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1978: B&O Train Derailment

Dudley Keyser snapped these slides of an 18-car B&O train derailment in Bremen in April of 1978. There were no injuries, but the electric power to Wakarusa and Nappanee was taken out for some time, and the cleanup of debris… 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 (which requires a subscription) or (which is free). Take… Continue Reading →

1896 – Bremen posse captures a gang of desperate train robbers

We think of Bremen as a sleepy Midwestern town, but in the days before 1900, it could be as wild as any western town. Take the incident in April of 1896, when the call came to apprehend a gang of… 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 →

Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can support Historic Bremen thru Amazon? Amazon has the Smile program, which allows users to select a non-profit organization to support at no cost to the buyer. Just go to and select Historic Bremen… 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 →

1921 – Daredevil dies in parachute jump at Lake of the Woods

Victor Brunner was a Mishawaka man who served in World War 1 as a balloon scout in Panama. He sat in a balloon tethered to the ground and scanned the skies for enemy aircraft. In case of emergency, he could… Continue Reading →

New equipment

Historic Bremen has acquired a new piece of equipment, a double-size scanner capable of scanning photos and documents up to 12″x18″. This makes it possible for us to scan oversize photos and two pages of most books. The Epson DS-50000… Continue Reading →

Class reunions

This year, Historic Bremen will host a record number of class reunions at the history center. Some reunions that were postponed from last year doubled up our events this year. The classes of 1970, 1971, and 1960 have already taken… Continue Reading →

2021 – Bremen Public Schools

Five years ago, this author visited Bremen High School and Bremen K-8 and photographed many of the rooms and hallways to create a record of our schools. This year, I returned to document the changes. Our thanks to the teachers… Continue Reading →

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