I just have never given much thought to why they were known as "one big family," for twenty years, or what made them so...Now I know!!!
Candy Bliss said, "Forester produced some of the most amazing people I have ever known." That's it! The people did not produce Forester, it produced them. Of course the people worked for, and kept it going, but Forester also worked for them. Most jobs or businesses live off their workers but Forester's people lived because of Forester. They not only worked for the company, the company took care of them. So while working to provide a product to maintain a great company, the company maintained a town that produced some great people. "Thanks, Candy, for that reminder."
No list of all the folks who lived there exists and it would be impossible to begin to name even the biggest part of them but some names stand out that might be thought of as "Amazing people." They were not rich, or famous/but are noteworthy in their efforts and deeds and the way they lived their lives at Forester and afterward. Here's just a few,,
Seems like we always start with Dr.Thornton who was there the whole time and touched every life at some point, and was known by all as someone ready to give medical help to any one, day or night, He would visit the people in town, out in the logging camps, or on the nearby farms treating everyone equally and was known for his good humor.
Mrs. Era McKeown was the company manager's wife who had a nice home and a good living but she was also a talented music and piano teacher who might have had a career of her own somewhere else but she chose to teach Forester's youngsters, hold recitals, present plays and programs that afforded a bit of culture not found in other sawmill towns. I think the feelings of freedom, togetherness, and the spirit of our town held people like her and Dr Thornton there. Both moved on to other towns and continued their work but only after they had to.
The Marsh family moved to Waldron but went into the same business that they had learned at Forester. They bought a dry goods store and ran it until retirement making friends as well as customers.
Ed and Edna Angel lived across the creek in Angel Town but their children didnít miss school even when the creek flooded. Ed took them in his log truck. He bought a Forester house and moved it to Parks when the mill shut down so his kids could continue school and attend church and Sunday School. After he retired from logging I believe he worked for the forest service seeing that all his ten children got their education.