Looking Back column

By: Howard Stitt
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Looking Back Column

By Howard Stitt

LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt


10 Years Ago

Nov. 13, 2008

The three remaining World War II veterans of the 442nd "Go For Broke" Combat Infantry Regiment were honored as grand marshals of the Auburn Area Veterans Day Parade. Frank Kageta, Al Nitta and Shigeo Yokote enlisted while they and their families were held in U.S. internment camps. Kageta said he felt like he always had something to prove. "We were classified as threats to the country and it didn't make us feel too good,” Kageta said. “We wanted to get in the service to prove we were just as good as anyone else." Nitta added, "I was glad to serve our country to let people know that I am a real American." The 442nd was comprised entirely of Japanese Americans, except for the officers.

Del Oro High School thespians put on a production of "Peter Pan and Wendy." The well-loved children's story featured Aimee Scott as Peter Pan, Babora Kasanova as Wendy, Jakob Stevens as Captain Hook, and Sam Rhoads as Smee.

Del Oro students participated in a mock election, voting for a presidential nominee. John McCain received the most votes over Barack Obama. The voting came after student debates discussed which candidate would best serve the country.

Grants from the United Auburn Indian Community helped to renovate the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis.

The Del Oro girls’ tennis team beat Oak Ridge 5-4 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Winning matches for the Lady Eagles were Aubrey Nelson, Kelsey Becker, Bryn Bacharach and Erin Becker, along with the doubles team of Molly Watson and Danielle Walker.

The Del Oro Jr. Eagles defeated the American River Jr. Raiders 16-8 to move on to the championship game of the Sierra Youth Football League. Brenden Montoya and Dylan Kainrath led the running attack behind the offensive line led by Jahaan Nargussi. Quarterback Michael Moore threw key passes to Alec Moen, Tyler Meteer and Daniel Becker.


25 Years Ago

Nov. 4, 1993

Services were held for Otis Elmer Browning, 82, a native of Lohn, Texas and a longtime resident of Placer County for 51 years. He was a retired dispatcher for Aero-Jet and a rancher.

The winners of the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest were Loomis School District students Kristin Takemoto, Tara Nelson, and Carlotta Millwee. The Red Ribbon program was designed to help educate the public on drug and alcohol abuse and prevention. The effort was done with the help of the Del Oro Friday Night Live group, coordinated by Sherrie Myers, Stan and Hazel Hineline, along with a large group of high school students.

A popular teacher at Eureka Elementary School appeared to be a victim of a homicide. Concerned citizens in the Granite Bay community banded together to start a reward fund, "Project Apprehend."

Playing their last home game were Del Oro High School volleyball players Desiree Paquet, Renee Brooke, Betsy Conner and Kelly Macumber.

The Formica plant in Rocklin will install an advanced air pollution control device. Plant manager John Graham said, "Formica has always been very responsive to air pollution concerns." The plant opened in 1965, employing 430 people, including some local fruit farmers.

The 1993 Del Oro High School Homecoming Queen and King were Jen Mather and Cory Hartung.

         The U-14 strikers soccer team of Loomis defeated the Roseville Cheetahs 5-0 with goals by Eric Schmit, Aaron Deen and Robert Cavanna, with offensive assistance from Jon Limbird, Josh Herndon, Rich MacFarlane, Billy White, Jeff Carroll, Kyle Murphy, Andrew Stricklin and David Alston. Playing great defense were Dusty Bosworth, Alex Lerza, Nick Garrett, Matt Buck and goalie Kent Keller.


50 Years Ago

Nov. 7, 1968

Marine Private First Class Edwin Ellis Blagdon was killed in action in Vietnam on Oct. 31. He attended elementary school in Penryn. The 18 year old volunteered for the Armed Services following his graduation from Del Oro High School. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ellis J. Blagdon of Roseville.

Services were held for Bessie Coleman, 84, a native of Ireland and a Loomis resident for the past 48 years. She is survived by her son, George Coleman of Loomis.

Services were held for George Huit, 64, a Loomis resident for 20 years. He was a retired watchman for Lausman Lumber Company in Loomis.

Pvt. Roderick Kelt, Jr. of Rt. 2, Loomis and Pvt. Marvin Backman of Rocklin completed the ammunition storage course at the U.S. Army Missile and Munitions School at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

Preparatory work takes place on the Auburn Dam with exploratory drilling.

Republican candidate Richard Nixon will be the next president of the United States with Spiro Agnew as vice president.

The 1968 Christmas Seal Campaign officially opened with the mailing of seals to families in Placer County.

The annual Del Oro High School carnival will include a skydiving team based at the Lincoln Airport.

The long-awaited event has come to pass as the Del Oro Community Swim Pool is now full of water.

Santa Claus will make an early visit as thrifty Placer County residents receive Bank of America Christmas Club funds.

Basil Rogers was one of the few Placer County growers to stay with fruit production. He had replanted all of his 79 acres into young modern varieties of plums, along with a few acres of irrigated pasture for cows. He began a soil and water conservation plan in 1949 on the ranch 3 1/2 miles east of Loomis.


75 Years Ago

October, 1943

South Placer residents are asked to save paper as a nationwide waste paper drive is underway. Salvage committee chairman Mr. G.G. Doty said, "Start saving paper, BUT keep it at home until a collection point has been arranged."

A grass fire on the Dolce Place east of Loomis might have grown to tremendous size had it not been for the prompt action of the local firemen.

A state senate committee is investigating public sentiment on the resettlement of Japanese in California and gathering evidence of Alien Land Act violations. Los Angeles District Attorney Fred Hower said, "I hope we don't have to assume the responsibility if the Japanese are permitted to return."

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stallman were glad to be back in Placer County after experiencing an earthquake on a trip to San Francisco.

The four-day issuing period of ration books Number 4 is over. If you forgot to get your books, wait until November 8 and get them from the local ration board in Auburn.

Over 140,000 prisoners of war are held in 56 permanent camps throughout the United States. There are also a large number of temporary camps in places where there is a labor shortage, such as in agricultural areas. The ratio of Germans to Italians is 3-1.

Miss Florence Flint, daughter of Penryn Postmaster Arthur Flint, enlisted in the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).

Local farmers might find the Army Jeep a handy thing to have after the war. Tests show the jeep is capable of pulling a two-furrow plow. The original name for the bantam scout car was "general purpose." It was later shortened to "GP" to speed paperwork and thus the work "jeep."

(Nichi Bei Weekly) Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) who were sent to internment camps have been offered college in Philadelphia, thanks to the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council organized by Quaker leader Clarence Pickett.

Baseball is an important pastime in the internment camps. Nisei baseball legend Kenso Zenimura said, "I felt desperate after I was taken to camp at 15, but baseball was my hope. I secretly took water from a tap at night and sprinkled it on the outfield to grow the grass."