This photo published March 17, 1972, shows crews removing a diseased pine tree on Pine Crest. The removal required a crane, high-wire act, several men and plenty of strong backs. File photo

60 years ago - 1952
Dr. M.M. Null announced that he had hundreds of small sequoias to be given to residents and property owners free of charge. The little redwoods were grown for planting in the community.

55 years ago - 1957
Clarence Bischof purchased the San Jacinto Lumber Yard.

50 years ago - 1962
Paramount Picture’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, was showing at the Rustic Theatre.

45 years ago - 1967
A weekend storm brought 4 inches of snow — the first moisture in more than a month.

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Pine Cove’s fire company was proud of its newly acquired Seagrave pumper. Capacity: 180 gallons per minute.

40 years ago - 1972
In a meeting of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District’s board of commissioners, a citizens’ group concerned with rising costs and high taxes raised the question of transferring local fire protection to the county.

45 years ago – 1967
The Welch’s Carriage Inn was holding a St. Patrick’s Day Dance. All Irishmen were invited.

35 years ago – 1977
Ward Johnson made the trip from Idyllwild-to-San-Jacinto-and-back to Idyllwild, all on a bicycle!

30 years ago - 1982
Volunteers from the California Conservation Corps and the Idyllwild Izaak Walton League planted about 750 oak seedlings in the Mountain Center burn area. Under the direction of Tom Roberts of the U.S. Forest Service, the volunteers planted several groves of canyon and black oaks.

20 years ago – 1987
Idyllwild resident Glen “Mac” McWilliams, a 25-year veteran with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, was promoted to a new position in the Youth Evaluation Service.

10 years ago - 2002
Construction at Idyllwild School came to a stand-still after the Hemet Unified School District Governing Board of Trustees fired the project’s general contractor, Old Hickory Construction, accusing the firm of inadequate progress and failing to pay its subcontractors.

1 year ago – 2011
The IFPD finances continued to deteriorate. At the March 8 meeting, Commissioner and Treasurer Ben Killingsworth announced that revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30 would be about $115,000 less than expected.