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Established in 1768
Boyhood home of Uncle Sam.
This website is dedicated to all the people
who have lived in Mason and who live there now. 

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Elizabeth Orton Jones

Elizabeth Orton JONES, a children’s book author and illustrator and a long time resident of Mason, was affectionately nicknamed “Twig” by Masonians after one of her books, “Twig.” (Many folks did not know her by any other name) Elizabeth was born June 25, 1910 in Highland Park, Ill. Educated at the University of Chicago, Ph. B. in 1932, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France, diploma, 1932, she also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1932. Twig was the winner of the CALDECOTT MEDAL in 1945 for illustrating “Prayer for a Child” written by Rachel Field.

Twig was instrumental in organizing the Mason Historical Society, keeping records, doing research, teaching Mason history in the school, cemetery preservation, writing historical pageants, collecting old stories, taping conversations with old-timers, and assisting in TV programs and films photographing in Mason. This spunky lady was the editor of the “Mason Bicentennial, 1768-1968”

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“Twig” passed away in Mason in the spring of 2005.
The following books were written and illustrated by E.O. Jones:
Ragman of Paris and His Ragamuffins. 1937
Minnie the Mermaid  1939  (with Thomas Orton Jones),
Maminka’s Children  1940,  reprinted, 1968
Twig  1942, reprinted, 1966
Big Susan…. 1947, reprinted, 1967,
(Reteller) Little Red Riding Hood 1948 Dedicated to Mason, NH.  
How Far Is It to Bethlehem?  1955.
She was also the illustrator of 13 other books.
Submitted by E.O. Jones; edited by R.O.

Biography & List of Books
YouTube video: Prayer For A Child
YouTube video: Little Red Riding Hood
Wikipedia: Elizabeth Orton Jones
Archives of her work
Obituary Notice
Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Elizabeth Orton Jones
Photo and Biography

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