New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143. No. 232
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeftung! .
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Whitney Gray (16 years),
Viola Jonas, David Jonas, Patricia Walters, Helen Braune, Marcus Bishop (18 years), Richard Fey, Marie Daas, Rene Zamarri-pa, Ricky Sotelo Jr., Travis Weishaar (two years), and Frank Chapa. Happy 42nd anniversary to Gary and Ida Pittman.
New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more. The event will benefit the ACS, and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.
Literacy tutor training
Adult Literacy of Comal County will hold a tutor training workshop Oct. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 8 a rn. to 3:30 p m for people interested in tutoring non-readers or low level readers.
For information, call VerNell Martinez at 625-9480.
Edelweis Modem authentic German clothing and gift ideas, will hold its ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct 4. The store is located at 453 S. Seguin Street. Refreshments will be served.
Black Heritage Society to meet
The Black Heritage Society of New Braunfels will host its next meeting at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m.
The meeting will consist of the final decisions on the African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance.
Antique Show and sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin St. Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will be exhibit quality merchandise for sale. The show and sale will be open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-14.
Hours will be from 11 a m. to 7 p m Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Many door prizes will be given away. Admission is still only $2.50, which is good fa all three days. Fa mae infarction, call 625-0612 or 620-4934.
Awards banquet tickets on sale
Tickets are on sale now for the New Braunfels-Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors annual awards banquet to be held Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the T-Bar-M Conference Center. Tickets are $17 and may be bought from any Social Committee member or Roxi at the Board Office.
Slippy Division’ Comes Back
World War II medics gather for reunion in New Braunfels
By MELANIE GERIK
Hie Goman soldiers called them “Kiddy Division,” since the average age of die soldiers was 22 years old and they hacLjust arrived in the Ruhr Pocket in March 1945.
“They thought thfey could just walk through us ... but that didn’t happen,” said New Braunfels Resident Ralph Jim Davidson, a third grade technician in the army. He was a medic in the 343rd Infantry of the 86th Division, known as the Blackhawks.
Now, 50 years later, approximately 15 of the 136 medics who cared for the Blackhawks are traveling from around the United States to meet for the second time in their own reunion since the officers’ discharges. The medics will outdo each other with war stories Tuesday through Thursday at the Holiday Inn.
Most of the medics have attended other national conventions for the entire 86th Division. The medics met separately two years ago in San Antonio, but Davidson had to leave the reunion early* because he ran out of oxygen in his portable tank, prompting his unit to hold the next reunion in New Braunfels.
Shelby, N.C., resident Russ Davis, a first sergeant in the army, organized the last convention, and has made a hobby out of keeping in touch with the other medics, giving “direct orders” to attend this week’s convention to medics who served under him.
“I’m the glue that holds the outfit together,” Davis said.
The 86th Division was organized at Camp Houze north of Gainesville in 1942, the first unit to train at the camp. The Blackhawks trained for service in the South Pacific throughout the United States.
But Gen. George Pattern needed soldiers to fight the Germans in the Battle of the Bulge, which started in December 1944, and the 86th Division arrived in Cologne, Germany, in March 1945, one of the last troops to arrive in Europe.
When the young Blackhawks arrived in Europe, “all the mothers and fathers locked up their daughters,” Davis joked. “Then they took the dogs and cats and locked them away, too.”
Davidson said his work was similar to a registered nurses, and he assisted in surgery and performed surgery himself on wounded soldiers before sending them to receive more intensive medical care.
“We’d patch ’em up and send them back to an evacuation hospital,” Davidson said.
After 42 days of fighting in Germany, the war in Europe ended. The Blackhawks were the first division to return to America because Gen. Douglas MacArthur asked for their services in the Pacific.
But before the Blackhawks arrived in the Pacific, victory had already been claimed over Japan, and Davis said the Blackhawks just “took up space” while occupying the Philippines before returning home in January, 1946.
Ralph Jim Davidson klaaaa his future wife, Nazal, at hor friend's home In Kilgore in 1944. Davidson was on a furlough from Camp Uvington, north of Alexandria, Louisiana.
takes reins of
United Way fund drive
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The United Way of Comal County will sail through its 1995 campaign with Tom Purdum at the helm.
Purdum will head the organization on an interim basis. “We discussed it several times, and I’m working between the chamber and United Way to see diem through the rest of die drive,” Purdum said.
Purdum replaces Joe Worl, who resigned Sept. 30 after serving as director of the Comal County United Way for six years.
Purdum still works at the chamber of commerce as a consultant. As he takes on the United Way responsibility, Purdum is also stepping into the presidency of the Texas Economic Development Council.
“I’m not retired, am I?” Purdum said.
The United Way will not miss a beat in its 1995 campaign, said Doug Miller, United Way president.
“That’s the beauty part of it,” Purdum said. “All of the drive volunteers are very excited and things seem to be right on track.”
United Way of Comal County owes much of its success to enthusiastic volunteers and county-wide involvement, Purdum said.
Purdum was chosen for several reasons, Miller said. Purdum had the organizational skills needed, he said, “...and even though it was called the Comal County Community Fund back then, he had worked there for over 20 years.”
As well as seeing United Way through its 1995 drive, Purdum’s duties will include advising the board of directors on sclecnng a new executive director, Miller said.
“I think it will be good for all of us,” he said.
More than 500 turn out at lake to help on Public Lands Appreciation Day
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cameron Edalen, aga 3, strikes a pose before the Judging at the Best Dressed Western contest at the Comal County Fair. Cameron won third place in the Three and Under category.
Fair crowds were excellent
By DENISE DZIUK
The 1995 Comal County Fair has come and gone, leaving kids of all ages with smiles on their faces, and officials with the fair said that judging by the crowds that attended, this year’s fair was a definite success.*
“Even the rain (Sunday night) wasn’t a disappointment. We needed the rain. It rained for a short period, and then everyone went back to having a great time,” Comal County Fair Association President Doug Miller said.
Miller said he does not have exact figures yet on how many people attended the fair, but he believes the atten-dance was up He said several things make him think this. On Saturday, the rodeo was the largest ever. He said there was a standing room only crowd, and ticket sales at the gate had to be cut off so there would be room for those
who had purchased tickets in advance.
The dance on Saturday was also the larged ever, and more cars were parked on Saturday than ever before. Friday was the biggest day for the carnival. He said the good crowd on Friday may have been due to people being busy with other activities the rest of the time, and Fnday was just an ideal time to enjoy the carnival. The livestock show also had a huge turnout, and those running it were “well pleased with the number of entnes in each category,” said Miller.
“All those factors point to a record crowd in the history of the fair. ..Fnday through Saturday were great days at the fair,’ he said.
Miller said the parade was also a big hit. He said he was pleased with how well it went, and received a lot of compliments from people in the community, saying it was great.
Saturday’s Public Lands Appreciation Day (PLAD) at Canyon Lake was a success, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineer park ranger said on Monday.
“Everything went very well,” Park Ranger Judy Scott said. “We had 540-550 volunteers show up, which is better than the expected 425 people.”
Canyon Lake was one of three U.S. Army Corps of Engineer sites in the nation to participate in PLAD. PLAD was founded by Times Mirror Magazine in 1994. The idea behind PLAD is to get people involved in the restoration of public lands and natural resources. Seventeen sites around the nation participated in the one-day event. Canyon Lake was the only one in Texas to do so.
From early morning until noon, the volunteers worked hard to get three projects done at Guadalupe Park, which is located below Canyon Dam. The three trails that the volunteers worked on were the North River Access, the South River Access and the wetlands area.
Scott said all three trails were finished or nearly done.
The North River Access trail, located on the north side of the Guadalupe River had a 700-foot decomposed granite trail put in. The trail is connected to a 150-foot raised walkway, which was built to make the trail accessible to the handicapped. The South River Access had a 1,000-foot decomposed granite trail built. This trail leads along the river to a viewing area. The wetland area is located along a natural stream that is a quarter of a mile from the dam. This stream runs out of the uncontrolled spillway. In this area, a viewing platform, a 300-foot decomposed granite trail and three 325-foot dikes were constructed. The three dikes were constructed before PLAD with a $1,500 contribution from Ducks Unlimited.
The wetlands area was built to attract migrating bird life. To prevent soil erosion in the wetland, grass seed, win
nowers and a few trees will be planted.
“The North Trail is finished up," Scott said. “On the South Trail, we finished building 775 feet of usable trail. We still need to finish 150 feet of the trail. If there are any volunteers who want to help us to finish the trail, they can call us. In the wetlands area, we started to impound water from the spillway. One of the three ponds is already filled with water and I saw the birds and animals using it. I was really excited about that.”
Three hundred and twenty five trees were planted, 26 bud boxes were put up and four information boards were put up, Scott said.
Two people who were happy about the completion of the North Trail were Mike Spurlock and Steve Webster, two veterans from Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association chapter in San Antonio.
“I think this trail is something we have needed for a long time,” said Spurlock, who is president of the San Antonio chapter, said. “The volunteers have done their part; now it is up to our people to come out and do their part ”
Spurlock said he hopes to organize a tnp in which he can get most of his chapter members to come out to Canyon Lake and enjoy the scenery.
Spurlock’s fellow member, Steve Webster, also gave his seal of approval to the newly completed trail.
“I am ecstatic,” Webster said. “There are not many places like this that give us the opportunity to go out an enjoy ourselves. The employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should all get a medal and a pat on the back.”
Forty local organizations and two national companies helped sponsor the event and provide the necessary materials for the projects. A lunch for the volunteers was provided by McDonald’s.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer officials, State Representative Edmund Kuempel and County Judge Carter Casteel spoke at the event.
Community Chorale fall concert set for Oct. 15
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Directing the chorale for his second year is Perry Dean. JoAnn Lemmon is the accompanist, as she has been for the past 13 years.
Many different types of music will be sung during the 90-minute show. Included in the program will be arrangements of “Der Tanz” and “Lcbensliist,” by Frank Schubert, and
“Die Nachtigall,” by Felix Mendelssohn. Sherri Porterfield’s “Agnus Dei,” “Kyrie,’’ and “Jubilate Deo” are very special pieces The choir will perform “Gloria” (from the “Heihgmesse), by Haydn, “Credo” and “Sanctus.”
On the lighter side, the choir will sing selections by Texas composer Robert Young, “Tears,” “Passing By,” and “Stay, O Sweet.” Selections of Norman LubofFs music and “The Three Madrigals” promise to bring
smiles to many faces.
The Broadway music of “Les Misereres" will also be performed. The Community Chorale will end the afternoon of music with their signature song, “My Wish For You.”
Tickets may be purchased from any member of the chorale. They will also be sold at the door, China ’n Things, and at Johnson Furniture Co. Adult tickets are SS and senior/student tickets are $4.Hollywood keeps pitching filth to America’s small towns. See Page 4.