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Joe Cirillo & the Bremen Music Center

Among the attendees of the reunion of the class of 1967 who visited the Bremen History Center on Saturday was Bob Cirillo, whose family left Bremen in 1957. He reconnected with people he hadn’t seen since third grade, and was… Continue Reading →

Schlosser Brothers Creamery

Excerpted from: INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3 By Charles Roll, A.M. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931   Indiana agriculture associates the name Schlosser Brothers with the largest organization in the state manufacturing and handling… Continue Reading →

1960: Bornemann Products burns down

William Bornemann came to Bremen to start a shoe-making business in 1893. He had been born in Westphalia, Prussia, in 1870 and emigrated in 1888. He married Elsbeth Saenger, another German immigrant he met by arrangement in South Bend. They… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Carolyn Rahe on saving barns

Carolyn Rahe is the daughter of Dr George Meyer, a veterinarian who came to Bremen in the early 1960s. Growing up on a farm, she became interested in livestock and barns and has become a passionate advocate for saving local… Continue Reading →

The long history of the Bremen movie theater

Way back in 1910, when motion pictures were just getting a foothold in American culture, Carl Ponader and Otto Fries bought the 1888 William Huff building that was part of Huff’s hardware store (the Downtown’r restaurant in 2016). This is… Continue Reading →

Father’s Day gifts at Whitlock’s

Get your gifts for Dad at G W Whitlock’s. (Hurry—sale ends in 1967.)

Bremen in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, WSBT television and the Bremen Business Association collaborated on a series of photos of businesses to promote the town of Bremen. The set of slides were donated Historic Bremen, and we have scanned them and cleaned… Continue Reading →

1888: A tale fit for the Little Rascals

From way back in 1888, a tale of woe to a gang of small boys who only wanted to make a little candy money selling rags to the Dietrich department store but ran afoul of the long arm of the… Continue Reading →

1894: Wiltrout’s bicycle repair

The 1890s ushered in the bicycle craze, as the safety bicycle (with two matching wheels and a chain) pushed out the dangerous “penny-farthing” high-wheel bicycles. J F Weiss, the hardware store on the northeast corner of Center and Plymouth lured… Continue Reading →

History Talk: Charles Schramm on the Woodie’s grocery store

Woodie Schramm came to Bremen from Warsaw in 1944 and bought the Home Cash Grocery from Lester Koontz. In 2014, Woodie’s son Charles gave a History Chat talk at the Bremen History Center on the history of the business and… Continue Reading →

2016: Pizza Hut to rebuild

The Pizza Hut building on the northeast corner of Plymouth & Marshall was knocked down today to make way for a somewhat larger building in August that will reportedly have a little dine-in space. The work is being done by… Continue Reading →

Acquisition: Liberty Coach switchboard

Recently, Jeff Main offered Historic Bremen the gift of the PBX (private branch exchange) switchboard used at the Liberty Coach plant in Bremen throughout the 1950s. The switchboard was made in Syracuse, NY, and was used to connect Liberty Coach… Continue Reading →

1915: See Powell the Magician! 20¢!

John J Wright’s Opera House occupied the second floor of the building above Wright’s Store (today’s Panda Garden). It opened in the early 1880s (before the Enquirer was around to document it) and hosted the first real Bremen High School… Continue Reading →

1870: town of Bremen census

Although Bremen was first surveyed and platted in 1851, the beginning of the town is often dated to 1871, when it was incorporated. What was it like back then? In 1870, the census of Bremen covered just three pages: 120… Continue Reading →

Happy New Year (1964)

Happy new year from the Bremen A&W Drive-In…

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