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Bremen author to appear at Library Nov 14

Kerry L Stevens, graduate of the Bremen High School, will appear at the Bremen Public Library on November 14, 2018, to promote his book Forever Herself: A Son’s Memoir of a Remarkable Woman, about his mother, Berthella May [Whitmyer] Stevens,… Continue Reading →

Welcome, BHS class of 1973

On Saturday, 10/6/2018, the Bremen High School class of 1973 will visit the history center from 1 to 4. Docents will be available to guide visitors thru the exhibits. Derek Jensen will be available to show our digital collection and… Continue Reading →

Marshall County Historical Society’s “A Night to Remember”

The Marshall County Historical Society & Tri Kappa Sorority are hosting a “A Night to Remember” in downtown Plymouth on Friday evening, September 14 from 5- 7 PM! Experience Old-Fashioned Days in downtown Plymouth the way it used to be… Continue Reading →

1958: Heaviest Man dies in Bremen 60 years ago today

Robert Earl Hughes was a tall, wall-eyed country boy who grew up in Missouri who became the heaviest human being alive, tipping the scales at over 1,041 pounds—that is, until July 10, 1958, when he was laid low by the… Continue Reading →

Valentine customs through the years

In the late 1800s, Valentine’s Day was not merely a day for giving gifts to your sweetheart. There was also a tradition of sending ugly comic Valentines to those you disliked. Valentine’s Day was also an occasion for masked balls,… Continue Reading →

1902-1964: Christmas wishes thru time

The Enquirer began publishing children’s letters to Santa Claus in 1902, but it didn’t last long. It restarted in the 1930s and became a tradition. Click any image to view it larger.

1887: Among the Breakers

George Melville Baker was a prolific Boston playwright and novelist in the 19th century, producing some 90 plays and three playwrights and novelists (two daughters and a son). Among them was one from 1873 that became the top-selling amateur drama… Continue Reading →

1958: New street lights

Thanks to Gary Kiefer, the History Center now has a trio of beautiful photographs depicted events at the 1958 ceremony to light the new overhead street lights on Plymouth and Center streets. The Bremen Enquirer duly documented the events, and… 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 →

Indiana Barn Quilt coming to Historic Bremen!

The Indiana Barn Quilt was created as part of the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial this year. It features a quilt square depicting a barn from each of the 92 counties in Indiana. In September, it will be coming to… Continue Reading →

1940: Independence Day

With war with the Axis Powers looming, Bremen decided in 1940 to celebrate Independence Day properly for the first time since 1910: with a show of fireworks, bands, and more. Click the image to display a larger version. Fireworks could… Continue Reading →

1986: Hands Across America

Hands Across America was a national event that benefited USA for Africa and local homeless charities. At 3 PM Eastern time on May 25, 1986—30 years ago today—6.5 million people held hands in a (sort of) continuous line from coast… Continue Reading →

Easter in Bremen

There is a barely a mention of Easter in the early days of the Bremen Enquirer. It appears to have been a quiet, religious affair. But even the earliest mention of activities other than the bare fact of observance is,… 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 →

1885: The Bremen Enquirer debuts

130 years ago this past week, Brook Bowman put out the first issue of the Bremen Enquirer. In his second issue, Nov 28, 1885, Bowman ran this review from the Plymouth Republican. Click the image to display a larger version.

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