Fire chiefs Mike Riebner of Beaumont, Bill Hoeft of Hemet, Jim Johnson of Hemet and Dave Flake, Riverside County Fire Warden, meet with local officials to swap information over lunch at Welch’s Carriage Inn in the photo published July 21, 1972. File photo

65 years ago - 1947
Town Crier visited the Kretsingers: “In the front room, a rehearsal of the Mounted Music Makers was in process. Jean was strumming his guitar, Evie was at the piano, and little George was singing at the top of his voice. Down at Kretsinger Corners, everyone gets a BANG out of living.”


55 years ago - 1957
Harry Armstrong of Pine Cove discovered two teenage girls defacing rocks. He summoned Deputy Charles Slaback, who stood by while they removed the marks.

50 years ago - 1962
The new junior college district serving Hemet Valley, Banning, Beaumont and San Jacinto got a name: Mt. San Jacinto Junior College.

45 years ago - 1967
Three 13-year-old YMCA campers missing overnight were located by helicopter on Deer Springs Trail. All were in excellent condition.

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Irene Marshall was back on the Hill following her sixth Inland Waterway Voyage to Alaska.

40 years ago - 1972
County supervisors ordered the Road Department “back to the drawing board” to modify its proposal for the Fern Valley flood-control, road-widening project.

35 years ago - 1977
Pay increases that brought the Hemet Unified School District management in line with countywide averages were approved by the governing board. An additional 4 percent boost “for good measure” was added, according to Personnel Director Dr. Richard Thorsted.

30 years ago - 1982
Dan Gosnell was elected president of the Idyllwild Firefighters Association.

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A petition signature drive was launched in Idyllwild for creation of a Hill school district.

25 years ago - 1987
County Service Area 36 Advisory Council required Town Hall Recreation to call a special public meeting because of disgruntled parents and participants of various programs.

20 years ago - 1992
The Bike Shop sponsored its first National Off Road Bicycle Association race on the Hill.

15 years ago - 1997
The Idyllwild Cowboy Jubilee was a day-long event. Horse-drawn carriages and Native American dances were among the attractions during the event.

10 years ago - 2002
The Idyllwild Water District finally repaired a leaking breather pipe that had been flowing onto the ground for almost three weeks.

5 years ago - 2007
A Cadillac Escalade XT drove off North Circle Drive, jumped the curb, hit the deck and struck a large pine tree outside the Idyllwild Realty office.

1 year ago - 2011
A capacity crowd seeking answers on the county’s assumption of recreation management in Idyllwild confronted the County Service Area 36 Advisory Committee at its monthly meeting. The packed meeting produced little satisfaction for attendees.