SIOUX CITY | For the past 78 years, a puppy has brought smiles to the faces of thousands of Siouxland children.
On Saturday, a wiry black Scottish terrier named Finnegan will do the same by raising money for the Journal's Mr. Goodfellow Charities. The organization is celebrating 100 years of providing toys and other goodies for underprivileged children at Christmas.
This year, about $126,000 worth of toys will be distributed.
The Little Yellow Dog auction, to be held at the Ho-Chunk Centre, is sponsored by the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog.
Finnegan, who was donated by Doug and Kathy Batcheller, and Jim Batcheller, of Sioux City, will go to the highest bidder.
Last year's dog, a liver and white springer spaniel named Snickers, raised $15,000. Stoney, the 2011 Little Yellow Dog, brought in a record-breaking bid of $45,000. The yellow Lab was named after the late Don Stone, a longtime supporter of the charity and chairman emeritus of the board of directors.
The Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog, also known as the Grand Growlers, was founded by Worth Waltermire, a bellboy at the Martin Hotel. He wanted to help raise money for the Journal's charity. He recruited members, collecting 25-cent dues.
In 1936, two on-air personalities for KSCJ went to Waltermire with a plan to sell a dog through a radio auction. They found a dog at the humane society. Skippy sold for $25.