working his way through diver’s attendant, signal man and finally passing his medical exam and deep-water test qualifying him as a deep-water diver in 1892.In 1912, he was presented with a silver rose bowl by King George V for his work on a particular work on an assignment he did between 1906 to 1911. He was also honored being appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order. He as the foreman in charge for the construction of the new naval docks in Gibraltar. He was involved in the wreck of the SS Dordone in Newport. Sadly, he died during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.Now, back to his assignment from 1906 to 1911. In those yea...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Charles Cheers was born in Cheshire to John and Margaret. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute. He was an Alderman and member of the Court of Common Council. He also served as Sheriff in 1907, the Lord Mayor from 1915-1916. For his services to London he received a Knighthood. His name appears on many memorials in Hythe, Kent. He was a member of the Sussex Motor Yacht Club, he also contributed to many charities throughout England. He died in 1941 at 82.What you may not know about Charles Cheers Wakefield 1st Viscount Wakefield is that in 1899, he founded Wakefield Oil Company. While I know that name doesn’t jog most people’s memory it was later changed to Castrol. I know most men will recognize that name. That company is still in business to this day, they produce lubricants that a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Philip Vaughan was a Welshman, sorry I do not have a clue on where or when he was born, who his parents were, what education he had. In summary, I don’t have hardly any information on him except that is for just one thing. We’ll get to that in a few.He was a proprietor and agent of an iron foundry at Carmarthen and Kidwelly. In 1800, he signed a co-partnership deed with John Morgan Jr. That same year he signed a 21-year lease for the Carmarthen rolling mills from John Morgan. He was elected a burgess of Carmarthen. He died in 1824, but I do not know to this day how old he was. Sorry I just could not find out that information.What you may not know about Philip Vaughn is that in 1794 he received a patent for something that while it has changed is still in use to this day. you may be askin...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Ward Tunte was born in Lorain, Ohio back in 1894. As a young child, he started saving his money to enroll in the Case School of Applied Science. He graduated for a perfect 4.0 GPA, after graduation he joined the staff of Goodyear in Akron, Ohio in 1917. In 1918, he received his pilot’s license, he raced hot air balloons in three International Race’s in 1926, 1929 and 1930 he won the Gordon Bennett Cup in ballooning. All in all he won five annual National Balloon Races. He worked for Goodyear until 1962. After his retirement, he travelled across the country as a motivational speaker, periodically flying hot air balloons. He died in 1978 as the results of a stroke.What you may not know about Ward Tunte Van Orman is that he was also an American inventor. His inventions include the inflatab...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Gustave Trouve was born in La Haye Descartes, France back in 1839. In 1850, you could find him studying to be a locksmith however due to poor health he moved to Paris where he found work as a clockmaker. While there he invented a carbon-zinc pocket-sized battery to power his automata (a device made in imitation of a human being).In 1872, he developed a portable military telegraph. In 1874. he developed what you could now call a prototype for the modern day metal detector. It was used to located bullets for extraction in human patients. In 1874, he improved the sound intensity of Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone system by incorporating a double membrane. In 1880, he took a small electric motor attached it to a tricycle thus inventing the world’s first electric vehicle. He died in 1902, ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Daniel Treadwell was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts back in 1791. I can’t find anything else on him until 1818, so let’s start from there for this history lesson. His first invention was a machine used for making wooden screws in 1819, during that same year he devised a new form of a printing press.During the same year he went to England where he conceived the idea of a power press. When he returned to the States he used that press to print sheets of paper, being the first on this continent to be used other than hand power. In 1822, he co-founded the Boston Journal of Philosophy and the Arts. In 1825 the city of Boston hired him to make a survey for the introduction of water. In 1826, he devised a system of turnouts for railway transportation on a single track.I’m not finished, in 1829,...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Elizabeth Thackery was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England back in 1767. When she was 21 he stole 5 handkerchiefs however she was caught by the authorities. While I do not have any information about the court case what I can say is that she was sentenced to seven years in prison.She was placed about the convict transport ship Friendship in 1787 arriving in Australia in 1788. Apparently, she had a rebellious nature for in 1791 she received 25 lashes for coming in from her settlement without permission. In 1810, she married Samuel King a Marine Private settling in the Derwent Valley. They were married for 46 years.What you may not know about Elizabeth is that she was the first know convict girl to set foot on Australia. She died in New Norfolk, Tasmania in 1856. She is also known as t...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Robert Augustus was born on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean back in 1853. Sorry, but I don’t have any data on him until he joined the Navy in New Jersey in 1881. Assigned as an ordinary seaman on the USS Kearsarge. On October 26th 1881, another seaman fell from a Jacob’s ladder falling into the harbor at Hampton Roads. The sailor could not swim so Robert jumped in the bay to save the sailor. It took another sailor Cadet Midshipman John B. Bernadon helping Robert to save the seamen’s life. On the morning of December 20th, 1883, the training ship USS Jamestown was docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ship was docked alongside the USS Yantic. Later on, that morning a young man by the name of A.A. George fell overboard from a plank between the two ships. Again, Robert jumped into...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Robert Switzer was born in Fromberg, Montana back in 1914 to Emmet and Maud. The family moved to Berkeley, California where he attended the public school. In 1932, he received a scholarship from the Scaife Scholarship foundation. He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley studying to be a physician.In 1933, while working for the H.J. Heinz Company unloading tomatoes from a freight car he fell and suffered several serious injuries which included a skull fracture and damage to his optic nerve, which of course ended his hopes of being a doctor.It was while he was recovering that he and his brother Joseph discovered something that will forever place them in the history books, so let’s get to it.He and his brother Joseph was the inventors of the first black light fluoresce...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Isaac Merritt was born in Pittstown, New York back in 1811.  This is another one where I do not have any information on his early years.  What I can tell you is that he obtained his first patent in 1839.  That one invention secured his financial success, so he opted to return to his other love.He wanted to be an actor so he went on tour forming a troupe called the “Merritt Players”.  This lasted for 5 years before inventing something else in 1849.  He showed his invention at the machine shop of Orson C. Phelps in 1850.  While there he observed another device that he thought he could improve on, so in 1851 he obtained US Patent number 8294 for his improvements for the device.  That one invention alone is still associated with the family and forever put him in the history books.He died in...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Brian Scudamore was born in San Francisco, California in 1970. He had difficulties reading and math, so he dropped out of high school rather than retaking the class. Despite not graduating from high school he convinced Concordia University to admit him in their business program. He left two years later to attend the University of British Columbia. Now, onto the rest of the story.In 1989, while waiting in line at McDonalds’ drive-thru he noticed something that triggered him to act. He purchased a truck, going door-to-door looking for business. It took off faster than expected so he dropped out of the University of British Columbia to focus on his company.His company expanded in Canada and also in the United States. In 2005, he opened up the Australia market. Since then he has started thr...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Ferdinand Schumacher was born in Celle, Hanover, Germany back in 1822. After completing high school, he apprenticed in the grocery business until he was 28. He and his brother Otto emigrated to the United States. He settled in Akron, Ohio where he was a farmer. He established a grocery trade in 1852.In 1857, he rented water power from the Ohio Canal to power a mill for the production of something I know you will recognize. In 1875, he introduced steam power to the plant thus insuring power all year round.He married his first cousin in 1851, they had seven children, only three survived to adulthood. He died in 1906.What you may not know about Ferdinand is the mill he started was for the production of barley. He was known as The Oatmeal King, and one of the founders of a company I’m sure ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Richard Howland was born in Indianapolis, Indiana back in 1889 to John and Emily. During WWI, he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he advanced through the ranks ending the war as a Major. After the war, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1919 to 1923.He started working for (RCA) in 1924 before starting his own company in 1930. He invented several things which are still in use to this day. During WWII, he reenlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a Colonel. He was put in charge of radar and communications in Orlando, Florida. So, let’s cut to the chase and let me tell you what some of inventions were.Richard Howland Ranger invented the wireless photoradioram, a forerunner of today’s fax machine. A photo of President Calvin Coolidge was sent from N...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Samuel Ruben was born in Harrison, New Jersey back in 1900.  Educated in New York City, he did not go to college, instead he was tutored attending night classes.  He was encouraged by Professor Bergen Davis to attend lectures and to make the most of the Columbia physics library.He began working as a licensed ham radio operator, building radios for spare parts.  He set up a small laboratory in the mid 1920’s in New Rochelle, where he would conduct his research for more than 60 years.Because of his contributions he received several honorary degrees, just to mention a few.  One was the Doctor of Science, one form Polytechnic Institute and one from Columbia University.  He also served as a Senior Staff Associate at Butler University, teaching at Harvard as a lecturer in chemistry.  Not bad ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Hazel Jane Raines was born in Waynesboro, Georgia back in 1916 to Frank and Bessie. Graduating from Wesleyan College in 1936 with a liberal arts degree. I could not find what she did immediately after graduation however, she earned her pilot’s license in 1938. She earned a living as a stunt pilot at local aviation shows.When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Civilian Pilot Training Act in 1939 she joined up. She was one of 2,500 females to qualify. By 1941, she had received her flight instructor’s rating. She also held a commercial pilot’s license with a documented 1,300 hours of flying time. Her job was to fly military aircraft from a safe place to the nearest theater of war. To do that she had to fly undetected by enemy radar, using no navigational instruments, no radio cont...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Charles White was born in Florence, Wisconsin back in 1884. In 1894 the family moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts where he graduated from Pittsfield High School. He went on to Williams College graduating in 1905, then he was off to Harvard Law School graduating in 1908.In 1917, just a month after the American entry into WWI he joined the U.S. Army.He was sent to the Western Front as a captain. Later that same year he was promoted to major. His troop was sent into the Meuse-Argonne region where the Germans had heavily fortified the area. His command was cut off from their supply line, having been pinned down by the German troops. On October 7th, the Germans sent a blindfolded American POW with a message in English to Charles demanding their surrender. His rely to the demand “You go to he...
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