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1 Volume 18, Issue 9 September 2015 Just prior to this months Harvest Moon we will have a presenta- tion on moonshine by noted author and historian Cliff Walker. Be sure to attend the meeting where he will give a Power Point pres- entation on one of his best selling books, “One Eye Red the Other Closed The California Bootlegging Years”. Cliff has been revising the book, which has been out of print for 15 years, and hopes to have it back from the publisher for the meeting. Anyone that has been to one of Cliff’s presentations knows it will be a good meet- ing and will probably have some surprises. 2 MEMBERSHIP CORNER 2015 Officers President John Marnell Vice President Fran Elgin Treasurer Lorena Gragg Recording Secretary VACANT Corresponding Secretary Marcy Taylor Past President John Bascom Directors: Tim Baggerly Mary Dutro Linda Chapman Newsletter Stormie Reid Membership/director at large Andrea M. Gutierrez Share your newsletter with a friend! If you have something to con- tribute to the newsletter E-mail it to stormie.mhsnewsletter@gmail. com **MEMBERSHIP* *CORNER* As of 9/4/15 *New Members* Gregg & Dana Bingham Apl Vly David & Pam Jackson Hesp Rich & Carol Leiby Apl Vly The end of the year is approaching and that means you will need to renew your member- ship. Share your newsletter with a friend! Better yet bring a friend to the next meeting September 24th. Dues/Memberships: Lifetime Single $150.00, Lifetime Family $200.00, Yearly dues for Jan-Dec 2015 Family/Couple $30, Single $20 For membership questions call Andrea or contact her at the meeting. *Andrea M. Gutierrez, Membership * Ph: 961 2731 * 3 Sept. 24 General Meeting Our guest speaker will be Cliff Walker and he will be giving a presentation on one of his best selling books “One Eye Closed The Other Red”. Sept. 26 Field Trip. Field trip to be determined. Oct. 22 General Meeting Hazel Stearns will be our speaker and her topic will be memories of early 1950’s Hes- peria and her book “Shaping Kate”. Oct. 24 Field Trip. Field trip to be determined. Nov. 19 General Meeting The speaker will be modern day Indians Jones Emmett Harder. His topic will be “The Ballarat Bandit. Note the meeting date for Nov. Nov. 21 Field Trip. Field trip to be determined. Dec. 10 Annual Christmas potluck. There will be a special skit at the potluck about Colonel Jewks. Events for 2015 It is time to start thinking about who will be represent- ing the membership next year. Nominations for officers for 2016 will begin this month with elections taking place at the November meeting. Offices up for election this year are: President (two year term) Treasurer Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Membership One Director Position It is That Time of Year Again Who Might This Be 4 Years and years ago a set of governing rules for the Mohahve Historical Society were written up. Over the years small changes have been made but they really were out of date, and not at all in agreement with the way our Society conducts business. So over the past several months a committee has gone about updating the By-laws, Policies & Procedures, and Constitution. The Board would like to adopt the changes and improvements. So these new By-laws and so forth need to go to the General Membership for approval. It is our plan to have the documents available at the September meeting for your review, then in November, when we have our general election we will also ask for approval of the new documents. To become effective we will need a simple ma- jority of members present to vote in the affirmative. You may email me a request for the documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be emailed the new documents. Just put Documents in the subject line. Mohahve Historical Society By - laws IN MEMORY Joseph Walter Monroe (Joe Monroe long time MHS member) June 9, 1926 - June 28, 2015 Joseph Monroe passed away quietly at age 89 of Parkinsons, with his daily newspaper at his side. Joe was born in Los Angeles, graduated from University of Santa Clara, served in the Army during the WWII era, settled his family in San Carlos, CA while working as a civil engi- neer and later retired to his desert home in Apple Valley in the late 1980s. He shared his love of the desert with his children and through active volunteer work on local water boards, historical clubs and the native plant society. His old yellow truck was a familiar sight, he was a well-known bee keeper, small plane pilot and a very generous blood donor. His family appreciated his dry sense of humor, his passion for hot air ballooning, bagpipes and ice cream. He spent his last years at the Veterans Home in Yountville. 5 So far, we have interviewed seven "old-timers" who have lived, worked, and contributed to the history of our Victor Valley com- munity. They included a real estate broker, a builder, a school- teacher, a librarian, a city councilman and attorney, and an entre- preneur who started the first fast food restaurant in Victorville-- who also happened to be the first woman accepted into the local Rotary organization. If you would like to be involved in this pro- ject, there are several options: - Suggest people you know who have lived in the Victor Val- ley for 40 years or more - Help by transcribing some of the interviews - Conduct your own interviews. We will provide the equip- ment and supplies - If you have a working tape recorder at your house, donate or loan it to us for this purpose. The goal is to help preserve our Local History by adding these tran- scribed interviews to the collection of over 250 transcripts on file at the college library, where MHS historical archives are kept. Many of these interviews were conducted in the 1960s and 1970s. MHS has added to the collection over the years. Now it's time to add some more to the archives. Historians, such as Dr. Leo Lyman and others have consulted this rich history not found anywhere else. We used information from some of them for the History of Victor Valley book, the Mohahve VI book, and the Yucca Loma book. Please call Fran Elgin at 760-961-9343 if you have suggestions or can assist in this project. Oral History Project This is the last newsletter I will be doing. It has been a lot of fun, most of the time, trying to come up with interesting articles for the newsletter. I would like to thank the past and present board mem- bers and the membership for their support. Next month Stormie Reid will take over as the newsletter pub- lisher and I believe she will do an excellent job. She will bring some new ideas and possibly a new format to the newsletter. It Has Been Fun 6 IMAGES OF THE PAST 2003 1996 7 Calico Mountains Archaeological Site Open Wednesday through Sunday. Volunteers may excavate the first weekend of each month, October through May. Call 760-254 -2248 for more information. 74th ANNUAL GEM-O-RAMA Sponsored by the Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society October 10-11, 2015 Saturday 7:30AM to 5PM - Sunday 7:30AM to 4PM SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building - 13337 Main St. (corner of Main & Trona Rd.) TRONA, CALIFORNIA OUTSTANDING SHOW - FREE ADMISSION Local Activities Upper and lower to the left and below are comparison pictures of the Travelers Monument along the Mojave Road located in the Mojave Sink salt flats. hese new By-laws and so forth need to go to the General Membership for approval. It is our plan to have the documents available at the September meeting for your review, then in November, when we have our general election we will also ask for approval of the new documents. To become effective we will need a simple ma- jority of members present to vote in the affirmative. You may email me a request for the documents to email@example.com and you will be emailed the new documents. Just put Documents in the subject line. Mohahve Historical Society By - laws IN MEMORY Joseph Walter Monroe (Joe Monroe long time MHS member) June 9, 1926 - June 28, 2015 Joseph Monroe passed away quietly at age 89 of Parkinsons, with his daily newspaper at his side. Joe was born in Los Angeles, graduated from University of Santa Clara, served in