Historic Bremen

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The Storied History of La Parilla Caliente

About 1882, German-born John Wilhelm came to Bremen and built a small, wood-framed shop for his merchant tailor trade. This he worked in for about 20 years before selling out to Louis Gerber--a young and industrious tailor--in 1902. Gerber moved... Continue Reading →

1960s: Teen Hop

The Teen Hop got started in 1960 on the second floor of the (present) Encore Consignment building, where the bowling alley formerly was, on E Plymouth St. It soon moved across the street to the former Stewart Bakery building (now... 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 →

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 →

1860s: Link & Fink sawmill ledger

Last year, we were given on loan-term loan a ledger of the John Link & Lewis 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... Continue Reading →

1944: 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 →

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... 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 →

1977: The Mint Still opens

Hilton Swain was a Michiana banker and his wife Susie was a nurse when, in 1977, they decided to start a restaurant in Bremen. LaFree Lumber and Construction built them a large facility designed to resemble an L-shaped barn on... Continue Reading →

Then & Now: E Plymouth service station

Prior to the 1930s, the north side of E Plymouth St was fully developed along the 100 block. Some of those buildings are still there, albeit greatly changed, but the ones at the east end are all gone. In 1935,... Continue Reading →

The Marshall St grocery

In 1909, a building was removed to make room for a new hotel built by Peter E Dietrich, a building which today houses the Bremen Senior Living apartments and the Bremen History Center. The old building was moved to N... Continue Reading →

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