New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Letters to the Editor
Not all Brits see the royal family as'freeloaders'
I want to respond to the comments In a recent edition by Ross Fortune. He claimed that many people in England view the monarchy as a "bunch of freeloaders”, which is really not true. Most Brits art* happy to have them as they bring in billions (yes billions) of tourist dollars.
The British government states that the average British taxpayer contributes less that 2 pounds ($350) annually to support the monarchy, and the brides parents purchased the bridal gown.
Mr. Fortune, the royals work hard for England and I for one appreciate it.
I too am a transplanted Brit.
Pamela Alston New braunfels
Oak Run parents: A little civility, please
As we reach the end of yet another school year, we Oak Run residents are still wondering why non-residential ()ak Run Middle School (ORMS) parents feel it is OK to abuse our residential streets twice a day for their personal convenience. Since the fixit-bridge to ORMS was built in the Timber Hollow cul-de-sac, we have seen an increase in traffic at schtxil drop-off and pick-up times. Our children do not have access to a bus. nor do we have sidewalks in the original section of our neighborhood, so children have to walk or ride their bikes in the street. Hie increased traffic has created a dangerous situation for our residents, and the lack of manners from some ORMS parents is mind blowing.
I’d like to share with you some of the situations we have dealt with this year:
• An elderly neighbor walked to his mailbox on Oak (ilen after the mail arrived around 330 p.m. As he stepped off the curb, a mother in an SUV came up fast and he motioned to her to slow down. She flipped him off.
• A resident of Timber Hollow was trying to leave for work. A father was blocking her driveway, and when she asked him to move he refused, saying that he was staying put until his children were safely across the bridge. His children then laughed at her because she was unable to back out of her driveway. She went in to call the police, but by the time they got there he was gone.
• I had to change my son's bus stop so he wasn’t crossing Oak (ilen at 3:30; that's when parents start arriving.
That same school bus has a difficult time turning from l imber Hollow onto Oak Glen because so many cars are stopped on both sides of the street.
• One family that lives in Oak Run. east of Oak Run Parkway, drives their daughter to school so she doesn't have to walk two miles (remember we have no bus). They no longer use our neighborhood footbridge due to the traffic and choose to drive her to the school because it's faster.
• Students sit in lawns waiting for parents, often for close to an hour.
• Parents making U-turns on Oak Glen, again creating a hazard for our children.
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• The litter has noticeably increased.
• Drivers on cell phones, often driving too fast.
Now I am very aware that these are public streets,
so I am writing to plead with non-residential parents to either utilize the bus services available to you or follow rules of common courtesy and pick up your child at school. If the school pick-up and drop-off lines are running that inefficiently, please take it up with the administrators at ORMS. But if you do insist on invading our neighborhood, please slow down and remember your manners.
Lynn Chapman New Braunfeb
The Civil War almost started at the Alamo
As a history buff who's enjoyed Civil War re-enacting for many years with my sons, I appreciated the 1 lerald-Zeitung's treatment of the 150th anniversary of the war in the April 14 edition. I’ll wager, though, that most Texans are unaware that but for maybe one shot fired and one drop of Yankee blood shed, the Civil War would have started officially at the Alamo on Feb. 16.1861.
On that day, when Major General David Twiggs, commanding officer of the Federal Department of Texas, arrived by wagon at his office in the long barracks adjacent to the Alamo, he was confronted by a committee headed by Samuel Maverick who demanded that Twiggs surrender all Federal troops, garrisons and supplies on Texas soil to the State of Texas. Maverick and his committee were backed up by a force of about 1,000 Texas militiamen commanded by Col. Ben McCulloch. Fewer than 200 U.S. Army soldiers were stationed at the Alamo that day and they were mostly Quartermaster non-combatant troop. So, Twiggs did surrender that
day - almost two months before the South fired its cannons at Fort Sumter - but history does not accord this event prominence because the entire surrender took place without a single shot being fired and no blood being shed. There is a very special irony of Twiggs’ surrender: later that very same day, Federal lieutenant colonel Robert E. Lee (who at that time was the commanding officer of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry at Fort Mason in Mason, Texas) rode into San Antonio. Lee was on bis way back to Washington. D.C., where he declined President Lincolns offer to assume command of all Federal Army forces.
As history records, Lee resigned his Federal commission: then went across the river to Arlington House, his wife's family’s plantation (now Arlington National Cemetery) - and the rest, as they say, is history.
Dick Gray New Braunfeb
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When the world was changing, but Camp Warnecke wasn’t
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By Myra Lee Adams Goff
I^t’s take a trip to Camp Warnecke. Most of you know where it was, but if you don’t, think of the Schlitterbahn Waterparks property between the San Antonio Street Bridge and the Garden Street Bridge.
imagine the time being around 1944 during World War II when the world was changing, but Camp Warnecke wasn’t.
Otto and Martha Warnecke bought Camp Warnecke in 1918.
We check in through the bathhouse at a bar made of wood from an old bowling alley. My reflection shows in the mirror behind the bar on which school Principal Curt Schmidt painted a landscape. Now exiting toward the river, we go down concrete stairs to individual dressing stalls. Hot and spider-ridden, we can t stay there long.
Clad in our bathing suits, we continue going down toward the river. Let’s hurry to reserve one of the 10 round concrete platforms for sunbathing, the brainchild of owner Otto Warnecke.
We see the traditional picnic tables under beautiful shade trees along the banks and an inner tube concession run by the Warnecke s son-in-law, Othmar Baetge.
Because it’s war-time, it is impossible to buy tubes, so Baetge patches them over and over again. Incidentally, he will charge more if the tube is damaged on return. There’s also a
View of Camp Warnecke at the Rapids in the 1940s.
canoe concession next to the tubes run by Raymond Popp.
Let’s go to the Camp Warnecke rapids. At some point, the river had been dammed up, leaving an open space forming the famous rapids. Pipes had been bored in the limestone rock and wooden boards put behind them, forcing the water to go through the opening. An old water-wheel that washed down in one of the earlier floods makes a picturesque background. Right here in the rapids is where serious tubing began. We hook tubes together in trains, dive in to catch ledges, and avoid the whirl pools.
But there is more to Camp Warnecke than swimming. The big screened-in structure attached to the bathhouse is a popular dance floor with Nickelodeon musk. Sentimental strains of wartime musk like’’Dream*’ and “The White Cliffs of Dover” float through the air.
Attached to the bathhouse on the left of the entrance is a restaurant.
Martha “Oma" Warnecke buys textile mill checkered material at 5 cents a yard and makes tablecloths and napkins for the tables. Fresh flowers are on every table. A sprinkler system installed on the roof of the entire building makes the whole building about 10 degrees cooler than it is outside.
The restaurant is very popular with townspeople as well as tourists. Oma makes special things like butter roses, homemade yeast rolls, peach cobbler and serves Mrs. Hoffman’s chocolate cake. Mrs. Hoffman has a baking business in her home on Comal Street and the cake is a favorite of New Braunfels children.
Oma works very hard in the restaurant but loves the details. She raises goats, sheep and ducks across the street. In the winter, she makes jelly and sews sheets, pillowcases and curtains. She even plucks feathers to make leather pillows.
There are 80 cottages for rent, a few stone, but mostly wooden. One-room,
screened structures predominate, but some are larger with as many as 30 beds. The charge per person for staying in the cabins is 50 cents if you burnish your own towels and sheets and 75 cents if the camp furnishes them.
The Wamecke’s daughter, Anona, takes care of reservations and by August, all reservations are filled for the next year. Othmar and Anona Warneckes daughter, Martha Jo, Oma's namesake, spends lots of time at Camp Warnecke. The Warnecke's other daughter, Mamie, and husband Max Winkler, live out of town but their children Max, Charles, and Marlena spend many summers with their grandparents.
Now look forward to 2011. Martha Warnecke sold the camp in 1946 and it has undergone many changes since that time. With a blink of an eye, Camp Warnecke is gone!
For related information, visit www.sophienlHug.com and read April 28,2009 — The Other Place and Aug 23,2006 - Camp Warnecke.
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