Small-town America was very much alive in Idyllwild in 1972 where children took part in the annual Fourth of July Parade. File photo
Small-town America was very much alive in Idyllwild in 1972 where children took part in the annual Fourth of July Parade.
File photo

65 years ago - 1951

Inie Wilson was in charge of Town Hall maintenance.

60 years ago - 1956

Pine Cove residents voted to form the Pine Cove County Water District.

55 years ago - 1961

Ernie Maxwell presented a program called “Some Fun in the Outdoors” as part of the Izaak Walton League’s Outdoor Series.

50 years ago - 1966

Idyllwild held its first July 4th parade. The parade route started from the old county road yard on Pine Crest, went through the village around Eleanor Park, up Circle Drive and ended at Town Hall.

45 years ago - 1971

The Forest Service began requiring wilderness permits for people wanting to hike or camp in the national forest wilderness.

40 years ago - 1976

In honor of the nation’s bicentennial, the Idyllwild Community Chorale gave a special performance on July 4 at the ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts) campus.

35 years ago - 1981

The Town Crier’s “Editorial Corner” commented on President Reagan’s opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment called the Equal Rights Amendment, which was running out of time to be ratified.

30 years ago - 1986

Plants and bushes donated by the Idyllwild Garden Club were planted in the center of town as part of a fundraising project by Idyllwild’s Jim Rizor, who was earning money to participate in the International Sports Exchange track meet in Innsbruck, Austria. From there, the youth would travel to Germany as part of the local Rotary Club Exchange Student Program.

25 years ago - 1991

Hill Rotarians rolled up their sleeves and grabbed their tools to begin construction on a new children’s playground at Town Hall. The Rotarians provided the labor and split the cost of supplies and equipment with County Service Area 36.

20 years ago - 1996

Hill residents were evacuated as the 9,580-acre Bee Canyon wildfire came within a quarter of a mile of homes in Pine Cove on July 1. The Town Crier’s July 4th edition’s headline read, “We’re still here!” and gave credit to the more than 2,000 firefighters who battled the blaze.

15 years ago - 2001

A local group called Concerned Citizens for the Conservation of Mountain Water was publicly questioning the right of Pine Cove resident Paul Black to export and sell water drawn from his property.

10 years ago - 2006

The grand marshal of the Fourth of July parade was Mary Arnaiz, who had worked at the local post office for 28 years.

5 years ago - 2011

Independence Day Parade, sponsored by the Idyllwild Rotary Club, had more than 70 entries and many other last-minute entries.

1 year ago - 2015

New bridge construction began on Highway 74 between Garner Valley and Idyllwild. The bridge, not having been worked on since 1930, was updated for larger vehicles. With a traffic light installed, residents experienced 24/7 traffic delays, and up to 15-minute delays during heavy traffic days and times.

Editor’s note: In last week’s “Past Tense,” this entry was incorrectly shown as 25 years ago - 1991.

20 years ago - 1996

At the Chamber’s installation dinner, Pete Capparelli was given the annual “Essence of Idyllwild” award and also received a plaque from then-3rd District Supervisor Jim Venable for his years of Chamber service.