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jim memorial - Dog memorialized in Missouri town MARSHALL, Mo....
Dog memorialized in Missouri town MARSHALL, Mo. — Jim the Wonder Dog died 62 years ago this week and his legend lives on in this central Missouri town of just over 12,700 people. Soon, Jim's admirers and tourists will be able to visit "The Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden," located just north of the courthouse square. In the 1930s, Jim may have been Missouri's best-known resident. Jim chose winners of the Kentucky Derby and the World Series and the sex of unborn babies, picked unfamiliar people out of crowds and could decipher Morse code. During the dog's lifetime, skeptics tried to figure what sort of magic Jim's master, Sam VanArsdale, was working on the dog. Veterinarians at the University of Missouri, visiting professors who poked and prodded, and even writers made the trek to the Hotel Ruff, which VanArsdale managed and where he, his family and Jim lived. Most arrived convinced of a gigantic deception, conducted their tests and then left muttering words and phrases like "occult," ; "mysterious powers," "enigma," - and "beyond understanding." From all accounts Jim was the real McCoy. He died at age 12. ;. Word of his accomplishments ; spread. Paramount Pictures sent in a newsreel crew. Newspaper re•-', porters from all over the country ','... flocked here to write feature stories. Reader's Digest ran a piece on him. He was in "Ripley's Be"• lieveltor Not!" : Jim appeared before the Mis• souri General Assembly. He trav- '.; eled as far as Wyoming to give demonstrations. A huge billboard 10 miles south of Marshall at the junction of U.S. 40 and U.S. 65 bore Jim's picture. Several thousand people are ex',-: pected to be at the May 1 dedica- tion of the memorial, which was \ promoted, in part, by Evelyn • Counts, 77, who has raised more •-; than $40,000 over three years. ' The memorial is to include a water garden, trees, shrubs, '••'• plaques telling the story of Jim's '',. life and a life-size bronze statue of ; the Llewellyn setter. ;; From Staff and Wire Reports

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 15 Mar 1999, Mon,
  3. Page 3

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