Charles Fitzenreiter

Born: December 2, 1840 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: July 6, 1903 in Lake Charles, Louisiana
Buried: July 7, 1903 in Goos Cemetery, Lake Charles, Louisiana  (Map 9)
Wife: Barbara Christina Goos
Married: March 19, 1868 in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
Children: Cora Louise Fitzenreiter
Charles Francis Fitzenreiter
Katherine Moeling Fitzenreiter
Marie Fitzenreiter
Constance Fitzenreiter
John Hamilton Fitzenreiter
Barbara Christina "Babette" Fitzenreiter
Walter Leo Fitzenreiter, Sr.
Helen Letitia Fitzenreiter

Jewell, Edwin L., Jewell's Crescent City Illustrated, 1874, c 1873, p. 244:


        THE Administrator of the Water Works and Public Buildings of the city of New Orleans is the youngest member of the Board, having just attained the age of thirty-two years. The duties devolving upon him are of an important and responsible nature, and in the short time he has had charge of this department of the city government, he has evinced great aptitude and acquired a knowledge of all the details of the office that promise to make him an efficient and popular officer. His administration so far has been highly satisfactory to the public and gratifying to his many friends. Mr. Fitzenreiter received only a common school education, acquiring a knowledge of the English, French and German languages, completing his studies in the 3d District High School of this city, then under the charge of Professors Rapier, Canonge and Loquet.
        In 1856 he entered the service of the Tow Boat Association, and continued there employed until the commencement of the late war. Then as a Lieutenant of the 22d Louisiana Volunteers he enlisted in the Confederate service. Subsequently he joined Fenner's Battery as a private, and there served until the close of the war.
        Upon the restoration of peace we find Mr. Fitzenreiter again renewing his connection with the Tow Boat Association, a position he filled until November, 1872, when, by a large and flattering majority of his fellow-citizens, he was elected Administrator of Water Works and Public Buildings, the office he now occupies.
        In all the relations of life, Mr. Fitzenreiter is an exemplary young man. Polite and affable in manners, warm-hearted and generous nature, strictly honorable and correct in all his dealings, no young man in the city has a brighter future before him, and no one more friends to aid and encourage him on the road to usefulness and success.

Lake Charles American-Press, July 7, 1903:


Charles Fitzenreiter Passes Away at his Home Yesterday Evening.
Was at His Store as Usual Tuesday Vertigo the Direct Cause.

From Wednesday's Daily.
        Universal sorrow was felt all over the city this morning when the sudden death of genial Charles Fitzenreiter, the grocer, was announced. Mr. Fitzenreiter was attacked by vertigo at the store yesterday morning and by advice of Dr. Fisher, who was called, he went home for the rest of the day. After seeing him safely home, his son who accompanied him, returned to the city.
        Along yesterday evening, Mr. Fitzenreiter complained of pains in his head to which he had been subjected since he received a wound during the war. By his wife's solicitation, Dr. Fisher was again summoned and in a few minutes after he arrived, the gentle, kindly spirit took flight with scarcely a sign of dissolution.
        "Charlie Fitzenreiter" as every body knew him, despite his sixty-two years, was a native of New Orleans, where he lived until the outbreak of the civil war. He then joined the 22nd. Louisiana Volunteers as lieutenant, and afterward became a member of Fenner's battery, in which he served until the surrender of Lee and the close of the struggle. After the was he rejoined the Towboat association, of which he became a member in 1856, and in 1872 was elected administrator of public buildings and waterworks, in which position he served for a considerable time. In 1883 he moved to Lake Charles, where he engaged in the sawmilling business and afterward in the mercantile business until the day of his death.
        In 1867 Mr. Fitzenreiter was married to Miss Babette Goos, who survives him with five children. Mrs. Charles Richards of Oakdale, Mrs. Constance McCain, Misses Nellie and Babette, and Walter Fitzenreiter.
        Mr. Fitzenreiter was in the best sense of the word a public spirited citizen. He was ever anxious for the advancement of the community, and frequently urged measures through the American for its betterment; but his spirit was never a rancorous or fault finding one. His was the sunny spirit of the philosopher, and he possessed the saving grace of humor which amused and instructed all without hurting one.
        Not only his family but all with whom he came in contact will feel his loss; for he had the wisdom of the sage, coupled with the rare forbearance of the philosopher. Now he is gone; but the sweetest thought he left behind was that the only sorrow caused by his existence was its untimely termination. The funeral takes place from his residence at 4 o'clock this afternoon.


        The funeral of Charles Fitzenreiter, late member of the Famous Fenners Louisiana battery of New Orleans, took place from his late residence on Tuesday evening, under the auspices of Calcasieu Camp No. 63 U. C. V. The funeral services were conducted partially at the residence by the veterans after which the cortege proceeded to the Catholic church where services were conducted by Father Peters.
        After services remains were taken to the family resting place at Goosport for final interment: here the beautiful and impressive ceremony were concluded, conducted by Chaplain M. E. Shaddock, after which Comrade W. H. Albertson delivered a few impressive remarks upon the death of our late comrade which struck deep into the hearts of the assembly and the old guard of veterans. The funeral was in charge of Major W. A. Knapp. The coffin was covered over with the Confederate battle flag and the pall bearers were Major W. H. Albertson, Surgeon L. C. Richardson, Adjutant Phil Jacobs, Chaplain M. E. Shaddock, Lieutenant J. C. LaBleu, M. J. Guzman, C. P. Hampton, E. H. Green, Z. Langley and Eugene Borrow.