I thought, too, that the whole "so many feet from a school" was a later invention, but evidently not. If you know Buckman, it seems like the saloon was actually there first and it was the school that was built too close!
"Our saloonkeeper, Jos. Hortsch, went to Little Falls and got his liquor license again. A certain person went to Little Falls to prevent getting the license, but he got it anyway. He invites all the boys to call on him."
"That Buckman Saloon
Buckman, March 2?, 1898
It was stated in last week's Herald that a certain person went to Little Falls from Buckman to prevent Jos. Hortsch from getting a license. The law is to have no saloon within 1500 feet of a schoolhouse, but there have been saloons ever since 1893 from 400 to 800 feet from the school house, and the certain person was not at Little Falls to be against license, but is going to start a saloon in the fall within 1500 feet of the school house, and just went to Little Falls to see if the county commissioners had a right to violate the school laws.
The Certain Person"