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Past Tense: Oct. 13, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 13, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Of the 651 registered voters from Pine Cove to Anza, 384 were Republican, 225 were Democrats, and 42 declined to state their party affiliation. 50 years ago – 1961 Bonnar Blong, local game manager, reported the extreme drought had caused a drastic drop in the number of coyotes, bobcats and […]

Past Tense: Oct. 6, 2011

Past Tense: Oct. 6, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 With only a couple of deer season weeks left, just 94 bucks had been shot locally, compared to 193 in the previous year and 365 bagged 20 years earlier. 55 years ago – 1956 The Riverside County Board of Supervisors denied two liquor license applications from Idyllwild businessmen who sought […]

Past Tense: Sept. 29, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 29, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The Town Crier was making plans to celebrate its fifth anniversary. Ernie Maxwell, the paper’s founder, banged out the first issue of the paper on a manual typewriter on Nov. 1, 1946. 55 years ago – 1956 Local Forest Service firefighters had a harrowing close call as they fought a […]

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 22, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 The crew drilling well no. 2 for the Fern Valley Mutual Water Co. were experiencing their toughest assignment in years. The drill had to pass through 70 feet of solid granite down to 130 feet. 55 years ago – 1956 Nearly 400 county educators, administrators and groups concerned with education […]

Past Tense: Sept. 15, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 15, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 A county road crew was erecting concrete walls for a new bridge over Strawberry Creek at Fern Valley corners. 55 years ago – 1956 As summer was drawing to a close, many Idyllwild businesses went on a winter schedule, including the Town Crier, which published every two weeks in the […]

Past Tense: Sept. 8, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 8, 2011

In these photos from the Sept. 20, 2001 edition of the Town Crier, Idyllwild residents respond in positive ways to the tragedy that affected all Americans. 60 years ago – 1951 Idyllwild had 450 full-time residents. 55 years ago – 1956 The Christian Science Church was being built on Cedar Street. 50 years ago – […]

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

Past Tense: Sept. 1, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Idyllwild School registered 90 youngsters in kindergarten through seventh grades. Last week, 290 students attended the first day of the new school year. 50 years ago – 1961 Tahquitz Lake Estates announced the opening of a tract on the Dutch Flat property and near Foster Lake. Lots were priced at […]

Past Tense: Aug. 25, 2011

Past Tense: Aug. 25, 2011

55 years ago – 1956 Tahquitz Pines dedicated the new stone entrance archway at a ceremony attended by more than 100 people. 50 years ago – 1961 The county started a house numbering system for Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center. Even numbers would be on the north and east sides of the street; odd […]

Past Tense: Aug. 18, 2011

Past Tense: Aug. 18, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 Dutton’s Corner Store, owned by Leigh and Maggie Dutton, opened its doors at Fern Valley Corners on the site of the former the Fern Valley Market. 55 years ago – 1956 At a ceremony held at the little Indian cemetery at Cahuilla, a marker on the grave of Juan Diego […]

Past Tense: Aug. 11, 2011

Past Tense: Aug. 11, 2011

60 years ago – 1951 It was reported that wild turkeys turned loose on the Wellman ranch were doing well and reproducing as hoped. 55 years ago – 1956 The annual Chuckwagon Dinner for the benefit of Town Hall netted almost $500. 50 years ago – 1961 Construction of a clubhouse at Tahquitz Lake Golf […]

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