Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Winter 2013

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

The temperatures have fallen and it will be our desert winter. There is always something to be done at the museum. We are all volunteers that love history, the museum, and Twentynine Palms. If you are interested in computer work or lending a helping hand at the museum stop by and see us. We can always find something that would interest you.

Everyone has to do something for the 100-year project. Cheryl Erickson, Nolan Lockwood, Les Snodgrass, Pat Rimmington, Dick Moran, and John Steiner are all involved, but everyone of us has contributed in some manner. The 100-Year Project is explained in this issue and in the fall issue.

Melanie Robbins has joined Sue McMahan in the Gift Shop. She and Laureen Lentz have helped to rearrange the shelves and display. Keeping the Gift Shop stocked has become a real challenge. Marilyn Fernald has rearranged the exhibits in the main Exhibit Room. Laura Pellior has managed to work, go to school and keep the membership up-to-date. Les Snodgrass continues to oversee a myriad of duties, plus attending to the Hastie Bus. Bob Carter is working with him on procuring an exhibit space for the Hastie Bus. Cathy Snodgrass receives a big Thank You for all her work with the purple glass and the silent auction during the Weed Show. The donations haven't been as numerous as in the past, but the items donated tend to be more unique. It's a challenge at times trying to determine the best way to attach the archival number.

I need to apologize to Chris Frasher for misspelling his name last issue. He not only supplied two of our missing Twentynine Palms High School Yearbooks, he has donated another one we were missing. A huge Thank You!

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. Joshua Tree National Park self-guided auto tour tape. Donated by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society.
  2. Large, round crocheted doily. Crocheted ball on one side.
  3. White cloth collar and cuff set. Crochet work on the ends.
  4. Crocheted ecru cuffs
  5. Crocheted cream color bow for attaching to collar.
  6. Crocheted white bow for attaching under color.
  7. White lace collar with tatting on inset.
  8. Hand sewn collar with covered maroon buttons. This one is attached at the back of the neck.
  9. Crocheted white collar that fits around the neck. All sewn and crocheted handwork donated by Melanie Robbins.
  10. 1988 El Oasis Yearbook (this is one we did not have.)
  11. 1995 El Oasis Yearbook.
  12. 1998 El Oasis Yearbook.
  13. 1998 Falcons Yearbook. Once again all the Yearbooks were donated by Chris Frasher.
  14. Metal black sign with words in yellow lettering. M and M Fence, 367-9353 29 Palms. The sign was placed on a completed fence. Donated by Jimmy Biggerstaff.
  15. Original box for Bugler Cigarette Making Kit. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company.
  16. Manual for making rolled cigarettes with the Bugler machine.
  17. Red Cigarette Making Machine.
  18. Western Flyer Bicycle Tube Repair Kit that has a price tag of $.59.
  19. Old Spice bottle of after-shave lotion.
  20. Repair kit in cardboard tube, metal top, for repairing tarp, tents, etc. Items 15 through 20 donated by Omer "Les" Snodgrass.
  21. Sheet from the prescription pad of William P. Smith, MD. Erumex and Debrox printed on sheet. Donor unknown as sheet was found in a donated book.
  22. Green glass cup with the Wonder Valley Fire Dept. and picture of fire truck etched into the glass. Made in U.S.A. on the bottom. Donated by Joseph M. Bartha.
  23. Booklet, Special Anniversary 75 Years 1936-2011 Joshua Tree National Park. Published by Hi-Desert Publications. Donated by Rae Noel.
  24. City of 29 Palms Telephone Directory 1988, published by the Desert Trail. City of 29 Palms Business and Home Directory. Donated by Laureen Lentz.
  25. Plastic key chain advertising give-away for Jim's Hancock Service Auto Repair, address and phone number on one side, and hologram of U.S. flag with words, "Long May She Live" on the other side. Donated by Sue McMahan.
  26. 24-1/2 " x 18" Oil landscape painting by Betty Holmes, matted and in a 30-1/2 by 21-1/2" wooden frame.
  27. Full bottle of 29 Palms CA Global Mural Conference 2000, An Oasis of Murals California Champagne. Unopened and gold seal intact. Donated by Laureen Lentz.
  28. 37" x 22" Marine Base from the Dunes oil painting by Alice Crockett, matted and in wooden frame. Donated by M. Sgt. William W. Shirley.
  29. Argus Show Master 871 Super Eight Projector. Donated by Marsha Cole.
  30. 6-1/2" x 5" water color landscape by Michael Malloy, matted and in 15" x 11-1/2" wooden frame. Donated by Jack and Ethel (Firth) Carpenter.
  31. 23" x 18-1/4" architectural rendering of "future" buildings on Twentynine Palms Historical Society's acreage. Done by architectural students prior to purchase of land and schoolhouse. Donated by Pat Rimmington.
  32. Handmade envelope, address written in calligraphy, with beautiful hand made Christmas card done by Bill Keys while in prison. It was mailed to Mr. & Mrs. Underhill.
  33. Tenth Mural Celebration honoring the Bagleys and Bagley Days, 1997.
  34. The Oasis of Mara and the Historic 29 Palms Inn by Jane and Paul Smith. Self published in 1996. Last three items donated by Ann Congdon.
  35. Antique hand-cranked wooden washing machine. Metal lined on bottom with plug for drainage. The agitator still moves back and forth. Donated by Judy and Dean Sellinger.
  36. Two-toned (brown and cream) fluted ceramic bowl, 5" x 7-1/2" across the widest part. Inside has more of the cream color. A-67 Pierce and 1984 on bottom.
  37. Coffee Mug by Howard Pierce. Last two items from Dorothy Angil.

There is a tale that goes with item number 34. When Paul Smith dropped by to retrieve a sign blown into our lot by one of our windstorms, he was shown the booklet. He was delighted that it was here as he and Jane had neglected to save a copy for themselves.

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'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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