Wow, I just searched the blog so far--I haven't posted the picture of the store interior c. 1925. Anon identified it for sure as Frank Mischke's Hardware store, which stood at the intersection a block north of the church (the four corner businesses then were the bank, Mischkes, Joe Janson blacksmith and Schmolke/Hartman/Britz grocery store).
The camera here was looking
north west (store windows were facing south east, I believe), and Anon says Frank Jr is the second man from the left. I probably have the years mixed up, but according to the censuses, there was a merchant in Buckman named Frank Mischke who was born in 1862 in Germany. In the 1905 census, he and Anna Mischke were listed with a 9 year old son named Frank.
In 1920, that son is 23, and his mom is head of household (and also owner of the Hardware store). Soooo, the man pictured above is 28-year-old Frank Jr? Must be.
But here's an anomoly: regarding the Mueller hardware and bar that was originally on that corner--we have a photo of it that was supposed to be in 1917, but we also found a clipping saying "Joe Weisbrick now has the Mischke Hardware Store finished" in December, 1916. (Knowing Math Hesch, that comment could easily have been a joke about Joe Weisbrick finishing stuff on time. Math danced with liable suits pretty often, I think).
Didn't they occupy the same corner?
Well, no, actually. Here's a missive from Anon this morning:
DAMN, I love a good solved mystery! ☺