Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

Accessions Report - Spring 2019

by Marilyn Collier

Wednesday morning volunteers

Did I mention busy fall season in the Winter edition? Things have slowed for the Accessions committee with the winter months, but there are ample opportunities for remaining busy.

Somehow I omitted Sue MacMahan in my last Accessions column. I pray that she forgives me. She has been volunteering at the 29 Palms Historical Society's Old Schoolhouse Museum and functions since 1997. For years she and Betty Holmes ran the Gift Shop. She was and is on the Accessions Committee and still serves as a docent. In fact, she is the one that trained me to be a docent. Now she has her hands full with the filing of documents and keeping the files in order and the record of where things are. It's enough to make one's head spin.

Our task force has changed again. Gretchen Himmeger has returned after a little more than three and one-half year's absence. Welcome back! She's back to data entry!

The negatives and photos are still Rosalee Mendoza's domain. Pat Rimmington and John Steiner are researching and installing the hardware in the files. Dana Bowden and Marilyn Fernald have created a new exhibit of 29 Palms signs from yesteryear in the main exhibit room. Cheryl Erickson works with Velma Holland on our Library books and data entry, plus handling any Thank You correspondence.

Jim Krushat is still compiling funds and items for a military exhibit and the Membership Roll. Nolan has all the Treasurer duties. Les Snodgrass continues the construction work for the Expansion addition among all his other duties. Since retiring, Larry Bowden has joined him, and I noticed Bob Carter out there also. I know there have been more, but I'm not here to see them.

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 on that day. 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. Three articles by Don Downing about Condor Field Training at Condor Field AA WWII.
  2. Photo copy of Old Schoolhouse Journal, Page 4, Summer 2017 edition about Jim Kruschet's coming exhibition of Army/Airforce and Army Military WWII.
  3. Army/Airforce Regulation No. 62-15 April 9, 1943. RESTRICTED is at top and bottom, plus a small paragraph on the bottom explaining why the information is restricted. Donated by
  4. Leather Strop for sharpening a straight razor. Leather is separated from backing. C 1900
  5. Thigh high 100% cotton women's hose with price tag still attached. It reads: Chevalier 59 cents. C 1930's
  6. White cotton full size woman's slip with tag attached. Logcraft Brand (size 38). C 1930-1940.
  7. White, large sized woman's slip. May be homemade as lace has been hand sewn onto the hem. Last three items donated by Dana Bowden
  8. A big Thanks to Robin Anaya as she has donated 27 items from Cowboy Attic to be sold through our Gift Shop and the rest stored at Dana Bowden's workshop if you wish to have a look at the items. All proceeds are to go to our Building Expansion Fund. The list is too extensive to include here, but you should know that there are many artwork pieces and a large light fixture.'
  9. Condor Field Vol. 1 No. 1 Twentynine Palms, California Scrapbook compiled by Vinton Harz.
  10. The Desert Trail, Friday, January 15, 1943 Commemorative Edition saluting Twentynine Palms Air Academy. Its first Anniversary.
  11. The Thermal Southern California Assoc., Inc. July 1946.
  12. 6th AAFGD Class of 42-43 Condor
  13. Silent Wings March 1990 Edition
  14. On Tow June 1990 Last Issue
  15. Road Runner 1991 Senior Edition
  16. Sunday Magazine (Hi-Desert Star) Nov. 11, 1990 Glider pilot Vinton Harz featured.
  17. Card to Lois and Vinton Harz
  18. Wild Cat Gazette First Copy for 40-41 September 15, 1940 Items 9 through 18 donated by April Harz Kuhlmeyer.
  19. Woman's white dickie wit pleated front. There is a bow at the collar.
  20. Woman's white dickie with sheared front. Handmade.
  21. Leather sewing box with green velvet interior and swing out compartments for needles, thread, measuring tape, thimble, small scissors, etc.
  22. Boxes from Mark Renfort estate with items for sale. You'll find them at Bowden's Shop. The last four items are all from Mark Renfort estate and donated by Eli Marshall.
  23. Elena's Secret of Mexican Cooking by Dlena Zelayeta. Published by Prentice-Hall Inc. 6th Printing May 1963. Round Up Room written on first Page and Round Up Room and address also stamped on first page. Donated by Pat Rimmington.
  24. Minerals of California Bulletin 136 1952 Supplement. Written by Moseph Murdock and Robert W, Webb. Published by Department of National Resources Division of Mines.
  25. A Grad Score Brand Books written by Robert W. Blew. Published by Westerners Los Angeles Corral 1999. Both items found in Library from Gartner Collection.
  26. Aboriginal American Indian Basketry by Otis Tufton Mason. Published by Peregrine Smith 1976
  27. Bill Mann's Guide, Guide to the Calicos: Ghost Mining Camps and Scenic Areas Vol. 3, writtem by William Jack Mann. Published by Shortfuse Publishing Co.
  28. Bill Mann's Guide To 50 Interesting Sites in The Mohave Vol 2 by William Jack Mann, published by Shortfuse Publishing Co. Signed and Inscribed by author. These two items also found in Library.
  29. Food To Light Up Your Life by the Hospice of Morongo Volunteers. Published by Cookbook Publishers 1994.
  30. Retaliation in Kind by Kathryn Allen. Published by Vantage Press 1994. Inscribed to Pat Rimmington with personal message and signed by author. She lived here while she wrote and published this novel. Donated by Pat Rimmington.

Please be aware that the different ways I type in information with or without capital letters means that I am copying it from the way it was spelled or written on the item. Dates and addresses are something that people who setting up the titles or recording the information used different styles.

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