Past Tense
Hunter registration at Little Thomas Truck Road in1966.
File Photo

65 years ago - 1948

Work was begun on the Idyllwild Fire House between the Trading Post and Ice & Fuel.


60 years ago - 1953

Joan Crawford, Kathryn Grayson and Elizabeth Taylor were in holiday pictures at The Rustic Theatre.


55 years ago - 1958

Santa Ana winds pushed the temperature to 80 degrees and reduced the humidity to 6 percent. Fire crews went on around-the-clock standby.


50 years ago - 1963

Junior bowling got underway with the formation of a league for youngsters at Sportland Park.


45 years ago - 1968

Sheriff’s deputies made a narcotics raid on a house on
Tahquitz Drive and took seven people into custody. This followed a raid earlier in the week by Idyllwild vigilantes as a result of which three men were charged with trespassing.


40 years ago - 1973

The Sierra Madre Girl Scout Council purchased the 320-acre Kolisch Ranch in Garner Valley.


35 years ago - 1978

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Florist in the Forest.


30 years ago - 1983

Idyllwild Arts Foundation expressed general approval of a plan that would provide space for a California Conservation Corps crew on the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts campus.


25 years ago - 1988

Noah Whitney, 9, of Idyllwild, was one of the youngest winners ever in the Town Crier’s annual Snow Guessing Contest. His name was drawn from the 95 contestants who correctly picked the date of the first snowfall of Friday, Nov. 25.


20 years ago - 1993

Shock, grief and disbelief were just some of the feelings expressed in the community after getting news of the murders of Pine Cove residents Rebecca Ruth Volldtedt-Ghazal, 38, and her daughter, Khadijah Ghazal, 13.


15 years ago - 1998

Idyllwild Arts announced its newly appointed music director, Ransom Wilson.


10 years ago - 2003

The Riverside County Fire Department, in conjunction with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, announced the availability of funds to reimburse property owners for the removal of dead trees.


5 years ago - 2008

Rainbow Inn owners Lon Mercer and John Simpson visited Lyasomboro Primary School in Marangu, Tanzania, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in October, taking with them gifts of sweaters for 50 boys orphaned by AIDS.


1 year ago - 2012

Jay Johnson and son Jason met with county representatives to begin
the transfer of Idyllwild’s Town Hall and lands to the county. The Idyllwild Chamber, lacking funds for maintenance and repair of Town Hall, had recently returned the building and lands to the Johnson family, who had held a reversionary interest.