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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas JANUARY COUPONS SAVINGS j Get a free kids buffet dinner at I Mr Gattis off a onehour massage and a free breakfast taco at El Jardin Inside SPORTS HEADS UP New Braunfels boys finish Unicorn tour nament with 21 record Pago IB fill fflR ftDC SOUTHWEST HKRO t OR EL PASO 7990 SIG ona Countysince Vol 163 No 61 26 pages 4 sections CL1CIS WWW Partly cloudy High Low 62 43 Details 3B j DEARABBY 8C CLASSICS 10 I COMICS 46 GR03SWORC5 4C FORUM 4A SPORTS IB FRONTanci CENTER Inset Photographs of Landa Park from the early 1900s taken from the book Images of New Braunfels Volume One DAVID No trip to Landa Park is complete without a ride on the Landa Park Railroad Pam Erickson and her son Thomas 5 are regular riders on the miniature train The train and other kiddie rides have been the park since the 1950s 1845 Prince Carl of Solms Braunfels starts a settlement near what is now Landa Park 1847 William Merriweather buys 480 acres around Comal Springs 1860 Joseph Landa buys the property from Merriweather 1898 Josephs son Harry devel ops Landas Park 1927 Landa sells the property and the park is closed 1936 City of New Braunfels buys 128 acres of the park and restores it 1969 Parks Department cre ated to oversee Landa Park A gathering spot since the towns founding maintenance will be Landa Parks challenge By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer Landa Parks natural beauty has drawn people to New Braunfels since the citys founding The wealth of resources especially the rivers lured Prince Carl of Solms Braunfels to found the city in 1845 When his caravan of German colonists realized they couldnt make it to West Texas the prince was told of the Comal Springs He was entranced by its great beau according to The Oasis of a public relations book printed for Landa Enterprises in 1902 SolmsBraunfels bought the land from its Spanish owners That was purchased and that was our first said Everett Fey author of New Braunfels The First It was probably the beauty of the water and the resources that made that place so Fey said The land was divided into 10acre lots and New Braunfels was founded Two years later William Merriweath er bought a 480acre tract of land around the Comal Springs according to The History of New Braunfels and Comal County by Oscar Haas That same year Joseph Landa and his wife both poor of purse but stout of heart came to the colony and started a small mercantile business according to The Oasis of In 1860 after succeeding in his busi ness he was able to buy the land and the mill from Merriweather Landa would become rich and pass on his wealth and property to son Har ry Landa Haas said it was again the beauty of Landas land that led to its development as a park in 1898 In 1897 Helen Gould daughter of a See LANDA PARK Page 6A DAVID Gianna left Fiona and Allen McMurrey watch as a flock of birds lands in trees across the Comal River from where they were enjoying a snack at Landa Park Fiona loves to come to the park to feed the ducks Trace McNeel 5 works on his peewee cattle show manship Saturday afternoon at the Livestock Show Cowboy in training Svoboda joins 4way race for P4 constable 2004 The primary ejection will be conducted March 9 From Staff Reports Canyon Lake resident Alan Svoboda joined three other candidates in the contest for Precinct 4 constable Precinct 4 stretches from Spring Branch north of Canyon Lake and east of the Guadalupe River into New Braunfels Svoboda began his law enforcement career with the Harris County Sheriffs Department in 1985 where to worked four years He moved to the La Porte Police Department where he was a patrol officer who became certified as a Department of Transporta tion inspector was a mem ber of the SWAT team the dive and rescue team swift water rescue team and was a field training officer Svoboda stayed at La Porte until he retired He has a bachelor of sci ence degree in criminal jus tice and holds an advanced peace ofiBcer certification See 3A CIVICCENTER Firm would update study By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will consider Monday hiring a consulting firm to conduct another feasibility study on expanding the existing civic center or building a new facility The study would update a 1999 study We need to get updated informa tion regarding the convention market and what level well be competing said Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez Everything has changed since and pur Chuck Pinto thinks it would be a good Rodriguez said Pinto contacted CSL International a consulting firm in Min neapolis to conduct the study See CIVIC CENTER Page 6A AT A GLANCE New Braunfels City Council Monday Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Annexation leaving less wiggle room By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The distance between the city limits of New Braunfels and Schertz is only 500 feet and with this years annexation plans New Braunfels will reach San Mar cos along 135 Seguin has annexed north on Texas 46 toward New Braunfels and the two cities extraterritorial jurisdictions ETJ already overlap South on FarmtoMarket 1863 the ETJs of San Antonio and New Braunfels butt against each other Were bumping up against four said Frank Bobbins director of planning and community development At some point we wont be able to annex any far ther Donald Smith Robins counterpart in See ANNIXATION Page 3A ia Your KRAFT Aiways listening always working for you Now Offering NEXTEL Specialists ATW Wireless
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