|Birth: ||May 11, 1920|
|Death: ||Jun. 21, 1929|
George Richardson "Pete" Garrett accidentally drowned in the Conococheague Creek just above the aqueduct on June 21, 1929 at the age of 9. Pete was the son of William Richardson and Dollie Corinne Shank Garrett of W. Potomac Street. Pete had one sister, Verda, who gave him his nickname because of her love for the story Peter Rabbit.
A highlight of Pete's life was when, in 1928, he was king of the annual May Day fete staged by the primary grade students of Williamsport's public schools. Peggy Ritter was queen, Jeannette Staley was the fairy, and Glenn Fearnow was the crown bearer. The pageant was described in the local newspaper as being "tuneful and exceptionally pretty."
Pete loved the water. He often drew pictures of water and boats. Boating had been a big part of Williamsport's history due to the C and O Canal. Pete's uncle Irvin Tice had grown up on the canal. Pete's parents had agreed to let him take swimming lessons during the summer of 1929. However, that was not to be.
On the day of his death, Pete slipped away from home without his mother's permission to go to the creek. Dollie Garrett had been working in her garden at 42 W. Potomac Street with her daughter Verda when she noticed her son was missing. It was about 11:15 a.m. when she began to search for him. Neighbors informed her that he had been seen heading toward the creek. Dollie ran down W. Potomac Street calling for Pete. She found some of Pete's clothing on the creek bank. Many people gathered and searched the creek for the boy. Mr. Cleveland Guessford recovered Pete's body at about 12:30 p.m. that day. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. William Garrett, who worked at the local tannery, came home from work to find that his only son had drowned. Pete was buried in a suit he had told his dad he liked in a Williamsport clothing store shortly before his death. His dad went to the store and bought the suit for his deceased son. Pete's funeral was held at the United Brethren Church on E. Salisbury Street (now the site of Rehoboth United Methodist Church). The pallbearers were members of Pete's Sunday School class at that church.
William Richardson Garrett (1898 - 1959)
Dollie Corinne Shank Garrett (1900 - 1932)
Verda Irene Garrett Sword (1918 - 2014)*
George Richardson Garrett (1920 - 1929)
River View Cemetery
Created by: Tudor Rose
Record added: May 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89631901