New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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—Charles Victor Roman essayist, ophthalmologist 1917
/blood drive participants, American '^Legion members recognized for efforts
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■ The Department of Mission and Service of First Protestant Church was happy to have the Confirmation Class of 1996 assisting with the community blood drive on May 19. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center saw 24 members and friends of First , ^Protestant, of which 23 were able to donate. On behalf of the confirmands, the church, and the community, sincere thanks is tended to all participants!
Also, congratulations and thank you to the confirmands for being part of a First Protestant mission project. Sarah Meckel and Andy Kramer distributed posters. Dee Andia Baker, Elizabeth and Tfemsen Smith provided cookies. Kyle Beeson, Matthew Lackey, Andreas Lavin, Elizabeth Ninnemann, Angela Reininger and Derek Wohlfahrt assisted on the day of the drive. It a great learning experience, while helping save lives. Participants were greeted by Courtney Swander (a representative ^om the Department of Mission and Service) and Charlene Nolle ive coordinator). Although the turnout was a bit low, all Ifilfnenaed faming a part of thrive prior to the Manorial Day weekend, when there is an unusually high demand afer blood.
Charlene Node drive coordinator
■The American Legion cares! The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 is proud to have displayed IOO American flags in the downtown area on Monday, May 27 to honor all veterans. We hope the citizens of New Braunfels enjoyed the spectacular sight. These flags are displayed yearly on all patriotic holidays. We look forward to the continued patriotism of this city’s citizens.
For God and country Members of Post 035
KUDOS to you, American Legion Post!Write us...
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“HercNichen Glueckwunsch nachtraeglich zum Gebursfog” Ferdinand Jakob Lindheimer (or “belated happy birthday” for German non-scholars like myself). His 194th birthday was May 21.
Someone could write a bestseller — maybe a miniseries — about Lindheimer’s life. “As for as I know he’s the only man in this county that has two monument dedicated to him by the state,’’ said Barney Canion.
Canion and his wife, Ethel, were long-time caretakers of the Ferdinand Lindheimer Home Museum on Comal Avenue. “I’ve been studying him for maybe IO, IS years,” Canion said.
Lindheimer came to what is now Comal County before Prince Solms and the “first founders.” In feet he helped guide the Germans to the banks of the Guadalupe River. “He taught these people democracy,” Canion said.
The first founders needed to be taught — Germany was still a collection of monarchies when they set out for Texas. In foot, several sources say Lindheimer came to America because his part in the abortive 1833 Frankfurt uprising made him persona non grata with his family of prosperous merchants.
Lindheimer is known worldwide — literally — as the father of Texas botany, said Dolores Schumann, who co-published the guide to the Lands Park Arboretum.
Lindheimer spent 13 years collecting and cataloguing from 1,200 to 1,400 Texas plant species. Over 35 species bear his name. Canion thinks the
number is 38, he said.
Maybe the prickly pears knew their namesake's birthday was coining up when they bloomed so brilliantly this year. Their scientific name is opuntia lindheimeri.
Herald-Zeitung readers should remember Lindheimer everyday—or at least Tuesday through friday plus Sunday. He founded the Neu-Braunfelzer Zeitung in 1851 and published it out of his home for 24 years. He felt compelled by the “urge to defend the truth and right,” he wrote to his friend George Engelmann.
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New Braunfels evidently did not always appreciate Lindheimer’s various candid opinions. Once a group of citizens angry at what he’d written in the newspaper dumped his press into the Comal River.
The Lindheimer miniseries would have to include his wife, Eleanore Reinarz. “She is 27 years old but looks 19, and has lived here a year already without getting sick (a true asset in frontier days),” the smitten Lindheimer wrote to Engelmann.
“He calls her a wonderful helpmate,” Ethel Canion
said. “He could not have done die things that he did in collecting the flowers or printing the newspaper without her help.”
The Lindheimer blockbuster could also include:
• surviving a shipwreck off Mobile, Ala., and swimming to shore,
• fighting in Sam Houston’s army,
• living in Mexico about IO years, where he managed a distillery, a sugar plantation and a banana plantation,
• living with the Chiowa Indian nation,
• exploring the Texas wilderness with a horse cart, the bare necessities, and only two dogs for company.
Anyone wanting to relive Lindheimer’s adventures can read “A Life Among the Texas Flora: Ferdinand Lindheimer’s letters to George Engelmann,” available at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Lindheimer himself may have written of the most fitting tribute New Braunfels could give him, Schumann said. “I have kept back one specimen of every plant known to me. I must decide upon a more secure location somewhere here in Texas when I can establish an herbarium of indigenous plants. I must also have a botanical garden somewhere hereabouts where I can protect rare perennials.”
Sounds like a good idea.
(Susan Flynt England is a columnist and editorial assistant with the Herald-Zeitung. The Sophienburg Archives and Dolores Schumann provided source materials far this column.)
Netanyahu appears before cheering supporters
By DAN PERRY
Associated Press Writer
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Right-wing leader Bergamin Netanyahu appeared before cheering supporters today as he headed for victory over Prime Minster Shimon Peres in elections that will shape the future of the Middle East Netanyahu led by 26,000 votes out of nearly 3 million cast in Wednesday’s election, or 50.3 percent to Peres* 49.6 percent. His margin grew slightly today because of a recount of some ballot boxes.
Netanyahu also was ahead in the 140,000 absentee ballots being counted separately, Israel Radio said. Most absentee voters are soldiers who traditionally lean to the right, and their votes were expected to go to Netanyahu.
Ringed by security guards, Netanyahu posed for reporters outside his Jerusalem home this afternoon with his wife, Sarah.
The country is in good hands,” he said, waving at two dozen teen-age supporters who chanted, “Victory!”Today In History
By The Associated Press
Today is Friday, May 31, the 152nd day of 1996. There are 214 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On May 31,1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.
On this data:
In 1809, composer Franz Joseph Haydn died in Vienna, Austria.
Ie 1819, poet Walt Whitman was bom in West Hill, N.Y.
Ie 1894, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to declare a policy of non-interference in the Hawaiian
la 1916, the Union of South Africa was founded. Ie 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the popular election of U.S. senators, was declared in effect.
la 1916, during World War I, British and German fleets fought the Battle of Jutland off Denmark.
Netanyahu spokesman Shai Bazak said the candidate would not claim victory before Sunday.
Final, unofficial election results were expected by late today, the Central Election Commission said.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s Cabinet was to meet in special session tonight to discuss the outcome.
Palestinian leaden expressed concern that a Netanyahu victory would slow or paralyze negotiations with the Palestinians over the final status of the West Bank, Gaza Ship and Jerusalem.
“Maybe the next government will hesitate and postpone,” said Mustafa Natche, the Palestinian mayor of the West Bank town of Hebron. “Maybe there will be a continuous dday in all the fields. This will be dangerous for the peace process.”
Netanyahu pledged in his campaign to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank, block the creation of a Palestinian state and retain Jerusalem’s status as a capital of Israel only.
He also said he would not honor a commitment by Peres to pull troops out of most of Hebron.
Bazak, his spokesman, tried to allay Palestinian
In 1961, South Africa became an independent republic.
In 1962, World War ll Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for his role in the Nazi Holocaust.
In 1970, tens of thousands of people died in an earthquake in Peru.
In 1976, Martha Mitchell, the estranged wife of former Attorney General John N. Mitchell, died in New York.
In 1977, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, was completed.
In 1989, House Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his ethics, announced he would resign. (Thomas Foley later succeeded him.)
In 1994, the United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at forgets in die former Soviet Union.
Ten years ago: Bobby Rahal won the rain-delayed Indianapolis 500 with a record average speed of 170.722 mph.
Five years ago: Leaders of Angola’s two warring factions signed a peace treaty, ending a 16-year-old civil war. Federal health officials announced a new
fears today, saying the opposition leader was “committed to a deep obligation to peace with all our neighbors, including the Palestinians.”
Hebron’s mayor urged Peres to pull Israeli troops from Hebron before he leaves office. There was no immediate response from Peres’ camp.
Religious Jews and Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza, who provided two solid blocs of support for Netanyahu, rejoiced Thursday as Netanyahu held his slim lead.
“We feel like this is salvation,” said Aryeh Saraf, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Belt El.
The mood was funereal among Peres supporters in largely secular Tel Aviv.
Gathering at the site where a right-wing student shot prime minister Yitzhak Rabin seven months ago, they laid red and white wreaths at the spot where he fell. “Rabin was killed on Nov. 4 — Peace was lolled on May 29,” one sign said.
“I think it is going to destroy the peace process. I only hope the damage (Netanyahu) causes is not so big that we can’t then solve it,” 19-year-old Cpl. Shiri Evan-Chaim said.
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One year aga: President Clinton declared he was ready to permit the temporary use of American ground forces in Bosnia to help U.N. peacekeepers move to safer positions if necessary. Sen. Bob Dole accused Hollywood of promoting violence, rape and casual sex in music and movies, and said “the mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an end.’’
Today's Birthdays: Prince Rainier of Monaco is 73. Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 66. Opera singer Shirley Verrett is 63. Singer Peter Yarrow is 58. Former Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is 57. Singer Johnny Paycheck is 55. Actress Sharon Gless is 53. Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath is 53. Actor Tom Berenger is 46. Actor Gregory Harrison is 46. Comedian Chris Elliott is 36. Actress Lea Thompson is 35. Rapper D-M-C is 32. Rapper Kid Frost is 32. Actress-model Brooke Shields is 31.
Thought for Today: “Love is enough, though the world be a waning.” — William Morris, English poet and artist (1834-18%).