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Barnes, Forrest 1905-1951

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Mary S Taylor

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Monterey Peninsula Herald, CA Oct 20, 1951
Forrest Barnes Loses Weeklong Fight Against Polio Attack
Forrest Barnes’ plucky weeklong fight against poliomyelitis ended with his death at 2 a.m. today in the isolation ward of the Salinas County Hospital. Ever since the popular Peninsula lay director was stricken with the grim disease on Oct. 12, an overwhelming community sympathy for the victim and his family has sought means of a pression, and will be climaxed this evening in the benefit repeat performance of “This is It,” musical comedy success authored by four local lads, scheduled for 8:30 in Sunset Auditorium, Carmel. Since coming with his wife and three sons to Carmel in Feb. 1949, Mr. Barnes has played a prominent role in the Peninsula’s dramatic life. He will be remembers as director of such plays as “Claudia,” “Stage Door,” “The Corn is Green” and “Lysistrata” for the Forest Theater Guild; “The Little Foxes” and “Two Blind Mice” for the Edward Kuster Playhouse; “The Apple of His Eye” at the Barn Theater; and “OF Mice and Men” with the Wharf Players. In addition, he performed notably in leading roles of “Little Foxes” and the outstanding Kuster production of “All of My Sons.” Mr. Branes was born June 11, 1904, in Chicago, Ill., the son of a theater-loving businessman who introduced him early to the delights of Shakespeare and the opera. As a child eh wrote plays, enacting them with cardboard puppets in his own little theater at home. Following the death of father, during high school years, Forrest ran away to join a circus, and for a short time played trumpet in the circus band. Then with this mother he moved to Los Angeles in 1922, and while serving as book buyer in a department store attended dramatic school nights, attaining Actors Equity standing at the age of 19. Then came years of stock company experience in California and Texas, road tours with an “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” unit, and later roles in “Cyrano de Bergerac” wit Richard Bennett and “Outward Bound” with Alice Brady. Radio claimed, his attention during the depression days of the theater, and in this medium he worked as an announcer for a long period, later as a writer and director, becoming first national president of the Radio Writers’ Guild. In 1940 he managed President Roosevelt’s third election radio campaign, and during the war wrote Treasury Bond radio programs, and worked for the OWI in San Francisco as head of the Chinese department. For eight years prior to coming to the Peninsula, Mr. Barnes was engaged in sheep-ranching in San Mateo County. He sold this in 1949 and opened a hobby shop in Monterey, serving as its proprietor until last year, when he spent several months in New York writing the James Melton television show and programs for Ken Murray. A number of plays by Forrest Barnes have been producred in Los Angeles, among them “The Golden Trail,” which he co-directed with the late George Marion. He leaves his wife, the former Evelyn Bolster, author of two published novels, and three sons, Christopher, now in the Navy, David, and Timothy, all of Carmel. Friends of Mr. Barnes will participate in informal memorial ceremonies at the family home, Juniper and Twelfth streets, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Graveside rites will take place Monday in the Monterey City Cemetery. The Dorney and Farlinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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