Although Idyllwild has enjoyed pleasant weather lately, residents are reminded that January is a winter month, as seen in this Jan. 21, 1993, photo in which a car is towed after having a snow-laden tree fall across its hood. File photo

65 years ago - 1947
Pop Groom leased land above Pine Cove where Haigh and Weller were logging for a winter sports area.

60 years ago - 1952
The State Riding and Hiking Trail project again stalled due to right-of-way difficulties. The trail may be re-routed elsewhere.

55 years ago - 1957
Janet Froehlich was engaged to Bill Riley of Hemet. Janet had worked for two summers with the Town Crier.

50 years ago - 1962
Town Hall was at almost full capacity for use, according to Chamber President Clarence Bishof.
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Eight parachutes were purchased from war surplus and installed in the elementary school multipurpose room to help muffle the clatter.
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Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Connally of Scottsdale purchased Rocky Rill Lodge from Frances Knox. They planned to use it for a vacation home for their large family.

45 years ago - 1967
Conforming with new postal regulations, Town Crier started mailing out-of-town papers by ZIP code number. Previously, mailed copies had been bundled alphabetically by towns.
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The Hemet Unified School District asked Doris Hunt for a description of the work she did as elementary school secretary. “It’s totally impossible to tell you what I do,” she said, as she mentioned coping with snakes, dogs, rabbits, bloody noses, skinned knees, tears, etc.

40 years ago - 1972
Plans for a 253-unit mobile home park on 40 acres in the Tahquitz Lake Estates area generated opposition from several nearby property owners.

35 years ago - 1977
At the end of 1976, the six-months’ total rainfall amounted to 14.91 inches. The previous year’s Dec. 31 figure was 7 inches.

30 years ago - 1982
Three Forest Service officers spoke at Idyllwild’s Izaak Walton League meeting about plans underway in San Bernardino County to prevent destruction of urban and mountain developments due to forest fire.

25 years ago - 1987
More than 3,900 homes and businesses were left without electricity for a day in the aftermath of the year’s first winter storm.

20 years ago - 1992
A three-day storm dumped two feet of snow on the Hill.

15 years ago - 1997
Four months after the Tree Monument was taken down for extensive restoration, it was lifted by crews and returned to its base.

10 years ago - 2002
A group of private developers announced plans to build a $3 million private resort and spa complex near the center of Idyllwild.

5 years ago - 2007
Three separate traffic collisons all occured at the same spot on the same day, just a few hours apart on Highway 74 just west of McCall Park Road.

1 year ago - 2011
Directors, actors, writers, and local residents filled the Rustic Theatre lobby on opening day of the second Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema: Idyllwild 2011.