Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California
"What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote." ~Edward Abbey
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OLD TIMER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2015 "Old Timer of the Year" honorees...
Bob and Edie Carter
Based on their quiet contributions to the community over many years, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society has selected Bob and Edie Carter as this year's Old Timers of the Year.
Bob was a toddler when he and his family moved to Twentynine Palms in 1949. He attended school here and graduated with the Twentynine Palms High School class of 1964. After the death of his father in 1969 Bob took over the family business, Carter's Cleaners. Bob and Edie operated the cleaners until 1991. From 1987 to 1999 Bob and Edie also operated Cottonwood Camping. Throughout their years in business the Carters continuously sponsored the high school band, A.S.B., and local sports teams.
Bob served as a volunteer fire fighter for nine years and was Captain of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department.
Edie served on the board of the Twentynine Palms Water District for twenty years and was a teacher with Morongo Unified School District. In 2010 she was named teacher of the month by the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club and was Oasis Elementary School teacher of the year in 2011.
Both Bob and Edie were actively involved in the beginnings of the High Desert Medical Center and the Theater in Joshua Tree. They were founding members of the Twentynine Palms Historical Society and Edie wrote and filed the Society's incorporation papers. Bob built many of the early displays and display cases for the museum and recently the Hastie Bus Exhibit building. Both have served on the board for several years and remain active in the Society.
The "Old Timer of the Year" program was created to honor early or long-time residents who contributed significantly to the development or betterment of the Twentynine Palms' community. The program is intended to honor "everyday heroes" whose contributions and efforts over the years have largely gone unsung.
The Carters have, in their quiet unheralded ways, contributed greatly to youth and betterment of the community of Twentynine Palms. We are proud to present them as our 2015 Old Timers of the Year.
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