Collection Title: Fritzi Krause Wilson Collection

Accession Number: 125

Archives and Special Collections Department
Frazar Memorial Library
McNeese State University

Biographical Sketch

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 man’s 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 Nurse’s Eye,"; legal documents; poetry; and a piece of Katarina Barbara Moeling’s (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.

Container List

Box 1

File Folder (FF)
            FF 1          Correspondence 1858-1867
            FF 2          Correspondence 1879-1922, nd
            FF 3          Miscellaneous
                                Photocopy of Court Martial report
                                Article: "Battle of Calcasieu Pass Brought Tussle for Young Nurse's Eye," by Jim Bradshaw
                                Piece of Katarina Barbara Moeling's (Mrs. Daniel J. Goos) wedding dress March 26, 1846
                                Clippings from The New England Courant, February 4-11, 1723
                                Lake Charles High School Commencement program, June 5, 1925
                                Business cards
                                Letter heads
                                Young Men's Benevolent Association invitation to dedication of tomb
                                Envelope containing rose, February 1867
                                First Dress Ball of the Convivial invitation, December 19, 1866
                                Foreign-language legal document, January 3, 1850
                                State of Louisiana legal document, December 12, 1846
            FF 4          Photographs
                                Unidentified man in suit and hat, nd
                                10 negatives, nd
                                Goos home, nd
                                Unidentified woman (Fritzi?), nd
                                Daniel J. Goos, wearing suit with Masonic lapel pin, nd (2 copies)
                                CD containing photographs of Goos Family
            FF 5          Poetry
            FF 6          Journal (diary) of Daniel Johannes Goos, 1864-1865, Captain Goos' eldest child (He was 17 years old when
                                he wrote this and was running the blockade in his father's schooner Revenge - Fritzi's note)
                                Transcript included

Box 2
                            Certificate of Election as Alderman of Lake Charles, June 6, 1898
                            Lake Charles American Press, May 1, 1949, article written by Fritzi Krause in which she sea dives
                            Clipping from The Stationary Engineer, September 10, 1892
                            Clipping from The Daily Gate City, April 15, 1865, re: Lincoln assassination
                            Reel-to-reel tape recording from Southern Sound Studios in Gainesville, Florida and CD transfer - the recording
                             is a letter from Dan? to Fritizi, May 17, 1957

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