In accepting the W.A.G.G. championship trophy in September 1973 from Reid Phippeny (right), Jim Eymann was heard to say, “In all humility, I accept the trophy and consider it a single honor to have bested in head-to-head competition many of Idyllwild’s leading citizens — industrialists, editors, ministers and civic leaders.” File photo
In accepting the W.A.G.G. championship trophy in September 1973 from Reid Phippeny (right), Jim Eymann was heard to say, “In all humility, I accept the trophy and consider it a single honor to have bested in head-to-head competition many of Idyllwild’s leading citizens — industrialists, editors, ministers and civic leaders.”
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60 years ago - 1956

Tahquitz Pines dedicated the new stone entrance archway at a ceremony attended by more than 100 people.

55 years ago - 1961

The county started a house numbering system for Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center. Even numbers would be on the north and east sides of the street; odd on the south and west. Because of the sweeping pattern of Circle Drive, it was decided to divide it as north and south by Strawberry Creek.

45 years ago - 1966

Two nights a week, Welch’s Carriage Inn Restaurant was serving dinner, including coffee,  for $1. On Wednesday, diners got spaghetti with bread and a salad. On Friday, it was the fish-and-chips plate.

45 years ago - 1971

New construction in the community climbed to its highest point in over a year when 86 permits were issued in July.

40 years ago - 1976

Queen of Angels Catholic Church replaced its plain windows with stained glass windows the Mountain Tiffany Shop created.

35 years ago - 1981

According to Bureau of Census preliminary figures, the population of the mountain area, including Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Mountain Center, Garner Valley, Anza, Aguanga and Terwilliger, was 5,953 — a 95-percent increase from 1970.

30 years ago - 1986

For the first time since it opened in 1950, ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts Academy) announced it would become a year-round school in September, with nearly 80 students enrolled in grades eight through 12.

25 years ago - 1991

Idyllwild has always liked to host music festivals. In 1991, it was the Mountain Acoustics Music Festival, which more than 250 people attended.

20 years ago - 1996

A third venue, the French Quarter, debuted at the third-annual Jazz in the Pines festival.

10 years ago - 2006

The Idyllwild Pharmacy, which opened in 1977,  filled its 500,000th prescription.

5 years ago - 2011

The $150 state Fire Prevention Fee was trimmed. The State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection met and set the 2011-12 level at $90, but also approved conditions that could lower the fee, especially in areas such as Idyllwild.

1 year ago - 2015

The Mountain Disaster Preparedness group urged Hill residents to prepare for a significantly wet fall and winter. The National Weather Service forecast that a major El Niño was to arrive in fall 2015 and continue to affect local weather through spring 2016.

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