“Life o’ the Party” turned into social ruin for Betty Lou when someone spiked the punch with sleeping medicine. In the Idyllwild Elementary School’s enrichment class production, in mid-1940s costumes were (from left) Cynthia McFarland, Jim Bakos, Brian Benson, Leigh Hatfield and Andrea Weare. file photo

70 years ago - 1948

Idyllwild’s barber Bert Playle moved away, leaving local men mourning. There were still three beauty operators to take care of the ladies’ hair.

65 years ago - 1953

The local American Legion announced it would sponsor Gary Thomas and Ken Bischof at the National Scout Jamboree.

60 years ago - 1958

Despite property owner protests, county supervisors approved plans for a Girl Scout Camp near Saunders Meadow.

55 years ago - 1963

Lou Adams assumed presidency of the Chamber of Commerce and announced she intended to run the organization “like a business.”

50 years ago - 1968

The Riverside County Planning Commission placed Idyllwild’s population at 2,536. In 1950, the population of Idyllwild, Pine Cove and Mountain Center was less than 500.

45 years ago - 1973

The Idyllwild Property Owners Association asked the three local water districts to request a Local Agency Formation Commission feasibility study regarding consolidation of the districts.

40 years ago - 1978

Hemet Unified School District trustees refused to allow a smoking section for students at Hemet High School.

35 years ago - 1983

Hemet Valley Ambulance Service Inc. established a satellite station at the Mt. San Jacinto Center of the California Conservation Corps in Garner Valley, serving residents of Garner Valley, Anza and Pinyon.

30 years ago - 1988

Visitors and residents took advantage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by enjoying the winter wonderland created when 12 inches of snow fell in town.

25 years ago - 1993

The Hill was cut off from the rest of the world when highways 74, 243 and 371 were closed due to boulders, mud and trees on the roads Heavy rainstorms pummelled the Hill for 12 days in a row causing the havoc.

20 years ago - 1998

Vandals tore down the letters above Fairway Market and knocked down the  soda machine in front of Forest Lumber in an attempt to break it open.

15 years ago - 2003

Free English classes were started in Idyllwild.

10 years ago - 2008

The U.S. Forest Service spearheaded an effort to help the Lake Hemet bald eagles in their annual nest construction. A platform, made from redwood pieces and available pine branches, was constructed for the eagle parents to use for a more durable nest.

5 years ago - 2013

The November confirmation of the Gold-spotted oak borer arrival in Idyllwild, 30 miles north of its last point of detection in San Diego County, was almost certainly the result of firewood transported from San Diego County, according to authorities.

1 year ago - 2017

Roads were snow-covered and icy with rockslides and power outages occurring during the rain-sodden snowfall that took place most of January.

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