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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, April 21,1996 06 A Courthouse nears its centennial birthday By BETTY TRIESCH Special to the Herald-Zeitung Last year we celebrated New Braunfels’ Sesquicentennial. This year we celebrate the 150th birthday of Comal County, and next year we can celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Comal County Court House building. In the first 50 years of Comal Coun-ty’s history, the county’s business was earned on in three separate locations, all on or near the present Plaza. In 1897 the Commissioners’ Court, consisting of County Judge Adolph Giesecke and Commissioners August Schulze Jr., August G. Startz, W. H. Adams and John Marbach, decided a new court house was needed at a new location. Well-known courthouse architect, J. R. Gordon, was hired to draw up plans for a courthouse to stand on the Main Plaza, even though the commissioners’ court had not gotten authorization from the city of New Braunfels which owned die Plaza. The city under Mayor C. A. Jahn did not give permission to use the Plaza, so the court decided on the lot where the Court House now stands. They did not change Gordon’s original plans. In February 1898 contractors, Fischer & Lambie of Austin, were hired to building, which began soon after. The bid from Fischer & Lambie called for a payment of $35,400, if Comal County stone was used, and a completion date of Oct. 1,1898. The land, Lot 32 fronting on Seguin Avenue and the Public Square, was purchased May IO, 1898, after construction was well underway, from William Clemens and Joseph Faust for $6,098.63. On May 16, the cornerstone was laid with great ceremony and celebration. Only three of die commissioners’ names appear on the cornerstone. Mr. August Schulze wouldn’t allow his name to be used because he disapproved of using the same building plans on a comer lot that had been designed for the Plaza. The building had been designed to have four main entrances facing north, east, south and west. And although he wasn’t elected until Nov. 1898, County Judge R. Bodemann’s name appears on the cornerstone rather than Judge Adoph Giesecke’s. In the next 90 years the courthouse underwent three major remodeling and it is interesting to observe what happened to the costs through the years. In 1929 Jeremiah Schmidt, a local architect, was hired to draw up plans to remodel the district court room and to add a new county jail. A. C. Moeller, a local contractor, was awarded the bid for $40,635, using red brick. We can thank Commissioner Hugo Heitkamp for dissenting and insist ing that rock facing to correspond with the rest of the building be used instead. In July 1966 the court advertised for bids to remodel and update the courthouse. Jeremiah Schmidt, again the architect, and Edwin Hanz, contractor, were hired to do the remodeling. Bonds were issued to pay fire cost of $200,000. This renovation added an elevator and air conditioning the building. In 1987 another renovation planning and a more efficient use of die building and to clean and update the interior and exterior cost $624,850. The 1929 renovation was carried out by the commissioners’ court, consisting of County Judge Carl Roeper and Commissioners Charles Rape, Hug Heitkamp, Alfred Gass and Herbert Kretzmeier. Richard Ludwig was county clerk. The 19% commissioners’ court consisted of Judge Clarence Rice, and Henry A. Neuse, Adolph J. Schaefer, Hilmar C. Stratemann and W. J. Neugebauer sitting as commissioners. The last renovation was accomplished under the direction of die County Judge Fred Clark and Commissioners J. L. (Jumbo) Evans, Ned Craigmile, Lorenzo Camarillo and Clyde Jacobs. The history of the building, additions and renovations of our courthouse were found in the minutes of the commissioners’ court meetings over the past IOO years. In the early years the minutes were hand-written and contained little glimpses of life in Comal County at drat time. They showed how business was conducted in the courthouse in those days, and gave insights into die personalities of those in power in our county. As the county grew, the business became more complex and varied, the minutes became more terse, factual, and much less interesting. I have enjoyed doing the research into the history of this grand old building. And some childhood questions were answered for me. I grew up on I the ranch from where the stone used to i build this building came from. The land was owned by Colonel Edwin House of Austin at the time ofthe building of the courthouse. It was bought by my grandfather, Gus Pfeuffer, three years later. This magnificent budding has housed the county’s business for nearly IOO years and is a repository for all our county records: births, marriages, court proceedings and all the many other records a community needs to keep its history intact and functional. Without the contents of this courthouse, we would no longer be a community or know who we are. May we honor and preserve our history and our heritage contained in the walls of our Comal County Courthouse. (Betty Triesch is a life-long citizen of Comal County.) _ Auditions set for touring youth company ;Groupnowin [its 17th year of I performing for I area students ; Circle Arts Theatre will be holding I auditions for its touring youth com-! pany, The Inner Circle, this coming • Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. • The company, now in its 17th year, ; has performed for close to 90,000 stu-I dents in the Central Texas schools. I From a single tour in its first year, ' the bookings have grown to necessitate ; a minimum of IO tours a year. Each tour date is packed with per-1 formances, on.occasion as many as I five in a da* • “This is a very elite group,” said j Roberta Elliott, the company’s director. I “The members are, first and fore* ; most, required to be totally depend-; able, not only developing their individual roles, but also taking care of the technical aspects of their production.” According to Elliott, talent comes in third, behind the second requirement, Novice night workshop Wednesday Anyone who’s ever had the itch to be on the stage will get the opportunity next Wednesday, April 24, when Circle Arts Theatre holds its annual Novice Night workshop, beginning at 7 p.m. “It’s sort of a marathon course in basic stage skills, including how to audition, theatre terminology, tips on character development and ensemble acting,” said Elizabeth Elliott, executive director. “Mostly ifs a fun way to get over the timidity of being onstage, and I admit we do this for a selfish reason — to meet new potential talent!” Experienced actors will assist the novices in preparing duet scenes to perform for each other. These short scenes will be taken from wellknown scripts, but there will also be opportunities to do improvisations. There is no fee for the workshop, which is aimed at adults, 16 years of age and over. “Just wear comfortable clothes and an eager spirit," Elliott said. “You’ll be amazed how much fun theatre can bel” adaptability. “We rehearse at the theatre, but the actual performance area changes with each school, s£Hft%om-‘ pany must be extremely flfekifite, adapting their movement to the specific space.” Besides the requirements of dependability, adaptability, and talent, members of the company are required to keep their grades up, and fulfill respon sibilities to family and employer (if they have a part-time job). “That’s why these young people are so special. It takes a great deal of commitment to be able to fulfill their potential. But the wonderful response they get from the schools and the fun that’s a byproduct of working in a close-knit group, seems to be worth it to them,” Elliott said. Part of the “fun” will be traveling to Arlington this summer to perform at the first state Youth Conference, sponsored by Texas Non-profit Theatres, and hosted by Creative Aits Theatre and School. Any teenager, wishing to audition for The Inner Circle, needs only to come to the theatre April 23 at 7 p.m. Scene selections will be available for the readings. If further information is needed, call 629-4808, between I and 3 p.m. or after 7 p.m. •Th* members ara, first and forsmost, -V - . iirr. — Roberta Elliott company director A O Hie Guardian* South Texas Agency Pete^Stocking • Life • Group • Disability Insurance Personal & Business Financial Planning 123 N. Seguin #2(W /TAQ 7117 New Braunfels, TX 0U7-011/ ( '()(lt /lCf'fl(l><)0(J (Jai'dcus present!. 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Kraft Mobiletel First Protestant School Enroll Now 1996-97 Kindergarden Claes -5 sK-si*--*-'- Tima:    Offer    anda    April    SOth---- Now available AT    receive    a Corporate Ajocounte y    A $80.00 CBW>« ^^5 phones Corporate Account    *    ti 172 Coll Street New Braunfels 606-4110 Volunteers still \S*;.- '    ^    . At the Comal County Senior Center, we have a sign that reads: “Volunteers are unpaid -r- not became they art worthless but because they are priceless” Well, that’s Ae way we feel about our volunteers. Hundreds of people give thousands of hours every year, to the operation of the Center. They volunteer in the Thrift Shop, the Swan/Drake exercise and pool area, reception area, food services, van driving, building maintenance, activity operations, just about anything and everything you can think of. They are cheerful and funny and seem to eli^ whatdieytfcx^TJtey are very proud when things go well. In appreciation for all thew wonderful people, Monday, April 29, 1996, the Board ofTrustees and fee staff will be honoring all peqtfe who have ever volunteered at the Center with an appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the ballroom dining area. All volunteers’past and present are cordially invited and encouraged to join us. Just call 629-4547* to let us know you are coming. We want to have plenty of good food. The menu planned is chicken breast, rice pilaf, mixed cauliflower and broccoli, carrot raisin salad, rolls and fruit dessert. It is to be a fun time, nothing serious. Entertainment is planned, and we will “bring in the clowns.” Any persons not able to drive to the Center, pleaw call and reserve a trip on our new 15-passenger van. If there are enough calls for that day, we will plan a schedule and let you know at what time you will be picked up. This is for persons who do not drive or do not have any other means of transportation. If you have ever volunteered at the Center, we want you to be here and to enjoy. Volunteerism is a contagious dis-ease. When you do it and see others doing it, it catches on and grabs hold. One ofthe major joys of volunteerism is how many other wonderful, considerate people you meet and the tnendsnips mao oeveiop. voitxreccnsrn is the bacttonpcfthe Streps Grater. In case a lot of you didn't know, the Board of Trustees is a totally volunteer board and a working one. Almost every one of the trustees is doing at least one job and some may more than one job. It is die concentrated teamwork of all die volunteers that makes us a winner. Also, hanging on the wall is this anonymous poem that I would like to dedicate to all volunteers whether at the Senior Center or with other organizations. .<4 Marie Dawson Are Yon a Volunteer? Many will be shocked to find When die day of judgment is near, That there’s a special place in Heaven Set aside for die volunteer. 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