The fifth and sixth-grade girls took first place in Mrs. Joyce Hatfield’s social studies class project involving the construction of a model city. From left to right: Donna Duccini, Cynthia Peters, Lisa Peterson, Laura Thomas, Renee Grassi, Terry Leih, Heidi Jensen, Kristen Judson, Carol Barksdale, Brenda Haldber, Brenda Garcia and Sandra Allen. The photo was taken in 1975. town crier archives

70 years ago - 1949
Forced to retire because of ill health, Postmaster Harry Wendelken announced that Rita Patton had been named acting postmaster for Idyllwild.

65 years ago - 1954
A dinner and campfire program was shaping up to celebrate the Burn the Mortgage party for Town Hall.

60 years ago - 1959
Delegates from the Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce met with members of the Hemet Valley Chamber to push improvements for the Mountain Center/Hemet section of Highway 74.

55 years ago - 1964
Eleanor Park, in the center of Idyllwild’s business district, underwent beautification.

50 years ago - 1969
In the classifieds, a four-bedroom plus guest house for $18,750 and a two-bedroom cabin for $18,900 were lsited for sale.
45 years ago - 1974
It was estimated that the Soboba Fire had burned 17,683 acres. It cost $10 million to fight. It was also reported that many very old trees were lost.

40 years ago - 1979
Jana and Kent Steele were welcomed to Idyllwild. The Steeles moved from the city where Kent was associated with a Beverly Hills law firm. He opened a law office in Idyllwild.

35 years ago - 1984
A transfer station to replace the cut-and-fill dump was recommended by Riverside County Refuse Disposal officials.

30 years ago - 1989
The Lions Club’s deep-pit barbecue had the biggest turnout in the event’s history. More than 1,400 dinners were served.

25 years ago - 1994
More than 1,000 people attended the first, all-day jazz festival held at Idyllwild Arts.

15 years ago - 1999
Two fires on the hill — the Mixing Fire and the Pine Fire — both allegedly set by arsonists, were nearly contained. Jazz in the Pines went ahead as planned.

15 years ago - 2004
In a special election, Pine Cove voters approved a $50 parcel fee to pay for an ambulance service contract with Idyllwild Fire Protection District.

10 years ago - 2009
The Cottonwood Fire began about 5:15 p.m. on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 27, and threatened to cancel Idyllwild’s biggest weekend, Jazz in the Pines.

5 years ago - 2014
The California Legislature passed a law that was expected to be signed by the governor. Thin, plastic carry-out bags appeared headed for oblivion.

1 year ago - 2018
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the theft of two heavy air-conditioning units from the roof of Village Market.

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