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Tom Schweich  

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Literature Cited
 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.

 

 

   

1950s

 

Full Size ImageThe house next door.  
Olga in front of the house next door.

Photograph assumed to be taken in Yakima, WA, in the early 1950s and late 1940s.

  Death of Peter Paul Pawluk

Full Size ImageFront Yard on Woodcock St., Sylmar.  
In the front yard at the Woodcock St. house.

 

   

1950

 

 

   

1951

 

Full Size ImageTommy and the Daylight.  
Location: Sylmar, California.

Full Size ImageWilson girls with Martha and Tommy.  
Location: Kansas City, KS

 

   

1952

 

Full Size ImageLockheed plant at Palmdale in 1952
Full Size ImagePaul Schweich in office at Lockheed, 1952
Full Size ImagePaul Schweich at work.  
 

Full Size ImageBack yard in Palmdale.
Full Size ImageMartha and Tom on the California Riding and Hiking Trail in Bouquet Canyon
Full Size ImageFront of rental house, 1118 E. Ave. P-14.  
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Lot for the new house.
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View of Desert View Highlands housin development from hills to the south.
 

Full Size ImageIvan and Olga's house in Yakima.
Full Size ImageCabin on Yakima River
Full Size ImageMt. Shasta  
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Paul, Martha, Tom, Olga and Ivan
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Sisters Olga and Lydia
Trip to see Ivan and Olga in Yakima, Washington.

Full Size ImageMartha, Tom, and Lydia at Crater Lake.  
Visit to Crater Lake on the way home from Yakima.

Full Size ImageAt Coit Tower, San Francisco  
Visit to San Francisco on the way home from Yakima.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImagePalmdale School, Third Grade, 1952-3, Mrs. Connely
Full Size ImagePalmdale School, Third Grade, 1952-3  

Palmdale School, 3rd Grade, Mrs. Connely.

Other articles: Yucca Tree Street at 38969
Full Size ImageChristmas, 1952
Full Size ImageChristmas, 1952  

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Christmas, 1952
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Christmas, 1952
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Christmas, 1952
Christmas in Palmdale.

 

   

1953

 

Full Size ImageT-33 (?) at Palmdale
Full Size ImageShed at Lockheed Palmdale plant.
Full Size ImageInside Shed at Lockheed Palmdale plant.  
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TR-411 with pilot.
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TR-414 ready to go
 

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Full Size ImageSnow, January (?) 1953  

 

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Full Size ImagePlanting first tree, a fruitless mulberry, in February 1953  

Planting our first tree, a fruitless mulberry, in February 1953.

Full Size ImageJanice and John in their front yard.  
Inscribed "Janice & John, front yard, Oct '53, Roswell, N. M."

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImagePalmdale School, Fourth Grade, 1953-4, Mrs. Morse
Full Size ImagePalmdale School, Fourth Grade, 1953-4  

Palmdale School, Fourth Grade, Mrs. Morse.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImageMartha, 6th Grade School Photo
Full Size ImageMartha, 6th Grade School Photo  

 

Full Size ImageMartha and Tom - 1953 - 11 & 8 respectively.  
 

 

   

1954

 

Full Size ImageMartha and Tom, sometime in 1954.  
 

Other articles: Yucca Tree Street at 38969
Full Size ImageBackyard, before the early Summer 1954 photos.
Full Size ImageView from backyard in Palmdale.  

Spring 1954. View of backyard in Palmdale. The back yard wall is still under construction.

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Full Size ImageBackyard, early Summer 1954.  

Photos in back yard, early summer 1954.

Full Size ImagePaul, Sydney Gale, Merrilee
Full Size ImageBreakfast on shore of Lake Tahoe.
Full Size ImageBathing at Lake Tahoe  
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Hope Valley in Summer 1954
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Upper Carson Valley in Summer 1954
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Echo Lake in Summer 1954.
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Taking a break on the ill-fated hike to Star Lake.
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Tom with fish caught at Angora Lake, near Lake Tahoe.
Two vacations this summer? Vacation at Lake Tahoe. Paul, Sydney Gale, and Merrilee, near Lake Arrowhead.

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Full Size ImagePaul's 1952 MG TD, Summer 1954.
Full Size ImageThe Virginia City Cemetery  

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Entrance to the Occidental Mine near Virginia City.
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The view from the entrance to the Comstock Mine.
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The old schoolhouse in Virginia City.
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Virginia City from the Cemetery.
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Virginia City from the Cemetery.
Day trip to Virginia City. Pauls 1952 MG TD, Summer 1954.

Full Size ImageLocomotive in Carson City, NV  
Our day trip to Virginia City must have included a stop in Carson City, because this locomotive, the Glenbrook, was on display there.

Full Size ImageMartha with her corn patch.
Full Size ImageTom with his corn patch.  
Martha and Tom with their corn patches.

Full Size ImageIrma, Bob, and Ruby in July 1954.
Full Size ImageLydia Schweich and Ruby Shaw
Full Size ImagePaul, Ruby, Tom, and Martha  
Aunt Ruby comes to visit.

Full Size ImagePicnic on Mt. Wilson.
Full Size ImagePicnic on Mt. Wilson.  
"We meet Bob and Vera for a picnic at Mt. Wilson so Aunt Ruby can go home with them for a visit.

Full Size ImageMartha is pom-pom girl in 7th grade with Palmdale School band.  
Martha is pom-pom girl in 7th grade with Palmdale School band.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImagePalmdale School, Fifth Grade, 1954-5, Mrs. Salestrom
Full Size ImageTom's 5th Grade Class Photo  

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Tom's 5th Grade Photo
Tom's 5th Grade Photo

Full Size ImageChristmas 1954 group photo  
 

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImageView of Desert View Highlands.  

View of the housing development in which we lived: Desert View Highlands.

 

   

1955

 

Full Size ImageFirst Baptist Church of Phoenix
Full Size ImagePicnic in the park in Phoenix.  
First Baptist Church. Ivan Bell was the pastor of this church.

Full Size ImageFire!  
The block behind our house was under construction by the Snow Wallace Construction Company. One fine weekend day, the construction office caught fire, and I had a wonderful time photographing it all. I don't know the actual date. However, judging from the position of this photo in the album, it was probably between Easter and Summer 1955.

Full Size ImageHiking in the hills to the south.  
Tom, Diane Marston, and Martha. Anaverde Valley in the background of the upper photo. Desert View Highlands in the background of the lower photo.

Full Size ImageWhat I Had For Pets.
Full Size ImagePalmdale School playground  
 

Full Size ImageHorseback riding at Blue Jay.
Full Size Image"Riding instruction courtesy of Vaquero Schweich."
Full Size ImageMartha, Sydney Gale, Merrilee, and Tom on a float in Lake Arrowhead.  
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Martha at Lake Gregory.
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Tom at Lake Gregory.
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Bob and Paul go sailing on Lake Arrowhead.
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Cabin where we stayed near Lake Arrowhead.
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Horseback riding at Blue Jay.
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Martha riding at Blue Jay Stables.
Summer Vacation. I think the cabin in which we stayed was probably at the present day location of Twin Peaks.

There was one summer vacation at Lake Arrowhead when I broke my arm falling off the high bar. I was unable to attend Boy Scout Summer Camp that summer because of my broken arm. However, later that summer, I went with Kevin Klages and his dad to Yosemite. Since I was in the Boy Scouts, I would have had to be 11 years old. So the earliest it could have been was 1956. But it looks like we vacationed in Big Bear in 1956 without the Shaws. Something is not adding up here.

Literature Cited:
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Locations: Tioga Lodge.  

Tioga Pass Buried in 50 Ft. of Debris

Lee Vining (Mono County). July 23 -- The historic Tioga Lodge on the edge of Mono Lake near here lost five buildings when cloudbursts swept along a torrent of rocks and debris that also blocked a five-mile stretch of the Tioga Pass Highway 12 miles away.

The famed highway, “back door” entrance to Yosemite National Park, lay buried for long stretches under 50 feet of earth and boulders.

State highway crews, most of whose power equipment is employed in battling snow in the wintertime, attacked the blockage on Highway 395 in the Tioga Lodge area first, clearing that today. They estimated it would take two to three weeks of work in the pass road.

No injuries were reported from the two cloudbursts which hit Thursday and yesterday. But Deputy Sheriff Loren O"Dell said scores of campers were marooned for a time along the Tioga Pass. However, most of them were reached by Yosemite Park rangers and brought to shelter today.

At the resort on Mono Lake a 400-foot fan-shaped mud “peninsula” bore entire cabins, seven private cars, a highway truck, a small hydroelectric plant, a roadside service station, and the effects of many vacationers.

For three and one-half hours yesterday, a 20-foot wall of water boiled down Andy Thompson Creek for two miles, descending 3,500 feet on its way to Mono Lake.

Everything in the raging torrent's path -- house-sized boulders, and eventually houses, tree, and cars were swept into the lake with it.

Authorities view the carnage and said it was a miracle that no one has been reported killed or injured.

This little mountain community was hit by similar cloudbursts and their after-effects 13 years ago but old settlers said none of the torrents of past years ever wreaked so much havoc.

One eight-room building at the Lodge, a structure 108 feet by 40 feet, was snapped into matchwood fragments in 20 minutes, tumbling over and over as the water roared over, under, and through it.

Some 21 linemen of the California Electric Power Company were cut off in their work camp on the Tioga Pass, but they said their supply of food was plentiful. A temporary road was being buldozed to reach them.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImageYucca School, Sixth Grade, 1955-6, Mr. Little
Full Size ImageTom's 6th Grade Photo  

6th Grade, Yucca School, Mr. Little

Full Size ImageI make squeeky noises in the school band.  
I'm in the school band.

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Full Size ImageWhat my dad gave himself for Christmas, a 1955 Studebaker
Full Size ImageBugs Bunny, Christmas 1955  

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Bugs Bunny, Christmas 1955
 

Full Size ImageMartha, Christmas 1955
Full Size ImageMartha, Christmas 1955
Full Size ImageMartha, Christmas 1955  
 

Locations: Red Rock Canyon.
Full Size ImageRed Rock Canyon the day after Christmas, 1955
Full Size ImageRed Rock Canyon the day after Christmas, 1955  

Red Rock Canyon the day after Christmas, 1955.

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Full Size ImageLydia in the snow at Palmdale.
Full Size ImageQuarter midget in the snow  

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Snow in December 1955?
Quarter midget in the snow.

 

   

1956

 

Full Size ImageQuarter midget in Quartz Hill.
Full Size ImageQuarter Midget  
Racing quarter midgets in Quartz Hill

Full Size ImageTom in front of the Pussy Willow my mom wanted me to have.  
Me by my pussy willow in my section of the garden.

Full Size ImagePawluk family in Omaha.  
Annotations on the backs of the photos, probably written by Betty, from left to right: "Janice and John on our back steps. John has his birthday shirt on. He was very pleased and tells you thanks loads." "Ribs and Janice in the laundry room. This was only a pose on Ribs part, believe me." "Pete walking across the room."

Full Size ImageFour boys and a snake  
Four boys and a snake.

Full Size ImageEnd of school year party.  
End of school year party, 6th grade.

Full Size ImageMG TD in front of our house.
Full Size ImageDad in his MG TD.
Full Size ImageDad by his MG TD.  
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The MG TD by itself.
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Dad in his MG TD.
Photos of my dad's MG TD.

Full Size ImageCabin at Big Bear
Full Size ImageBig Bear, Summer 1956  
Summer vacation at Big Bear.

Other articles: California Highway 41 Inspiration Point

Locations: Vernal Fall. Yosemite National Park.
Full Size ImageKevin Klages and his dad crossing the bridge below Vernal Falls.  

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My photo of Vernal Fall in 1956.
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Deer in Yosemite Valley.
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A bear got into the cooler that was left out.
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Kevin and his dad, Ward Klages.
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Yosemite Valley from Wawona Tunnel in 1956.
The first summer of my Boy Scout career, I left arm was in a cast, and I was unable to go to summer camp with my troop. In part to make up for my disappointment, but probably also to accompany Kevin, Kevin Klages and his dad invited me to go to Yosemite with them. We camped in the valley for four or five nights, and dined on trout that Kevin's dad caught in the Merced River. Kevin and I slept in the tent while his dad slept in the back of his truck. A bear came through camp one day and ripped open the cooler. Kevin and I were quite excited; Mr. Klages not so much. We hiked to the top of Vernal Fall and beyond, where I took a photo of Nevada Fall. I don't remember it we made it up to the top or not. For the last night we drove to Tuolumne Meadows. It was cold enough that night for the tent to remain standing after we removed the poles. The next day we drove over Tioga Pass, which was still a gravel road in those days.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImageMr. Smith's 7th Grade Class  

Mr. Smith's 7th Grade class.

Full Size ImageDining room, kitchen through door at right.
Full Size ImageLiving room.
Full Size ImageLiving room.  
Photos inside our Palmdale house.

Full Size ImageChristmas, 1957
Full Size ImageMy mother and Vera Shaw clean up after Christmas dinner.
Full Size ImageChristmas tree, 1956.  

(left to right): Bob Shaw, Paul R. Schweich, Martha Schweich, Merrilee Shaw, Irma Schweich, Sydney Gale Shaw.

 

   

1957

 
  Death of Paul Robert Schweich

Full Size ImageAunt Olga and Uncle Ivan at Phoenix First Baptist, 1957  
Photograph of Aunt Olga and Uncle Ivan at the Phoenix First Baptist Church in Phoenix. Photographer unknown.

Full Size ImageMe, my mother and sister Martha in the back yard on Easter Sunday.
Full Size ImageMother, Dad, and Martha on Easter 1957.
Full Size ImageMe on Easter 1957  
 

Full Size ImageMy 7th grade girlfriend, MaryLou McNulty, at Marineland.
Full Size ImageDiver at Marineland.  
Seventh grade field trip to Marineland.

 

 

Locations: Camp Jubilee.
Full Size ImageBob Oman, Kevin Klages, and John Csongradi drink from the irrigation ditch before we were told not to.
Full Size ImageBob shows the beads we were awarded in competition.  

Camp-O-Ree at Jubilee Scout Ranch

My first camping trip as a new Boy Scout was at Jubilee Scout Ranch. This was probably in Spring 1956. There were four of us crammed into a thin-fabric orange tent. I was on the outside. We slept on the cobbles of the wash. The first night I was terrified of having to go to bed. The second night I was exhausted and relieved when I could lay down.

My troop went to Jubilee Scout Ranch once or twice a year. But after the first time, we always camped on the mesa above the wash.

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Kevin, John, and Bob in our campsite.
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View of Camp Jubilee.
 

 

 

Other articles: Forest Road 3N17 at Nike site

Locations: Mount Gleason.
Full Size ImageInside the Nike battery.  

Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 18th

Mount Gleason Nike Site

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Moving a missle onto the elevator.
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The view from Mt. Gleason Nike Site.
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Moving the missle from the elevator to the launch platform.
 

Locations: Guffy Camp.
Full Size ImagePicnic dinner at Guffy Camp.
Full Size ImagePicnic dinner at Guffy Camp.  

Picnic dinner at Guffy Camp.

 


Full Size ImageFirst Class Scout.
Full Size ImageTom guards the barbeque.  
Tom's Summer Scout Uniform.
  Boy Scout Summer Camp at Yosemite National Park in August 1957

It looks like we hiked to the top of Vernal Fall, if not higher, and hiked to Glacier Point, and chased a bear into the Merced River.

 
Full Size ImagePicnic lunch at Mt. Palomar en route to San Diego.
Full Size ImageMe and a tortoise at the San Diego Zoo.  

Summer vacation in San Diego.

We stayed at Ocean Manor, 1370 Sunset Cliffs Drive, now known as the Inn at Sunset Cliffs. Last time I saw it, it looked a little run down.

Locations: Palmdale.
Full Size ImagePalmdale High School gym under construction.
Full Size ImagePalmdale High School under construction.  

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Palmdale High School under construction.
Construction of Palmdale High School.

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Full Size ImageThe front of the house.
Full Size ImageCoffee in the living room.  

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A set piece of family togetherness.
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East corner of the house.
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Martha in her room with Dusty, her cat.
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My mother, Lydia, in the back yard.
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Dad pretends to enter the front door.
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Mother sets the table.
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Dan and Eleanor Marston come to dinner.
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View of back yard through dining room window.
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My mother, Lydia, in the living room.
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Paul at rest.
Photos of the house at 38969 Yucca Tree Street, Palmdale.

Full Size ImageMartha waits on the dock to go to San Miguel Island.  
The Lockheed Recreation Club sponsored a trip to San Miguel Island.

Full Size ImageTom's school photo, December 1957  
Tom's school photo.

 

   

1958

 

 

   

1959

 

 

   

January 1959

 
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