Jean Reid had the first solar-powered home in Idyllwild, shown in this 1978 photo. Jean is widow of the late Dr. David Reid. File Photo
Jean Reid had the first solar-powered home in Idyllwild, shown in this 1978 photo. Jean is widow of the late Dr. David Reid. File Photo

65 years ago - 1950

The Town Crier, which first saw the light of day in the Maxwells’ attic, moved into the rock building at Fern Valley Corners.


60 years ago - 1955

Dispensing mountain hospitality with all modern conveniences was the new Singingwood Motel, which opened the prior week, on the Banning highway a half mile from the village.


55 years ago - 1960

Don and June Mulford, who covered almost 2,500 miles on horseback from the Mexican border to Canada, showed a movie at Town Hall of their five-month trek as a fund-raiser for the Chamber of Commerce.


50 years ago - 1965

The first comprehensive guide to the San Jacinto-Santa Rosa mountain area, “Guidebook to the Sunset Ranges of Southern California,” by Russ Leadabrand, went on sale.


45 years ago - 1970

Pine Cove County Park was formally dedicated as a unit of the Riverside County Parks system.


40 years ago - 1975

Despite rain, more than 2,000 people attended the fourth-annual Idyllwild Bluegrass Festival.


35 years ago - 1980

The San Jacinto Mountain Area Water Study Agency was considering a $3 million sewer project. It would use 55,000 feet of pipeline if installed.


30 years ago - 1985

The Restaurant Gastrognome was selected as an award-winning restaurant by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association.


25 years ago - 1990

The Rotary Club prepared for its annual Memorial Day Apfel Pfann Kuchen pancake breakfast. The recipe was kept in a safe-deposit box and would be removed and hand-carried by the bank’s guard to the event so the batter could be prepared. It would then be immediately  sequestered until the next year.


20 years ago - 1995

Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi, Roshi, founder of the Zen Mountain Center in 1983, died at the age of 64. Roshi was internationally noted for his influence as a Zen master, particularly on the practice in the United States.


15 years ago - 2000

Idyllwild Garden Club board members visited Reva Ballreich’s lilac garden to view the new single blue lilac she developed and named “Idyllwild.”


10 years ago - 2005

The Hill was losing the cardboard recycling site at Community Lumber because Waste Management Inc. decided not to supply a bin for the site any longer.


5 years ago - 2010

Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce Directors Mimi Lamp and Richmond Blake presented Chamber President Ken Carlson with a 30-day notice of intent to expel him from Chamber membership during the Chamber’s monthly meeting on Monday, May 17.


1 year ago - 2014

A 46-year-old male sustained moderate injuries, including a fractured left leg, after falling about 50 feet while rock climbing Monday afternoon. Cal Fire hoisted the patient into Helicopter 301, which transported the rescued hiker to Keenwild Forest Service Station where American Medical Response then transported him to a nearby hospital.