Anderson Body Shop
Curtis and Jill Barnes purchased Anderson Body Shop in Lindsborg in 2007. I have known Curtis since he was an “energetic” teenager on the wrestling team I coached in 1994. The body shop has been the perfect opportunity for him to channel that energy into a skill that he has perfected over the years. It amazes me the things that he just figures out a way to fix. There is no manual for a lot of the problems he encounters, and he has a unique ability to solve them. I have really enjoyed watching his business grow over the years even though some of my own driving mishaps have been part of his success. He takes pride in his work; and I see that same pride and work ethic with his son, Connor, who works beside him every day. And on top of her other full-time job, Jill handles the bookkeeping and accounting for the business. It really is a full family effort.
We always enjoy having Curtis stop by the bank even though it might mean that we have a few less promotional bank pens when he leaves. He more than makes up for it by helping us with projects that come up from time to time like jump-starting the bank’s generator during an ice storm. He is also active in the community whether that means donating Green Mountain grills for fundraisers, putting the finishing touches on Dala horses prior to their final painting, or supporting local restaurants for his 20-minute “lunch hour” each day.
This really is one of the hardest working families I have met. But I also appreciate that when the work is done (or at least temporarily caught up), they don’t mind having a little fun. That usually involves dirt track racing and other adventures with his family which are well-deserved. The Barnes family is more than just a customer of the bank. They are friends. And this is a perfect example of the relationships we try to build at The Bank of Tescott. Below is one example of Curtis’s extraordinary talent – before and after pictures of a gas pump that has been in my family since the 1940’s.