A satisfied Lora Steere, 88, nestles next to husband Tom Steere, 92, married again after 62 years shown here in 1976. They first married in April 1914 and again in September 1976. Lora encouraged a divorce after Tom returned from WW I from Siberia where he experienced much sadness. His home was noisy with four children and Lora encouraged a quieter atmosphere for him. A granddaughter reunited them and Tom came to live with Lora in Idyllwild. file photo

70 years ago - 1949
Thirty campsites were being installed at Lake Fulmor.

65 years ago - 1954
Building permits is- sued on the Hill were at a record high.

60 years ago - 1959
In a freak accident, Lily Rock claimed its first victim in more than 24 years. Daniel Guiner, 23, a Cal Tech exchange student from Paris, died almost instantly when he was struck in the head by a tree limb flying through the air.

55 years ago - 1964
A major topic at the Chamber of Commerce meeting was the problem of the reckless use of motor bikes on the Hill.

50 years ago - 1969
Idyllwild had another new restaurant, the Chart House.

45 years ago - 1974
Village Market weekly specials included spareribs for 69 cents per pound, white potatoes at 5 pounds for 75 cents and red leaf lettuce at 19 cents a head.

40 years ago - 1979
About 1,500 campers were evacuated from Silent Valley Campground after a boy contracted bubonic plague after camping there.

35 years ago - 1984
Noted editor and author Norman Cousins spoke at Town Hall. His topic, “Armageddon Deferred,” addressed “the requirements for world peace in the face of the conflict between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.”

30 years ago - 1989
Plans for the Center of Idyllwild project (now known as The Fort) passed the initial approval phase and would soon go before the Riverside County Planning Commission for a public hearing.

25 years ago - 1994
Hemet Unified School District Board of Trustees President Bill Sanborn announced that Idyllwild School had a good chance of getting funds for a science laboratory.

20 years ago - 1999
Many locals were getting ready for the annual 5k and 10k Run and Fitness Walk sponsored by Idyllwild School PTA.


15 years ago - 2004
After more than a year of planning, the Idyllwild Community Recreation Council began work on the Skate Park.

10 years ago - 2009
Judge Edward Webster of the Riverside County Superior Court gave Noel T. Winter, 73, one week to return to Florida and settle five felony warrants issued for his arrest by authorities in Orange County, Florida. The Florida warrants were for felony scheme to defraud, grand theft and assessing advance fees as a broker.

5 years ago - 2014
The Idyllwild Historic Preservation District Review Board met with a number of property owners and renters whose properties fall within district boundaries to explain the district and the renovation permitting process.

1 year ago - 2018
Soroptimist International of Idyllwild organized the comedy night event, in its second year. Comedy night was a new rendition of the club’s Celebration of Women in the Arts, which started in 2011 and raises funds to help groups fighting human trafficking, one of Soroptimist of the America’s main projects.

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