Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Fall 2016

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

It's fall in the desert and our busy time is in full swing. The slower pace of summer didn't happen for your Accessions people as the books and other items from Al and Marion Gartner had to be entered and numbered. It kept Joni Franklin and me busy for two months. Velma Holland is still working on the cataloging and putting them on the shelves.

Two people have joined our committee. They are Rosalie Mendoza and Deanne Chatterton. Deanne has been busy entering items into the computer and Rosalie is scanning the old negatives and entering them into computer as a record of places and people that were here in the 1930s through several decades when negatives were stored. The rest of the crew continues to work on the exhibits, the gift shop, the filing of papers and identifying the places and people on photographs and negatives, the accounts, memberships, and, of course, the expansion plans.

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. DVD Morongo Basin Historical Society Presents: Morongo Valley Inn and Roughly Manor.
  2. DVD Morongo Basin Historical Society Presents: 29 Palms Inn and Adobes of 29 Palms.
  3. VuPoint Solutions Digital Film and Slide Converter. It converts 35 mm slides and negatives to SD Card. The box and manual are there. These three items donated by Al and Marion Gartner.
  4. Book: Coachella Valley California A Pictorial History by Patricia B. Laffin, published by Donning Company Publishers 1998. Inscribed and signed by author. Donated by Pat Rimmington.
  5. Three finger aviation mitten/gloves used during World War II. These belonged to Paul Edwin Laine, a civilian glider pilot instructor at Condor Field.
  6. The Condor Class 43-7 Twentynine Palms Air Academy February-March 1943. Graduation book of names and photos.
  7. Paul E. Laine Mathematics Supplement Study Manual.
  8. Class 43 4-6 6th AAFATD Twentynine Palms Air Academy. Graduation book with names and photos.
  9. Class Photo book: Crosswind, Class 43-J Twentynine Palms Air Academy
  10. Class Photo book: Crosswind Class 44-A Primary 29 Palms Air Academy 29 Palms, CA
  11. Crosswind Class 44-C 28 Palms Air Academy 29 Palms, California
  12. Crosswind Class 44E Primary Condor Field 29 Palms, California
  13. Crosswind Class 44-G Condor Field Primary School 29 Palms, California
  14. Magazine: Soaring Volume Four October/November 1940 No. 10-11
  15. Magazine: Soaring Sails (reprint from Skyway Magazine) Twentyine Palms Air Academy Twentynine Palms, California
  16. Magazine: Soaring Volume 7 September/October 1943 No. 9-10
  17. Magazine: Soaring Volume Eight March/April 1944 No. 3-4.
  18. Certificate of Completion Paul E. Laine Flight Instructors Revaluation Course 1973
  19. Article from Desert Trail: Condor Field Instructor Killed. September 14, 1943.
  20. Order for Transfer to report for Induction. Paul E. Laine 1943
  21. Provisional Work Book AAF TRAINING Command Paul E. Laine Radio Communications Introduction Transmitting Equipment.
  22. Twenty-four photographs relating to Paul E. Laine's time in Twentynine Palms, CA at Condor Field and later years as test pilot with Elliot Sees at Edwards Air Force Base and photo copies of test plane, and Wikipedia bio of Elliot Sees. The items relating to Paul E. Laine and Condor Field were donated by John Laine.
  23. 18"x24" For Sale orange Realty sign. Silas S. Stanley Realtor 29 Palms KO-72562 Donated by Pat Rimmington.
  24. U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Magazines: Community Impact Report 2016, Community Impact 2013, Through The Lens 2010, Through The Lens The Road to Combat 2011, Through The Lens Training 2012, Through The Lens Crown Jewels of the Marines 2013, Through The Lens, Art of Warriors 2014, Through The Lens Commitment to Excellence 2015, U. S. Marine Corps Air Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California 60th Anniversary Commemoration 1952-2012.
  25. Twelve U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Posters 11-1/2" X 17"
  26. Three U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Posters 17-1/2" X 21-1/2"
  27. Eight U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Posters 21" X 24"
  28. Discover Johnson Valley Map
  29. Twelve U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Outreach brochures.
  30. Six Outreach Postcards
  31. Four Outreach business cards. All of the U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center items were donated by the U. S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and to us through an agent.
  32. Belt Buckle: Leslie Salt Badge of Quality on Merchants Shelf 1910 in raised print on front. On back it says: Limited edition 539. This belonged to William Frank Duke. Donated by Kenny Duke.
  33. Cookbook: Come Into Our Kitchen published by Officer Wives Club Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms 1968-1969. Inside front page says: A gift from Sue McMahan. Found in Library. Unknown donor.
  34. Framed photograph of Linda Burns (as a child). She was delivered by Dr. Ince and weighed on baby scale in our main exhibit room. The photo is by the baby scale. Donated by John Burns.
  35. 21-1/2" X 24" wooden frame surrounding a 20" X 22" lithograph called Prospector and Burro by Norma Android Original Etching signed by artist and numbered 82/140 Registration Number 8-10095. Donated by M. Jeff Ohlfs. He states this was given to him by Art Kidwell and hung in his JTNP office since 1992.
  36. Fifteen older Pioneer Days buttons and one wooden nickel. Donated by Jaime Zwicker.

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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