Looking Back column

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


10 Years Ago

Jan. 8, 2009

Services are planned for Delores Anne Thompson, 77, a native of Brooklyn, New York. She was an active resident of Loomis for the past 42 years, including with the Friends of the Library and helping raise funds for the construction of the current Loomis Library. She was also a passionate wool grower, tending up to 40 sheep to satisfy the demand for the quality "Delores Original" wool garments.

Andy Withers, a 1993 Del Oro High School graduate, has returned to his roots as the Penryn School principal. He grew up in what is now Granite Bay. Withers had earlier spent six years teaching at Franklin School in Loomis. "It's a pleasure to be in a community that supports education and teachers," he said.

A regal blue interlocking metal roof now covers the 63-year-old Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis owned by the nonprofit South Placer Heritage Foundation. Randy Elder, the foundation's president, said the entire project was financed by cash contributions from W.R. Grace, numerous local benefactors and other donations. The material was provided by Loomis Metals and the roofing contractor was Lawrence Roofing of Loomis. Mark Foley, who owns Blue Goose Produce in the fruit shed, said, "The roof was definitely needed."

The new Loomis mayor is Walt Scherer, who was congratulated by outgoing Mayor Russ Kelley.

The Del Oro wrestling team took second-place in a tournament in Hawaii, losing only to Punahou 36-34. Connor Morgan, Corey Johnson, Kevin Burrage and Jesse Stafford were all 8-0 in the tournament.

Residents were asked, "How do you get in shape?" Russ Kelley, retired Loomis Councilman - "I ride my bike. I need to stay in shape so I can play with my grandkids." Bill Kurnett, Del Oro teacher - "I come to Anytime Fitness." Sandra Tattersfield, farmer - "I'm a farmer so I work and exercise every day, rain or shine." Kristin Bradley, server - "I eat healthy and go to the gym more often." Kris Thompson, homemaker - "I just joined Anytime Fitness."


25 Years Ago

Jan. 13, 1994

Services were held for Benjamin Ray Alred, 41, of Loomis. He was a construction superintendent before medical retirement.

Placer County Undersheriff Ed Bonner and County Superintendent of Schools John Reinking were given 1993 Community Service awards by the Placer County School Boards Association. Rich Colwell, the association’s retiring president, commended the two men "for their cooperative and innovative efforts to keep our schools a safe and comfortable environment."

Del Oro High School student Joe Viola was nominated for best supporting actor for his work on the "What If" award-winning television show aired in Northern California. The show was based on the concept of kids teaching kids. Joe was recently offered a position on the official news station for the "What If" show.

Katrina Leupp, Cameron Ballard-Rosa, Tyson Madsen and Eric Bourne received special recognition during the DARE graduation at Franklin School in Loomis. They are sixth- grade students in Phil Scurich's class.

Karen Green of Penryn is a candidate for Placer Supervisor, District 2. She is the owner of Connection, a school counseling, college and career advisory firm. Green also serves as the Peer Court coordinator, developing and implementing the high school curriculum on the juvenile justice system.

Del Oro High School wrestlers earned a second-place finish at the 32-team Cupertino Tournament. Placing for the Golden Eagles were Dave Leonard, Dave Bettencourt, Brandon Bettencourt, Garret Michael, Jason Lankford, Bryan Stilwell, Tim Carlson and Mike Maben.

Wes Naylor, a Loomis Basin Historical Society member, is researching the area’s roads and rail systems. He is a former Loomis School and Del Oro High School teacher. Mary Ann Horton is heading up the "Pioneer Project," interviews of Loomis Basin pioneers. Barbara  Nichols is involved in a study of an early community known as Rattlesnake Bar.


50 Years Ago

Jan. 9, 1969

 Services were held for Asami Yamamoto, 53, a native of Hawaii and a resident of Penryn for the past 32 years. She was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church and the Fujanki of Penryn.  Services were held for Raulin James (R.J.) Silveira, 56, a native of Broderick and a Loomis area resident for 16 years. A veteran of World War II in the Army, he was a member of the C.S.E.A. and the Sacramento Mineral Society.

Services were held for Irene A. Ray, 75, a native of Alona, Iowa and a local resident for the past 30 years. She was the widow of the late Reuben Ray of Loomis. There were no family survivors.

In 1968, the Loomis Fire Department responded to 54 grass fires, 11 automotive fires and eight false alarms. Of the 24 structure fires, four were lost or badly damaged, with one loss of life. The department, organized in 1930, still served the community at a very minimum cost with a 25-man volunteer force.

Del Oro High School sophomore Charles Lauer won the grand prize at the school's Carnival. He chose the trip to Hawaii.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Doughty purchased a 15-acre farm on Horseshoe Bar Road, four miles east of Loomis. Enjoying horseback riding, they brought three Tennessee Walkers with them from South Dakota. Most of the deciduous fruit trees were removed from their property, leaving native grasses, legumes, and weeds.

Hazel Horton, Ed, Zoi, and Nick, Sadie Callison and Mabel Dunton thank the community for their acts of kindness at the time of the loss of their dear mother, grandmother, and sister, Mrs. Pearl Boyington.


75 Years Ago

January 1944

Services were held for Mrs. Lena R. Barrick, 82. She made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vance for the past 15 years. Lena was well known in and around Loomis.

Lt. Jack Stacker of Loomis is believed to be a prisoner of war somewhere in Germany. His plane was hit by an enemy shell. The commanding officer of the flying group said he saw Lt. Stacker bail out and his parachute open. Mrs. Jack Stacker received the information from a close friend of her husband.

Harry Harrison was promoted to Private First Class in the U.S. Army at Camp Berkeley, Texas.

Both sons of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Thomas of Loomis were promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Serving at Williams Field in Arizona was Lt. John Thomas and serving somewhere in the Pacific war zone was Lt. Ernest Thomas.

Sugar stamp No. 30 in War Ration Book 4 will be good for buying 5 pounds of sugar.

U.S. Army Engineers push for a dam across the American River near Folsom. The Folsom Dam would back up water to 1 1/2 miles below the Rattlesnake Bridge.

Howard Mehl, an eighth-grade student at Loomis School, was driving the family truck when it tipped over. Howard was not seriously hurt.

The War Production Board (WPB) said that motorists were being oversold on the use of antifreeze. Alcohol from antifreeze is considered a critical war material.

In the European war zone, B-17 pilots bombed Wilhelmshaven. Whether a plane gets hit by bursts of flak from antiaircraft artillery was a matter of luck. A shell burst sends thousands of bullet-like shards of metal in every direction. Direct hits were rare but always fatal. Planes hit during an air raid drop back but then were vulnerable to being shot down by ME-109s or FW-190s.

(Nichi Bei Weekly) The War Relocation Authority (WRA) established three isolation centers created to imprison U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who the government deemed as "troublemakers." Those who ended up at Moab, Utah and Leupp, Arizona were arrested without charges, received no hearings and were imprisoned indefinitely. Leupp was a former boarding school on a Navajo Reservation. The third isolation center, a former  Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp, held 32 men from Black 42 in the Tule Lake Internment Camp. They were initially imprisoned in Alturas and Klamath Falls jails.