A flat-top ridge near Keen Camp Summit appeared the best site for a proposed Idyllwild airport. In this Nov. 24, 1967 photo, Airport Commissioner Eugene Ruddinchats boards a helicopter for an aerial inspection of the site. File photo

65 years ago - 1947
Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Carmen reminisced about the good old days in Idyllwild. They remembered Fern Valley as a fern-filled meadow without many trees, with cattle grazing in Round and Tahquitz valleys.

60 years ago - 1952
During a major snowstorm, Ada Morlan, Chamber secretary, left an evening committee meeting. Finding no chains in her car, she drained the radiator and walked home. Once there, her husband informed her that the chains were in the car and that he had just filled the radiator with anti-freeze. The incident had a happy ending, however. A large oak limb fell during the night right where she would have parked the car in the driveway.

55 years ago - 1957
Shepard’s Realty had “view lots” for sale for $1,200, but “creek lots” were $2,500.

50 years ago - 1962
While Josef and Maranda Marais were away on tour, water pipes burst and flooded their home. They returned to find grass growing in the living room.

40 years ago - 1972
Following a 2-inch rainfall, the U.S. Forest Service declared the end of fire season in the San Bernardino National Forest.

35 years ago - 1977
Almost 100 people attended a hearing at Town Hall where members of the San Jacinto Mountain Area Water Study Agency discussed management of the mountain wastewater system.

30 years ago - 1982
The first Winter Fashion Show and Dessert Tea, sponsored by the Soroptimist Club of Idyllwild, drew about 150 spectators and 21 models.

20 years ago - 1992
Five Idyllwild School students were selected by Steve Traugh to sing on his education albums titled “Fun Phonics for Preposterous Poems and Silly Songs.” The students were Justin Holmes, Samantha Pairis, Meredith Wills, Andrea Wills and Crystal Van Zee.

15 years ago - 1997
Idyllwild School’s fire lane was completed, spelling relief for parents using it to drop off and pick up their kids. Parents had complained about the hazards of stopping along the bustling Highway 243.

10 years ago - 2002
Parents, teenagers and concerned residents moved forward to improve recreational activities on the Hill after they formed the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council.

5 years ago - 2007
An Anza resident was arrested for bringing child pornography into the state. He was part of a Riverside County sweep of known sex offenders.

1 year ago - 2011
The Hemet High School Girls Volleyball team returned to the state championships for the second consecutive year.


  1. cool info. I look forward to reading it.
    I liked the 1952 story, but this time though, I was grossed out by the 2007 story. It's not your fault, you are reporting history, but still creepy to read about.

    I think because we like to remember the "good old days" and like to believe that everything in the past was happy happy.