Cullman Magazine Summer 2019 - Page 16

“We’re grateful to be so tied in with so many people’s memories...” JIMMY BARNES utation for the personal touch; for doing things by hand.

One of the first sights that greets visitors to the retail store is a remarkably detailed, track-capable model railroad engine — about six feet in length — built from the ground up by Herman Buettner, Jimmy’s grandfather. Operated with steam power, the locomotive once ran along a track Her- man laid near the back of the property; after his death in the 1980s, it was re- tired from duty and now welcomes store guests from its glass-encased perch near the front of the store.

“He was self- taught. He had a 6th grade education,” says Jimmy. “He just loved engineering, and he studied plans and figured out a way to make this thing all work. At one point it ended up at his house, where he’d built this elaborate, circular type of track that actually had a trestle. At its tallest point, that track was about 20 feet high.”

Among the names that have Buettner Brothers Founded 1892 by Hugo Buettner Family-owned for 4 generations Signature product: Green sidewalk benches Jimmy Barnes, the great-grandson of Huge Buettner, looks over memorabilia from the 127-year history of the business, including the iconic green slats of Buetnner bench. 16 Cullman magazine | SUMMER 2019 BENJAMIN BULLARD