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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                Lindhaimrrs fife would mifr a grrvif miniseries See Opinion Page CourtrXKiM 14 pages In two sections II Friday May 31 MO 16 179 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHINO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Cental County and surrounding areas for rriore than 144 J Inside Market h Birthday wishes from HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Ryan Contreras two James Papa Eddlngton 76 years Ecila Hut son Matt Pusateri Stephanie Klvlln Helen Rodriguez Lily Guerrero and Gloria Gomez Happy anniversary wishes to Alton and Viola Wuest 57 years and Juan and Magge Armendarinz 29 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec bnd down 5 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from yesterday Canyon Dam 75 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Ganyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation v ji Shopping center planned for fc Ur By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A San Antonio development com pany has plans to build a shopping center at the inter section of Highway 281 and FM 1863 in Bulverde and wants to break ground within me next 60 to 75 days In January the Dominion Advisory Group Inc bought acres of land east of Highway 281 for the shopping center The shopping center would be tai lored for Maddox a leasing agent for Dominion said We chose the area primarily for its population growth and because it has a good average Maddox said The area will become stronger and stronger over the years from a popula tion standpoint with the addition of schools and with additional growth north from Spring Branch and Maddox said Dominion is looking to rent to businesses ihtich heeded in the area such as cleaners dentists hair salons fast food restaurants hardware stores veterinarians feed day i r cart centers and other businesses We would like to have a grocer in the shopping cetiter Madd6x said We have talked to independent gro cere arid A tiouple of niajor The shopping center will have pleii ty of parking spaces and will one entry from FM1863 and several from Highway 281 Maddox said Maddox said the million grade separation of Highway 281 and FM 1863 planned by the Texas Depart ment of Transportation for November 1997 will be a positive thing for the shopping Bob Welsh president of the Bul verde Chamber of Commerce said the the shopping center will be good for Bulverde The concept of having a grocery i store close is Welsh said Right now everybody has to drive to Loop 1604 in San Antonio to do their shop ping Any grocery store in Bulverde is the step in the right direction They are looking to build a top of a line facility The shopping center will bring a new level of convenience to the Bul verde Collectors Show cancelled v The New Braunfels Conser yation Societys Collectors Showcase and Sate sched uled for Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic periterhas Garage sale postponed Since a building could not be found the garage sale planned for Saturday by the New Braunfels German Folk has been cancelled the club will have a garage sale from 9 to 5 June 8 at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village For information call 8997042 or 8993672 Cancer survivors to celebrate American Cancer Survivors Day will begin at 1 Sunday at Cypress Bend Park The event pro motes awareness of and cele brates cancer survival Dr Tieman president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak Ftefreshments will be served and games are planned Hermann Sons to meet New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet at 3 Sunday at the Lodge Hall Bring a covered dish Newcomers Club to meet The Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center 655 Landa St Coffee and donuts at meeting at 10 Cloggih Meisters and the Hill Country Dancers will provide entertainment Bob Peterson of the American Cancer Society will give a presentation Mission Valley Lunch Bunch to meet The mission Valley Lunch Bunch will meet at Tuesday at Mr Gattis Pizza This newspaper is sprinted on recycled newsprint HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL On a roll Cody Crandall Ben Stapleton and Carly Popst enjoy some Inline skating Wednesday at Hinman Island Park City wonders why the Klan chose New Braunfels for recruiting rally By ABE LEVY Staff Writer When New England journalist Frederick Law Olmsted visited New Braunfels in 1845 he made some surprising observations Bent on saving the West from tarnishing its economy with the slave trade Olmsted was amazed when he found an extremely profitable sheep farm owned by Kendall used no Negroes but hires all extra labor done by Germans of the Olmsted wrote in his journal and printed in the 1857 book A Journey Through He was so impressed by the work ethic of the Outfitters tell tubers Come on down By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer It will be businesses usual on the Guadalupe River this weekend despite a cut in the release from Canyon Dam and outfitters say theres no reason vis itors cannot still have a good time Because of the drought and low rainfall the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority cut the flow of release from Canyon Dam from 130 cubic feet per second to 75 cfs on Wednesday The main thing people need to remember to do is to put themselves in the hands of the outfitters who know the said Jim Dunman general manag er of Jerrys Rentals The biggest thing against us is public perception Were trying to let people know its still Dunman said this is not the first time outfitters have had to deal with low levels and they know how to adjust to it He said tubers are put in at the begin ning of a deep hole and taken out at the end of it Instead of putting the big eight and 10man rafts on the river the smaller one twoor fourman rafts are used You still get the same float time you just dont cover as much said Dunman Jim Inman manager of the Water Oriented Recre ation District said the slower flow will make it an ideal time for families with children to come and enjoy the river With a gentle flow like this theres far fewer opportunities for them to get themselves in a he said What were trying to get out is that it may be a lit tle slower but they can still have a good Jim director of the Convention and ViS itors Bureau Were going through a drought and the river is low but its by no means fbir the rest of the country of how to escape the evils of As mis community reluctantly prepares for a Kii Klux Klan Its really recruitment rally on offensive that Saturday local leadthey have ers wonder why the selected this Klan chose New community Braunfels The Klan emerged Immigrants as a significant force spoke out by the end of World against Slav War I when its stated goal was to preserve Judge American irtstitu Carter Casteel tions and the supremacy of the white It had grown to about members who wore whitehooded robes and declared themselves against minorities Roman Catholics Jews and all foreign born per sons In fact most German immigrants from Comal County during the Civil War did not have slaves and voted against seceding Texas from the Union in 1861 Its really offensive that they have select ed this Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said immigrants spoke out against In men from Comfort about 50 miles northwest of New Braunfels raised the Union flag in sympathy for the Norths cause in the Civil War Forty of the mostly German men who were trying to escape through Mexico to join the Union army were killed on the banks of the Nueces River by Con federate soldiers While this indicates the areas opposition to slavery other accounts tell a different story According to the Sept edition of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung the City Coun cil passed a measure restricting free or slave blacks from being out on the streets of New Braunfels between sunset and sunrise with out a permission from the owner overseer or The law came about after numerous reports of arson and murder surfaced across Texas the newspaper said The same newspaper in 1858 published a census that listed 52 slaves or 3 percent of the citys population resided in New Braun fels One article noted that most German immi grants wanted to avoid being called aboli tionists fearing the reaction of AngloAmer were look ing for a small town that we thought would be receptive to KKK leader Michael Lowe ican residents More recently Walter Ervin an African American who has lived in New Braunfels since 1968 said the perception of New Braunfels has discouraged blacks from set tling in this area New Braunfels typically has had a repu tation of being a discriminating said Ervin who is a member of the Black Heritage Society Thats not to say that all the community is like that When I came here really outsiders were not Once he telephoned a white woman who had an available for went immediately to see the apartment but when he arrived she told him it had already been rented It was like a closed society at the time could have sued the woman who refused me housing but I said change has to come and if people keep running no change will come Ervin said Although he said treatment of minorities has improved in the community it still needs some work I have people all the time asking me Why do you live here There are no blacks No black cops No city workers None of them work for the Ervin said When blacks see this it has the effect of deterring them from moving here I tell them I like the place I grew up on the East Side of San Antonio What I saw makes me apprej ciate the peace and quiet While the Klans regional leader was unaware New Braunfels history in regard to j secession and minority treatment he chose j the city for its location between San Marcos j and San Antonio We have never held a rally in the We were looking for a small town that we j thought would be receptive to Michael Lowe said in a telephone interview from Waco Wednesday Even though the major ity of the population of New Braunfels vot j ed against slavery were talking about 135 years Lowe said he agreed that slavery was a violation of basic civil rights He then tout ed economic reasons as the reason for the Souths secession and the Civil War Im not going to apologize for what my forefathers have done I dont feel guilty minorities who have retaliated against said The South wenttef war not for slavery biit because they being stripped by the Union Finding Klan support locally is difficult to do Lowe claims 12 Klan members reside itv the New Braunfels area but he declined to substantiate this claim with names Police have said they know only of a small skinhead group in Comal County No matter what the turnout is New Braun fels resident Ervin said New Braunfels res idents should not be apathetic about racism in this community Sometimes people dont care or arent concerned until it happens to Bulverde 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