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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 →

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 →

1898: murder, mines, and melodrama (and cross-dressing)

In one photo of the old agricultural fair’s harness racing event, you can see the judges’ stand draped with an advertisement for the Bremen Opera House production The Silent Witness, by Forbes Heermans (apparently attributed to Horace C Dale by… Continue Reading →

Hans-Nufer family photo collection

More than 200 photos from the Hans and Nufer family are now available on our Flickr account. Most of the collection was the property of Ernestine [Hans] Loughran, whose mother was a Nufer, and donated by Becky Nufer. The collection… 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 →

1870: town of Bremen census

Although Bremen was first surveyed and platted in 1851, the beginning of the town is often dated to 1871, when it was incorporated. What was it like back then? In 1870, the census of Bremen covered just three pages: 120… Continue Reading →

Yockey, Swank, Fries, Ringle photo collection

Historic Bremen has recently scanned and researched more than 65 photos in two family photo albums donated to the History Center. These photos date from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and feature numerous families related to Bremen residents. As… Continue Reading →

Town marshals and chiefs of police

The new display for the police department includes a list of all the Bremen marshals and chiefs of police. To date, there have been 33 marshals and 5 chiefs of police. We all know the role of the town marshals… Continue Reading →

Bremen in 1903

The Plymouth Tribune, on February 19, 1903, ran this glowing article on Bremen’s townsfolk and businesses. Flanking the article was a similar one about the town of Bourbon.

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