Past Tense: March 22, 2018

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70 years ago - 1948

The fountain in Eleanor Park, now Idypark, site of the razed Jo’An’s Restaurant. The photo is from the 1960s.
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Fern Valley residents were about to vote on a $250,000 bond issue to purchase the Fern Valley Mutual Water System.

65 years ago - 1953

A team of forestry insect experts from the U.S. Bureau of Entomology toured the district and reported that the local national forest area was in good shape. Control of bark beetles here was commended.

60 years ago - 1958

The Rev. E. Dow Hoffman of Pine Cove donated a bell for the Community Church. The bell was originally installed in the First Methodist Church of Upland in 1899.

55 years ago - 1963

Lee Lybarger, principal of Idyllwild School, was named “Man of the Year” by the American Legion Post 800. He was praised for his efforts in developing a band at the school.

50 years ago - 1968

Letters mailed from Idyllwild bore a special Bear Flag Festival cancellation. And Idyllwild merchants were accepting wooden nickels promoting the festival.

45 years ago - 1973

“This is getting to be ridiculous,” moaned real estate broker Howard Hall, as snow fell on Idyllwild five days out of seven.

40 years ago - 1978

U.S. Postal Service officials signed an agreement with Mary Nelson, owner and developer of Strawberry Square Shopping Center, to lease a 4,030-square-foot building for a new Idyllwild post office.

35 years ago - 1983

Representatives from the Idyllwild Fire Protection District, Pine Cove County Fire Department, California Department of Forestry and Hemet Valley Ambulance Service Inc. met to iron out their differences concerning ambulance service on the Hill.

30 years ago - 1988

A U.S. Forest Service crew was cutting regrowth on the Strawberry Fuelbreak between Inspiration Point and the Grotto.

25 years ago - 1993

Thieves broke in through an air-conditioning duct in the post office’s ceiling and made off with about $3,000 in coins and stamps, and the contents of about 20 packages.

20 years ago - 1998

A couple of tourists “dropped in” for brunch in Idyllwild. Helicopter pilot Larry Etchandy of La Cresta, accompanied by his date, landed his helicopter in the parking lot of the Hemet Federal Savings bank (now the location of the Village Centre complex).

15 years ago - 2003

Locals Bruce and Brian Kaufman snowboarded from Tahquitz Peak to Humber Park.

10 years ago - 2008

Norm Walker, fire chief for the San Jacinto Ranger District, retired after more than 10 years with the district.

5 years ago - 2013

Idyllwild’s Lauren Salter claimed third place in the U.S. National Skeleton Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

1 year ago - 2017

Karin Greenwood and Idyllwild Postmaster Kelly Gates worked together to create paper recycling opportunities in the U.S. Postal Service lobby.

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