Horst’s Little Bakery Haus on Main Street in downtown Madison closed early Friday morning after Horst Moehlmann and his wife, Mary, were hit by a vehicle while crossing the street near Main and Cragmont.

Angela Gregory, the daughter-in-law of the couple, said Horst sustained a minor wrist injury, while his wife was believed to have suffered severe head trama, possibly a fractured skull.

Mary Moehlmann was flown to University of Louisville hospital immediately after the accident, which occurred before daylight around 6 a.m.

Gregory asked the public to please keep Mary and the family in their prayers.

A sign on the bakery’s downtown location said “due to family emergency, both bakeries will be closed Saturday 9th and downtown on Sunday 10th.”

“The bakery will be closed for a couple days but we will try to be opened back up on Monday,” Gregory said in a text to the Courier Friday morning.

Moehlmann moved to the U.S. from Germany in 1972 when he was 24 after seeing an ad in a newspaper for someone to come to work in a bakery in the United States. The ad was placed by John Dieken, who was from the same hometown, and had opened a bakery in Madison.

When Moehlmann moved to Madison he spoke no English, but learned by going places and listening to people talk.

He worked in Dieken’s Bakery for 29 years before starting his own in 2004.

After living in the United States for 37 years, Horst Moehlmann became a U.S. citizen Sept. 17, 2009.

“It took me a long time,” Horst Moehlmann said that day. “It has a lot of benefits to be a citizen.”

He said one of the reasons he waited to take the test for citizenship was because people had told him the test was difficult. However, after studying for two weeks to prepare, he took the test in Indianapolis and was sworn in.

To celebrate his citizenship, the other businesses in the strip mall around his bakery on the hilltop at the time threw a surprise party with a large sign announcing his citizenship and a cake with red, white and blue stars on it.

Mary Moehlmann said it was a good time to apply for citizenship because he had his children and grandchildren living here and he had no desire to go back to Germany to do more than visit.

The Sweetest Bakery Contest in America last year named Horst’s Little Bakery Haus the “sweetest of the sweet” in Indiana for 2018 in the second annual search for the sweetest shop in the country.



Courier staff writer Trenton Scroggins can be reached at (812) 265-3641 or at tscroggins@madisoncourier.com