Comal County’s first death sentence handed out in 1930s

By Myra Lee Adams Goff Have you ever heard the story of Chief Red Wing and how he became the first person to get the death penalty in Comal County? It’s a sad and terrible story. Here’s how it goes: On Oct. 6, 1930, Henry Cavazos, proprietor of the Cuban

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Adelsverein promise of schools came through

By Myra Lee Adams Goff Education for all was one of the promises by the Adelsverein to the German immigrants who came to Texas 165 years ago. Just five months after the first immigrants arrived, this promise began. Rev. Louis Ervendberg who was engaged by Prince Carl to tend to

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Historic Waco Springs still popular

By Myra Lee Adams Goff One of the most beautiful spots on the Guadalupe River is the area called “Waco Springs”. Generally, it lies between Slumber Falls Camp and the First Crossing of the Guadalupe, on both sides of River Road. Believed to be named after the Waco Indians who

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Prohibition unpopular in New Braunfels

By Myra Lee Adams Goff At 12 noon on October 12, 1920, an airplane crashed into the New Braunfels Brewing Company, one of four breweries in New Braunfels at the time. The NB Brewing Co. was located at the end of N. Guenther St. (NB Smokehouse). Two pilots from Kelly

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Sophienburg to copy early church records

By Myra Lee Adams Goff A very important agreement has been reached between the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and First Protestant Church, one of extreme historic significance. The church will allow the Sophienburg to copy all early church records, including minutes, birth records, death records, and many more papers of

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Sophienburg to celebrate Fourth of July on Third

Tune in to KGNB – AM 1420 or KNBT – FM 92.1 for weather announcements for the parade and program. By Myra Lee Adams Goff Guess you think we’re going to celebrate the Fourth of July on the fourth of July. Well, you’re wrong. We’re going to show our independence

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Indianola important port in the 1840s

By Myra Lee Adams Goff “So, Indianola, has it been with thee, Thou once fair city by the moonlit sea! Thy fame is ended and thy beauty fled- Bleak memory calls them from the silent dead.” (Excerpts from “Indianola” by Jeff McLemore from the book, “Indianola” by Brownson Malsch) The

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Some postmarks tell interesting history

By Myra Lee Adams Goff A young German count, Arnold-Henkel von Donnersmark, came to the New Braunfels settlement in 1845 with Prince Carl. He built a large frame building where he lived and conducted his hotel and saloon business. In less than a year he had accumulated several thousand dollars.

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Law enforcement vital

By Myra Lee Adams Goff Safety and protection of citizens and property have always been foremost in the minds of anyone involved in law enforcement in New Braunfels and Comal County and it goes way back. Law enforcement began with Prince Carl who was responsible for the safety of the

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Ernst and Antoinette Gruene home still standing

By Myra Lee Adams Goff Twenty-six-year-old Ernst Gruene applied for his passport to emigrate to Texas from Germany. He is described in his passport as a very tall, (over 6’2”) blond, handsome man. Later family accounts describe him as not only good-looking, but very charming. In Germany he was a

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