Tag Koontz

Remembering Calvin Koontz

We say goodbye to our friend Calvin Koontz, a regular at the Historic Bremen Sharing Bremen Memories gatherings. Calvin shared stories and allowed us to scan many of his family photos over the years. His wit and knowledge will be… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

History Chat: Koontz Hardware

In 2014, Kent Koontz gave a talk at the history center on the history of Koontz Hardware store, sold in 2017 to the Jones family and called Yoder Hardware. https://youtu.be/ZYJPHNPpqgk

History Chat: Calvin Koontz on his life & family

The next history chat will feature Calvin Koontz discussing his life experiences and family, on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Please enter by the old bank entrance at the corner of Plymouth and Center. Those who attend find the talks very interesting. Come and bring a friend and enjoy the morning.


Then & Now: John Hoeh farm

At the turn of the 20th century, the Koontz/Kuntz brothers—sons of Adam Kuntz, Jr—became, among other things, photographers. One of the things they did in that occupation was photograph neighbors’ farms northeast of Bremen. Some of these old photos survive,… Continue Reading →

1897: The People’s Circulating Library

Before the town of Bremen had a proper library (which was established in the town hall in the 1920s before a proper library building was built in the 1950s), it had the People’s Circulating Library, run by the Koontz brothers,… Continue Reading →

1898: A mysterious injured French woman

The Marshall County Independent reported on a mysterious French woman found by the railroad tracks at Bremen back in September of 1898—118 years ago this week.

History Chat: Kent Koontz on Koontz Hardware

This year, the Koontz family sold Koontz Hardware to Yoder Hardware of Shipshewana. In 2014, Kent Koontz gave a History Chat explaining the founding and history of the store that means so much to his family and residents of Bremen…. Continue Reading →

History Chat: Charles Schramm on the Woodie’s grocery store

Woodie Schramm came to Bremen from Warsaw in 1944 and bought the Home Cash Grocery from Lester Koontz. In 2014, Woodie’s son Charles gave a History Chat talk at the Bremen History Center on the history of the business and… 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 →

Calvin Koontz and the Koontz family memories

This writer had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Calvin Koontz of the Plymouth area recently, during which we pored over four photo albums donated to the History Center a few years ago. Those albums had been partially scanned… 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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