New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday’* today to Harold Kohlenberg, Susi Boss, Bill Groff, Mary Gass, Chrissa Maria Hernandez, Eleanor Seidel, Don Bowen, Joey Mendez and Mary Cardenas.
Belated birthday wishes to Gilbert “Bruno’’ Gonzalez and Larry Johnson.
“Happy anniversary’* today to Tito and Marry Chavez, Felix and Judy Roque md Mat and Estella Monceballez.
Belated anniversary wishes to Gus and Mary Elaine Feltner.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.
July 4 activities
Get ready for a patriotic, red, white and blue good time in New Braunfels this July 4 as organizations sponsor a number of family activities.
After the parade downtown, activities will be held at the Comal County Fairgrounds and the American Legion Comal Post #179 at 410 W. Coll St. Beginning at ll a.m. at the Post, members will be serving up sausage dinners. Post members are later sponsoring a western dance from 7 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Texas Country. For more information call 625-0179.
Concerts In park
The Concert in the Parte series continues tonight at 7:30 at the Landa Park Dance Slab. The event is called a “celebration with various artists.’’
Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a fundraising watermelon fest July 6 from 11 arn. to 7 pm. at the comer of Farm-to-Market 306 and Farm-to- Market 2673 in Canyon City, right on the walkway between the horseshoe tubing run. Watermelon will be sold at $ I a slice.
Christian Women’s Club in New Braunfels is sponsoring a “Celebrate America” picnic Tuesday. July 9 from IO arn. to noon at the Krueger Ranch located on Farm-to-Market 1863. Cost is $2. A parade of fashions will be presented by original hats made by guests, joined by singing. For reservations call 629-0070 or 620-5217. For nursery call 620-0337.
The Comal Garden Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at Pal’s Place on Union Street.
Red Cross volunteers are reminded to turn in money for the July 9 banquet by July 3. The banquet begins at 6:30 pm. at the Holiday Inn. Entertainment will be provided by “South Texas Sound.
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring water aerobics classes at Landa Park pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-9. For more informauon call 625-9295 or 935-2843.
Children can learn the answers to many questions in this week’s Discovery Series at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels. Registration for morning workshops are from 9-9:30 am. Tues-
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Day full of special festivities
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
Today should begin with bells and end with a bang as New Braunfels and Comal County residents gather for Independence Day events.
The festivities begin with the IO am. ringing of the bell atop the Comal County Courthouse as the Sophien-burg Museum A Archives hosts its traditional Independence Day ceremony on Main Plaza.
In addition to patriotic speakers, the Sophienburg’s segment of the program will include a mini-parade around Main Plaza in which every entrant is asked to carry an American flag.
At 11 am., the program moves into the hands of the Welcome Home Troops Committee.
“After a Veterans of Foreign Wars color guard opens the parade,” said Wilton Wamecke Jr. of the Welcome Home Troops Committee, floats carrying veterans or family members ’will be the first to arrive in the plaza. Their float will be positioned in the New Braunfels Utilities parking area and serve as their reviewing stand for the remainder of the parade in their honor.”
“Everyone who has a uniform should wear it,” said organizer Cheryl Scott, listing Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and Little League teams as well as military and retired military personnel.
“We’d like to see a lot of people dressed in red, white and blue, too,” said Pam Ross, another committee member.
“From the response we’ve s:en and the comments we’ve heard, a lot of people would like to see this become an annual event,” Wamecke said.
The parade, with more than 60 individual floats, cars or marching groups and including five musical entries, will travel from South Seguin Street through Main Plaza and cast on San Antonio Street, north on Union and east on Common Street to reach the Comal County Fairgrounds.
Observers are invited to fall in behind the floats and march to the fairgrounds, where an old-fashioned celebration is scheduled from noon until 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the afternoon, River City Rides of San Antonio will be operating a children’s carnival featuring Castle Bounce and Tubs of Fun rides, along with a variety of games.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day at the fair pavilion and a variety of foods and beverages will be available for purchase at booths sponsored by businesses ami local organizations.
At 8 pm., free shuttle service from the fairgrounds back to the Prince Solms Park area will begin. Fireworks again will be sponsored by the New Braunfels Jaycees.
Partly cloudy conditions with a 40 percent chance of rain are forecast for Independence Day. Hot, humid conditions, with highs in the mid-90s and winds from the southeast at IO-IS mph are forecast. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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Walter Faust Jr. plays a piano, left, at the home of Houston Symphony Director Ernst Hoffman’s home in 1941 and a pipe organ, above, in his studio in 1982. (Photo-s courtesy Sophienburg Museum and Archives and Caroline Clousnitzer)
Music a part of Faust’s life
As we hear the bells chiming from the courthouse tower this 4th of July, we arc reaping the benefit of a lifetime dream of one of New Braunfels’ most philanthropic citizens, Waller Faust Jr. The bells in the tower were given appropriately and patriotically by him in 1976 to honor his mother.
The dedication of the bells began our country’s Bicentennial Celebration in Comal County. It was midnight. New Year’s Eve of 1976. Walter played the bells for exactly 76 seconds followed by the simultaneous ringing of the church bells of First Protestant. Sis. Peter and Paul, First United Methodist, St. Paul Lutheran, and St. Johns Episcopal for another 76 seconds. The event marked the first time the bells were played
There are four bells and the heaviest weighs 538 pounds. Setting the bells in the tower was a challenge but the courthouse elevator held up to 1,500 pounds and the trip to the 3rd floor was easy. Getting the bells to the tower was something else. Five or six prisoners incarcerated in the jail at the time loaded the bells onto a dolly and pushed them up two flights of stairs.
Waller describes the bells as made of sparkling brass in Holland especially for this lower. There is a mechanism which has a clock and sounds the hour and there are four buttons upon which to play. The bells will be played
The band stand on Main Plaza and the bell tower in the Comal County Courthouse are important venues for Faust. (Sophienburg Museum and Archives)
By ROSEMARIE LEISSNER GREGORY and MYRA LEE ADAMS GOFF Spacial to (ha Herald-Zeilung
today as they have for the past fifteen years.
Waller Faust’s dream began when he grew up on Seguin Street hearing bells from the First Protestant Church next door to his family’s home. Because his room was on the second story directly across from the church lower which housed the bells since 1894, their ringing was a constant in his early life. Then when he was stationed at Foster Field in Victoria, Texas during
World War II, Walter noticed that the courthouse there had a clock tower with a bell and he envisioned our beautiful courthouse here in New Braunfels with bells. These experiences became part of the dream.
July 4th exemplifies patriotism for Americans and patriotism to one’s country and community can take many forms. Always there is one consistent element in patriotism: giving. Whether it is giving money, time, talent, or life, pat
riotism is giving.
Walter is being honored today July 4, 1991, in a surprise ceremony not only for his contribution of the bells and the tower lights but his many contributions. A plaque in his honor presented to him by Comal County Judge Carter Casteel will be placed in the alcove of the courthouse building.
ll is not surprising that Waller Faust Jr., the son of Walter Faust Sr. and Louie Weber Pfeuffer Faust is a foremost contributor. His parents were joined in marriage in 1904 and their union brought together two prominent New Braunfels pioneer families, the Pfeuffers and the Fausts, with histories of patriotism.
A Pfeuffer patriarch, George Pfeuffer (Walter’s greatgrandfather) was a county judge, was on the Texas AAM board serving as secretary in 1879 and pres'dent in 1885, and was a state senator. He is credited with having saved AAM from being abolished and for many years there was a building named after him on the AAM campus. Too, it was he who was instrumental in the use of granite from the Texas Hill Country rather than white Georgia granite to construct the Texas state capitol building. At the senator’s grave site in Comal Cemetery there is a 24’ obelisk of pink granite given in his memory
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Community values make small-town America
By BOB KRUEGER Tmm Railroad Commission
The yellow ribbons and fireworks of the Fourth of July inspire both patriotism and reflection: reflection on the values that sustain a county and a culture through peacetime as well as wartime.
And Of all the values that fasten a country together, none bonds more uescly than trust. Trust, the foundation of any community, is possible anywhere, but it can be especially nurtured by the habits and customs found in small-town America. There the flash of electronic media is balanced by the gentle rhythms of life lived near the sod and near one’s neighbors.
As one who finds living in a small town and working in a major city to provide the best of both worlds, I reflected on my hometown and its values as I parked in from of Naegelm’s Bakery, located for the past century by the Main Plaza of New Braunfels, lu sign, “ IOO Years of Service," conveys a simple truth that reminded me of a daily routine in my boyhood. At noon, my sister and I walked from school to my father’s business, from where the three of us drove home for lunch. On the way, Dad always stopped across from the bakery, bolted from the car and strode across the street. If Mrs. Naegelin saw him coming, she would meet him at the door to hand him a fresh loaf of bread, with occasionally a few cookies for the children, before we proceeded home for our noon meal.
In those days, she and Mr. Naegelin lived over the bakery and rose at 3 arn. to begin their day. Their only son assisted in the baking and delivery, but being a small family endeavor, the Naegelins could only bake enough for their regular customers, who had relied on Mrs. Naegelin for years.
They trusted her, and she trusted them — in many ways. Once a year, before Christmas, she gave Dad a bill for the enure year's purchases. She claimed she liked to do that since she used the money to buy her Christmas gifts. But I suspect she really did it to save time for my father, a businessman in a hurry. She was more thoughtful than she let people know.
With memories of Mrs. Naegelin rn my head, I drove home to find a message from Mr. Kraft on my recorder. I had called him two days earlier when a window air conditioner went out —-
Trust, the foundation of any community, is possible anywhere, but it can be especially nurtured by the habits and customs found in small-town America. There the flash of electronic media is balanced by the gentle rhythms of life lived near the soil and near one's neighbors.
— Bob Krueger
because we had always called Mr. Kraft with such problems. Now rn semi-retirement, he had nevertheless come the same day to remove and check it. The message was that it could be repaired, I wouldn’t have to buy a new one. Our family had trusted Mr. Kraft for 30 years: if he said it could be fixed, he’d fix it; if he said it needed replacement, it did.
With Mr. Kraft, as with the Schuberts who are putting new wallpaper in our bedroom, there is no need to ask the price in advance. Harvey Schubert and his son are repapering the same room that his father had papered for my parents when they lived here. The Schuberts and Mr. Kraft would no more overcharge us today than Mrs. Naegelin would have overcharged my father on the yearly bread account. And I would no more need to oversee their work than to watch the Naegelins bake bread. They respect their craft and their customers; their pride is in their work, their community and their relationship to it.
And it’s the same with Mrs. On. One of my wife’s hap** est phone calls last year was when Mrs Oil called to say that she
could add Kathleen to the group of people for whom she ironed The rules were simple: “lf I’m not here, just come in the kitchen. Leave the clothes to be iron, and pick up your clothes from last week. You’ll find them hanging in the back room." The ironing, of course, is faultless.
It all seems so simple — on the surface. Just come rn the kitchen if I’m not there; just pay the bakery bill once a year, just leave it to Mr. Kraft or Mr. Schubert to do the repairs right. What makes it different from so many of our day-to-day business dealings is that a bound of simple mist exists — often it has existed over generations.
My work sends me to Washington, Austin, Houston and San Antonio regularly. I would not want to see America without the vigor and energy of their business, legal, political and academic lives: one senses that important things are happening there, and that, being involved, one’s life there can make a difference for many people.
But I would be equally reluctant to see Amen ca lose what the Naegelins, Schuberts, Otis and Krafts offer in New Braunfels, not just their craftsmanship and pride in their work, but more important, that their craftsmanship is conveyed in an atmosphere of mutual trust. One is not just "doing business” but exchanging values.
The reason, of course, that one can trust them to charge fairly, and to perform excellently, without either written contracts or advance price agreement, is because one intuitively knows, and has found by long experience, that they would never cheat since they value some things more than money. Their pride is as much in their work as rn what they are paid for it, and is more in who they are and how they live with their neighbors than rn dollars.
One can’t put a definite monetary value on what it means to live rn a community with people like that, because their lives remind us that living well in a real “community” has nonmonetary values. And that’s why our snail towns are jus as important as our major cities to the greatness of America, and to creating an environment that makes life well worth taking.
Bob Krucf cr, a eau v« at Nev Brouofcli, ta • ai—bf of UM Tsam Railroad
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July 4 1991
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