Past Tense: June 22, 2017

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70 years ago - 1947 

JoAnn and George Huber, new owners of the Idyllwild Trading Post, in April 1971.
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Fred Patton revealed he was smuggled into this area. “Back in 1895,” he recalled, “a man stole me from my folks up in Sonoma County. He was interested in gold mining over by Kenworthy and he hijacked me along to help him.” The mining experience didn’t amount to much, but Fred stayed on.

65 years ago - 1952

The new Rustic Theatre finally opened. First attraction was “Red Mountain,” starring Alan Ladd and Lizabeth Scott. “Skirts Ahoy,” with Esther Williams, was to follow.

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Lois Roy experimented with some manzanita pie. It turned out OK. Tasted a little like gooseberry.

60 years ago - 1957

Deputies were investigating a mysterious dynamiting incident that occurred at 3:30 a.m. Evidence showed that someone set off some dynamite among boulders in Strawberry Creek near Peak and Pine Camp. It shook up the town.

55 years ago - 1962

The county asked local residents to place numbers on their houses.

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Mr. and Mrs. Rod Welch announced the opening of the first unit of their Alandale Pines subdivision.

50 years ago - 1967

Celia Bonney was chosen Miss Idyllwild.

45 years ago - 1972 

Gene Price had the fullest beard and Dennis Veazie the sparsest in the Bear Flag Festival contest.

40 years ago - 1977

Five graduating high-school students received a record $2,400 in awards from the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund at a Hemet High School awards assembly. The awards went to Marcus Clark, Steve Friemoth, Jeff Jones, Brett Miller and Anne Weverka.

25 years ago - 1992

The Idyllwild Lions Club and the whole town were gearing up for the third-annual Timber Fest.

20 years ago - 1997 

Major construction was going on at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The school broke ground for the Rena and George Pierson Hall. The dormitory was designed to hold 80 students.

15 years ago - 2002 

Locals carried signs around the village center calling the Adventure Pass a “Fee-Asco” as part of the National Day of Protest Rally Against the U.S. Forest Service’s Adventure Pass.

5 years ago - 2012

The playground opened after volunteers came together for five days to build it, on a scale of effort, integration and cooperation not seen since the community built Town Hall in 1946, in old-fashioned barn-raising fashion.

1 year ago - 2016

Winemaker Chris Johnston and his wife Melody celebrated the grand opening of  their new winery’s tasting room and art gallery, called Middle Ridge Winery Tasting Gallery.

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