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Past Tense: Jan. 10, 2013

Past Tense: Jan. 10, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 At the Idyllwild Dairy, Liz, a 7-year-old Guernsey, hit a maximum yield of 11 gallons of milk per day. 60 years ago – 1953 A single-engine Navy Sky Raider crashed into the mountain, killing its pilot. The plane was one of four flying a routine night flight. It became separated […]

Past Tense: Dec. 20, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 20, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Everyone was invited to the first Christmas party in Town Hall. Ernie Maxwell was master-of-ceremonies and Charles Kretsinger led the carol singing. 60 years ago – 1952 Sale of Buckhorn Ranch at Dutch Flat to the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints was announced. 55 years ago – 1957 Vandals shot […]

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 13, 2012

65 years ago – 1947
November had been a cold month with a low of 14 degrees. Joe McGaugh reported 10 degrees in his cow barn, but people thought he was just trying to get ice cream the easy way.

Past Tense: Dec. 6, 2012

Past Tense: Dec. 6, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Deputy Max Jensen, assigned to the mountains by the Sheriff’s Department, reported that during the previous six months he had handled 92 assignments, with 12 arrests. 60 years ago – 1952 A rather hectic program was readied for a visit by TV’s “Queen for a Day.” A weekend on the […]

Past Tense: Nov. 27, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 27, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 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. 60 years ago – 1952 There was a flurry of new construction in the village. Next […]

Past Tense: Nov. 22, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 22, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Carmen reminisced about the good old days in Idyllwild. They remembered Fern Valley as a fern-filled meadow without many trees, with cattle grazing in Round and Tahquitz valleys. 60 years ago – 1952 During a major snowstorm, Ada Morlan, Chamber secretary, left an evening committee meeting. […]

Past Tense: Nov. 15, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 15, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 “Hurricane Force Winds Leave Idyllwild in a Shamble,” screamed the Town Crier’s page one headline. The George Thomas Cedar, oldest tree on the mountain, was uprooted. 60 years ago – 1952 Heavy rains in Hemet almost flooded the Armistice Day parade, which included a float entered by the Idyllwild PTA. […]

Past Tense: Nov. 8, 2012

Past Tense: Nov. 8, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The possibility of establishing a branch of the Riverside County Library in Idyllwild was being discussed. County funds were not adequate to hire a paid librarian, however, so volunteers were solicited.   60 years ago – 1952 Dick Elliott was named to head the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce. 50 years […]

Past Tense: Oct. 25, 2012

Past Tense: Oct. 25, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Town Crier wound up its first year of publication, written, mimeographed and mailed from the Maxwell home. News was brought right to the front door as the Maxwells did not have a telephone.   60 years ago – 1952 Disaster struck an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. James Bowlin, when […]

Past Tense: Oct. 18, 2012

Past Tense: Oct. 18, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The newly formed house committee for Town Hall took steps to waterproof the basement, purchase oil heaters and provide restrooms.   60 years ago – 1952 Halfway through the deer hunting season, a record number of 374 bucks were tallied. Meanwhile, locals were spreading a tall tale about a hunter […]

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