Florence Styles & PGS History
Naomi Hall Styles was born 28 May 1905 to David and Mildred Payne Hall
in Petaluma, California. She married Wilfred Baker Styles Jr. of
Oakland, California on 1 June 1930 and together they had one daughter.
Before retiring to Paradise, in 1955, Florence worked as a medical
librarian in Oakland.
Among her varied interests were gardening,
politics, history, genealogy, and many community-minded endeavors which
benefited the people of Paradise. She served on the Paradise Auditorium
Building Committee, as historian for Symphony Guild, as director of the
Community Concert Association and was the first editor of the Tales of
the Paradise Ridge, a bi-annual periodical published by the Paradise
Historical Society, Fact & Folklore.
Florence was a charter
member of the Paradise Genealogical Society and presented one of the
first programs to the fledging Society's membership. As an active and
tireless member she served as society president from 1971-1973. She
also served as corresponding secretary for many years and in that
capacity she did genealogical research for out of area persons who had
ties to Butte County.
Florence's love of history motivated her
to collect books, newspaper articles, maps, and photographs as well as
all types of records, primarily about Butte County.
death in 1988, the entire collection was given to the Paradise
Genealogical Society. Over the intervening years work has been done to
reorganize and index the extensive and varied materials. Today this
invaluable and irreplaceable collection is housed in the Florence
Styles Room of the society library.
The Paradise Genealogical Society and Library are greatly indebted to Florence and her family for this marvelous treasure.
Florence Styles Room Book Collection (Excel) (.pdf)
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Florence Styles Room Map Collection (Excel) (.pdf)
Library does not have the capability to copy large maps, but for a
negotiated fee we can get a local copy shop to accommodate requests.
Please contact our research staff.
Florence Styles Room Periodical Collection (Excel) (.pdf)
Paradise Genealogical Society publishes a monthly newsletter NUGGETS
FROM PARADISE and an annual GENEALOGICAL GOLDMINE featuring local
family histories and vital records for Butte County. In addition
to these publications, the Florence Styles Room also houses periodicals
from local historical societies and organizations in the surrounding
counties of Northern California.
Florence Styles Room People Index (Excel) (.pdf)
'People' Index is a compilation of newspaper articles and assorted
materials collected by Florence Styles and placed in ten large binders.
The index includes some photographs and genealogical notes from this
local historian. This index includes over 5000 names of persons making
up part of the history of Butte County, California.
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