New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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A titan falls
Brown and Root founder dead at 84
HOUSTON (AP) - George Rufus Brown, the construction magnate who played an important role in the rise of the political career of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Saturday at age 84.
Brown and his late brother, Herman, molded Brown & Root Inc. from a small road-building company into one of the world’s largest construction conglomerates.
Brown amassed a fortune valued from $75 million to $100 million, making him one of the wealthiest men in the United States.
He died at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Hospital
after a brief illness. Brown & Root spokesman James Harper said Brown had suffered a heart attack recently.
Brown was one of Texas’ most generous philanthropists, giving millions to Rice University and Southwestern University.
The Brown brothers were instrumental in the rise of Johnson from a freshman congressman representing a sparsely populated Central Texas district to the presidency.
The son of hardware merchant, Brown was born May 12, 1898, in Belton, Texas. His maternal grandfather, Rufus King, organized Lee County in central Texas,
naming it in honor of Robert E. Lee.
He was severely injured in a mining accident in Butte, Mont., and returned to Texas. At his mother’s insistence, Brown was hired by the fledgling contract firm that his brother and brother-in-law. Dan Root, had founded in Austin.
Brown was told to open a branch in Houston and one of his first jobs was building a bridge on the San Gabriel River near Georgetown.
“I didn’t know a damned thing about building a bridge,” he once recalled. “But I got it up.”
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Vol. 92 - No. 16
Council faces long agenda
Proposed city voting districts will bt* reviewed once again by the City Council, with action possibly to be taken Monday night. And the Lamia Recreation Association will ask Council to consider taking over operation of its year-old recreation center in I .anda Park.
The council will hold an executive session at 6:30 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters, then convene in open session at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall.
The Districting Charter Review Committee turned in its recommendation for a
new election system in November. The Mexican American l,egal Defense and Education Fund reviewed the plan, redrew a few lines on the districting map and gave its stamp of approval Dec. 13.
On Jan. IO, City Attorney John Chunn pointed out one feature of the plan which, in his opinion, violates a provision of the Texas Constitution. A report on this complication may be forthcoming Monday night.
Dr. Michael Doherty, president of the Lamia Recreation Association, will brief the council on the rec center’s financial
problems and present a proposal for a city-run recreation department.
Council will also hear a progress report on the long-awaited dredging of the Comal River channel, and consider transferring funds from the 1982-83 contingency account to help pay for the project.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt will give each member a list of streets needing attention, so that the council can set priorities on use of the $139,000 allotted for street projects from 1983 revenue sharing
See COUNCIL, Page 12A
^ ■ - - /Community Education class
I r©Sn STa ll/ offers help for smokers
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Some people go cold turkey. Others prefer a gradual tapering off. Either way can work, as long as you’ve really made up your mind to do it.
To do'what? To stop smoking, of course. That’s the aim of a free program starting here this Tuesday, under the auspices of Community Education and the American Cancer Society. It’s called FreshStart.
The sponsors aren’t promising miracles. They admit, ‘ All successful
ex-smokers do it on their own.”
But FreshStart does offer specific, constructive tips on how to handle the troubles associated with “kicking the habit,” plus the moral support of a group of people all trying to quit at once.
And participants can’t complain that the guy up front has no idea what they’re going through. The group facilitator will be Bob Blackstone, an ex-smoker himself.
The first session will start at 7:30 p.m. in Canyon High School. The FreshStart booklet says it’s very important to attend all four sessions, because there’s a
different lesson to be learned at each one.
On the first night, the potential quitter will try to determine why he smokes.
According to FreshStart literature, there are three different ways of being “hooked”: physical addition to nicotine, habit and psychological dependency. A nine-point questionnaire will help the potential quitter determine which category he falls into. Some smokers fall into two, or all three.
ACS knows that many of the people
See SMOKING, Page 12A
Fire Chief Jack Wilson wets down a shed adjacent to a house that caught on fire shortly after 1 p.m. Friday on Post Road near IH 35. The house, located at 1983 Post Road, belongs to Jack Giesenschlag. It was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no
one was injured. Cause of the fire is still undetermined. Fire officials estimate that approximately 75 percent of the structure and its contents were fire or smoke damaged.
Sacco bows out in 'Godfather' style
Friday night was “Godfather” Mitch Sacco’s night alright.
But as any one of the approximate 740 local citizens present at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet knows, it wasn’t just Sacco who took the teasing.
Everyone from the State Rep Edmund Kuempel i R-Seguin) to (J A Stratemann Jr., mayor of New Braunfels, couldn't escape being made fun of by such notables as “Senator LB Foghorn’’ (Tom Blunt-zer) or “Rep. Ima Knot-head" (Janelle Berger).
What will probably be New Braunfels’ first and last joint congressional session was staged iii the Civic Center Friday night as the
theme of this year’s banquet and annual Chamber meeting.
Although not easily apparent, a little serious business was mixed in with all the jokes, ridiculing and general silliness of the Chamber’s congressional session.
Sacco, the outgoing 1982 Chamber president — w ho throughout his term of office has been called “The Godfather” — officially turned over his gavel to incoming 1983 President Donnie Seay — whose already been tagged with the nickname “Do-it-all-Donnie.”
Before he turned over his gavel, however, Sacco »in his State of the Chamber address) recognized the Chamber’s accomplishments
throughout the >ear, presented awards and thanked Ins chamber membership, committees. Blue Coats and other individuals for their bard work
This year's three Honors Hall nominees — S D. David. Dr. (J.A. Stratemann Sr, and Ben Wolle — as well as Rev Bill Arnold. Uh* 1982 President's Award recipient, received their plaques for their conun unit) achievements.
The surprise award of the evening went to Bill and Nan Dillen, named this > ear's Besserung Award winner. w hich is the Chamber's outstanding citizens’ award.
See CHAMBER. Page 12A
It was a night for the serious and the not so serious at Friday's annual Chamber banquet. Top right, Nan and Bill Dillen receive the Besserung award for community service. The night's theme was whether or not to “impeach'' outgoing President Mitch Sacco, and Steve "Racehorse" Taylor, serving as Sacco's lawyer, argued his case (top left). Right, House Speaker “Lips O'Pfeuffer," seated next to Senate President Pro Tem Helmuth ''Has Been” SalgeA pounds his gavel.
Shift photos by John Sinter
Dillens claim coveted Besserung award
Besserung “means community betterment...no one has done more in community betterment for New Braunfels than Bill and Nan Dillen.” he told the 700-plus in attendance at Friday’s Chamber banquet.
Usually the award is given annually to only one individual “for outstanding dedication to community service and for unselfish devotion to civic duty.”
Since it was first presented in 1964 only once has the award been given to two indivduals in the same year, said Sacco.
This year, however, die Chamber made an exception and gave one award to two individuals “who have shared their life as one and worked for New Braunfels as one,” Sacco noted, prior to announcing the Dillens* names
lTivSC two peopL adup*«*tl New Braunfels many years ago and fell iii love with its heritage.” he added “Those ingredients have caused them to leave a mark on this community
that will be enjoyed and appreciated for many generations to come.”
In addition to listing the Dillens’ numerous activities and contributions. Sacco specifically noted the couple’s involvement with the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.
“The Dillens have spent a lifetime collecting fine, handcrafted. Texas handmade furniture.” he said. “They have purchased this collection from their own resources and placed them in a historic home the) lovingly restored.
•Now they are giving to this community the fruits of their years of investment in tune and money,” Sacco added. It has been estimated conservatively that the gift is worth in excess of a half million dollars."
But the couple won’t stop there, he said. “They are actively involved in helping to raise a -^amenance fund for what will become the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.” he
See BESSERUNG. Page 12 \
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Bill and Nan Dillen have given much of themselves to this community since they first moved here in 1946.
Friday night the community through the Chamber of Commerce gave them a little something back.
The Dillens — who donated all the furniture that will eventually be displayed in the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in New Braunfels — were named the 1983 recipients of the Besserung Award, which is the Chamber’s outstanding citizens award.
“What else can be asked of individuals than to share their sKills and talents as the Dillens have done to give the time and physical energy in laboring foi its conin mn \ >n whatever menial tasks ai c re juireu.
“...and then to give the community treasures they have accumulated over many years." outgoing 1982 Chamber President Mitch Sacco
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson