Welcome to the Paradise Historical Society Website!
Since its inaugural meeting in June of 2000, the Paradise Historical Society has investigated the history of Paradise, Texas and surrounding communities. The mission of the Society is to preserve our unique historic identity through stewardship, education, and leadership.
We encourage the public to attend our bi-monthly meetings the second Tuesday of odd months. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are held at the Paradise United Methodist Church, located at 301 South Oak Street.
2016 Bi-Monthly Meeting & Event Schedule
All regular bi-monthly meetings for the Paradise Historical Society are held at the Methodist Church, 301 South Oak Street, Paradise, TX 76073.
We have an exciting group of guest speakers scheduled this year. Meetings are open to the public and admission is free.
join us in welcoming our guest speakers on the following evenings:
September 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Festival Planning Meeting @ United Methodist Church Annex, Paradise Special Guest: Anita Jay (Siddons) Ehrler
A special guest will be present with significant historical ties to Paradise and Wise County.Anita Jay (Siddons) Ehrler is 94 years old and attended school in Paradise as a youngster.She will be attending the Historical Society meeting on Tuesday evening along with her daughter, Edie-Beth Collova, both from Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Ehrler has led an interesting life and can tell about living in Paradise (she was born in the old Jay house which is mentioned in the Old Town Paradise State Historical marker as being the oldest standing building).Her maternal grandfather was Lt. William Jay, Virginia Confederates (buried in Paradise Cemetery) who built the house in Paradise after moving to Wise County after the Civil War.Her paternal grandfather was Dr. James Austin Siddons, Tennessee Cavalry Confederates (buried in Chico Cemetery) and who is mentioned in another State Historical marker-the Siddons-Barnes cabin in Chico.
Anita also has memories of history around the famed Machine Gun Kelley trial – her father testified in Oklahoma City during the trial and she accompanied her parents.Her father, Gilbert Siddons, was a merchant in downtown Paradise during the 1930s and her mother, Birdie Beatrice (Jay) Siddons played piano at the Methodist Church and taught piano lessons.Her father, a graduate of Decatur Baptist College, later taught school and served as Superintendent in Newark.
Other notables with whom Mrs. Ehrler has been acquainted over the years were Bobbie Wygant and Harold Taft of WBAP where they all worked together in the 1940s and 50s after her graduation from Baylor University with a degree in Communication.She was also acquainted with Amon Carter.Anita married Jack Ehrler in 1950 and was married at the First Baptist Church Bridgeport – Reba Jewel Hawkins was her bridesmaid.
Please join the Paradise Historical Society in welcoming Mr. Anita Ehrler.We are honored to have her and hope to learn of more exciting news from her past.
Help us "Raise the Roof" on the new Paradise Museum.
2015 BURIED HISTORY TOUR
REMINDER! 2016 RENEWAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Renewal Memberships are due in January, but NEW membership is accepted throughout the year. Please complete a new membership form and submit it along with the $10 for annual dues. Please make checks payable to: Paradise Historical Society. Membership
renewals will be accepted by mail to: Paradise Historical Society, PO Box 296, Paradise, TX 76073.
Individuals over 80, complimentary membership is available upon request!
2015 PARADISE MAIN STREET FESTIVAL PHOTO GALLERY
A SNAP SHOT OF PARADISE, TEXAS!
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