Historic Bremen

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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.

1938: when Bremen got air mail

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of air mail service in the US—and in an effort to promote the service during the Great Depression—the US Postmaster General designated May 15-21, 1938, “Air Mail Week”. Campaigns were launched with local postmasters,… Continue Reading →

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