The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to invite the media to attend the upcoming open house courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Historical Society. All interested historians are welcome to join department employees as we watch restored footage from the Sheriff’s Department History, see artifacts, and listen to stories.
WHERE: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters –
Upstairs Conference Room
655 E. Third Street, San Bernardino
WHEN: June 28, 2011
TIME: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
I encourage everyone to go and see our history and hear the great stories of winning the West.
I think I told you all about my donating the Original Jail Door and Window Bars of the “Original 29 Palms Jail” that one was in one of the Adobe Buildings in the “Old Historic Plaza”. I donated it to the San Bernardino County Sheriff Historical Society several years ago.
The story goes….My dad was still alive when the City of Twentynine Palms got a hair in their ass about Gerri Hagman’s Buildings in the Plaza. They swore that the Jail was unreinforced adobe. It turned out to have more Rebar than a Skyscraper. It was the original jail in town. It was made to keep folks in and it did. Anyways…. They demanded that the building be torn down and abated the building. My dad was a good friend of Gerri and he ended up with the door and the iron windows of the jail. Dad died in 1993.
When I found out what they were, after going through my dads stuff after his death, I tried to give the doors to the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, but by that time it was filled with a bunch of self-important assholes who sure as hell were not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. What can you expect from a jerks that do not know the difference between a Hog Ranch and a Homestead?
A couple of years later I was contacted by the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Historical Society who had tracked down the doors through their research. Gerri called me and we met with the curator of the proposed Sheriffs Historical Society Museum. Long story short, I was eager to donate the doors in the name of my father to someone who could and has appreciated the historical significance… They have displayed the door and other artifacts with dignity and it makes me proud to have made the donation.
I was supposed to have gotten an San Bernardino Sheriffs Commendation letter presented to me, but the then City Manager Michael Swigart, actually trashed the letter and refused to pass it on to me. Those were dark days my friends. It was not until I was told of the honor given to me several years later by Sheriff Penrod himself that Councilman Steve Spear took it into his own hands to rectify the indignity and I was later presented a reissued letter at a Council Meeting.
It is too bad the knuckleheads at our own Historical Society were such a bunch of snooty pricks or they could be displayed at the old school house. But they would have rather, boiled and ate their own children than deal with Dan O’Brien.