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Old Days In Butte was published in the Oroville Mercury Register from 1941 to 1943. Advertised as “A glamorous history of Butte County, town by town,” the newspaper promised “adventure, romance, comedy, murder, thrilling experiences from the Days of ’49.”

This collection of newspaper columns (which appeared several times a week) are an interesting account of pioneer life in Butte County. Not only is history shared, but interesting tidbits about people and events are also sprinkled throughout these vignettes. This results in very readable and enjoyable stories that are still excellent sources of information for anyone interested in our local history.

Old Days in Butte by Florence Danforth Boyle

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  • Historian that she was, Florence Danforth Boyle wrote more in the style of a columnist, telling not only the history, but intriguing tidbits about the people and happenings in her historical vignettes. The result is a very readable story that still is an excellent research tool for historians.

    In addition to writting numerous articles, Florence She was a homemaker, a full-time bookkeeperfor her husband’s business, ran the Butte CountyPioneer Memorial Museum, answered volumesof “fan mail” generated from the column, wroteand did a radio broadcast and managed the localUSO along with Walter Joslyn.

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