In this photo published June 22, 1962, summer school teacher Jo Oddus put to use the new outdoor science lab built by the Izaak Walton League. File photo

65 years ago - 1947
Fred Patton revealed he was smuggled into this area. “Back in 1895,” he recalled, “a man stole me from my folks up in Sonoma County. He was interested in gold mining over by Kenworthy and he hijacked me along to help him.” The mining experience didn’t amount to much, but Fred stayed on.


60 years ago - 1952
The new Rustic Theatre finally opened. First attraction was “Red Mountain,” starring Alan Ladd and Lizabeth Scott. “Skirts Ahoy,” with Esther Williams, was to follow.

55 years ago - 1957
Deputies were investigating a mysterious dynamiting incident that occurred at 3:30 a.m. Evidence showed that someone set off some dynamite among boulders in Strawberry Creek near Peak and Pine Camp. It shook up the town.

50 years ago - 1962
The county asked local residents to place numbers on their houses.
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Mr. and Mrs. Rod Welch announced the opening of the first unit of their Alandale Pines subdivision.

35 years ago - 1977
Five graduating high-school students received a record $2,400 in awards from the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund at a Hemet High School awards assembly. The awards went to Marcus Clark, Steve Friemoth, Jeff Jones, Brett Miller and Anne Weverka.

25 years ago - 1987
Lilburn Swisher Barksdale, founder of the Barksdale Foundation, an organization helping individuals develop greater self-esteem, died at Hemet Valley Hospital.

20 years ago - 1992
The Idyllwild Lions Club and the whole town were gearing up for the third-annual Timber Fest.

15 years ago - 1997
Major construction was going on at Idyllwild Arts Academy. The school broke ground for the Rena and George Pierson Hall. The dormitory was designed to hold 80 students.

10 years ago - 2002
Locals carried signs around the village center calling the Adventure Pass a “Fee-Asco” as part of the National Day of Protest Rally Against the U.S. Forest Service’s Adventure Pass.

5 years ago - 2007
The Chamber of Commerce secured a bus, Beulah, to use for moving people around town. A licensed driver was still being recruited.

1 year ago - 2011
For the third time in three years, a Riverside County grand jury investigated and issued a report about the operations of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. The general themes of the jury’s report were how the board conducts its business, the board’s oversight of operations, and the employment status of one of the board members.