New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Columnist Tripp Holmgrain shares some of his humorous stories from the deer blind. Page 5A
FORUM HAPPY DAYS!
The only Wise Man left on the East Coast is Peter Jennings, and that makes the Bushes happy. Page 4A
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“Nobody knew what was going on. It was such a surprise”
— Wally Smith, New Braunfels
The Infamy of PEARL HARBOR
Affidavit: Teacher was raped, shot repeatedly
From staff and wire reports
SCHERTZ—The body of a San Antonio teacher missing for nearly two weeks has been found in a rural field in northeastern Bexar County, and a 33-year-old man has been charged with capital murder.
Former New Braunfels resident Diane Allison Tilly, 58, had been missing since Nov. 22 after she failed to deliver turkeys for a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Robbins Academy, a nontraditional high school where she was lead teacher.
Her body was found hidden under brush Saturday night near a small fishing hole in a farming area near Schertz. Authorities confirmed the identity of the body using dental records, said Assistant District Attorney Catherine Babbitt.
Ronnie Joe Neal, 33, was charged with capital murder Sunday morning, only hours after the victim’s body was found.
In the affidavit for Neal’s arrest on the new charge obtained by the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Bexar County homicide investigator A. J. Damiani alleged Neal’s daughter held Tilly at gunpoint and watched as her father sexually assaulted the woman.
She was later taken to a remote area of
See DIANE TILLY, Page 2A
the USS Munford
WALLY SMITH was aboard thm USS Honolu
From the collection of Alex Prochnow
Backdrop photo is an official U.S. Navy photograph taken Dec. 7,1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Properties around airport spared from annexation
By Hon Maloney
City council Monday night voted not to annex properties north of New Braunfels and around the airport under agreements the landowners won’t develop for three
Left out of the agreements reached through “restrictive covenants” with landowners were properties along Texas 46 and south of the airport that would enable the city to have a jumping-off point in a new round of annexations to begin in january.
Some of the affected property owners, who had hoped to avoid annexations for three years under the rejected agreements, were not pleased.
“i'm going to fight them,” said Bruce Key, a homeowner southeast of the airport who had negotiated one of the agreements not accepted by council Monday night. “The guys with the big money run over the little guys. They’re going to take me one way or
See ANNEXATION, Page 2A
63 years can’t erase the vivid memories of attack
By Leigh Jones
Sitting in the office of his Canyon Lake home, Alex Prochnow is surrounded by memories.
Above his desk hang pictures of the ships he served on during World War II.
In his lap, he holds an album filled with pictures of exotic places — Hawaii, Fiji, Panama, Cuba.
Life as a sailor in the Pacific Fleet was an adventure with amazing scenery, until the war broke out.
The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that claimed 2,403 lives and left 21 American ships sunk or damaged and 188 aircraft destroyed changed forever the lives of many men and women.
More than six decades after tile day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed would “live in infamy,” three Comal County residents — Prochnow, Bob Lewis and Wally Smith — can still vividly recall what FDR called the “the unprovoked and dastardly attack” that would result in a declaration of war against the Japanese Empire.
Saturday, Dec 6,1941
After spending a week training at sea, Bob Lewis was ready to play.
As soon as he disembarked the USS Mugford, a Bagley class Destroyer, he headed straight for Honolulu, where his motorcycle was waiting for him at the local YMCA and some friends were cranking up a party at their house on Canal Street.
Hawaii, Lewis said, was a great place to be stationed.
T he weather was balmy, the scenery was breathtaking and the people were friendly.
The United States Navy was not stingy with shore leave, either.
“There was plenty of liberty,” Lewis said. “Life was fun.”
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Across the harbor from the Mugford, Alex Prochnow sat aboard the USS Montgomery, a Breese class Light Destroyer Minelayer.
He was supposed to begin his shore leave that day, but he had swapped his day with another sailor who insisted he needed to be on land that Saturday.
On the bridge, where he worked as a sig-
A public ceremony in remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day will be held today.
WHERE: Prince Solms Park Veterans Memorial
YOU SHOULD KNOW: All 3 of the veterans interviewed for this story were invited to be present for today's ceremony.
nalman, Prochnow thought about meeting his Australian friends at church the next day
“I met a lot of people at church,” he said. “We were often invited into homes for meals after service. I really enjoyed my time there.” SKS
Like Prochnow, Wally Smith was stuck on board his ship, the USS Honolulu, a Brooklyn class Light Cruiser, after spending a week at sea.
His shore leave was not scheduled to begin until Sunday, when he planned to spend some time swimming at Waikiki Beach.
Although he never learned to surf, Smith
See PEARL HARBOR, Page 5B
“The battleships looked like matchsticks. It was a horrible sight to behold.”
- Alex Prochnow, Canyon Lake
2004 CHEER FUND
Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Ch Fund. To donate -
■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St, New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18.
Thanks to the following for their support:
■ Eugene and Laura Koenid
■ David and Charline Johnson B Mr. and Mrs. Bartsch
B Leona Lohr B Will and Vonnie Stauffer B Stanley and Viola Kohlenberg
■ Ruth Heitkamp
■ Abraham Ybarra
■ Ann Phelps
■ Joseph and Geraldine Flore
■ Ronnie and Betsy McKean B Martha Rahe
■ Ralph and Betty Lackner
■ Wallace and Dorothy Johnson
■ Archie and Elizabeth Culpepper
B Several anonymous donors
B Mrs. S. David
Express mail delivery—the old fashioned way
By Ron Malonoy
It was just like the old days Saturday, in front of the Sclunitz Hotel on Main Plaza.
The really, really old days.
Folks sitting on the steps in balmy weather that had a feel more of October than December chatted with a couple of local politicians while waiting for the daily carriage that brought the mail.
Only Saturday was the year 2004 and not, say, 1854, when the Schmitz, among this city’s first hotels, was the local mail stop.
The politicians were County Commissioner Jan Ken-nady, who was standing in for state Rep. Carter Casteel, and New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez, who read a holiday proclamation by Gov. Rick Perry.
T he mail was being carried by Sandy Self, David Wieden-feld, Gordon Geren, Glenn Hover and Don Johnson of the New Braunfels Heritage Riders, who were on their way to Fort Sam Houston as part of the 16th annual “Christmas
See DELIVERY, Page 2A
New Braunfels Heritage Riders deliver a holiday proclamation from Gov. Rick Perry.