New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes front tho Horald-Zaltung!
The Afav Braunfels Herald-Ittamg extends the following birthday wishes to; Angela D1 Alfonso* Wayne Forterle* Jason Hint (14 years!), Roe! Garde, Lorena Thomas, Bate Bond, Robert IL Sohn, Lloyd J. Taylor,Nina Baldwin, Merry Mfgtrif connie w iiuspcrpr y Margaret Alves, Chavela Cantu, Joyce Fink, Lee Frerich, Jean Heck, Marjorie Rues, John Meyer, Sarah SmalL Happy Anniversary to Ernesto & Elida Sotelo.
Donations to H-Z Choor Fund continuo
Aiea citizens continue to submit donations to the Herald-Zeltung's Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays.
Anyone wishing to donne can do so-in person by coming by the Herald-Zeitung office rt 707 Lands St, or mil Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery st 625-9144. The drive's goal was met Friday, however, donations for next year's project will still be aoocpted. Although 200 food baskets was the original goal this year, donations allowed for sn extra 50 baskets, according to Avery.
Delivery will take place Thursday afternoon.
Todays donations include:
■ Jim ft Carolyn Kilkenny -$25
■ John & Laurie Malik-$20
City*! CHH Dim—tow recycling begins Duo. 28
The dty of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be sponsoring the 8th annual Christ-. mas tree recycling program in Lands Park, beginning Dec. 26.
An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees. Approximately 1,491 trees were converted to mulch last Christmas. Approximately 7,448 trees have beni mulched during the last seven years, mb— Chtfslmrts songbooks avails bl#
A few copies of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Christmas Song Book are available to the public. The songbook has many traditional Christmas fevoritea and is sponsored by
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Womm’s shdtor to benefit from event
A special benefit for the Comal County Women1! Shelter will be held Dec. 20 from 8 pm. to 12 p m. at Garys Lands Station on Lands St.
A gpedal jam night will be
will include several other local musical performers.
Cost of admission will be one can cf food. An auction will be held during the evening with proceeds going to the women's abettor.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Locked up in a legacy
Horticulturist seeks to continue tradition began in 1856 by the Locke family
By CRAIG HAMMETT
From what once was a land filled with live oaks and mesquites, to a cotton field plowed by the earliest setters, now stands a roughly 10-acre plot covered with various plant species from all over the world.
They ate a living legacy to the work of Otto Locke, Jr., the legendary hcxticulturi* who died last week at the age of 92, the last son in a fondly of nursery practitioners known around this country.
“We go all over the state,** said Dolores Schumann, a local resident active in several horticultural clubs. “More people know Mr. Locke than many of the local people.*’
The Locke tradition dates back to 1856 when Johann Joseph (J J.) Locke opened what is believed to be the first nursery in Texas, along the banks of the Comal River. His son, Otto Sr., expanded the busine« and developed various species of plants in the early 1900s.
From his Comal Springs Nursery, Otto shipped plants by the trainload to far-away places, ordered from a analog the nursery produced. One order of 50,000 peach trees wu reportedly sets to Mexico.
Residents of New Braunfels can see the results of the Locke femily's woric in many parts of town, one example being Lands Park, once a cow pasture dotted with mesquite trees that now includes magnoliu and crepe myrtles and is designated sn arboretum because of its varied plant life.
“Look around this town, they plaited everything,** said Tandra Lyles, who worked with Locke this psst seven years. “Most of those trees had to come from somewhere. Many of the pecan species, they’re not native. They all come from the Lockes "
Otto, Sr. passed the tradition on to his four sons, Emil, Herman, Walter and Otto, Jr. In 1928, Otto, Jr. opened his own nursery between U.S. Hwy 81 and Old San Antonio Road. He and his wife, Etelka, set about to keep the family talent alive.
TTiey brought in many queries. A Red Oak planted by Etelka in 1932 now reaches 70 feet into the sky.
Lytes said an embargo in the 1940s prevented a shipment of 5,000 tulips from arriving. When the embargo wu lifted, she planted the excess she had ordered.
“Everybody in New Braunfels came out and looked at them,** said Lyles.
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his craft through hard work, said Lyles. The nursery still ships certain plants
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—not only with his plants, but his customers.
“He wouldn't sell something to you if he didn’t like you," said Lyles. “..He learned by doing, hands on. You cant leave the plants, and I think that's what kept him going so long. He knew he had to get up every day."
Johnny Williams, who worked for the Lockes 14 years, said Otto, Jr. continued to send plants developed by his father to locations worldwide.
"We shipped them all over creation," he said.
Although he developed his reputation raising plants, many residents may remember visiting the Locke Nursery u a school student,
Dolores Schumann, cochair of tho Aftoorstum GommMso of Si# Quncto’Comn Garden dub, with Otto Locka, who preoantod Schumann with a Chltalpa (native to RuoeJe). Tho tree was roo tented In the arboretum whore It lo duo to bloom this aummer.
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where field trips provided students s look N not only plants, but Locke's favorite psstime -exotic ini male.
The collection once included everything from raccoons to monkeys, alligators, and various sorts of reotiles.
“We don’t use pesticides. He didn’t believe in them," said Lyles. “...He had lizards, snakes, all kinds of chameleons. They would eat the bugs."
"He was world-reknown for his animals but he kept it kind of quiet.. He was low-key about it," said Williams.
"He was a great snake handler. He sent I don't know how many rattlesnakes to Hollywood for movies. He and Marion Perkins from (Mutual of Omaha's) Wild Kingdom
were good friends."
A few peacocks and turtles are all that remain now among the thick plsnt life prospering on this plot in the middle of town. The Lockes left no children as heirs. Lyles hopes she will be able to obtain the place and keep the tarriness going.
“I'll try to build it back up. b's hard to compete with the big stores like Wal-Mart nowadays. There's no way to compete," she raid. “..J want to keep it so people know when they come here they are getting quality."
For cnfteman like Otto Locke, it was a family tradition.
“I wu bom in the nursery business," he Mid in a Herald-Zeitung article in 1981. “I never knew any other."
Post Office staff kept busy with annual holiday rush
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Packages piled high In baskets ready tar pick up outside the New
ZMurw photo by MICHAEL DARNALL i raw Braunfels roo anus
The bed news is the magical date for U.S. Postal Service to guarantee Christmas mail and packages to their U.S. destination by Saturday Dec. 24 has passed
The good news is the Postal Service ays if you mail something first class today, it still may reach its destination by Saturday.
However, if there is a package or letter that has to absolutely, positively be there, New Braunfels Post Office Officer in Charge Ed Petter, said customers can use overnight service to get it there.
Petter said Expires Mail will deliver on Christmas day in most m^jor postal center nationwide. He said there would be a van dropping off mail on Sunday here in New Braunfels.
Packages up to two pounds cost $13.95 to send by express mail.
Monday WM the buriest day of the year for the New Braunfels P.O., Petter said.
“We had five windows open, and we couldn’t whit the line flown," he said. “People realized it WM the last weekend to buy, wrap and mail things."
Fetter said he did not have any figures on how many pieces of mail have come through the Postal Office, but said it would take employees two days, m of Tuesday, to dig out from under the mail and get it delivered.
Fetter arid good weather serosa the oouoty las
Hmld-ZUtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Suzanne Stounaush baa bean quito buoy i with the rush OI Christmas man. According
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tbs busiest day of tbs year at tbs local post office.
contributed to speedier delivery times and more prompt service.
“We are hoping to give the public the service they expect," he said.
About 5 million letters and Christmas caids were processed Monday at San Antonio’s General Mail Facility, historically the U.S. Portal Service's busiest day.
San Antonio's 30 postal stations usually proceN I million to 2 million tenets a day, however Friday’s count vaulted up to 4.2 million followed by 33 million Saturday.Only 4 more shopping days until Christmas! Shop New Braunfels First!