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Category: Past Tense

Past Tense: April 4, 2013

Past Tense: April 4, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Chess and bridge were favorite features of evenings at Idyllwild Inn. 60 years ago – 1953 Nearly 30 members had signed up for the newly organized Rifle and Pistol Club sponsored by the American Legion Post 800. 55 years ago – 1958 The Sikkings were about to open their new […]

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 As the Lions entertained in honor of their daughters, Ernie Maxwell contributed a chalk talk on “Feminine Fashion.” 60 years ago – 1953 Two bald eagles were frequenting the Foster Lake area. 55 years ago – 1958 The Chamber of Commerce listed public restrooms among its study projects for the […]

Past Tense: March 21, 2013

Past Tense: March 21, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Fern Valley residents were about to vote on a $250,000 bond issue to purchase the Fern Valley Mutual Water System. 60 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 […]

Past Tense: March 14, 2013

Past Tense: March 14, 2013

65 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. 60 years ago – 1953 ISOMATA was growing fast. Enrollment was expected to reach 500 students and the 40 faculty members would equal […]

Past Tense: March 7, 2013

Past Tense: March 7, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The proprietor of Thorn’s General Store, Pine Cove, advertised, “I’ll sell you stuff if you’ll hunt me up. It’s too cold to be at the store every day.” 60 years ago – 1953 Ernie Maxwell was a member of the snow crew team that trekked Tahquitz Valley to complete the […]

Past Tense: Feb. 28, 2013

Past Tense: Feb. 28, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 With the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs about to visit the Hill, local folks were urged to look as “mountainy and picturesque” as possible. 60 years ago – 1953 Dan Slanker, founder of the local American Legion Post 800 in 1948, was honored at Hillbilly Lodge by fellow members. […]

Past Tense: Feb. 21, 2013

Past Tense: Feb. 21, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 For the PTA Founders’ Day tea, mothers were asked to bring pennies to match their age. They were permitted, however, to bring them wrapped and to deposit them when no one was looking. 60 years ago – 1953 Mike Michelson fell from an oak tree. An ominous hum from the […]

Past Tense: Feb. 14, 2013

Past Tense: Feb. 14, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Saturday was designated Idyllwild Day at the County Fair and Date Festival. Idyllwild had a booth containing a chukker partridge and a ring-necked pheasant, plus samples of Pinecraft furniture. 60 years ago – 1953 Emsy Dunn’s class, studying California history, went panning for gold in Strawberry Creek. All the students […]

Past Tense: Feb. 7, 2013

Past Tense: Feb. 7, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The two-man Forest Service staff, Ranger Don Bauer and Fire Control Assistant Bill Hersh, hiked six hours to Martinez Mountain to check a fire started when a P-80 military jet crashed and exploded. 60 years ago – 1953 The American Legion picked a site between Idyllwild and Mountain Center for […]

Past Tense: Jan. 31, 2013

Past Tense: Jan. 31, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The Town Crier reported that lots of kids in town had chicken pox. 60 years ago – 1953 William Courtney, a Los Angeles attorney, addressed the Chamber of Commerce. He promised to tell “How to Keep the Government and a Wife on One Income.” 55 years ago – 1958 Bill […]

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