President Rollin Humber and Claude Drummond of the Fern Valley Mutual Water Company testing a new pump in 1949.File photo/Bob Gray
President Rollin Humber and Claude Drummond of the Fern Valley Mutual Water Company testing a new pump in 1949. File photo/Bob Gray

65 years ago - 1950

Upon completion of the architectural drawings for the workshops and studios of the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, construction began.

60 years ago - 1955

After four years of planning for zoning despite continuous opposition, the County Planning Commission adopted a master plan for the mountain area, which eliminated some spot zones that had previously been allowed.

50 years ago - 1965

The first snow fell on the San Jacinto Mountains when an unannounced storm replaced the predicted Santa Ana winds.


45 years ago - 1970

A 10-year effort to transfer the Banning-Idyllwild Highway into the state system was a success. But before the state could accept the 29-mile route, $160,000 in repairs had to be made by Riverside County.

40 years ago - 1975

Following the Lake Hemet Burn and subsequent heavy rainstorms, mud and black ashes washed onto Highway 74 and created a $8,000 cleanup job in Garner Valley.

35 years ago - 1980

The Idyllwild Town Hall started featuring activities ranging from acrobatics to batik to chainsaw safety instruction.

30 years ago - 1985

Local resident and writer Gene Thompson, author of television scripts for shows such as the Groucho Marx and Lucille Ball programs, spoke about “The Form of Mystery, and the Mystery of Form” at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Library.

25 years ago - 1990

The Idyllwild Fire Protection District Board of Commissioners promoted with pay increases all seven of the district’s full-time firefighters.

20 years ago - 1995

With a new $6,450,000 federal grant in hand, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department pledged to increase sheriff’s patrols in the mountain area. “We will be able to reach a goal of one deputy per 1,000 residents in unincorporated areas,” said Sheriff Larry Smith.

15 years ago - 2000

Idyllwild bike riders were gearing up for the third-annual 24 Hours of Adrenalin Mountain Bike Team Relay Championships, called “the Woodstock of mountain biking.”

10 years ago - 2005

The Riverside County Office of Emergency Services had finally received a $148,875 federal grant to purchase a countywide, early-warning notification system.

5 years ago - 2010

A piece of Idyllwild history was lost in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Sept. 15. A fierce blaze destroyed a Pine Cove log cabin built by Charles “Selden” Belden, the Idyllwild creator of the now highly collectible pinecraft furniture.

1 year ago - 2014

Steven Taylor Rutherford, 49, of Banning pleaded guilty in August to 10 felony counts of arson. On Friday, Sept. 5, Judge Becky Dugan sentenced him to 45 years in prison.