Woohoo! Yes, I know Nick and Nora Charles only solved mysteries in the big city, but the feeling of adding up clues and coming to a sensible conclusion is thrilling no matter who you are (or where).
We've posted all these pics before individually, but together they add up to an answer you didn't know you wondered about. Now THAT'S cool!
Ok, this is Math Hesch with his Excelsior motorcycle (with sidecar) from the time he was a "dealer" for Excelsior. The kids were Buckman town kids, and at least three of em were his brother John's. We know Math owned that bike before 1920, when he was married. What I'm looking at here is the background on the left--looks like the beginning of a brick building, huh?
We know the year (1915) this photo was taken...and you can find the houses and the crooked road from this pic in the next one, see?
Now, here's a blurb from Clara Fuller's 1915 History of Morrison and Todd Counties, Minnesota:
...so we know the Brandl brothers were still known only for harnesses as late as 1915. But, if you look closely at the Harness shop roof, you'll see what looks like red ovals ☺. I think those highlight the uprights we saw in the Math/motorcycle pic. (I've tried to find, online, a description of how brick buildings were built before 1920. No luck, so we just have to be content with the idea that the corners were built first).
Ok, so the question you didn't know you wanted to ask was, "HOW do you know the church steeple photo of Buckman was really 1916?" and "When did Brandls branch out from horses to cars?"
Now, you can rest easy--you have the answers.