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The 132-year history of the Bremen Enquirer

Note: This article was first posted December 17, 2018. It has been updated and improved with new research. Bremen’s paper of record, The Bremen Enquirer, was founded in November of 1885 by Brook H Bowman (1858-1931). 2018 marked the end… Continue Reading →

Theodore Bauer: Bremen’s Barber & Music Man

Theodore Bauer served Bremen as a barber for seven decades, starting in his brother Oliver’s shop in 1896 moving four or five times to shops on N Center street (depending on whether or not you count replacing an old wood-frame… Continue Reading →

1860s: Link & Fink sawmill ledger

Last year, we were given on loan-term loan a ledger of the Link & Fink sawmill in German township. It is filled with many Bremen-area names of customers who had logs sawn into lumber. It’s a fascinating document of a… Continue Reading →

Woodie’s Supermarket

Many Bremen residents will not be aware that the downtown was home to many grocery stores over the years. This includes the principle grocery store in Bremen for many years: Woodie’s Supermarket. Woodie Schramm’s grandfather Andrew came to America from… Continue Reading →

1889: Loafer discussions

Life moved a little slower in the 1800s, and on any given day you might find Bremen’s inhabitants chattering away on topics both light and heavy. Here is a collection from November, 1889. Theodore Bauer’s love of music caused him… Continue Reading →

2020 time capsule

Historic Bremen has put together a time capsule filled with items commemorating the year that was 2020. A lot happened last year: the COVID-19 pandemic, major road repairs lasting months, businesses closing temporarily or permanently, employees working from home, remote… Continue Reading →

1903: Bremen’s first automobile

In 1899, horseless carriages were the talk of the town. Studebaker ordered one from the Winton company and soon announced they would add horseless carriages to their carriage offerings. There was general disagreement over whether such contraptions would amount to… Continue Reading →

1977: The Mint Still opens

Hilton Swain was a Michiana banker and his wife Susie was a nurse when, in 1977, they decided to start a restaurant in Bremen. LaFree Lumber and Construction built them a large facility designed to resemble an L-shaped barn on… Continue Reading →

Then & Now: E Plymouth service station

Prior to the 1930s, the north side of E Plymouth St was fully developed along the 100 block. Some of those buildings are still there, albeit greatly changed, but the ones at the east end are all gone. In 1935,… Continue Reading →

The Marshall St grocery

In 1909, a building was removed to make room for a new hotel built by Peter E Dietrich, a building which today houses the Bremen Senior Living apartments and the Bremen History Center. The old building was moved to N… Continue Reading →

1948: The Corner

Dudley and Marj Stoller built The Corner lunch room and soda fountain in 1948. It was never really on the corner of US 6 and SR 331, but originally its parking lot was. In 1952, the Stollers sold the restaurant… 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 →

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 →

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