Left: Ground is broken on a location for the new Idyllwild Library sometime in the 1960s at Fern Valley Corners. File photo
65 years ago – 1948
Pine Cove purchased a siren to install at Hoffman’s place. It was to be a means of calling people to the scene in case of emergency.
60 years ago – 1953
In Austria, Harry James was invited for coffee with a Viennese family who were proudly dressed in clothing contributed by Idyllwild citizens.
55 years ago – 1958
Anza Elementary School boasted a record enrollment of 29 students.
50 years ago – 1963
The Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit rescued two stranded Marines from Tahquitz Peak in the chilly early morning hours. The men had lashed themselves to the rock during the night so they wouldn’t fall off.
45 years ago – 1968
The new Idyllwild Historical Society held its first open meeting and invited everyone to attend.
40 years ago – 1973
The first Idyllwild Bluegrass Invitational, held at Town Hall, featured more than five hours of country and bluegrass music.
35 years ago – 1978
Town Hall’s first fund-raising Aerobathon — a marathon dance session — netted $623 to help support the Town Hall program. Kenny Gilden, 11, and Matt Wettlaufer, 12, were grand champion dancers.
30 years ago – 1983
Known since the 1950s as the Desert Sun School, the name of the private preparatory school was officially changed to The Elliott-Pope Preparatory School.
25 years ago – 1988
A petition protesting overcrowding in the school district’s physical education classes was presented by Idyllwild residents to trustees of the Hemet Unified School District Board.
20 years ago – 1993
The Idyllwild School PTA held an informational evening about Proposition 174, the school voucher initiative, that was being hotly contested by many Idyllwild residents.
15 years ago – 1998
Tahquitz Peak Lookout Tower, built in 1917 and closed in 1993, re-opened. Volunteer lookouts were being sought.
10 years ago – 2003
Idyllwild resident Jeff Salz was preparing to climb Mount Fitzroy, 11,000 feet of sheer granite and vertical ice, located in the Los Glaciares National Park of Argentina.
5 years ago – 2008
Yardbirds, a local yard clean-up service company, was seeking donations to help pay to feed some of the ailing trees in town.
1 year ago – 2012
The new Strawberry Plaza Idyllwild Public Library, all 4,000 square feet of it, formally opened and was dedicated Tuesday, capping off years of work by many individuals.
Category: Past Tense