Past Tense: Nov. 17, 2011

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In this photo, published Nov. 30, 1995, crowds gather before the sun has set to get a good seat for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The crowds have increased in number each year. This year the ceremony is slated for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov.26. File photo

65 years ago – 1946

The new electrical substation was almost ready for service. It was expected to greatly improve power service for the Hill.

55 years ago – 1956

Some Banning youngsters took a one-day outdoor education course at the Arts Foundation. One of them later wrote the instructor (Emax), “I enjoyed hiking with you. Your job was to make us hungry and you sure did it.”

50 years ago – 1961

Residents were grumbling as they received their tax bills. The county rate rose from $1.86 to $2.07 per $100 of assessed valuation.

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Two young men were injured, one seriously, in a fall while descending Tahquitz Rock. Besides that, their companion rolled his car while racing from Humber Park to summon aid.

45 years ago – 1966

On a snowy election day, Idyllwild and Pine Cove voted overwhelmingly Republican. Reagan received 565 votes in four precincts, against 156 for Brown.

40 years ago – 1971

Markers went up on Highway 74 designating it a State Scenic Highway, the longest stretch of Scenic Highway in Southern California.

35 years ago – 1976

Trailfinders alumni, including a sprinkling of celebrities, attended a ground breaking at the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve near Lake Fulmor. A 2,400-square-foot multipurpose lodge was to be built on the property.

30 years ago – 1981

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