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Yearbook acquisitions

Our request for yearbooks has been successful, and we have acquired numerous yearbooks recently that we wanted for our collection. Our new list is much shorter: 1902 (“Oracle” published every 4 years) 1959 1960 1965 (we have none at all)… Continue Reading →

Bremen Iron & Metal

Bremen Iron & Metal Co. was founded in 1943 in Bremen by the Ochstein brothers–Charles, Isaac, Sam, & Abe–after buying the Bremen Junk & Wrecking Yard from Claude Mitchel in 1942. They moved from Maple & Whitlock (now a residential… Continue Reading →

History tour today!

Starting at 2 o’clock, Historic Bremen and Marshall County Historical Society will be conducting a 90-minute tour of some of Bremen’s beautiful and historical houses, business blocks, and churches. The tour will use the Blueberry Festival trams, which seat about… Continue Reading →

Tom McPherron sports collection

Tom McPherron passed away in 2018 at the age of 84. He was known for his career as a math teacher and coach at Bremen High School, which lasted from 1966 to 1996, and for his career in the military… Continue Reading →

1859: D(r)unkards?

The Church of the Brethren was once knows as the “Dunkard” church, owing to the practice of baptism, or “dunking”, like the Baptists. There weren’t many churches in German township at the time, so this would likely have been either… Continue Reading →

Old Lutheran church as community center

Bremen Community Cares and Historic Bremen, along with Expressions Dance Studio, invite you to come to the old Lutheran church at 214 E South St on April 22, 2019, at 6 PM for a discussion of saving and renovating the… Continue Reading →

1898: murder, mines, and melodrama (and cross-dressing)

In one photo of the old agricultural fair’s harness racing event, you can see the judges’ stand draped with an advertisement for the Bremen Opera House production The Silent Witness, by Forbes Heermans (apparently attributed to Horace C Dale by… Continue Reading →

1971: Lions vs Panthers

A photo from the Bremen Enquirer collection. You can see others from the 1970s and ’80s in the Flickr album.

1903: Tortillas come to Bremen

In 1898, America fought the Spanish-American War in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and islands in the Pacific, leading to further action in the Philippines and then the so-called Banana Wars in South and Central America. This introduced many Americans to Latin… Continue Reading →

Annual Meeting & Program Jan. 24

The annual meeting of Historic Bremen, Inc. will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the historic P. E. Dietrich building, 103 W Plymouth St., Bremen. There will be a business meeting… Continue Reading →

History Center closed for the holiday

The Bremen History Center (and Historic Depot) will be closed for the holidays. The history center will open again on January 8. The depot will open again in the spring on the first Sunday of each month.

The 132-year history of the Bremen Enquirer

Bremen’s paper of record, The Bremen Enquirer, was founded in November of 1885 by Brook H Bowman (1858-1931). This year marks the end of that 132-year run, as the paper is combined with other local papers in the Pilot-News Group… Continue Reading →

1918: The end of the Great War

November 11, 1918 was the day the First World War came to a merciful end. More than 200 area boys had served in the military, many in the fields of France and Flanders, and several never returning. In 1943, in… Continue Reading →

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 →

Huff-Nufer reunion

Huff and Nufer families from all over the country got together on Sunday, November 4, to share photos, family trees, and memories of past relatives, many of whom lived in Bremen. Part of that family ran the Huff furniture store… Continue Reading →

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