Looking Back column

By: Howard Stitt
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10 Years Ago

Nov. 20, 2008

The Rocklin/Loomis Rotary Club will team with the Unite for Sight organization and Del Oro High School graduate Ali Sambucetti to help with hundreds of eye surgeries in rural India. Sambucetti, a University of California at Berkeley graduate in health sciences, will assist clinics with screening for eye disease in India for a month or more.

A strike team from the Loomis Fire Protection District was sent to aid in the Freeway Complex fire burning in Southern California. Engine No. 28 left with crew members Captain Devin Fuller, engineers Josh Green and Daniel Justus, and firefighter Mike Allison. Santa Ana winds led to 23,000 acres burned and 120 homes engulfed in flames.

The Del Oro Lady Eagles cross country team earned a trip to the State Championship after winning the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championship. The runners were Lauren Golnick, Kelsey Seaman, Jessie Rozario, Caitlin Devitt-Payne, Alexa Lua, Megan Atkins, Emma Freeman and Alissa Hood. The boys’ team earned second-place with runners Tody Uptain-Villa, Tyler Spangler, Keith Schostag, Nathan Paddeck, Matt Lozancich and Chase Pendegrass.

Donald and Norma Tramel owned and operated Jimboy's Tacos for nine years at the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Taylor roads in Loomis. Besides serving the popular ground beef tacos, Donald Tramel also held classic car shows in town.

Loomis School District students have learned the act of giving by participating in the KCRA 3 Kids Can food drive. The food went to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket program. Sherri Edgar said that 134 boxes of food items were donated by the students and their families. The food will be sorted at the Doupnik Mfg. warehouse and distributed to families in need before Christmas. The Doupnik family has been organizing the program since 2002.


25 Years Ago

Nov. 11, 1993

Nicholas E. Mangiaracina, a native of Newcastle and a lifetime resident of Placer County, passed away at the age of 81. He was a retired auto mechanic,working for Macurio Oldsmobile dealer in Roseville. Mangiaracina maintained the vehicles for many of the fruit ranchers as needed. He was a member of the Loomis Volunteer Fire Department for 56 years. Mangiaracina was honored at the last Loomis Fireman's Dinner with the Frank Nute Memorial Award for his many years of service. "Some of you will remember Nick as the ’fix-it-all’ man or his relationship with some owls who lived in the tree by his house,” said firefighter/EMT Brian Diemer. “However, all of us remember him for his vocabulary, which was always as pure as the driven snow."

The Loomis Jaguars soccer team defeated the Eureka Blue Magic 9-0 with goals by Michael McKinney, David Rosas, Lowell Thomson and Gregory Plunkett, with assistance from Ben Vaughn, Josh Elder, Todd Ryland, Madison Dominguez and Kaitlin Schnaars. Helping the defense with the shutout were Alyse Conk, Austin Cortopassi and goalie Lucas Vaughn.

Monte White's Student Government Class at Del Oro High School took on the task of cleaning up downtown Loomis.

The Placer County Water Agency anticipated low water in canals from Auburn to Rocklin as a result of annual maintenance outage. Untreated irrigation water users were without water for days at a time.

A $300 reward was offered for information leading to a conviction of the subjects responsible for breaking windows with sling shots or BB guns in downtown Loomis.

Municipal Court Judge W. Jackson Willoughby of Roseville was selected by his colleagues to serve as the presiding judge of the Placer County Municipal Court. He succeeds Judge Joe O'Flaherty, whose term will expire at the end of the year.

Splitz Gymnastics compulsory-level girls were making headlines in Northern California. Coached by Jennifer Kemp, the team includes Rene Fedor, Amy Lantz, Danielle Willis, Kandis Kelly, Kristin Poe, Brielle Smith, Tiffany Wear, Sally Ann Cook and Noelle Meinzer.


50 Years Ago

Nov. 14, 1968

Services were held for Lawrence Karr, 64, a Rocklin resident. He was employed as a carpenter.

Navy Ensign Robert Edwards of Rt. 2, Loomis is undergoing flight training at the Auxiliary Air Station, Whiting Field, Melton, Florida.

Hospitalman Murray Peters, USN, is serving with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam.

Army Private First Class John Jolly of Rocklin is serving with the 198th Infantry Brigade near Chu Lai, Vietnam.

Sergeant Durrell Frost of Rt. 3, Loomis, a 1964 Del Oro graduate, is a weapons mechanic. He completed a tour with the 456th Munitions Maintenance Squadron in Thailand.

A farm boy from North Dakota, David Overby purchased a 10-acre former orchard 2 1/2 miles east of Loomis. He plans to raise horses and cattle on irrigated pasture.

Dale Koehler sold his interest in the Loomis Richfield Service Station to Bob Elliott. Koehler will serve the community by operating a garage in the back of the station.

James Pomares of Loomis is attending the 104-year-old University of Denver.

The Ruhkala brothers offer high-quality monuments and memorials at the Union Granite Company in Rocklin.

Mandarin oranges are being sold by Frank Poirier on the Willo-Glen Orchard located on Horseshoe Bar Road 4 miles east of Loomis.

Congressman Harold T. (Bizz) Johnson announced the award of a $129,180 contract for construction of a parking area at the overlook for the Auburn Dam project.


75 Years Ago

November 1943

Services were held for Nancy Stuckert, the 10-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stuckert of Rocklin. Nancy was struck by a train as she was on her way home for lunch. She crossed the tracks at the passing of one train and failed to see another train going the opposite direction.

Rocklin Mayor O.H. Ricksecker fell off a ladder and broke his leg. He is a former railroad man.

Local farmers are urged to offer useless scrap metal as part of the "Victory Scrap Bank" drive.

It may become necessary to terminate Shoe Ration Stamp 18. A 30-day notice will be given to "kill" scare-buying rumors.

Home on furlough are Edwin Leak, USN, and Bee Barnes of the Army.

Mike Lopez of Loomis fell from a truck and suffered a broken shoulder and three broken ribs.

First-grader Sally Childress sent a Christmas package to her big brother, Albert, who is in the Navy.

"Heaven Can Wait," in technicolor, starring Gene Tierney and Don Ameche, is playing at the State in Auburn.

Coffee supplies should remain ample for the duration of the war with no plans for rationing.

The military was receiving a good source of natural rubber that is needed to blend with synthetic rubber. The Cuna Indian Tribe of Panama was persuaded to declare war on the Axis and then went to work gathering wild Gastilloa rubber.

(Standing Guard-oral histories) Marie Matsumoto was a member of the first graduating class of Tri-State High School in the Tule Lake Internment Camp. After graduation, Marie and her family were moved to the Heart Mountain camp. With the opportunity to relocate away from camp at the age of 18 and her dad saying "go ahead," she left to attend Grand Rapids Junior College. Marie's family had a long history in Placer County. Her maternal grandparents came to Ophir in 1906 where they cleared and farmed 20 acres. Marie attended Ophir School where she had many friends. Placer High School, however, was completely different where she was not accepted for who she was. (Marie Matsumoto Hayashida helped open Del Oro High School in 1959 and worked there for more than 20 years. Her husband, Jack, operated a fruit farm for decades.)