New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald Zeitung P.O. Box 361
New Braunfels, Texas 78131
Dive Kramer, General Manager Hobart J ob a sob. EditorAndy RooneyIs this a touch of humanity?
Last evening I was driving out of New York over one of the 20 or so bridges that siphon half the daytime population out of the city when I saw a small, nondescript brown puppy about 8 months old cowering along the rail as cars whizzed by very close to him. One wrong move and he’d be hit.
So often when you see something when you’re driving, you’re past it before you have time to make the decision to stop. Last night several cars in front of me had braked and I spotted the little dog while he was at the side of the car in front of me. The dog was terrified. There was no directin he could go in without being hit.
Several years ago, under similar
circumstances, I passed a dog lying on the center divider of a highway. He had been hit and I assumed he was dead but as I passed, his forlorn eyes looked up and caught mine. I did not stop.
Last night I put on my brakes and half expected the driver behind me to start honking his horn angrily. Leaving the car was out of the question so I leaned across and opened the door on the passenger’s side and called to the dog.
There was no honking behind me. The dog hesitated a minute, looked at me, looked around briefly at his desperate situation and jumped in. He came right for me and I barely got my arm up in time to fend off a lick he planned for my face. It was
one of the warmest gestures of thanks I’ve ever had.
That was all. The dog turned and sat on his haunches on top of the newspaper, a hat, a pair of gloves and a grocery list I’d left on the seat. He faced the windshield with a look of anticipation on his face that said, “Let’s go.”
When Gifford, our much-loved English bulldog died IO years ago it was so sad we didn’t consider getting another. Besides that, with the kids away from home, a dog would be alone in the house too much of the time. It seemed unfair to ask a dog to live with us.
But here I am, on my way home at six o’clock on a working day with a
dog who likes me. At the instant I opened the car door and saved him from being crushed under one of the 10,000 wheels crossing the bridge that hour, I was his best friend in the world. He had no collar suggesting anyone else cared about him.
The bridge leads into the Bronx, a section of New York not noted for its charm or beauty. The man in the car that had been behind me passed me on my left. He honked for my attention and gave me a thumbs up sign. It made me feel good.
In the three or four minutes it took me to get to the other side of the bridge, a hundred possibilities went through my head about the future of my new friend sitting next to me.
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MailbagResidents deplore pigeon poisoning
To the Editor:
We’re writing this letter to the mailbag in regard to the horrible, inhumane, senseless poisoning of pigeons under LH. 35 bridge Sunday April 14. We would not have known about this had it not been for a young couple who brought two young pigeons to our house thinking they were only hurt. As soon as I saw them I felt sure they had been poisoned by their glazed eyes and horrible jerking and shaking. When I told the young couple this, they went back to the bridge and they witnessed this horrible sight. Pigeons falling from their perches by the hundreds and a man from Bug-A-Meister picking them up and throwing them in plastic garbage bags before they were even dead. How cruel can a person be?
Have the people responsible for this terrible act ever given any thought to the consequences that might result, that a child might get hold of some of the deadly poison?
We ask everyone please do not bring us any more pigeons I we know you mean well) but the chances are that (99 to I) they have been poisoned and we just can’t stand to see any more die in our hands while we’re holding them trying to give them what little comfort we can. It tears our heart out to see them shaking and jerking while they are dying. Also our burial plot is full of poisoned pigeons that have been brought to us by caring people because we can’t just throw them in the garbage like Bug-A-Meister is doing.
Yes Bug-A-Meister is once again
responsible for this terrible crime, because as far as we’re concerned it is a crime to destroy a beautiful part of nature.
Our Federal Government spends millions of dollars each year maintaining refuges for our wildlife, to preserve our beautiful heritage. The senseless poisoning of these beautiful pigeons is indeed a black mark on New Braunfels. Surely there is someone in our town who can put a stop to this senseless poisoning.
To the people of New Braunfels we beg of you please watch your children and grandchildren very carefully because there’s no telling where all this deadly poison has been put out. Our children and grandchildren could very well be in danger. A child might get a hold of
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foam rubber three feet square that I’d covered with cloth to protect some furniture I carried in the car. He could sleep on that, I though, next to the stove in the kitchen.
I wondered what he liked to eat. If, as I suspected, he was a street dog, he probably wouldn’t like the gourmet dogfood they sell in the grocery stores in our neighborhood.
Before I’d traveled another IOO yards I brought myself up short. We just can’t have a dog, I thought. The terrible idea of taking him to the vet to have him humanely destroyed flashed in, and immediately out. of my mind.
I thought of turning around and going back into New York and leaving the dog with daughter Ellen
who lives there.
One the far side of the bridge I found a place to stop out of the flow of traffic. It wasn’t a good neighborhood but, keep in mind, this was no French Poodle, either. The dog was so friendly that it occurred to me that someone must have been good to him in his life. Maybe he was near home, I hoped.
I opened the door again. He looked first at me then he stared straight ahead through the windshield again. He was ready to keep going.
"You have to get out,” I said gently.
The little dog looked at me once more, looked out at the street and hopped out.
10 years ago
An expanding docket of misdemeanor cases and a recent order to begin prosecutionof delinquent property tax suits were the reasons given Monday for hiring an assistant county attorney. Paul Roberts, county attorney, said his work has been piling up due to changes last year in the Texas Criminal Code.
For the first time in its history, the Canyon High Cougar Baud took sweepstakes at the University Interscholastic league contest after winning first division ratings in concert and sightreading contest in Taylor on Tuesday. The band is directed by Mickey Pickett, and band officers include Lisa Elrod, secretary; Russell Hading, manager; Debbie Haag, vice president; and Tom McKown, reporter-historian.
Itinerant septic tank pumpers, also known as "snowbirds,” who allegedly have been defrauding Comal Countians, have led the county commissioners to establish a pumper permit system. The action was taken during Monday’s Com-nussioners Court session, and includes a permit fee.
Because of a $10,000 donation from the Wurstfest Association, die Nev* Braunfels Conservation Society was this week able to begin the groundwork on a pet project which has been delayed almost IO years. Society president Barron Schlameus said that the foundation was being readied at Conservation Plaza on Church Hill Drive for reconstruction of the 1852 Frederick Batege home
CAPTION: "Welded uito Place” Signs warning potential trespassers not to stand, walk, sit, run. jump or dive on or from Clemens Dam or risk a fuie of up to $200 were welded into place by Haul Cantu This was done to prevent individuals who have used the damsite while swimming and diving from tearing them off.
In a meet marked by a streaker’s run through the long-jump area at Unicom Stadium, both the Unicorn boys and girls track teams won the district title Friday. The Unicorns held off Sam Houston thanks to the first-place finish of the sprint relay team of David Cook, Bubba Garcia. Robert Gooden and Jerry Schmid The girls team took a lead it never relinquished when Carol Ebert passed two other runners on the fuial leg of the 880 relay.
25 years ago
some of this poison whi playing under the I.H. 35 bridge on a family outing.
Everyone knows that a small child will put almost anything in its mouth. Must we live in constant fear of our loved ones being poisoned because a few people want to destroy all the pigeons in New Braunfels, and a few people will do anything for money?
Citizens of New Braunfels beware your pets might be next. Because there’s no telling where all this deadly poison has been put...
Citizens of New Braunfels please come forward and help us fight against this senseless poisoning of the beautiful pigeons that have never done anything to anyone...
Norman and Agnes Kraft
A multi-million dollar twin ribbon of concrete is oozing its way through the southeast portion of New Braunfels, the final link of a four-lane divided expressway of Interstate 35 in Comal County. The entire project is expected to be completed by late summer.
Bob W. Long was authorized as the new vice-principal of New Braunfels Senior High School last week by the school board, Superintendent Cecil Willis announced Friday. I>ong, for five years a mathematics teacher at Junior High School, will also teach that subject at Senior High.
Letters from an unknown organization, the "Teachers’ Defense league,” were mailed to a large segment of New Braunfels 1SD faculty and to a number of other citizens Monday, protesting, among
other things, a clause in teachers’ contracts which was recently issued. The letter voiced concern over a paragraph governing termination of contract for "lack ai need of services.”
An election on a $1.9 million bond issue for school construction in the New Braunfels ISP was called for May 14 by the district’s board of trustees at a meeting Tuesday. The election will follow by six weeks the one on April 2, rn which a proposed $2.47 million issue was defeated by a slim majority of 308 votes out of 2,852 cast.
Valedictorian of Canyon High’s first graudating class will be Charlene Neugebauer, who attained a scholastic average of 96.75 Salutatorian is Barbara Riggs, whose average is 92.14.
50 years ago
Jus E. Abrahams and Frank D. Charlton, members of the Comal County Relief Board, Friday tendered their resignations to take effect immediately. Charlton was chairman of the board, frank B. Voigt was named acting chairman pending the appointment of two new members. Other members include Ernst Greene and Bailey Jones.
R.O. Fischer, county precinct no. 4, was elected to a place recently vacated by Edgar Kinase on the Comal County School Board in an election held April 6. Oscar Eismann and Herman Knibbe, of precincts I and 3, respectively, were returned to office on the board, defeated Albert Steinbring and Otto Krause, who received one vote each. Eismann received 8 votes, Knibbe 36; and
A.J. Luckett was elected president of the Lions Club for the ensuing year, at a luncheon meeting held Thursday noon. He replaces George E. Nowotny, who was elected to the office of lion tamer. Other officers chosen are Dr. E.G. Bielstein, vice president; R.B. Richter, treasurer; and Ernst Ethel, tail twister.
Closely following one of the worst dust storms ever experienced here, a light frost Saturday morning damaged grain and feed crops in the hill country northwest of New Braunfels. While the lowest temperature registered within the city was 41 degrees, young oat, corn and other crops such as potatoes were frozen to the level of the ground.