Washington County, AR Real Estate News

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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George William Manby was born in Denver, Norfolk, England back in 1765 to Matthew and Mary.  He was educated at the Free Grammar School in King’s Lynn.  He volunteered to fight in the American War of Independence at 17.  He was rejected due to his youth, instead he was sent to the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich.  In 1788, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Cambridgeshire Militia reaching the rank of captain before resigning in 1793.  He married the daughter of Reverend Preston but left her in 1801 after being shot by her lover moving to Clifton, Bristol.  In 1807, he witnessed a Royal Navy ship carrying French prisoners run aground killing 214 people including women and children.  With that embedded in his mind he invented a mortar call the Manby Mortar.  It fired a thin rop...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Powell Mackey was born in Houston, Texas back in 1953 to William and Margaret.  He studied philosophy and religion at the University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University in the 1970’s.  While continuing his education he worked at a vegetarian co-op.  He spent almost 6 years at the universities without achieving a degree.In 1978, he co-founded his first health food store, SaferWay in Austin, Texas with his girlfriend Renee Lawson.  He serves on multiple nonprofit boards of directors.  In 2006, he announced he was reducing his salary to $1.00 per year, donating his stock portfolio to charity and setting up a $100,000.00 emergency fund for staff facing personal problems.  He resigned his position of Chairman of the Board.What you may not know about John is that in 1980 they merge...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Macintyre was worn in Glasgow, Scotland back in 1857.  His father was a tailor and his mother was related to the missionary and explorer David Livingston.  He was trained as an electrician before enrolling at the University of Glasgow in 1878.  He changed his field for medicine and graduated in 1882 with a Bachelor of Medicine degree.He worked as a naval surgeon in London, Paris and Vienna.  He returned to Glasgow with the position of Surgeon for Diseases of the Throat at Anderson’s College Dispensary.  In1897, he moved to London and founded the Rontgen Society of London, serving as their first President.  He died in 1928, he was 71.What you may not know about Dr. Macintyre is that he set up the world’s first radiology department at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Glasgow in 1895.  ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Milt Machlin was born in New York City, New York back in 1924.  After just one year of college he enlisted in the United States Army serving in the Asia Pacific Theatre.  After the war, he attended Brown University, continuing his education he earned a second from the Sorbonne in Paris.After graduation, he worked as a journalist for the Agence France Press, then as an editor for the adventure magazine Argosy.  In 1969, he traveled to the jungles of Papua New Guinea.  His mission was to learn the fate of Michael Rockefeller, son of the New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller.  He never found Michael but he was sure that Michael had been killed by a local tribe. The true fate of Michael has never been discovered.  Milt died in 2004, he was 79.What you may not know about Milt is that he coine...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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James Grover McDonald was born in Coldwater, Ohio back in 1886.  His parents operated a hotel moving to Albany, Indiana to operate a second one.  He attended the Indiana University, Bloomington in 1909, completing a master’s degree in History, Political Science and International Relations 1910.  He taught at Harvard University after graduation until he returned to Indiana University as an assistant professor in 1914.  In 1919, he moved to New York City to work for the Civil Service Reform Association.  In 1933, he was assigned to chair the High Commission for Refugees coming from Germany.  In 1945, he was a member of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine.  He kept a diary which recorded his meeting with some of the history-making personalities of the 1930’s today, all his...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Martin Lutoslawski was born in Drozdowo, Lomza Governorate, Congress Poland back in 1871 to Franciszek and Paulina.  After completing his studies abroad, he founded a factory called Gratif (Graphite) where he produced fire-resistant safes.  He later became a lecturer at the Warsaw Polytechnic Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.  He was an avid community leader working for the Association of Engineers.  He built the first reinforced concrete House in Warsaw, also using reinforced concrete in the construction of the Church of Christ the Savior in current-day Lithuania. In addition to his business activities he was a member of the Polish National Democratic Party.  He built the first power station in a residential neighborhood, he also introduced the three-phase current.  In 1900, he built ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Augustus Nathaniel Lushington was born in Trinidad, British West Indies back in 1869.  In 1875 he was sent to a teacher-training school in Trinidad.  He worked there and after several year was promoted to the rank of principal.  He left for Venezuela working as a clerk in the town of La Guayra for a British-owned railroad.In 1889, he left for the United States winding up in Binghamton, New York.  He enrolled in Cornell University to study Agriculture, graduating with a degree in Agriculture in 1894.   With no job opportunities for him in the West Indies he started another education at the University of Pennsylvania.  He graduated with a veterinary degree in just three years.  when students walk into the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the first thing the...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Peter Lowe was born in Scotland circa 1550.  Around 1565 he left to study medicine completing his studies in Paris, France and by 1589 was a surgeon to the Spanish Regiment in the service of Phillip II of Spain at the siege of Paris.  In the early 1590’s he travelled to England with Alexander Dickson.While there he surveyed several harbors, sending details back to James VI in Scotland.  On his return to France he was appointed surgeon to Henry IV of France.  He settled in Glasgow around 1598 where he set up his medical practice in the west of the country.  He petitioned the King and was granted a Charter which enabled the foundation of a medical incorporation for physicians and surgeons.  The college later expanded to include dentists, making it the only institution in the British Isles...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Hannah Lincoln Harkness was born in Houghton, Michigan back in 1914.  She attended the Milton Academy in Massachusetts and Vassar in New York.  At 16 she obtained her pilot’s license.  At Vassar she earned extra money taking students for rides in an aircraft she rented from a nearby airport.In 1932, at the end of her freshman year she earned her commercial license receiving national attention.  In 1936, she married Robert an Air Corps Reserve Major.  In 1937-38 she worked as a test pilot for the Gwinn Air Car Company.  During her time at Gwinn she tested the new tricycle landing gear, which subsequently became standard on most aircraft.  She died in1976, she was 62.What you may not know about “Nancy” Harkness Love is that during WWII she convinced William H. Turner to set up a group of ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Pamela Edwards Liversidge was born in 1949 in England.  She graduated with a BSs in Mechanical Engineering from Aston University.  After graduation, she worked for Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds an multinational automotive and aerospace components business located in Redditch, Worcestershire, England as a Graduate Trainee.  Later she became the Divisional Director of East Midlands Electricity.  In 1993, she set up her own business to manufacture specialist metal powders notably for medical engineering.  She facilitated the formation of the Association of Institutions in Medical Engineering (AIME).  She sold her company in 1996, becoming the Managing Director of Quest Investments.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute, Freeman of the C...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Herbert A. Littleton was born in Mena, Arkansas back in 1930 to Paul and Maude.  The family moved to Blackhawk, South Dakota where he attended school at Spearfish, South Dakota and the East Port Orchard, Washington. He attended high school at Sturgis, South Dakota.  After graduation, he worked as an electrical appliance serviceman in Rapid City, South Dakota.He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1948, for a one-year term taking recruit training in San Diego, California.  He was assigned as a Telephoneman and Message Center Man with the Signal Battalion at Camp Pendleton.  He was discharged in 1949, however he re-enlisted in the same year.  In 1950, he moved to Nampa, Idaho working as a lineman for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph.  When the Korean War started in 1950 he was ca...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Joan Little was born in Washington, North Carolina back in 1953.  She was the eldest of six siblings, she was forced to care for them and four half-siblings as well. As a teenager, she worked in the tobacco industry and was a waitress. Little’s problems with law enforcement began in 1968.  Her mother asked a judge to declare her a truant an committed her to the Dobbs Farm Training School in Kinston, North Carolina.She escaped and lived with relatives in Philadelphia, three weeks after graduating from high school she developed a thyroid problem and returned to North Carolina for an operation. Starting in 1973, she was arrested on a variety of charges from theft to breaking and entering, along with possession of stolen good and possession of a sawed-off-shotgun.  On 27, August 1974, a pol...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Henry Solomon Lehr was born in Mahoning County, Ohio back in 1838 to George and Salome.  He first attended school at the age of twelve while still working full-time as a farm hand.  His primary interest was in education.  In 1854 he earned his teaching certification and began teaching part-time while still continuing to do his farm work.His studies were interrupted by the American Civil War, when discharged in 1865 he felt compelled to continue to learn.  He moved to Ada, Ohio becoming the schoolmaster there.  In 1871, the Northwestern Ohio Normal School was launched.  He finally earned his PhD from Mount Union College graduating 10 years behind the class with which he had entered.  What you may not know about Henry is that the Northwester Ohio Normal School changed its name to Ohio Nor...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Hundale Lawrence was born in Canton, South Dakota to Carl and Gunda back in 1904.  I wrote about his brother Ernest the other day.  He graduated from the Canton High School, before enrolling at the University of South Dakota.  He continued his education getting his M.D. degree from the Harvard Medical School.He had a long-term association with the University of California, Berkeley working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He discovered treatments for leukemia and polycythemia by injecting mice with radioactive phosphorus derived from the cyclotron invented by his brother.  His main field was working with cancer patients. He was awared the Enrico Fermi Award in 1983.  He received honorary degrees from the University of South Dakota, University of Bordeaux and the Catho...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Norma Deloris Egstrom was born in Jamestown, North Dakota back in 1920 to Marvin and Selma.  Her mother died when she was four and her father remarried.  She graduated from Wimbledon High School in 1937.  While in high school she was the female singer for a six-piece college dance band.She sang professionally over the KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota in 1936.  At the age of 17 she left ho and traveled to Hollywood, California.  She found work on Balboa Island, Newport Beach as a short order cook and waitress at Harry’s Cafe.  In 1938, he fainted onstage due to overwork and an inadequate diet. She was taken to the hospital where she was told she needed a tonsillectomy.  She returned to North Dakota for the operation.After she recovered she returned to California in 1940.  In 1942,...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Gustaf de Laval was born in Orsa, Sweden back in 1845.  He enrolled at the Institute of Technology in Stockholm receiving a degree in mechanical engineering in 1866.  He continued his education at Uppsala University in 1867, receiving his doctorate in 1872.  In 1886, he was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.In 1882, he introduced his concept of an impulse steam turbine.  In 187, he built a small steam turbine to demonstrate that such devices could be constructed.  In 1890, he developed a nozzle to increase the steam jet to supersonic speed.  The nozzle, now known as a de Laval nozzle can run at up to 30,000 rpm. He also made important contributions to the dairy industry, including the first centrifugal milk-cream separator and early milking machines, he patented it in 18...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Isaac Ladipo Oluwole was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Isaac and Abigal.  His father was the principal of the CMS Grammar School.  He attended the school briefly before moving to King’s College.  he was just one of the first two black students to attend King’s College.  Turns out, he was the first Senior Prefect of the School.In 1913, he went to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine.  He graduated in 1918, with a medical degree, returning to Nigeria he went into general practice for a few years.  He founded the first School of Hygiene in Nigeria, he also provided training to Sanitary Inspectors from all parts of Nigeria.  He re-organized sanitary inspection procedures in the port of Lagos to control the spread of bubonic plague.  He set up the West African board of the Royal Society o...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Arthur Kornberg was born in New York City, New York back in 1918 to joseph and Lean.  He attended the Abraham Lincoln High School, continuing his education at City College.  he received his Bachelor of Science in 1937, followed by a M.D. at the University of Rochester in 1941.  He did his internship at the Strong Memorial Hospital between 1941-42.  After his internship he joined the United States Coast Guard serving as a ship’s doctor.  He was invited to the National Institutes of Health; his assignment was the feed specialized diets to rats to discover new vitamins.  In 1953, he was a Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, at Washington University in St. Louis.  The Arthur Kornberg Medical research Building at the University of Rochester Medical Center was named in his h...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut back in 1923 to Charles and Sophia.  He dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Army in World War II, he was a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion.  He earned five battle stars while serving in the European Theatre.Postwar he studied acting in Hartford, Connecticut.  He became proficient with puppets and ventriloquism.  He spent most of 1950’s and 1960’s doing commercial voice-overs and playing minor television and movie roles.  He received six Emmy Award nominations for his performance by an actor in a supporting role in comedy.  He appeared in a few episodes of The Love Boat.  His final big-screen role was in the 1980 comedy Caddyshack.  He died in 1986 from colon cancer, he was 62....
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
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John Kirk was born in Barry Angus, Scotland back in 1832.  While I could not find out about his childhood he earned his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh.  From 1858-1864 he was on an expedition as a botanist.  The Kirk Range that lies west of the Shire River forming a part of the Malawi-Mozambique border is named after him.In 1865, he helped on the abolition of the slave trade.  In 1873, he was appointed British Consul in Zanzibar.  In 1890, he was the British Minister Plenipotentiary at the 1890 Slave Act Conference in Brussels.  He photographed many scenes and people during his travels in East Africa.  He was also a botanist, throughout his life publishing many papers from his finding in East Africa.  He introduced a very distinct and pretty species of orchid to the Uni...
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