Past Tense: June 23, 2016

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Seven years in the planning, one week in the construction, or such is the story of Ernie Maxwell’s new, all-purpose studio on San Jacinto Road. Friends from the local art community gathered to share a potluck party in June 1973 and to offer a toast to the roof shielding Ernie’s head as he sculpted, threw and painted among the pines. File photo/norwood hazard

Seven years in the planning, one week in the construction, or such is the story of Ernie Maxwell’s new, all-purpose studio on San Jacinto Road. Friends from the local art community gathered to share a potluck party in June 1973 and to offer a toast to the roof shielding Ernie’s head as he sculpted, threw and painted among the pines.
File photo/norwood hazard

65 years ago - 1951

Rev. Donald Warner conducted the services at the official opening of the Idyllwild Community Presbyterian Church.

60 years ago - 1956

Customers at Dutton’s Village Market and Corner Store in Fern Valley could make their own ice cream float for 19 cents.

55 years ago - 1961

Pinecraft Furniture company offered 22 pieces of original home furnishings for $999. Pinecraft furniture is now highly collectible.

50 years ago - 1966

The Izaak Walton League, headed by Ernie Maxwell, held its first Woodsman’s Breakfast of the summer season. Of the breakfast, Maxwell wrote, “[It] is an outdoor event designed for informal enjoyment of the forest, touched with the flavor of steaming coffee and cooked bacon.”

45 years ago - 1971

Memorial services were held for Edith Elliott, who with her husband, Richard, started the Desert Sun School in 1930.

40 years ago - 1976

The governing board of the Hemet Unified School District rejected a request made by local residents to open a secondary school in the Idyllwild-Anza area.

35 years ago - 1981

A survey of local camps made by the Town Crier showed that more than 17,000 children and adults were expected to attend some kind of recreational camp in Idyllwild over the summer.

30 years ago - 1986

In hopes of curbing and offsetting the cost of  damage in the San Bernardino National Forest by off-road vehicles, the Izaak Walton League voted for support of a public users’ fee for national forests.

25 years ago - 1991

Local residents and visitors were enjoying good-old mountain fun at the Lions Club Timber Festival, and the Soroptimist Barn Dance.

20 years ago - 1996

The Ragsdale cabin, a colorful piece of Hill history that sat at the summit of Santa Rosa Mountain, burned down. The cabin was built in 1937 by Desert Steve Ragsdale, desert developer, pioneer and storyteller.

15 years ago - 2001

Ken Dahleen and several others were seeking donations for the second-annual free Summer Concert Series, which would have six concerts that year held in the parking lot of The Ice House (now the site of the Village Centre shopping plaza).

10 years ago - 2006 

Idyllwild lost its beloved Santa, Dale Spickler, who passed away at home at the age of 75. Spicker was active on many boards and in many organizations, but was perhaps most well-known for wearing full Santa Claus regalia that suited his long white hair and beard, and twinkly eyes.

5 years ago - 2011

Bill Lowman left Idyllwild Arts to retire after 25 years as both president and headmaster of the academy.

1 year ago - 2015

PGA Tour golfer Brendan Steele showed off his Idyllwild hometown to CBS for a nationally televised show, “Coming Home.”

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