Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Summer 2012

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Two members or your Accessions Committee were involved with staging our Yard Sale Fund raiser.  Marilyn Fernald and Pat Rimmington were absent from their regular duties.  It was necessary for Pat to take a medical leave and volunteer Cathy Snodgrass appeared to give Marilyn extra help. People from the community with a good memory would be more than welcome to come in on Wednesdays and help Pat with identifying who is who in our photographs.  Archival donations are at a normal level. That keeps me working.

Cheryl Erickson will never run out of work for the filing and thank you notes to write to our donors.  Laura Pellior continues to keep the membership work up-to-date.  Sue McMahan fills in where necessary when she and Doris Lawless aren't tending to the Gift Shop or doing school tours.  Velma Holland has reduced the number of books to be cataloged.

Researchers of Twentynine Palms history are welcome to visit us on Wednesday mornings as we are always at the Old Schoolhouse Museum Library.  For those that live farther away, you are able to contact us through our website.  The information on how to obtain research assistance is there. Requests by e-mail and regular mail are restricted to one or two specific area requests.  A $20.00 donation is required by the e-mail and regular mail requests. If you want to know what is happening at the Old Schoolhouse Museum or view the latest and oldest photographs visit:

  1. Southern California Desert Area, 1989 AAA Sutomobile Club of California. Contains history, travel, local Chamber of Commerce information, lodging, and maps.
  2. Mohave Desert OHV Trails by Florine Lawlor, La Siesta Press 1989. There are maps and information on trails and area.
  3. Joshua Tree Keys Ranch Comprehensive Plan, Environmental Assessment National Park Services, U. S. Dept. of the Interior, Sept. 2005. A JTNP personal letter to Pat Rimmington is included.
  4. Susan Luckie Moore interview cassette April 27, 1983.
  5. Art Strickler Jan., 23, 1981 interview cassette.
  6. Helen Harmon interview Oct. 22, 1982 cassette.
  7. Sam Kodish April 4, 2011 interview cassette.
  8. Johnnie C. Hastie May 11, 1981 interview cassette.
  9. Dorothy Strickler Porter Jan. 22, 1981 interview cassette.
  10. Cactus Slim Morton (Moorton) Oct. 28, 1969 interview cassette.
  11. Shapel Appreciation Night June 8, 1963 interview cassette. All these items donated by Pat Rimmington.
  12. Photographer's tripod Thalhammer Co.
  13. Green wooden handle, natural bristle desk brush. Also called a drafting brush. Last two items donated by Robert and Edith Carter. They also donated large painting to be sold as a fund raiser.
  14. Six framed prints of Marine Corps history. All of them depict uniforms and equipment in use from the time of the base being established in the Twentyine Palms area. There were eight other framed prints depicting events from an earlier era. The last eight were for our Hastie Bus fund raising sale and donated by Kelly O'Sullivan.
  15. 1965 Reel to Reel by Webcor tape player and recorder. Operating instructions are printed on inside of the lid. Donated by Jerry and Hazel Horn.
  16. Repeating flour sifter. Repath Mfg. Co.
  17. Josh Lumber yard stick advertising give-away.
  18. White enameled cup with red rim and red handle.
  19. 9-1/2" grey enameled pie pan.
  20. Aluminum ice cream scoop patented in Canada, but manufactured in Toledo, Ohio.
  21. Aluminum household tongs for sugar or ice cubes.
  22. Pewter "butler" with clear plastic handle.
  23. Aluminum juicer with handle. Both sides have spout for pouring into glass.
  24. The Cottage Physician published by King Richardson Co. 1899.
  25. Glass washboard with the words Glass Washboard printed on top board.
  26. Potato masher
  27. Mechanical egg beater with green handle.
  28. Small hand held grater.
  29. Pie dough cutter with red wooden handle.
  30. Dough blender with red and white handle. Items 16 through 30 from the Joan Jackson Estate donated through Pat Rimmington.
  31. Twentynine Palms High School Yearbook. 1940.
  32. Pioneer Days supplement from Desert Trail 2008. The last two items from Pat Keys Garry.
  33. Two folders of scenic views distributed by Frashers Inc. Each mailer has ten scenic view photos taken by Frasher. Donated by Herman Platzke.
  34. Mines of the Mohave by Ron and Peggy Miller, published by La Siesta Press 1976.
  35. Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest by Alex Patterson, published by Johnson Publishing Co.
  36. Treasure Signs and Symbols by Thomas Penfield, published by True Treasure Publication 1973.
  37. The Land That God Forgot, the Saga of General George Patton's Desert Training Camps, published 1992 by Western American History Series.
  38. Mines of the San Bernardinos by John W. Robinson, published by La Siesta Press 1993. Items 34 through 38 donated by Laureen Lentz.
  39. Tisha (as told to Robert Specht, published by St. Martin's Press 1976. One of the books that "appear."
  40. History of Retired California Teachers Hi-Desert Division from 1978 through 1992. Donated by the Retired California Teachers Hi-Desert Division.
  41. Dug up artifact looks like branding iron, but is not iron. Unknown brand. It has wooden handle on end of shaft.
  42. Picture of Twentynine Palms Air Academy, U. S. Desert Battalion June 12 and 13, 1943. People around the pool with barracks in the background. These two items donated by Jerri Hagman.
  43. 1976 $2.00 U. S. bill has 1976 $.13 stamp on it and is postmarked April 13, 1976. It is encased in plastic. Donated by Bernd Krammer, Austria.
  44. Business give-away wooden nickel has Native American head on one side and 29 Palms Liquor on other side. Donor unknown as envelope had no return address.
  45. White coffee mug business give-away. David Bailey's Auto Repair, Inc. and Towing Service printed on one side. It has tow truck and telephone number on the other side. Donated by Marilyn Collier.
  46. Black shoe roller skates with patent number and Chicago on bottom metal.
  47. Case for the above skates with 29 Palms Roller Rink written on top. Metal reinforced on all corners. Lined with green material. From Diane Lyons through Ken Snyder.
  48. Metal and glass Fare Box for bus. No Tokens posted on one top glass panel. Quarter and ticket counter. Dona Schtz bought at Johnnie Hastie's Estate Sale many years ago and donated it to us through Jim Woolsey.
  49. Pictures of John and Mary Lyons in their 1949 Pioneer Days costumes and a picture of their award.
  50. U. S. fifty stars flag.
  51. Sixteen issues of Desert Spot Light Magazine from October 1946 through August 1948. The February 1947 issue is missing. Last three items donated by Diane Lyons.
  52. Dead Reckoning Computers manual published by Department of the Air Force 1959. This was for navigation.
  53. Booklet titled Owning and Selling Desert Land in Morongo Basin by Jon A. Baker 1978. Booklet made from reprints of his weekly newsletter entitled Joshua Palms Advisor. Last two items left in breeze way. Unknown donor.
  54. Twentynine Palms High School 1945 Year Book from Pat Keys-Garry. This is signed by all her classmates.
  55. 24 X 15-1/2" framed (frame is black) Soroptimist International Association Charter for the Twentynine Palms Chapter, June 1, 1957. Lists original members.
  56. 20 X 15 framed proclamation from the City of Twentynine Palms for the 90th birthday of Soroptimist International Society. There are two pages of official City of Twentynine Palms stationery issued October 25, 2011 and affixed with City Seal. Last two items donated by Soroptomist's Co-Presidents April L. Gibson and Pat Flynn-Zawojski.
  57. Twenty-one slide negatives of 1969 Twentynine Palms Pioneer Day Parade, October 1969. Donated from Lyon's family estate.
  58. CD with the images of the 1969 Pioneer Days. Donated by Les Snodgrass.

There are times when an item has been given and the donor known, but we cannot archive them until we have a release form with the donor's signature and a witness's signature. Without the signed releases we have no right to retain anything brought to the museum unless it was an anonymous gift. Our Editors also insist on having the reports by a certain date. There may not have been sufficient time to complete all the necessary procedures. Our Accessions Committee wants to thank everyone who donated. Your generosity allows us to catalog and save the history of our area for future generations.

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