This is the beautiful county courthouse in the center of the old downtown area in Marshall, Missouri!
Mary was driving me to get some lunch after setting up our lecture, and before the activities began and I made her slow down at a street corner to take this shot.
You know my love of history – and this building stands tall and proud, a testiment to the heartiness of those who settled Marshall in the early 1800s.
Sixty-five acres of land for the city of Marshall was donated by Jeremiah O’Dell, deeded on April 13, 1839. It was named for the United States Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Marshall, when chosen for the county seat.
After the first two courthouses in Marshall were lost to fires, the Saline County Courthouse was constructed in January 1882. It was later placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It is an enduring landmark in the center of the Marshall Square and a legacy of nineteenth century architecture.Down and around the corner from the courthouse you will find a beautiful memorial garden:
Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden!
Yes, this blog is more than quilting! You just might learn something too!
From the official website:
Jim was a Llewellyn setter born of pureblood champion field stock in Louisiana. Though his litter mates were selling for $25 each, a goodly sum in 1925, he was considered the most unlikely of the litter and came into Sam VanArsdale's hands for less than half that amount. Attempts to train Jim for the field seemed futile as he lay in the shade watching while the trainer worked with the three other dogs.
However, when taken to the field that fall for the first time, he immediately went to a covey of quail, came up on perfect point, held steady until the quail was shot, and immediately brought the bird to Mr. VanArsdale on the order to "fetch".
He proved to be a marvelous hunting dog, knowing where there were quail, and refusing to hunt where there were none. His master, an avid hunter who traveled from state to state hunting, kept track of birds shot over his beloved dog. He stopped counting at 5,000, a total no other dog ever reached. Outdoor Life Magazine termed him "The Hunting Dog of the Country".
Beauty in the Garden!
The Story of Jim!
However, Jim was much more than just a champion hunting dog since Mr. VanArsdale found, quite by accident while in the field one day, that his dog could understand what he was saying to him and carried out his commands.
It was a hot day, and Mr. VanArsdale said, "Let's go over and rest a bit under that Hickory tree". Although in a woods of numerous kinds of trees, he went to the Hickory. Surprised by this, he asked Jim to go to a Walnut, then a Cedar, a stump, and a tin can, which he did rapidly and perfectly.
This was the start of the amazing things the dog did on command. When told to do so, he could go out on the street and locate a car by make, color, out-of-state, or a license number. From a crowd he could select the "man who sells hardware", and the one who "takes care of sick people", or the "visitor from Kansas City".
Read on, little guy!
I love to see kids reading, and this little fella was so enraptured with the story of Jim the Wonder Dog that there was no moving him from this placard until he had read every single word!
Boys and dogs ---I bet be would like a dog like Jim!
Jim gains fame!
Mr. VanArsdale arranged for a demonstration at the University of Missouri with Dr. Durant, head veterinarian. He could find nothing physically abnormal from any other dog. He was tested by a group of college students and passed each command with flying colors.
In 1935 Jim performed at the Kemmerer Hotel in Kemmerer, Wyoming. After his successful performance, an article was written in the Gazette of Kemmerer on Friday, August 30, 1935, telling of this performance and referring to Jim as "The Wonder Dog".
Jim and his owner.
Jim also performed before the Missouri Legislature and at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Newspaper and magazine writers came to witness Jim and were stunned.
They wrote of incredulous things they saw and Jim's fame spread across the United States and elsewhere. He was featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not.
Believe it or not!
The courthouse across the square!
Read about the bellhop and the winning races!
Newspaper image of Jim.
I admit it, I read every word too!
Me & Jim!
Okay, so some might find it hokey. I know it isn’t your usual kind of sight seeing – but this is me! If you have a statue of the world’s largest acorn, I want to see it! If paper clips were invented in your town, I want to see it!
Today is a double duty lecture day. My first presentation was at 10am this morning, followed by lunch out with a group of ladies from the guild. I then was finally able to spend some sewing time this afternoon because I wasn’t too tired to do it!
I’m headed back over to the guild meeting place in about 1/2 hour to start this evening’s round of festivities.
Love from Springfield!