New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
FREE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC
By DAVID DEKUNDER
DEVIL’S BACKBONE — Some people find that ghost stories send chills and goose bumps down their spines, but for author Bert Wall ghosts and spirits offer refreshing tales.
“Ghost stories are entertaining,” Wall said. “They get your mind off the day-to-day bull you have to deal with.”
Wall has been listening to, writing down and researching stories about the spirits who have roamed and haunted Devil’s Backbone for most of his life.
Wall has gathered enough tales to write “Ghost Stories from the Texas Hill Country: The Devil’s Backbone,” already on bookstands in the Canyon Lake area. The book contains 22 short stories, a few of them experienced by Wall himself.
The 79-page book, published by Eakin Press of Austin, is available at the Page Mark Bookstore in Sattler and at the Twin Oaks Restaurant near Canyon Park Road.
In January 1996, four of the ghost stories were dramatized on NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries" television program. The program was filmed near the Walls’ ranch in Devil’s Backbone in northwestern Comal County.
Wall said he still gets calls from people who saw the program and were fascinated by his tales from the spiritual world.
Wall and his wife. Carolyn “CD.," have lived in the Devil’s Backbone area for the past 20 years. C.D. has helped Wall edit the books and articles he submitted to magazines and newspapers.
Wall said he took an interest in writing when he was still attending Lamar High School in Houston.
After he graduated from high school, Wall attended the University of Houston where he majored in history and political science.
Wall had worked as a commercial real estate developer and a rancher.
It was not until the early 1980s that Wall became serious about writing. Since that time, some of his stories have appeared in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, the Canyon Lake Times-Guardtan and the Houston Chronicle’s Texas magazine.
He has three novels to his credit.' Wall said two of his novels, “Gray Gunfighter” and “Ghost Dancer,” are westerns with ghosts and spints woven in the story lines.
Wall, 56, said he became familiar with the legends and ghost stories of the Devil’s Backbone area when he was a child in the late 1940s. His fam-
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“Ghost Stories from tne Tsxss HIN Country: Devil’s Backbone" is local author Bart Wall s latest offering. The collection of 22 ghost tales is available at Canyon Lake area book stands, ily lived in Wimberley then.
“I always enjoyed stories when I was a kid,” Wall said. "When someone tells a ghost story, I enjoy listening to them.”
When people tell him about their experiences w ith spirits. Wall said he can understand, since he has had encounters with spirits also.
“People have a lot of interest in these things,” Wall said. “I take things in such a way that I don’t condemn them on how they live. What they believe or don’t believe is their own business if it is in the limits of the law."
He said many people believe there are outside forces or spints which have watched them or v isited them at least once.
“It is like you are out in the woods and you are alone, yet you feel like somebody is watching you,” Wall said. “Seventy percent of the population said something (like that) happened to them.”
Wall said he first had a supernatural experience at the Civil War battleground in Vicksburg, Miss, during the time period of the late 1960’s and early 70’s.
“It was a cold, December day and it was about to rain,” Wall said as he relaxed on his codch “I was driving to the battleground when a force brought me to stop. I got to the top of the ndge, a hill. I look down into the area and I see a lot of trees, it is a wooded area. I am oblivious to the fact it is about to get dark.
“A few seconds later I look down below and I saw blue uniforms coming up the hill, men dying and bugles sounding I look at the ridge to the left and there are guys in gray uniforms with several cannons and a tattered Turn to Ghost, Page 2A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes tq; Truett Gots, Barbara Nance, Shari Rhoades, Sherry Santos, Fred Sotallo, Edna Clopton, Crystal Leigh Chlghlzola, Sherry Presley, C. J. Johnston (10 years old), Bryan Forester (9 years old), Seiglo Goode (9 years old), Ivan Morales (Monday), Kay Rust (Monday), Miles Hunter Noble (1 year old), Luge Paredez (72 years old), Theresa Werner (Monday), Jaime Sotelo, Manuel Camareno Jr. (Saturday), Aaron King, Dorothy Seidel (Monday), Lauren Bryann Dominguez (5 years old), Pastor Frank Llamaz.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Bridge In Qruene open for traffic
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the release level from the Canyon Lake Reservoir to 700 cubic feet per second, allowing the bridge over the Guadalupe River in Gruene to open to traffic. Previous release rates had caused the river to flow over the bridge, closing it to traffic and pedestrians. The release rate will be reevaluated on Monday based on current weather and river conflow Braunfels ISO schools out Monday
New Braunfels Independent School District schools will have a staff development day Monday; schools will be closed. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving where children might be at play.Hosts needed for exchange students
CHI, a non-profit program for high school students, is seeking local families for the upcoming school year. For information call (210) 656-3255 or (210) 393-6157.Hammer a nail for Habitat House No. 4
Habitat for Humanity of Comal County is building its fourth area house. Workers, helpers and gofers are needed Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memorial Day, when the home will be dedicated. Meals are provided at noon.Preschool play group starting at St. Paul's
The St. Paul Lutheran Playgroup is looking for new people. Moms and preschoolers are welcome to pin in from 11 a m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday. The group makes crafts, has a snack and has fun. For information call 625-6655.Square dance at Senior Center
Square dancing classes are held from 7 to 9 p m. each Thursday at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. Jim Hayes will be the caller. Anyone interested can call 606-5343 or just show up at the Senior Center.
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Better life through medical advances
ditions.Summer fun Bt NB Christian Academy
Summer Fun at New Braunfels Christian Academy will be June through Aug. 15 for children ages 3 to 10 for full or half days. Included will be Bible stories, arts and crafts and recreation. Call 629-6222 for information.Kids’ Day Out at NB Presbyterian Church
New Braunfels Presbyterian Church begins its new Kids1 Day Out pre-school program this fall. Registration is now open
to the public. The program will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays September through May for children 6 months through 4 years. Call 625-5141.
Ghosts along the Guadalupe
What: Free immunization clinic at Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26 Where: Rapids Pavilion next to Schlitterbahn’s Blastenhoff Section, Lincoln Street, New Braunfels Cost: Free
How: The Texas Department of Health and sponsoring public health offices will provide registered nurses to administer needed vaccinations to children through age 17. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and an immunization record must
be presented. Children should eat breakfast before coming for an immunization. All required vaccinations will be offered. Only the chicken pox vaccination and TB screening will not be available.
Reward: Each child immunized during the clinic will receive free admission to the waterpark for that day, or a certificate good for a free admission anytime until June 30, 1997. Since infants are admitted free at Schlitterbahn, the adult who brings a child age two or younger for a shot will receive a free admission certificate to the park. Each child immunized will
also receive a certificate good for a free Jr. Sundae at area Denny’s restaurants.
■ Texas ranks 28th among the 50 states for rates of immunization for children between 19 months and 35 months of age.
■ Vaccines do work. In 1995, there were only 14 measles cases in Texas, down from 4,500 cases between 1988 and 1992.
■ Tetanus cases cost Texas $2,2 million in 1994.
Source: Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts
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Trevor Payne examinee a Union Pacific locomotive near the city hall. The train wee part of the Railroad Jamboree held Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Hundreds of train enthusiasts poured into the Civic Center to see the model locomotlvea.
Shaking babies can cause death
By ABE LEVY
Cay Berthelot Quoyerers was a proud grandmother the day Robbie was bom.
The second of two grandchildren living in Austin, Robbie seemed to be developing normally as a young toddler until the day he suffered a seizure just 16 weeks into his life.
Family members were concerned about the incident but not nearly as alarmed as when test results showed the infant was suffering from massive bleeding in his head.
It was a nightmare for any parent or grandparent and immediately Robbie received expert medical attention,
While Robbie’s head had swollen, doctors covered his tiny body with tubes and monitors in an attempt to assess the damage, she said.
As with all suspicious child injuries, legal authorities were called in to question Robbie’s parents but it wasn’t until they talked to the nanny that they found out the truth, Quoyerers said.
Three days after the incident, the nanny admitted to shaking the baby, an action doctors believe caused the trauma more commonly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, Quoyerers said.
‘The immediate reaction was icy cold all over the body - that beating of your heart out of total fear,” Quoyerers said about the experience. “You
realize there are some things in our lives we have absolutely no control over. I thought I can’t question why this happened but I have to have something good come out of it.”
Now 16-months-old, Robbie has regained most of his vision, but doctors believe brain damage has occurred.
Quoyerers has jumped into the fight to raise awareness to help others avoid the same pain she went through with her grandson.
Shaken Baby Syndrome, an often hard-to-detect condition, results when caregivers shake babies violently, causing permanent brain damage and sometimes death.
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If vaccines in the 1950s had been as advanced and as available as they are today, Debbie Mason might be able to walk.
Mason said she became ill with polio in 1958 at the age of 4. Although the virus makes individuals ill for a short time, it can have lasting effects. Mason said these effects and their severity vary from person to person. Some suf-
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fer partial paralysis while others might only have a slight limp.
“When I had it, I was very severely effected by it and have not been able to walk since,” she said.
However, even those that only had minor complications from the polio begin to see symptoms up to 40 years later. Mason said the Post Polio Syndrome or the Late Effects of Polio occurs when the muscles or nerves working to make up for ones damaged by the virus simply get tired. She said this causes polio survivors to change
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Polio survivor touts benefits of immunizations
By DENISE DZIUK
Staff WriterFree immunizations are available at Schlitterbahn Saturday. See Opinion, 4A