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Much loved Adirondack artist dies at 91

POTTERSVILLE The North Country has lost one of its beloved characters. Forrest Jones, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at his home.

Forrest was born on Landon Hill in Pottersville, and died at his home there as well.

Forrest has been a very important part of this community for as long as I can remember, said Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe. He did many things for the town and came up with a lot of great ideas.

Monroe said that Forrest helped create the logo for the towns bicentennial celebration and came to Monroe when he was facing re-election several years ago with large signs to help with his campaign.

Forrest completed his formal training as a commercial illustrator in 1939 and enlisted in the Army in 1941, where he served in the Ordnance Division during the Battle of the Bulge. He created many pen and ink sketches of Normandy during his service which he used in historic presentations back home over the years.

On Dec. 12, 1942, Forrest married Elizabeth Ward in Darlington, Md., returning to the Adirondacks in 1947 with her and his family.

In 1952, he established the Adirondack Art Studio to provide commercial art services to the emerging Adirondack hospitality industry and theme parks, including Frontier Town, Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, Storytown, Animal Land, Indian Village, Mount Defiance and Enchanted Forest. His artwork for other local business included the original pen and ink architectural illustrations depicting many Lincoln Logs home designs.

Retired Natural Stone Bridge and Caves owner Ed Beckler said Forrest did much of the advertising work for the venue.

He made hundreds of birdhouses and mailboxes for us, Beckler said. Our slogan at the time was Something to chirp about, and we used a bluebird in our logo. Beckler said that the birdhouses and mailboxes were distributed throughout the Adirondack Park and some lasted for decades, although once the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created, the birdhouses became illegal.

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