Daniel Johannes Goos,
Daniel Johannes Goos, Jr.'s sister,
Goos, married Florence Augusta Flanders's brother, Willie
Lodge Certificate of Adoption, 1852
Looking Up Again,
(Parts of the following obituary are torn.)
GOOS – Mr. Daniel ... in Biloxi, Miss., ... and died in Lake Charles ... 1884. Shortly after ... moved to Lake Charles, leaving him with his aunt, Mrs. Brown. After being educated in the public schools of New Orleans he returned to his parents. Mr. Goos having a talent for mechanics and desiring to become a machinist, during the late war accompanied an uncle to England and there remained till he became a proficient. Returning to New Orleans he was employed in Leeds' Foundry, and while there he married Miss Florence A.
Flanders, the daughter of Capt. W. C. Flanders, an old citizen of New Orleans. Shortly after marrying he removed to Galveston, where he was employed in a firm of which his father was a member. The climate of Galveston not agreeing with him, and the firm having failed, he removed to Lake Charles. Collecting together the remnants that were left from the failure, he took hold of his father's business, and with an indomitable energy, with untiring perseverance, he held steady on in the midst of gloom and despair:
Sometimes bright hopes would lure him on, but to elude his grasp. Yet at last, by his zeal, the Calcasieu Lumber Company was formed, in which the old business was absorbed. During the last year he was a stockholder as well as an
employee of this Company. For the last two months he was confined to his bed with that awful malady consumption which he contracted by his intense energy and constant exposure. During all those long days and weary nights he stood his suffering like a hero, neither murmuring nor repining. It was with the deepest gratitude the attentions of the friends and loved ones were received, and in all his pain and anguish he always gave a smile of welcome.... The business circle has lost a man of strong vim,
strict honesty and fair dealing. A man of earnest and clean cut principles, he proved a true friend, an earnest, conscientious
counselor to those in need. That large family has had two central links taken away;
Dan, who proved himself a devoted son to his father and a true and loving brother to the rest, has gone with the mother. To the wife and orphaned little ones our deepest sympathies go forth, but we commend them to an Eternal Father, the healer of all wounded hearts, the Father of the orphaned and Husband of the widowed, and we mourn as
those who feel that it will be a separation for only a time, for if we are all faithful to death we shall meet him, beyond the "pearly portal,"
"Where no sin, nor dismay
Neither trouble nor sorrow,
Will be felt for a day,
Nor be feared for the morrow."
From Maude Reid's
Goos, whose diary of a trip to the British Isles during the
Civil War is here given, was the eldest son of Captain Daniel
Goos, who settled in what is now called Goosport in the
northern section of Lake Charles in the
One of a family of sixteen
children, he was largely reared by his aunt, his mother's
sister who had no children, Mrs. Henry Brown of New Orleans,
along with his sister, Babette, who later married a Mr.
Fitzenreiter. He attended the New Orleans schools and received
a fair education which his diary bears out. I remember Mrs.
Brown, who after the death of her husband, came to Lake
Charles and made her home with the Goos family, and later with
her niece, Mrs. Albert Bel – who was Della Goos. She was a
very attractive elderly woman with snow-white hair and spoke
with a marked German accent. The family – and everyone else – called her "Aunty Brown."
The lad was
a credit to her careful rearing, as was, indeed, Babette, who
was a charming and delightful person to converse with. I knew
her in her later years. Young Dan was the apple of his
father's eye, and the old man had great confidence in his
son's ability else he would not have sent him on the dangerous
trip to Europe that the boy writes
Young Daniel Goos... began his
trip to England, running the Union blockade during the War
Between the States, when he was just a little past seventeen
years old. In fact, he celebrated his eighteenth birthday
while he was in Europe on this mission.
Leaving Lake Charles on a schooner loaded with cotton which
was contraband material and which could have brought him into
serious trouble had he been captured by Union forces, this lad
evidently felt nothing on this trip other than
Returning home after a
successful trip with his cargo disposed of in England, he
later married Miss Florence Flanders, sister of Will Flanders
who married his sister Katherine
While still a lad his father
sent him to Galveston, Texas to manage a saw mill there that
Capt. Goos owned and which was supplying him with lumber for
his boat building enterprises which the old man had turned to
after first starting a saw mill near his homestead in Lake
Old Captain Goos was
evidently very proud of his young son. When he built his first
steamboat – the first in Calcasieu -- the boat was named for
his son, The Little Dan....
family moved to Lake Charles in the 90's, and here Dan died of
pulmonary tuberculosis, a disease which may have had its
incipiency in that early European trip which he records in his
diary of frequent accounts of colds that would not get well,
sore throat and fevers that came and
At the time of his death the
family were living in a large rambling frame building on
Hodges street, that later we called Nason Villa when it became
a boarding house. This house has since been torn down but the
site was that of my grandfather's cotton gin on part of his
original 160 homestead acres.
begins with a reference to Pejoy's old landing; this means,
Pujo's old landing. Old timers still call the name Pejo. The
Devil's Elbow – the sharp bend in the river just after
passing Clifton Ridge on the way to the Gulf.