Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Summer 2016

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Our summer heat has arrived, but our work at the museum continues. Yes, it is at a slower pace sometimes, but right now we are still busy. Al and Marion Gartner, our wonderful editors for years of the Old Schoolhouse Journal have generously donated books, documents, files, a Santa collection and more. Joni Franklin has worked for weeks typing up a documented list of the books. Marilyn Fernald will use the Santas in our Christmas displays and decisions are still to be made on many items. We can't thank them enough.

Remember to donate your "old" items from the early days of Twentynine Palms to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society rather than throw the items into the trash. If you aren't sure that we would want your items, please bring them by on Wednesday morning or give us a call.

If you love history and our area, and wish to help in the preservation of our history stop by and see us on Wednesday morning. We'll find something that for you to do.

Researchers of Twentynine Palms or Morongo Basin 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. Biography of students compiled by T.M. Hayes, July 3, 1952. These date from 1932 to 1951.
  2. Joshua Tree National Monument flyer.
  3. Joshua Tree News, October 8, 1942. The first three items donated by Terry King.
  4. Lion's Club Scrapbook.
  5. 29 Palms News.
  6. 1980, 1990, 1992-3, 1993, 1997, 1998-1999 Visitors Guides of Twentynine Palms.
  7. Eight 29 Palms News with various dates.
  8. Four copies 29 Palms "A Great Place to Live" 1986 Chamber of Commerce Publication.
  9. Three 29 Palms Guides 1986
  10. Welcome To The Desert, November 27, 1992.
  11. 29 Palms "Home of the Combined Arms Exercise," a Marine Base publication.
  12. 1986 Pioneer Days publication.
  13. 1970 Pioneer Days publication.
  14. Action Council Visitors Map.
  15. A Brief Look at the Twentynine Palms Artist Guild and Gallery. Items 4 through 15 donated by Carla Davis from Morongo Basin Historical Society.
  16. Desert Writers Guild of Twentynine Palms Minutes 2007 through 2014. Donated by agent Joni Franklin from the Desert Writers Guild.
  17. Joan Valerie Sketchbook.
  18. Black and white photos of Joan Valerie and other on movie sets. Last two items donated by Mark Spangenberg per Jerri Hagaman.
  19. Postcard featuring Lincoln Manor Hilltop Motel (now 9 Palms Motel). Donated by
  20. Magazine: All Indian Pow Wow September 26-28, 1969. Last two items from A. Kathleen Kiper.
  21. Pet instant dry milk box.
  22. Pop-Rite Popcorn can. Last two items donated by Melodie Allen.
  23. Two photographs taken during Twentynine Palms Event. Pete and Sue McMahan in both.
  24. Article on Jumbo Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park from The Sun.
  25. Seven photographs. Six are of Howard and Maxine Fish. The other of a child. Probably Wes Fish. All taken 1969.
  26. Huell Howser video: Visiting with Huell, 29 Palms Art Murals.
  27. Hardly Any Fences by John W. Hilton, published 1977 by the Dawson Book Shop. Signed and inscribed by author.
  28. Two Desert Dweller News by J. Gadios, Vol. 1, issues 3 and 6.
  29. Safe at Dalbys by F. H. Brink, 1973, published through R. L. Bryan Co. Items 24 through 29 donated by Ruth Libby.
  30. Two pre-1916 beer bottles each with a rusty cap.
  31. The Mason quart canning jar c. 1900
  32. Atlas E-Z Seal pint canning jar. The configuration of the wires holding the glass lid are circa 1900.
  33. Tight Seal glass quart canning jar, Pat. 1900. Glass lid held by wires is not a match.
  34. Bell Perfect Mason pint jar with zinc lid.
  35. Zinc EZONALL on lid of glass pint jar.
  36. Cast iron 4"X5" presser with dappled bottom.
  37. 5" small green juicer.
  38. Large green juicer that has Sunkist on side. Pat. No. 68764
  39. Green two cup measuring cup.
  40. Amber glass sugar bowl. Last thirteen items donated by Larry Johnston.
  41. CD Gateway Communities to Joshua Tree National Park. Design, Programming, and Music by Jarrod Radnich. Donated by Pat Rimmington.
  42. Three cards by local artists produced by Leaning Tree. One is a John Hilton.
  43. Program from Institution of Twentynine Palms Lodge No. 2134 Fraternal Order of Elks. 1959.
  44. Badge from 29 Palms Artists Guild Docent Maxine Fish.
  45. Heart Key Ring-Maxine Fish on one side and 29 Palms Artist Guild on the other side. Last five items from Wes Fish.
  46. 3" glass bird possibly Avon perfume bottle.
  47. He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schultz. Published by The World Corp. 1968.
  48. The Dinosaurs Book illustrated by Robert J. Lee Golden Press 1971
  49. The Fire House Book by Colin Bailey published by Golden Press.
  50. The Raggedy Ann Book by Janet Fulton, published by Golden Press1969.
  51. The Cowboy Book by Mel Crawford, published by Golden Press 1968.
  52. Framed Santa Claus picture for display.
  53. Red and green Christmas tray for display.
  54. The Desert Magazine Subject Index by Tom Budlong and Joan Books, published by Arthur H. Clark 1997. Items 46 through 54 donated by Al and Mareon Gartner. These are bu a few of the wonderful items they have donated.
  55. Booklet: The Oasis Trail at Twentynine Palms published by Joshua Tree National Monument Association. From the estate of David Bigler.
  56. 8X10" Black and white photograph of Twentynine Palms Artists Guild (building) circa 1938. Unknown donor as it was on the Library table without a note or Gift Agreement.
  57. Pepsi-Cola bottle. 1SA55 1-24 2 on bottom. Donated by Omer "Les" Snodgrass.

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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