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Informer: Cemeteries include abandoned right of way

Last Modified: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 8:56 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

For a long time now, and with no success, I have been looking to find information for an unnamed and unkempt cemetery. This cemetery is located facing See Street outside the fence of Goos Cemetery in Goosport.

My grandmother is buried there. She died in 1970. Who would have a name for it, a map or diagram of grave spaces, who purchased them and who is buried there and who would have sold those spaces?

Most plots have no markers of any type. There are a few with headstones or tombs, but most are unmarked. Any info you could find would be helpful.

City officials said planning office documents show that both cemeteries sit on parts of an abandoned, but never opened, Shattuck Street right of way.

The unnamed burial ground doesn’t appear in the Goos Cemetery property description, and city records contain no further information on either it or the land abandonment, officials said.

Goos Cemetery itself is overseen by the Goosport Graveyard Endowment, whose board members are Jerry W. Goos, president; Charles B. Woodard, vice president; D. Krause Wilson, secretary; Margaret E. Cubbage, corresponding secretary; George L. Paret III, treasurer; Brady P. Goos; and Lisa B. Schram.

The group may be able to offer information on the unnamed cemetery. Its website is; email Woodard at for more information.

Others who may be able to help are the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society and the Louisiana Cemetery Board. For information on the society, visit To contact the state board — its site is — call 866-488-5267.

The website USGenWeb Archives features a listing of people buried in the unnamed cemetery. To see it, go to

The cemetery reportedly began as a burial site for employees of the Goos family, whose eponymous cemetery was established in the 1870s.


School equipped with washing station

At J.I. Watson Middle School in Iowa, there is no water for the children to wash their hands before they eat; the children are required to dump their plates and leave dirty plates on the table; and a student is allowed to go in the back, behind the serving line, to the manager’s office.

Is this a practice at other schools or just J.I. Watson?

“There is a hand-washing facility at J.I. Watson in the very front of the cafeteria,” Patricia Hosemann, Calcasieu Parish school system food service director, wrote in an email. “It is working and staff puts soap and napkins out daily.”

She said the plates, which students clear and then leave on the end of the table, are picked up by cafeteria workers whenever there is a break in the serving line. The workers, Hosemann said, collect them and sanitize the tables.

“Children do not go behind the serving line, nor are they allowed in the kitchen to wash hands,” she wrote. “That would be a safety hazard.”



The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email

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