Watkins Building, Winona

Watkins Building, Winona

Watkins Building, Winona, c.1929.

J.E. Schroggins, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Red Wing

J.E. Schroggins, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Red Wing

J.E. Schroggins, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Red Wing, posed with his horse-drawn buggy, Red Wing, c.1900.

A.W. Jesperson, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Minneapolis

A.W. Jesperson, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Minneapolis

A.W. Jesperson, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Minneapolis, posed with his horse-drawn buggy, Princeton, c.1900.

C.A. Lawrence, Watkins' Remedies salesman

C.A. Lawrence, Watkins' Remedies salesman

C.A. Lawrence, Watkins' Remedies salesman, selling products from his horse-drawn buggy, Montevideo, c.1900.

William McAdam, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Winona

William McAdam, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Winona

William McAdam, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Winona, posed with his horse-drawn buggy in Rochester, c.1900.

Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins Company of Winona

Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins Company of Winona

Thomas Brown, salesman for Watkins' Remedies of Winona, posed with his horse-drawn cart, Lake Benton, c.1900.

Replica of the old J.R. Watkins Wagons

Replica of the old J.R. Watkins Wagons

Scene depicting an old J.R. Watkins wagon and salesman, c.1870.

J.R. Watkins Medical Company

"If not fully satisfied, your money cheerfully refunded." We take statements like this for granted today, but when twenty-eight-year-old entrepreneur Joseph Ray (J.R.) Watkins of Plainview, Minnesota, put that message on a bottle of his Red Liniment, he was a trailblazer.

Minnesota Brush Electric Company letterhead, 1887

Minnesota Brush Electric Company letterhead, 1887

Minnesota Brush Electric Company letterhead from 1887, showing the company's electric light mast and generating plant.

Light mast at Bridge Square, Minneapolis

Light mast at Bridge Square, Minneapolis

Full view of the 257-foot electric light mast at Bridge Square, Minneapolis, c.1884.

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