(....if ONLY they could keep me from making mistakes!)
This, below, is WRONG
Nope...it was just a popular store design then. Mueller's store / saloon was actually on the WEST side of the road, about where Britz's house is now. I heard from someone who's been researching Buckman for years, (tho he doesn't want to be named). The white fence connects John Schmolkes house with the store John Jr ran with Peter Blake. The bump-out on this side of the store was the post office.
We've learned so MUCH about Buckman c. 1920 in the past 3 days--but, that'll be revealed in other posts.
THANKS for the info, Anon!
Whew! I'll finally be able to sleep tonight......again...lol