All About Arkansas Real Estate

By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Joy Mangno was born in Brooklyn, New York back in 1956.  As a teenager she began working at an animal hospital in Huntington, New York.  She dreamed up a fluorescent flea collar to keep pets safe.  She graduated from Pace University with a degree in business administration in 1978.  After graduation she had a variety of jobs, including a waitress, an airline reservations manager while raising her three children.  She is alive and well from what I’ve read.  What you may not know about Joy is that she is also an inventor.  She holds 71 patents and 126 patent publications.  Maybe you’ve heard about a few of them, I’ll save the best one for last, so let’s go.  Huggable Hangers, Forever Fragrant, Clothes It All Luggage System, Performance Platforms, Comfort & Joy Textiles, Shades readers and...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Adolph Gysbert Malan was born in Wellington, Cape Colony in South Africa back in 1910.  At the age of 14 he joined the South African Training Ship General Botha as a naval cadet in 1924.  In 1932 he joined the Royal Naval Reserve as an acting sub-lieutenant, by 1935 he was commissioned as a sub-lieutenant.Later on, that year he volunteered for the Royal Air Force in its rapid expansion of the pilot corps.  He received his wings in March of 1936.  By 1939, he was promoted to flight lieutenant just six months before the outbreak of war.  Just 15 hours after war was declared he saw his first action during the Battle of Barking Creek.  He was involved in the evacuation of the British Army from Dunkirk.  For his actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.   In August of 1940 he w...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
1954 Basketball Tournament Fun Contest!I have been given several tournament programs from the 1950's in White County AR by Pat Holloway, a friend from way back.  They were of girl's tournaments that were very popular before some no-fun characters cut out all girl's sports! (Don't get me started on that!) We had no girl's basketball until Title IX changed that.Glancing through them, I saw this unusual page and thought how much fun this would have been.  I can't offer a prize but I will say that Miss Mystery still lives in Searcy and is actually giving me permission to share this.  Someone had written the name of the winner so I covered it with the yellow paper! Searcy Sleuths, let's see if you remember who Miss Mystery was! 
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Juliette Magill Kinzie Gordon was born in Savannah, Georgia back in 1860 to William and Elanor.  When she was six months old her father joined the Confederate States Army in the American Civil War.  When she was four the family moved to thunderbolt, Georgia.  In 1865, the family moved again to Chicago.  As a young child she was accident-prone suffering numerous injuries and illnesses.   She suffered from frequents earaches and recurring bouts of malaria.  She spent her time pursuing art and poetry, she also performed plays and started a newspaper called The Malbone Bouquet.  At the tender age of 12 she started a boarding school.  She met William in 1880, they married in 1886.  William was unable to father children which caused a strain on the marriage.  In 1901, the couple while still m...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Helen Magill was born in Providence, Rhode Island back in 1853 to Edward and Sarah.  She was brought up to believe she deserved the same education as a man.  All five of the Magill daughters were educated to become college teachers.  In 1959, the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she was the only female student in the Boston Public Latin School.  My guess would be it was because her father taught French and Latin there for three years, being promoted to submaster.In 1869, her father joined the faculty of Swarthmore College.  she entered as an undergraduate.  In 1871, her father was selected as the second president, a position he held for the next 17 years.  Helen served as principal for a private school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  In 1883, she was chosen to help organize Holl...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Andrew Donald Magee was born in Paris, France back in 1962.  His father was a Texas oil man, he grew up in Dallas, Texas.  After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma from 1981-84.  While in college he distinguished himself as a member of the golf team.  We won All-American honors three times.In 1984, he turned pro and joined the PGA Tour in 1985.  During his career he won four PGA Tour events.  The first on in 1988 at the Pensacola Open.  His best finish in a major was tied for fifth at the 1992 British Open.  He is featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings. In 1999, he won the Southern Company Citizenship Award for his work with charities.  He now resided in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  His last PGA Tour cut was in the 2006 Southern Farm Bu...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Johanna Mansfield Sullivan was born in Feeding Hills, Agawarm, Massachusetts back in 1866 to Thomas and Alice.  When she was five years old she contracted a bacterial eye disease known as trachoma which left her nearly blind.  When she was eight her mother died from tuberculosis and her father abandoned her two years later.  She was sent to almshouse in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  due to reports of cruelty to inmates, including sexually perverted practices and cannibalism an investigation was launched.  In 1877, she was sent to the Soeurs de la Charite hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts.  She graduated from the Perkins School in 1886, as the valedictorian of her class, she was twenty.  The summer after she graduated she went to work with Arthur to her with his seven-year-old daughter.  Sh...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Earle Steele was born in Highland Park, Illinois back in 1891.  He graduated from the University of Illinois.   During World War I he served in the Armed Forces attaining the rank of captain.  After the war he worked for the Chalmers Motor Company and the Liberty Motor Car company in the early 1920’s.In 1934, he joined General Motor becoming the chief design engineer of the Chevrolet division in 1935.  He was the chief engineer of the Chevrolet Cadet project, when the project was canceled in 1947 he left General Motors and joined the Ford Motor Company later that year.  His job was to provide a suspension design for the 1949 Ford Vedette.  In 1950, his suspension was on the Fords Zephyr and Consul, the first vehicles in mass production using his suspension system.  In 1952, he became ch...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Cluny Macpherson was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland back in 1879 to Campbell and Emma.  He attended the Methodist College and the McGill University Faculty of Medicine from 1879 to 1901, earning his Medical Degree.  He volunteered with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman. In1902, he returned to Newfoundland where he ran the hospital Battle Harbor until 1904.  When World War I broke out he enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment organizing volunteers into an Ambulance Unit, which continued throughout the war.  He was commissioned as a captain serving as the principal medical officer for the St. John Ambulance Brigade. He saw action in Belgium and France at Salonika and Gallipoli.  After suffering a war injury in Egypt, he returned to Newfoundland in 1916.  He served as the D...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Early Porter Rodgers Hospital was on Woodruff Street.Here's a good picture of the old historic hospital that was named Porter Rodgers Hospital.  You can see the sign nicely.  It was on Woodruff Street in Searcy AR.  It appears to have been raining when the picture was taken.  History seems to say that the hospital started out as Wakenight Sanitarium and was built in 1920.  Dr. Rodgers bought it in 1943 and renamed it.  In 1947 a big addition was made to the hospital and brought rooms up to 50 or more.  This picture seems to show where a driveway had been and probably led to a house that was torn down for the addition.  It also shows what looks like a fine older home that had the addition attached.This picture was shared with me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person, whose father collected lots o...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Anna Mackenroth was born in Danzig, Germany back in 1861.  As a young woman she worked as a teacher. In the early 1880’s she moved to Berlin giving private lessons in classical languages, philosophy and mathematics.  She continued to study in her spare time for the career she really wanted.In 1888, she relocated to Zurich, Switzerland where in 1894 she obtained her law doctorate from the University of Zurich.  She became a Swiss citizen so she could practice in that country.  She worked mainly as a public defender representing destitute women.  She campaigned for a universal guaranteed minimum income, rights for single mother and for reform to legislation on family names and women’s property rights.  She died in 1936.What you may not know about Anna is that she was Zurich’s first practi...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Robert Machemer was born in Münster, Germany back in 1933.  His father died in Ukraine in 1942.  Robert worked for six months in a steel mill to partially finance his medical school education.  He studied medicine at the University of Münster, where he received his MD.  He continued his education at the University of Freiburg where he received is Promotierung in 1959.From 1962-66 he was an assistant in the University Eye Clinic at Göttingen.  In 1966, he received a two-year NATO fellowship and moved to Miami to work at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute until 1978.  In 1978, he became the chair of Duke University Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology serving in that capacity until 1991 and his retirement as professor emeritus in 1998.  He died in 2009, he was 76.What you may not kno...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Graça Simbine was born in Gaza Province, Portuguese East Africa back in 1945.  She attended the Methodist mission schools.  He continued her education attending the University of Lisbon in Portugal studying German.  She was fluent in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English.  After graduation she joined the Mozambican Liberation Front.In 1992, she received the Africa Prize, awarded annually to an individual who has contributed to the goal of eliminating hunger in Africa.  In 1997, she was honored with the Dame Commander of the Order of the British empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution and services in the field or human rights protection.  She has been chancellor for the University of Cape Town from 1999-2019.  In 2009, she was appointed to the Commonwealth of Nations...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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
(Fathom Realty)
Joseph Beverly MacInnis was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada back in 1937.  The family moved to Toronto after his father died in a plane crash when he was a few months old.  He attended high school at the Upper Canada College.  He continued his education at the University of Toronto where he held the Canadian record for the breaststroke.  He graduated with a MD in 1962.He spent his internship at the Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  In 1963, he met Edwin Link at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.  at that meeting he offered Joseph a position as the full-time doctor for his Man-In-Sea Project.  By 1965, he became the medical director of Link’s new company, Ocean Systems Inc.  In 1967, Link launched Deep Diver the first small submersible designed for l...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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
(Fathom Realty)
James Smith McDonnell was born in Denver, Colorado back in 1899. He was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas graduating from Little Rock High School in 1917. He continued his education at Princeton University graduating in 1921, with a Master’s of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT in 1925.After graduation, he started working for Stout Metal Airplane Division of the Ford Motor Company.  in 1931, he was hired as an engineer for the Glenn L. Martin Company resigning in 1938.  He later served as chairman of the United Nations Association of the United States.  In 1980, he was awarded the NAS Award in Aeronautical Engineering for the National Academy of Sciences. He died of a stroke in 1980, he was 81.What you may not know about James is that in 1939 he founded the McDonnell Aircraft C...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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 Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Shriner's Parade in 1940'sThis is a great old picture from the 40's and loaned to me by Sherry Quattlebaum Person, whose father saved lots of historic documents.  If it were larger the detail would show much better.  You could read J. D. Phillips & Son on the store in the background.  Beside it is the Silver Dining Car.  Then we have the American Legion Hut which has been in the news lately because it is being revived with a new roof and other repairs.  The Legion Hut was built in 1939 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.  The Historical Society is taking charge and getting some things done to it.  It is the only one of the three buildings that remains and is an important part of Searcy's history.Then the old vehicles are interesting and the brick streets show...
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
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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