Here's the plat map from Morrison County in 1892 for the town of Buckman. Enlarge it and see how many familiar names you can count!
And here's Buckman in 1902, ten years
later (remember, Paul died in 1900).
Something we've missed over the years is the effects of the RIPLEY ESKER on the land west of Buckman. The plat maps don't show it, but there's a ridge of sand that parallels Hiways 371 and 10 from Brainerd to Sartell. Blow sand=poor farming soil. Grandpa Anton's farm in Royalton was on it, and so was the Docken farm where his brother Math started out, not to mention Mike Sand's farm and the Dropps place. (The big hill you encounter going to Pierz from Little Falls is the Ripley Esker--right after the Falls Ballroom, remember?)
A mile west of Buckman is still GOOD soil, but then the sand starts. Remember the gravel pit we played in when we went to gramma and grampas? And all the sandburs?? Ouch! This was why...lol