Oland “Ole” Eickmann showed his pride in the care of the original log cabin building in the Elementary School complex. Earthquake-unsafe under standards of the Field Act, this long-cherished link with local history was missed when it had to be removed. file photo/Norwood hazard

70 years ago - 1949
The new school building, housing second- through seventh-grades, was being readied for an open house.

65 years ago - 1954
Parents and PTA members voted to recommend that seventh-grade students be sent to Hemet Junior High School the next year on a one-year trial basis.

60 years ago - 1959
Slicing her chainsaw through a cedar log, Inie Wilson took first place in the Pauline Bunyan contest at the Bear Flag Festival. Her time was 16 seconds.

55 years ago - 1964
The Idyllwild Cham- ber of Commerce was planning to publish a souvenir booklet about Idyllwild.

50 years ago - 1969
Idyllwild Inn was sold to Alfred and Thiele Veazie, who planned to convert it into a museum and shopping center.

45 years ago - 1974
A two-bedroom, one- bath furnished house in Idyllwild was available to rent for $170 a month.

40 years ago - 1979
Helicopter service between Loma Linda University Medical Center and Inspiration Point in Idyllwild was put into action for the first time when a stroke victim was airlifted off the Hill.

35 years ago - 1984
Six plans for a recreational vehicle park for the undeveloped south side of Lake Hemet were presented to board members of the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District.

30 years ago - 1989
Local U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Doug Pumphrey said the bark beetle infestation had reached an epidemic stage and would only get worse.

25 years ago - 1994
The Hemet Unified School District Board of Trustees was considering approval of a Family Life/Sex Education curriculum.
20 years ago - 1999
More than 6 inches of snow fell in Idyllwild; Pine Cove had more than a foot.

15 years ago - 2004
Idyllwild’s Herb Jeffries, known to cowboy movie fans as “The Bronze Buckaroo,” was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

10 years ago - 2009
Bob Smith, local author and board member, docent and researcher for the Idyllwild Area Historical Society, captured Idyllwild’s history in narrative and previously unpublished photographs in his book, “Idyllwild and the High San Jacintos.” Published by Arcadia Publishing, the leading local history publisher in the U.S., Smith’s book was the latest in Arcadia’s “Images of America” series.

5 years ago - 2014
Five earthquakes occurred on the Hill and in nearby areas in recent days. All were less than 3.0-magnitude.

1 year ago - 2018
James and Michelle Wiesen, of Idyllwild, held a four-man scramble golf tournament as a cancer fundraiser for Idyllwild School Office Manager Beth Swanson and former Idyllwild School student Emma Salter.

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