||October 20, 1889
in Lake Charles,
||June 2, 1953
in Lake Charles, Louisiana|
||June 4, 1953 in
Goos Cemetery, later moved to the Episcopal Church of
the Good Shepherd Columbarium, Lake Charles, Louisiana|
Albert Edward Goos|
Laura Rebecca Reeves|
Albert Bel Goos, Jr.|
American Press, June 3, 1953:
POSSE COMBS RIVER
FOR ESTATE FOREMAN'S SLAYER
In Killing of Ab Goos
KRAUSE and WILLIAM G. BUCK
hunt with bloodhounds spread through this section today as
authorities continued an all-night search for the killer of
Albert Bel (Ab) Goos, 63-year-old cattleman and estate
foreman. He was a member of one of Calcasieu parish's
Goos was fatally shot by an unidentified Negro man at about
6:30 last night at a pasture near his home at the Hecker
community, 17 miles northeast of Lake Charles while he
investigated what he apparently believed to be the
activities of cattle rustlers, Sheriff Henry A. Reid said.
Goos served as a deputy sheriff in
the Hecker area and is the brother of Walter J. Goos, newly
elected city commissioner of streets and parks and a member
and past president of the Calcasieu parish police jury.
A 1949 sedan abandoned by the slayer at the scene has been
identified as one stolen in Corpus Christi, Texas, state
Law enforcement officers with
bloodhounds began combing the Calcasieu river swamps and
wooded sections near Hecker and the surrounding area last
night. The hounds followed the scent from the murder scene
through the woods to a road, where the scent became cold, a
witness at the scene said.
Road blocks have been set up at
strategic points throughout this section of the state
Today the Civil Air Patrol started an air search on request
of state police, Capt. O. D. McFillen, Lake Charles squadron
Dr. Harry S. Snatic, parish coroner,
said that Goos was shot with a .32 calibre automatic pistol.
The bullet struck his collarbone, severed a large artery and
perforated the lung, according to the coroner.
The wounded man emptied his
30-30 Winchester rifle in the direction of the fleeing man
but it was believed most of the bullets struck the
automobile and did not hit the colored man, authorities
Albert Goos, Jr., the slain man's
son, reported he first saw the colored man about 6 p.m. as
he (young Goos) was walking through the field hunting for
cows. He said he came upon the colored man sleeping on the
automobile seat and told his father because he knew the man
had no business on the property
Young Goos described the man as tall,
heavy and with bushy hair.
He said his father got his 30-30
rifle thinking the man might be a cattle thief, and ten
shells and went to investigate. During the time his father
was shot, young Goos and his mother were looking for Jeff
Corbello of Iowa, owner of the property, the son said.
Young Goos reported that when he
returned to the scene he found his father lying on the
ground, bleeding badly from a wound near his neck.
He quoted his father as saying:
"I've been shot. Be careful, he may
The colored man was not in view and
the elder Goos told his son the slash the car tires so that
the man could not get away if he returned. Young Goos said
he took the ignition keys instead.
He said his father remained conscious
until they reached Broad street in Lake Charles when he
became unconscious and died before reaching the hospital.
Relating the story as his father told
him, the son said:
His father was holding his gun on the
colored man when the latter asked if he could get out of the
car to relieve himself. Goos said yes, whereupon the colored
man opened the car door and came out shooting with the
words, "This is it, mister."
The colored man then started running
towards the southeast as Goos emptied his rifle at the man.
Goos said the man stumbled once but he did not know whether
or not he was hit.
The light green sedan was punctured
by numerous bullet holes in the fenders, windshield, hood
and rear window. Police speculated that the holes in the
rear window came from another source previously.
State police said State Trooper Roy
Tatum had flagged the vehicle to a stop earlier yesterday.
Police reported that when Tatum got out of his car to check
the other car the vehicle pulled out quickly. The trooper
could not catch it because of a heavy trailer being pulled
by the trooper's car, police reported.
Sergeant Tatum, it was reported, said
there were two colored men in the car at that time. One
appeared tall and heavy and the other short and stocky.
The body is at the Hixson funeral
home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, with
the Rev. Robert Crandell, rector of the Episcopal church of
the Good Shepherd, officiating.
Burial will be in Goos cemetery.
Goos' parents were Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Goos and he is the great grandson of Capt. Daniel
Goos, one of Calcasieu's earliest settlers.
He was engaged in raising cattle and
was also employed by the Bel estate as supervisor of their
holdings at Hecker, where he has lived for the past 34
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Elsie Kelly Hecker Goos, of Hecker; his son; two daughters,
Mrs. Wakefield Erbeldling of Johnson's Bayou and Mrs. J. C.
Watson of Iowa, La.; two other brothers, Leno and Pat Goos
of Moss Bluff community; four sisters, Mrs. Albert Koonce,
Mrs. Elder Koonce, Miss Freddie Goos, all of Moss Bluff,
Mrs. Willie Conrad of West Lake, and three grandchildren.