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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 →

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 →

1894: That’s a lot of boloney

Presented without comment. From the Bremen Enquirer – 12 Oct 1894.

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 →

1909: Dr Schilt dodges a serious charge of speeding

Born southeast of Bremen on what became the Theodore Graverson farm, Clarence Schilt (1888-1955) went off to Ontario to learn to be a veterinarian. But he returned to his home town to start a practice. It didn’t last long, however,… Continue Reading →

1897: The People’s Circulating Library

Before the town of Bremen had a proper library (which was established in the town hall in the 1920s before a proper library building was built in the 1950s), it had the People’s Circulating Library, run by the Koontz brothers,… Continue Reading →

1878: Anti-liquor candidate plies voters with John Barleycorn

This item on an intemperate temperance candidate drowning the poor voters of Bremen ran in the Marshall County Republican prior to the 1878 elections. Adam Vinnedge, who lived west of Bremen and had a store in LaPaz, seems to have… Continue Reading →

1908: Bremen’s Cubs fans thrill to second World Series victory

Note: We ran this last year, but it’s more relevant now…. Baseball was not just the national pastime in the early 20th century but the pastime for most Bremen residents as well. The little town had at least three teams,… Continue Reading →

1903: A ghost at the radiator plant?

The Holland Radiator company came to Bremen in 1892. It was rebuilt in 1895 after a devastating fire and became American Radiator in 1909, but pulled out in 1930.

Indiana Barn Quilt in Bremen

As promised, the Indiana Barn Quilt has come to Bremen this week! See it Friday and Saturday at the Bremen Quilt Show, along with more than 60 local quilts! First United Church of Christ 323 South Center Street Friday 1-6… Continue Reading →

1898: A mysterious injured French woman

The Marshall County Independent reported on a mysterious French woman found by the railroad tracks at Bremen back in September of 1898—118 years ago this week.

1904: Laloo the Wild Woman

The Bremen Enquirer ran the above humorous item August 11, 1904.

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