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Henry Halsey Noyes

Henry Halsey Noyes

Male 1910 - 2005  (94 years)

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  • Name Henry Halsey Noyes 
    Born 5 Nov 1910  Canton, , Guangdong, China Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    1920 Census Jan 1920  Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ward 6, ED 11, sheet 21A
      8 Seminary Street
      Noyes, William D.    Head  M  W  42         Md     CA  OH  NY              Missionary - Foreign Work
      ---, Mary S.             Wife    F  W  33         Md     PA  NY  NY
      ---, William D.            Son  M  W   11          S      China - American Citizen  CA  PA
      ---, Henry H.             Son  M  W     9          S      China - American Citizen  CA  PA
      ---, Richard R           Son  M  W     5          S      China - American Citizen  CA  PA
      ---, Jeoffray             Son  M  W     2 3/12  S      China - American Citizen  CA  PA
    Residence 1939  Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Book Article 1989  San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    "China born: memories of a Maverick Bookman" 
    'China Born' by Henry Noyes
    "China Born" by Henry Noyes
    Obituary Jul 2005  San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • https://www.chinabooks.com/cart/about_us.php?section=henry

      Henry Halsey Noyes, Founder of China Books & Periodicals, Dies at 94

      Henry Halsey Noyes, who founded China Books & Periodicals Inc. as the sole importer of books and magazines from mainland China to the U.S. in the 1960s, died June 22, 2005 in San Francisco.

      SAN FRANCISCO, CA: July 2005\emdash  Henry Halsey Noyes, maverick book publisher, writer, teacher and founder of China Books & Periodicals, Inc., died June 22, 2005 in San Francisco. He was 94.

      Born in Guangzhou, China to missionary parents, Henry Noyes established China Books & Periodicals in Chicago in 1960. The Cold War trade embargo made it difficult to obtain permission to receive shipments, but Noyes was able to register with the U.S. Government and received a license to import and sell materials from the People's Republic of China, and China Books became the sole distributor of books, magazines and newspapers from mainland China in North America. Three years later, he moved the business to San Francisco, where it flourished as a retail store on 24th Street in San Francisco's Mission District.

      For the next 25 years, his company was the sole distributor of books, magazines, and newspapers from mainland China. The storefront was the focal point for much Bay Area political activism in the 60s, 70s, and 80s: during the 1960s counterculture movement, China Books gained an unexpected windfall as the supplier of "Quotations From Chairman Mao"; by the late 1970s, China Books found an ever-growing and increasingly diverse audience comprised of scholars, students, travelers, and other individuals interested in China, counting many controversial figures and groups, such as the Black Panthers, as his customers and friends. The storefront remained a Mission District landmark until its sale in 2002 and relocation to South San Francisco.

      Noyes left China for San Francisco and then Toronto in 1919. He earned his MFA in English Literature at the University of Toronto in 1933, and earned his PhD in English Literature from the University of London in 1938. He taught Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and University of Manitoba in 1939, and taught as the head of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Missouri. Noyes is the author of "Hand Over Fist" (1980), and "China Born: Adventures of a Maverick Bookman" (1989) and "Valley of the Sun" (1993).

      Son of William D. Noyes, missionary and Presbyterian Minister, and Mary Stevenson, cousin to Adlai Stevenson, and widower to Gertrude Noyes, Henry Noyes is survived by children Christopher and Nicolette Noyes, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

      A memorial will be held in San Francisco in July. For more information, contact info@chinabooks.com or visit www.chinabooks.com.

      About China Books
      China Books is the oldest and largest publisher, importer and distributor of books from and about China to North America. Today, as part of Sino United Publishing (Holdings) Ltd family, China Books has expanded with a worldwide distribution network and an ever-increasing list of books and products specializing in Chinese language and culture.

      http://www.chinabooks.com
    Obituary 8 Jul 2005  San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    San Francisco Chronicle 
    • Henry Halsey Noyes -- distributor of Chinese books

      A memorial service is scheduled July 30 for Henry Halsey Noyes, an activist and writer and the founder of China Books and Periodicals, the nation's sole distributor of books, magazines and newspapers from China for 25 years.

      Mr. Noyes died in a San Francisco nursing home June 21 after a short illness. He was 94.

      Born in Guangzhou, China, in 1910, he was the son of William Noyes, a Chinese scholar and missionary, and the grandson of Halsey Noyes, who founded a school in China.

      Mr. Noyes cherished his family's long, strong ties to China. His family moved in 1919 to Canada, where his father taught English to new Chinese immigrants.

      In 1933, Mr. Noyes earned a master of fine arts degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. He earned a doctorate in English literature from the University of London in 1938 and went on to teach creative writing at the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. In 1939 he became head of the creative writing department at the University of Missouri.

      A poet, he also wrote autobiographical novels "Valley of the Sun," "Hand Over Fist" and "Chinaborn: Adventures of a Maverick Bookman."

      In 1945, Mr. Noyes and his family moved to Chicago, where he taught at an adult school and promoted friendly relations with the Soviet Union and China, an unpopular view at the time.

      Mr. Noyes lost his teaching position and became a machinist and again lost his job a few times because of his political views, said his son, Christopher Noyes of San Francisco.

      Christopher Noyes recalled attending political events, selling books and distributing leaflets on chairs with his sister, and once watching anti-Communist protesters storm an auditorium with baseball bats.

      In 1960, Mr. Noyes founded China Books and Periodicals in Chicago, after applying for permission from the U.S. Department of Justice and Treasury Department. At the time, the United States did not have diplomatic relations with China, recognizing the Chinese Nationalist government in Taiwan instead.

      The company carried children's books, histories and political works, including those of Chairman Mao -- whose military writings were among the shop's best-sellers.

      China Books distributed titles to leftist bookstores and organizations, academics and the military. Three years later, Mr. Noyes moved the company to the Mission District in San Francisco, where it remained in the same storefront on 24th Street until it was sold in 2002.

      After retiring in 1981, Mr. Noyes was active in the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association, the Sierra Club and the Chinese Historical Society.

      "He was very outgoing and led a balanced life, indoors and outdoors," Christopher Noyes said, recalling monthlong family camping trips. "He wasn't an egghead -- he spent a lot of his life hiking. At night, he read and did writing. He was a person who could talk to anyone, on any level, in any type of conversation."

      In addition to his son, Mr. Noyes is survived by his daughter, Nicolette Noyes, also of San Francisco; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

      The memorial will be held at the Lighthouse for the Blind at 214 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 30. The family requests donations be made to the Lighthouse.
    Died 28 Jul 2005  San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3268  Stedman Families of the United Kingdom
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2013 

    Father Rev. William D. Noyes,   b. Abt 1878, ____, ____, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Mother Mary E. Stevenson,   b. Abt Jul 1886, ____, ____, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Unknown 
    Family ID F1074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gertrude Stedman Sirnis,   b. 22 Mar 1914, Wolfgang, Davos, Graub√ľnden, Switzerland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1998, Bexley RD, Kent, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married Between 1 Oct 1937 and 31 Dec 1937  Hendon RD, Middlesex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Marriage Registration Between 1 Oct 1937 and 31 Dec 1937  Hendon RD, Middlesex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Vol. 3a, p. 1448 
    • Gertrude S. Sirnis and Henry H. Noyes were married.
    Children 
     1. Christopher Noyes,   b. 11 Aug 1942, Saint Louis, St. Louis Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 2005, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     2. Nicolette Noyes
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2013 
    Family ID F1072  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Nov 1910 - Canton, , Guangdong, China Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1920 Census - Jan 1920 - Auburn, Cayuga Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Between 1 Oct 1937 and 31 Dec 1937 - Hendon RD, Middlesex, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Registration - Vol. 3a, p. 1448 - Between 1 Oct 1937 and 31 Dec 1937 - Hendon RD, Middlesex, England, UK Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1939 - Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBook Article - "China born: memories of a Maverick Bookman" - 1989 - San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Jul 2005 - San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - San Francisco Chronicle - 8 Jul 2005 - San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jul 2005 - San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA Link to Google Earth
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    Henry Halsey Noyes (1910-2005)