Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Summer 2013

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Cool spring weather lingered for several weeks. Our desert normal temperatures will be here by the time you read this. I'm sad to report that Pat Brink has left the Accessions Committee and will be missed. Thanks for all the computer work, Pat! If anyone out there has computer skills, we'd love to see you on Wednesday mornings. Cheryl Erickson has taken a break from her duties and went on a humanitarian mission overseas. Once that is over, she will visit friends. Sue McMahan and Doris Lawless were busy with school tours and work in the Gift Shop. Nolan Lockwood as Treasurer for your Historical Society is always busy. Laura Pellior manages to keep the membership up-to-date. Les Snodgrass keeps all the electronics functioning. You can find him working inside and outside the museum on whatever needs to be done. Marilyn Fernald, Pat Rimmington and Cathy Snodgrass deserve a big Thank You for all their hard work on our spring yard sale. Marilyn Fernald is back at her display duties. Pat Rimmington is deeply involved in the 100 year project with the Morongo Basin Historical Society. Dick Moran has spent hours combing through the back issues of the Desert Trail to find significant happenings over the years. John Steiner is busy helping with the research and filling in for everyone. The donations have picked up. They are now keeping me busy at archiving.

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 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 photograph visit:

  1. Small school desk, no glass ink well.
  2. Poster saying "Thank you, Huell," and signed by the attendees from the remembrance for Huell Howser held at the 29 Palms Inn Restaurant. California Gold Flyers with California Gold information. Map of Huell Howser's California Gold. Donated by Paul and Jane Smith, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, City of Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree National Park Association.
  3. Two sided flyer of California Gold Collection. One side has Leatherby Libraries First Floor and the other side Beckman Hall First Floor Collection. This is part of the items donated by the above.
  4. Reel to Reel tape of Sweet Tones. The group raised money for a musical scholarship and for the Twentynine Palms High School. Donated by Sue McMahan.
  5. Earthbound by Mari Collier. Published by dMon Publishing LLC in 2012, signed and inscribed by author. Donated by Marilyn Collier.
  6. Glass front Realty Box with signs for coming low-cost Condo for low-income housing with flyers to be taken from box. This was a practical joke played on Huell Howser. Donated by Elizabeth Meyer.
  7. Two high-gloss 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" tiles of the Hastie Bus. The picture for creating the tiles taken of the mural. Donated by Thomas L. and Judith S. Waldera.
  8. Baby doll in white dress with bodice embroidered with flowers, c.1940s-1950s. Could be given water and diaper would be wet. Said "Mama." Donated at 2012 yard sale and didn't sell.
  9. Sheet music: Two copies of "Cleaning My Rifle and Dreaming of You" by Allie Wrubel. Published 1943 by Allie Wrubel Publications. Donated by John Luke.
  10. Gem Razor in case with smaller brass case for razors, c.1930s. Donated by Omar L. Snodgrass.
  11. Brombells three-cup measure red flower shifter.
  12. Yellow ceramic egg cup.
  13. Lidless glass sugar bowl with floral pedal design on bottom.
  14. Glass measuring cup, fractions on one side and ounces on the other.
  15. Metal ball scoop (possibly for ice cream or melon balls.)
  16. Aluminum sugar or flower scoop.
  17. Silver serving spoon.
  18. Stainless steel grapefruit spoon with wooden handle.
  19. Wood handle butcher knife.
  20. One pint metal pitcher approved by Minn. & Pen.
  21. Aluminum frosting piper with brass tip.
  22. Aluminum shredder that clamps to the table.
  23. Aluminum citrus squeezer.
  24. Wooden cheese box with the words: Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food in green print. All the household items donated by Jim Woolsey.
  25. Remembrance: Remembering Huell DVD.
  26. El Oasis 1959 Year Book.
  27. El Oasis 1960 Year Book. Last three items donated by Laureen Lentz.
  28. 1978 to 2008-2009 American Field Service Calendars donated by Sue McMahan.
  29. The Chumash Indians of Southern California by Eugene N. Anderson, Jr. Published by Malki Museum Press, revised 4th edition 1985.
  30. The Cahuilla Indians of Southern California by Lowell Bean and Harry Lawton. Published by Malki Mission Press, 3rd. revised printing 1983.
  31. The Serrano Indians of Southern California by Francis J. Johnson. Published by Malki Museum Press, 3rd revised printing 1980.
  32. Guide to Morongo Valley Wild Flowers by Babs Kobaly and signed by author. Self-published 1964.
  33. A Practical Guide to Desert Landscaping for Twentynine Palms by various authors. Published by California Poly Tech University 1987. All books donated by Pat Rimmington.
  34. Joshua Tree booklet. Published by Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce 1966.
  35. Three photographs: Two of 1998 Pioneer Days and one of 1997 Pioneer Days.
  36. Various newspaper clippings of local clubs and Desert Dog membership card.
  37. Various business flyers for 29 Palms Spa and one for Desert Floral Show 1975.
  38. Newspaper with article of Twentynine Palms Historical Society Fund Raiser for moving Old Schoolhouse.
  39. Street map of Twentynine Palms area and two bumper stickers: One for Peacock Lounge and one saying, "Where the Hell is 29 Palms."
  40. Two telephone directories: 1967 and 1968 put out by two different companies. Last seven items donated by Diana Stevens.
  41. Tales From Pill Hill by Jean Crowl. Published by family 1992 and inscribed by Walter B. "Doc" Crowl, DVM to Bob and Pat Garry. Donated by Pat Keys Garry.
  42. Common Birds of Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center by Catherine Gurin, Tasha LaDoux, and Sharon Coe. Published through California Research Center. Donated by Cheryl Erickson.
  43. Senior Menu for Round Up Room Restaurant.
  44. 1993 Palms Vista Elementary Fold Up with picture of Principle Sue Monroe and teachers. Inside is space for student information and classmates.
  45. Twelve maps of Tract No. 2504 Twentynine Palms "Desert Home" Subdivision Unit No. One. Last three items donated by Dianna Stevens.
  46. A Peculiar Piece of Desert by Lulu Rasmussen O'Neal. Self-published through Sagebrush Press 1981, First Edition. From Dan Luckenbill estate.
  47. Carpenter's nail apron. It is a business advertisement/give-away from 29 Palms Lumber. Interesting note: FO7-6161 is the telephone number imprinted on it. Donated by Patsy Walker.

There are times when an item has been given and the donor known, but we cannot archive them until we have a Gift Release Form with the donor's signature and a witness 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 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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