Charlie Clayton enjoys a bowl of chili on a cold February day at Town Hall during the “Chili Feed” sponsored by the Idyllwild Church of Religious Science. This photo was published Feb. 24, 1994. File photo

60 years ago - 1952
Townsfolk were invited to a premiere showing of “Ballad of Idyllwild,” a movie made on the campus of ISOMATA (now the Idyllwild Arts Academy). Marais and Miranda were the authors, and Meredith Willson contributed to the theme song.

55 years ago - 1957
The search was abandoned for a nude hiker missing since Jan. 29 in Tahquitz Canyon.

40 years ago - 1972
Assigned to write an article about Idyllwild’s “charming” squirrels, reporter Gary Squier complied but put the facts in line: “I don’t think the little beasts are charming at all, but only noisy and stupid.”

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Town Crier found there were more than 25 formally organized groups in the community, justifying Idyllwild’s nickname “the meeting town.”

35 years ago - 1977
Clarence Bischof, a pioneer lumberman in Idyllwild, passed away in San Diego.

25 years ago - 1987
Lloyd Wood, Idyllwild’s postmaster for 22 years, officially retired. His replacement was Jim Cretes, postmaster for three-and-a-half years in Temecula and a 28-year veteran of the United States Postal Service.

15 years ago - 1997
Idyllwild was among the many areas in California where stargazers could look in awe at Hale-Bopp. The comet was expected to outshine Hyakutake Comet of 1996 and Halley’s Comet of 1985.

10 years ago - 2002
George Covington ­— the founder of WNKI 1610 AM, Idyllwild’s emergency information radio station — died after battling a number of illnesses.

5 years ago - 2007
Jeff Smith of Pine Cove filed a complaint with the State Water Resources Control Board over whether Idyllwild Water District has the right to use water from Strawberry Creek.

1 year ago - 2011
Without drilling new wells, Idyllwild Water District began to improve its water supply production with efforts to rehabilitate older wells.