Exterior view of the City Hotel of St. James. This Building was rebuilt after a fire in 1903 and became a rooming house later that year. Some time after that it became Teeter's Flats, an apartment Building which was later destroyed in a controlled burn by firemen.
The Jesse James - Younger gang fled from Northfield, Minnesota after a failed bank robbery. Young Sorbel recognized the gang as they passed his Hanska farm. Bob, Cole and Jim Younger would eventually surrender to this seven-man posse 8 miles west of Madelia on the banks of the Watonwan River. Charlie Pitts died in the shootout.
Long time harness maker and dealer George Hartung operated this store. He is pictured on the left. His business was located at 708 First Avenue South St. James, MN. Will become Sam's Electric in fall of 1977.