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Thursday, November 24, 1988
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n Gazette-enterprise What it was like STUDENTS AT MCQUEENEY Elementary got a taste of what It w<?s -like to travel on the Mayflower this week. To see what it was like on the ship, 102 students squeezed into the same space, 90x26, that was available on the ship that held the Pilgrims, their supplies and possessions for 60 days at sea. A small band of native Americans welcomes the travelers to their new home. (Staff photo) Spaniards may have held Thanksgiving By HOLDEN LEWIS Associated Press Writer EL PASO (AP) — The first colonists to hold a Thanksgiving banquet in the New World began their feast of geese, ducks and fish by saying "gracias." That's Spanish for "thanks." Arid when Spanish colonizer Juan dejOnate held a Thanksgiving banquet south of El Paso on April 30, 1598, the Pilgrims were still in Europe — and 23 years away from their famous feast. Amateur and professional historians in El Paso aren't trying to rewrite history, but they want to pay the, early Spanish explorers and colonizers their due. To that end, El Paso's Mission Trail Association plans to recreate thei feast next April 30 at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso. At least 100 participants are expected, along with the cattle, horses, goats' and two-wheeled carts they'll bring to make the recreation of Onate's 400-member party as realistic as possible. They realize they might step on a few; toes. 'JThe people in Massachusetts are not;probably going.tolike.the idea,'', sai(l Mission Trail president Shel- don Hall, himself a Mayflower descendant. "It's going to create a lot of talk. It's going to create a big historical correction. The reaction in Spain is going to be wonderful." The association is aided by the fact that Spanish colonizers kept detailed records. Onate won the franchise to establish the first colony in New Mexico and was accompanied by Capt. Caspar Perez de Villagra, who chronicled the trip from what is now southern Chihuahua state* Mexico, to present- day northern New Mexico. It took the party of 130 men, 270 women and children., and 7,000 head of cattle about two months to reach the Rio Grande and the mountain pass it flows through that gives El Paso its name. The last few weeks were spent trekking through the vast Chihuahuan desert, Villagra wrote, and the expedition ran out of water five days before reaching the river. "The horses suffered most, poor dumb brutes; they were almost frantic with thirst, and their eyes nearly bulged from their sockets," Villagra wrote 12 years later. On the morning of the fifth day withoufwater, the party spotted the Rio Grande, t and Villagra wrote that men and-horses alike plunged into the rushing waters and drank their fill. After 10 days of hunting, fishing and recuperating, Villagra .wrote, "We built a great bonfire and roasted the meat and fish, and then all sat down to a repast the like of which we had never enjoyed before. We were happy that our trials were over; as happy as were the passengers in the Ark when they saw the dove returning with the olive branch in his beak, bringing tidings that the deluge had subsided.'' Dr. W.H. Timmons, a historian at UT-E1 Paso, notes that Villagra's account does not mention a thanksgiving Mass, "but you know they had to be thankful for surviving." "It must have been rough going for those gals and those kids,'' Timmons said. "And I think about those five days without water before striking the river, and I can understand they were saying, 'Gracias a Dios.'" Timmons said he believes Ohate reached the Rio Grande 15 to 25 miles south of present-day downtown El Paso. The expedition remained on the river's south. bank for about two weeks, while Onate took formal possession of the lands draining into the Rio Grande, and the people and cattle rested. They then forded the river at a spot where the Hacienda restaurant west of downtown stands today. Onate, member of a silver-mining family that was a favorite of the king, had earned the contract to colonize and govern New Mexico five years before he gathered the personnel and supplies to do it. He was. preceded by at least three Spanish explorers, the most famous of which was the first — Cabeza de Vaca. Hall and Timmons say some people might reject their effort to credit Onate for the first Thanksgiving because his feast was held on the south bank of the Rio Grande and not in the present-day United States. But Timmons has an answer for that: He says the river later shifted its course southward in the area — meaning the banquet did occur on U.S. soil. Even if that weren't the case, organizers of the re-enactment of the feast hope to bring more attention to the contributions of Spanish explorers and colonists in the Southwest. "All this happened before Jamestown was eStabUshe^ v: '^TimM8fiis said. "We had v a European civiliza- tioni before!iEn|la||aj?l|i}t^ its colonies on theEastern, Trustees discuss possibility of renovating SHS track Co'nt'd. from Pg. 1 I^ehmann said at the competition level, the wider lane is more preferable because there is more room on the lane with less bumping. "It's more of an ideal track situation," Lehmann said. Lehmann told the trustees that he believed if the district was going to spend this level of money on the track, then he believed the district should include the expansion to keep the district in line and not invest in a track that was designed 10 to 15 years ago. "The coaches are really excited about the prospect," Lehmann said. Lehmann said $100,000 for the track renovation has been budgeted and that an additional $20,000 to $3Q;000 will be needed. But the superintendent said he felt optimistic about that. Mark Wallocfc, board member, stressed the importance of getting the most qualifed company to do the job. Martinez said one factor the district should definitely look into is the longevity of the company. Guadarrama said if the district did go to an eight-lane expansion he would like the district to take advantage of the opportunity and make provisions for the handicapped. Lehmann said it was his recommendation to go with the "full- fledge proposal" which would be option four, resurfacing and widening existing lanes to 42" and adding an eighth lane. Since the item was only a discussion item, no formal action was taken by the trustees Tuesday night. Personnel recommendations approved included the hiring of Francis Stegman, at risk counselor at SHS and Judy Krueger, first grade at Patlan. Resignations were accepted from Pamela Wright, third grade at Jefferson; Gweneth Hyatt, vocational aide at SHS; and Lin Lake-Quade, recently hired as the new student assistance counselor at SHS. Leaves of absence were granted to Maria Gonzales, SERC clerk at Sue Smith; and Kathy Vega, bilingual aide at Juan Seguin. Other action items on the agenda included approval of bids for the construction of two portable buildings; approval of the 1988-89 textbook committee and approval of funds for elementary field trips. The trustees approved one out-of- town field trip per grade for grades kindergarten through six. Out-of-town field trips were curtailed last year due to budget considerations, and were not restored in this year's budget. The trustees recognized Susan Strecker, early childhood teacher with, the district. She was recently named Early Childhood Classroom Teacher of the Year by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (TAEYC). In presenting her with red roses, Henze^ said, "it gives us great pride when we see our teachers recognized" adding that- it means the district must be doing something right. Strecker explained that the TAEYC, of which there -is a local chapter, is an advocacy group for young children. She commended the board for its support and thanked it for hiring administrators that were knowledgeable about early childhood education and for its support of home visitations and parent- teacher conferences. By SANDRA COLE been condemned and now that is not Staff Writer . ' thwase, MASW -flto main topic of rt i do ri&f know htfw much water discussion at Monday .night's meet- we could get out of it and how much ing of the 1 Mariori City Countilwas it would cost," he said. "I hate to wfitet. James Huebinger came before the City Council to discuss the matter. Huebinger said, "1 understand you are making plans to give up title to the old wells, t would like to change your mind on that" Huebinger, was referring to an agreement the city is considering for probability that "water will not be the Westbn Property as a site for an there. He thanked Huebinger far taking L wuum wusi* no atuu. i iittic lu give it up because it could be helpful in the future. ' Mayor Felix Arambula said the city's decision was based on the health department's issue thai the water was not drinkable. He said the city needs to look at the possibility of the aquifer going dry and the elevated storage tank. "I don't know if it is the best source, but the city does own it and I don't feel anybody should make the decision now to release it>" Huebinger said. "I feel like this is a sort of ace in the hole, it may not be an ace of spades, but it is an ace," he said. Huebinger noted that Councilman David Davenport is talking about surface water but that he felt this is not quite the task of cleaning surface water. "I feel this is much better water to use," he said. Davenport said he did not'dis- agree with Huebinger, he said the Texas Health Department told the city the water was shallow ground water. Anything under surface water must go through a filtration system. He said the iron in the water is probably coming from the line. He said what could probably be done was to remove the casing and drill a well adding a filtration system. Davenport said the site could be used, but his doubt in using shallow ground water is if it will be there in a drought. Huebinger said in shutting down one well and drilling a new well the city is not talking about that much money. Davenport said he had no argument about holding the property, what the city has to determine, he said, is if it will be used. He said the city is going to drill a second well on the Edwards Aquifer and that the council had to decide with the dollars they have, what they are going to develop and what they can afford to develop. Councilman Glenn Hild said he had some misgivings of giving up the well. Hild said he was under the impression the shallow wells had the time to come before the council. After the discussion, the council went into executive session to dis- ,; cuss the sale and exchange of reaL estate. After reopening the council voted to disapprove the contract and, : : to instruct City Attorney Robert- Raetzseh to renegotiate.; In other, matters, Roger Scheffel' J asked the council if they knew the '" Community Council of South Centr-^ al "Texas had stopped distributing^ commodities to senior citizens in the *' city. Scheffel said those citizens who qualify to receive the commodities must now drive to Seguih or'' Schertz to pick them up. ; Scheffel said the city "needs to look into the matter for the welfare of the senior citizens that cart not ' drive to these areas," Mayor Arambula said he was not aware of that and asked that the city prepare a letter to die CCSCT, asking that they reopen services to Marion. Dahlia Arambula updated the council on the plans for the upcoming Christmas tree, lighting in Marion. Featured at the lighting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9,,, will be choirs from Krueger.'; Elementary School, Marion High';^ School and area churches. The^ Marion High School band will also entertain at the lighting. The official lighting will take place between 7 and 7:15 p.m. Ornamants for the tree will be made by art students at the elementary and>: middle school. v- Mrs. Arambula said the help of»> area businesses is needed again this £.. year to help supply beverages and »f; hot chocolate. "£. Santa Claus will also make a spe-:<- cial appearance. K ''f^^S: • •• • • , ;AyV ;••'••'; *is~; ^^'''•-^^<mJJpV«~i'x Subdivision receives OK • Confd. from Pg. 1 acceptance cannot take place until £> county taxpayers expense." Reininger also explained that the preliminary plat called for some two miles of streets or roadways within the Sheridan subdivision to be initially developed as privately owned and maintained even through the developer plans to build them to county specifications and eventually to seek county maintenance of the roads within the subdivision. The change to private roads, Reininger said, was made necessary because the developer could not obtain the bonding commitment required in the subdivision regulations. Bonding companies, Reininger said, are not willing to write policies providing protection for an unlimited time period stretching up to 20 years or more. The regulations require that a bond be posted until such roads are accepted for county maintenance, and another requirement states that the subdivision is 50 percent occup- £with any added ied. Reininger indicated it could *'~ take 20 or more years for the Sheri- ^;-j dan property to reach the point of £>: being 50 percent occupied. *t» "We do have so many subdivi- £T; sions that are less than 50 percent •£!' developed," Sagebiel said, indicat- ;>i ing that he hoped developers plan- fining additional subdivisions would£!; think twice about adding more prop- \ -^ erty to unsold inventory throughout £i the county. ..'- v* ; Families gather at New Berlin Community Center for reunion The Brown and Campbell family reunion was held Nov. 5 at the New Berlin Community Center with 60 attending. Eamily members began arriving at 1:30 p.m. All enjoyed visiting with one* another during the afternoon. At 4 p.m. the meal was served. Bennie Brawn asked the blessing before eat- ingv After the meal, a brief meeting was held. The next reunion will be held Oct. 28,1989 at the New Berlin Center. Among those recognized wece Annie Brown and Charlie Koepp for being the oldest present. Youngest present was Christina Lewis. Traveling the farthest were Linda Lewis and children from St. Louis, Mo;, and Bennie and Elaine Brown from the state of Washington. Attending for the first time were Linda and children from Missouri and Bob. Metzker from Houston. this past week, Verna Lee and Delvin Beutnagel and Valerie and Shane Salge took a day off and went driving around the country, They weqt as far as Corpus Christi and other points of interest along the way. The South West Texas Synodipal Women's organization convention was held Nov. 12*13 in Victoria at the' Holiday Inn. Attending from Christ Lutheran Elm Creek Church wens Liz Swanberg as delegate and Dawn Young as a visitor. Dawn and Liz'left Friday evening and drove u> Victoria u? spend the weekend with Liz's father Gerhart PpehUnann who lives in Victoria. Also spending the weekend in the Poehlmann home were Gerhart's brother and wife, Rudy and Hildegard Poehlmann from Austin. Hildegard also attended the convention. They all attended worship services at First English Lutheran Church and then had dinner together Sunday. Then it was time to return home after having had a good time together. A celebration honoring Alfred and Pauline Doege, was held Saturday, Nov. 12, at the La Vemia Chamber of Commerce Hall in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary. The celebration began with a mass in their honor at St. Ann's Catholic Church with Father Alois Goertz officiating. The lessons were read by Ronald Doege and Donald assisted in the communion service. A choir accompanied by an organist and two guitar players sang beautiful songs before and during the service. Ushers were nephews. Edward, Ronald and Donald Doege and Raymond Rohlf. Alfred and Pauline were married in St. Hedwig Catholic Church Nov. IS, 1938. Their attendants in 1938 were Felix Doege, Eddie Doege, Theodore Mergele, Walter Gantz, Stella Gantz Kircher, Sophie Mergele Falkenberg, Cecilia Skrzycki Doege and Erma Markgraf. (Eddie, Walter, Theodore and Erma are deceased). All other attendants were present. After their wedding, a reception was held at Alfred's parents' home, the late Richard and Maggie Doege. A platform was built for a dance. Saturday after the services, they were taken to the hall in a mule drawn carriage with nephew Adolph Doege Jr. as the driver. His dad Adolph Sr. rode with him. A delicious beef barbecue and sausage supper was enjoyed by many, many family members and friends. Hundreds of gold and white balloons floated on the ceiling in the hall; on display behind the bride and groom cakes were pictures taken on their wedding day and many others taken during the 50 years along with Alfred's suit and Pauline's wedding dress. Their children are Elaine and Har- Jey Schnitz and Mildred and Albert Milhalski; they have four grand* daughters. The Country Hicks provided music for the dance, beginning with the grand march led by Mildred and Albert. Congratulations again Alfred and Pauline and wishing you many more such happy times together. Christ Lutheran Urn Creek Church welcomed into membership Mark Kurt Su-ey,Npcy Mays aodDwayw McKee and Carrie Scott through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. During the morning service, the women of Christ Lutheran brought their thanks offering to the altar. This offering is nsed to further the mission of the women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Taking part in the service were Edith Sommer, Kathy Hartman, Janie Wallace and Joyce Young. Among the visitors Sunday were Lorene McKee, Floyd McKee, Barbara Krueger and Glenwood Lenz. Glenwood brought his parents Linda and Edgar to church. They were observing their 59th wedding anniversary Sunday, A Schievelbein family descendant book has been donated and placed in the La Vernia Library by Hilda Puhlmann, If anyone would be interested in doing this to any of the libraries in the area, please contact Hilda. She will see that it is done for you in your name. Correction; In last week's news I stated that the New Berlin City meeting would be heldNov, 15,1 was mis* informed. All city meetings are held the third Monday of each month, Sorry, if it caus.e.4 anyone any inconveni' ence by trying to attend Nov. 1$, Happy birthday wishes tp: Lillian Kptzur, BrendaLynn PoegeNov. 27; Shorty Grimm Nov. 29; Dorothy Yader and Walter Wteding NPV. 30; Uttle Bee. \\ eprmie Offer, Mattke Dec. 2; Elrene Schultze Dec. 3; Jeff Schlichting, Maxine Penshorn, Kathy Lewis and Bertha Krueger Dec. 4. Best wishes to the following observing wedding anniversaries: Adeline and Stanley Skrzycki, 37 years Nov. 27; Vemon and Vernell Schultz, 43 years, Harry and Dorothy Biersteadt, 35 years and Jeffrey and Darlene McKee, 10 years, all Nov, 28; Melinda and Hilmar Mueller, 36 years Nov. 29; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Grub, 37 years Dec. 1. Service, Quality & Fair Value GIFTS Gifts & Cards 379*3860 Fiv« count M»II. 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