New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. TexasPatriot thanks Uncle Sam with fortune
ALVIN (AP) — Lee Hamlin Edwards loved the United States. He cherished his homeland in life and rewarded it in death.
Shortly after the first of the year, Edwards’ attorneys will turn over about $1 million to the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas.
“I count as one of my highest blessings the fact that I was privileged to have been born in the United States and to have lived a good life under the government of such a country,” Edwards wrote in his will bequeathing the bulk of his estate to Uncle Sam.
Edwards died Nov. 7, 1978 and it has taken almost two years to locate the fortune —
mostly royalties, stocks, government bonds and cash stored in at least 17 banks. And his attorneys say they still are not sure they have found it all.
“He believed in this country until the day he died,” said Wily Thomas, the attorney for the 78-year-old millionaire.
“He never forgot that the U.S. Army fed him when he was hungry, put a roof over his head and gave him some warm clothes.” Edwards was buried in his sergeant’s uniform at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio after a simple military funeral.
Edwards, a lifelong bachelor, spent three tours in the Army.
He joined in San Antonio after a rift with his father, described as a “no-nonsense Episcopalian” who dabbled in real estate, construction and fruit selling.
He and his father, T.C. Edwards, were reconciled after 1935 when the elder Edwards had made a fortune from oil royalties.
Most of the estate comes from those royalties, born of a real estate deal that left the elder Edwards with 400 acres in the middle of Hastings Oil Field.
After the oil money came in, Edwards’ father formed a family partnership with Lee, the eldest son; T.C. Sr., and daughter, Sally,
Edwards was the last survivor of the partnership.
He left some jewelry, an undetermined amount of cash, his Alvin home and three cars to several friends.
But he stipulated that the bulk of his estate was to be used “solely for the retirement in Texas of public debt obligations of the United States owed by citizens and residents of the state of Texas.”
Alieeti C. Holdredge of Alvin, executor of the estate, said Edwards was an independent man who got “white hot when he had to pay his
income tax because he had to.
“In this case, he didn’t have to do it. He wanted to do it," Holdredge said. “For Lee, that was the big difference.”
Art Tribble, senior attorney for the Dallas bank, said the funds will be used to pay interest owed on various government bonds and treasury bills held in Texas.
“It will have the effect overall of reducing the public debt,” Tribble said.
Thomas said Edwards was an “unpretentious patriot" who loved his country and his home state.
“He was a real long American."
Staff photos by Bill Snead
Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation employees completed installation of a pedestrian-controlled traffic signal this week at the intersection of Seguin and Coll streets. Left, David Keinbaum checks cables. Above, David Meier and Arthur Heinen work on the switching mechanism. The system is pedestrian activated. The system has been set to allow eights seconds of “flashing walk" signal light and 14 seconds of “flashing don't walk" signal light. This permits a pedestrian 22 seconds to cross Seguin Avenue. The pedestrian signals are not automatic. Persons wishing to cross the street must press the button to activate the signal.
Firemen busy on Christmas
Yesterday, while most citizens slept late, attended church, opened presents and ate big meals, police and firemen spent their holiday on the job.
A split level house caught fire early Christmas morning in the Elm Creek Estates subdivision outside the city.
The upper floor of the house was destroyed, Assistant Fire Chief Robert Partida said Friday. The bottom floor suffered ceiling and roof damage, he added.
No injuries were reported. The house, located at Route 5, Box 517-H, is owned by William P. Sullivan.
“There will probably be an investigation,” Partida said. “Right now we think maybe the central heating unit started it.”
According to fire reports, the first call came in at about 4:15 a.in. Thursday. Three units responded to the call. The trucks did not return to Central Fire Station until 8:53 a.m.
A 15-foot and a six-foot ladder were used, and 2,000 gallons of water were pumped to combat the blaze, the report said.
In a related development, Partida said results of an investigation into Sunday’s trailer fire here in which a 17-year-old woman died will not be available until Monday, when Fire
Marshal Stanford Thoms returns.
The boily of Barbara dray, 17, was found in the rear of the trailer, which was totally destroyed by an early-morning fire. Firemen were unsure whether cause of death was from smoke inhalation or burns, and the origins of the fire were also unclear.
In contrast, sheriff’s deputies and policemen had a relatively quiet day.
The residence of E.P. Dee, a Houston attorney, was reported burglarized. Items worth approximately $880, including a TV set and radio, were stolen from the house at 436 E. Coll St., but the break-in could have occurred any time after Dee. 14, police reports indicated.
Police are also looking for a man who struck a female bartender at the Holiday Inn’s Prickly Pear lounge last night. She was “hit in the face with the ball of the hand,” reports said. The incident is classified as an "Assault, Class C.”
Officer Kevin Clayton arrested a woman at the wheel of a car near the Alta Motel office, 490 Highway 81 West, after receiving reports she was “striking other vehicles in the parking lot” with it late last night. She was charged with public intoxication and criminal trespass.
All in a day’s work.
igar in milk may increase hies lead poisoning chances
WASHINGTON (AP) - The sugar in milk increases the body’s absorption and retention of lead, and that may help explain why babies are more susceptible to lead poisoning than older children, scientists reported today.
But despite the findings, researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison said more study is needed to determine the overall effect of milk in lead poisoning.
The researchers said experiments
with rat pups indicate milk sugar or lactose greatly increases the amount of orally ingested lead the intestines absorb. And tissues apparently keep more lead because more is taken into the body through the intestine, they added.
Too much lead can cause brain damage and sometimes death. Lead poisoning can lead to neurological problems and retardation. The condition has been tied to children
breathing lead pollutants and eating old, lead-based paint as it flakes off walls.
Drs. Philip J. Bushnell and Hector F. DeLuca said that while milk is generally good for children, its role in lead poisoning has been questioned because of conflicting test results. Some indicate milk protects against absorbing lead, while others say it increases the amount of the toxic substance the body retains.
Iran warns of spy trialsBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
As the U.S. hostages spent their second Christmas in captivity in what a papal envoy called good health and high spirits, Tehran Radio said the United States must either accept Iran’s “logical” terms for their release, including $24 billion in cash and gold, or watch them be tried as spies.
The papal envoy to Iran, Anibale Bugnini, visited 25 to 30 of the 52 hostages Christmas morning and reported them in good health and
spirits. Bugnini saw groups of the captives twice previously since their capture on Nov. 4, 1979,
Two American ministers who have visited Iran twice before arrived in Tehran today but were reluctant to tell reporters the purpose of their trip.
The Revs. Charles Kimball, 30, of Cambridge, Mass., and John Walsh, 34, of Princeton, N.J., met Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of Iran’s revolution, while in Tehran last Christmas, and accompanied former U.S. attorney-general Ramsey Clark to
Iran in June to seek information related to the hostage crisis.
Terry Waite, a personal representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury, also arrived in Tehran in hopes of seeing four imprisoned Britons, including three Anglican missionaries.
In a brief report today, Tehran radio said the “52 U.S. spy hostages” also had a Christmas visit Thursday night from a group of Algerian government envoys who saw them at “their placesSee IRAN, Page IGA
Nuevo Laredo's market lies in ruins following fire
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) - A laredo man and his teenaged companion have been charged with arson after raging fire blazed through a popular marketplace here, leaving one man missing and presumed dead.
Santos Hernandez Zapata, 20, and a 16-year-old boy Nuevo I^aredo police declined to identify, were both charged with arson Thursday and denied bond after police arrested them as they fled from the scene of the fire.
Police say Guadalupe Barron and her son Victor, who operate a fireworks stand in the sprawling two-story marketplace, said they asked Zapata and the youth to leave the stand early Thursday because they appeared intoxicated.
Zapata allegedly became angry and flipped a lighted cigarette into the stand, touching off a fire that sent flames shooting 60 feet into the air and destroying IOO shops.
The name of the missing victim has not been released.
Mayor Hector Canales, who estimated the damage at 400 million pesos — about $17 million, said he would allow burned-out store owners to set up temporary shops in city parks until the Mercado can be rebuilt.
Firefighters from I^aredo crossed the Rio Grande to assist Nuevo Credo’s lone firefighting company when the fire broke out about ll p.m. CST Wednesday.
A wrecker had to be used to pull off a locked door that prevented firemen from working inside the
blazing building for amost an hour, said laredo Fire Chief Mike Perez.
During the delay, Perez said the fire spread to all the little stands filled with straw hats, paper flowers, flimsey dresses and other highly flammable souvenir items sold to tourists.
He said the fire inside the block-long building generated heat so intense that firefighters feared the blaze would spread to nearby structures.
"After nearly the whole roof came crashing down, flames shot up sixty feet into the air,” said Perez.
Nuevo laredo Assistant Fire Chief Amado Gonzalez said a night watchman, who was supposed to be inside the market, still was unaccounted for late Thursday night.
He said the man may have been crushed and burned when the main section of the roof collapsed.
The identity of the missing man was not known.
Fueled by the wooden floors and flammable shop wares, the fire quickly swept down dozens of corridors and hallways of the popular tourist attraction.
Perez said the 25-year-old building, which had been one of the most modern in the downtown business district, will have to be completely rebuilt.
"Only the outter shell of the structure, the concrete framework of the market was left intact. The interior was completely gutted as a result of the concrete roof caving in,” said Perez.
Mexican soldiers stood guard over the burned-out rubble Thursday.