Relaxing got top billing at the Cedar Tree Gallery in March 1974 as owners Elizabeth Paine and Ernie Maxwell demonstrated.File photo
Relaxing got top billing at the Cedar Tree Gallery in March 1974 as owners Elizabeth Paine and Ernie Maxwell demonstrated. File photo

65 years ago - 1951

Hikers from the Pathfinder camp experienced a near-tragedy when lightning knocked them to the ground while descending San Jacinto Peak.

60 years ago - 1956

The Norman Roys of Garden Grove purchased 9 acres of the Pauley Ranch off Delano Road, and announced plans to build a “deluxe trailer park” named Roy-L Pines Trailer Village (It is now the Royal Pines Estates).

55 years ago - 1961

Jim Johnson and George Martinak solicited donations to purchase an ambulance for the fire department. They met an overwhelming response and 95 percent of the needed money was quickly pledged.

50 years ago - 1966

World-famous potters Gertrud and Otto Natzlr visited with the ceramics class on the USC-Arts Foundation (now Idyllwild Arts) campus. The couple had escaped their native Austria just ahead of Hitler’s invasion, and came to the U.S. with $24 and their essential art supplies.

45 years ago - 1971

The featured speaker at the American Legion Post 800’s Ladies’ Auxiliary dinner meeting was “Prince” Victor Kenezevic, a blind freedom fighter from Yugoslavia, who was brought to America by Generals Dwight Eisenhower and Hap Arnold for his bravery in helping 640 American Flyers escape during World War II.

40 years ago - 1976

On the advice of its consulting engineer, and to satisfy State Board of Health requirements for a water filtration system, the Fern Valley Water District began installing a dual chlorination system.

35 years ago - 1981

Miranda Marais, famed balladeer and part-time Idyllwild resident, appeared in two local public performances.

30 years ago - 1986

Restaurant Gastrognome began serving lunch on the patio.

25 years ago - 1991

The Hill, which had been without a resident physician since June, welcomed four doctors from Eisenhower Medical Center who would be providing primary care on the Hill.

20 years ago - 1996

Fire officials’ presentation about the recent Bee Canyon blaze packed the Idyllwild Fire Station. The Hill’s radio station, WNKI, which had a tiny office in the back of the firehouse, received about $3,000 in donations from citizens grateful for WNKI’s broadcasting updates on the fire.

15  years ago - 2001

Spokesmen from the newly formed Mountain Communities Fire Safe Council had tough words for the Idyllwild Fire Protection District, which estimated that it had completed only about a third of the needed property inspections. Also, IFPD had kept no records of actual inspections done.

10 years ago - 2006

Mountain Disaster Preparedness conducted its first community-wide drill, training volunteers to stock and operate stations (now called Disaster Aid Stations), full of emergency supplies  throughout the Hill area.

5 years ago - 2011

The recently enacted $150 state fire protection fee would not be implemented for several months; nevertheless, it was already attracting considerable opposition that was starting to take shape in multiple forums — the voters, the Legislature and, eventually, the courts.

1 year ago - 2015

The Town Crier learned that two other lawsuits were filed against a property owner and his caretakers stemming from the Mountain Fire besides the two filed by Cal Fire and some private landowners.