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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Journey of Faith book signing spurs several top recipes See 1B 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 85 DAYS Nr Semicentennial March New Braunfels 20 pages in two Motions Wednesday Deo Servlng Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ANGELA ffALFONSO Vol 143 No 28 Inside Texas Letters to the Staninitisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Angela DAl fonso Wayne Porterie Jason Hunt 14 Roel Garcia Lorene Thomas Bate Bond Robert Lloyd lor Nina Baldwin Merry Saegert Connie Waltisperger Margaret Alves Chavela Can tu Joyce Fink Lee Frerich Jean Heck Marjorie Kues John Meyer Sarah Small Hap py Anniversary to Ernesto Elida Sotelo Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens continue to sub mit donations to the Herald Zeitungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can dp soin person by coming by the HeraidZeitung office at 707 Landa or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Ayery at 6259144 The drives goal was met Friday however donations for next years project will still be accepted Although 200 food baskets was the original goal this year donations allowed for an extra 50 baskets according to Avery Delivery will take place Thurs day afternoon Todays donations include Jim Carolyn Kilkenny John Laurie Malik Citys Christmas trM begins Dec 26 The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be sponsoring the 8th annual Christ mas tree recycling program in Landa Park beginning Dec 26 An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees Approximately trees were converted to mulch last Christ mas Approximately trees have been mulched during the last seven years HZ has Christmas songbooks available A few copies of the New Brwatfels HeraldZeitungz Christinas Song Book are avail able to the public The songbook has many traditional Christmas favorites and is sponsored by local merchants and businesses Womens shelter to benefit from event A special benefit for the Comal County Womens Shelter will be held Pec 20 from 8 pjn to 12 at Garys Landa Station on Landa St A special jam night will be hosted by The Stingrays which will include seven other local musical performers Cost of admission will be one can of food An auction will be heJdctuing the evening with pro ceeds going to the womens shel This newspaper Is printed on recycled i Locked up gacy AL FEATURE n a Horticulturist seeks to continue tradition began in 1856 by the Locke family By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer From what once was a land filled with live oaks and mesquites to a cotton field plowed by the earliest setters now stands a roughly 10acre plot covered with various plant species from all over the world They ate a living legacy to the work of Otto Locke the legendary horticulturist who died last week at the age of 92 the last son in a family of nursery practitioners known around this country We go all over the said Dolores Schumann a local resident active in several horticultural clubs More people know Mr Locke than many of the local The Locke tradition dates back to 1856 when Johann Joseph J Locke opened what is believed to be the first nursery in Texas along the banks of the Comal River His son Cfeo8 Sii expanded the business and devel Y Oped various species of plants in the early 1l900s From his Comal Springs Nursery Otto shipped plants by the trainload to faraway places ordered from a catalog the nursery produced One order of peach trees was reportedly sent to Mexico Residents of New Braunfels can see the results of the Locke familys work in many parts of town one example being Landa Park once a cow pasture dotted with mesquite trees that now includes magnolias and crepe myr tles and is designated an arboretum because of its varied plant life Look around this town they planted said Tandra Lyles who worked with Locke this past seven years Most of those trees had to come from somewhere Many of the pecan species theyre not native They all come from the Otto Sr passed the tradition on to his four sons Emll Herman Walter and Otto Jr In 1928 Otto Jr opened his own nursery between Hwy 81 and Old San Antonio Road He and his wife Etelka set about to keep the family talent alive They brought in many species A Red Oak planted by Etelka in 1932 now reaches 70 feet into the sky Lyles said an embargo in the 1940s pre vented a shipment of tulips from arriv ing When the embargo was lifted she planted the excess she had ordered Everybody in New Braunfels came out and looked at said Lyles Otto Jr honed donf use his craft through pesticides He hard work said didnt believe in lizards snakes spedes through all kinds off outthe country Chameleons He and Etelka They would eat madetheirhome SjEgy TandraLyles not only with his plants but his customers He wouldnt sell something to you if he didnt like said Lyles learned by doing hands on You cant leave the plants and I think thats what kept him going so long He knew he had to get up every Johnny Williams who worked for the Lockes 14 years said Otto Jr continued to send plants developed by his father to loca tions worldwide We shipped them all over he said Although he developed his reputation rais ing plants many residents may remember vis iting the Locke Nursery as a school student photo v Dolores Schumann cochair of the Arboretum of the QuadfrComa Garden Club with Otto Locke who presented Schumann wjth a ChHalpa native to The tree was replanted In the arboretum where K Is due to bloom this summer tree was replanted where field trips provided students a look at not only plants but Lockes favorite pastime exotic animals The collection once included everything from raccoons to monkeys alligators and various sorts of reptiles We dont use pesticides He didnt believe in said Lyles had lizards snakes all kinds of chameleons They would eat the He was worldreknown for his animals but he kept it kind of He was lowkey about said Williams He was a great snake handler He sent I dont know how many rattlesnakes to Holly wood for movies He and Marion Perkins from Mutual of Omahas Wild Kingdom were good A few peacocks and turtles are all that remain now among the thick plant life pros pering on this plot in the middle of town The Lockes left no children as heirs Lyles hopes she will be able to obtain the place and keep the business going Ill try to build it back up Its hard to com pete with the big stores like WalMart nowa days Theres no way to she said want to keep it so people know when they come here they are getting For craftsman like Otto Locke it was a I was bom hi the nursery he said in zHeraldZettung article in 1981 I never knVsw any Post Office staff kept busy with annual holiday rush By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The bad news is the magical date for Postal Service to guarantee Christmas mail and packages to their destination by Saturday Dec 24 has passed The good news is the Postal Service says if you mail something first class today it still may reach its destination by Saturday However if there is a package or letter mat has to absolutely positively be there New Braunfels Post Office Officer hi Charge Ed Fetter said customers can use overnight service to get it there Fetter said Express Mail will deliver on Christ mas day in most major postal center nationwide He said there would be a van dropping off mail on Sunday here in New Braunfels Packages up to two pounds cost to send by express mail Monday was the busiest day of the year for the New Braunfels Fetter said We had five windows open and we couldnt whit the line he said People realized it was the last Weekend to buy wrap and mail Fetter said he did not have any figures on how many pieces of mail have come through the Postal Office bujt said it would take employees two days as of Tuesday to dig out from under the mail and get it delivered Better said good weather across the country has HeraldZcHtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL1 Suzanne Steunaush has bssn quits busy i with the rush of Christmas mall According to local postmaster Ed Patter Monday was ths busisst day of ysar at local post offtes contributed to speedier delivery times and more prompt service We are hoping to give the public the service they he said About 5 million letters and Christmas cards were processed Monday at San AntoniQsQen eral Mail Facility historically the Postal Services busiest day San Antonios 30 postal stations usually process 1 million to 2 million letters a day bow ever Fridays court vaulted up to million followed by 3 3 million Satxuday Only 4 more shopping days until Christmas Shop New Braunfels first 31
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