Past tense: July 24, 2014

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Idyllwild Librarian Lee LaCaff with her audience during a July 1972 summer story hour when the library was located in Fern Valley.             File photo

Idyllwild Librarian Lee LaCaff with her audience during a July 1972 summer story hour when the library was located in Fern Valley. File photo

65 years ago – 1949

“How would you suggest we improve the camp program?” solicitous officials asked Girl Scouts at Azalea Trails. One candid young lady answered simply: “Have boys.”

 

60 years ago – 1954

Construction of six cabins and a four-unit motel was underway for the Idyllwild Inn.

 

55 years ago – 1959

Idyllwild Rotary voted to sponsor a Boy Scout troop on the Hill. Application was made for a troop charter.

 

50 years ago – 1964

Friday evening entertainment could be found at Sportland Park where a buffet dinner and three games of bowling could be had for $3.85.

 

45 years ago – 1969

A petition signed by 101 “property owners and voters of the Pine Cove area” protested any inclusion of Pine Cove in a possible move toward incorporation with Idyllwild.

 

40 years ago – 1974

Famed dancer Bella Lewitzky and her distinguished dance company appeared at Bowman Theatre at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

 

35 years ago – 1979

A dedication ceremony was held for the new Mt. San Jacinto Senior Center on Franklin Drive. Nearly 100 local senior citizens as well as county officials and community leaders attended. Senior luncheons were being served daily at the site.

 

30 years ago – 1984

A bid by Roy and Kay Johnson, owners of Pine Cove Center, to operate the Pine Cove branch post office, was accepted by the San Bernardino Sectional Center, allowing the post office to remain open at its present location.

 

25 years ago – 1989

The community was invited to an open house to celebrate the first birthday of WNKI, the Idyllwild-area emergency radio station.

 

20 years ago – 1994

Plans were being finalized for the first Idyllwild jazz festival to be held in August at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Ticket prices were set at $15 for adults and $12 for children.

 

15 years ago – 1999

When former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno attended Idyllwild’s Fourth of July Parade, she overheard someone comment about how she looked familiar and then another person responding that Reno was the checkout person at the local supermarket. The story appeared in many Southern California newspapers.

 

10 years ago – 2004

Nearly 1,000 firefighters were battling the Verbenia Fire. Almost 4,000 acres were burning at the northern base of the San Jacinto mountains.

 

5 years ago – 2009

Idyllwild HELP Center Director Karen Patterson announced that IHC was able to provide mortgage and rent assistance to qualifying Idyllwild residents through a $15,000 grant from Catholic Charities of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. “These grants are especially important in these harsh economic times,” said Beverly Earl, CC director for San Bernardino County.

 

1 year ago – 2013

The Mountain Fire that burned more than 27,000 acres, destroyed numerous homes and forced the evacuation of Idyllwild started at about 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 15, on private property in Mountain Center.

 

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