GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION
Collection Title: Fritzi Krause Wilson Collection
Accession Number: 125
Archives and Special Collections Department
Fritzi Krause Wilson was a reporter for the American Press of Lake Charles. She began working at the newspaper in 1943, and received a degree in journalism from Louisiana State University in 1945. Ms. Wilson was regarded as a pioneer in a time when the newspaper business was chiefly a mans profession. She was an innovator for female reporting, covering stories that lead her to such adventures as scuba diving and swinging from a trapeze. She moved on to covering city politics, and was on the Lake Charles City Hall beat for 14 years. She resigned from the Press in 1959 in order to marry and raise her family, and returned part-time in 1981. Wilson was known for her passion for art and she performed in local productions, such as that of the lead role in Peter Pan, directed by Rosa Hart. Her interests also lead her to cover the emerging preservation movement in Lake Charles. Ms. Wilson died in 1998.
Fritzi Krause Wilson was a descendant of the historic Daniel Goos family of Lake Charles. Goos immigrated in 1855 from what is now part of Germany. He established a sawmill and boating company in Lake Charles, and became one of the wealthiest men of the area. Contributing to his wealth were his activities as a blockade runner and smuggler of goods such as lumber and cotton. He also brought medicine and food from Mexico. The family also played a role in the Battle of Calcasieu Pass. After the battle, Goos turned over one of the buildings on his plantation for a hospital, in which Confederates as well as Union soldiers were treated.
Scope and Content Note
The collections consists of 2 boxes, with items ranging from 1846 to 1949. Including: Correspondence of the Goos family for 1858-1867, and 1879-1922; newspaper articles from 1723, 1865, and 1892; an article by Jim Bradshaw, "Battle of Calcasieu Pass Brought Tussle for Young Nurses Eye,"; legal documents; poetry; and a piece of Katarina Barbara Moelings (Mrs. Daniel J. Goos) wedding dress. Photographs, including that of the Goos home and Mr. Daniel J. Goss. A Compact Disk containing photographs of the Goss family. A Certificate of Election as Alderman of Lake Charles, 1898, and an article by Fritzi Krause Wilson, May 1, 1949.
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