New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Lindheimer's life would make a great miniseries. See Opinion, Page 4A
14 pages in two sections ■ Friday, May 31,1996
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Vol. 144, No. 144
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Birthday wishes from tho Herakl-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Robert Ryan Contreras (two years), James (Papa) Eddington 76 years, Saturday), Edla Hutson (belated), Matt Pusateri belated), Stephanie Kivlin, lelen Rodriguez, Lily Guerrero, | and Gloria Gomez (Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Alton and Viola Wuest (57 rears, Saturday), and Juan and dagge Armendarinz (29 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 2,304 Grass —35 Oak—trace Hack.—0 Pecan — 0 Elm — 0 VPoRan measured in parts par cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River—136 cubic feet per second, down 5 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —622.32 feet above sea level, down 03 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 75 cfs Canyon Lake inflow—40 cfs Canyon Lake level —005.80 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
Collectors Show cancelled
The New Braunfels Conservation Society's Collectors' Showcase and Sale scheduled for Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center has been cancelled.
Since a building could not be found, the garage sale planned for Saturday by the New Braunfels German Folk Dancers has been cancelled. However, the club will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village West. For information, call 899-7042 or 899-3672.
Cancer survivors to
American Cancer Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, at Cypress Bend Park. The event promotes awareness of and celebrates cancer survival. Dr. John Tieman, president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak. Refreshments will be served and games are planned.
Ilsrmann Sons to
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lodge Hall. Bring a covered dish.
Newcomers Club to
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Shopping center planned for Bulverde
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center, 655 Landa St. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m. Cloggin Meisters and the Hill Country Dancers ' will provide entertainment.
Bob Peterson of the American Cancer Society will give a presentation.
Mission Valley Lunch Bunch to meet
The mission Valley Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Mr. Gatti's Pizza.
A San Antonio development company has plans to build a 70,000-square-foot shopping center at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1863 in Bulverde and wants to break ground within the next 60 to 75 days.
In January, the Dominion Advisory Group, Inc. bought 21.25 acres of land east of Highway 281 for the shopping center.
The shopping center would be tailored for retail and office space, Russell
Maddox, a leasing agent for Dominion, said.
“We chose the area primarily for its population growth and because it has a good average income,” Maddox said. “The area will become stronger and stronger over the years from a peculation standpoint with the addition of schools and with additional growth north from Spring Branch and Blanco.”
Maddox said Dominion is looking to rent to businesses much needed in the area such as cleaners, dentists, hair salons, hist food restaurants, hardware stores, veterinarians, feed stores, day
care centers and other businesses.
“We would like to have a grocer (in the shopping center),” Maddox said. “We have talked to independent grocers and a couple of major ones.”
The shopping center will have plenty of parking spaces and will have one entry from FM 1863 and several from Highway 281, Maddox said.
Maddox said the $3.7 million grade separation of Highway 281 and FM 1863 planned by the Texas Department of Transportation for November 1997 will be a “positive” thing for the shopping center.
Bob Welsh, president of the Bulverde Chamber of Commerce, said die the shopping center will be good for Bulverde.
“The concept of having a grocery store close is good,” Welsh said. “Right now everybody has to drive to (Loop) 1604 (in San Antonio) to do their shopping. Any grocery store in Bulverde is the step in the right direction. They are looking to build a top of a line facility. The shopping center will bring a new level of convenience to the Bulverde area.”
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"We pray that unity and reconciliation will be woven into the lliiiti: tfotr ooonyiii^ for generations to come," die proclamation states, in part.
Heraid-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
On a roll
Cody Crandall, Ban Stapleton and Carty Popst enjoy soma Inline skating Wednesday at Hinman Island Park.
City wonders why the Klan chose New Braunfels for recruiting rally
Outfitters tell tubers: ‘Come on down’
By DENISE DZIUK
It will be business as usual on the Guadalupe River this weekend despite a cut in the release horn Canyon Dam, and outfitters say there’s no reason visitors cannot still have a good time.
Because of the drought and low rainfall, the Guadatupe-Blanco River Authority cut the flow of release horn Canyon Dam from 130 cubic feet per second to 75 cfs on Wednesday.
“The main thing people need to remember to do is to put themselves in the hands of the outfitters who know the river,” said Jim Dunman, general manager of Jerry’s Rentals. “The biggest thing against us is public perception. We’re trying to let people know it’s still okay.”
Dunman said this is not the first time outfitters have had to deal with low levels, and they know how to adjust to it. He said tubers are put in at the beginning of a deep hole and taken out at the end of it. Instead of putting the big eigh-t and 10-man rafts on the river, the smaller one-, two- or four-man rafts are used.
“You still get the same float time, you just don’t cover as much distance,” said Dunman.
Jim Inman, manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District, said the slower flow will make it an ideal time for families with children to crane and enjoy the river.
“With a gentle flow like this, there’s far fewer opportunities for them to get themselves in a jam,” he said.
“What we’re trying to get out is that it may be a little slower but they can still have a good time,’’said Jim Scheele Jr., director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’re going through a drought and the river is low, but it’s by no means closed.”
By ABE LEVY
When New England journalist Frederick Law Olmsted visited New Braunfels in 1845, he made some surprising observations.
Bent on saving the West from tarnishing its economy with the slave trade, Olmsted was amazed when he found an “extremely profitable” sheep farm owned by G.W. Kendall.
“(Kendall) used no Negroes, but hires all extra labor done by Germans of the town,” Olmsted wrote in his journal and printed in the 1857 book, “A Journey Through Texas.”
He was so , impressed by the work ethic of the j German immigrant community, he touted it as an example for the rest of the country of how to escape “the evils of slavery.”
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As this community reluctantly prepares for a Ku Klux Klan recruitment rally on Saturday, local leaders wonder why the Klan chose New Braunfels.
The Klan emerged as a significant force by the end of World War I when its stated goal was to preserve “American institutions and the supremacy of the white race.”
It had grown to about 100,000 members, who wore white-hooded robes and declared themselves against minorities, Roman Catholics, Jews and all foreign bom persons.
In fact most German immigrants from Comal County during the Civil War did not have slaves and voted against seceding Texas from the Union in 1861.
“It’s really offensive that they have selected this community,” Comal County Judge Catter Casteel said. “(German immigrants) spoke out against slavery .”
In 1862,68 men from Comfort, about 50 miles northwest of New Braunfels, raised the Union flag in sympathy for the North’s cause in foe Civil War. Forty of the mostly German men, who were trying to escape through Mexico to join foe Union army, were killed on the banks of the Nueces River by Confederate soldiers. %
While this indicates foe area’s opposition to slavery, other accounts tell a different story.
According to foe Sept. 7,1860 edition of the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung, the City Council passed a measure restricting free or slave blacks from being out “on the streets of New Braunfels between sunset and sunrise without a permission from foe owner, overseer or renter.”
The law came about after numerous reports of arson and murder surfaced across Texas, the newspaper said.
The same newspaper in 1858, published a census that listed 52 slaves, or 3 percent of the city’s population, resided in New Braunfels.
One article noted that most German immigrants wanted to avoid being called abolitionists, fearing the reaction of Anglo- Alter
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More recently Walter Ervin, an African-American who has lived in New Braunfels since 1968, said the perception of New Braunfels has discouraged blacks from settling in this area.
“New Braunfels typically has had a reputation of being a discriminating community,” said Ervin, who is a member of the Black Heritage Society “That’s not to say that all the community is like that. When I came here, really, outsiders were not welcome.”
Once he telephoned a white woman who bad an apartment available for rent. He went immediately to see the apartment, but when he arrived, she told him it had already been rented.
“It was like a closed society at the time, could have sued the woman who refused me housing, but I said change has to come and if people keep running, no change will come about,’
Although he said treatment of minorities has improved in the community, it still needs some work.
“I have people all the time asking me,
4 Why do you live here? There are no Hacks. No black cops. No city workers. None of them work for foe courthouse,’” Ervin said. “When blacks see this, it has foe effect of deterring them from moving here. I tell them I like the place. I grew up on the East Side of San Antonio. What I saw makes me appreciate foe peace and quiet here.”
While the Klan’s regional leader was I unaware New Braunfels’ history in regard to secession and minority treatment, he chose the city for its location between San Marcos and San Antonio.
“We have never held a rally in the area. I We were looking for a small town that we thought would be receptive to us,” Michael Lowe said in a telephone interview from Waco Wednesday. “Even though the majority of the population of New Braunfels voted against slavery, we’re talking about 135 years ago.”
Lowe said he agreed that slavery was a violation of basic civil rights. He then touted economic reasons as foe reason fra the South’s secession and the Civil War. “I'm not going to apologize for what my forefather’s have done. I don’t feel guilty for minorities who have retaliated against white individuals,” Lowe said. “The South went to war not fra slavery, but because they were being stripped by the Union economically.” Finding Klan support locally is difficult to do.
Lowe claims 12 Klan members reside in the New Braunfels area, but he declined to substantiate this claim with names. Police have said they know only of a small skinhead group in Comal County.
No matter what the turnout is, New Braunfels resident Ervin said New Braunfels residents should not be apathetic about racism in this community.
“Sometimes people don’t care or aren’t concerned until it happens to them.”Bulverde soccer players to get new fields. See Sports, Page 1B.