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CompLocal races may bring heavy election turnout
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
This may not be a presidential election year, but the six contested Comal County races may make up for it in terms of voter turnout, according to early election predictions.
“Although this isn’t an election year, we’re still expecting a good voter turnout, because of the locally contested races,’’ Deputy County Clerk Linnell Hinojosa said Thursday.
If absentee votes are any indication, Hinojosa’s prediction may be right.
As of Thursday morning, only one day after absentee voting started, lf) in-person absentee ballots had been cast for the November 2 election, according to the County Clerk’s office.
In addition, however, 75 “mail-in” absentee ballots had also already been requested, Hinojosa noted.
In person-absentee voting, which began Wednesday, will continue through Friday, Oct. 29 at the County Clerk's office during office hours. But mail-in absentee
ballots will continue to be accepted until 7 p.m., Nov. 2.
Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on election day, or who is over 65, or is unable to appear at the polling places due to sickness or physical disability is eligible to vote absentee.
Hinojosa predicted that as many as 400 of the county’s 18,000 registered voters would vote absentee in this election — many more than in the May primaries.
The six contested races, which are expected to draw voters to the polls, include the race for county judge; county commissioner precincts 2, 3, and 4; county clerk and justice of the peace precinct 4.
Following is a list of the local and some of the major state races which will appear on the November ballot.County candidates
• County Judge: Fred Clark, Republican; Chester L. Pehl, Democrat.
• County Commissioner:
Precinct I: J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Republican.
Precinct 2: Alden “Al” Benson, Republican; Monroe Wetz, Democrat.
Precinct 3: Lorenzo “Yankee’ Camarillo, Republican; Charles “Tart” Mund, Democrat.
Precinct 4: W.N. “Bill” George, Republican; Orville R. Heitkamp, Democrat.
• Justice of the Peace:
Precinct I: Harold Krueger, Democrat.
Precinct 2: R.G. “Doc” Blanchard, Democrat.
Precinct 3: Fred Stewart, Republican.
Precinct 4: Carrol R. Matheny, Democrat; Howard “Curly” Smith, Republican.
• County Clerk: Rosie Stratemann Bosenbury, Republican; Betty Moorhead, Democrat.
• County Treasurer: Betty Jane Engelhardt, Democrat.
• County Court-at-Law Judge: Ronald D. “Ron” Zipp, Republican.
• District Judge, 274th District: Fred A. Moore, Democrat.
• District Judge, 207th District: Robert T. “Bob” Pfeuffer, Democrat.State candidates
• Governor: William P. Clements, Jr., Republican; Mark White, Democrat; David Hutzelman, libertarian;
Bob Poteet, Citizens.
• Lieutenant Governor: George W. Strake, Jr., Republican; Bill Hobby, Democrat; laurel Kay Freeman, Libertarian.
• Attorney General: Bill Meier, Republican; Jim Mattox, Democrat; Katherine S. Youngblood, libertarian.
• U.S. Senator: Jim Collins, Republican; Lloyd Bent-sen, Democrat; John E. Ford, Libertarian; Lineaus Hooper Lorette, Citizens.
• U.S. Representative, District 21: Tom Loeffler, Republican; Charles S. Stough, Democrat; Jeffrey J. Brown, Libertarian.
• State Representative, District 46: Edmund Kuempel, Republican; John Taylor. Democrat.
• Comptroller of Public Accounts: Mike Richards, Republican; Bob Bullock, Democrat; Janet TIapek, Libertarian.
• State Treasurer: Allen Clark, Republican; Ann Richards, Democrat; Alma Kucymbala, Libertarian.
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Vol. 91-No. 202
October 14, 1982 25 cents
W.W. McCrary and his successor, David SchoenvogelRetiring
By DYANNE FRY Stuff writer
Missouri Pacific is shutting down its New Braunfels station, but business is booming on the Lamia Park Railroad.
"We had the best summer we’ve ever had,” said W.W. McCrary, who’s sat in the driver’s seat since the train first started to roll. During the 1982 tourist season, he carried 160,000 passengers.
Even at the reasonable rate of a quarter a ride, that comes to $40,000.
Fall days aren’t so hectic (except during Wurst-fest) but tile train keeps running. “As much rain as we had Sunday, we still hauled 260 people,” McCrary said.
It’s just the engineer that’s slowing down. Official last Monday, the 66-year-old McCrary sold his lease to a younger man former paddleboat manager David Schoenvogel.
“I bought that train on July I, 1969,” said Mc-Craiy. “I’ve built it up from nothing. I wish I didn t have to give it up, but my doctor said I had to.”
If the summer of 1982 was the best yet, it was also one of the hottest. The engineer suffered a “very small” sunstroke on Aug. I, and had to call on his wife Marjorie for help while he recuperated.
“I didn’t even pass out. I just got to where I couldn’t half talk sometimes,” McCrary said.
Under doctor’s orders, he’s retiring. Sort of. As long as it doesn’t get too hot, park visitors may be seeing McCrary’s blue-striped railroad hat around
Polish violencespreads to two more cities
WARSAW, Poland i AP) — Poland’s Communist regime warned today that strikes and rioting could extend martial law, but underground militants of the outlawed Solidarity trade union called for more protests.
The threat to extend martial law, which was imposed Dec. 13. followed work stoppages and riots in Gdansk Monday and Tuesday and protests Wednesday in Nowa Huta and Wroclaw, where 170 people were reported arrested.
Rocks, tear gas cannisters and remains of barricades littered the streets of the riot-torn cities, but tough measures taken b> tile aufF-,cities apparently forced people back to work and the country was reported calm.
The hardline army daily Zolnierz Wolnosci said workers should welcome the law passed Friday that banned Solidarity because the measure had widespread public support.
But Warsaw’s underground union leaders called on workers to stage “sympathy strikes” to help the workers in Gdansk w ho called off their protest Wednesday. The .statement, circulated in Warsaw today, said plants with more than 2,000 workers should begin occupation strikes but did not say when.
There were no immediate reports of workers iii the Warsaw region complying with the appeal. The Gdansk workers ended their protest Wednesday in the
face of police pressure and government “militarization” of the I^nin shipyard.
Solidarity’s underground leaders in Krakow’, meanwhile, said in another appeal circulated in Warsaw that workers in the southern city would stage a protest Oct. 20, but would start it sooner if the authorities attempted to prevent it.
Several thousands steelworkers, youths and bystanders battled martial-law enforcers Wednesday in Nowa Huta, near Krakow, and state television reported police jailed an unspecified number of "the most aggressive rioters."
Police sealed off the- center of the southern city, said official sources in nearby Krakow Rioters tore up roads and littered streets w ith glass shards and stones, the sources said.
There was no word on injuries in the clash that erupted in the southern city after riot police fired water cannon and tear gas into a crowd of 3,000 steelworkers demonstrating in support of tile outlawed independent union.
The workers scattered, but within a few hours, Warsaw television reported, "rowdies blocked the streets and were damaging municipal and transport equipment."
Police tear-gassed the rioters again and sprayed them with powerful water hoses when the mob tried to destroy public buildings, the television said.
It said police “were .showered with stones, glass, ball-bearings and concussion grenades. It is difficult to estimate the damage, but indications are that it is considerable.”
The broadcast did not explain how the rioters obtained the concussion grenades, which have no shrapnel but can knock people down with the force of a gunpowder blast.
Sources said Hie uprising matched the fury of Aug. 31. when five people were killed and hundreds injured in protests and riots that swept scores of Polish cities on Solidarity’s second anniversary.
Poland has been rocked by bloody protests since the government decreed martial law Dec. 13 and interned hundreds of union activists, including Solidarity chief Lech Walesa.
Antigovernment demonstrations also erupted Wednesday in the southern city of Wroclaw, where about 700 people screamed “Gestapo!” as officers detained about 30 youths. No violence was reported.
Official news media said workers abandoned a strike at a Wroclaw railroad equipment plant and pump factory after “discussions” w ith authorities.
In Washington, deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes called the protests a “sad anniversary of IO months of martial law in Poland.
Death toll at five in refinery explosion
McCrary steps down from Landa Park train
the depot for some time to come.
He has a lot of background to share with Schoenvogel. McCrary knows just about everything lie needs to know about tracks, switching equipment and engines. Before taking the Landa Park job, he worked 42 years for a full-size railroad.
Schoenvogel, a 1968 graduate of Texas A&M University’s college of agriculture, doesn’t have that advantage. The Landa train was the first one he ever rode.
There's no real trick to running the brightly-painted miniature engine. It has a basic six-cylinder Ford motor, and starts with a key just like anybody’s automobile. Gas mileage depends on passenger load and speed.
"it’s just like a car; a light foot gets better mileage,” Schoenvogel said.
The smoke that comes from the stack is mostly engine exhaust, “doctored” for visual effect. Schoenvogel said the “smoker” burned kerosene, but McCrary said he mixes some diesel fuel in, too. “It makes better smoke,” he stated flatly.
“He rolls his own,” chuckled Schoenvogel. “I learn something new all the time.”
The new engineer does know a lot about hard work in the Texas sun. He grew up on a farm in Shiner, “back when they used to pick cotton (by hand),” he said. “The worst part of it was you had to stand in the shade of the cotton plant. Otherwise, the soil would be too hot.”
He came to live in New Braunfels in 1973,
See RAILROAD, Page 16
PORT ARTHUR (AP) Federal safety investigators today planned to survey the site of a six-story tower where a pipeline ruptured, burning five workmen to death in a shower of hot powder and injuring eight others
A fluid catalytic cracking unit ruptured about ll a.m. Wednesday, producing a large crack in an attached pipeline, officials said.
“It looks like somebody took a knife and sliced it right through sideways,” said Ed Morse, a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers safety committee.
The powder, a fluid catalyst heated to high temperature and used to trigger a chemical reaction in the refinery process, was ankle-deep in some places and covered the ground around the cracking unit for many feet, Morse said.
“There was a loud roar, the line exploded and the catalyst escaped,” spraying the fine, powdery substance over the workyard near the unit, said James A. Werner, one of those injured in the accident.
The workmen were burned by the powder as they tried to start the plant’s No. I fluid catalytic cracking unit, which had been shut down for repairs, said Texaco spokesman Charles Rentz.
A safety specialist of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Houston was to join an industrial hygienist at the refinery today, Rentz said.
A 40-year employee of Texaco said that catalyst was lost on the same line last week.
“I don’t know how much stress it put on it,” Morris Glover said.
But most workers at the plant described the incident as a freak accident.
Danny Dement, brother of one of the injured, said a break in such a line was unusual.
“I ve been out there 15 years and I never heard of anything like that happening," he said.
Dead at the scene were Frederick T. Rhine, 39, Jessie Dennis Jr., 34, and Herman C. Hope, 35, all of Port Arthur; Vernon J. Cole, 56, of Groves; and Charles L. Choate, 33, of Nederland, said Rentz.
One injured worker was reported in fair condition and three other men were hospitalized in stable condition with burns, officials said. Rentz said four workers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the plant.
Freddie Raymond, who lives about a mile from the plant, said he was working in his yard when he saw a cloud of smoke.
“It was a lot of smoke that’s all I can say,” Raymond said. "It was black, and kind of bluish in color, too.”
Bobby Durham, principal of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School northwest of the Texaco plant, also noticed “some unusual smoke.”
“It wasn’t the normal smoke coming from the plant. It looked like something was burning. The smoke was real dark like some oil or chemical was burning. But we didn’t hear any kind of explosion or feel anything.”
In March 1977, eight workers at the Texaco plant died in a fire in which the plant’s main stabilizer unit exploded.Today's Weather
Comal County will continue to be sunny and mild with partly cloudy skies through Friday, turning cool tonight and warmer Friday. Today’s high will be iii the upper 70s w ith a low tonight in the low-50s. Friday’s high is expected to reach near 80. Winds will be light and variable, less than IO mph out of the norti. today and tonight. Sunset tonight be at 7:02. Sunrise tomorrow is expected at 7:32 a m.All Tied Up
It’s an old lesson, but one that can never be repeated often enough: don’t walk pinch-hitters, especially in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded in the World Series. Milwaukee Brewer reliever Peter Ladd failed to remember that lesson Thursday night, and it gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win that evened the series. See Page 6Friday Night Football
In Texas, that means high school hysteria, and the three local teams are all in action again this week. New Braunfels looks for revenge at home against Gonzales, Canyon looks for a road win at Hays, and Smithson Valley plays Southside in a homecoming game at Canyon field. See Sports
Staff photo by John Sen ter