Scope and Content
Title: Elizabeth Preston
Collection number: P 105
Hanlin, Elizabeth Preston
4 file folders
Roseville Public Library History Collection
Elizabeth Alice Preston Hanlin was born in Roseville in 1912 to Chester H. and Mabel
Beal Preston. Chester was born in March 1881 in Pennsylvania, where he lived until he
moved to California to work as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad. The
Elizabeth Preston Hanlin Collection is arranged in four series: 1. Ephemera, 2. Publications,
3. Albums/Scrapbooks, and 4. Photographic Material. Items span the years 1913 to 1929.
Physical location: Roseville Public Library
Languages: Languages represented in this collection:
Collection is open for research.
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Collection staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the
Roseville Public Library History Collection, Roseville, as the owner of the physical items.
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reproduction or publication of materials from the Roseville Public Library History Collection.
[Identification of item], Elizabeth Preston Hanlin, P 105: [box: folder number],
Roseville Public Library, History Collection, Roseville, California.
Elizabeth Preston Hanlin donated this collection in 1990.
Lola Aguilar processed this collection and created its finding aid in 2008.
Elizabeth Alice Preston Hanlin was born in Roseville on November 22, 1912 to Chester H.
and Mabel Beal Preston. Chester was born in March 1881 in Pennsylvania, where he lived
until he moved to California to work as a brakeman for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
He lived on Third Ave. in Roseville when he met Mabel Beal. Mabel was born on March 17,
1883 in California and worked as a milliner's apprentice in Santa Cruz. The couple married
in 1911 and moved to 322 Duranta St. Chester soon worked his way up to conductor for the
railroad. Less than three years after the birth of Elizabeth, her sister Harriet was born
on January 19, 1915.
Elizabeth attended local schools and graduated from Roseville Union High School in 1929
at the age of sixteen. She attended Sacramento Junior College before transferring to UC
Berkeley. After graduating from Cal in 1933, Elizabeth received her teaching credential
from University of the Pacific in 1935. She returned to teach English and Journalism at
Roseville Union High School until 1939 when she married James Hanlin. Although she had
known James in Roseville, Elizabeth did not begin dating him until they both attended
Sacramento Jr. College.
James Maxwell Hanlin was born on November 20, 1910 in North Dakota to Christian Hoover
Hanlin and Lois Wilkinson Hanlin. Christian was born on March 15, 1876 on Shippensburg, PA
and worked as a farmer. After his marriage on June 27, 1906 to Lois, born on December 27,
1880 in Dunigan, CA, the couple lived in North Dakota but traveled to Hong Kong, China,
Japan, and the Philippines as missionaries for the Presbyterian Church. Their two oldest
sons, Paul and James, were born in North Dakota. Richard and Judith were born in the
Philippines. After returning to America, the family lived in Blythe before moving to
Berkeley, where Christian worked as a teacher. By 1930 the Hanlin's had moved to El
Dorado Ave. in Roseville and Christian opened a law office at 103 Main St. Christian
died of tetanus on August 24, 1934.
After graduating in 1938 from Hastings Law School in San Francisco with a law degree,
James worked as an attorney for the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in San Francisco.
He lived in Berkeley with his mother and sister Judith. On July 8, 1939 James and
Elizabeth were married and moved into their own place in Berkeley. The following year
Lois died on May 22, 1940. Their daughter Lois Elizabeth was born on May 2, 1941 followed
by Martha Jane on March 28, 1945, and Kathryn Alice on October 27, 1947. The family lived
in Berkeley and Fremont. During the 1950s Elizabeth returned to teaching. She taught at
both junior and high schools in the Bay Area.
James M. Hanlin died of cancer on May 1, 1968. Elizabeth suffered a stroke in 1994,
but she recovered. In 2005 she moved to Santa Barbara where her daughter Martha lives,
and is currently residing in an assisted living facility in Santa Barbara.
Scope and Content
The Elizabeth Preston Hanlin Collection is arranged in four series: 1. Ephemera, 2.
Publications, 3. Albums/Scrapbooks, and 4. Photographic Material. Items span the years
1913 to 1929.
The first series, Ephemera, includes a graduation certificate and Roseville school
graduation programs. Series 2, Publications, includes a Roseville High School student
manual and student yearbooks. The third series, Albums/Scrapbooks, include Hanlin's
scrapbook of postcards, certificates, birthday cards, photographs, and inspirational
cards. The last series, Photographic Material, includes two grammar school class
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Hanlin, Elizabeth Alice Preston
Roseville Union High School (Roseville, Calif.)