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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERA Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 4 can water today after 7 Well users cannot water today EITUNG Vol 149 No 167 16 pages in 2 sections July 8 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE San Marcos resident Randy Rupley the greatgreat grandson of former New Braunfels Mayor Friedrich Hermann Seele shows passages in Seeles diary dated 1850 to 1852 Rupley is in the process of translating Seeles diary Former NB mayors diary found in attic BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer V IT Then William Seele and his wife cleaned out the garage at their V V familys San Antonio home six months ago they sorted through the usual collection of boxes old books and furniture But when they stumbled on an aged journal written in an old German handwriting they knew it was something interesting It was a Seele a Houston attor ney said We didnt know how long it had been there but it was written entirely in German and it was dated on the first page 1850 It looked like it might be Seele said he showed the book to Dr Ted Gish a scholar who has translated many of Friedrich Hermann Seeles diaries He said the style was consistent with diaries hes seen and translated by Hermann he said William Seele the greatgreat grandson of Hermann Seele contacted a distant cousin San Marcos resident Randy Rupley who is fluent in both modern German and the old German handwriting Rupley is also a greatgreat grandson of Hermann Seele Several months later Rupley is slowly uncovering a rich and detailed account of political social and religious life in New Braunfels as seen through the eyes of one of the citys most influential settlers The book more than 150 years old con tains Seeles personal memoirs from the years 1850 to 1852 and according to Rupley has not yet been translated into English Friedrich Hermann Seele was a major in the Confederate Army and mayor of the city during the Civil War He was also a teacher writer district clerk state legislator and postmaster Recruited by Prince Carl he accompanied the settlers wagon train to New Braunfels in 1845 In the diary entries Seeles daily life describes his importance as a community leader in his activities in the churches coun ty courthouse singing clubs Schiitzen clubs and his statewide activities in organizing patriotic events See Its a lot of work but you don tjust sit there for hours and hours Its worth Julia Gremmer age 10 Sweet serenade K JESSIE Julia Gremmer can no longer finger her starter size violin Nowadays shes making beautiful music with a regular size violin that friends have lent her BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The home of Spencer and Sandy Gremmer is filled with beautiful music Spencer a New Braunfels Police Department officer plays classical guitar which son Jay has taken up Daughter Emma 3 is about to begin violin instruction When nobodys playing an instrument Mozart or Mahler may be wafting from the speakers of the familys stereo system But some of the most beautiful music of all in the Gremmer home is performed live by Julia 10 who plays hand bells at Cross Lutheran Church and has interests in singing and acting But hear her play the violin What started for Julia threequar ters of her life ago with Twinkle Twinkle Little has moved on to complex classical arrangements such as Mozarts Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Julia Gremmer comes from a musical heritage Her grandmother Viola Gremmer played violin taught music and participated in the community orchestra in San Antonio Its kind of been a family tradi Spencer Gremmer said All See INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Groobees play tonight Find out where inside Contested newsletter on agenda BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council could decide Monday whether to spend about a year on a monthly newsletter one council member said more than half of residents would probably throw away without even reading Council postponed a decision in June to develop a citywide newsletter which would be written by city staff in order to get more infor mation about content and look at examples of what other cities are doing Council will discuss the newsletter when they meet Monday in the council chambers at New Braunfels Municipal Build ing 424 S Castell Ave Councilman Robert Kendrick proposed cre ating a monthly newsletter to get more infor mation out to residents saying he often heard complaints about the lack of information the average resident received He said a lot of information was not readi ly available to the public such as openings on commissions and boards updates on con struction and street and drainage projects per mit requirements and employment opportu nities During discussion of the newsletter in June councilman Larry Alexander said the city did not have any statistics about how many people would actually read it Is it 1 percent 10 percent or half who would throw it away he said Kendrick said I think it would be higher than 50 percent who would throw it But Kendrick said a newsletter would reach more people with the same information on a consistent basis as opposed to local media or other organizational newsletters The total cost of printing and stuffing a white paper newsletter for residents would be a month or a year The cost for printing and stuffing a col ored paper newsletter wpuld be a month or a year Those figures do not include staff time to compose the newsletter If the newsletters were stuffed in New Braunfels Utilities bills the stuffing cost would See INSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 Ind out what happened to the forgotten musicai Movie correspondent Roy Hargrove discusses some classic musi cals that are being released on DVD Work of Grant Lathe on display at Hummel BY BETTY TAYLOR Staff Writer Many artists can paint or draw seashores sailboats horses Western landscapes cheetahs island settings or a variety of birds Not many however can successfully paint or draw all of these subjects Grant Lathe not only covers a wide range of subjects with his art he also uses a wide range of mediums to achieve his ends His works spanning several decades of artistic freedom are on dis play now through July 30 at the Hummel Museum 199 Main Plaza More than 100 works of the Canyon Lake resident were presented during an opening reception Thursday night Lathes versatility allows him to commu nicate in oils pastels watercolors acrylics and many other mediums Lathe said he enjoyed the freedom his artistic versatility has brought him I can paint something when I feel like he said explaining that some artists are like doctors specializing in only one field 1 like he said At the age of 12 Lathe knew he wanted to be an artist He said the seed was actu ally planted several years earlier It began See CHRIS Patrons view the work of artist Grant Lathe at a reception Thursday at the Hummel Museum 199 Main Plaza More than 100 pieces of the Canyon Lake residents art are on display i aMy
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