Past Tense: March 15, 2018

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A Chamber of Commerce promotional booklet “For the Rest of Your Life,” probably from the 1950s, featured Pat Schaffer (left) and an unidentified girl at the state park with an old wagon from the logging days on the Hill.
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70 years ago - 1948

Fire quickly burned more than an acre on the mountainside below Suicide Rock. The snow was too deep to allow pumpers to get close to the fire.

65 years ago - 1953

ISOMATA was growing fast. Enrollment was expected to reach 500 students and the 40 faculty members would equal the total enrollment of students for the first summer session in 1950.

60 years ago - 1958

A 20-inch snowfall brought skiers to the Idyllwild slopes of Halona Hill.

55 years ago - 1963

A year after it disappeared en route from Pomona to Cathedral City, a Cessna was discovered crashed on the north slope of Mt. San Jacinto. Aboard were the remains of a Covina man, Robert Burke, and his sons, Robert Jr., 12, and Donald, 11.

50 years ago - 1968

Direct long-distance dialing telephone service became available on the Hill.

45 years ago - 1973

Searchers rescued a Glendora man in Tahquitz Canyon, but learned his companion had perished while attempting to swim an icy pond. The survivor also told of discovering the body of Ronald Gidcumb who had been missing in the mountains since
Feb. 7.

40 years ago - 1978

Hemet Unified School District trustees accepted title to a 20-acre parcel of land in Garner Valley, donated by Jack Garner, to be used for a public secondary school.

35 years ago - 1983

The U.S. Forest Service opposed the proposed building site for the Garner Valley High School, citing incompatible land use with the surrounding land owned by USFS.

30 years ago - 1988

The Rev. Betty Jandl of the Idyllwild Church of Religious Science organized a chili cook-off to raise funds for the Idyllwild emergency radio station. The event was held at Town Hall.

25 years ago - 1993

A cat that had been missing for 52 days was found by local Frank Gorzny after an extensive search. Zippy had gotten loose after being brought to the Hill by a part-time resident, cat-sitting for her daughter who was in the hospital.

20 years ago - 1998

Don Gilden, Idyllwild fire chief of nearly eight years, was due to retire within the month.

15 years ago - 2003

About 30 youth from Idyllwild Bible Church participated in the 12th-annual World Vision 30 Hour Famine to raise funds to fight world hunger. During their fast, they also collected canned foods for the Idyllwild HELP Center’s food pantry.

10 years ago - 2008

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce’s money issues were threatening its continuation.

5 years ago - 2013

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck the Hill just before 10 a.m. Monday, March 11. Initially reported as a 5.2 quake by the U.S. Geological Survey, the temblor was followed by six aftershocks, the largest of which was a magnitude 2.7 at 10:36 a.m.

1 year ago - 2017

The Idyllwild Nature Center was named one of the top 10 nature centers in California by Best of California.

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