Sunday, April 21, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Courthouse nears its By BETTY TRIESCH Special to the HeraldZeltung Last year we celebrated New Braun fels Sesquicentennial This year we celebrate the 150th birthdayof Comal County and next year we can celebrate the ItKMh atihwersjMy of our Comal Courtty Court In the first 50 years of Corrial Coun tys history the countys business was carried on in three separate locations all on or near the present Plaza In 1897 the Commissioners Cotlrt consisting of County Judge Adolph Giesecke and Commissioners August Schulze August G Startz W H Adams and John Marbach decided a new court house was needed at a new location Wellknown 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 the Plaza The city under Maybr C A Jahn did hot give permission to use the Plaza so the court decided on the lot where the Court House now stands They did not change Gordons origi nal plans In February 1898 contractors Fisch er Lambie of Austin were hired to building which began soon after The bid from Fischer Lambie called for a payment of if Coma 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 pur chased May 10 1898 aftCrconsnuction was well underway from William Clemens and Joseph Faust for On May 16 the cornerstone was laid with great ceremony and celebration Only three of the commissioners names appear on the cornerstone Mr August Schulze wouldnt allow his name to be used because he disapproved of using the same building plans on a corner 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 wasnt elected until Nov 1 County Judge R Bodemanns name appears on the cornerstone rather than Judge Adpph Gieseckes In the next 90 years the courthouse underwent three major remodeling and it is interesting to observe what hap pened 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 G Moeller a local contractor was awarded the bid for 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 house Jeremiah Schmidt again the architect and Edwin Hanz contractor were hired to do the remodeling Bonds were issued to pay the cost of This renovation added an elevator and air conditioning the building In 1987 another renovation planning and a more efficient use of the building and to clean and update the interior and exterior cost The 1929 renovation was carried out by the commissioners Court consisting of County Judge Carl Roeper and Com missibriers Charles Rape Hug Heitkamp Alfred Gass and Herbert Kretzmeier Richard Ludwig was coun ty clerk The 1996 commissioners court con sisted of Judge Clarence Rice and Hen ry A Neuse Adolph J Schaefer Hilmar C Stratemann and W J Neugebauer sitting as commissioners The last renovation was accomplished under the direction of the County Judge Fred Clark and Commissioners J L Jumbo Evans Neil Craigmile Loren zo Camarillo and Clyde Jacobs The history of the building additions and renovations of our courthouse were found in the minutes of the commis sioners court meetings over the past lOOyears hirldWritteh and contiirted little they showed how business was conducted in the courthouse in thott alities of those in power in our county Af the county grew me business becittne more and viried the minutes became more tone tactual and much less interesting I have enjoyed doing the research into the history of mis grand old build ing And some childhood questions were answered for me I grew up on the ranch from where the stone used to build mis building The tend was owned by Colonel Edwin House of Austin at the time of the building of the courthouse It was bought by my grand father Otis Pfeuffer three years later this magnificent building has housed the countys business for nearly 100 years and is a repository for all our i 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 court house we would no longer be a com munity or know who we are May we honor and preserve our his tory and our heritage contained in the walls of our Comal County Courthouse BettyTriesch is a lifelong citizen of Comal 3 Auditions set for touring youth company Group no win its 17th year of I performing for I area students Circle Arts Theatre will be holding auditions for its touring youth com pany The Inner Circle this coming Tuesday April 23 at 7 The company now in its 17th year has performed for close to stu dents in the Central Texas schools From a single tour in its first year the bookings have grown to necessitate a minimum of 10 tours a year Each tour date is packed with per formances on occasion as many as Novice riigfit Workshop Wednesday Anyorte wtiob eye had the itch to be on the stage will get the oppor tunity vyednesday April 24 when Circle ArtsTheatre holds te al Novice Night workshop beginning at 7 Its sort of a marathon course in basic stage skills including how to audition theatre terminology tips on character development and ensemble said Elizabeth Elliott executive director Mostly ifs way to get overthe timidity of being onstage and I admit we do this for a selfish 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 well known scripts but there will also be opportunities to do improvisa tions There is no fee for the workshop which is aimed at adults of age and over Just wear comfortable clothes and an eager Elliott said Youll be amazed how much fun theatre can be This is a very elite said Roberta Elliott the companys direc tor The members are first and fore jmost required to be totally depend j able not only developing their indi roles but also taking care of ithe technical aspects of their produc i According to Elliott talent comes in ithird behind the second requirement adaptability We rehearse at the the atre but the actual performance area changes jvith eachschool pany must be adapting their movement to the spe cific Besides the requirements of depend ability adaptability and talent mem bers of the company are required to keep their grades up and fulfill respon sibilities to family and employer if they have a v Thats why these young people are so special It takes a greafdealiof com mitment to be able to fulfill their poten tial But the wonderful response they get from the schools and the fun thats a byproduct of working in a closeknit group seems to be worth it to Elliott said Part of the fun will be traveling to Arlington this summer to perform at the first state Youth Conference spon sored by Texas Nonprofit Theatres and hosted by Creative Arts Theatre and School Any teenager wishing to audition for The Inner Circle needs Only to come to the theatre April 23 at 7 Scene selections will be available for the readings If further information is needed call 6294808 between 1 and 3 or after 7 The members are first and foremost Roberta I company director Ihe Guardian South Texas Agency Pete Stocking Agent Life Group Disability Insurance Personal Business Financial Planning 123 N Seguin rnn 7117 New Braunfels TX OU7011 MORTGAGES HOME BUYERS NEW OR EXISTING HOMES NEWHOMECONSTRUCnON INTEUIM PERMANENT FINANCING REDUCE YOUR MONTHLY PAYMENTS MOST CLOSING COSTS CAN BE FINANCED FOR EREE ANALYSIS WILLIAMS FINANCIAL 6206269 COMMON SENSE LEADERSHIP CONSISTENCY IN GOVERNMENT RBE South Texas Paging Service from Kraft Mobiletel Austin San Antonio Victoria Motorola Bravo Express 1 Reg NOW No Activation Now Thru April 30th IB KRAFT fIf MOBILETEL Your Communications Specialists 62074M MEMO e City Council ny4 District 6 Early Voting NOW thru Courthouse Annex Rni 306 First Protestant School Enroll Now 199697 Kindergarten Class 172 Coll Street New Braunfels 6064110 At the Comil County Senior In cue a lot of you didnt know ter we a sign that Vol the Botni of Tntees is toWly vol one are thats we doing at least one job and some may feel about our voluntcera HiinAedi more than one job It is die concen of people give thousands of houn tnted teamwork of all the volunteers every year to the operation of the Center They Volunteer in the Thrift Shop the exercise and pool area reception area food ser vices van driving building mainte nance activity operation just about anything and everything1 you can thirdcof and seem to are very rwoud go In appreciation for all these won yv April 29 derful people M 1996 the Board of Trustees and Ac staff will be horwring aJl people who have ever volunteered at the Center with an appreciation luncheon at 1 1 30 in dining area All v61unteersfast and present are cordially invited and encouraged to join us Just call 6294547to let us krow you are coming We want to have plenty of good food The menu planned is chicken breast rice pilaf niixed and broccoli car rot raisin salad rolls and fhiit dessert It is to be a fun nothing serious Entertainmert is planned and we will bring in the Any persons not able to drive to the Center please call and reserve a trip on our new 15passenger 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 trans portation If you have ever volun teered at the Center we want you to be nere 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 of the major joys of volunteerism is how many other wonderful con siderate people you meet and the friendships that develop Volunteerism that makes us a i Also hanging on the wall is this anonymous poem that I would like to dedicate to alt volunteers whether at the Senior Center or with other orga nizations 1 f Art V6u a Volunteer Many will be shocked to find Wlierirfedayofjudgrnehtisnear That theres a special place in Set aside for the volunteer ItUberurmshedwithbigrecUners Satin couches and footstools Where theres no Committee Cliairman No group leaders or carpbbls No newsletter deadline to be met No bazaar and no bake sale There will be nothing to staple laminate bi cut Not one thing to fold or mail Telephone lists will be outlawed But a finger snap will bring Cool drinks and gourmet dinners And rare treats fit for a King You ask Wholl serve these priv ilegedfew And work for all theyre worth Why all those who reaped lots of benefits V But 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