Past Tense: November 20, 2014

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In the beginning of December 1967, Christmas started when Idyllwild firemen put up the lights in Eleanor Park (now Jo’An’s). Doing the job were Bud Hunt (at top of ladder), Fire Chief George Marinak, Al Hay and, on ground at left, George Kretsinger, Bob Lane and Lee Coman. File Photo

In the beginning of December 1967, Christmas started when Idyllwild firemen put up the lights in Eleanor Park (now Jo’An’s). Doing the job were Bud Hunt (at top of ladder), Fire Chief George Marinak, Al Hay and, on ground at left, George Kretsinger, Bob Lane and Lee Coman.
File Photo

65 years ago - 1949

Work was progressing on the first building of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, with Clarence Bischof as contractor.

 

60 years ago - 1954

The first rain of the season finally arrived on Nov. 11.

 

55 years ago - 1959

The mysterious X Disease, which attacked ponderosa pines, was spreading rapidly in the San Bernardino Mountains but had not been spotted in local pines.

 

 

50 years ago - 1964

A major snow storm dumped 20 inches on Idyllwild.

 

45 years ago - 1969

The County Planning Department voiced opposition to a 2,200-acre housing development in Garner Valley proposed by the J.P. Edmondson Co. of Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

40 years ago - 1974

Jack Garner announced his proposal to build a 200-acre recreational vehicle park with 200 campsites on Baldy Mountain.

 

35 years ago - 1979

Idyllwild local Theresa (McCaughey) Teel was born at home in Fern Valley. Her father, Jerry, delivered her, overseen by Idyllwild Fire Department personnel, including Jim Manietta.

 

30 years ago - 1984

The Idyllwild Precision Shopping Cart Drill Team was busy practicing for its upcoming appearance in the 8th Occasional Doodah Parade inPasadena.

 

25 years ago - 1989

The U.S. Forest Service bought 398 acres of property at the top of Baldy Mountain.

 

20 years ago - 1994

The San Jacinto fault line was shaking up Hill residents as two earthquakes hit in two days, both centered a few miles southwest of Idyllwild.

 

 

15 years ago - 1999

Two Idyllwild Arts students, Svetlana Tsoneva and Simeon Simeonov, flew to Boston to tape shows for a new Public Radio International show entitled “From the Top.” Svetlana and Simeon, both violinists, were chosen from a national talent search and were two of only three musicians from California selected.

 

10 years ago - 2004

The American Legion Post 800 held its annual Veterans Day ceremony.

 

5 years ago - 2009

Festival Director Steve Savage was casting Idyllwild as a leading player in the upcoming Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema 2010, debuting Jan. 11, 2010 in Idyllwild at the Rustic Theatre.

 

1 year ago - 2013

The U.S. Forest Service announced a one-year closure of portions of the San Jacinto Ranger District. The closed areas were severely damaged from the Mountain Fire that summer.

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