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Remembering Dewey Martin

We say goodbye to our friend Dewey Martin, a generous supporter and frequent visitor to the Bremen History Center. Dewey contributed items to us about Bremen’s Boy Scouts organization and the Pottawatomie Trail of Death as well as some photos…. Continue Reading →

Remembering Lu Town

We say goodbye to our friend Lu Town, who served on the board of directors of Historic Bremen from 2011-2019. She left the board a few years ago for personal reasons but was a warmly missed personality. Her obituary at… 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 →

1950 census

Following the 72-year release schedule, the 1950 census became available to the public in April of 2022, and genealogy organizations leapt on it. This census has a significantly different form from previous ones. It is oriented vertically and arranged more… Continue Reading →

1986: The Class of 1986

It’s been 36 years, and yet it only seems like yesterday that the class of 1986 graduated Bremen High School. Here is a substantial part of that class’ senior portraits. If you have more or portraits from other years, we’d… Continue Reading →

1909: The mysterious murder of Enoch Highshew

Enoch Highshew was born and raised in Bremen. His parents and sisters remained here, but he left for opportunities in Plymouth and later Mishawaka. But early one morning, his teenage son found him in the family buggy, stone dead. It… Continue Reading →

1893 – Paper or plastic (or underpants)?

Girls dressed as boys & vice versa

One lark the teens of yesteryear would occasional indulge in was cross-dressing for fun. While usually reserved for Halloween and other parties, that wasn’t always the case. Click an image to open it in Flickr. Many persons in the pictures… Continue Reading →

1973: Lee Anglemeyer’s 1966 Ford Custom

Among the items bought to us by the Bremen Public Library are several copies of the Lion’s Roar, the high school newspaper put out during the 1970s. Here’s one issue’s “Grease Spot” column on Lee Anglemeyer’s 1966 Ford Custom car… Continue Reading →

What you can tell from census records

Sometimes you can tell a lot about a family from a single census record. These are key records for anyone doing family history research and are readily available on Ancestry.com (which requires a subscription) or FamilySearch.org (which is free). Take… 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 →

1976 – 5-8 yearbook

While yearbooks have been produced for Bremen High School every year since 1940 (and every four years before that, more or less, back to 1902), they were rarer for lower grades. But the 1976 US Bicentennial was a special year… Continue Reading →

Who are you to me?

Many people wonder how people know other people who are related to them, but are unsure how or, at least, how to talk about them. Here is a handy chart that may help you label your relatives accurately. The basics… 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 →

Are there fewer surnames than in the past?

In short, yes. Surnames, or family names, got started in Europe in the Middle Ages in large part because it was difficult for the government to keep track of people by given name only. This was because given names, or… Continue Reading →

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