Idyllwild Elementary School in 1948. File Photo

70 years ago - 1948

In a playoff in Palms Springs, Butler’s Nutcrackers defeated the Register Ragdolls to become Women’s Bowling League champs.

65 years ago - 1953

The first light snow of the season hit the mountain area.

60 years ago - 1958

To mark “Double Tenth,” or Chinese New Year, Mary Nelson announced forming a Chinese wind and string ensemble.

55 years ago - 1963

David “Bud” Hunt Jr. was selected by the Idyllwild Fire District commission to fill a vacancy on the station staff.

50 years ago - 1968

Directors of the Idyll-wild Protective League voted to disband the organization, formed in 1958 to “preserve the natural beauty and charm of the Idyllwild area.”

45 years ago - 1973

At a meeting of the Idyllwild Property Owners, an official from the California Department of Transportation assured locals that highways 74 and 243 were not destined to become freeways.

40 years ago - 1978

Paul West, editor and writer for hit series such as “The Waltons,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Ozzie and Harriet” and “Father Knows Best,” was guest speaker for a Rotary Club lecture at the Rustic Theatre.

35 years ago - 1983

Idyllwild resident Lora Steere, 96, collected her 81st Squirrel Card when she visited Tahquitz Peak with a little help from her friends. Steere, who suffered a hip injury 10 years earlier, was carried to the peak in a special litter designed to accommodate her wheelchair.

30 years ago - 1988

Town Crier founding publisher and editor Ernie Maxwell was the speaker for the first meeting of the fall season of the Idyllwild Literary Society.

25 years ago - 1993

Hill resident Chris Thile, 12, took first place in the mandolin division of the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Chris was the youngest contestant ever to win any of the annual championships.

20 years ago - 1998

About 250 people danced to oldies music at the Idyllwild School PTA’s fifth-annual “Blast to the Past.” The event raised more than $700 for the school.

15 years ago - 2003

California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and chose Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him. Idyllwild voters turned out in large numbers for the recall election.

5 years ago - 2013

A Santa Ana wind event combined with near-record low fuel moisture posed a substantial fire threat through the prior weekend.

1 year ago - 2017

The Snow Group met with California state Sen. Jeff Stone at his Murrieta office to share a PowerPoint presentation, which illustrated the Hill’s snow-play visitor problems and proposed solutions.

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