Past Tense: June 30, 2016

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An ant in your hair, especially when you hate them, can mar an otherwise nice day. These students from Hamilton School helped replant the Soboba Burn with Coulter pine seedlings in March 1975.File photo

An ant in your hair, especially when you hate them, can mar an otherwise nice day. These students from Hamilton School helped replant the Soboba Burn with Coulter pine seedlings in March 1975. File photo

65 years ago - 1951

A county road crew installed sidewalks and curbs downtown.

60 years ago - 1956

Actress Marjorie Main, best known for her role as “Ma Kettle,” bought a lot on Dickenson Road.

55 years ago - 1961

A touch of the Old West livened the 4th of July weekend as ropers competed at the Idyllwild Stables Arena.

50 years ago - 1966

The first publicly funded street lights were installed at 18 locations in Idyllwild.

45 years ago - 1971

Four motorcyclists went to Hemet Valley Hospital with injuries from a street scuffle between cycle gangs in the business district of Idyllwild.

40 years ago - 1976

In the face of strong objections from agricultural and mining interests, the Riverside County Planning Commission declined to approve a proposed tree-removal control ordinance.

35 years ago - 1981

Two Idyllwild long-timers, Maggie Dutton and Inie Wilson, were honored at the Idyllwild Soroptimist’s Donors’ Luncheon, where they told stories of their early years in Idyllwild. “In those days, people were not judged by what kind of car they drove or how big their house was; they were judged by the size of their wood pile,” Maggie was quoted as saying.

30 years ago - 1986

Hill residents were jarred awake at 2:21 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, when a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit. Although there were no injuries, some homes and businesses sustained extensive damage.

25 years ago - 1991

At the Chamber’s installation dinner, Pete Capparelli was given the annual “Essence of Idyllwild” award and also received a plaque from then-3rd District Supervisor Jim Venable for his years of Chamber service.

20 years ago - 1996

There were two Independence Day Parades in Idyllwild that year. Having just returned to the Hill after being evacuated due to the Bee Canyon Fire, residents arranged a spontaneous parade made up of returning fire engines and firefighters. Spectators never stopped cheering. The “regular” parade took place two days later on July 6.

15 years ago - 2001

The results of a survey conducted by the Town Crier showed 77 percent of respondents were opposed to incorporation for Idyllwild.    10 years ago - 2006

Many Idyllwild residents had acting roles in Steve Savage’s feature film “Cosmic Radio,” being shot in Idyllwild. The 4th of July Parade was filmed for inclusion in the movie.

5 years ago - 2011

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors declared July 4 to 10, 2011, to be Ernie Maxwell Week in honor of the founder of the Town Crier and conservationist. Maxwell was honored on what would have been his 100th birthday with several exhibits and a memorial hike of the Ernie Maxwell Scenic Trail.

1 year ago - 2015

Riverside County Fire, Law and Code Enforcement  officials reminded residents and visitors that fireworks are illegal in Riverside County, meaning there is no selling, buying, transport, storage nor use of fireworks allowed in the county.

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