Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Elizabeth Garrett]
Redfield, Georgia B.
Roswell, New Mexico
Jan 16 1939
Subject: Elizabeth Garrett.
Source of Information:
Elizabeth Garrett and
Personal knowledge of biographer.
Musician, Author, and Composer of State Song
When an infant she moved with her parents to a ranch home five miles east of Roswell.
“My childhood days on the ranch were happy - neither constricted nor restricted,” states Miss Garrett.
Even though blind, since early childhood she led an active outdoor life - rode horseback, and found pleasure and happiness in all other active amusements and sports with her brother and sisters.
“One of my earliest recollections of composing was when swinging on a limb of an apple tree, in bloom, one spring,” said Miss Garrett, during an interview in which she gave an interesting story of her early life.
“Now I never catch the odor of apple-blossoms that I don't feel again the leafy shadows, under the trees, and the bright sunshine, and [hear?] the birds that called to each other from tree to tree. The song I composed was about the apple blossoms and the bees that were buzzing around the trees.”