Gillespie Life


Veteran Fred Dietel recalls final days of WWII

Fred Dietel

By Richard Zowie— After having served in the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division and having helped liberate the Philippines from Japanese control during World War II, Fred Dietel was sent on a new assignment about 1,200 miles north of the Philippine archipelago.

South Korea, to be exact.

With the end of the war near and Japan slowly losing its grip on the Asian territories it had controlled, American troops were sent to occupy the peninsula during the forming of what would become North and South Korea.

Soldiers in Dietel’s unit had been sent to North Korea, and he was unable to be with them at first due to being under the weather.

But then, as he traveled to join them, word arrived that the war was over.

On Sept. 2, 1945, aboard the USS Missouri, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies. Then, a week later on Sept. 9, 1945, Japanese forces in the Korean peninsula formally surrendered.


Girl Scouts registration to be held Thursday

For young ladies in the area who would like to become Girl Scouts, the next available date and place to sign up will be Thursday, Sept. 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Scout House at 202 West Austin Street.

Prospective Girl Scouts and their parents can attend the Troop Formation Rally and receive an overview of the Girl Scout program which focuses on building girls of courage, character and confidence.

Girls can share experiences together when they meet regularly with their friends in a troop setting.

Organizers believe that “Everything’s more fun when you’re sharing it with others who love the same thing.”

Yearly registration is $15 for GSUSA membership. Scholarships are available. Troop dues are generally $25 for the year. Uniforms are not mandatory but highly recommended. Girls Guide to Girl Scouting badge books can be purchased but are not mandatory as each troop leader has a copy for the troop to use.


Radiothon planned to benefit New Horizons Center



The New Horizons Benefit Radiothon will be hosted by local radio station KNAF from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Radio listeners will have an opportunity to enjoy music on KNAF 910 AM, while also phoning 997-8696 to pledge their monetary support to the center during its biggest fundraiser of the year.

New Horizons is now in its 25th year of operating a community resource center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Donations may also be made in person any time at the center, 107 Industrial Loop, or during the program at the KNAF studios, 210 Woodcrest Street.

In addition, donations may be mailed to: New Horizons, P.O. Box 771, Fredericksburg, TX 78624.


Old Teamsters to reunite Monday

The Gillespie County Old Teamsters Association will hold its 79th annual reunion on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 at the DAV Hall, located off of U.S. Highway 87 North, just a few miles from the city limits of Fredericksburg.

Registration will begin at 2 p.m. with a business meeting slated for 3 p.m.

Those planning to attend the event, which is open to the public, are asked to bring their own utensils and trimmings. Refreshments will be available.

Music for dancing will begin at 2 p.m.

There is no admission charge, but a free-will offering is suggested.

Barbecue by the pound will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

Current officers include Charles Feller, president; Bob Moran, vice president; Edgar Priess, treasurer, and Kevin Solbrig, secretary.


Memory fountain dedicated Saturday

JOINING Mary McLerran, center, on Saturday morning for the dedication of a fountain in memory of her late husband, Olen McLerran, at Morning Star Memory Care were, from left, Lloyd Thomas, contractor for the facility, and Keith Rayl, owner/manager of the facility. — Standard-Radio Post photo

For Mary McLerran, the dedication of a memory fountain at Morning Star Memory Care on Saturday morning was the final step in realizing a dream.

Surrounded by family and friends, McLerran led the short program to dedicate the fountain in memory of her late husband, Olen McLerran.

She explained the journey leading to Saturday’s dedication.

The couple married when they were both in their 70s, and were only married for 16-18 months when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

They sold their home in Cameron and moved to Fredericksburg in May of 2006 to be closer to her daughter in Boerne.

“We did the tourist thing for several months,” McLerran said. “We went walking up and down Main Street, out to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and drove every direction out of town to see the beautiful Hill Country.”

She remembered, “We were only there six months when he really started declining. All of our carefully thought-out plans just vanished.”


Putting together an award-winning Gillespie Fair float is like creating art

WITH JUST A FEW HANDS (of 2013 Gillespie County Fair Float committee members Robert Bohnert, Henry Sagebiel, Wallace Britton and Carey Durst,) an entire side of the fair float folds down to reveal glittery signage. The folding sides allow the float to box itself in for better transport purposes. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —At the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, there are literally closets full of awards won by the fair float as it has traveled through the years, taking part in parades and serving as a beacon shining attention on the Lone Star State’s oldest, continuous county fair.

Last year alone, the float won a dozen trophies for its outings. This year, the count started with a first place at the Brownwood parade, a first in the Stonewall Peach JAMboree parade, a Judge’s Award in Luling, a first in Comfort and so on, according to Maxine Jung, who, along with Brian Roeder, serve as co-chairmen under float committee chairman Freddy Jung for this 125th milestone fair.

It has been their job to make sure that this year’s fair float is not only award-worthy, but that it also is a work of art, continuing a tradition begun in 1949 with the appearance of the first float.


Country musicians McCall, Anderson, Johnson to take fair stage

Three country musicians will perform at this year’s Gillespie County Fair on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24.

Darrell McCall and Friends will kick things off with a Friday evening performance at the outdoor dance pavilion at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, John Anderson will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. to be followed by Cody Johnson.

Admission on Friday is included in the general admission price of $5 before 6 p.m. and $10 after 6 p.m., while adult tickets to Saturday’s show are set at $15.

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Preserve memories from 125th Gillespie County Fair with special memorabilia

GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR Queen Camry Weinheimer shows off one of the commemorative t-shirts bearing the new 125th anniversary logo that will be among other souvenir items for sale during the fair. — Standard-Radio Post

A list of special items have been manufactured and will be for sale to help fans remember the 125th edition of the Gillespie County Fair.

A cookbook titled “Blue Ribbon Recipes” is being sold for $15, as will be Easter Fires ornaments, ball caps and t-shirts featuring the specially-created and colorful, 125th Gillespie County Fair logo.

Also to be available in the souvenir booth will be lapel pins and koozies for $3 apiece, plates for $25 each and sets of logo-emblazoned dominos at $55 each.

For more information, call the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals office at 997-2359.


New carnival operator promises clean, family-friendly fun at fair

  Lighting up this year’s special 125th edition of the Gillespie County Fair will be a new carnival.

Promising a family-friendly midway full of games and carnival rides this year will be Rickey and Jaine Moore’s Greater Shows — a new operator on the Gillespie County Fair Grounds scene.

Planned is a “much-improved” carnival over what was hosted here the past few years, according to Mark Raab, who co-chairs the organizing committee with Wallace Britton.

“The Moores promise a clean, safe and quality experience for fairgoers of all ages,” added Edward Stroeher, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.


Former fair queens share memories from their reigns

REPRESENTING the 62nd Gillespie COunty Fair in 1950 were Queen Betty Stroeher and Duchesses Evelyn Danz, left, and Annabelle Loth.

It’s just about every little girl’s dream to be a princess and wear a shiny crown.

And in Gillespie County 64 young women have done just that by being crowned Gillespie County Fair Queen.

The first queen — Julie Kordzik  — was crowned in 1949 for the 61st Fair and last year, Camry Weinheimer was selected as the 125th Fair Queen for 2013.

Through the years, the Fair Queen and her court have represented the Gillespie County Fair at parades and other functions throughout the area.

As part of this weekend’s celebration of the 125th Gillespie County Fair, former queens and duchesses have been invited to ride in the Fair Parade on Friday morning, Aug. 23.

They will also be honored at a reception on Friday night.

Because the fair association is honoring past courts, a few of the former queens took time to answer the following questions:

1. What did it mean to you to serve as Gillespie County Fair Queen?


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