Past Tense: November 30, 2017

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70 years ago - 1947

Ford Dodson was attempting to sell solid-silver collar points at the 1976 Harvest Festival. file photo

Game Warden Cliff Donham was double-crossed by the very squirrels he protected. When investigating his car’s lack of power, it was revealed that squirrels had been stuffing the exhaust pipe with acorns and nuts.

65 years ago - 1952

There was a flurry of new construction in the village. Next to the Rustic Theatre, a new building was to house Doro’s Electric. Les Hogue was completing a cement-block building on Lower Pine Crest. Jerry Johnson was surveying the lot next to the Idyllwild Inn Gift Shop for a possible drug store, and Walter Wood was completing five deluxe cottages in Fern Valley.

60 years ago - 1957

Damage on the Hill from the windstorm that hit Idyllwild earlier in the month was estimated at more than $100,000.

55 years ago - 1962

Joe Merrick was appointed to fill out the late Jerry Johnson’s term on the Idyllwild Fire Protection District board.

50 years ago - 1967

Jozee Salinas cooked up a batch of Mexican specialties to celebrate the $5,000 prize she won in a snapshot contest.

45 years ago - 1972

A surprise 40th wedding anniversary party in Seal Beach was being arranged for Lester and Roberta Jones, former Idyllwild residents. Everyone was invited. Lester Jones ran the barber shop in the Idyllwild Inn from 1957 to 1963.

40 years ago - 1977

Five teenagers from Tustin were rescued by Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit personnel from atop Lily Rock.

35 years ago - 1982

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation contributed $10,000 to the Holmes Amphitheatre project. The contribution helped to assure the formal opening of the amphitheater the following summer.

30 years ago - 1987

About 2,000 Hill residents and Thanksgiving visitors got a good start on their Christmas shopping at the 21st-annual Fall Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Idyllwild Rotary Club.

25 years ago - 1992

As part of Idyllwild School’s Disaster Preparedness Program, parents were asked to prepare a personal survival kit for each child to be kept at the school.

20 years ago - 1997

Diane Riggi and Kathy Lewis were rehearsing with a group of children to perform at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

15 years ago - 2002

Marie Eymann, along with her daughter and granddaughter, stood in front of the sign that identified the new sculpture garden dedicated in a special ceremony at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The garden memorialized Eymann’s husband, Jim, who died in 1990.

5 years ago - 2012

Since discovery of the invasive and dangerous Goldspotted oak borer in Idyllwild two weeks prior, scientists and professional responders from Cal Fire and the Forest Service met to devise steps to contain the spread of the destructive beetle.

1 year ago - 2016

Riverside County 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington convened a multi-agency meeting to address issues growing after several weekends of unprecedented snow-visitor traffic.

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