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Places in and around Bremen

1973: St Joe Street Becomes Bowen Avenue

Bremen residents were awfully proud of their family doctor getting elected governor of the whole state. The moment he was elected, they decided to name a street for him. The one they chose was on the west side and had… Continue Reading →

1948 – We Won’t Boo – How About You?

In 1948, the Bremen Hi-Y club at the school decided a little good sportsmanship spirit was warranted at basketball games and created a sign that remained in the gymnasium until it was remodeled in 1987-88. The sign, apparently encouraged nationally… Continue Reading →

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 →

Bremen yearbooks digitized

One of our goals at Historic Bremen is to scan all of the BHS yearbooks and make them available online on our Flickr account. We don’t scan every page but rather focus on senior pictures, clubs, and sports teams, with… 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 →

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 →

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 →

Dan Shuppert school sports collection

Dan Shuppert, long-time Bremen English teacher and counselor, allowed us to add his collection of sports teams he coached over the years to our digital collection. The photos range from the early 1980s to the 2000s. Note: Many of the… 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 →

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 →

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 →

2020: COVID-19

The Bremen History Center is still closed for the time being, as the COVID-19 coronavirus keeps most Americans at home. But we remain aware that history must be recorded in order to be preserved. So we have collected photos of… Continue Reading →

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