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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY JANUARY 11,2004 Herald *nj 1000571 m5/16/m5 SOI! S' HUE SI HIC ROPLM. ISHERS 2<»i_f E VANDELL OR EL PASO TX IWW 11 ii i i{I{ll i 11111! ll 1111MtI 1111 R ADC 780 "JG COUPONS SAVINGS Get a free kid s buffet dinner at Mr. Gatti’s, $10 off a one-hour massage and a free breakfast taco at El Jardin. Inside New Braunfels boys finish Unicorn tournament with 2-1 record. Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 51 26 pages, 4 sections $1.00 Partly cloudy High Low 62 43 Details .... 3B FRONTand Center WWW. m wmm 00002 DEAR ABBY BC CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS ta/* SrOv (Inset) Photographs of Landa Park from the early 1900s taken from the book, “Images of New Braunfels, Volume One. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung rn No trip to Landa Park is complete without a ride on the Landa Park Railroad, f Pam Erickson and her son, Thomas, 5, are regular riders on the miniature train. The train and other “kiddie rides" have been staples at the park since the 1950s. DID YOU KNOW? * 1845: Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels starts a settlement near what is now Landa Park ■ 1847: William Merriweather buys 480 acres around Comal Springs ■ 1860 Joseph Landa buys the property from Merriweather * 1898 Joseph's son. Harry, develops Lancia s Park * 1927 Landa sells the property, and the park is closed ■ 1936 City of New Braunfels buys 128 acres of the park and restores it •I 1969 Parks Department created to oversee Landa Park A gathering spot since the town’s founding, maintenance will be Landa Park’s challenge By Dylan JimOnez Staff Writer Landa 1’ark’s natural beauty has drawn people to New Braunfels since the city’s founding. The wealth of resources, especially the rivers, lured Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels to found the city in 1845. When his caravan of German colonists realized they couldn’t make it to West Texas, tile prince was told of the Comal Springs. “I te was entranced by its great beauty,’’ according to “The Oasis of Texas,’’ a public relations book printed for luanda Enterprises in 1902. Solms-Braunfels bought the land from its Spanish owners. “That was purchased and that was our first home,” said Everett Ley, author of “New Braunfels: The First Pounders." “It was probably the beauty of the water and the resources that made that place so famous,” Ley said. Hie land was divided into 10-acre lots, and New Braunfels was founded. Two years later, William Merriweather bought a 480-acre tract of land around the Comal Springs, according to “The History of New Braunfels and Comal County” by Oscar I laas. That same year, loseph luanda and his wife “both poor of purse hut stout of heart” came to the colony and started a small mercantile business, according to “The Oasis ofTexas.” In 1860, after succeeding in his business, he was able to buy the land and the mill from Merriweather. Landa would become rich and pass on his wealth and property to son, I larry luanda. I laas said, it was again the beauty of Landa’s land that led to its development as a park in 1898. In 1897, Helen Gould, daughter of a See LANDA PANK. Page 6A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zenuog Gianna, left, Fiona and Allen McMurrey watch as a flock of birds lands in trees across the Comal River from where they were enjoying a snack at Landa Park. Fiona loves to come to the park to feed the ducks. Cowboy in training Trace McNeel, 5, works on his peewee cattle showmanship Saturday afternoon at the 4-H Livestock Show. Svoboda joins 4-way race for P4 constable I 2004 ■ The primary election will be conducted March 9 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung From Staff Reports (Canyon Imke resident Alan Svoboda joined three other candidates in the contest for Precinct 4 constable. Precinct 4 stretches from Spring Branch north of Canyon I .ake and east of the Guadalupe River into New Braunfels. Svoboda began his law enforcement career with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department in 1985, where he worked four years. I Ie moved to the Iii Porte Police I Apartment where he was a patrol officer who became certified as a Department of Transportation inspector, was a member of the SWM team, the dive and rescue team, swift water rescue team and was a field training officer. Svoboda stayed at Iii Porte until he retired. I Ie has a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and holds an advanced peace officer certification. See SVOBODA. Page 3A CivicCenter Firm would update study By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will consider Monday hiring a consulting finn to conduct another feasibility study on expanding the existing civic center or building a new I at a glanct facility.    :    m New Braunfels City Council 6:30 p.m. Monday Municipal Building, 424 S Caste!! Ave The study would update a 1999 study. “We need to get updated information regarding the convention market and what level we’ll be competing in," said Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez. “Everything has changed since 9/11, and our city manager, Chuck Pinto, thinks it would be a good idea.” Rodriguez said Pinto contacted CSL. International, a consulting firm in Minneapolis, to conduct the study. See CIVIC CBNTIN. Page 6A Annexation leaving less wiggle room By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The distance between the city limits of New Braunfels and Schertz is only SCH) feet, and with this year’s annexation plans, New Braunfels will reach San Marcos along 1-35. Seguin has annexed north on Texas 46 toward New Braunfels, mid the two cities' extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETD already overlap. South on Earm-tO'-Market 1863, the ETJs of San Antonio and New Braunfels butt against each other. "We’re bumping up against four cities,” said Prank Robbins, director of planning and community development. "At some point, we won t be able to annex any farther out.” Donald Smith, Robins’ counterpart in See ANNEXATION. Page 3A Dad’s role Fathers of homeschool families gather to chat about raising kids.m KRAFTrn mm fssicoirm t- TEL icir C Always listening, always working for you! Now Offering: ♦ AT&T    KIE    VT    Pl    * Wireless    I    SS    &sSss VDIV Oflwiroloss ;