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Mary Bremer - Family Memories

Mary (Cagle) Horman Bremer was born and raised in tiny Metropolis, Illinois. She discusses the family's hard times during the depression, and her experiences on the home front while her husband Louis Horman was in the army during World War II. Upon his return, Louis attended the University of Illinois on the G.I. Bill before moving the family back to Metropolis. Mary discusses all of this during her interview, as well as offering personal insights into life as a homemaker during the 1950s and ‘60s, as a family caregiver and also as a leader in her community.

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WWII Homefront

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Mary (Cagle) Horman taken in 1991 while she lived in Metropolis, Illinois.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

1991

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An Olan Mills portrait. May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Mary (Cagle) Horman with her husband Louis G. Horman while he attended school at the University of Illinois on the GI Bill in the late 1940s. He also earned a law degree from the University of Illinois.

Where:

University of Illinois

When:

late 1940's

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary (Cagle) Horman with her sisters-in-law, circa late 1940s. Left to right: Mary, Jaunita (Hard) Horman (married to Louis’s brother Virgil), and Aline (Hohman) Horman (married to her brother-in-law Wilson).

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa late 1940s

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary V. Cagle’s high school graduation photo, taken in 1942 while attending Metropolis High School.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

1942

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Mary Cagle Horman with her husband Louis G. Horman, circa 1943, in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where Louis was beginning his army training.

Where:

Ft. Knox, Kentucky

When:

Circa 1943

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Mary’s parents, Guy and Mozelle Cagle (seated), at their fiftieth anniversary dinner at Mary’s home. With them are their children, from left to right: Alice Betty Compton, Mary Horman, Bill Cagle, Helen Mae Parr and Evelyn Nadine Abel.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

1971

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary with her daughters at a family gathering at Mary’s home in 2009. From left to right: Randell K. (Randy) Wiseman, Mary, and Connie C. Bowman.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

2009

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary Cagle Horman Bremer at her 89th birthday party in Metropolis, Illinois, circa July 2013. With her are her daughters Connie Horman Bowman and Randy Horman Wiseman.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

Circa July 2013

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary Bremer at her 89th birthday party in Metropolis, Illinois, circa July 2013.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

July 2013

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary at the Kincaid Mounds (Indian Mounds) in Massac County, Illinois during the summer of 2013. Mary was instrumental in working with Historic Preservation officials to get the 1,000 year old mounds cleared and opened to the public.

Where:

Massac County, Illinois

When:

2013

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Narrator’s photo

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Mary with Superman, “The Man of Steel,” in Metropolis, Illinois on February 25, 2014. In the early 1980s, community leaders, including Louis Horman, met with D.C. Comics in New York and won the right for Metropolis to be known as Superman's hometown.

Where:

Metropolis, Illinois

When:

February 25, 2014

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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