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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In 2 can water today jr 7 Well users Jdresses ending In 2 or 3 can water today after 8 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 163 14 pages in 2 sections July 4 2000 1850s July Fourth Four days 01 omal County since 1852 50 cents BY FRIEDRICH HERMANN SEELE TRANSLATED BY RANDY RUPLEY Special to the HeraldZeitung Editors note The following is a descrip tion written in 1850 of New Braunfels first July Fourth festivities as observed by Friedrich Hermann Seele major in the Confederate Army and mayor of the city during the Civil War Seele also was a teacher writer district clerk state legislator and postmaster Recruited by Prince Carl he accompanied the settlers wagon train to New Braunfels in 1845 His greatgreat grandson Randy Rupley is translating Seeles diary from the years 1850 through 1852 In this passage originally written in German Seele is describing the culmination of four months of work to build the festival grounds and planting trees The festival last ed several days with Seele leading one of two parades SEELE We had breakfast played music danced sang and tapped wine from the keg and drank until five in the after Thursday July The celebration began early this morning with cannon fire At seven this mom ing I went to town thankful I could make it down there A small parade of singers and sharp shooters carried two flags to the market place Once there songs were sung the Declaration of Independence was read and after a few toasts and cheers the parade continued on to the Comal where the sharpshooters departed with friendly thanks for our accom paniment They brought back the flag and departed Rain shower In the evening I revived in the company of the ladies A young lady gave me a scarf which I wore the entire day and often used I drank cocoa I would have liked to have gone to eat with Miss Bianca but a little too exhausted or disciplined I stayed behind After a short nap on a mat back out in the parade with the singers Schon fullten sich die Grtinen Hallen Man sah die schonen Damen wallen Man horte bald die Propfen Knallen Und manches frohe Lied erschallen Translation Soon they came and filled the halls of green See the pretty ladies so serene See Planning for a patriotic party K JESSIE Jerry and Susan Sonier are preparing for the big birthday bash Not only is it the countrys birthday but it also happens to be Jocks the couples border collie first birthday The Soniers and friends will watch the fireworks in Landa Park from their own yard just up the hill from the park For a complete listing of todays celebrations see 2A INSIDE Key Code 76 Waters low business slow Hitandrun mars weekend BY RON MALONEY AND Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writers Business during the Fourth of July holiday weekend hasnt been everything people might have hoped although with fewer folks making the tube trip down the Guadalupe River tourist revenues wont be the only thing that is down Local law enforcement officials Monday afternoon reported no serious incidents such as the major injuries or rockthrowing melee that marred the Memorial Day weekend But at around a man was injured whpn someone allegedly intentionally ran bun in an incident that stemmed from Council members Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume give their analysis of weekend a fight on Gruene Road in front of Rockin R River Rides Injured was a San Antonio man about age 19 who was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital His friend Kyle Young 19 of Dal las said the driver of a Jeep Cherokee attempted to run the pair down as they were walking on grass in front of Rockin R The incident grew out of a fight a short time before that had been broken up by police Young said They drove out into the grass and tried to hit me and my friend 1 he didnt see See CHRIS Dennis Rust takes an order Monday afternoon at Comal Drug Pharmacies in town have been experiencing phone problems making it hard to reach insurance companies and fill prescriptions NBs telephone problems persist Local pharmacies others endure fourth day of trouble BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Local pharmacies helped their customers as much as possible Mon day as New Braunfels suffered through a fourth day of telephone difficulties The unreliable Southwestern Bell service wreaked havoc on pharmacy services unable to verify insurance coverage and copayments online The pill was bitter for patients and pharmacists alike That process cannot happen and it hasnt been able to happen hardly at all since Friday said Dennis Rust pharmacist manager at Comal Drug There were a few people who just elected to just try to go to San Some patients had to decide whether to wait to have their pre scriptions filled or pay for the med icine in full and seek reimbursement from their insurance companies he said The phones were working better by Monday afternoon and the phar macy was playing catchup to fill its orders Rust said New Braunfels phone woes began Friday when service to an estimated to tele phone customers was disrupted A switch in the New Braunfels central office failed along with a backup system according to South western Bell spokesman Joe Izbrand There are two switches in the New Braunfels central office Unfor tunately the one that failed handles a significant portion of the traffic that comes in and out of the city Izbrand said Phone service was restored about 11 Friday but trouble continued over the weekend Customers expe rienced problems with CallerID on Saturday and phone service remained intermittent through Mon day It was hard to identify a specific area of town or phone numbers where the problems occurred Izbrand said Problems were isolat ed depending on the amount of traf fic in and out of the New Braunfels switch he said Between that failure and where we are now there continue to be malfunctions in the system that tech nicians are trying to work he said Pharmacies did their best to help their customers who couldnt wait for their medication Its a tough Rust said Theres been situations that weve had in the last few days where weve had to kind of take it on the chin and hope that everything turns out all right We didnt have a choice If peo ple had to have something that was very critical we just went ahead and did it on the hope that there wouldnt be a The phone problem appeared to have mostly cleared up by Monday afternoon according to Scott Schu mann pharmacist for Landa Phar macy The phones havent been completely out since Friday he said but the pharmacy still was unable to call doctors outside of New Braun fels on Monday Landa Pharmacy also looked for ways to help its customers even though their insurance coverage and See Kyle Young talks to his friend after the two of them were reportedly singled out for a hit and run at dusk Monday night on Gruene Road K JESSIE HerakJ Zaitung
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