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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERATVpW JBlkAUNFELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0. 1, 2, 3 or 4 can water today after 7 p.rn Well users cannot water today. iii 1 1 ' CR Of: RN Pit-1 i ■Bt.. I RH I h I A EITUNG Vol. 149, No. 167 16 pages in 2 sections July 8, 2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung San Marcos resident Randy Rupley, the great-great grandson of former New Braunfels Mayor Friedrich Hermann Seele, shows passages in Seele’s diary dated 1850 to 1852. Rupley is in the process of translating Seele’s diary. Former NB mayor’s diary found in attic By Heather Todd Staff Writer When William Seele and his wife cleaned out the garage at their family’s San Antonio home six months ago, they sorted through the usual collection of boxes, old books and furniture. But, when they stumbled on an aged journal written in an old German handwriting, they knew it was something interesting. “It was a fluke,” Seele, a Houston attorney, said. “We didn’t know' how long it had been there, but it was w ritten entirely in German and it was dated on the first page 1850. It looked like it might be important.” Seele said he showed the book to Dr. Ted Gish, a scholar who has translated many of Friedrich Hermann Seele’s diaries. “He said the style was consistent w ith diaries he’s seen and translated by Hermann Seele,” he said. William Seele, the great-great grandson of Hermann Seele, contacted a distant cousin. San Marcos resident Randy Rupley, who is fluent in both modem German and the old German handwriting. Rupley is also a great-great grandson of Hermann Seele. Several months later, Rupley is slowly uncovering a rich and detailed account of political, social and religious life in New Braunfels as seen through the eyes of one of the city’s most influential settlers. The book, more than 150 years olcf contains Seele’s personal memoirs from the years 1850 to 1852 and, according to Rupley, has not yet been translated into English. Friedrich Hermann Seele was a major in the Confederate Army and mayor of the city during the Civil War. He was also a teacher, writer, district clerk, state legislator and postmaster. Recruited by Prince Carl, he accompanied the settlers’ wagon train to New Braunfels in 1845. In the diary entries, Seele’s daily life describes his importance as a community leader in his activities in the churches, county courthouse, singing clubs, Schutzen clubs and his statew ide activities in organizing patriotic events. See DIARY/3A Contested newsletter on agenda By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council could decide Monday whether to spend about $12,000 a year on a monthly newsletter one council member said more than half of residents would probably throw away w ithout even reading. Council postponed a decision in June to develop a citywide newsletter, which would be written by city staff in order to get more information about content and look at examples of what other cities are doing. Council will discuss the newsletter when they meet 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at New Braunfels Municipal Building. 424 S. Casted Ave. Councilman Robert Kendrick proposed creating a monthly newsletter to get more information out to residents, saying he often heard complaints about the lack of information the average resident received. He said a lot of information was not readily available to the public, such as openings on commissions and boards, updates on construction and street and drainage projects, permit requirements and employment opportunities. During discussion of the newsletter in June, councilman Larry Alexander said the city did not have any statistics about how many people would actually read it. “Is it I percent, IO percent or half who would throw it away?” he said. Kendrick said, “I think it would be higher than 50 percent who would throw it away.” But, Kendrick said a newsletter would reach more people w ith the same information on a consistent basis, as opposed to local media or other organizational new sletters. The total cost of printing and stuffing a white paper newsletter for 22,000 residents would be $088.71 a month, or SI 1,864.52 a year. The cost for printing and stuffing a colored paper newsletter would be $1,008.41 a month or $13,180.02 a year. Those figures do not include staff time to compose the newsletter. lf the newsletters were stuffed in New Braunfels Utilities bills, the stuffing cost would See NEWSLETTERSInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-8B Comics...............................3B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Code 76Coming Sunday iud out what happened to the forgotten musical. Movie correspondent Roy Hargrove discusses some classic musicals that are being released on DVD. ILifestyle Work of Grant Lathe on display at Hummel By Betty Taylor Staff Writer Many artists can paint or draw seashores, sailboats, horses, Western landscapes, cheetahs, island settings or a variety of birds. Not many, however, can successfully paint or draw all of these subjects. Grant I athe not only covers a wide range of subjects w itll his art; he also uses a wide range of mediums to achieve his ends. His works, spanning several decades of artistic freedom, are on display now through July 31) at the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. More than KH) works of the Canyon Lake resident were presented during an opening reception Thursday night. Lathe’s versatility allows him to communicate in oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics and many other mediums. Lathe said he enjoyed the freedom Ins artistic versatility has brought him. “I can paint something when I feel like it,” he said, explaining that some artists are like doctors, specializing in only one field. “I like variety,” he said. At the age of 12, Lathe knew he wanted to be an artist. He said the seed was actually planted several years earlier. It began See ART/3A CHRIS PACE Herald-Zeitung Patrons view the work of artist Grant Lathe at a reception Thursday at the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. More than 10O pieces of the Canyon Lake resident’s art are on display. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Julia Gremmer can no longer finger her starter 1/16th size violin. Nowadays, she’s making beautiful music with a regular size violin that friends have lent her. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The home of Spencer and Sandy Gremmer is filled w ith beautiful music. Spencer, a New Braunfels Police Department officer, plays classical guitar, w hich son, Jay, has taken up. Daughter, Emma, 3, is about to begin violin instruction. When nobody’s play ing an instrument, Mozart or Mahler may be wafting f rom the speakers of the family’s stereo system. But some of the most beautiful music of all in the Gremmer home is performed live by Julia, IO, who plays hand bells at Cross Lutheran Church and has interests in singing and acting. But hear her play the violin! What started for Julia three-quarters of her life ago with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” has moved on to complex classical arrangements such as Mozart’s Line Kleine Nachtmusik. Julia Gremmer comes from a musical heritage. Her grandmother, Viola Gremmer, played violin, taught music and participated in the community orchestra in San Antonio. “Its kind of been a family tradition,” Spencer Gremmer said. “All See VIOLIN/3A "It’s a lot of work, but you don’t just sit there for hours and hours. Its worth it." Julia Gremmer, age 10 Sweet . serenade Inside Groobees play tonight. Find out where inside. Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions, weather, what to do, where to go, road work map. ;