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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 265 14 pages in 2 sections October 31 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Haunted house Girl still might live on Winn place BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY From the account that comes down to us today the accident that took the life of a young Comal County girl in the 1930s was a horrible and tragic one And to this day she hasnt gotten over it Randy and Cathy Winn have owned the house just off Texas 46 west of New Braunfels since 1985 The Winns built a beautiful Victorian home that overlooks it from a few yards away In the afternoons the brittle fall breeze blows off the pasture where the Winns longhorns graze The wind rattles the branches of the oak and chinaberry trees that shade the 18inch thick walls of the 150yearold handcut limestone home In its attic where the childrens sleeping loft used to be it whistles through the chinking between the logs and through the cedar shingles forever shaded from the sun by the rusty tin roof The same cracks that let in the breeze admit slivers of dusty sun light that show the pegandpost workmanship The homes builders oversee the property from their places in an overgrown family ceme tery on a bluff overlooking it Loose boards bang and the steep old stairs under the eaves creak but thats about as close as the house comes to telling any of its stories today Except Cathy Winn says for an unexplained sweet scent of perfume that is sometimes so strong it can be smelted from the grounds outside Henry Saur and his family rented the ranch house built in the middle 1800s from Herman Conrad Saw had a sawmill on the property rigged up to an old Model T Ford as were many in the day One day Saur was running his cir cular saw and his daughter as she often did was helping him Franklin Meyer grandson of Herman Conrad said tragedy struck the Saur family that day Saurs daughter got too close to the saw her beautiful long blonde hair got caught on it and she got pulled into it You know the rest The old saw blade is sitting a half mile to the east in Meyers pasture But the story wasnt over Subsequent residents of the home report some rather peculiar goings on Lights in the home have been said K JESSIE Cathy Winn sneaks a peek up the steep stairway into the former chil drens sleeping loft of the reportedly haunted home she and her husband Randy own off Texas 46 to turn themselves on and off with no help from human hands Living human hands that is Unbidden doorknobs turn doors have been reported to open and close and then latch themselves shut again Then there are the noises Cathy Winn was told a story about a former resident of the home a San Antonio College professor who reported a pretty frightening encounter with something or some one The way the story was told to me he was asleep and there was a knocking at the door which was unusual he thought because after all there was no reason for his wife to she said The door opened by itself Cathy Winn said but there was no one standing there and no one making the footsteps the professor heard coming across the floor toward the bed As if that were not bad enough the professor then watched as the foot See A Ghostly Night of or Treat Off the Street New Braunfels Marketplace 651 Business Loop I35 5 to 7 today As long as sup plies last retail will hand out candy to cos tumed children Halloween Happenings New Braunfels High School 2551 N Loop 337 6 to 8 today Chil dren can walk safely through the high school halls and play in an inflated castle Admission is free Also stop by a haunted house the drama club put together with some help from health occupation students Admission is for high school students and for everyone younger Halloween Safe Night Canyon High School 1510 E to 7 today All children elemen tary school age or younger accom panied by adults are invited to trickortreat in the cafeteria Admission is free Sattler Several business es along Farmto Market to 7 today Children can show off their costumes and collect some candy from busi nesses at the Canyon Lake Action Center RON Canyon Lake divers bring to shore the body of Yesenia F Lopez Sunday afternoon Lopez and her husband Temo Lopez of Alvin drowned Saturday in the Guadalupe River Divers retrieve couples bodies from Guadalupe BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Divers recovered the bodies of a Houston area couple Sunday after noon a day after they drowned in the Guadalupe River Pet 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder declared Yesenia F Lopez 27 and her husband Temo Lopez 22 of Alvin dead shortly after their bodies were pulled from the water at 4 and respectively Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry said the bodies were found about 10 yards from shore in water 10 feet deep They were directly across the river from where Hueco Springs enters a pool that is from 18 to 30 feet deep in places The husband and wife were found about 15 feet apart Wherry said Sheriffs Sgt Jimmy Limmer said the 13yearold sister of Yesenia Lopez saw the pair disappear in the river Saturday She told authorities that the couple and their son were swimming in the river a little after 5 when some kind of problem occurred What that problem was is unclear Limmer said the husband whose parents said Sunday was an excel lent swimmer got into some kind of trouble in the water near the far bank The victims sister reported Temo Lopez went under water followed moments later by his wife We were told Dad got in trouble and Mom tried to Limmer said Somehow the boy got to the far The young boy either swam or was pushed the few feet to the far Photo submitted Yesenia F and Temo Lopez and their two children ages about 6 and 1 The couple died Saturday in a swimming acci dent shore Accounts are unclear but somehow he made it up onto the rocky cypresslined bank Sher iffs officials said Saturday night that the boy was 6 years old The sister of the victim was play ing with the couples infant daugh ter at the near bank She left the infant with another camper and went upstream crossed the river at Hueco Falls and retrieved the son Witnesses said she was scream ing for help as she did so Ed Gillespie manager of Camp Hueco Springs said this was the first accident of this nature hed seen in that spot in 13 years The Lopez family had been on an overnight camping trip when the tragedy occurred Gillespie said The accident absolutely couldnt be alcoholrelated said Gillespie who is used to seeing plenty of alcoholrelated behavior in the summer There was no alco hol in the campsite he said Its sad to see this happen to a See Great pumpkins Students began turning in pumpkins at Wells Fargo Bank in Canyon Lake Monday for the pumpkin decorat ing contest that runs through 3 today with win ners announced at 5 INSIDE Ktyeocte76 Four degrees to NB city council Councilmans cousins J appointment complies with nepotism rules BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Atanacio Nacho Campos recent appointment to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees was made possible by a matter of degrees the degree of kin Rodriguez voted for other candidates MARTINEZ ship between fam ily members This past week a majority vote by four New Braun fels City Council members led to Campos appoint ment One of those The council had interviewed four candidates for the board in early Octo ber William Brown Jerry Ford and Anita Stipnieks were interviewed along with Campos However Mar tinez did not attend those interviews because of a family obligation The city has a nepotism law regu lating the appointments of council members family to city positions VUlCa Wao CitM Uy laiiitijr nj Campos is an attorney and has sev Campos first cousin Mayor Pro Tern But understanding that law is a lesson eral education degrees to his name Juan Luis Martinez NBU Board in the ins and outs of genealogy including his law degree masters and members are paid 100 a month who married who and who ones par bachelorls degrees from the University Councilman Robert Kendrick and ents and grandparents are of Texas Councilwomen Debbie Flume and No person related within the see But those are not the kind of Juliet Watson also voted for Campos ond degree by affinity or within the degrees in question Instead the issue Mayor Stpney Williams and Coun third degree by consanguinity to any is the confusing terms used to describe cilmen Larry Alexander and Lee
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