Sharing memories of Washington’s character
Posted at 16:48, Monday, January 16, 2023
My friend Phil Edwards recently gave me two articles by the late Dennis Rogers. He was my favorite storyteller from the News and Observer, who died in 2020, but not after writing about Washington, North Carolina. It tells the story of one of Washington’s most beloved characters, Garbo Thatterton.
The first article is about James Boehm, one of Washington’s most decorated World War I pilots. He served as the youngest member of the elite French Flying Corps and a member of the Lafayette Squadron. Jim Boehm was born in Beaufort County in 1900 but left shortly after he turned 17thousand birthday to learn to fly a plane. His bravery at such a young age earned him three French victories Croix de Guerre. Jim also won Military medal, France’s highest medal for bravery, all before his eighteenth birthday. He was shot down and soon after found his way through no man’s land and died. Later that year, his family received the Harmon Trophy, the highest award given to aviators around the world. This is where Garbo Teterton takes the stage.
Mr. Garbo (I’ll call him Garbo) was an artist by trade and always had time for boys. His favorite sport was baseball, but his son Sydney excelled at football. He returned the opening kickoff of the 1966 season 95 yards for a touchdown against Havelock. Phil will tell the story that when he was 12, Garba was responsible for bringing the local Little Tarheel League team to a Washington Senators vs. New York Yankees game in Washington, DC.
Garba Teterton loved the youth in our community! He has approached the city council many times about creating a Jim Boehm Youth Center. He lost every time! He did bring the premiere of the film to the Turnage Theater in downtown Washington.
Garbo Teterton had a vision to one day honor his hero, Jim Bowman, with a museum in name only, but the museum would also include athletes. He managed to name the park Veterans. Garbo Teterton, like Bartley Bay, will always be remembered for what he did for the youth of Washington. Many people have benefited from their dreams and their vision.
Thank you, Phil Edwards, for these two articles and for making Garbo Tetterton known, because he was loved by so many, and for one of the greatest storytellers, Dennis Rogers, and for the News and Observer to print it.
They spent time with their best friends and in the best place, Washington, North Carolina! The original Washington!