The first district meeting of the Ladies Auxilliary of the American Legion was held in Idyllwild Sunday, Sept. 14, 1975. Arvilla Grant, center, is the new district president and Lucille Nancarrow and Rae Baxter are also officers. Forty-two people from all of Riverside County enjoyed a buffet held in the community room of the Security-Pacific Bank. file photo

70 years ago - 1949
Ernie Maxwell and Martin Aguirre headed a group to plant trout fingerlings in the back country.

65 years ago - 1954
Local residents voted in favor of zoning for Idyllwild. A new classification, R1-A, was adopted for guest cottages rented with kitchens.

60 years ago - 1959
Tahquitz Peak Lookout Jess Southwell reported 150 visitors on a Tuesday.

55 years ago - 1964
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a change in the minimum dwelling size in the Idyllwild area from 480 to 750 square feet.

50 years ago - 1969
More than 100 people attended a meeting with aviation spokespeople at Town Hall to discuss plans for a possible airstrip in the San Jacinto Mountains. Most of the audience appeared to disapprove of the proposal.

45 years ago - 1974
Some listings from Johnson Realty: A 2-bedroom “doll house” for $29,900; a Fern Valley 3-bedroom house on 1/2 acre for $27,500; and a 2-bedroom plus loft for $27,500.

40 years ago - 1979
A Pinyon Crest home was leveled by a tornado. The second story of the home next door was sawed off by the twister. This was the first tornado in Anza history.

35 years ago - 1984
Rain stopped in time for the third annual Pops in the Park concert. Nearly 500 people attended the free program at Town Hall Park sponsored by the Idyllwild Property Owners Association.

30 years ago - 1989
Residents were casting votes for candidates for the Hill Municipal Advisory Council for the first time. Eleven candidates were vying for nine seats.

25 years ago - 1994
The new Mountain Community Patrol, in place for just a few months, was being cited as a possible reason for reduced crime on the hill.

20 years ago - 1999
Members of the Idyllwild Garden Club made a plea at a Chamber of Commerce meeting. They said their group was willing to continue their beautification project of Idyllwild, but some businesses hadn’t taken care of their gardens and had allowed plants to die.

15 years ago - 2004
The Idyllwild Community Recreation Council reached its fundraising goal to complete the Idyllwild Skate Park thanks to a $40,000 county donation from outgoing Riverside County Third District Supervisor Jim Venable.

10 years ago - 2009
Guaranty Bank had several suitors bidding for its assets. Regulators set Monday, Aug. 17 as the date by which bids must be submitted. However, the deadline was until Tuesday, Aug. 18 to allow receipt of additional bids.

5 years ago - 2014
After about a month, the number of confirmed oaks infested with goldspotted oak borers surged 20% to 48 from the 40 identified at July’s Mountain Area Safety Taskforce, according to Division Chief Gregg Bratcher, Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department forester.

1 year ago - 2018
The Idyllwild Summer Concert Series presented a Friday evening dance party as a bonus night for the series’ dancing fans with John King and Change Required.

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