Looking Back column

By: Howard Stitt
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LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt



Jan. 1, 2009


Services were held for Loomis resident John Brian Poole, 55, after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Despite legal threats from the city of Rocklin, Hamid Noorani is hoping to relocate his Homewood Lumber Company to the corner of Brace Road and Sierra College Boulevard.

An ATM machine was stolen from the Fastpak Market and Deli in Penryn. The robbers appeared to have pulled the machine out of the business with a vehicle. The owner for the last 17 1/2 years, Ly Meng Ou, said, "Sometimes, when people take things away from you, it's sad because we worked so hard for it."

When Dean Brumley of Spotcheck Smog in Loomis decided to retire, he needed to give up his customer welcoming dog, "Spot." He gave his dog to a good family with kids and room to roam. The test-only smog station is now owned by Roger Barquest.

For her Del Oro High School senior project, Sarah Siminski raised funds for coats, cold weather accessories, school supplies and "fun stuff" to put under the Christmas tree for teens at Koinonia Group Homes.

A bald eagle, America's national emblem, made a visit to Loomis. It was seen on the ridge above High Ranch Nursery on Del Mar Road.

Among the Loomis residents who enjoy a stop at Wild Chicken Coffee in town are Danny Outlaw, Lindsey Johnson, Chelsea Taylor and Elizabeth Daffner.

Residents were asked, "Will the economy recover in 2009?" Ron Howard - "With the new president, low interest rates and the attitudes of the people, it will be a new day." Judy Killinger - "I think it will. We'll see what the new president can do." Ross Jackson - "I don't think we've hit bottom yet. We are a society of consumers, not producers, so that is hurting the economy."


25 Years Ago

Jan. 6, 1994

Services were held for John Herbert Coe, 80, a native of British Columbia. He lived most of his life in Placer County. A 1931 Lincoln High School graduate, Coe spent 34 years as a California Highway Patrolman. Coe was a lifetime member of the Del Oro Parents' Club and a long-standing member of the Masonic lodge in Penryn.

Services were held for Miya Yoshikawa, 96, a native of Japan and a resident of Loomis and Placer County for 63 years.

Services were held for Margaret Dack, 76, a native of Fairfield, California and a resident of Loomis since the late 1940s where she lived on a 69-acre former dairy ranch with her husband, Bruce. She was always very active in the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ. An avid gardener, Dack was a member of the Miner's Ravine Garden Club.

Mack Tsujimoto won a Swiss Army knife in a drawing held at Roy and Marcia Cornelius' True Value store in Loomis.

Placer County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Jenks received thank-you notes from local fifth- to sixth-grade students who received DARE training. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education teaches life skills such as how to combat peer pressures.  

Paul's Place Association awarded its 1993 Award of Merit for outstanding community achievement to Bob Hansen, a prominent Loomis citizen-leader. The Hansen family had been members of the Loomis Fruit Growers Association for generations. Bob Hansen has been one of the area's leading fruit farmers. He served as Boy Scout leader for Troop 12 and served on the Sierra College Board of Trustees from 1969 to 1992. Previous recipients of the award were Gail Davidson, Bob Makimoto, Gary Noy, Bob Bonner, the Takemoto family, Bud Nobili and Ed Horton. Founded in 1986, Paul's Place Association annually administers four scholarships to Del Oro High School seniors.


50 Years Ago

Jan. 2, 1969

Services were held for Rufus L. "Newcastle Scotty" Scott, 84, a native of Lone Oak, Texas and a Newcastle resident for the past 44 years. He retired from the Newcastle Lumber Company and was a member of the Newcastle Community Club and the Newcastle Methodist Church.

Services were held for Misao Seo, 74, a native of Japan and a Penryn resident for the past 54 years. She was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church of Penryn.

The Loomis 4-H club invited the Rocklin 4-H Club members to a monthly meeting for fellowship and games. A city boy-country boy skit was presented by Bruce Bolander and Steven Taglio. Refreshments were served by Pay Taylor and Beth Nute.

Starting in the New Year, the nation's working people will pay 4.8 percent of their earnings toward their Social Security protection. Workers young and old can look forward to getting Social Security retirement benefits worth considerably more than the total they will pay into it.

Bob, Greg, Doug, and Ray Rowe expressed their most heartfelt thanks to friends and neighbors for their acts of kindness during the loss of their beloved wife and mother, Alberta Rowe.

Placer County 4-H Advisor Skip Bolton invited all 4-H Leaders and Junior Leaders to attend the eight-county Regional Leadership Conference.

Mrs. Thelma Brooks expressed her gratitude to all those who were so kind and generous during the loss of her husband, Stanley, and the loss of her home by fire. She especially thanked the firemen of Loomis, Constable Percy Lanouette and Mrs. Grace Fieser.

Under the supervision of Mrs. Paul Campbell and Mrs. Grace Butler, the Loomis Garden Club made tray favors for the patients at the Placer County Hospital in Auburn. A dessert luncheon was served by Dolores Navas, Marie Pilz and Elizabeth Taylor.


75 Years Ago

January 1944

Services were held for Mike Schibo, 79, a native of Italy and a resident of Newcastle and Loomis for 50 years. He was a fruit grower.

Services were held for Elmer Caldwell, 70, a native of Nebraska. He retired after 28 years as a conductor for the railroad. He had two daughters, Mrs. Amelia Mehl and Mrs. Bessie Williams and a son, H.H. Caldwell, who is serving somewhere in the Solomons.

Services were held for Mrs. Nini Lee Scott, 53, a native of Iowa and a Penryn resident for 16 years.

Mrs. Amaryllis Woodworth of Roseville was given the air medal with three oak leaf clusters as an award for her husband for "exceptional meritorious service" in combat over enemy territory. Mrs. Woodworth's husband, First Lt. Charles Woodworth, is at this time a Prisoner of War in Germany.

M.P. Mahlberg was looking for three lost calves missing since Christmas.

A black and white cow, unaware that she is lost, is grazing on the Union Orchard, one mile east of Loomis on the J.J. Day ranch.

Frank Vail in a letter home from somewhere in Italy wrote, "I have seen lots of Italian soldiers still carrying their arms and wandering around like a bunch of lost sheep." Italy had surrendered to the Allies a few months ago. The Italian Navy and Army had tried to help General Eisenhower drive the Germans out of Italy but had met much resistance.

A number of warships have been transferred by the U.S. and Britain to the Soviet Union in a Lend-Lease arrangement.

(Personal interview) Sports, particularly baseball, was a way for young Japanese American men in the 10 concentration camps to deal with confinement. One baseball team in the Tule Lake Internment Camp had many Loomis and Penryn boys playing on it. Among the players were Jack Hayashida-left field, Ryo Kashiwagi -third base, Bob Hayashida - catcher, and George Goto - pitcher. When a local team from Klamath Falls challenged them to a game, the boys from camp were more than happy to oblige. The score was 17-0 in favor of Tule Lake. Prior to internment, the Hayashida family operated a fruit ranch in Loomis, the Goto family owned a market in Penryn's Japantown, and the Kashiwagi's operated a market on Highway 40 in Loomis.