New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
2A □ Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday July 3,1997
Stewart, all-American ideal, dead at 89
By JOHN HORN
AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another angel got his wings.
, James Stewart’s image as an oldfashioned hero was not some •Hollywood concoction. The lanky, slow-talking actor left behind not only an unrivaled body of work but also a legacy of dignity and generosity.
• From his courageous war service to his steadfast devotion to his wife, the “Mr. Smith Goes to ■Washington” star exemplified the values of decency and moral courage that he created on screen.
‘ “He is the last of the great leading men,” said actor Robert Wagner, a longtime friend who was co-host of Stewart’s charity road race. “He was a ver> kind, very generous person. Everybody who knew Jimmy is better off.”
Stewart died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home from a blood clot in his lung. He was 89.
Fighting illness and mourning the 1994 death of his wife, Gloria, .Stewart had become something of a recluse in recent years. His image as a beloved symbol of American integrity, however, never dulled.
“Jimmy Stewart had a wonderful life, and there was no one more dear or more fun than he was,” Doris Day, his co-star in “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” said in a statement.
“America lost a national treasure today,” President Clinton said,
describing Stewart as “a great actor, a gentleman and a patriot.” Stewart played the hero even when the cameras stopped rolling. From his noble film characters to his offscreen role as devoted husband, dutiful son and genuine war hero, the Academy Award-winning actor championed simple values, giving decency and courage a face — and a slow, stammering voice.
Not so much the suave matinee idol as the guy-next-door type, Stewart mostly played devoted, sometimes bashful heroes, slow to anger but possessed of extraordinary valor and endless perseverance.
Decades after Stewart’s films came out, they remain among the most beloved in the American movie canon.
He played an idealistic young senator in 1939’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and a suicidal businessman in 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” his personal favorite.
Stewart won a best actor Academy Award for 1940’s “The Philadelphia Story” and was nominated four other times.
In his more than 75 films. Stewart built a body of cinematic work with
few equals: movies suffused with nobility and humanity.
Stewart’s other movie credits included “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “Destry Rides Again” and “Harvey.”
Betty Hutton, who starred with Stewart in 1952*s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” said Stewart was “the most special actor I’ve ever worked with.”
“He was just a great human being,” she said. “That same man that you see, that you talk to, that you love every day is the same man that you see on the screen.”
An aw-shucks sort of guy in real life, Stewart was more likely to credit his directors than himself for his screen performances. “I won’t let it get me, but too much praise can tora a fellow’s head if he doesn’t watch his step,” he once said.
His wife often reinforced his humility. At a party one night, he started telling a story in his trademark faltering style. “Now, dear,” she chided, “don’t talk like Jimmy Stewart.”
Former President Ronald Reagan and wife, Nancy, Stewart’s close friends who presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, said in a statement that Stewart’s modesty meant he “never really understood the greatness that others saw in him.”
Rim Novak, his “Vertigo” co-star, said Stewart was “one-of-a-kind.” “Others would merely be copies. He was my friend, my role model.
He taught me that it was possible to remain who you are and not be tainted by your environment,” she said.
Bom James Maitland Stewart in Indiana, Pa., on May 20, 1908, Stewart’s life reflected a smalltown, religious upbringing and sense of responsibility. He was politically conservative, married only once, for 45 years, and served in World War ll. Sent to Europe as a bomber squadron commander, he flew 20 combat missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1959, he was promoted to brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Stewart often returned to help the family hardware store in Pennsylvania, where his Oscar was displayed in the window for 20 years.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” cast Stewart as George Bailey, a good and ambitious man who grows despondent after it seems life is passing him by.
Bailey learns life’s important lessons from his guardian angel Clarence Odbody: “Each man’s life touches so many other lives, and when he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? ... You see, George, you really had a wonderful life.”
One of Stewart’s two stepsons, Ron McLean, died while fighting in Vietnam in 1969. Survivors include stepson Michael McLean and daughters Judy Merrill and Kelly Harcourt.
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ut the Comal River.
“It’s tine,” he told them, and then added that they ought to make reservations if they want to tube this Independence Day weekend.
“Saturday we rented everything out. I haven’t seen that happen in a while,” said Neilson, 19, of New Braunfels, “lf last Saturday was a busy day, it’s going to be double that
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city funds n»d then repaid with monthly fees after the first three years, city officials said The proposal would include:
■ Purchasing three, step-stde recycling trucks with bin containers for an estimated $85,000.
■ Hiring two new drivers with annual salaries of $28,375 and the cross-training of a current sanitation driver as a backup
■ An estimated $40,000 per year tor maintenance and operation of the
C oinal County Sheriff’s Office
■ Arrest on charge of theft by check, McQueeney woman, 33, bond $300
■ Arrest on charges of failure to appear, evading arrest, two counts of deadly conduct, failure to stop and give information, no insurance, New Braunfels man, 24, bond $1,800 and no bomi
■ Arrest on charges of two counts of theft by check, Austin woman, 31, bond $800
■ Arrest on charges of two counts
on (this) Friday and Saturday. We’re expecting the worst.”
Tubers from other outfitters on the Guadalupe are using the Ole Mill Stream for a small fee since tubing is unsafe on its river.
At least six other outfitters shuttle their customers to the Ole Mill Stream entrance on the Comal, outfitters said.
“It's not as inconvenient as you would think because we have to
shuttle (customers) back anyway,” said Nan Ebert, manager of Gruene River Company on Gruene Road. “When the rains first started, we went ‘Hip, hip, hooray!’ We didn’t know we’d have this much water.”
Gruene River Company is one of more than a dozen Guadalupe River outfitters emphasizing guided raft trips.
lf no more rains arrive, Guadalupe outfitters said they
might be able to salvage expected profits for at least the month of August.
“I’m just counting on a whole lot of hot, hot days to evaporate that lake,” Ebert said.
“I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m hoping for a good August. By that time, parents are saving for clothes for school, but I hope they buy clothes now and spend money on tubing in August,” he said.
BFI’s current contra^ gives the nationwide company 50 percent of the profits of the matenals that two drivers and trucks pick up throughout the week in the city. BF1 also receives $ 16,400 per month to collect and dispose of the materials.
Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said the project could be eligible for future grants and that the county had indicated initial interest in the obtaining the recyclable materials.
“We feel this is an exciting opportunity to enter into a
of issuance of a bad check. Canyon Lake woman, 45, bond $200.
New Braunfels Police Department
■ Arrest on charge of public intoxication. New Braunfels man, 18, bond $112.
■ Arrest on charge of public intoxication, New Braunfels man, 30, bond $112.
■ Arrest on charge of theft of service, Fair Oaks Ranch man, 18, bond $300.
cooperative agreement and deal with the recycling issues regionally and more cost effectively,” Ferguson said.
The county currently has drop-off sites where it collects the materials, processes them at its center and sells them to Vista Fibers, based in San Antonio, Ferguson said.
The city produces almost two times the amount of materials (he county does, averaging 82 tons per month to the county’s 42 tons per month, Ferguson said
The proposal would allow the city
he family of Ventura Perez Sr. would like to express our thanks to Zoeller funeral home; Mr. & Mrs. France Lopez from San Marcos, the people that sent flowers, food and the people that were with us at our time of sorrow at the loss of Noe Esquivel.
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Rudy Perez, age 40, of New Braunfels, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. A rosary will be recited Friday, July 4, at 7 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, at IO a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Vincent Wahjuhardjanto, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery. Visitation continues until 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the procession leaves the funeral home.
Gus Menn, age 56, of New Braunfels, died Tuesday, July I, 1997 in New Braunfels. He was bom May 18,1941.
Services will be held Saturday, July 5, 1997 at IO a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Dietzel officiating. He will be buried at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Helotes, Texas. Visitation will be held Friday, July 4, 1997 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Gladys Merriman, age 91, a resident of the Arboretum in New Braunfels, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997 at McKenna Memorial Hospital. She was bora June 28, 1906 in Monessen, Penn, to Harvey B. Rose and Nettie Chester. She was the widow of George E. Merriman who died Jan. 6, 1943. She lived in New Braunfels since 1973 and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Her cremains will be buried at the Monongahela Cemetery in
Monongahela, Penn. There will be no visitation held at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Sophie Froelich passed away on July 1,1997 in New Braunfels at the age of 91. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 1997 and will continue until 8:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Zoeller Funeral Home. Services will be at IO a.m. Monday at the Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with interment to follow in the Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
Chase Hunter Ross
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Chase Hunter Ross who died at his residence at Canyon Lake on Wednesday, July 2, 1997 at the age of 3 months. He was born March 15, 1997.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Edith Frazier, who passed away on Thursday, July 3, 1997, at the Eden Heights Apartments at the age of 83
to be more responsive to customer complaints in a more: timely manner, city officials said. It also would allow the city to recycle more types of waste, including junk mail.
Ferguson said the proposal could allow the city to set aside extra funds for a recycling education campaign, development of a future solid waste disposal site and possibly put money into the city’s general fund.
“When we have control of the process, there’s a lot that we can do. We can expand the commodity base,” Ferguson said
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