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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 →

General David W Hiester uniforms

Darrell [Hiester] Painter, daughter of Brigadier General David W Hiester, stopped by to offer a suitcase full of her father’s uniforms and services medals today. They are loaned to us for evaluation to decide which ones to add to our… 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 →

Dietrich family collection

We welcomed the donation of the Erma [Dietrich] Cook collection of Dietrich family photographs and documents recently. These were preserved and donated by Gary and Joyce Clyde of Seattle, Washington, who cared for Erma in the final two decades of… Continue Reading →

Huff-Nufer family

In February, members of the Huff family visited the History Center and reviewed family research with this author. We found census and obituary documents, viewed family photos in our collection and theirs, and uncovered numerous articles in the archives of… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Life in the Amish community

In 2016, Mary Ellen Kauffman and Miriam Hochstetler gave a talk at the history center on their lives growing up in the Amish community and their later interactions with them.

1851: The Klinger brothers survey Bremen

About 1850, Jacob BN Klinger (1819-1894) was elected surveyor of Marshall county, a post he would hold for 12 years. He engaged his much younger brother, Jeremiah M “Jerry” Klinger (1835-1911) to join him, and the two proceeded to survey… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Al Suttor on Bremen Bible Church

In 2010, Al Suttor gave a History Chat on the history of the Bremen Bible Church, which began in Bremen in 1924 as the Apostolic Christian Church. Click any image to view a larger version.

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 →

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