New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Sundance golf course to provide a paradise for local linksters. See SportsDay, Page U A
The Raza bandstand
Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jackie Brinkkoeter, Rosa T. Torres, and happy belated birthdays to Adolpho Castro (17 years), Alan Biteche (15 years), Ella Haas, Doothy Seidel and Kaylin Schmidt (eight years).
Fondest Kinderchor Reunion set
The New Braunfels Kinderchor is hosting a reunion of all past Kinderchor members to join in a sing-along on May 6 at the Folkfest.
The Folkfest, located on Churchill Drive, will be a celebration and exhibition of German heritage. The Kinderchor and past members will sing at Stage 2, by the Texas Handmade Furniture Museum Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m.
A practice will be held at the Comal County Senior citizens Center on Landa Street. For information, call David C. Smith at 629-1785.
Auditions slatod for touring youth company
Auditions for the Inner Circle, Circle Arts Theatre's touring youth company, will be held this Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m., at the theatre, located in Landa Park. Boys and girls, ages 13 to 18 are invited to try out for a position in the company.
lf interested, they should prepare a one-minute monologue or perform a short duet scene with a partner, lf unable to attend auditions, arrangements can be made for another time by calling 629-4808 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Inner Circle brings theater to the schools of Central Texas.
May Pols dedication today
Today at 3 p.m., the German-American Society of New Braunfels will dedicate a Maibaum (May Pole) in front of the Wurstfest grounds on Landa Street. The May Pole depicts the first 150 years of New Braunfels' history.
Retired Eagles to meet
Retired Eagles Activities Club meets April 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Eagles Hall. Hamburgers furnished by the club, members may bring chips. Those with a birthday or anniversary this month bring cake or cookies.
Retired teachers to meet
The Canyon Lake Retired Teachers will have their regular meeting Monday, April 24 at 9:30 a m. at the conference center at Rio Raft, located one quarter mile east of Sattler on River Road. All retired school personnel are invited.
The winning numbers
Est $11 million jackpot
Unicorns pound Cougars 16-5
Jeremy Moeller pounds one out of the park in New Braunfels victory Friday night. See Page 11A
Terror close to home
■ Does the terror bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma make you feel less safe? See the Herald-Zeitung question of the week. Page 4A
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42 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, April 23,1995 *’ Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KATHERINE MARIE KNEUPER
Parade highlights German heritage
(Vol. 143, No 116
By CRAIG HAMMETT
There were balloons everywhere, and flags. The people, young and old, came with full gear; lawn chairs, coolers and more than a few video recorders, all to watch an event that happens every 150 years.
The Sesquicentennial Parade wound through downtown New Braunfels Saturday as thousands watched and marched, some doing both. They marched with bands, with clubs, church groups, businesses and even families just celebrating the fact that they were related to those founding fathers who walked the same soil those years ago.
“This is a pretty good,” said Jackie Nolte, whose ancestor George Ullrich, was Comal County’s first sheriff. “Half the people are in the parade.”
Wearing a Founder’s pin like many in attendance, Nolte said he met several people at the Prayer Breakfast last month, many who had come from out of town. He said he knew his family’s history mainly through relatives’ stories.
Others found out through research. Evelyn Reininger and her family drove from the Austin area to participate in the parade. They along with many families carried signs naming their ancestors who were founding pioneers. She said the Comal County Genealogy Society helped them with their participation in the event.
“We did all the research and even traced our family back to the 1600s,” she said.
While history may have been the theme Saturday, just plain fun was what most wanted as they looked for friends and relatives, or just watched.
“We’ve heard about it (Sesquicentennial) all along,” said Joe Vela whose wife Sedelia was recording their son Joshua who marched with the New Braunfels High Band. “It’s nice. Saturday makes it a lot better because more people can come out.”
Several entrants Iran Germany, including city dignitaries from Braunfels and a band marched at the front of the parade. They, along with several hundred Germans, have been in town this past week for the celebration.
“The parade is good,” said Gerald Friednch in German, who went on to explain that Braunfels, Germany will soon be celebrating 750 years and is planning a huge festival also. Local Kenneth Fiedler has been a host this week and said they even took the Ger-
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tony Leanos Jr. and Victor, Rose and Tony Leanos Sr. listen to Rosie y los Muchachos in Landa Park Saturday.
Not just another day in the park
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Natural Bridge Caverns dinosaur gets hugged by kids.
Members of the New Braunfels Music Study Club acknowledge the crowd.
mans down to Indianola on the coast and retraced the original trail.
Friednch was more interested Saturday in watching entrants he could not see in Germany, like a manachi band which especially grabbed his attention.
Many of the participants walked back down San Antonio Street just to get a glimpse of the rest of the parade. Others were ready to call it a day.
Boy Scout Justin Parchman of New Braunfels helped carry the Sesquicentennial banner, nght at the front with the Sheriffs Posse Color Guard. He said he knew some things about the Sesquicentennial he had learned with his American History class and he was glad he had a chance to be in this parade.
“I guess 50 years from now, I’ll be riding in a firetruck or something,” he said.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Wunderbar! A good time was had by all. First founder families or out-of-towners. young or old, worker or reveler — the consensus was that New Braunfels throws one wunderbar 150th birthday party.
“I’m keeping four German people, two couples,” Maurice Fischer said.
It’s early and the crowd in the Marketplatz is still sparse. Fischer is manning the Sesquicentennial poster booth. He is busy explaining, in German and/or English, the significance of each image on the Thom Ricks creation.
“When I’m out of this booth, we’re going to the park, drink some beer, and have some fun,” he said.
Landa Park was alive with music and children’s games. From Tejano to country to German to high school bands — some spectators were comfortably lounged in lawn chairs, others literally danced in the street. “It’s just a beautiful party in the park,” Tish Minica said.
Minica watched her two children enjoy the many children’s games. “For the kids the best part is the contests — the seed spitting contests,” she said. “I enjoy the dancing.” She, like scores of other parents, hopes the kids’ energy will hold out so the family can take in the Artworks and the outdoor dancing.
“My favorite game is probably the sack races because I’ve never done this one before,” said young Phillip Tieman. He sampled much of celebration’s offerings, from German bands to children’s fare. “I liked the Alpenfest best,” he said. That’s the one with the huge alpenhorn.
Whole families were involved in different aspects of the Sesquicentennial celebration. “My husband’s in Wurstfest, so we’re going to stay and do it all,” mother Brenda DcSte-fano said.
“I’ve been over here in the kids’ section st) far,” DeStefano said. “Later I’m selling tickets for the Sesquicentennial quilt. They’re raffling that tonight,” she said. “I don’t want to miss the fireworks. That’s one of the things I’m looking forward to the most,” she said. The Sesquicentennial day holds a special
significance for descendants of the First founders. Betty Jean and Melvin Pankau both trace their roots to the settling of the New Braunfels area. “I’m of the founding families, Betty Jean said. “He came from across the nvcr and his family probably got here around the same time.”
The Pankaus had been at the celebration since 12:30. “We’re going to go back home and then we’ll be back for the fireworks and the dance tonight,” Betty Jean said. "We’re taking advantage of the whole day .”
Melvin remembers the centennial celebration. “Now it’s 150, so that makes me 50 years older," he said. “That kind of stands out.”
Jan Heitkamp Sansom and her family are connected to the first founders by the Jahn, Heitkamp and Heidemeir families. “We marched in the parade this morning,” Sansom said. “Whenever we’d start hearing people clapping really loud we’d look and it would be somebody I knew as a kid, and they’d be waving.”
Sansom was in the centennial parade as a baby. “So this is kind of special,” she said. “I don’t remember it, obviously but my mother has all these pictures of me as a baby,” Sansom said.
The day holds a different significance for son Geoffrey Sansom. “I pcrtonally liked the swap meet with all the old antique cars out at the fairgrounds,” he said.
The Sesquicentennial celebration owes its success to a virtual army of volunteers. "Our organization has about 220 members, "Wurstfest 1995 Executive Director Suzanne Herbelin said. "Of course, today there are many, many more volunteers taking part in the activities throughout the grounds and throughout the park," she said.
Many celebrants have discovered family and historical ties they never knew they had, Herbelin said. "So ifs been a real learning experience for everybody who's taken part, and fun too," she said.
"Lots of people today have been asked to keep a record of what they've done today to put in the time capsule," Herbelin said "So there's lots for people to look forward to 50 years from now."
Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. lands $7.1 million loan
By CRAIG HAMMETT
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
The Texas Water Development Board Thursday approved a $7.1 million loan to the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation for continued development of a regional water system.
The CLWSC, formed in 1991, purchased
26 independent water systems in 1994. They are linking the individual systems in the Canyon Lake area in hopes of providing better water service to the area.
According to a release from the Texas Water Development Board, the CLWSC intends to purchase more privately-owned water supply sytems in the area and link them with others. They are also constructing a new
500,000 gallon surface water treatment plant at Canyon Lake and plan to extend that to 1.5 million gallons per day.
Proceeds from this loan will be used to fund the purchase of existing facilities in the area, to make water system improvements, and to refinance the coiporation’s currently outstanding bank notes which carry a mortgage lien on the system’s property.
Downtown market study results
Tuesday, April 25 al 7:30 a.m. market study results concerning shopper trends in New Braunfels will be presented ai the Plaza Diner. The new study will point out the strengths and weaknesses of Historic Downtown New Braunfels, according to shoppers in the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake area as well as point out shopper trends.
Breakfast will be available. For reservations, call Main Street at 608-21 (X).For subscription,advertising or news information, call 625-9144