New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2 □ Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, March 20, 1996Obituaries
remote northwest China
By CHARLENE L. FU
Associated Press Writer
f' BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake struck a centunes-old trading center along the Silk Road in remote northwestern China, killing at least 24 people, collapsing 50,000 buildings and cracking a dike.
More than 70 people were injured in 'the 6.9-magnitude quake that hit at 11 p.m. Tuesday (IO a.m. EST), government seismologists said today.
The number of dead, injured and homeless was expected to rise when communications were restored to some of the hardest-hit areas near the epicenter of the quake, 35 miles northeast of the city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang region.
Fifty-two aftershocks were recorded, including one with a magnitude of 5.1, ?aid Zhang Yunfeng with the Xinjiang Seismology Bureau. The State Seismology Bureau warned there could be more.
; About 10,000 people were homeless after the quake damaged or destroyed their homes, Zhang said. He also said more than 50,000 buildings and homes in Jiashi county, south of (he epicenter, collapsed, including 28 schools.
More than 6,300 head of livestock, mostly sheep, were killed in Jiashi, he said. Soldiers and officials were distributing tents to homeless families there.
Temperatures in the sparsely populated desert region with low-lying mountains were around freezing today and were expected to drop to 14 degrees F overnight.
Zhang said damage was estimated at $18 million, but the figure is also expected to rise.
In Kashgar, a city of240,000 people, local officials said at least several hundred homes were damaged by the tremor. Residents, however, said there was little visible damage.
Robert Kerr, an American student who would not give his hometown, said he saw “a few minor cracks” in buildings in the city center.
Residents described the quake as lasting from 15 seconds to more than a minute.
The town closest to the epicenter is Artux, 15 miles or a bumpy half-hour bus ride north of Kashgar.
Cracks as wide as 19 1/2 inches opened up along a 2,000-foot section of a dike at a small reservoir. Water was leaking out and residents worked through the night to close the gaps,
Artux, a small trading town of 30,000, is inhabited mainly by ethnic Kyrgyz. Most live in one- or two-sto-ry mud brick homes with wood beam roofs covered with mud that could cause heavy casualties if they collapsed.
The remote area, about 2,000 miles west of Beijing near China’s border with the former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, is a vibrant commercial crossroads along the old Silk Road that once connected East to West. Many of its inhabitants are Muslim ethnic minorities, including Uygurs and Tajiks.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that seismologists earlier this year had predicted the quake, but did not say if residents were told to prepare for it.
Tuesday’s quake followed a 6.1 magnitude quake along the Mongolian border last week and a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in southwestern Yunnan province on Feb. 3, which killed more than 300 people.
An earthquake of magnitude 7, slightly stronger than Tuesday’s temblor, is considered a major earthquake and is capable of widespread, heavy damage.
Elvo Prince McDonald
Elvo Prince McDonald, age 80, of Canyon Lake, TX, died Sunday, March 17, 1996 at his residence. He was bom March 31, 1915 in Midlothian, TX to John Douglas McDonald and Jewel Prince McDonald. He married Nina Olive who survives him. Mr. McDonald was a partner in several Prince’s Drive-In Chains in Houston for over 40 years. He was a devoted husband and father, an avid fisherman and hunter. He and his wife retired to Canyon Lake, TX over 20 years ago. Besides his loving wife, Nina O. McDonald, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law: Carol McDonald Toops and Charles Toops of Austin, TX, Son and daughter-in-law: Stephen A. McDonald and his wife Jan of Montgomery, TX, Sister: Kathlyn McDonald Philips of Huntsville, TX; Brother, J.D. McDonald of Houston, TX, nine grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by a son, David S. McDonald, brothers Donald, Robert, and George McDonald and a sister, LaVone Gravitt.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Jacobs officiating. Burial will follow in
the Cranes Mill Cemetery in Startzville,
Mrs. Wally Marie Thames
Mrs. Wally Marie Thames, age 91, of New Braunfels, died Tuesday March 19, 1996 at the Colonial Manor Care Center. Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday at IO a.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Carse officiating. Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery. Visitation continues today until service time Thursday at the Zoeller Funeral Home.
Herbert E. Barnes
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in Canyon Lake, TX for Herbert E. Barnes, who died at the Baptist Medical Center on Tuesday, March 19, 1996 at the age of 71.
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Kenneth Mayfield, of Canyon Lake, died on Monday, March 18,19% at die Wilford Hall Medical Center at the age of 66. He was bom on in Perkins,
Perot: lf Called, I Will Run
; WASHINGTON (AP) — In what books like a case of deja vu, Ross Per-6t says he’s ready to run for president vf his new Reform Party calls on him.
• Although the Texas billionaire said “no” to running just last month, his comments Tuesday were eerily like the promise he made in 1992 to campaign if volunteers got his name on ballots nationwide.
; “Let’s assume the dust clears, and that’s what the members of this party want,” Perot told WO AI radio in San Antonio. “Then certainly, I would give it everything I have.”
Perot’s remarks came as aides Worked to put his name on the November ballot in Texas, Ronda and a dozen other states. Officially, his name was being used until a Reform Party nominee is chosen in September.
* But those organizing the effort have made no secret that they want Perot to
im. and on Tuesday he said he would eed their wishes jf pressed.
Man Who Fled Trial in 1980 To Be Sentenced Today
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — More tjian 15 years after he fled frorri a Vicuna courtroom where he faced a life prison term Jimmy Paul Atchley returned to the courtroom today to be sentenced.
J Atchley was 24 and being tned on a burglary charge on Oct. 23, 1980 when He walked out of the courtroom with His wife and fled to Harrison, Ark.
• Atchley and his brother, Joe Alan Atchley, were accused of hiding inside 4 JC. Penney when the store closed for
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As a two-time loser, he faced life in prison. He was free on $ 15,000 bail when he decided not to return for the remainder of the trial.
“Life. I was scared,” Atchley said Tuesday. “I just stood up, walked out of the courtroom, grabbed my wife’s arm and I walked out. Walked out, got in the car and took off to Harrison, Ark.”
UT Suspends Admissions After Court Rejects Its Affirmative Action Program
AUSTIN (AP) — University of Texas System officials worry that the rejection of a race-based admissions program for the School of Law could be the death knell for affirmative action.
"The ... decision has serious implications for Texas, including the virtual resegje^apon of higher education,” said Robert Berdahl, president of the University of Texas at Austin.
The UT system suspended admissions at all 15 of its campuses Tuesday until it analyzes the impact of a federal appeals court decision that rejected its policy of weighting law school admissions in favor of blacks and Hispanics.
The admissions freeze will last “approximately one week,” the university system said.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday reversed a lower court’s ruling that
supported affirmative action at the law school. Four white students had sued the school in 1994 claiming they were denied admission by an unlawful policy rooted solely on race.
Fifth Man Dies After Exposure to Contaminated Oxygen
TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — Medical examiners will investigate a fifth death at a veterans’ hospital as possibly being linked to contaminated oxygen.
Liz Crossan, a spokeswoman for the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center, said Tuesday that an autopsy has been ordered for Hugh Anderson, 84, of Marquez. Anderson died Tuesday, six days after being exposed to tainted oxygen through the center’s central , oxygen system.
Anderson and three other men, who died within hours of exposure, were being treated in the hospital’s inten-j sive care uryt*Another.mao. whored. Sunday, was not in the }CU.
It remained undetermined Tuesday whether any of the deaths were related to the tainted gas. Department of Veterans’ Affairs officials and Dallas County medical examiners are investigating possible links.
A total of 89 patients were exposed to the oxygen last Wednesday when a new oxygen supply contractor, Air Liquide, hooked up its equipment. The remaining 84 patients are on bottled oxygen and appear to be doing well, Mrs. Crossan said.
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OK on November 2, 1929 to Orix Mayfield and Dora McKinsie, and married Helen Marie Cuny on July 1,1950 in Seguin, TX. Mayfield was a retired Msgt. U.S. Air Force, and served 33 years of Military Duty, including serving in World War II and Korea. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake, the American Legion Post 345, and the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include: his wife Helen Marie Mayfield, of Canyon Lake; mother, Dora Mayfield, of Stillwater, OK; daughter Valorie Luker, of Canyon Lake; Son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Theresa Mayfield, of Canyon Lake; sisters Imogene and Lavona, both of Stillwater, OK; brothers Gary and Junior, both of Stillwater, OK; and grandchildren Kevin Luker and Brian Luker, both of Canyon Lake, and Kena Mayfield and Mark Mayfield, Jr. both of Canyon Lake.
There will be a graveside service only on Friday, March 22, 1996 at 2 p.m. at the Cranes Mill Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Visitation will be from IO a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 arn. until I pm Friday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake Memorials may be given to American Legion Post 345.
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