New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wight—examining the beginning of life
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Minnie Giesecke Wight’s “How and When Does A New Human Life Begin?” published early this year in San Marcos, is not an anti-abortion pamphlet. Ifs not a sermon in favor of birth control.
Ifs a little book, in fact, that doesn’t offer easy answers at all.
What it does offer is some solid information, which Wight feels will help readers to make up their own minds in a controversy that’s making its share of headlines in these modern times.
‘‘I have in mind that ifs for young people who are wondering about all this business,” said Wight. "I consider myself a missionary. What I want is for more people to understand life before birth.”
She used much the same approach here as she did in her 1981 booklet on the geology of the Edwards Aquifer. Both publications try to put complex scientific realities into easily understandable terms.
"How and When” is geared to a junior
high school audience, Wight said. It’s on sale at Krause Books in Lands Plaza.
Its 30 illustrated pages outline the basic principles of heredity, touches on the question of environmental influence and covers the development of a fetus from fertilization to birth. There’s also a brief account of early theories on prenatal development, dating back to Aristotle.
Wight, a New Braunfels resident for the past IO years, has always been interested in child development in general, and prenatal in particular. When her husband, Edward Allen Wight, was teaching at the University of California at Berkeley, Mrs. Wight worked on a textbook, which she had tentatively titled Human Ufa and Human Living. She never found a buyer for the book, however.
“McGraw-Hill considered it,” she said. "But they said, ‘School boards won’t buy it. They don’t want anything that has sex in it.’”
Some of the work she did on that book appeared in “How and When,” which
Wight hasn’t tried to sell to schools. However, she would like to see it in libraries, and she thinks some churches might be interested. A sister-in-law in another state told Wight that her Methodist minister wanted to order the books in quantity, and give one to each couple he married.
Though the little book includes some pretty specific information, Wight considers it to be non-controversial. After all, it’s straight biology.
“Much discussion and debate goes on as to when a new human life should be said to begin,” she states in her preface. “Biology cannot provide answers to the questions about human ‘rights’ which almost invariably lie at the heart of these debates... these are moral and legal questions.”
And Wight’s book ends with questions, rather than answers.
"Did you like the end?” she asked. "I say, ‘What about the unborn's right to be bom a healthy baby? What about the un-bom’s right to be born a wanted baby?”’
Kearney—realistic tale of the Midwest
Midwestern readers of Capper's Weekly are getting a look at their own 19th-century roots by way of Texas.
LaNelle Dickinson Kearney was born in Kansas, and spent part of her childhood there. But her novel The Farm, now running as a serial in the tabloid Capper's, was written from her present home in Clear Spring.
A retired teacher of English and choral music, Kearney has published a few articles, including a short biography of John William Smith, last courier of the Alamo.
The Farm, which tells the story of Calvin and Nancy O’Neil and their homestead outside
Waterville, Kansas, is her first book to see print. It's an example of the genre Kearney seems to like best: fiction based closely on fact.
Even her biography of Smith started as a book-length dramatization. But the San Antonio publishers told her that if it was a biography, it couldn't be fiction, and vice versa. So she took all the improvised conversation out, and "after that, it was just an article," Kearney said.
The farm in her new book "is my father’s own farm," said Kearney, who was born there some years after the story begins in 1863. Her account of pioneer
life is based on research into the era. Events mentioned in the book — a winter of record snows, a disastrous plague of grasshoppers, and the founding of Waterville itself — actually happened when Kearney said they did.
“The main character, Calvin O’Neil, I patterned after Papa, because he was such a handsome man,” Kearney added. But the rest of the O'Neils, and their individual life stories, are completely fictitious. Including Black Thunder, an Indian chief who struck up an odd relationship with the just-married O’Neils.
“That just came to me,” said Kearney.
Doeppenschmidt F uneral Home handled final arrangements for Hedwig Bose of 730 Howard St., apartment number five. She died Monday, April ll at McKenna Memorial Hospital, at the age of 85. No funeral service was given. Miss Bose, a retired registered nurse, was born in New Braunfels on Jan. 27, 1898 She was the daughter of Moritz Bose. She is survived by one sister, Pauline Harrelson of New Braunfels.
The Kev. J. Un wood Kennedy will conduct services for Gilbert Wilke, 84, at 2 p.m. Friday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the
Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Wilke, of RL I, Box 389, died Wednesday, April 13 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Guadalupe County, but was born in San Antonio on Feb. 28, 1899. His parents were Fred and May I Neff) Wilke. He was a retired farmer and a Protestant. On Nov. 22,1924, he married Sophie Voss, who survives as his widow.
Mr. Wilke is also survived by two daughters, Frances Tschoepe and Myrtle Elley; a half-brother, O.B. Wilke of San Antonio; eight grandchildren and IO great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Gilbert M. Tschoepe, Martin Tschoepe Jr., David Tschoepe, Virgil Tschoepe, Bussell Elley and Ronald Elley.
Deptawa to study outdoor education
Darren Deptawa will be seeing a lot of the great outdoors this summer, thanks to an essay he wrote.
Deptawa, a student at New Braunfels High School, was one of the winners of an essay contest sponsored by the San Antonio chapter of the Safari Club. As a result, he will attend the American Wilderness leadership School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, said Dan Rheiner Jr., chapter president.
Students at the wilderness school will spend IO days learning about wildlife management, repelling, gun safety, horseback riding, canoeing and other facets of outdoor education. They will meet other students from all over the country, and one outstanding student will receive a 12,000 scholarship to the university of his choice at the end of the school.
Deptawa is the second New Braunfels High School student to participate in the program.
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"The pencil just writes, and it really surprises me what it says.”
Her editor at Capper's Weekly told Kearney that her characters were quite believable, because each one had both good and bad traits. This surprised the author.
"I didn’t know there was any bad in Calvin, because I patterned him so closely after my father,” she said.
When she turned over the final manuscript, the Capper's editor told
her to "get busy on another one,” Kearney said.
So she did a sequel, which picks up where The Farm left off, following the careers of the late Calvin O’Neil’s great-grandchildren. She plans to pack the manuscript this week, when she and her husband Milo take a trip to Kansas.
"My husband says this book is more introspective,” she said. "I hope they’ll want it."
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