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Name:  Elizabeth Orton Jones  

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Born: June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Illinois


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Elizabeth was born in Highland Park and graduated from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Orton Jones was an American author and illustrator. She received her Ph.B. from the University of Chicago. Jones also spent some time studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1945 Elizabeth moved to Mason, New Hampshire. Jones served to collect and preserve the history of the town in ''Mason Bicentennial, 1768-1968'' a book she edited. She was known there, not by her given name, but by the nickname "Twig", the title character from one of her books. Many Masonians do not know her as anything other than that. On June 25, 2005, the Mason Public Library renamed its Junior Room the "Twig Room" in her honor; a scrapbook of Twig memorabilia is available there.When the Crotched Mountain Center, a rehabilitation community for disabled children, opened in 1953 in Greenfield, New Hampshire, Jones began an association with the facility that would last for years. This started when she was commissioned to paint several murals for the center, but she soon became much more involved in working directly with the children by encouraging their artistic interests, helping them produce Christmas plays, and serving as a friend and mentor. Jones was presented with the Good Samaritan Award in 2002 from the Pastoral Counseling Services in Manchester, New Hampshire, for her service to children.

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