New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Football action heats up locally, with CHS, SVHS, NBHS games at home; Marion, Navarro renewing old rivalry. Page 6A
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Kerry shows 'we' is another 2-letter word the Democrats don't know the meaning of. Page 4A
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By Ron Maloney
A 16-year-old Smithson Valley High School junior died Thursday morning in a collision with a truck on Texas 46. Precinct 2 Justice of the
Peace Susan Dvorak pronounced Lauryn Hooge of Spring Branch dead at the scene of the accident about 8:45 a.m.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Vick said
Hooge was struck as she pulled out of the Mission Hills Ranch subdivision onto Texas 46 in a 1992 Honda Accord.
“The young girl who died exited the subdivision and stopped at the stop sign,” Vick
said. “She pulled out to go westbound in front of a Nissan cargo truck traveling eastbound on Texas 46. There was not enough time or distance for him to stop, and he struck her in the driver's side.”
Elbel home earns historic designation
By Scott Mahon
Known for its history and landscaping, the Elbel home at 503 Magazine Ave. has been designated a historical landmark by the New Braunfels City Council.
Owned by Mark and Lynda McLean, the home was originally built in 1926 by Walter and Meta Elbel, whose family occupied the house until 1982.
Jan Soechting, historic preservation officer, said she initiated the application to designate the home a historical landmark.
“I watched the property over the last several years, and I thought it merited recognition,” she said. “But it’s also about preserving New Braunfels’ history.”
According to city records, the property where the house was built was first owned by Wilheim Hartsmann.
In July 1879, Hartsmann sold the land to Eva Ortner, formerly Eva Maurer, for $1,000.
Maurer sold the land to Ed Schneider in November 1887. Schneider’s wife, Emma, was Eva’s sister.
In 1910, Schneider sold the land for $1,450 to Walter Elbel, who lived directly behind the house.
Walter and Meta Libel’s children, Roma, Adon, Jerome “Red,” Warren and Kenneth, grew up in the house.
Warren Elbel died in 1996, and the only surviving members of the Elbel family are
(Above) Joyce, left, and Louise Elbel reminisce about their days in the home at 503 Magazine Ave. with the historic home's current owners, Mark and Lynda McLean. (Below, left) A photograph of the Elbel house in 1949. (Below, right)The home today.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said he arrived on scene with a sheriff’s deputy to find Hooge's car had run off into the nearby beeline after the impact.
“The vehicle was at full
throttle and still trying to move forward,” Brinkkoeter said.
The driver’s door on the Accord was pushed in nearly three feet by the impact, pin-ning the driver inside.
See WRECK, Page 3A
Bush proclaims ‘We will prevail’ over terrorism
By David Espo and Donna Cassata
Associated Press Writers
NEW YORK — President Bush faulted Democratic rival John Kerry’s record on the Iraq war and tax cuts Thursday night and vowed victory over terrorism and a brighter future for Americans buffeted by a changing economy. “Nothing will hold us back,” he said in a Republican National Convention acceptance speech that launched his fall re-election campaign.
“We are staying on the offensive — striking terrorists abroad — so we do not have to face them here at home,” Bush said in remarks prepared for a prime-time address in a convention hall close to Ground Zero of the Sept. 11,2001, attacks.
“And we will prevail.”
Bush’s speech marked the beginning of a two-month sprint to Election Day, and Kerry couldn’t wait to start.
In a ferocious counterattack after a week of GOP con-vention-week criticism, the Massachusetts senator called the wartime president and Vice President Dick Cheney unfit to lead the nation.
“I’m not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those
Look for Smith’s observations of New York and the convention on Page 3 A.
who have refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq,” he said in remarks prepared for a midnight campaign appearance in Ohio.
Kerry won five military medals in the Vietnam War; Bush was stateside in the National Guard and Cheney’s five draft-era deferments kept him out of the service.
Ihe president underscored his differences with Kerry on issues of war, tax cuts, values and more, but in terms far less incendiary that those used by Cheney or Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., Wednesday night.
Bush said Kerry and Democratic vice presidential
See BUSH, Page 3A
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Warren's wife, Joyce, and Jerome's wife, Louise.
In 1969, the small house behind the property was sold by Meta Elbel to Paul Ragsdale, who in turn sold it to his wife Crystal in 1971.
In 1983, Joseph Phillips
bought 503 Magazine Ave., and owned it until his death. His daughter, Sandra Parks, sold it to Mark and Lynda McLean in 1993.
“Old timers refer to the house as the Elbel house,” Mark McLean said. “Warren
Elbel, who was born in the house, came by and looked at it when he was in his 70s.” McLean said the Elbels owned a gas station located on the comer across from H-E-B.
See HOUSE, Page 3A
FUMC the first line of defense in battles of the spirit
By Leigh Jones
In terms of spiritual warfare, 40 members of First United Methodist Church are on defense.
The “Shield the Badge” program pairs praying church members with officers in the New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff ’s Office who risk their lives every day to protect the community from physical danger.
Associate Pastor Harold Sassman said the program started as a response to the loss of life in the police and fire departments on Sept. ll, 2001.
Coordinator Kay Lynch said the response from church members was overwhelming.
“I think the people of New Braunfels know we have a wonderful community and feel appreciative for our law enforcement officials,” she said. "They want to give back in some way.”
Participating church members com
mit to pray for an officer for an entire year. They can send cards or encouraging notes, but the officers do not know the identity of their spiritual “warriors.”
Lynch had more church members sign up to pray than officers who requested prayer partners. Now, the church is soliciting a second round of officers to participate. They also hope to open the program to members of the fire department.
Lynch said she hoped she could find enough new law enforcement officials to pair with the 20 church members already on the waiting list.
Community service is not new to the members of FUMC New Braunfels.
Pastor Larry Altman said the church started with one of the first Boy Scout troops in town, but today, it has programs for every social and age group.
Monthly Mothers of Preschoolers meetings provide fellowship for young parents. Groups of Habitat for Humanity
See CHURCH, Page 3A
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The Rev. Larry Altman is senior pastor at First United Methodist Church.
Friday*, th* HmUdZeitung will feature a different house of worship.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Pastor: Larry Altman
Denomination: United Methodist
Meeting time: 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. Sunday
Location: 572 W. San Antonio St.
Web site: www.fumcnb.org
Worship style: informal: contemporary; traditional
Mission: Serving Christ by inviting the seekers, equipping the believers and sending them forth to serve.