New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 89 - No. 98 60 Pages — 4 Sections
(USPS 377 880) New Braunfels, TexasVeterans Day: A time to honor our heroes
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived felt dawn, saw sunset glow.
Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
- JOHN MCCREA
“There’s plenty of land left.”
“Yeah, and they can always move into the golf course.”
“Aw, no they can’t.”
There are more than 40,000 simple tombstones covering the hillside at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Burial there is reserved for servicemen who have seen active duty, and for their dependents.
“They’re putting man and wife together now, you know, on top instead of side by side.”
Four New Braunfels veterans whose collective military experience spans 62 years and four wars visited the cemetery in observance of Veterans Day, which is Tuesday, because it was an appropriate site and because one of them, William Adamson, wanted to present a flag to cemetery authorities in memory of a comrade buried there.
The trip to San Antonio had been marked by war stories, good humored tales of discomfort and occasional moments of danger. Now the men were quieter, and it was time for the hard questions.
Did you experience any personal loss, buddies killed, during wartime?
“No, I was the only one in my family who joined,” said Richard A. Ludwig, a first sergeant in the Quartermaster Corps during World War I.
Vietnam veteran Charles Borman shook his head. Erwin Reininger, a Navy destroyer veteran and commander of Comal Post 179, American Legion, was silent.
“I’d rather not talk about that,” Adamson, a B-17 gunner during World War II, said.
“Our unit lost 87 percent causalties. Too many,” he explained.
Is Veterans Day a time to recognize the living, or remember the dead?
“Both, really,” answered Borman, after a pause.
Ludwig, Borman, Reininger and Adamson, all members of Comal Post, fought radically different wars and saw varying degrees of action.
Ludwig, 89, enlisted after the draft board turned him down because of his eyesight, and served out of Camp Travis in San Antonio during the First World War.
Reininger, who had done a hitch with the regular Navy from 1927 to 1931, was called up during World War II, and ultimately served on 17 destroyers, pulling North Atlantic convoy duty and participating in the Casablanca invasion of North Africa.
Adamson, 57, stayed in the Air Force until 1971, was stationed in Korea before the shooting started, and served in an intelligence unit in Vietnam.
Borman, 33, was trained as an infantryman, but was assigned to drive trucks at Cam Ranh Bay, a huge supply base on the coast of South Vietnam. He fought, or tolerated, the climate, the camp followers, the drug use among his buddies, the occasional rocket attacks.
“The service was the beginning of a new life.
See VETERANS DAY, Page 13A
Stuff photo by John Seater
Charles Borman, William Adamson, Richard Ludwig and Erwin Reininger visit Fort Sam Houston National CemeteryMotorist feels ticket for crossing is unfair
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Early Friday morning two men were given traffic tickets for crossing a railroad track as a train was approaching at the North Walnut Street intersection.
The tickets are all the men have in common, however.
One man says he will pay the ticket without any hesitation because he realized what could have happened ‘ if the train had hit him.”
The other man, however, said he feels it is unfair that he got the ticket and says he’ll “go to jail before paying the ticket.”
Oscar Diaz said he will not fight the ticket. He was in the first car which crossed the railroad tracks. “I’m guilty on crossing. About 50 feet from the railroad intersection, I saw the blinking lights. And I knew I should have waited,” Diaz said. “What would have happened if the train had hit me?”
Floyd Allen, who was in the second car crossing the tracks, said, “I’ll go to jail before I pay that damn ticket! The ticket’s probably gonna cost $12.50 — but it’s the principal of the thing. I just don’t think that it’s right.”
According to Allen the train was approximately 150 yards from the intersection when he approached the tracks in his car at around 6:30 that morning. After
crossing tire tracks, he said he looked back in his mirror and the train was “still IOO yards — easy — or more from the intersection. I had plenty of time.”
Allen, who said he feels “it’s just unfair,” said he has had to wait many times for trains to clear the intersection. He also said trains have stopped on the tracks for as long as two hours. He also commented that his wife had to wait at an intersection so long one day, “that the ice-cream, (which she had just bought) melted all over the back seat of the car. And that cost us more money there.”
According to the city’s train-crossing ordinance, a train is prohibited from standing still in a street intersection for longer than five minutes.
But according to MoPac Agent Cecil Konkel, who was quoted earlier as saying the law was “like the blue laws, rarely enforced,” they try to prevent trains from having to block intersections at all.
According to a spokesman from the Police Department, state law requires that the only reason a train could stop in an intersection for an excess period of time, would be if the train had engine or other mechanical trouble, preventing it from running.
As for those who try to race the train across the intersection and try to beat it, they are "taking their lives into their own hands,” she said.Blocked crossing
A Missouri Pacific freight train blocks the intersection at West San Antonio Street at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The train was standing still for
Staff photo bv nil/ Snead
about 10 minutes and took another 10 minutes to pass through. Train blocked crossings are a constant complaint
Prices outdistance workers' incomes
WASHINGTON (AP) — American working men and women saw their personal income gains in the second quarter outstripped by prices that increased more than twice as fast, the Commerce Department reported Saturday.
Total personal income during the April-June period, including farm income, rose an average of only 1.1 percent nationwide, as a severe recession gripped the economy and choked off expansion that began in 1975.
At the same time, the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis said its measure of inflation rose 2.6 percent, more than wiping out the income improvement.
The most-striking aspect of the report was the pervasiveness of in-Inside
flation. Income increased in 34 states and in the District of Columbia, but in every case was overcome by the increase in prices.
Florida and louisiana came closest to breaking even with inflation during the three-month period, registering 2.4 percent increases in total personal income, including farm income.
Worst off was Michigan, with its depressed automobile industry, which registered a 1.1 percent decline in income. Idaho showed a I percent drop.
Most of the report, however, deals with non-farm personal income, which department analysts view as a more stable measure of the economy because of the volatility of farm income.
Before adjustment for inflation, non-
Comal County Commissioners Charles Mund and Orville Heitkamp will fly to Washington D C. at county expense to meet with congressional representatives and "do a little lobbying,” Tim Darilek, assistant to County Judge Max Wominack, said Friday.
They will participate iii an effort organized by the National Association of Counties to convince the lame duck session of Congress not to phase down
farm income rose iii 44 states and the District of Columbia during the second quarter. The nation as a whole showed a 1.4 percent increase after an improvement of 2.9 percent in the first three months of 1980.
When farm income is taken into account, arid measured against the 2.6 percent inflation of the second quarter, only Oklahoma, with a 3 percent increase in income, stayed ahead of inflation. Florida stayed even.
Oklahoma’s second-quarter increase in income matched its first-quarter rate. But in every other state, the second quarter when the recession was at its worst — brought less growth than the first.
Nineteen states registered declines
See PRICES, Page 13A
Commissioners Court is expected to pass a resolution supporting the lobbying effort at its Monday meeting at IO a.m. at the Ccourthouse.
Bills before the House and Senate to reauthorize the money measure have to be passed, then go through conference committee and a final vote by both houses, before the Congress adjourns. If not, counties can’t recieve their January payments.
Revenue lobbying due
CHS mourns Maus' loss
Canyon football coach Sterling Jeter paused from his task of re-lining the Cougar Field playing surface and looked over at a couple of workers laboring at the base of the flagpole.
“This is the third one in three years,” Jeter said, a touch of sadness in his voice. “They’re installing a memorial today for the one who died one year ago.
"His parents decided to put the flagpole up as a memorial.’
Friday night, the Canyon football team, fans and students paid a memorial to Mike Maus, the third Cougar football player to die in the last three years.
The team did it by playing zone champion Kerrville Tivy, an immensely talented team, to a virtual standstill before falling 28-21. The students and fans did it with a moment
of absolute, chilly silence l>efore the game — and with Judy Bac ussier’S invocation.
Haeussler, the student council’s chaplain, had to pause several times during the prayer because her voice was breaking.
"May we ask that you bestow your blessings to our dear friend and athlete Mike Maus," shs said. "He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. Please have mercy on Mike’s soul and comfort his family.”
Cougar Field announcer Archie Culpepper also had a catch in his throat as he explained the situation to the Tivy fans and asked for a moment of silence, a request honored with a crescendo of quiet.
The dedication of the flagpole, which was donated by the parents of Terry Kraft, who died in a grain elevator
accident last year, was called off, as was the morning’s pep rally.
“We canceled the pep rally because didn t feel like anybody would be iii the mood to cheer and holler," Jeter explained. "The whole school was quiet; you could feel the whole different atmosphere.”
Canyon has felt the atmosphere before, with the death of Kraft last year and Greg Voight the year before.
The funeral, attended by the coaches, team members and a variety of others, was Saturday.
“I feel so sorry for his moiiuna and daddy, because I think he was their only son,” Jeter said. "I know they were a close family."
Jeter looked back over at the workers, then away.
“I guess I’d better get back to work,” he said, heading out across the field again.