Past Tense: August 7, 2014

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In August 1972, The Tahquitz Lodge, a group of Eagle Scouts from Riverside, performed the classic tale of the Tahquitz monster at Town Hall. The Scouts presented tales and dances collected from tribes inhabiting the Northwest Coast. They researched and made the colorful costumes, authentic in spirit and detail. Here, the peanut gallery takes an elevated look at the show from the Town Hall flat-bed wagon. File photo/Norwood Hazard

In August 1972, The Tahquitz Lodge, a group of Eagle Scouts from Riverside, performed the classic tale of the Tahquitz monster at Town Hall. The Scouts presented tales and dances collected from tribes inhabiting the Northwest Coast. They researched and made the colorful costumes, authentic in spirit and detail. Here, the peanut gallery takes an elevated look at the show from the Town Hall flat-bed wagon.
File photo/Norwood Hazard

65 years ago – 1949

The Women’s Guild of the Community Presbyterian Church was raising money via bake sales for a new roof for the manse.

 

60 years ago – 1954

Barbara Wilson was honored at a community bridal shower at the Idyllwild Inn. Her marriage to Bud Hunt was scheduled for October.

 

55 years ago – 1959

The matter of a liquor license for the Idyllwild Inn remained a hot topic in town. It was expected to reach the California Supreme Court soon.

 

50 years ago – 1964

Jean Farrar, “the happy yogi,” started yoga classes in Idyllwild.

 

45 years ago – 1969

Groundwater from the previous winter’s snow and rainfall had so saturated the ground that it hampered laying lines for the sewer project in town.

 

40 years ago – 1974

Idyllwild Fire Chief Bud Hunt reminded home builders that smoke detectors were being required on all new construction.

 

35 years ago – 1979

Locals were watching the night sky to view the largest annual meteorite show, the “Perseid Shower.”

 

30 years ago – 1984

Bids were opened for the construction of the new Idyllwild Fire Station.

 

25 years ago – 1989

The owner of the last septic tank pumping service on the Hill shut his business after the closing of the Anza septic ponds. He joined other local septic tank pumping business owners who refused to make the trip off the Hill, citing the danger of transporting heavy liquid loads.

 

20 years ago – 1994

Layoffs in the Riverside County public library system hit the Hill especially hard. All staff members at the Idyllwild Branch Library learned they were among those who had lost their jobs. Library hours were reduced from 20 to 12 per week.

 

15 years ago – 1999

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department personnel detonated some blasting caps found on national forest land near Royal Pines Estates.

 

10 years ago – 2004

Fire destroyed Arriba Mexican Restaurant.

 

5 years ago – 2009

Three locals qualified for triathlon world championships at Australia’s Gold Coast Sept. 9 to 13. Brad Rechtfertig, Lee Piche and Bill Whitman qualified for the swim, bike and running competition to be held at the Southport Broadwater Parklands in Queensland, Australia. Piche, 52, and Whitman, 46, were going. Rechtfertig, 35, said for him it was not a good time to take a vacation.

 

1 year ago – 2013

The Strong Fire, reported shortly after noon Monday along Strong Drive in Fern Valley, was no match for human strength. Following on the heels of a mandatory evacuation because of the Mountain Fire in July, the 2-acre vegetation fire in Idyllwild brought panic but quick response as not only firefighters, but neighbors, readily quashed the blaze.

 

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