New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, March 7,1993
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Vol. 141, NO. 77Mill jobs moving out of state
By GREG MEFFORD Heraltf-ZMtung
West Point-Pepperell officials said Friday production at the New Braunfels-based Iselin mill will be moved out of state, and jobs at the local plant phased out by mid-fall.
Officials will move production from the Seguin Avenue plant to Alabama and South Carolina.
According to a statement issued Friday, West Point-Pepperell officials said an orderly phaseout of jobs will begin in May and should be completed by early fall.
An estimated 340 workers are employed at the New Braunfels plant, officials said.
“This difficult decision was made only after lengthy and careful consideration of any viable alternatives,1' a company spokesperson said.
Earlier reports from Iselin employees that the plant would close in May were incorrect, Art Jones, manager of the plant, said.
The company's other sheeting greige mills, which are located closer to the finishing plants, are undergoing an extensive modernization this year,” the spokesperson said.
Iselin production will be absorbed by the other greige mills, the spokesperson said.
The company will attempt to find a buyer to operate tile plant as "an ongoing concern" in the coining weeks, official said.
The facility, constructed in 1967, was purchased by West Point Pepperell in 1972 and operated in conjunction with the Mission Valley Mills site.
Hie Iselin plant was operated as a woven apparel fabrics unit until it was dedicated to bed products manufacturing in 1984.
WestPoint Pepperell officials announced Wednesday the sale of theMission Valley facility, purchased by members of the plant's management team and Hie Lewis Company.
Hie side of the Mission Valley rite it expected to be coF|ripL4ed ^y late April, according to plant officials.
New Braunfels residents tell of ancestors’ roles in historic battle
Bulverde. Spring Branch and New Braunfels emergency medical technicians transported four patients to San Antonio's North Central Baptist Hospital Friday afternoon following a three-car accident at State Highway 46 and U.S. Highway 281. Dolores Buchanan and Nikolas Buchanan of Houston and Margaret Heftier of San Antonio were treated and released. David Washington, who had to be removed from his vehicle with the jaws of life, was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was treated for a broken foot. Photo by John Huseth.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zsltijng
At least three New Braunfels residents claim ancestors who were at the Alamo during the siege 157 years ago.
Many more can claim forefathers that served the Republic of Texas prior to annexation by the United States.
One of Mildred Duhon's great grandfathers was James Lemuel Allen, the last courier to leave the Alamo. He was only 16. He had left college in the east to come fight for Texas.
Allen is the young man depicted as devoted to Lt Col. William Barrett Travis in the IMAX Theater's version of the Alamo story according to Duhon.
In that film, he is referred to as "young Jim Allen” and the film shows Travis sending Allen out for help on March 5, the day before the fall of the Alamo.
"He went to Goliad for help,” Duhon said. "But, of course, he was too late. He was not at the Battle of San Jacinto, but was instrumental in the burning of bridges behind the Mexican army lines delaying their supplies and retreat”
Duhon said her husband, Carl Duhon, also is a descendant of a defender of the Alamo.
His ancestor at the Alamo was Isaac Ryan of Louisiana. The Duhons live on Mission Drive in New Braunfels.
Gabriela Caserns Garcia is a descendant of Gregorio Esparza, the last defender to join the garrison in the Alamo.
"Gregorio's son, Manuel, had a daunter, Juans, whose daughter, Gabriela, was my grandmother,” said Garcia.
Manuel Esparza was at the Alamo with his father, Gregorio, his mother and two brothers.
Gregorio was born in San Antonio de Bexar in 1803, making the
“He went to GoSad for help. But, of course, he was too late. He was not at the Battle of San Jacinto, but was instrumental in the burning of bridges behind the Mexican army lines delaying their supplies and retreat.”MNdrad Duhon Greet granddaughter of Alamo courier James Allen
Esparza family as one of the early settlers of the area.
In 1835, Esparza joined Capt Juan Seguing Mounted Volunteers. He was an expert gunner and manned a small cannon in the south window of the mission church, where he died during the battle, Garcia said.
He was the only defender of the Alamo who had a Christian burial.
Because his brother, Francisco, had served with the Mexican army in previous batties, he was able to get permission to bury Gregorio in what is now Milam Square in San Antonio.
uaraaana ner nuniiQ, vinor/ live on Water Spray in New Braunfels.
Several other Comal County residents have ancestors who served the Republic of Texas as colonists or in the revolution.
The New Braunfels chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Ferdinand Iindheimer chapter, is named for a German settler who came to Texas from New Orleans to serve in the revolution in 1836.
After the revolution in Texas, he spent seven years in Mexico Bee ALAMO, page 2A
Primary, elementary students take part in cultural presentation
Bilingual students demonstrate their needy teamed communication skills during a caisbration Thursday at Memorial Elementary School. Tha students performed a variety of songs featuring bilingual lyrics, white family members wars treated to Mexican dinners.
By ROM MARIE EASH Hsreld-ZeMung
"Buenas noches* introduced a program of songs, plays and jokes by bilingual students of Memorial Primary and Elementary Thursday et the Bilingual Celebration et Memorial Elementary.
Mary Alice Mendez, a retired New Braunfels achoo! teacher who now tutors bilingual children, was the mistress of ceremonies who introduced everything end everyone in Spanish.
Bbs introduced the New Braunfels Independent School District's board president, Dick Robinett, and board member Jaime Padilla.
Hisn David Harrison, Le* end Ron Gonzales of th# Adobe Cafe
were thanked for the donated the meal of enchilada dinners — over 400 of them — served to parents and children.
Mendel announced that U.8. Sen. Bob Krueger and his wife, Kathleen, who is bilingual, sent their regrets at being unable to attend due to commitments on the campaign trail— and reported that Mrs. Krueger said sh# would rather be at tile Memorial presentation.
Also introduced was NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad-berry, who, when asked to say something in Spanish, replied, "Ona of the staff said something to ms in Spanish and they told ms to say (something that sounded like "muncho anchc”) and I delft know
what I said.
"I am (going to Spanish classes),” Bradberry said The program started with Mendes introducing Carol DeHaven, the principal of Memorial Primary, welcoming the parent# in Spanish with help from seven-year-old Christian Pliego, the eon of Rodolfo and Aractli Pliego of 2191 School Ave.
Then Sharon Tete, principal of Memorial Elementary, also welcomed them in Spanish: "Buenas noches familia# de Memorial,” Tate said "Soy la director! de Is escuela. Esto es tine noche miry important# porque nosotros asta-mo# celebrant lo# talents# de sue hermoeos nifios bilingttes. "Siendo bilmgtie stirs una habti-
idsd muy important# para el siglo que entre,” Tate said. "Estamos orgullosos de sue nifios porque son bilingOes. Elios serin lot lid-cree del mundo en que la indue-tria intentional requiere el conocimiento de dos longues ti mas.”
Translation: "Good svening Memorial famiHee Tonight is very important because we're celebrating the talents of your bilingual children.
"Being bilingual will be a very important ability in the coming century, "Tate said "We are very proud of your children because they ere bilingual.
"Hiey will be the leaders in a
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Hie New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sands Birthday wishes to Gloria Boding, Arian Bartils, Anita Leal Riot, Hector Rivers Jr. and Erica Renee Leal. Belated Birthday wishes go to Debbie Richter.
Anniversary wishes go to Gilbert end Diane De Los Bentos.
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eta for adults ere $5.50 end for children, $3.Gun show
A gun show will be held March 7 et the Civic Qentor. Guns may be bought, sold or traded
More information is available et 679-6112.Sophienburg association
Hie Sephienburg Memorial Association, Inc. will hold its annual meeting et 7 p.m. Mardi 9 et the Sophienburg Museum. Hiis ie the 60th anniversary of the State Charter
issued to the Sophienburg in March 1983. Members, general public and visitors are invited to attendRush information
Comal County Panhellenic invitee area college-bound girls and their mothers to a rush information party at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7 at 410 Lakeview Blvd More information is available at 629-5202.
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