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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 […]

Past Tense: Oct. 11, 2012

Past Tense: Oct. 11, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Volunteers were busy finishing the interior of the Catholic Church in knotty pine.   55 years ago – 1957 Celebrating Fire Protection Week, Chief Bill Price rolled trucks into the school yard to demonstrate equipment. The show ended when assisting room mothers handed out ice cream cones to all. 50 […]

Past Tense: Oct. 4, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Postmaster Harry Wendelken lamented, “There’s Idyllwilds all over the country, and all the mail for the other Idyllwilds comes to this station.” 60 years ago – 1952 Wilma Chapman was conscientious about the change to standard time. She set her clock resolutely, and hopped into bed. In the darkness of […]

Past Tense: Sept. 27, 2012

Past Tense: Sept. 27, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Extra game wardens were assigned to the mountains as deer season opened. A record crowd of hunters was anticipated.   55 years ago – 1957 Don and Thelma Frey, Cay Long, Jim Long, Paul Voss, and Chuck and Jo Slaback completed training and qualified as ham radio operators. 50 years […]

Past Tense: Sept. 20, 2012

Past Tense: Sept. 20, 2012

60 years ago – 1952 Enrollment when Idyllwild Elementary School opened in the fall was 72 students.   55 years ago – 1957 Deer season opened on a quiet note with 68 bucks taken on the first weekend. District Ranger John Gillman reported the opener was one of the quietest on the Forest Service record. […]

Past Tense: Sept. 13, 2012

Past Tense: Sept. 13, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Village folk and summer residents alike turned out for the official opening and dedication of the new community building.   60 years ago – 1952 Joe and Leona McGaugh purchased the Idyllwild Market from Harold Sanborn and Bob O’Donne. 55 years ago – 1957 Thirteen hybrid Coulter-Jeffrey pines were counted […]

Past Tense: Sept. 6, 2012

Past Tense: Sept. 6, 2012

55 years ago – 1957 Pine Dell Estates was a new development in town, just below the village on National Forest Highway [aka Highway 243].   50 years ago – 1962 It had been 75 days since the last measurable moisture. High temperature for the week was a sizzling 96 degrees. • • • With […]

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

Past Tense: Aug. 30, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 Fifty people gathered at Dutch Flat to witness the christening of a well for the Idyllwild Water Company. At the first gush, cameras clicked and everyone clapped.   • • • Eleanor Johnson had a project underway — to turn the circle in the center of town into a village […]

Past Tense: Aug. 23, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 August rainfall was already 3.72 inches. Average for the whole month in recent years had been running 1.23 inches. • • • Lightning struck more than 80 times in this section of the National Forest during an August thunderstorm. Only five of the strikes, however, turned into fires. Because of […]

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