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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 →

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 →

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 →

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). They called… 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 →

The Bremen Greens & old-time baseball

At the turn of the 20th century—back when the game was spelled “base-ball” and the word “fans” was printed in quotation marks to show it was just slang—Bremen fielded multiple fine baseball teams that played all over Michiana. Their names,… Continue Reading →

The Family of John Phillip and Catherine Huff

In 1962, Ernest Annis of Bremen published a history of his Huff family tree, going back to Johann Phillip “John” Huff (1791-1872) and Maria Catherina “Catherine” Lahm (1800-1874), who immigrated to the US from Germany around 1835. This is freely… Continue Reading →

Calvin Koontz and the Koontz family memories

This writer had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Calvin Koontz of the Plymouth area recently, during which we pored over four photo albums donated to the History Center a few years ago. Those albums had been partially scanned… Continue Reading →

Cleo Juday’s “Juniors” band

Another little gem popped up on eBay the other day. It is a postcard showing Cleo Juday’s “Juniors” youth band, resplendent in their new uniforms, marching down East Plymouth Street in 1913 playing either Frank H Losey’s “Fidelity” two-step (which… Continue Reading →

Doc Schlosser’s memories

Dr. Walter K Schlosser (1888-1973 – obituary) grew up on a farm in German township, studied medicine at Indiana University, and spent most of his career as a part-time surgeon and a full-time chemist and manager at the Schlosser Brothers… Continue Reading →

Yockey, Swank, Fries, Ringle photo collection

Historic Bremen has recently scanned and researched more than 65 photos in two family photo albums donated to the History Center. These photos date from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and feature numerous families related to Bremen residents. As… Continue Reading →

Bremen in 1903

The Plymouth Tribune, on February 19, 1903, ran this glowing article on Bremen’s townsfolk and businesses. Flanking the article was a similar one about the town of Bourbon.

1958: World’s heaviest man dies in Bremen

Robert Earl Hughes (4 June 1926 – 10 July 1958) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world at over 1041 pounds. How was Bremen involved? Robert Hughes died here in Bremen. Recently,… Continue Reading →

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