New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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993 Serving Comal County • Home of Brenda Bean
Vol. 141, No. 137INSIDE
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Tabatha Morales, Casey Ryals, Dodi Phillips, Lilly Guerrero (May 31), Marian Perez, Christina Smith, Augustine Rosales, Flavio Tristan,
Joe Flores, Jr., Angie Samudio, Happy Anniversary to John and Adlelita Amaro.Memorial Day service set
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will observe Memorial Day with a flag raising ceremony at the post location, 600 Peace Ave. at 8 a.m.
The public, particularly veterans, are invited to attend the Monday ceremony.
Coffee and donuts will be served following the cermo-
ny.City offices to close Monday
The New Braunfels city offices will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.
The city's sanitation department will continue their schedules as normal, according to city officials.
For further information, call 608-21440. Callers can leave messages on a recorder during the weekend.
HBenefit dance set for Monday
The New Braunfels Police and Parks Departments are sponsoring a summer recreation program kick-off dance and benefit The event will be held Monday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.Krueger fundraiser set
The Comal County Democrats will be sponsoring a rally and fundraiser for Senator Bob Krueger on Tuesday, June I at Comal Bowl from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
State representatives will be on hand to field questions on state issues.
For more information, contact Corbie at 625-6263 or Gloria at 620-1515.Flyers to meet
The San Marcos Radio Control Association will host a swap meet today beginning at 8 a.m. at the club's flying field located just east on-35 at McCarty Lane, according to club president Mike Sullivan of New Braunfels.
For more information, contact Jim Johnson at 512-396-4991.
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. Recording to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, mStamrntischm represents a sitting place reserved for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
Legislature hits last minute agreementAquifer plan still needs okay from Judge Bunton
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
According to Doug Miller, Comal County water representative, a compromise bill on the Edwards pumping limitations reached Friday morning at about 4 a.m. “goes a long way towards managing the aquifer."
The Texas Legislature joint conference committee came to an agreement on the Edwards Aquifer bill which Miller said basically dissolves the Edwards Underground Water District and established a new aquifer authority. Miller said the new agreement will call for a reduction in pumping to 400,000 acre feet per year by 2008, and also requires permits with maximum rate and volume of most aquifer users as well as a drought management plan.
There is a reduction in pumping, but it only assures spring flow 92-93 percent of the time,” said Miller. That will be a question for the judge to decide. The new authority needs to come up with a drought management plan and hopefully it will be strong enough to assure us spring flow all the time.”
U.S. District Judge Lucius D. Bunton’s order calls for the Legislature to have a plan to protect the Edwards Aquifer by Monday or face federal intervention to protect endangered species in the Comal and San Marcos springs.
Miller expressed his concern about the “sunsetting” of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority board in 1995. He said the action would allow the Legislature to be punitive towards those supporting environmental protection.
Students at Lone Star Primary School In sounded on the 1992-93 school year.
Herald-Zeitung photo by John Huseth
Braunfels wasted no time In starting their summer vacations Friday as the last bell
“GBRA has been a strong leader in protecting the springs,” said Miller. The message is a negative message towards the environment — that’s a bad message to send out across Texas.” “Sunsetting,” Miller said, means that all the board mem
bers would be up for review and possible dismissal in 1995.
Miller also voiced concern over the make-up of the new authority board. He said there are three representatives from Medina, Uvalde and Atascosa counties, three from Bexar County, one
from Comal County, one from Hays, and one from the South Central Texas Water Council which includes representatives from San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Nueces County.
Many of the 20 counties and cities on the South Central Texas
Council are not necessarily concerned about spring flow, Miller said.
The House was expected to vote on the bill Saturday, the last day to vote on Senate bills and the Senate was scheduled to vote on the issue Monday, he said.
Time is taking its toll on historic New Braunfels Cemetery
(EDITOR S NOTE - Rose Marie Eash, Staff writer for the Herald-Zeitung, recently toured the New Braunfels Cemetery with Antonette Ma I ms trad and Marie Offerman and describes with them the current state of the cemetary. Several passages from Terry G. Jordan s Texas Graveyards are used for reference.)
By ROSE MARIE EASH HgrakJ-Zgttung
The original New Braunfels Cemetery is on U.S. Highway 81 between Grape and Pecan Streets. It was dedicated in 1845 just a few months after the founding of the city, according to a historical marker in the cemetery.
The marker indicates during the first year there were 20 fatal-ities, but the following year cholera increased the number of burials to 348. Many of the cholera victims are buried in a mass grave in the southwestern portion of the cemetery — an area devoid of markers.
There are now 753 marked and unmarked graves. No burials are made there anymore unless the lot was purchased before 1946.
The New Braunfels Cemetery is a melding of typically southern and German customs. Gravel-topped graves and the lack of old trees is reminiscent of the “scraped" southern tradition where it was disrespectful for grass to grow on graves.
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But the Germans left clear and distinctive reminders of their culture and heritage too. Tile workmanship on many of the stones is exceptional, according to Terry G. Jordan, author of Texas Graveyards.
Jordan's book indicates there are beautiful ornate iron fences surrounding many of the graves. The unique shell decorations of a New Braunsfel craftsman adorn many of the graves. There are even some stones with the “witches' foot" sixpointed star — an ancient hex sign to ward off evil spirits.
Some of New Braunfels founding fathers, such as Tolle, Eikels The father of the founder of the Dittlinger Mills lies surrounded by beautiful iron fencing.
“It really would be good if the city could do some restoration work,” said Marie Offerman who has some ancestors in the cemetery. “My great, great-grandfather’s grave was vandalized and we restored it as best we could, but some of the broken ball trim was gone and we didn’t replace it in fear of it happening again.
“I wish all the old fences could be restored too, because they add a lot of character and were meant to last forever,” she said.
“Cradles” surround many of the
Herald Zeitung photo by Karla Wenze
One of the damaged structures at New Braunfels Cemetery.
graves — curbing that is either very plain or surprisingly ornate. These are examples of the craftsmanship found among the grave markers.
Hovering over one child’s grave, an angel with a bouquet of daisies drops them one by one over the small mound.
The old dates from 1845-on, the hex signs, the traditional roses, lambs, willow trees and shaking hands, the German epitaphs and the angel statuettes — will make you pause and wonder, Jordan says in his book.
Death is the only milepost we mark with permanence. The superstitions, myths and traditions that we observe in funeral ceremonies are strong and change slowly, if at all.
We are most careful in how we mark the graves of loved ones and in many cases, no expense is spared in making sure precious memories of them or intimate feelings for them are represented in their memorials.
Yet, here lies a community of
our ancestors with all those messages directly from them to us, and we are letting it pass away. The iron fences are rusting, the stones are covered with moss and soot, the soft limestone is cracking and breaking apart Some of the metal markers are gone already leaving nameless graves now.
They need to do some gravestone cleaning and straightening
— maybe some club could do this,” said Antonette Malmstead, who initiated this story, “lf they don’t destroy some of those trees, they’re going to destroy the monuments. The ornamental fences could be painted and taken care of
— those ornamental fences, they’re rare ”
According to Malmstead, the ironwork and craftsmanship in the Fredericksburg cemeteries is being care for in a much better way than those in New Braunfels.
(Re: Texas Graveyards, A Cultural Legacy; University of Texas Press, 1982. Available at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.)
Racial discrimination charge aimed at district
By ROSE MARIE EASH HgrakJ-Zftltung
According to Dora Gonzales, a parent of a former student in the Comal Independent School District, a class-action suit has been filed on her behalf and other parties which charge racial discrimination in the CISD.
“Our lawyer has advised us not to comment on it," said Gonzales. “I didn’t realize it had been filed.”
Jim Middleton, president of the Comal Independent School District, said he did not know the particulars of the suit but was aware that it was filed.
“I heard about it Friday night," said Middleton. “It wasn’t clear what it was about and I haven’t seen anything yet. I wish we could resolve our own problems without lawyers, but I understand in some cases that is the only way to solve it.”
The suit was filed by Sabrina Arelleno, a San Antonio lawyer representing Gonzales and others.
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