New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Saturday, December 30, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A
and vehicle taxes for 19 taxing entities within the county.
There are 22 employees in the tax department, which has a satellite office in Sattler.
Outside German’s office Friday, employees were especially busy collecting taxes, and it helped their day go by quickly.
Monday, Sherman Krause, the new county tax assessor/collector, will be sworn into office.
The paneled room Clennan cleared Friday will be his.
Clennan answered a phone and transferred a customer to the clerk.
She glanced through the window toward the counter outside and the line of customers paying taxes.
“Folks are getting their taxes paid by the end of the year so they can deduct them for 2000,” Clennan said. “They have until the end of January.”
They also could have mailed their tax payment in and been eligible for the deduction — as long as it was postmarked by today.
“They could mail them, but they like to come in. They come down
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because they like the personal touch,” Clennan said.
She has had other visitors, though, delivering personal touches of their own.
“There have been more people who have come in here and say ‘It’s not going to be the same,’” Clennan said. “They come through the doors and say that. They give me a hug.”
On the desk was a card Clennan had not packed. It was from a Garden Ridge couple who identified themselves as Republicans who voted for her, a Democrat in a county where not many are left.
Those two votes and others like them were nof enough to overcome the first serious Republican challenge mounted against Clennan in her time in office.
The couple thanked Clennan for the job she had done, and like the people who came through her door, told her how much she would be missed.
“It’s nice to know I’m making these friends,” Clennan said.
One of those friends is Sherman Krause.
“I know his grandparents. He’s from a good family. We never had any bad words during the campaign,” Clennan said.
He has been by the office and talked to the employees, and Clennan said Krause taking the time to meet the staff would ease the transition.
Krause will do a good job, Clennan said.
“I wish him well. This is our county and our people. I’ll still be coming down to visit my friends,” she said.
Clennan now will have more time to look after her husband, Joe, who has Alzheimer’s Disease and is being cared for in a local nursing facility.
She spends each evening after work with him and others in his unit who have no visitors until the end of visiting hours.
“Those are the ones I feel the worst about,” Clennan said.
“We’ve always had people helping children, and that’s right: we should. But the elderly need to have more,” Clennan said.
Montgomery Ward Inc., an institution in American retailing, announced Thursday that it would close its doors and file for bankruptcy.
1872: Aaron Montgomery Ward founds the first dry goods mail-order catalog business. The company’s first catalog lists 163 items. 1875: Company coins the phrase “Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back."
1883: Company’s catalog lists 10,000 items. 1900: Records $8.7 million in sales, but falls behind Sears & Roebuck, which generates $10 million.
1926: First freestanding retail store opens in Plymouth, Ind.
1928: Opens 244 stores. By 1929, it has 531 stores.
1939: Advertising copywriter Robert L. May develops character and illustrated poem “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for company executives.
1968: Company merges with Container Corp. of America to form Marcor Inc. Marcor is later acquired by Mobil Oil Corp.
1988: Management undertakes successful $3.8 billion leveraged buyout, making Montgomery Ward a privately held company. 1991: Resumes mail-order catalog business. 1994: Montgomery Ward opens first Electric Avenue & More stores, acquires New England retail chain Lechmere.
1997: Company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1999: GE Capital Services purchases Montgomery Ward, brings it out of bankruptcy. Company abandons specialty store design and begins offering moderately priced apparel, electronics and furniture.
2000: Montgomery Ward announces plan to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, shutter 250 stores in 30 states.
Montgomery Ward to close stores, file for Chapter 11
By MARTHA IRVINE
AP Business Writer
CHICAGO (AP) — Montgomery Ward, the 128-year-old retailer that helped invent mail-order and ran stores in 30 states, is closing after losing customers to newer chains from Target to the Gap.
It was a somber day for the company’s 28,000 workers.
Ollie Allen, a 40-year company employee who spent her last 10 years as a telecommunications supervisor ip Chicago, said she was surprised to learn Thursday that she no longer had a job.
“It’s been a good company for me,” said Allen, who was among the scores of employees filing out of the company’s headquarters with boxes in hand after being told the news. “I sent three kids to college.”
A former manager mourned the closure. as well.
“A lot of effort has gone into trying to save the thing,” Sid Doolittle, a Chicago-based retail consultant who was a Ward executive for 28 years, said.
Montgomery Ward has not made any final decisions about closing dates for
its 250 stores or its IO distribution centers, company spokeswoman Joyce Pemberton said Friday.
The company’s Web site was broken into Friday morning by hackers who posted a bogus notice saying stores will close Jan. 15.
Hope for the struggling chain had been rekindled in August 1999 when the company emerged from a previous stint of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, announcing a plan to revamp many of its stores.
But heavy competition — from chains such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Target and the Gap — proved to be too much for the veteran retailer.
“Sadly, today’s action is unavoidable,” Montgomery Ward CEO Roger Goddu said in a statement, citing weak holiday sales as the clincher for the decision.
Montgomery Ward’s action came two days after Massachusetts-based discount retailer Bradlees announced that it, too, was going out of business.
About a fifth of the Wards stores had been updated. But analysts said it was too little too late.
Eugene “Gene” D. Mitchell of Canyon Lake passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels at the age of 66 years.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at Canyon Lake with the Rev. Jere Kimmel officiating. Memorials can be sent to the charity of one’s choice.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake
Patricia R. Kanz passed away on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, in New Braunfels at the age of 66 years. She is survived by one son, James Kanz, of New Braunfels; brothers Malcolm Hoffmann and wife, Vemell, of San Antonio; Harold Hoffrnann and wife, Kathleen, of
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New Braunfels; and Allen Hoffmann and Cassie McKeen of New Braunfels; sisters-in-law Lorene Krueger and husband, Karlo, of New Braunfels and Patsy Meckel and husband, Charles, of Canyon Lake; aunt Lillian Seekatz of New Braunfels and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to greet friends. There will be no visitation on Sunday or Monday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Zoeller Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family has requested that memorial contributions be given to Hospice New Braunfels or St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Royce Jackson passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at his residence in Wheelock, Texas at the age of 63 years.
He is survived by his five daughters, Jessica Lindson, Stephanie Hell, Heather Kellum, Susan Holt and Tammy Jackson; sons Allen Jackson, Scott Jackson. Shawn Jackson and Saul Jackson; 22 grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; numerous brothers; and one sister. Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Lorraine Trivitt; father, Jesse Fredrick Jackson; and one brother, Donald Jackson.
Visitation will begin 8 a.m. Saturday and continue until service time. Services will be at ll a.m. Saturday at the Zoeller Funeral Home with interment to follow in the Bracken Community Cemetery.
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Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Anita Ortiz, age 78 years, who passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, in San Antonio, Texas.
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