Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Summer 2017

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Our desert spring has been cooler than normal, but now the temperatures will remind us that summer is almost here. Our Accessions crew still finds things that need to be done. Les Snodgrass our President is always busy with some project.

Jim Krushat is doing a great job as the new Membership person. I even have an updated list! Sue McMahan keeps cutting out the necessary items and filing them when not busy with the Gift Shop accounts. Marilyn Fernald has rearranged the main exhibit room with spring decorations. Joni Franklin has been entering the accessed items from years ago into the electronic archives. Rosalie Mendoza continues to scan those thousands of negatives we have and keep receiving. Pat Rimmington keeps busy with the photograph files and research. John Steiner is doing research for articles that will be published. Cheryl Erickson has filing, writing Thank You notes to our donors, and continues to works with Velma Holland on the library items. The Gartner Collection should be on the shelves by the time you receive this Old Schoolhouse Journal.

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 for you to do.

We have had researchers visit us also. One group came to find a specific name on one of the no longer published newspapers. They didn't find the name, but they found information relating that person and the time in our area.

As you can see, researchers studying the history of Twentynine Palms or the Morongo Basin history are welcome to visit us on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 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 box of unopened Lux Soap c. 1940's
  2. Box of Pioneer Days Buttons
  3. 26-1/4" X 14-1/2" White framed print signed by artist Jessie Woodward. Frame by Dana Bowden.
  4. 20" X 9-1/2" by Mark Spicak. Wooden 27-1/4" x 17" wooden frame by Dana Bowden. First four items donated by Cotton and Marion Hall.
  5. Photograph of 29 Palms Inn Pond taken by Joan Jackson c. 1970's.
  6. Photograph of Old Barn, Morongo Valley taken by Joan Jackson, c. 1970's.
  7. A Man Two letters to Joan Jackson from the Department of Interior thanking her for her service as a volunteer.
  8. A certificate to Joan Jackson from the Department of Interior for her volunteer hours.
  9. Walnut plaque with bronze plate awarded to Joan Jackson upon retirement.
  10. Simulated wood plaque with yellow certificate awarded to Joan Jackson for Volunteer Hours. These six items donated by Patricia Keppner Walker.
  11. Novel: Man, True Man by Mari Collier. Self-published 2015. Signed and inscribed by author. Donated by Mari Collier.
  12. Shades of 29 Palms Project Release Forms, numbers of all the photos, and all the signed released forms with photos and corresponding numbers.
  13. Shades of 29 Palms original release form, Flyer, invitation, stated goals, and agenda.
  14. One set of Shades of 29 Palms negatives. Last three items from an anonymous donor.
  15. Biography: Purple Humming Bird A Biography of Elizabeth Crozier Campbell by Claude N. Warren and Joan S. Schneider, published by University Press 2017. Donated by 29 Palms Historical Society Gift Shop.
  16. Morongo Basin Transit Authority business give-a-way: calculator.
  17. A Textbook of Five Assaying by Edward E, Bugbee, original publishing 1940, third edition 1991 published by Metallurgical Laboratory, Inc.
  18. SVEDALAN Basic Svedala Pumps and Process published by Svedala (no publishing date)
  19. A Manual of Five Assaying by Charles Herman Fulton, E.M., published by Hill Publishing Company 1907.
  20. The Mining Catalogs by publishers of Coal Age and Engineering McGraw-Hill Publishing Co., Inc. 1945-1946.
  21. Redding Powder and Bullet Scale. The Redding Company.
  22. The original box for the Redding Powder and Bullet Scale. The label tells about powder grains and bullet weights. Last seven items donated by Robert and Edith Carter.
  23. 24" X 18" Desert Landscape by Alice Crockett and signed by artist. Wooden frame is 30" X 40". From Al and Marion Gartner Estate.
  24. Onyx ashtray and pen holder given in appreciation to Ruth Reese in 1973 from 29 Palms Board of Realtors. Donated by Rosalee Mendoza.
  25. Green glass insulator. CALIFORNIA A007 on it and the top is applied.
  26. Clear Hemmingray-8 insulator. Made in U. S. A. 190-60. Both donated by Pat Flanagan.
  27. Sand Shufflers (a square dance group) Pin. Found in old box of donated buttons.
  28. 11" X 14" oil painting of flowers by local artist Eleanor DeLara. Signed by artist. In a 19" X 22" wooden frame. Donated by Phillis Croonenberghs.
  29. Brown pottery shard 5X10",
  30. Brown and black pottery shard 3" X 4". Both found in old shed in local area. Donated by Jeff Johnson to Jim Woolsey.
  31. Book: Tales From No Man's Land California by Hank Kraychir, published by Kraychir Publications 2010. Donated by Omer "Les" Snodgrass.
  32. Butternut "The Coffee Delicious" Drip grind one pound coffee can. c. 1950's
  33. One pound Folgers Drip Grind coffee can. c. 1950's. Both coffee cans donated by Melanie Robbins.
  34. Postcard from the 1950's. It says: Greetings from Twentynine Palms and shows the front of the Joshua Tree National Monument Visitors Center with the newly planted cactus bed.
  35. Photograph taken 2017 shows the Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center with the same cactus bed that has matured. Both card and photograph donated by Laura Morang-Worsfold.
  36. Photos of Don Malone, Prudie Underhill, Blanche Ellis, and Ada Hatch taken when life masks (mask in main display room) were being made. Donated by Wayne Winiecki.

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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