First Street, Circa 1900

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St. James Hotel, Santa Clara County Courthouse, and Santa Clara Hall of Records building - sometime around the turn of the century. St. James Park is across the street.

Leonard McKay, in his entertaining book A Postcard History of San Jose, writes that the hotel originally catered to traveling salesmen, and had display rooms available for them to show their wares.

Clarence Letcher, owner of Letcher's Garage, maintained a residence in the Saint James Hotel where he trysted with blond beautician Ann Bennett - engendering tragic consequences (as described later).

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