|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 4, 1926|
Six year old Harry and best friend five year old Gean Renner were heading to their kindergarten class at Henry Reis Elementary School that cold January morning. Although warned by both parents not to go through the park, they passed by the lake at the dam which was covered with thin ice. Excerpts from an unknown newspaper article kept by the family reads, "Robert Heinlein, who had warned the boys to keep off the thin ice that formed at the edge of the lake and over water almost 20' deep, declared that he was prompted to return to the lake by a strong feeling that he boys were in danger. When he returned he found a large hole in the ice, the prints of little feet that did not know the danger, and the floating cap of one of the lads as mute testimony of the reality of the tragedy he had felt would occur. Two homes that had radiated with the laughter and play of the boys Thursday were scenes of grief as those who held the little boys dear tried to realize what had happened and to attempt to understand the awful eventů.Two mothers, not yet 30 years old, weep silently in their homes, and two young fathers sit with grim tired faces, as the result of the toll taken by the lure of the ice. A tiny girl played about the home, not realizing that tragedy stalks there. Occasionally she passes to stare at her mother with wide eyes, and to ask her, "Why do you cry, mother?" She is Mary Catherine Williams, sister of the dead child, and the baby. "The two boys have been chums for some time." Mrs. R. A. Williams, mother of Harry, said. "Gean stopped each morning as he passed the house on the way to school and got Harry. They came home at noon together. I had told them both not to go through the park on their way to school. They came home yesterday with wet feet, and I told them this morning to put on rubbers. They laughed as though they had planned to go sliding. They left as usual about 7:45 o'clock." She is on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Gean (F.A.G. #74215196 ) was the son of Elmer E. and Lena Renner. The family is interred at Park Lawn Cemetery.
Raymond Allen Williams (1896 - 1945)
Alma Pearl Toombs Hopper (1899 - 1989)
Harry Edward Williams (1920 - 1926)
Mary Catherine Williams Reutter (1921 - 1988)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: Saundra Cox
Record added: Sep 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117215761
In memory of my Aunt Mary Reutter's brother Harry.|
Added: Sep. 17, 2013