Leaders of Buhler Construction reflect on 79-year history

After 79 years, the Buhler family, owners of Buhler Construction, decided it was time to move on from the Butterfield-based business.

But the fond memories linger.

For instance, the Butterfield construction firm once ran so low on building materials that it manufactured clothespins instead.

“In the last two years of World War II, he (Arthur) couldn’t get building material,” Dave Buhler said. “In the earlier years he could build farm buildings, but nothing else. In 1945 he started making clothespins and dowel rods because he couldn’t build buildings.”

Buhler was referring to his dad, Arthur, who founded a business in 1938 called Arthur J. Buhler, General Contractor. Immediately following the war, Arthur built a drugstore in Butterfield and a hardware store in Darfur – an early start to the company’s future in commercial construction.

For much more on this story, see the Dec. 6 Observer/Advocate.