Styles & PGS History
Florence 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
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
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.
Upon her 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.
Styles Room Book Collection
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Styles Room Map Collection
Our 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.
Styles Room Periodical Collection
The 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
Styles Room People Index (.pdf)
The '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,
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