Historic Bremen newest publication is here! Otis R. Bowen; From Farm Boy to Governor: A Life, a 26-page biography of Indiana’s 44th governor (and long-time Bremen physician) has been released for distribution.  The book is intended for elementary children, particularly fourth graders in their study of Indiana History. It is filled with beautiful color photos of Doc and his family over the years and covers his childhood, World War 2 service, and medical practice, as well as his political career.

The book is available for sale by sending your name and address and a check for $10 for each copy to:

Doc Bowen Book
PO Box 471
Bremen, IN 46506.

You can also purchase the book for a limited time at Woodie’s supermarket and Yoder’s Hardware as well as at the Bremen History Center (open Tuesdays 10-2). Or e-mail derek@tysto.com to make an electronic payment for immediate mailing.

Sheila Reed
Sheila Reed

The book was written by Sheila Reed. Sheila is retired from Bremen Public Schools, where she taught 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades for thirty-six years. Introducing students to history through the study of Indiana was the highlight of most days in her classroom. Taking 10-year-olds on overnight field trips to experience first hand parts of that Indiana history became a favorite memory of hundreds of Bremen kids.

Born, growing up, and living nearly all of her life in Bremen, Sheila has deep roots in her hometown history. She tells Doc Bowen’s story in a way that fourth graders can relate to and take inspiration from.

Sheila served on the Board of the Marshall County Historical Society for many years. She has researched, written, and privately published her family genealogy story.

Upon retiring, she discovered a hidden talent for painting. Her watercolor paintings are marketed at local art shows. And, once a teacher, always a teacher, she now teaches painting classes locally. Currently Sheila is illustrating a children’s book for spring publishing of 2021.

She and her husband of over 50 years tend their flower and veggie garden, travel around the country and Europe, and enjoy time spent with their two sons and their sons, extended family and friends.