Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Summer 2015

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Summer will be here when you read this report. The spring, however, seems to keep slipping back into cool weather. Sue Duke has accepted the position as Membership Chairperson. I'm sure Nolan is grateful to be back at his duties as Treasurer full time. Please thank Sue when you see her.

We were the recipients of wonderful items from our history this quarter and we thank each and every one of you.

If you love history and our area, stop by and see us on Wednesday morning. We'll find something for you to do. 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. A copy of the cover art for the Desert Writers Guild 2014 Anthology and letter (copy) to the winner of the art
  2. Menu/flyer for The House of Green Lights, 20 and 9 Coffee Shop and Cara Mia Gift Shop. Donated by John Steiner.
  3. Road to Soul 7 Captivating Short Stories by Carmen Mendoza. Inscribed and signed by author. Published by Bella Spark Press 2014.
  4. 11"x4" US Forest Service logo says: Lost Rangers Whores Station. This sign was up for several days before Forest Service realized the prank sign was there. Book and sign donated by Greg Mendoza.
  5. Blow Torch, Clayton & Lambert Mfg. Co., Detroit, Mich., Made in U.S.A. Pat. Jan. 4, 1921. It has wooden handle. Two other (not quite so old) blow torches. All donated by Greg Mendoza.
  6. Book: "Firing Tables 8" Canon June 1967.
  7. Two slide rules in canvas case for 155 mm gun.
  8. Multiple Use National Resources Management Plan 1976 (contains maps and photos). Items 6 through 8 donated by Jimmy Biggerstaff.
  9. Fifty Years of Archaeology in the California Desert: An Archaeological Overview of Joshua Tree National Monument (in binder) by Thomas F. King. Dec. 1975. Published by National Park Service.
  10. Shades of 29 Palms. Photos of 29 Palms people, area, and events TW-000-101-TW000-200, earliest photos from 1929.
  11. Shades of 29 Palms. Photos of 29 Palms TW-000-201-TW000-350. Both of these are in three-ring binders. Donated by the Twentynine Palms Library through Debbie Medina.
  12. Leslie Salt Co. Leslie Directory (red circle logo is on the bottom). Names, addresses, phone numbers for their offices and contact people at plants 1986-1987.
  13. Jon Pyless Leslie Salt Co. Employee Dec. 13, 1990. Address and phone list for employees at Leslie Salt Co. The Leslie Salt items donated by Kenny and Sue Duke.
  14. 24"x18" print on canvas over wood frame of Hastie Bus in front of Hastie Bus Mural. Donated by Sue Duke.
  15. Trophy: Joshua Tree 21st Turtle Races 1963. Bill Keys Supreme Grand Marshal is on brass plaque. Gold plated tortoise on gnarled block with gnarled root. Donated by Ed and Rocky Sulphur through Marilyn Fernald.
  16. El Oasis 1952 Year Book signed by Joan Lents-Jackson and classmates.
  17. Joan Lents graduation card enclosed in plastic and Desert Trail June 1952 page with photos of high school graduates.
  18. Two Joan Jackson Weed and Flower Show ribbons. 1959 is red and 1960 is white.
  19. Thirty-six ribbons from County, Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley horse events in their Pioneer Days, Turtle Days and Grubstake Days. Includes parade awards for horse riders. Everything from first prize to honorable mention. Items 16 through 19 from the Joan Jackson Estate.
  20. Quarterly of San Bernardino Counties Museums Association Vol. IX, No. 4, Summer 1962 by Emily M. Knight, Arda M. Haenszel and Gerald A. Smith.
  21. Legends of the High Desert edited by Fred S. Cook, published by The California Traveler, Inc. 1974. Found in library without Accessions number.
  22. Yard Stick advertising Kenny's Drug Store and KB Delicatessen. Ample parking in Downtown 29 Palms, Calif. Donated by Omer "Les" Snodgrass.
  23. National Electric Instrument Division Sigmoidoscope. Never used, no battery, manual and parts list. Donated by Grag Mendoza.
  24. S.A. Crozer Baptist Hymn Book with gold trim, published 1871 by The Bible Publication Society. Donated by Jane Smith.
  25. 20-1/2" x 24" wooden framed Charter for Lions Club, Twentynine Palms, CA. Signed by the original charter members.
  26. 23-3/4" x 16" plaque (five wooden parts) top brass decorative plate with Lions Symbol. Names of past presidents.
  27. 22" x 16" wooden plaque with decorative brass trim with names of past presidents. All Lions Club pieces donated by the Lions Club via Patricia Stout.
  28. Name plate: Edward J. Kenney President.
  29. Name Plate: Edward J. Kenney.
  30. Heart-shaped wooden plaque dedication for Hi-Desert Medical Center work.
  31. Large wooden plaque 12" x 14". It s covered with heavy brass with same dedication to Edward Kenney.
  32. 13" x 10" wooden plaque with plastic covered letter Proclamation from the City of Twentynine Palms honoring Margaret Kenney and Marguerite Lyons Pioneer Day Grand Marshals for 2005 Parade.
  33. 19-1/2" x 17-1/2" wooden framed felt mat plaque with Edward J. and Margaret M. Kenney Pioneer Days "Spirit of 29" award picture of them when they were younger. Items 28 through 33 from Kenney Estate.
  34. White Finicky Coyote T-shirt, 29 Palms, CA on front. The back has picture of Finicky Coyote drinking coffee. Signed by O'Connor '95.
  35. Business Key Chain for Terry Schuyler's Desert Septic Tank Service.
  36. Lion's Vest (gold with purple trim, Lion's International Emblem on left side. Terry Schuyler's name badge on right. Covered with Lion's Event pins. Last three items donated by Marilyn Fernald. The Schuyler items are from Schuyler estate.
  37. Two magazines: Jennifer Karady In Country Soldiers' Stories From Iraq and Afghanistan. Published by Palm Springs Art Museum. Donated by Melanie Roberts.
  38. Photographs: Stop Sign at Four Corners, First Swimming Pool being built, Johnny Lang's grave marker, Gliding in 1944 Air Academy, Nine Members of Saddle Club, Large crowd Saddle Club. Photographs donated by Ann Congdon.
  39. White baby scales from Dr. Ince and hospital. Banks (brand), 10 lbs. Weight, but 35 pounds on bar. Donated by Jerry Hagman.
  40. Volume 5: Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley and Vicinity by "Short fuse" William Jack Mann. Signed by author/editor. Published in 2003.
  41. Hi-Desert magazine Volume 9 Number 3 Fall 1997.
  42. The Western Art of Charles M. Russell, published 1975 by Ballentine Publishers.
  43. Four-Sector City Berlin, published in 1946.
  44. Two Yucca Valley Area maps 1994-1995.
  45. Sunset Guide to Arizona. Lane Books 1956.
  46. Canada an historical magazine June 1954 Vol.2 Number 4.
  47. Room to Roam Guide Public Lands May 1969.
  48. Two magazines: True Oklahoma Camera Cruise in Sooner Land.
  49. Desert Magazine of the Outdoor Southwest April 1960.
  50. Yucca Valley magazine 2000.
  51. Three Sun Runner magazines from Oct. 1999, April 2000 and Winter 2001-2002.
  52. Twenty-nine volumes of Joan Wilson's stories of Morongo Basin.
  53. The Morongo Basin It's Roots and Its Roots and its Branches, Vol.4, published 1989 by Joan Wilson and Bob Stephenson. Signed by Joan Wilson.
  54. Collection of Memories Vol.5 Stories of Morongo Basin, published 1992 by Joan Wilson.
  55. Newspaper obituary of Joan Wilson. All items 40 through 55 donated by Vivian Newfield.
  56. Hilton painting print of Flowering Dunes, signed.
  57. Hilton painting print The Oasis of Mara.
  58. A collection of John Hilton prints donated for auction.
  59. Two photos of Pioneer Days, photo of Ted Thompson and wife, Lynn. Photo of snow in Joshua Tree, and two photos taken in JTNM. John Hilton prints and photographs donated by Ted Thompson.
  60. Remembrances of the High Desert and Communities. Published by Art Craft Print Shop, Yucca Valley, CA. Carolyn Evans Editor and Joan Wilson.
  61. Legends of the High Desert by Fred S. Cook, published by the California Traveler, Inc. 1974.
  62. Three ring binder: Reflections from and about the residents of Twentynine Palms during World War II. These articles taken from the Desert Trail. The last three items found in library.
  63. Howard Pierce ceramics: One sitting bunny, one crouching bunny, two small quail and mother quail, grayish tortoise, boy and girl figurine, small brown elephant. Howard Pierce ceramics donated by Nj Sundquist.

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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