Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Spring 2018

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Spring should be on its way, when you receive your copy of the Old Schoolhouse Journal, but it hasn't made it as I sit composing this report. We thought it was here early when some of us saw the circling buzzards. Then the cold returned to remind us that it is winter.

Sandy Rogers has joined our Accessions Team. She is entering the photos into the Past Perfect computer data. Rosalee Mendoza still has hundreds and hundreds of old negatives to scan. Marilyn Fernald and sometimes Pat Rimmington and Sue McMahan try to identify some of our earlier townspeople. Greg Mendoza has been helping to identify the old businesses that once graced our Historic Plaza.

The Christmas display has long gone, but Marilyn Fernald left the display on Barbara Grether Schneider and the winter of 1949. Do drop by and have a look at an early day heroine.

It seems people are still clearing out their spaces. We have been endowed with a trove of photos and items from the Hockett estate. We are still sorting through and identifying them. We are so grateful to have all these items and photos from one of our early homesteaders. I'll mention them in the summer issue.

We are all busy at the necessary tasks. Joni Franklin is still entering items into the date base that were accessed years ago, but had only a paper trail. Jim Krushat keeps the membership up to date, Nolan Lockwood works on his Treasury duties, Cheryl Erickson and I are sorting through the Hockett items. She also writes the Thank You's and I work on the other items we have received. Sue McMahan has enough filing that I times I file what I've routed in that direction. John Steimer is busy researching. Velma Holland works on the library books. Les Snodgrass has the computer issues, expansion, and all the other problems that can and do arise.

All 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. Asepto Snake Bite Outfit No. 2006. In the can are the tourniquet, Suction cup, Iodine patches, single edged blades for crosscut, and instructions for us. On the outside of can: Made by Becton Dickson, and Co. Rutherford, NJ. Donated by Omer "Les" Snodgrass.
  2. Scrapbook: Commemorating the Building of the Thomas H. Ince Hospital. It's filled with photos of building, reception, clippings, and signatures of those attending the official opening.
  3. Photographs of Bill and Sally Ince, and seven photographs of General Patton's Camp by Eddie Adams. The scrapbook and photographs donated by Stephanie Ince through Greg Mendoza.
  4. Postcard made by Royal Pictures of Colton, CA. Picture on back is of a covered wagon pulled by cattle and says: 29Palms or Bust.
  5. Business card of Ray V. Wilburn, Sgt. Maj. USMC Retired. Various clippings from Desert Trail Newspaper. Last two items donated by Jeff Ohlfs.
  6. Homemade Display box 21" X 16-1/2" and 5" deep. It holds cobbler tools: Iron stand to put shoe on and four different iron shoe sizes from toddler to adult. The tap hammer was outside of the box. Donated by someone named Tom, Retired Master Chief. He did not write his surname. Please if you know who this is or are that person, contact us on Wednesday morning.
  7. Official land patent 160 Acres granted to George U. Pfeiffer on June 15, 1933. In oak frame 15-3/4" X 12-3/4". Donated by Euginade Haas, the granddaughter or Herman Pfeiffer.
  8. Three burner gas camp stove. Metal is rusted. Donated by Richard Sigler.
  9. Photograph 35" X 33" and mounted. The photograph is of a TG-2 glider near the hangar on Condor Field.
  10. Mounted photograph 35" X 33" of makeshift HQ for Marine Department. It was the form Ops Building for Condor Field.
  11. Mounted photograph 35" X 33" of construction of Marine barracks 1955 era.
  12. Mounted photograph 35" X 33" USMC Headquarters Building 29 Palms base. Circa late 1950's.
  13. Mounted photograph 35" X 33" of old main gate to the USMC Training Center 29 Palms.
  14. Mounted photograph 21" X 34" two-sided Views of USMC MCAGCC c. 2008. The USMC Marine Base photographs donated by MCAGCC Protocol Office Command Group through Irene Cruz as agent.
  15. El Oasis 1941. This belongs to Bill Krushat is written on first page. Donated by "Jim" James Michael Krushat.
  16. Southwest Museum Papers Number Seven An Archeological Survey of Twenty Nine Palms Region by Elizabeth Crozier Campbell. Published by Southwest Museum Highland Park, LA, Calif. 1931 Reprinted 1963. Donor Unknown.
  17. DVD Case, DVD California Promise. Published by KC Keefer. Donated by KC Keefer through Joe de Kehoe.
  18. White ceramic boot with 29 Palms in gold down the front. The maker's mark is obliterated, but looks like a Beulah Claire ceramic.
  19. Brown ceramic boot with spur. It has a base on front with 29 PALMS CALIFORNIA in gold. Two match books: One with Marine Base logo, one with 29 Palms Inn.
  20. The Lady From 29 Palms by Allie Wrubel sheet music with picture of Andrew Sisters on front. Pub. By Martin Music, Hollywood, Copyright 1947.
  21. The Lady From 29 Palms by Allie Wrubel sheet music. Introduced by Tony Martin. His picture is on the front. All other information the same.
  22. Twentynine Palms Monopoly Game commissioned by the Kiwanis Club. Never used.
  23. Unit coin, Delta Company MCCES that was given for Special Recognition.
  24. U. S. Marine Air Ground Combat Center Post Card.
  25. U. S. Marine Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms shoulder patch.
  26. 29 Palms Fire Department photograph. Shows Christopher Giertz and another unidentified man putting out a fire.
  27. 29 Palms High School Gold Card. It was good through 2007.
  28. Letter from Benji H. Steeg, P.M. via Air Mail. Flown from 29 Palms Mailed May 19, 1938.
  29. 1993 Annual Dinner Button Old Schoolhouse Museum created by Don Malone.
  30. Total of 103 29 Palms Button Pins and one 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians.
  31. Frasher Postcard titled Evening at 29 Palms.
  32. 29 Palms Root Beer Bottle with cap.
  33. 29 Palms Root Beer Bottle without cap.
  34. All of the items from number 19 through 33 donated by Merle and Martha Weale.
  35. White square ceramic cup with Bill and horseshoe in gold on one side created by Beulah Claire.
  36. White square ceramic cup with Prudie and horseshoe in gold on one side created by Beulah Claire. Last two items donated by Ann Congdon.

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. I have donation from a prominent member of our community that I could not include. I haven't neglected it. I'm just waiting for the signed paper. 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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