New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald-Ze/ft/n^ Wednesday, November 16,1983 3ALocals liked brew, and plenty of it
By MARJORIE COOK
BEER HERE — In New Braunfels, “nobody gets drunk but ‘antis’ from prohibition towns,” Harry Landa told a group of visiting merchants from St. Louis at a tum-of-the-century gathering. Despite the steady stream of patrons at numerous saloons, getting drunk in public was universally frowned upon.
The Oasis of Texas, a 1902 booklet about the extensive Landa enterprises and New Braunfels, quoted Alex Sweet’s “Siftings” on the local brew capacity:
I attended the German annual Saengerfest in New Braunfels. It was quite a jubilee, and a vast quantity of beer was consumed.” However, the only “Germans” brought from authorities next morning, said Sweet, were named Patrick Maloney and Michael McSweeney.
An indication of local consumption was the quantity ordered for New Braunfels' 50th Anniversary in 1875: 16 freight-car loads.
Oasis told the story that there were protests about the extravagance of ordering a whole barrel of bread for the celebration, but no protests were recorded about the beer order.
To wrap up the beer commentary, the Oasis author wrote:
“Notwithstanding its worship of Gambrinus, it is the most orderly, cleanly (sic) and substantial town in Texas of its size.”
FULL HOUSE — There was a traffic jam within Krause's Cafe during the noon hour last Wednesday when 162 senior citizens arrived all at once, some of them an hour off Krause’s carefully scheduled timetable.
Part of the 88 from Salem United Church of Christ, New Orleans, broke into song rn the bar. accompanied by an accordionist. On their bus trips, the group always learns two new German songs.
Staying at the Menger in San Antonio Monday through Friday, the Louisiana party came over for lunch at Krause's and to do Wurstfest for three days.
The tour is their fourth here and part of an ambitious heritage program for all ages in the congregation. They have a German band, string ensemble, and dance and singing groups The Wednesday crowd at Krause’s included 29 senior citizens down from Ft. Worth for an overnight stay and 45 American Association of Hetired Persons from Katy who were going on to Kerrville after doing Wurstfest two days.
On the heels of all this. Jean Pfeuffer came into the restaurant shepherding 18 young wives of giant tractor dealers here on convention.
The German consul from Houston was among Krause's distinguished patrons during the festival
NEITHER RAIN, ETC. - Nothing, it is said, will stay the couriers of the Postal Service rn ther appointed rounds That is. once they get out of the Post Office, apparently.
Seems a local dog breeder had ordered and paid for some very important documents from New York. They were dispatched Sept 7, but weeks passed without their arrival Expensive phone calls followed, and a second check was mailed.
Then on Nov. 7. said breeder, Frances Bridges, was handed the missing letter stamped received at New Braunfels Sept. I. There was postage due. but no notice had been received Frances said her conunents at the moment were heard all over the Post Office, possibly beyond. Explanation given*’ “We need a new Post Office "
VON GEAREN — Ll Oscar von Claren, whose short life in Texas ended rn 1845 at the hands of an Apache, had sent back to Germany a long list of things he would Uke to have brought by those who followed Money w as one thing
’If one invests cash properly here, anyone can soon double his capital without much effort " With f 150 or $200 in gold he could pass as a rich man and engage in some large enterprise, he wrote his sister l^>ts of money also was to be made through trading with Indians For this the mediums of exchange included "common red paint, cahco . . . highly colored, glass beads — i lots of red and white but no yellow or green), and a variety of toys of Un or new
“I intend to make some money later on in gathering a collection as Texas is unknown, and its natural historical objects are very valuable.
“I have already gathered many turtles and snakes, and after I am established, I will work more extensively on these.”
Von Claren referred often to “George” — friend or kinsman — and what he should bring with him.
“He cannot bring too much; as an emigrant, he does not have to pay a duty and on the ship, weight is not considered (only bulk), and cabin passengers are allowed a great deal of baggage.”
The emigrant paid shipping costs only from his home to Bremen, point of embarkation, and his belongings were deUvered to the colony in Texas free of charge.
George should bring a German plow and light wagon, complete sets of carpenter and cabinetmaker’s tools, several saddles, bridles, several sizes of saws "but no axes or augurs, for we have better ones here.”
He also should bring gunpowder packed in cans, 20 pounds each of several kinds of lead, matches in safety boxes, all garden tools and tinlined boxes for anything affected by dampness.
“I had the misfortune to damage much of my laundry and clothing and part of my guns, in fact, almost completely ruined them on the long trip overland in the rainy season."
Von Claren recommended bringing lots of cooking vessels, porcelain and china, glassware, linens and drills and mattresses. "But no feather beds; they are useless here," wrote von Claren.
The young bachelor asked his sister to send a globe lamp with six or IO wicks.
"... for the evenings are very long here; it is dark by 7 p.m. What we call twilight in Germany is unknown here. When the sun is gone, it is night and much darker than the summer nights at home. Therefore the evenings seem very long, especially in bad weather when one must stay in the tent.
"lf I had had half of the above mentioned tools. I would have been farther along with my establishment and could have used many more profitably. As this could not be avoided. I have to be satisfied. I am not suffering and hope to do better with a year .”
(To Be Continued)
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s29995Governing bodies to share county maintenance facility
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
The feasibility of a maintenance garage to be used by five county governing bodies will be the subject of a special meeting Thursday.
Representatives of New Braunfels Utilities, Comal County Comissioners, New Braunfels City Council, Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISD will meet at 7:30 p.m. at Honors Hall to discuss the project.
“We're going to talk about a
combined facility,” said NBU manager BobSohn.
Thursday’s meeting will deal with gauge the interest in the project.
“I think each one of us has problems in vehicle maintenance,” Sohn said. “Before we got off in seperate directions, I felt like we should sit down and talk about it.” If authorization is given by the participants, Sohn said the next step would be to look at the cost, acreage and site of the garage to determine “if it would be profitable or not.”
Noting NBISD has committed to a maintenance facility which has not been built yet, Sohn believes there is interest among the groups.
“I think all of the parties have indicated to me that if the numbers come out right, they would be interested,” Sohn said.
A meeting concerning the garage was held six months ago, but the participants didn’t make a decision. However, the idea of looking at the garage as a group project among governing bodies in the the county.
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