Rogers, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Michael Edward was born in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1939. He wanted to be a boxer however, when he was 19 he was involved in a vehicle accident that left him in a coma for several days, that ended his boxing career. So, he went back to college earning a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Western Washington University in 1965.He continued his education with a Ph.D. in Chemistry for Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation, he moved from one University to another continuing his education as a faculty member. Through his travels he was awarded some of science’s highest honors: the Massry Prize, and the Enrico Fermi Award to name a few. He also won an appointment to the National Academy of Science. He is currently living in Los Angeles with his wife.What you may not know abou...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Henry was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania back in 1860 to Joseph and Martha. Can’t tell you about his early education however, in 1878 you could find him at the United States Naval Academy graduating in 1884 as a second lieutenant.In 1892, he was promoted to first lieutenant and to captain in 1899. By 1903, he was promoted to major. In 1906, he commanded the Marines on Guam. He continued to rise through the ranks reaching the rank of Major General, serving this nation for 40 years. He retired in in 1924, where he served as mayor in Coronado, California. He died in 1942 at 81. To tell you all the posts he had would take a lot more writing so let’s cut to the chase.What you may not know about Major general Joseph Henry Pendleton is that the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is named...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Edwin Elijah was born in Lewis, Iowa back in 1889. As a youngster, he worked in his father’s general store in Lewis. When he turned 31 in 1920, he moved to Hastings, Iowa where he worked with patent medicines and household products. That same year he began experimenting with something which he sold door-to-door and by mail.He packaged his invention in envelopes, demand for his product became so great he quit his job and opened a production plant. By 193, his invention went internationally concentrating on the production of just one item. His company was sold to General Foods in 1953, making Edwin a wealthy man. What you may not know about Edwin Elijah Perkins, is that the product he invented was called “Onor-Maid”, the name he chose in 1934 was changed to “Kool-Aid”. Not bad, not bad at...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Thomas Mundy was born in Metuchen, New Jersey back in 1824 to Thomas and Lucy. From 1870 to 1878 he was a school principal. In his spare time, he was a handyman in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He was appointed to be a member of a committee that made amendments that was approved by the State Legislature in 1871. For his work, he was awarded a gold medal. Later in life he fell on hard times and was forced to pawn that medal. It is now being housed at the University of Louisiana. He died in 1904 at 79. What you may not know about Thomas Mundy Peterson is that he was born a slave, manumitted at 21.   He was the first African-American to hold office on the Middlesex County Commission, the first “colored” person to serve on a jury. However, what he is most noted for is that he was the first Afric...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Richard Wagstaff was born in Mount Vernon, New York back in 1929 to Richard and Julia. He attended A.B. Davis High School where he was an average student. When he was 10 he had already made his mind up on what he wanted to do to earn a living. He attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, graduating in 1951 with a degree in advertising.He worked at WOLF-AM and went by the name of Dick Clay. He later became operator of 1440 KPRO in Riverside, California. In 1952, he moved to Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania where he was a disc jockey at WFIL. From there he went into television. So, does the name Richard Wagstaff sound familiar, or for that matter Dick Clay? While both names may not strike a chord how about Richard Wagstaff Clark or his second stage name of Dick Clark. That’s right Rich...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Nicholas Gilman was born in Exeter, New Hampshire back in 1755. I know he attended public school however, I cannot find anywhere if he graduated. Anyway, he was a clerk at his father’s trading house. When the American Revolutionary War started he served as New Hampshire’s state treasurer. Later in 1776, he served as the adjutant of the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment. He was there during the taking of Fort Ticonderoga and at Valley Forge. In 1778, he was promoted to the rank of captain. He saw action at the battles of Monmouth and Yorktown.After the war, he served as statesman for decades from 1789 to 1797 an again from 1805 until his death in 1814. What you may not know about Nicholas Gilman is that he was a signer of the Constitution. He wrote about the document: "the best that could meet ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Alfred Carlton was born in Salem, Oregon back in 1884. He early education was at the Tualati Academy then he was off to Pacific University at Forest Grove, Oregon. To pay for his education he worked as a magician, earning a degree in sports medicine. He was also an athlete breaking the world record for chin-ups.In 1907, he co-founded a manufacturing company (more on that in a moment). By 1935, he had sold 30 million sets of something he invented. During his 50 year career he had accumulated more than 150 patents. What you may not know about Alfred Carlton Gilbert is that he invented the pole vault box setting two world records in the pole vault. In 1908, during WWI the United States considered a ban on toy production, he argued successfully against it, thus the press gave him the nickna...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Garfield Arthur was born in Mapleton, Iowa back in 1880. I have no clue as to his fathers or mothers name, but it doesn’t really matter. In 911, he invented a hydraulic lift for unloading coal from rail trucks which made him a wealthy man. That of course gave him his freedom to pursue other interests.His other interests were on the water. In1921, he purchased a motorboat that set a new water speed record of 74 MPH. That record just set in motion for him to build another 9 more boats breaking speed records. In 1932 on the St. Clair River he set a record of 124 MPH on the water, way too fast for me. Garfield Arthur Wood retired from racing in 1933 when he concentrated on some more interests. He also built truck bodies and winches that were used extensively by International Harvester. Many...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Benjamin Eisenstadt was born in New York City back in 1906. I know he went to Brooklyn College however, I don’t know if he graduated but after college he opened a cafeteria near the Brooklyn Naval Yard. Business wasn’t great so he switched to making tea bags. However, in 1957 he came up with something that we still use today, part of his formula was cream of tartar and calcium silicate. He opened up a company to market his product. While you may not know Benjamin Eisenstadt you surely know his product so let us cut toe the chase.His company is the Cumberland Packing Corporation, remember those tea bags, well he had a large supply of them so he converted those tea bags into the modern single sugar packet. That other product with the cream of tartar well we call that one Sweet’N Low. Yes,...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eben Norton was born in Livingston County, New York back in 1818.  He graduated from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a civil engineer at the ripe old age of 19.  He worked for the Geological Survey of New York for two years before becoming an instructor in mathematics and sciences at the Albany Female Academy.  He taught chemistry at the Lawrence Scientific School at Harvard for 16 years. He was fascinated by the Vikings hence his interest in Leif Ericson.  He was determined to prove that Leif had visited North America first.  He had a plaque placed on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, another one at Stony Brook.  In Boston, there is a statue of Leif that still stands on Commonwealth Avenue. What you may not know about Eben Norton Horsford is that he is most noted for ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1953 to Harold and Elizabeth. She graduated from the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in 1971. Afterwards, she attended State University of New York College majoring in physical education. In 1975, she was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Her total years of service to this nation was 37 years, she retired in 2012.So here we go, buckle up tight. Ann was the first woman to command a battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg first female general officer, the first woman to command the Combined Arms Support Command at Fort Lee, Virginia. Whew! So, let us continue, she was the first female to achieve a three-star Lieutenant General and in 2008 she was the first woman i...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Roger Lee was born in Craftsbury, Vermont back in 1921 to Frank and Della. Graduating from Middlebury College in 1943, he joined the Naval Research Laboratory the same year. He retired in 1980 after 37 years.Now you may be asking yourself what did he do while working for the Navy, well sit back and joy, cause here we go. In 1955, he co-wrote the Naval Laboratory’s Project Vanguard proposal. It involved a U.S. satellite to determine a satellites position. In `959, he developed the Naval Space Surveillance System becoming the first system to detect and track all types of Earth-moving objects, going through the 33rd parallel which covers the U.S. from coast to coast.However, it was his work during the 1960’s-1970’s that will forever put him in the history books. For Roger Lee Easton, Sr. w...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Martha Eccles was born in Ashland, Virginia back in 1908.   The family moved to Berlin in 1933, when the Nazi movement was in full swing. She admired the movement until the Night of the Long Knives in 1934. After that she changed her mind, thus setting in motion her work for several years.That same year she met and fell in love with Boris Vinograov a press attaché from Russia. They began a romantic relationship that would last for years. Boris was executed in 1938, thereafter she returned to the U.S. and married New York millionaire Alfred Stern, Jr. in 1939, she published a book “Through Embassy Eyes” and in 1945 she wrote another novel “Sowing the Wind”. In 1956, she and Alfred moved to Moscow, in 1990 she died in Prague.What you may not know about Martha Eccles Dodd is that she was a...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Andrew Jackson was born in Columbus, Nebraska back in 1886 to John and Annie. He attended Creighton Prep High School however, he was expelled for fighting. He joined the Nebraska Army National Guard reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. In 1906, he moved to Mobile, Alabama to enter the lumber business.He founded his business in 1922, more on that in a moment. He exported lumber from the Philippines, Central America and Africa. He needed a fleet to haul the cargo so he started building his own. At one time, he owned the largest fleet of sailing ships under American registry. What the issue was he needed shallow draft vessels to maneuver the waterways.His true calling didn’t come about until WWII and of course that is the rest of the story. Due to his experience in building boats with a ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Today I’m writing about someone I would usually pass on however, I found her history fascinating so let’s get to it. It is unknown where Mary Roberts, maiden name unknown, was born or how she wound up in Charleston, South Carolina. She married Bishop who was a portrait, landscape and heraldry painter.He advertised in the Gazette in 1735 and again two years later offering his services. Bishop died in 1740, which also remains a mystery on the cause of death. Anyway, she advertised she had a printing press for sale during that same year. Again in 1776 she offered that same printing press for sale. It is unknown if she ever sold that press. In 1747, she was willed fifty pounds by a William Watkins. She died in 1761, age unknown and is buried at the St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.No...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Where did they go #1 Starting a new series of people who have vanished. Today I’m writing about James Derham who was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He worked for several different doctors. One in particular was Dr. Bob Love. He encouraged James to work as a nurse until he reached the age of 20.He opened his medical practice in New Orleans around 1790 earning him an annual pay of more than $3,000.00. He met Dr. Benjamin Rush and Dr. Rush convinced him to move back to Philadelphia again where he became an expert in throat diseases. What you may not know about James Derham is that he was an African-American who disappeared in 1802. He simply vanished into thin air, never to be heard of again.Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket. Ready for number 2, you’l...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Connie Douglas was born in Eagle Pass, Texas back in 1901 to William and Ada.  She attended Texas Woman’s University receiving an undergraduate degree in speech.  She went on to the University of Texas School of Law but had to withdraw due to the Great Depression. She started out teaching at Thomas Jefferson high School in San Antonio.  In her spare time, she was a riding instructor at a local stable. In 1936, she joined the equestrian program at Camp Waldemar where she taught horseback riding for 67 years. In 1942, she married Jack and worked on a 10,000-acre ranch owned by President Lyndon B. Johnson where they raised sheep and cattle, working there for 40 years. What you may not know about Connie Douglas Reeves is that she was the oldest member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles Fremont was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania back in 1899 to William and Hannah.  In 1911, the family moved to Washington, Pennsylvania.  His father opened a drug store and later turned it into a grocery store.  Charles attended Washington High School and was an outstanding athletic. In 1920, he enrolled in Washington & Jefferson College where he played football, threw the javelin and was on field and track team.  By 1921, he was the starting quarterback.  During his time at the college he broke all kinds of records, more on that shortly.  After college he practiced medicine in Alexandra, Virginia for many years. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Washington & Jefferson College.  Sadly he died in 1979, he was 80. What you may not know about Charles...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
William Williams was born in 1727 in Bristol, England.  From his birth until until 1747 nothing is written about him however, he is documented to be living in Philadelphia.  Don’t know where he got his money but he was instrumental in building America’s first theater, maintained an art studio thus giving Benjamin West his interest in painting. He finally wound up in New York City where he married Mary.  He returned to England in 1776, where he died in the Merchants’ and Sailors’ Almshouse in Bristol in 1791.  What you may not know about William Williams is that while he was not only a painter he also wrote a novel, The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, Seaman.  It is considered by many to be the first American novel.  The novel was not published until 1815 from a revised form. The original ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Enzo Anseimo was born in Modena, Italy back in 1898.  He had little to no formal education however, at the age of 10 he witnessed something that forever stayed with him and set his future in motion.  During WWI, he served with the 3rd Mountain Artillery Regiment of the Italian Army.  He was released in 1918 for health reasons. After his release, he worked for several car companies including Fiat and Alfa Romeo.  A fried have given him a necklace that he treasured, hence the emblem for the company he started in 1947.  As they say the rest is history.  If you can find one of his creations, you’ll need to dig deep in your pocket to own one.  Of course, today I’m writing about Enzo Anseimo Ferrari, the emblem for his company was the prancing horse.  The company merged with Fiat in 1969.  He...
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