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Notes for James Carleton "Collie Jim" PURVIS


Jim is the Purvis family's claim to fame.

Residences & events:

1921 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL, was his address when he attended the Powell family reunion with Wayne Purvis.

1924-1925 Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. He was a football star from the local arena before going on to bigger and better things, sharing the limelight with team captain, brother, Tom. On that same team was Harry Hill, later known nationally as "Tiny" Hill, dance band leader.

1925-1927 Mattoon, Coles Co, IL, where he continued playing football on the high school team.

1928-31 Indiana. Jim attended Purdue Univ where his many awards included All-America halfback. As part of a group of All-Americans he was chosen to make a football movie in Hollywood starring Richard Arlen, Jimmy Gleason, Andy Devine, Gloria Stuart, and others.

Following graduation from college, he coached football for 4 years at Purdue, with brother, Duane, also an All-American, among his students. In the summer months, he returned to Hollywood to make several westerns and football movies. It was there he became, and remained, friends with such names as Tom Mix, Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson, Irene Dunn, John Boles, Robert Taylor, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans. He boasted of their various visits to his home throughout the years. See 1947 entry under brother, Tom, re Robert Taylor.

1939 AZ, near Prescott, where he assumed management of his father-in-law's ranch. His brand, the flying JP, was used for the New Mexico registered cattle and horses raised there.

Albuquerque, New Mexico He had a western kid show on TV for years with his horse and dog with guest appearances by such stars as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Rin-Tin-Tin.

2/21/48 Mattoon, IL. As reported in the newspaper: "Jim Purvis at long last has come home to his native Mattoon to go into business with his brother, L.K. "Tom" Purvis after several years in the sports and military world. Jim has bought a half interest in Tom's tractor and implement business leaving the automobile business entirely to Tom."
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