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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 →

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.

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 →

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 →

1889-1929: Cousins over 40 years

Recently, Paul Hollar came to the Bremen History Center with his wife Beth and mentioned having, as many people do, a box of old family photos. We arranged for Paul and Beth to bring them in so we could have… 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 →

History Chat: Bob Carrico on St Christopher’s Workshop

In 2010, Bob Carrico gave a History Chat on his family’s business. His parents, Jerry and Ruth Carrico, create a business shortly after World War 2 fabricating light fixtures, altars, baptistries, and many other furnishings for churches all over America…. 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.

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 →

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.

Indiana Barn Quilt coming to Historic Bremen!

The Indiana Barn Quilt was created as part of the celebration of the Indiana Bicentennial this year. It features a quilt square depicting a barn from each of the 92 counties in Indiana. In September, it will be coming to… 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 →

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