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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A-Herald-Zeitung-Thursday, January 11, 2007 Recalling a restaurant shaped like a coffee pot Around the Museum and Archives By Myra Lee Adams Goff Activities at the Sophienburg have finally slowed down a little bit after the holidays. After Weihnachtsmarkt, St. Nicholas made his presence known to a huge crowd of children and their parents. Eveiyone is now getting back to the work of the archives. The last column about World War II was such a heavy subject about such a sad time that I decided to lighten up and write about one of those historically unimportant but unique stories from the same time period. The story is significant only because it shows the naivete" of children 60 years ago and how adults dealt with them. Read on to find out about eight 12-year-old girls who had only Shirley Temple on the Good Ship Lollipop as a role model. Eight girls who entered New Braunfels High School as seventh graders in 1943 got together and formed a club for what we believed was the betterment of the world. Besides myself, there was Martha Jo Baetge, Kathleen Karbach, Arlene Krueger, Rosemarie Leissner, Ellie Luckett, Mitzi Nuhn and Betty Ann Timmer-mann. We laughingly named this club the Eight Date Baits. As 12-year-olds, we were neither dating nor baiting. We would meet at each other's houses to discuss school activities and boys. The telephone was a wonderful activity. "Number, please." , . "Five-four-two." Then we would just giggle and hang up. With today's Caller ID, we would be in big trouble. When we got together we acted out the latest movie characters, likeTarzan's Jane. She was particularly intriguing. We were the Janes of NB in Landa Park. Tarzan was nowhere around. That big tree that still hangs over the water by the children's wading pool provided a great jungle setting with its big grape vines. We would climb up there and swing down on the vines. Oh, what fun! We had little financial enterprises that involved mostly selling stuff to our mothers. We had accumulated 65 cents. Don't knock it: it would be at least $6.50 these days. This sum was kept by the treasurer in a decorated tin Band-Aid box. Well, our money was burning a hole in the tin, so we decided that we would look into purchasing a clubhouse. Out on Old Highway 81 on the way to San Antonio was an interesting, tall, slender building shaped like a coffee pot. It was three stories and had been a restaurant built in 1938 by Simon Mendiola, Amelia Mendiola and Joe Villarreal Sr. It was closed and for sale and would make a perfect clubhouse. It just so happened that the mayor of New Braunfels, Pete Nuhn, was the father of one of the members, so we walked to the City Hall to see if he could help us with this business transaction. He didn't say, "Go away" or "I'm too busy," but at just about closing time we all stuffed in his car (no seat belts) and drove to the Coffee Pot Cafe. Disregarding the NO TRESSPASSING sign, we piled out of the car and into this delightful building. After much discussion, we came to the consensus that we would indeed buy it. Our lack of money didn't seem to thwart our decision. The next day, however, the mayor sadly informed us that the building was not for sale because it was condemned. We never attempted a real estate transaction again. Some things just stay with you forever. Occasionally, I still sing our song, to the tune of "Tra La La Boom De A." "We are the EDBs The Coffee Pot Cafe is seen here in the year it was built, 1938. Restaurant owners Simon Mendiola, Amelia Mendiola and Joe Villarreal Sr. pose outside. Photo submitted Of dear old NB Hi And we are full of pep That you cannot deny." Do you think I'm making up this story? 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