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Hastings come to life

On Thursday, Sep 21, the Historic Bremen board and friends paid a visit to Lee Beer and family, who have assembled an unparalleled collection of log cabins and recreations of old-time shops. More than a dozen structures have been brought… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Then & Now: 303 N Center St

Among the photos from the Louis Flora collection donated to Historic Bremen is one of the house at 303 N Center St, a house where (the back of the photo indicates) his great-grandfather James Bates had lived at one time… Continue Reading →

History Chat: Carolyn Rahe on saving barns

Carolyn Rahe is the daughter of Dr George Meyer, a veterinarian who came to Bremen in the early 1960s. Growing up on a farm, she became interested in livestock and barns and has become a passionate advocate for saving local… Continue Reading →

Then & Now: 303 W Plymouth

Among the artifacts in the library’s collection is this 1890s photo of one of the Bremen fire brigades in front of a house identifiable as 303 W Plymouth St. The house has been renovated and remodeled recently, but an image… Continue Reading →

1946: the 100th anniversary of St Paul’s Lutheran Church

Among the artifacts donated to Historic Bremen by the Bremen Public Library was a comb-bound book celebrating the 100th anniversary of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Bremen. It featured photographs of past and present ministers and church buildings, as well… Continue Reading →

The long history of the Bremen movie theater

Way back in 1910, when motion pictures were just getting a foothold in American culture, Carl Ponader and Otto Fries bought the 1888 William Huff building that was part of Huff’s hardware store (the Downtown’r restaurant in 2016). This is… Continue Reading →

Father’s Day gifts at Whitlock’s

Get your gifts for Dad at G W Whitlock’s. (Hurry—sale ends in 1967.)

Bremen in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, WSBT television and the Bremen Business Association collaborated on a series of photos of businesses to promote the town of Bremen. The set of slides were donated Historic Bremen, and we have scanned them and cleaned… Continue Reading →

1888: A tale fit for the Little Rascals

From way back in 1888, a tale of woe to a gang of small boys who only wanted to make a little candy money selling rags to the Dietrich department store but ran afoul of the long arm of the… Continue Reading →

1894: Wiltrout’s bicycle repair

The 1890s ushered in the bicycle craze, as the safety bicycle (with two matching wheels and a chain) pushed out the dangerous “penny-farthing” high-wheel bicycles. J F Weiss, the hardware store on the northeast corner of Center and Plymouth lured… Continue Reading →

History Talk: Charles Schramm on the Woodie’s grocery store

Woodie Schramm came to Bremen from Warsaw in 1944 and bought the Home Cash Grocery from Lester Koontz. In 2014, Woodie’s son Charles gave a History Chat talk at the Bremen History Center on the history of the business and… Continue Reading →

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