- According to a copy of a letter written to Bill, Jim and Cleve by their father Aswell Peter Eller, dated May 20 1905, the three boys had just returned to Victor, Colorado and the father wished them well. Jim owned and operated a tobacco store which was located at 206 N. 4th St. , Victor, Colorado which was just down the street from his brother's saloon. It has been said that he also sold candy at the store, and was considered to be a gentleman.
An interesting incident that is said to have taken place, was the firing of an employee, for giving away too much of the candy. He is said to have fired the clerk, and the mother of that daughter came to the store to accuse him of being "no gentleman" for firing her daughter. Jim gently tipped his hat and replied, "Madam, I presume you are a lady for telling me so. Good Day, Madam."
He had also taught school in Ashe and Wilkes Counties, North Carolina, even though his education was evidently limited.