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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 →

Remembering Flora Bowser

We are remembering Flora M Bowser (1920–2018) who served on the Board of Directors of Historic Bremen from 2005 to 2008 during the development time for Historic Bremen, Inc. and the preservation of the Historic Bremen Railroad Depot. Flora was… 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 →

Sauer-Schurr family photos

On June 13, cousins Michelle Blough and Bruce Beehler came to meet with Historic Bremen volunteers to discuss their family history in Michiana. Their Sauer and Schurr family roots center around Bremen and Madison township in St Joe county. They… Continue Reading →

1963 – Bremen gets a public swimming pool

The warm weather has returned, and summer is just around the corner. Back in the early 1960s, when air conditioning was not common in these parts, people yearned for a refreshing dip in a clean, well-maintained swimming pool. Moms wrote… Continue Reading →

1886 – Baseball chatter gets personal

It’s baseball season again, and here is a reminder that trash talk is nothing new. Click the image to display a larger version.

Doc Bowen’s 100th

February 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Doc Bowen. On Sunday, volunteers of Historic Bremen visited the Bethel College exhibit of his life and memorabilia. Otis R Bowen was born February 26, 1918, near Rochester, Indiana, to… Continue Reading →

Tame Squirrels for Longcliff Patients

Logansport State Hospital, the state psychiatric hospital, was originally called Longcliff Hospital for the Insane. It was relatively common for folks from all over northern Indiana, including Bremen, to be sent there, since few mental disorders, including senile dementia, could… 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 →

1890s: Bremen foot-ball

Football was a dangerous game in the days before proper helmets and pads, and when the flying wedge was legal. But it was popular in Bremen as early as the mid-1890s. (It was disallowed in 1907 and returned in 1955.)

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.

Rouch-Schutz photo collection

Recently, this author had the pleasure of sitting with fellow Historic Bremen board-member Charlene Beery and looking through her family collection of more than 100 old photographs that stretch back more than 100 years. Her family, the Rouches, came to… Continue Reading →

Swank-Bates photo collection

Last Sunday, this author had the pleasure of sitting with Kenneth Swank and looking through his family collection of more than 200 old photographs that stretch back 150 years. His great-grandfather, Jacob Swank, married Alice, a daughter of James Bates…. Continue Reading →

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 →

1887: Forepaugh’s elephant

Circuses criss-crossed America to great fanfare, few more impressive than that of Adam Forepaugh and his elephant-trainer son, Addie, Jr. Forepaugh’s Circus & Wild West Show was second only to PT Barnum’s, and a great rivalry arose between them. Barnum’s… Continue Reading →

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