This cartoon, illustrated by Town Crier founder Ernie Maxwell, ran May 9, 1991. Town Crier Archives

70 years ago - 1950

The town was filled with movie stars as Audie Murphy and Marguerite Chapman headed up the cast for “Kansas Raider,” which was filmed on Garner Ranch. 

65 years ago - 1955

Representing a dozen different countries, students from Pasadena City College spent a weekend on the Hill. 

60 years ago - 1960

Pinecraft Furniture, established in Idyllwild in 1939, making it one of the oldest businesses in town, was sold. Taking over were Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Prall of Vista. 

55 years ago - 1965

The site of the old Sportland Park (now The Fort) was under extensive renovations. The swimming pool was to be removed and a restaurant and cocktail lounge were planned to be built. 

50 years ago - 1970

The University of Southern California-Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (now Idyllwild Arts Academy), celebrated its 20th year of offering summer sessions. 

45 years ago - 1975

The first hearing on the county’s new subdivision ordinance was held June 18. The ordinance was designed to update the existing county land division statutes and make them conform with the new legislation. 

40 years ago - 1980

Moses Eason, 2 1/2 years old, was saved by his dog, Terry. A rattlesnake was going after Moses when Terry jumped in and bit the snake on the head. Terry was badly injured by the snake, but soon recovered.

35 years ago - 1985

Idyllwild Fire Department received its first caller I.D. equipment. The equipment showed the location of the 911 caller. 

30 years ago - 1990

The fifth-annual Special Needs Camp took place, with 111 disabled youths and almost the same number of volunteers. The days were filled with tears of joy and memories that would last a lifetime. 

25 years ago - 1995

Trinity Pines, The Children’s Place, after five years of providing daycare, closed due to financial difficulties. The closure affected many families on the Hill who were hoping to send their children to the daycare center. 

20 years ago - 2000

Several rattlesnake sightings were reported in and around homes due to the warm weather on the Hill.

15 years ago - 2005

Hoping to build a 1,078 square-foot extension, the Friends of the Idyllwild Library were trying to raise $47,000 for the project, since Riverside County would not give any additional funding. 

10 years ago - 2010

Judge W. Charles Morgan affirmed the jury’s death penalty for Raymond Lee Oyler, 39, who the jury found guilty of starting the October 2006 Esperanza Fire that killed five U.S. Forest Service firefighters.

5 years ago - 2015

Doug Ashcraft, head of Idyllwild Arts Academy, stood in the new William M. Lowman Concert Hall. With the roof placed on the hall itself, the building was left waiting for its metal exterior and green room additions. The new concert hall promised many more musical events in the future.

1 year ago - 2019

After low-flying helicopters over the Idyllwild area created an uproar because of their noise over the past few weeks, both Southern California Edison and the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed they were hired by SCE to survey lines and poles in the area.