The Enquirer published this little pre-Valentine tale January 30, 1886. How much of it is true is impossible to tell. The postmaster at the time was John Bauer, Jr., who would have been 49. As a reminder that Bremen was still very much a German town at the time, Bauer is described in his obituary as having “a good education in the German language” and “a fair knowledge” of English.
It was Bauer who, in 1875, built the American House hotel, which eventually was moved from downtown to Marshall street to become a grocery store owned by John Byrer, then Bob Zentz, then Art Forsythe. Look for a full article on the history of that building sometime soon.
By the way, $3 in 1886 would buy about the same goods as $80 today. But there is no inflationary index calculator for kisses.