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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 18
Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier was born in Saint-Lô, France back in 1811 to Louis-Baptiste and Marie-Jeanne.  He studied at École Polytechnique in chemistry.  He switched to astronomy, particularly celestial mechanics.  After graduation he accepted a job at the Paris Observatory.  Spending most of his professional life there he became director from 1854-1870 and again from 1873-1877.In 1846, he became a member of the French Academy of Sciences and in 1855, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, his name is one of the 72 names inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.What you may not know about Urbain is that in 1846 he predicted the existence of the then unknown planet Neptune, using only mathematics and astronomical observations of the known planet Uranus.   Usin...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 15
Laurence Eugene Myers was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1858.  He was in the first graduating class of Richmond High School. After graduation, the family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and then to New York City, where he became a bookkeeper.  He began running competitively in 1878 for the Knickerbocker Yacht Club, he changed for the bulk of his career for the Manhattan Athletic Club.  He died of pneumonia on his 41st birthday in New York City.What you may not know about Laurence AKA “Lon” Myers is that he won 28 national championships.  He also set world records and 11 different distances and held every American record for races of 50 yards to one mile. He set the world quarter-mile record while running the final 120 yards without his right shoe.  He finished another race that he...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 20
William Jacob Knox Jr., was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts to William and Estella.  He was accepted to Harvard University’s undergraduate program in 1921. He graduated with a master’ degree in Organic Chemistry in 1929, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering 1935 for MIT.  After graduation he became a professor at North Caroling A&T College.  In 1943, he joined a team of scientists at Columbia University.  He was working on a project I’m sure you all of heard about the Manhattan Project?  He held the position of supervisor, most of his research and finding were utilizing uranium hexafluoride.  He was a section leader in the Corrosion Section.  After the war he worked for Kodak, he held twenty-one patents with Kodak.  He died in 1995, he was 91.What you may not know about William is tha...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 19
John Charles Carter was born in Wilmette, Illinois back in 1923 to Russell and Lila.  In 1930, the family moved to Richfield, Michigan.  When he was ten his parents divorced, he graduated from New Trier High School.  In his autobiography he recounted the tie he lived in Michigan it was a rural heavily forested part of the state.  He really enjoyed that time hunting and fishing.Also, while in Michigan he often wandered in the forest, “acting out characters from books he had read”.  While in high school he enrolled in the drama program, playing the lead role in the amateur silent 16 mm film adaptation of Peer Gynt.  He also performed in the Winnetka Community Theatre, he earned a drama scholarship to Northwestern University.  He attended until he joined the military enlisting in the Unite...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
Edwin Kessler III, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York back in 1928 to Edwin and Marie.  He was living with his mother in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He graduated from Corpus Christi High School in 1945.  He returned to New York attending Columbia College.  He returned after serving 18 months in the Army graduating in 1950.After graduation he transferred to the Air Force where he earned his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT in 1952 and 1957, respectively.  He remained in the Air Force Reserve reaching the rank of captain.  He worked at the Cambridge Research Laboratories, and at the Atmospheric Physics Division at the Travelers Research Center.  In 1964, he moved to Oklahoma where he was an affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman until his retirement in 1987.  He d...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 16
William Myron Keck was born back in 1880.  His father left home to work in the oil fields, so he started selling sandwiches and candy on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to support his mother. Later on, he found work as a roustabout with an oil company in Pennsylvania.  Later he made his way to California where he worked as a speculator drilling oil wells.He struck oil in Hunting Beach and Kettleman Hill oil fields.  At the height of the oil boom in th 1920’s in Los Angeles, he was the only wildcatter to purchase a lease on 300 acres of Andrew Joughin’s farm outside of Torrance.  He died in 1964, he was 84.What you may not know about William is that in 1921 he founded the Superior Oil Company in Coalinga, California. In 1954, he founded the W.M. Keck Foundation one of the largest philanthr...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 17
Ludwig Kasner was born in Posen, Prussia German Empire back in 1896 to Ludwik and Anna. In 1915, during WWI he was drafted into the German Army and fought on the western front before being taken prisoner of war in France.  After his release he joined the Polish Blue Army which fought for Polish independence on the side of the Entente Powers.After the Treaty of Versailles, he opted for German citizenship and relocated to Berlin. He worked for the Berlin Police, last in Berlin’s Pankow district reaching the rank of “chief watch master”, the most senior constable rank.  He died in 1959, he was either 62 or 63.What you may not know about Ludwig is that he was the paternal grandfather of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Your day is worthwhile when you make someone smile, so give the free gift...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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Ronald Karel was born in Istanbul, Turkey back in 1953.  He holds dual French-Turkish citizenship.  Even as a child he knew what he wanted to do (I like this guy, he sounds like me).  His desire was to pursue a career in meteorological weather forecasting.  For whatever reason he received huge criticism from his family for wanting to make a career out of weather forecasting.Regardless he pursued his dreams.  He continued studying meteorological sciences on his own.  He visited organizations like UNESCO (Paris), Imperial College London, University of Jessieu (Paris), New York University, Russian Academy of Sciences, NOAA (Bolder, Colorado) and travelled to many countries in Europe to convince researchers about his findings.  For 30 years his theory was rejected until the early 1980’s whe...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 15
David Daniel Kaminsky was born in New York City, New York back in 1911 to Jacob and Clara. He attended Public School in East New York.  He went to high school at Thomas Jefferson in Brooklyn but did not graduate.  He wanted to be a surgeon, but because of the family’s income he could not afford a medical education.After leaving school he worked as a soda jerk, auto insurance investigator and office clerk.  All of his jobs prior to joining the Three Terpsichoreans, a vaudeville dance act he was fired because of his mistakes.  In 1934, the troupe left on a six-month tour or Asia.  In 1937, he had his film debut with some young hopefuls, June Allyson and Imogene Coca. What can I say the rest is history?  His stage performances and movies lasted for 54 years.  While you may not recognize hi...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 15
Raymond Lewis Johnson was born in Alice, Texas in 1943.  He attended school in a small schoolhouse with four different grades in each of its two rooms.  He earned a National Merit Scholarship attending the University of Texas at Austin.  After completing his undergraduate studies, he went to Rice University.After graduation, he obtained a position at the University of Maryland, College Park as. Mathematics professor. He served as a mentor to 23 doctoral students.  he remained at Maryland for 40 years.  In 2015, he won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.  He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park and an adjunct professor of mathematics at Rice University.What you may not know about Raymond is that h...
By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Comments 21
George Jennings was born in Eling, Hampshire, England back in 1810 to Jonas and Mary.  Educated at a local school ran by his uncle-in-law.  His father died when he was 14, so he apprenticed to his grandfather’s glass and lead merchandising business.  He later started working for an uncle as a plumber.In 1831, he worked as a plumber with Messrs, in London.  He started his own plumbing business in 1838 specializing in just one thing.  (More on that in a moment).  In 1847, Prince Albert presented George with the Medal of the Society of Arts.  In 1851, he installed his invention at The Great Exhibition at Hyde Park, he charged the visitors one penny to use them.  In 1852, he patented his invention.  In 1855, at the request of Florence Nightingale he installed his invention at the Sellmiye B...
By Carrie Ann Higgs, Your Key To The Ozarks
(Branson House Realty)
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 It's easier when you know the points and marinas on Table Rock Lake. Watch my video if you're considering the Shell Knob area, since it's larger than you may have thought. Usually home buyers will consider buying here if the lake is more important over the conviences of a large town. Shell Knob and Eagle Rock Mo have a lot to offer with beuatiful vistas, and quiet coves!   
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
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Year End Numbers 2012 was an improvement for real estate sales in Shell Knob.  This is a location with a small population -  somewhat unique, with residents consisting  of retirees living here full time,  but  summertime finds younger families with long range retirement plans buying property on Table Rock Lake. Potential clients are basically in their 50's age-wise.  They are drawn to the area for both the recreation on a clean, large lake , and the low cost-of-living.   The retirees, eventually sell as age or illness mandates they get more help.   The average sale price in 2012 was $155,000.  This was a 3% drop in price from 2011. There was also a 2.13% reduction in the List to Sell Ratio from  95.6% in 2011, to 93.6% in 2012. Call me for information on Table Rock Lake or any communiti...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
Comments 1
Shell Knob Home Sales prices closeing 2012 down slightly.The average sale price for homes in the Shell Knob area for the past 12 months is $179,168.00.  This is a 1.78% drop from the previous average of $182,400.00.   Table Rock Lake area homes have been  taking  181 days, or six months, on average to sell.  This also reflects a 93% List to Sell ratio.  Sellers are receiving 93% of their listed asking price.   CALL JOAN AT CJR TRI-LAKES REALTORS, SHELL KNOB, MO  FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS.   417-846-7128                                                                                                                                                                                         
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
Comments 2
Midway through November in SW Missouri and we're still waiting for our first frost.... but am not complaining. I have not seen the usual duck migrations, nor have our normal 'winter' birds arrived.  Guess they know better than the professional weather prognostigators, when it is time to move south.  In other words, it's been a very mild Fall. However, I was happy to see our usual pair of Bald Eagles back and fishing on my shoreline yesterday.   The Missouri Department of Conservation publishes a great Natural Events calendar each year, which gives guidelines for when to anticipate the last frost, or to watch for the first hummingbirds in the spring, etc.  It would appear that colder weather is coming, just a few weeks later than normal.    This calendar is a great gift to clients, and I...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
Comments 2
Sales are improving - so can we leave our Angry Bird faces at home?   April 2012 is proving to be a big improvement from April 2011.  It feels like the buyers are coming out to see what there really is in Shell Knob's Table Rock Lake property.Everyone is looking for a bargain and expecting to pay half of what they may have checked out a year ago.  It is true that home values have dropped 8% from the previous April sales figures.  However, it is taking longer to sell .  The Days On The Market are currently coming in at 238 days before being sold.  It was 205 days for April 2011 sales.I've seen more activity this month, then we've had in many moons.  If gas prices continue to go down, will our sales volumne rise? CALL JOAN TO LIST YOUR HOME FOR SPRING SALES     417-846-7128 TRI-LAKES REAL...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
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KLEPTO DOG IN SHELL KNOB? It's happening again.  My dog is a canine kleptomaniac!   Last year she showed up with a rack of BBQ ribs. A few months later, it was a turkey leg, and this spring she gifted us with a ham bone complete with  meat ! Embarrassed, I spoke with our two closest neighbors who deny finding any food missing.  So where is she getting this loot?  It is quite a mystery. Our home is about 18 miles from Shell Knob. Most homes on this peninsula are separated by 2 or more acres, and we have room outdoors for quite a bit of wildlife. So I was not shocked to find a fairly large deer skull, complete with teeth sitting in the grass in front of our house.  Maybe I should mount it on top of her dog house as a trophy - announcing -  "Cocoa Mighty Thief". Enough about dog houses, I ...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
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  Ever wonder what your dog does when you can't see him? I live in a rural area in the Ozarks on beautiful Table Rock Lake, about 12 miles from Shell Knob, Mo. Most of the time, our three acres is large enough for our dog to chase squirrels, lizards and dig up moles. However, there have been times when we wish we had a camera mounted on her head to see where travels have taken her. It would be helpful to know who we should be apologizing to.               She is a fairly large dog - about 65 pounds - chocolate brown, which makes her fairly visible. She's not small and quick like a beagle or terrier. That being said..... who lost the rack of bbq ribs she came home with last summer? Where did the turkey leg with partial breast attached come from? Then last night she may have gone fishing ...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
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SPRINGING INTO SHELL KNOBSpring may be earlier than normal, but I don't know anyone who wants winter back.  Table Rock Lake is mirror-like calm this morning.  A small group of ducks  seems to be enjoying the water, and a Bufflehead duck is diving for his lunch. Real Estate activity is picking up, with buyers checking out Shell Knob and Table Rock lake.The Army Corps of Engineers, who operate Table Rock, are facing tight budgets this year.  The Corps operates 29 parks around the  Ozarks and 10 boat ramps.  They are considering closing or limiting services to several of the recreation areas.  They may hold back opening dates of recreation areas to May 1st with close set for September 15.  They estimate that the changes will save approximately $1.9 million annually.CALL JOAN TO SELL OR BUY...
By Joan Snodgrass
(Midamerica Referral Network)
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February went out with a bang, what with the tornado whizzing down Hwy 76 in Branson, as well as parts of Kimberling City.  It did a goodly amount of damage, but no fatalities.  Knowing the spirit of Branson, it won't be long before the destruction is erased and improved.Reservations at the beautiful new Hilton Hotel at The Landings will have to be verified, as the window damage will require all (even undamaged) windows to be replaced.  This may take up to 4 months to reopen.March brings the start of fishing tournaments.  Table Rock Lake is known for excellent Bass fishing, but it will probably be a long time before the record Largemouth Bass is beaten.  In 2009 the World Record largemouth Bass  was pulled in weighing 22 pounds, 5 ounces!Two big tournaments are scheduled in March. Marc...

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