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Passing of Mel Sheley

Melvere “Mel” Sheley passed away Saturday, November 25.  Mel was instrumental in saving, moving and restoring the Bremen train depot and building the 155 feet of track in front. Mel was the last station agent at the Bremen depot. When… Continue Reading →

1936 – Grover Walter’s waterproof sportsuit

Grove Walter (1888-1945) was, in his youth, a baseball and fishing enthusiast and (with his father Frank) a pool hall and then confectionery proprietor. He married Nellie Ranstead and ran a dress shop in town. He eventually became proprietor of… Continue Reading →

1906: Senff log cabin

A small collection of photos was recently gifted to this author from a second cousin, and it includes a terrific picture of my great-great-grandparents’ in front of their log cabin. I’ve occasionally remarked that Historic Bremen has no photos of… Continue Reading →

Dick Kares collection of Bremeniana

The August meeting of the Historic Bremen board took place at the home of Dick Kares, who graciously entertained the board with a tour of his collection of Bremen memorabilia collected over many years. Click the < and > icons… Continue Reading →

Joe Cirillo & the Bremen Music Center

Among the attendees of the reunion of the class of 1967 who visited the Bremen History Center on Saturday was Bob Cirillo, whose family left Bremen in 1957. He reconnected with people he hadn’t seen since third grade, and was… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Dean Kimble on growing up in the 1920s & 30s

Dean Kimble, son of Walter and Bertha [Dettbrenner] Kimble, gave a wonderful talk in 2009 on growing up in Bremen in the 1920s and 30s. Among other things, he talked about his grandfather, blacksmith August Dettbrenner, as well as his… Continue Reading →

In memoriam: WW2 servicemen and women

After World War 2, it was common to compile a book of those in the community who served in the war, both to record and commemorate their service, and to celebrate the sacrifice of those who didn’t return. German township… Continue Reading →

1902: Ben Shaffer gets Bremen some artillery

Through the efforts of Bremen’s Grand Army of the Republic post (Civil War vets), led by Ben Shaffer, Bremen got its cannon for the cemetery in 1902. Click on any image to view a larger version. Benjamin Shaffer (1844-1912) had… Continue Reading →

Schlosser Brothers Creamery

Excerpted from: INDIANA ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OF AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT Vol. 3 By Charles Roll, A.M. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1931   Indiana agriculture associates the name Schlosser Brothers with the largest organization in the state manufacturing and handling… Continue Reading →

Klinefelter collection

Janet Stuntz has graciously allowed us to add her family collection of photos to our online resources at Flickr. Her family is from Etna Green in Kosciusko county and includes Klinefelter & Marvin and Houser & Barnbrook lines. Many of… 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 →

Edward Geiselman, sculptor

Bremen co-founder Josiah Geiselman, blacksmith, had 10 children, 7 of whom survived to adulthood, with wife Mary (born Ringle). The Geiselman name nevertheless died out in this area after just two generations. But one of Josiah and Mary’s children showed… Continue Reading →

1889: A musical tour of Bremen

Back in the old country, the town of Bremen has long been associated with a certain group of musicians (a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, to be exact). But our own town has long had a similar… Continue Reading →

1886: A Christmas miracle… of a sort

This ran in the Bremen Enquirer on Christmas Day, 1886…. A plug hat was a hat with a short, round crown. It was an older style. This one is from the civil war.

Judge Kitch remembers the 1870s

In December of 1938, the Hon. John W Kitch (1866-1946), judge of the Marshall circuit court, gave a talk to the members of the Kiwanis club. As James K Gorrell, who reprinted the talk in the Bremen Enquirer at the… Continue Reading →

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