New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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In 1921, New Braunfels native Milton Galle left his hometown for an expedition in the Arctic. But something went wrong. He and his friends were never seen again, and they remain ...
This photo depicts New Braunfels native Milton Galle and four companions who joined him on an
expedition to the Arctic in 1921. Galle is believed to have died there and hasn’t been heard from since.
Author captures story of New Braunfels man, his friends
By Dylan Jim6nez
Milton Galle left New Braunfels in 1921. The 19-year-old descendant of New Braunfels’ founders sought adventure this small Texas town could not provide.
He would find it on the other side of the world and die living it.
The story of his two-year expedition in the Arctic has been retold by author Jennifer Niven in “Ada Blackjack: A I Vue Story of Survival in the Arctic.”
The same sense of discovery that led Galle to the Arctic led Niven and a local librarian to seek his story.
The book, released in November, tells the story of four men recruited to colonize and claim an island north of the Russian mainland for Canada and their young Inuit cook Ada.
A 20-year-old geology student in Canada headed the expedition. The group* was given supplies to last six months and then released onto the uninhabited island in 1921.
A supply ship was supposed to come ip the summer of 1922. It never arrived.
One of the men fell ill, and the other three men, including Galle, set off in January 1923 to get help. They were never seen again.
“It’s not the Arctic itself— it’s the stories that happen there,” Niven said.
Although the story centers around Ada Blackjack, Galle’s story begins the book.
The “spirited,” ■ Niven will speak restless man grad-about her book
Saturday at 2 uated from high p m. at the library, school but wanted nothing to do with higher education. He was selling rawhide whips before he decided to leave.
“Unfortunately, he vanishes halfway through the book," Niven said.
Galle’s character interested Niven so much she decided to speckle the end of the book with speculations of his death and stories of his family back home in New Braunfels.
She had an abundance of information from research done by Lynn Thompson, a local librarian.
Readers are introduced to Galle’s parents through letters written by the expedition’s sponsors.
“I thought in so many of these adventure stories you don’t really see the people who are left behind — the ones so affected by all this,” Niven said.
To get information on Galle, Niven put an ad in the Herald-Zeitung. She received no response.
Niven called Thompson for help, and Thompson began researching Galle in September 2001. Niven and Thompson communicated frequently by e mail. They toured the Galle family home on Academy Street and visited his parents’ graves.
Before Niven contacted Thompson, she knew nothing of New Braunfels and little about the Galle family.
Thompson provided an abundance of information on Galle and is acknowledged in the book as a major research contributor.
Thompson did several months of research, interviewing locals and looking up past newspaper articles.
little by little, Galle’s personality began to appear and Thompson was fascinated by his story.
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County flu shot supplies limited
At-risk patients get first priority
By Dylan Jtm6nez
Comal County I lealth Department has exhausted its supply of flu vaccine as the number of flu cases exceeds 10 times last year’s rate.
“There’s been such a demand this year,” said Karon Preiss, : AVOID TMC FLU
Comal County nurse.
About 12,000 county residents were vaccinated this year, 7,000 of whom received their shots from the health department.
The vaccination rate is “pretty good,’’
Still, the number of vaccinations was not enough to keep the flu out of the county.
It hit harder and earlier this year than last.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that the number of states pummeled by the flu has nearly doubled to 24 in the past week.
The government rushed to sliip HK),OOO doses of the vaccine to combat shortages and head off what could become one of the worst flu seasons in years.
The outbreak has taken a toll nationwide: At least 23 children have died. Schools have shut down. Emergency rooms have been filled with sick children. And doctors’ offices have turned away droves of people seeking flu shots.
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B Avoid contact with sick people.
■ Don t eat or drink after anyone.
• Wash hands frequently
■ Keep hands
away from the face, nose, mouth and eyes where illness can enter the body
H Dress appropriately for the weather.
H Keep clothing and body clean
H Avoid large crowds, especially with an infant
New Braunfels holiday festivities are going into their last major weekend Find oui what you won't want to miss.
A New Braunfels fire-fighers waits Thursday night outside a burning house on S. Peace Street as his colleagues try to contain a fire that spread to the building's attic. The blaze is thought to have begun near a heater located in this shed, adjacent to the house.
Fire ravages home while family out shopping
From Staff Reports
A New Braunfels family was in San Antonio shopping for Christmas presents Thursday night when their house caught fire, suffering $30,000 in damage.
Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said New Braunfels firefighters responded at 6:58 p.m. to a structure fire on the 400 block of S. Peace Avenue.
A neighbor had called 9-1 -1.
Soon after the first truck arrived, firefighters called for backup.
“The whole department respond-bradv CHEB/HerakFZeiujng ed,” Brinkkoeter said.
When firefighters arrived, they had to force entry to the house because no one was home.
The family’s decorated Christmas tree was visible through the living room window as firefighters battled the blaze and smoke rose out of die attic.
Brinkkoeter said preliminary reports suggest a gas heater in an outside storage shed next to the house started the fire while the family was out of town.
T he fire rose up next to the house and was spread to the attic by the wind, Brinkkoeter said. The storage shed was burned to the frame.
Firefighters had the fire under control widiin an hour, although the attic, fed by insulation, burned longer.
Firefighters used chainsaws to cut through the ceiling so they could contain the fire in the attic.
The family Uiat occupies the house arrived on the scene at about 8 p.m. — a Hispanic man and woman holding the hands of two young girls.
Brinkkoeter said the Red Cross is assisting them.
“We got the family taken care of for tonight,” Brinkkoeter said Thursday. “They’re going to stay with family.’’