New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Don Freeman Tobin, South Texas geologist and Bandera County rancher, 95, passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 surrounded by his family.
A graveside service will be held at the Tobin Ranch
in Bandera County at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Peggy, eight children, 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is the beloved father of former Mayor Pro Tern Kathleen Tobin Krueger of New Braunfels.
Ceremony lauds Western swing
as state music
By Greg Bowen
Gov. Rick Perry has signed state Rep. Doug Miller and Sen. Jeff Wentworth's bill making Western swing the official music of Texas — so it's time to party!
Al Dressen, head of the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, said a ceremony honoring the declaration of Western swing as the state sound will be Sunday at Frei-heit Country Store.
Dressen said Miller will be there, and Wentworth has been invited. Dressen's band, the Superswing Review, aka for this event the Frei heit Playboys, will play the state's newly declared official music for hours.
The band begins at 2 p.m., and will play until 5 p.m.
"Doug and maybe Sen. Wentworth will talk about what was done to make Western swing the official music style of Texas," said Dressen, who will speak about the history of western swing.
The lawmakers are scheduled to read portions of the bill and present a copy to Dressen and the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, which keeps its archives and collection, including a fiddle played by Western swing master Bob Wills, at Texas State University in San Marcos, Dressen said.
Admission is free.
HONORING WESTERN SWING When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Freiheit Country Store, corner of FM 1101 and FM 306, New Braunfels
Freiheit Country Store is at the corner of Farm-to-Market 1101 and FM 306, near Creekside shopping center.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 was authored by Wentworth and sponsored in the House by Miller. Perry signed it into law June 17.
It gives western swing the iconic status of the blue-bonnet, the mockingbird and the pecan as official symbols of Texas — or, as Wentworth wrote in his resolution, "tangible representations of the proud spirit and heritage of our state."
Western swing is a "lively sound that has enjoyed enduring popularity over the course of nearly a century (and) reflects the ethnic diversity of Texas by encompassing many of the musical traditions that were introduced to the state by the groups that settled here," the resolution states.
It continues: "A key to the appeal of this spirited music is its exceptional ability to get people dancing; this quality, too, is evocative of Texas, a state in which dance halls have historically been central to the social life of its communities; today, the foot-tapping tempo of Western swing continues to be heard all across our state, with countless Texans repeating the time-honored steps that have been kicking up sawdust on Texas dance floors for generations."
Man who shot himself at Rockin’ R doing fine
From staff reports
A Corsicana man who accidentally shot himself in the stomach Tuesday night in New Braunfels was recovering at a hospital after a successful surgery, a New Braunfels Police Department spokesman said Wednesday.
The man, whose name police withheld, is 32 and not 31 as previously reported. Police Capt. Michael
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The man shot himself about 5:55 p.m. in the parking lot of Rockin' R River Rides, 1405 Gruene Road, while trying to remove a jack from his pickup truck to change one of its tires, police said. The man received one gunshot wound to the stomach and no one else was injured.
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Newspaper influenced secession effort
By Myra Lm Adams Goff
For the Herald-Zeitung
Another Fourth of July celebration is coming up Monday. Flags will be waving, music will be saluting the United States of America and The Sophienburg's annual parade downtown to the Main Plaza will be open to patriots of all ages.
The first Fourth of July celebration in New Braunfels was in 1846, soon after Texas became a state. Since then, New Braunfels has celebrated the Declaration of Independence with much enthusiasm.
Rapid social and technological changes took place in the three decades from the 1820s to the 1850s. Then the Union began to unravel. Rumblings of internal conflict began to be heard between the industrial North and agricultural South, and union became disunion.
Causes of this conflict were many, but in the end, disagreements about states' rights and slavery were primary. The South believed that seceding from the Union was the solution to all the problems. Those states formed their own Confederacy.
New Braunfels was the only predominantly German town in Texas that voted to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.
There is no doubt about the influence Neu Braun-felser Zeitung Editor Ferdinand Lindheimer had on local election results. Lindheimer led the charge for secession locally. In the end, 239 voted in favor of secession and 86 voted against. Texas voted overwhelmingly to secede and join the Confederacy, thereby becoming the seventh
Joachim Pantermuehl, center, is surrounded by his seven sons who fought for the Confederacy. Female at top is unidentified. Top left are Joachim Jr., Fritz, Christian, Wilhelm, Carl, Heinrich and Johann. All survived the war.
state to do so.
For a complete account of the events of the Civil War in Comal County, check out these books, of which can be found at Sophie's Shop:
• "New Braunfels, Comal County Texas" by Rosemarie Leissner Gregory and this reporter offers a thumbnail, uncomplicated account of the events in a concise manner.
• Once you have the basics, read further details translated by Oscar Haas in his book "History of New Braunfels and Comal County." After that, two books about the Civil War are for sale. Wilfred Schlather's book, "War
Between the States Participants from Comal County" fills you in on just that.
• The second book recently released by Dr. Francis R. Horne is " Comal County Texas in the Civil War, as reported in the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung from 1859 to 1865." Sophien-burg volunteer Margot Hendricks spent many hours translating articles from the Zeitung from German to English.
Horne has chosen some of Lindheimer's editorials relating to the war and events in the state. Lindheimer was very influential in Comal County; however, not all agreed with his opinions about secession.
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For example, local abolitionists threw his printing jress into the Comal for jacking the Confederacy. He fished it out and kept on printing.
In 1860, Lindheimer backed Breckenridge against Lincoln for president, and ultimately, Lincoln received no votes in Comal County. Meanwhile, many cities in north Texas were set on fire. Lindheimer and most editors were convinced the fires were set by abolitionists. I indheimer tells us that when Gov. Sam Houston spoke at the Comal County Courthouse against secession, there was no applause from the audience.
Horne chooses editorials and events before the war and to the end of the war that help the reader have a better understanding of Lindheimer's political views. To really understand why Comal County voted to he part of the Confederacy, read this interesting collection of editorials and local and state events.
On June 19, 1865, a United States flag was hoisted over Comal Coun ty Courthouse. Troubles were not over, hut the Confederacy was. Soon after, on Fourth of July, the Declaration of Independence was once more observed with great ceremony. Shots from a c annon proclaimed the festive day. A huge American flag was once again hoisted on Sophienburg Hill.
SMART ends search for man in lake
San Antonio 21-year-old went under about 10 a.m. Saturday
From staff reports
San Marcos Area Recovery Team (SMAR‘0, in cooperation with a dive team from Texas Parks and Wildlife, officially called off the underwater search Wednesday for Matthew Arzate.
The 21-year-old San Antonio man has been missing in Canyon Lake at Comal Park since 10 a.m. Saturday.
According to a news release, the TPW team brought in sophisticated scanners and spent nearly two days scanning the deep search area where Arzate's body is believed to be.
The TPW team confirmed what SMART had suspected: Arzate is missing in the
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shielded by trees in the original Guadalupe River bed — in excess of 100 feet of water. The scanners couldn't penetrate into the trees and no viable target images were found outside of this canopy.
"We have exhausted all safe operations and SMART along with TPW are standing down with no more active underwater search
ing," said Dan Misiaszek of SMART. "Topside personnel, including the Army Corps of Engineers, the Comal County Sheriff's Office water patrol, and game wardens, will continue to search the water surface daily before the parks are open in the event the body should surface.
Misiaszek added that SMART is preparing for the Fourth of July weekend,
which has traditionally been the team's busiest holiday.
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