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photo courtesy of the Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog

Left: Larry Arrowood, president of Friends of Jim the Wonder Dog, holds a sign with Marshall's slogan outside Marshall's Jim the Wonder Dog
Museum. The museum was dedicated in 2017 before the town's annual Wonder Dog Day festival. Right: This garden devoted to Jim, located on the
site of the Ruff Hotel where he once lived, brings thousands of visitors a year from all over the world to Marshall.
	 Her mother would take Mary and her brother, Kirby,
shopping. Meanwhile, her dad would head to the Ruff
Hotel to visit with his friend and Jim's master, Sam Van
Arsdale. "That's where I first met Jim," Mary recalled.
	 She said Jim always had a crowd gathered around him,
which included locals and the many salesmen who stayed
at the hotel Sam owned.
	 "Jim would do most anything they asked him to do,"
said Mary, who was 5 years old when she first met Jim.
"They would ask him to go pick out a certain license plate
number, or go over to a certain person that maybe had a
brown suit on. He might ask him what was two times four
and he would mark it out with his foot."
	 On several occasions, Mary was part of Jim's show.
Once Sam asked Jim to pick out the little girl in a sailor
photo courtesy of the
Friends of Jim the
Wonder Dog

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dress. The dog came over and stood in front of Mary. Jim
also picked her out when Sam asked him to find the girl
with a red dress and a bow in her hair - Mary never got
rid of this dress.
	 Once, Mary was in town carrying a purse. "He said, 'Go
bring me the purse of someone that has 10 pennies in it.'
He walked around, came over to me and put my strap in
his mouth and carried it off to Sam. I started crying and
Mr. Sam said, 'What's wrong honey?' He had my 10 cents.
I was going to buy 20 pieces of candy."
	 Sam told Jim to return the purse and he did.
	 Another time, Mary and her brother were playing outside the store when her parents were ready to leave and
couldn't find them. Hearing them say this, Jim headed
outside, found the missing kids and herded them back to
The Ruff Hotel
in Marshall was
owned by Jim's
master, Sam Van
Arsdale, and
was the location
for many of his
extraordinary
performances. The
hotel has been torn
down. In its place is
a garden dedicated
to Jim. The Van
Dyke Building
shown to the left is
now home to the
Jim the Wonder
Dog Museum.

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