In Idyllwild, rustic shops — many featuring simple handcrafts — appealed to visitors in the early 1970s. File photo
In Idyllwild, rustic shops — many featuring simple handcrafts — appealed to visitors in the early 1970s.
File photo

65 years ago - 1950

Lora Steere, nationally known sculptress, conducted the first class at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

60 years ago - 1955

With the closing of the Camp of Creative Living, the Rev. Muriel Haskell prepared for the opening of a spiritual retreat, the adult program of the Camp of Creative Living.

55 years ago - 1960

A new business called Louise’s Antique Shop opened on the Hill at Stonewood, selling furniture, fine china, art glass, and Early American and collector’s items.

50 years ago - 1965

During the past fiscal year, fire loss — $5,000 — in the Idyllwild Fire Protection District was the lowest figure since 1959 when fire losses recorded only $2,717.

45 years ago - 1970

The state Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging the federal government to take immediate action to preserve Garner Valley as open space.

40 years ago - 1975

A new law called the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program became effective, requiring that all children entering the first grade present their school district with certification of a prescribed series of health tests.

35 years ago - 1980

A record $304,927,415 countywide General Fund budget was adopted by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. But the county parks departments were the hardest hit by cuts.

30 years ago - 1985

A five-year master plan for growth of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts was approved by the Board of Governors of the Idyllwild Arts Foundation.

25 years ago - 1990

The Idyllwild Rotary Club was sponsoring the first Open Golf Tournament at the Quail Ranch Country Club in San Jacinto to benefit the Idyllwild Mountain Rescue Team.

20 years ago - 1995

A Forest Restoration Program designed by the Coordinated Resource Management and Planning group was ready to go public. Some of the goals of this program were to prevent catastrophic fire, to strengthen a local, sustainable, forest-based economy and to enrich endangered species habitat.

15 years ago - 2000

Idyllwild Arts’ founder Bee Krone died at the Village Health Care Center while the campus was dedicating the Max and Bee Krone Library.

10 years ago - 2005

The Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce greenlighted the Hill’s inaugural Charles Dickens Festival –– A Victorian Christmas in Idyllwild. “The smell of roasting chestnuts and the sound of carolers” were to be all along North Circle Drive.

5 years ago - 2010

The 2010 Standardized Testing and Reporting program scores were released.  Idyllwild School’s overall results continued to improve. Based on the STAR results, Principal Matt Kraemer estimated Idyllwild’s Academic Performance Index would increase by 3 points to 843.

1 year ago - 2014

More than 100 people affiliated with the Desert Sun School (later the Elliott-Pope Preparatory School) in Idyllwild from the year 1942 to the school’s closure in 1990 held a reunion. The reunion was on the school campus, now the site of AstroCamp.