Past tense: June 26, 2014

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Cordelia Chenoweth and Frances McElderry modeled Colonial costumes they made for the Idyllwild Associates of USC annual dinner in April 1975. Dinner was to have a Colonial theme to officially start the bicentennial celebration in Idyllwild.       File photo

Cordelia Chenoweth and Frances McElderry modeled Colonial costumes they made for the Idyllwild Associates of USC annual dinner in April 1975. Dinner was to have a Colonial theme to officially start the bicentennial celebration in Idyllwild. File photo

65 years ago – 1949

A public swimming pool was opened in the center of town on the site of the old Sportland.

 

60 years ago – 1954

Special events being planned for the Fourth of July included a Cowboy Rodeo, a Community Campfire and a Woodsman’s Breakfast.

 

55 years ago – 1959

The State Park Commission authorized the purchase of 300 acres for the expansion of Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

 

50 years ago – 1964

The County Road Department proposed that Tollgate Road be widened to 88 feet and have four lanes.

45 years ago – 1969

The Board of Supervisors approved changing the name of Dairy Road to Maranatha Drive. The road was originally named for a dairy that no longer existed.

 

40 years ago – 1974

Garner Valley’s newly completed equestrian center was set to stage a horse show.

 

35 years ago – 1979

A sheriff’s station was opened in Strawberry Creek Square.

 

30 years ago – 1984

Several Hill agencies were testing the new 911 emergency telephone number soon to go into effect in Riverside County.

 

25 years ago – 1989

It was announced that cable television would soon be available to most Hill residents.

 

20 years ago – 1994

Dora Dillman and Heather MacPherson, members of the Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit, took part in team helicopter training.

 

15 years ago – 1999

The volunteer team leaders of the three local fire lookouts received special awards from the U.S. Forest Service for their work in re-establishing the Fire Lookout program. Awards were presented to Pam Morey, Black Mountain Lookout; Doug Wood, Tahquitz Peak Lookout; and Eileen Phillips, Red Mountain Lookout.

 

10 years ago – 2004

Idyllwild Garden Club featured the Primary Garden at Idyllwild School and four other gardens during the club’s garden tour.

 

5 years ago – 2009

Folk were encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and get ready to swing and jitterbug as Ken Dahleen and his Big Band Staff opened the 10th anniversary edition of the Idyllwild Summer Community Concert Series at the Idyllwild Community Center (ICC) site.

 

1 year ago – 2013

Long-time Idyllwild Library volunteer Bonnie Doshier, and Hemet Unified School District trustee Bill Sanborn and family were leaving the Hill.

 

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