New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 89 - No. 52 16 Pages — 1 Section (USPS 377-880)
New Braunfels, TexasReagan criticizes Carter for Klan city visit
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ronald Reagan has rebuked Jimmy Carter for opening his re-election campaign in the South and “the city that gave birth...to the Ku Klux Klan,” even as the president used the occasion to denounce the racist organization.
Reagan’s complaint came just one day after his national campaign chairman, Sen. Paul Laxalt of Nevada, had declared the Republican nominee
“incapable” of using any tactic designed to link the president, either directly or indirectly, to the Klan.
Reagan was speaking to a gathering at the Michigan State Fair, near Detroit, Monday night when he spotted one man wearing a Jimmy Carter mask.
“I thought you were in Alabama today,” Reagan said.
Then he added: “You know, I kind of like the contrast, though. I’m happy to be here, where you’re dealing at first
hand with the economic problems that have been committed, and he’s opening his campaign down in the city that gave birth to and is the parent body of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Re "an, who opened his own post-conveiu.M.. campaigning a month ago in a southern city which is no stranger to racial violence, referred to Carter’s Labor Day visit to a picnic in Tuscumbia, Ala.
The president’s appearance there was
preceded by a peaceful march through the downtown area by about 40 Kinsmen. Carter denounced them in his remarks, saying that “as a southerner, it makes me angry to see them with a Confederate battle flag.”
The president called the Klansmen people “who practice cowardice and who counsel fear and hatred...Sometimes I see the raising of a cross and I remember that the one who was crucified taught us to have faith, to
hope and not to hate, but to love one another.”
Asked to explain Reagan’s reference to the Klan, press secretary Lyn Nof-ziger said Reagan had seen a newspaper and a television report about a Klan headquarters in Tuscumbia. But early today, another Reagan aide, who asked not to be identified, said it was Nof-ziger’s idea to raise the Klan issue and that Reagan, in fact, later regretted doing so.
According to the Encyclopedia Americana, the Klan originated in Pulaski, Tenn., about 50 miles from Tuscumbia. But one of several modern-day Klan groups, the Knights of the KKK, moved its headquarters to Tuscumbia from Metairie, La., just last month.
Nofziger said Reagan was “trying to contrast the fact that he’s up here talking to workers and Carter’s down there in a safe part of the country.”
Youth leader killed; two others are hurt
David W. Gray is dwarfed by his Dutch windmill
Jimmy Hilton, 17, told Emergency Medical Service technicians here he doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire because he was despondent over the loss of a girl friend.
He was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, where his condition was listed Tuesday as “serious but stable,” with second and third degree burns over 30 percent of his body.
Rock died at 9 p.m. in Hermann Hospital, where he was taken after being airlifted from a Humble hospital shortly after the accident, which occurred at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
The youth director was visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Rock of Houston. He and a friend were walking on the side of a street in a residential section of Humble when a car apparently swerved, striking Rock, who was walking nearest the street.
Rock was apparently carried on the hood of the car for a few seconds before being thrown to the ground, .striking the back of his head.
Rock had served as youth director at the lake-area church since February 1979. He was a candidate for December graduation from Southwest Texas State University with a double major in criminology and psychology.
He was also the group leader for a Bible study for high school boys in New Braunfels, and worked with younger, disadvantaged boys in San Marcos, where he also was involved In Campus Crusade for Christ.
Memorial services are pending in Houston and at Church in the Valley under the direction of Rev. Boyd Cuter.
Rock is survived by his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Wheeling suffered a compound fracture of the right ankle, avulsion of the left heel, and “numerous cubs aud lacerations,” according to EMS reports.
“He was climbing up the cliff, fell, and missed the water,” EMS technician Kent Howard said Tuesday. He was taken to Brooke at 6 p.m. Sunday.
EMS reports described Hilton, of 140 S. Mesquite, as a “human torch ” The burns were sustained at the intersection of South Mesquite and West San Antonio streets about 3 a.m. Saturday.
Driver Scott Koehler and attendant Danny Halbardier transferred Hilton to tile burn ward at Brooke, Howard said.
An area youth leader was killed, a San Antonio man injured and a 17-year-old set fire to himself in separate incidents over the weekend.
Church in the Valley youth director Louis Rock died Monday in a Houston hospital of injuries sustained in a Saturday night auto-pedestrian accident
in Humble, according to reports.
Jonathan Wheeling, 18, of San Antonio, suffered multiple trauma, fractures and lacerations after fating from a cliff Sunday at a Preiss Heights park off Edwards Boulevard. He is listed in “satisfactory” condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Polish miners still off jobs
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Remnants of Poland’s strike wave lingered on today as miners at IO coal mines in the southwest part of the country stayed off the job. But the official radio station there reported government negotiators agreed to the strikers’ demands and were ready to sign an agreement with them.
Informed sources said the miners in Upper Silesia demanded safety guarantees including shorter work shifts and written guarantees of the union and strike rights promised the strikers northern Poland.
There was no immediate word whether the strikers were also ready to sign the agreement.
“The government commission is comprehensively examining the joint terms of reference for an agreement worked out earlier,” said Radio Katowice. “The demands put forward by the workers are acceptable in their entirety. The government commission is
ready to sign an agreement with the inter-factory strike committee.”
Warsaw Radio announced earlier that the miners were still on strike less than 12 hours after PAP, the official Polish news agency, announced a tentative settlement had been reached giving the miners improved safety standards.
Mining accidents in the pits of Upper Silesia took 62 lives in the last three months of 1979.
Elsewhere in Poland, hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the nation returned to their jobs Monday following the signing of an agreement granting them concessions unprecedented for a Soviet Bloc nation.
To end the 18-day-old strike that idled some 600,000 workers in more than 20 cities, Communist Party chief Edward Gierek’s regime agreed to write a new labor law giving the workers the right to strike and the right to form free and independent trade unions separate from the official unions controlled by the party.
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Windmill pretty, useful
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff Writer
A familiar landmark to travelers of FM 306 near Canyon Dam is a Dutch windmill standing to the side of the road. It’s actually in the back yard of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Gray of Cadillac Canyon, among the marigolds, morning glories and sweet potato vines.
Most windmills are useful as well as decorative, and this one is no exception. But its purpose is far different from most windmills, which are used to grind feed or pump water.
Gray, who built the structure nine years ago, originally started out to build a cistern to hold rain water for his garden. He laid the red brick circular base and topped it with a galvanized tank. “But when I got all through, it looked pitiful,” Gray said.
His wife, Helen, is from Nederland, which is known for its Dutch ancestry. “So when she went out of town for a
week, I decided to surprise her,” he said.
A friend had torn down a house and offered Gray some used lumber and building supplies. Gray then struck on the idea at converting the tank to a windmill and began work. The structure is 30 feet tall to the top of the blades, and the blades are each 14 feet long, but they are purely decorative.
“Friends kept saying, ‘when you’re ready to put up the blades, let me know and ITI help you’, but I did it myself,” Gray explained.
He installed the hub and axle, then constructed scaffolding and working from that, assembled each blade from redwood he had precut. “I assembled the whole thing in five hours,” he said, “and nobody could figure out how I did it.”
Gutters route water from the roof of their home to an underground pipe, which flows into the cistern for collection of rainwater. "A two-inch rain will fill the tank,” he noted.
The bottom tank formed by the bricks will hold 3,000 gallons of rain water, which the Grays use to water their yard and garden. A smaller tank has been installed on top, which holds about 450 gallons of well water for emergency use. “When we had so much trouble with our water system, we put in our own well,” Gray explained, “and decided to hold some because we didn’t want to do without.”
A few years after he built his Dutch windmill, the city of Nederland built the Nederland Museum in a sun tar fashion, only much larger, and the Grays are proud to have built theirs first.
A retired construction superintendent, Gray's next project, which is well under way, is to build a country village. Miniature buildings stand in a row on property he owns across the street from his home. “The one I’m working on now will have a real fireplace and a screened porch, where we’ll make coffee in a tin pail and sit and play dominoes,” he anticipated.
Canyon Lake level hits low-water mark
The water level at the Canyon Reservoir dropped to 903.61 feet above mean sea level yesterday—the lowest the level has been since it reached conservation level in 1968.
Yesterday’s reading broke the Aug. 2, 1971 low record of 903.64 feet, Arlene Garrett, a secretary at the Canyon Dam Corps of Engineers said.
The water level has been dropping at approximately .02 of a foot per day, Garrett said, and will continue to drop. “Not real fast, but slowly,” she said. Recent rains in the area have not helped the water level, Garrett said, because, “We didn’t have rains in the right places,” adding that there has not been enough
rain in the Guadalupe River watershed in Kerrville to raise the level in the reservoir.
“Right here we haven’t had much rain either,” she said.
The Guadalupe River was flowing at 69 cubic feet per second last night, and the dam was releasing water at 50 cfs, Leory Goodson of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority said. Goodson said the water release at the dam would probably remain at 50 cfs, unless there was a drastic decrease in the reservoir level.
“If it continues to decrease, we’U have to lower it,” he said.