All About Arkansas Real Estate

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Lim Koon Teck was born in Malayan, Singapore back in 1904 to Lim and Tan.  He was educated at St. Andrews School.  He continued he education at the Junior Cambridge in 1930 and Senior Cambridge in 1922.  After graduation he taught at St. Andrews School.  Later he would become the first Old Boy’s representative on the Board of Governors of St. Andrew’s School, Singapore.  He wanted to study architecture; but that was a six-year course so he decided to take up law instead.  In 1924, he left for London, England where he studied at the University College, London.  He graduated with honors, was called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1927.  He was called to the Singapore Bar appointed as deputy registrar of the Supreme Court in 1928.  He also took on the added appointment of Sheriff in 1935. H...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born in Berndorf, Kingdom of Bavaria back in 1842.  In 1854, the family moved to Munich, Germany.  In 1862, he entered the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.  He was expelled in 1864, for participating in a student protest.In 1868, a new university was opening in Munich, he applied for a job as a lecturer and was accepted.  In 1879, he quit and opened up his own business moving to Wiesbaden, Germany.  His business was a good one, in fact we all use it today.  He moved back to Munich in 1888, taking up a professorship but it didn’t last long. In 1897, he was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown.  He died in 1934, he was 92.What you may not know about Carl is that he discovered a refrigeration cycle and invented the...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 Ebay card for sale.  East Race Street, Searcy ARThis card has shown up and says it was East Race Street in Searcy AR around 1928.  Perhaps some of the Searcy Sleuths will know the exact location.  Here is my guess.  This house at 402 East Race is on the market for sale right now and one of the pictures is shown here.Compare the lines of this home at 402 E Race and see if you think it is probably the current view of the one in the picture on the postcard. It was built, according to court house information, somewhere around this 1920's date.  It is an interesting comparison and the postcard is a treasure.   
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Charles Herbert Lightroller was born in Chorley, Lancashire, England back in 1874 to Frederick and Sarah.  When he was 10, his father moved to New Zealand leaving him in the care of the extended family.  Not want to end up with a factory job at 13, he began a four-year apprenticeship on board the Primrose Hill.In 1898, he nearly died from a bout of malaria.  That same year he headed to the Klondike Gold Rush, failing he then became a cowboy in Alberta, Canada.  That did not suit him, he arrived back in England in 1899 penniless.  He received his master’s certificate and in 1900 began his career with the White Star Line as fourth officer of the SS Medic.  Two weeks before the sinking of the RMS Titanic he was acting first officer.  As the officer in charge of loading passengers into life...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Clarence Everett Lightner was born in Raleigh, North Carolina back in 1921 to Calvin and Mammie.  He attended public schools in Raleigh.  After graduating from high school, he enrolled in North Carolina Central College where he was the quarterback and joined the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, graduating in 1941.After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving four years.  After being discharged, he enrolled in the Echols College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1959 following his brother’s death, is father game him charge of the funeral home.  He later served as president of the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and chaired the National Life Membership Foundation of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  In 1973 he announced his candidacy for...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Sidney Liebowitz was born in New York City, New York back in 1935 to Max and Helen.  He attended Thomas Jefferson High School.  In the late 1950’s he was drafted into the United States Army serving as the official vocal soloist with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C.After being discharged, he had several hit records in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  He was a guest on shows as The Danny Kaye Show, The Judy Garland Show, The Flip Wilson Show along with several more.  He was a regular on The Carol Burnet Show from 1967-78.  He appeared in the Broadway musical Golden Rainbow.  He starred in the 1972 film Stand Up and Be Counted, The Blues Brothers and so on.While you may not recognize his birth name (for those of you that are old enough) know him by his stage n...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Franz Lieber was born in Berlin, Prussia back in 1789/1800, the exact DOB is unknown.  He joined the Prussian Army in 1815, wounded during the Battle of Waterloo.  After the war, he returned to Berlin entering the University of Berlin.  Moving to Jean he enrolled at the University of Jena in 1820.  Just four months later he finished writing a dissertation in the field of mathematics.  He fought briefly in the Greek War of Independence.  In 1827, he moved to Boston, where he worked as a gymnasium administrator.  While in Boston he edited an Encyclopedia Americana between 1829-1833.  He became a professor of history and political economics at South Carolina College serving 20 years.  From 1856-1865 he held the position of Professor of history and political science at Columbia University. ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Guy Maynard Liddell was born in London, England back in 1892 to Augustus and Emily.  He studied in Germany for a career as a professional musician.  When WWI began he joined the Honorable Artillery Company as a private.  He was commissioned and served with the Royal Field Artillery, being awarded the Military Cross.  After the war he joined Scotland Yard where he was involved in breaking a spy ring based around the All Russian Cooperative Society.  In 1931, he transferred to MI5 becoming an expert on Soviet subversive activities.  When WWII started Prime Minister, Winston Churchill promoted Guy to Director of B Division, in charge of counter-espionage.  In June of 1940, he met with U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., naming Tyler Kent as a suspected German involved in a spy-ring base...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
James Lick was born in Stumpstown (now Fredericksburg) Pennsylvania back in 1796.  The son of a carpenter, he learned the craft at an early age.  When he was 21, he moved to New York City where he set up shop.  Moving again to Baltimore, Maryland he learned the art of piano making, quickly mastering the skills he started making pianos.He moved around a lot finally settling in San Francisco, California in 1848 with $30,000.00 in gold (valued in 2020 at 2.75 million) and 600 pounds of chocolate.  The chocolate sold quick so he convinced his friend to move to San Francisco (more on that in a moment).  He also started buying up land.  A few weeks after his arrival the California Gold Rush started.  He continued to purchase land in Santa Clara, Lake Tahoe and a ranch in Los Angeles Count and...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Jeff W. Lichtman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah back in 1951.  He received a BA from Bowdoin College inn 1973.  Continuing his education, he received an MD and a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.  He completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, establishing his lab at Washington University conducting research there for 30 years.In 2004, he was appointed Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. In 2013, he was named the Professor at Santiago Ramon y Cajal which is a five-year appointment.  He is a faculty member within the Harvard Center for Brain Science and the Conte Center at Harvard University.What you may not know about Jeff is that he is known for his pioneering work developing what is known as Brainbow, that is...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Eduardo Liceaga was born in Guanajuato City, Mexico back in 1839 to Francisco and Trinidad.  He received his education at the old College of San Gregorio, Mexico City and later at the College of the State of Guanajuato.  He took first prize in Latin, winning prizes and honorable mention.His medical education was at the National School of Medicine in Mexico City, graduating in 1866.  Emperor Maximillian bestowed on him the degree of Surgeon and a gold medal.  He taught surgery in his alma mater becoming its director, serving from 1904 to 1910.  In 1913, he was made honorary director.  He worked for twenty-five years as the director of the Maternity and Infant Hospital.What you may not know about Dr. Liceaga is that he is known as the “most distinguished hygienist of the late-nineteenth c...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Steven Kenneth Libutti was born in Long Beach, New York.  While a young man he watched M*A*S*H and Marcus Welby, MD on TV.  He even dreamed of being a doctor.  He graduated from Long Beach High School.  He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1986.  He attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha.I could write so much about him, but that would take a long time, so let’s cut to the chase.What you may not know about DR. Steven is that in 1017, he became the third permanent Director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and the Senior Vice President for Oncology Services for RWJBarabas Health, the largest health system in New Jersey.  I be...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Upcoming sale may include these weapons!  Huh?  What'd you say?  Well, actually these are hatpins and they were so popular with ladies in the past.  They were used to hold the hair in place or the hat in place to begin with.  BUT....read a bit of their history and you will be amazed as I was. Those ladies learned that they could be used for protection.  If unwelcome passes were made or if danger was present, the lady could just reach up to the hairpin, jerk it out and use it to thwart the villain.  Ladies became so good at protecting themselves with the hairpins that the authorities decided they should limit the length of the hairpins!  See in this holder that there are long ones and shorter ones!So, folks, research the history of hairpins and decide they are definitely collectible and ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Willard Frank Libby was born in Grand Valley, Colorado back in 1908 to Ora and Eva.  When he was five the family moved to Santa Rosa, California where he graduated from Analy High School in 1926.  He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley receiving his B.S. in 1931 and his Ph.D. in 1933.On December 8, 1941 he volunteered his services to Harold Urey, he travelled to Columbia University to work on the Manhattan Project.  After the war he accepted an offer from the University of Chicago to work in the Chemistry Department at the new Institute for Nuclear Studies.  In 1972, he started the first Environmental Engineering program at UCLA where he stayed until his retirement in 1976, he died in 1980, he was 71.What you may not know about Willard is that he is noted f...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Simeon Magruder Levy was born in Pennsylvania back in 1774 to Andrew and Susanna.  The family moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1799.  In 1793, he enlisted in the United States Army as a sergeant and distinguished himself at the Battle of Maumee Rapids in 1794.  For his actions his Captain Benjamin Lockwood recommended Levy as a cadet in the newly founded United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.Levy entered the academy in 1801, there was only one other cadet in the class and he came in second upon graduation.  Levy served as an instructor at West Point then as an engineer at Fort James Jackson and Fort Wilkinson, Georgia.  He fell ill in 1805 and resigned his commission, he died two year later.What you may not know about Levy is that he was the first Jewish graduate for the...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Frederick Libby was born in Sterling, Colorado back in 1891.  Not much is known about his early childhood, but he was roping pronghorn at the age of ten.  In 1904, he moved to the Indian Territory to work as a horse broker.  In 1910, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona working as a cowboy. He was living in Canada when WWI started working as a chauffeur.  He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1915, assigned to the motor transport division for the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  he served in France before he volunteered to join the Royal Flying Corps, becoming an observer with the 23rd Squadron.  On his first day of training it was machine gun practice in the morning, and flight status that afternoon.  On his very first combat mission which was on his birthday he scored his first victory.  Back the...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Gerald Asher Levitan was born in Canada back in 1954.  He graduated with a B.A. from York University in Toronto and a LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in 1979.  His specialty has been involved with high-profile legal cases.  He is also an author, he wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Winning Everyday Legal Hassles in Canada.He is also an actor with several roles in Canada. He was a guest in The West Wing, has produced four CD’s, “Bees, Butterflies & Bugs, Sir Jerry’s World, Time Machine and Sir Jerry Scared Silly.  He in working on developing a television series.What you may not know about Gerald is in 1969, at the age of 14 he beat the world media and conducted an exclusive 30-minute meeting with John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NW Arkansas, ...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Fielding Lewis was born at Warner Hall, in Gloucester County, Colony of Virginia back in 1725 to John and Frances.  His mother died in 1731.  He worked for his father, at a retail store taking it over in the 1750’s.  he was a successful merchant before the American Revolutionary War.  During the war he was appointed as Commissary General of Munitions.In 1769, he started construction of a large Georgian mansion which was completed in 1775.  It contained some of the most refined colonial interiors of any surviving mansion.  It has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  He died in 1781, he was 56.What you may not know is that he was the brother-in-law to someone you may have heard of, George Washington.Your day is worth...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Elizabeth Van Lew was born in Richmond, Virginia back in 1818 to John and Eliza.  She was sent to a Quaker school in Philadelphia.  Her father was a slave owner and when he died Elizabeth and her mother freed them.  During the depression of 1837-44 she used her entire inheritance to purchase and free some of their former slaves’ relatives.When the American Civil War started she and her mother started taking care of wounded soldiers.  Not only did she care for the Confederate deserters she also cared for the Union soldiers. She died in 1900, she was 81.What you may not know about Elizabeth is that she convinced Varina Davis to hire Mary Bowser (a union spy) to work at the White House of the Confederacy.  Her spy ring was unknown until after the war.  She was allowed to bring in food, clo...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
John Archer was born in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana back in 1867.  He attended the preparatory program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge from 1881 to 1884.  He studied for the entrance exam for the U.S. Naval Academy.  He was accepted graduating in 1888 as a midshipman.  He ranked second in the class.After the completion of a two-year cruise he wanted to join the Marine Corps.  He tried going to his senator eventually the Secretary of the Navy arranged his transfer to the Marines.  He saw action in WWII against the Axis powers of Nazi German and Japan.  By 1900, he was a captain and in 1903 was a major.  In 1918 he was promoted to major general, he saw action on the Western Front.  For his actions he received the Legion of Honor and the Croix de guerre from the French gov...
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