Looking Back column

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


10 Years Ago

Dec. 4, 2008

Hardware Emporium will close after 18 years in business on Taylor Road in Loomis. The store was started by the late Jerry Forcier. Three generations of the Forcier family had worked in the store. They were Jerry's wife, Cynthia; son, Steven; daughter, Dawn; and granddaughter, Amy. The building was originally the Orange Cove restaurant.

Belgian draft horses Snowflake and Snowball will pull carriages full of children during "Santa's Secret Adventure." Santa and Mrs. Claus will make appearances at Penryn Oak Stables, owned by Bob and Lisa Cope.

The Day Before Thanksgiving Parade included the Horton Iris Farm tractor driven by Doug Horton and the American Mule Association.

Children were asked, "What present do you want for Christmas?" Thomas Johnson, 3 - "I saw a green dinosaur on Diego TV." Kayla Willis, 4 - "A tiny little trooper just for me and Anna." Adrianna Willis, 6 - "A little puppy dog that works like a real dog." Cody McBroom, 6 - "Star Wars Logos. The red, blue, and purple ones." Amy Love, 3 - "A red rex dinosaur."

Ted Greenfield of Foothill Feed and Gift in Loomis expects his Noble and Nordman firs to be popular Christmas trees this year.

Del Oro High School sisters Kelsey and Erin Becker were both selected to the All-Sierra Foothill League tennis team. Woodcreek's Kristin Dees and Roseville's Kristen Kilarski joined the sisters on the team. The Lady Grizzlies of Granite Bay won the section title.

Sporting a hot pink cast due to a broken wrist, 12-year-old Emily Friesen of Loomis still kept the coveted role of Clara in a performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Kobra Properties, owned by Abe Alizadeh,will not be developing the former "Turtle Island" located on both sides of Horseshoe Bar Road at I-80 in the near future as it filed for bankruptcy. It becomes the latest high-profile casualty of the the economic turndown. The filing would not affect Alizadeh-owned Jack In The Box franchises or the upscale Crush 29 restaurant in Roseville.


25 Years Ago

Nov. 25, 1993

Services were held for Dale Eugene Stahl, 64, a native of Diller, Nebraska and a resident of Rocklin. He was maintenance manager with Harold Ford for 21 years and a veteran of the National guard.

Reporting on their projects were Miner's Ravine 4-H members Shannon Spears, Sabrina Radolf, Nora Huckaba, Stephanie Swanson, Katherine Phifer, Hanna Huckaba, Donny Fullerton, Brooke Firshau, Rachel Turner, Karine Hart and Charles Southwick.

Four Loomis youths have been arrested for their involvement in more than 100 reports of vandalism in the Rocklin-Loomis area. Placer County Deputies Corie Quillinan and Larry Jenks identified and arrested the suspects.

ServiceMaster started a cleaning service locally with John Provience as the business owner.

Del Oro High School wrestlers matched up with alumni wrestlers in a meet before all their families enjoyed a barbecue together. Among the wrestlers were Tim Smith, Garrett Michael, Jim Skellenger, Aaron Van Zandt, Mike Maben, Brandon Bettencourt and Brian Stillwell.

The Loomis Alligators took a bite out of the Eureka Lions soccer team by the score of 5-2 with goals by Danny Turner, Chris Bouma, David Sanchez and Jordan Bailey with the help of forward Paul Zimmerman. The defense was led by Tyler Gadberry, Billy Schwenk, Timmy Striklin, Armando Beccera, Chris Christman, Richard Graham, Zac Guzman and Keith Mason, along with goalie Tim Schimandle.

Quarterback Scott Auerbach led the Del Oro football team to a 42-13 rout of Sonora in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Scoring touchdowns for the Golden Eagles were Andrew Floor, Jason Green, Max Durazo and Corey Hazrtung. Nathan Simoes made all six extra point kicks. Co-coaching the team were Bob Christiansen and John Fletcher, along with assistant coaches Monte White, Dan Gayaldo, Scott Barry and Marlon Allen. The manager was Derek Hawley.


50 Years Ago

Nov. 28, 1968

A helicopter accident claimed the life of U.S. Army pilot James M. Kidney, a 1966 Del Oro High School graduate. A Requiem Mass was planned.

Lt. Col. Harold Rasmussen, son of Mrs Marie Rasmussen, has been assigned to duty in Kimpo Air Force Base, Korea. A member of the Air Force since 1942, his recent duty was head of the aerospace studies at Ball State University since June 1966.

Sergeant Frank Nute will speak about the "Toys for Tots" program at the Loomis Garden Club luncheon to be held in the Woman's Club House.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Neal, after moving for 20 years from one military post to another with the Air Force, have settled on 10 acres on Indian Springs Road, three miles southeast of Rocklin.

Paula Lozar, 16, of Orangevale and Bennie Alred, 16, of Loomis received minor injuries when their car hit a power pole on Auburn Folsom Road. Paula is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lozar of the Loomis Variety Store.

Placer County Gold Star 4-H members include Mickey Bidgood, Charles Coleman, Beth Nute, Bruce Bolander and Joy Fuhrman.

Five Del Oro High School students earning "Grand Slam" all A's report cards were Karen Klinger, Vicki Williams, Cathy Lawhon, Marta Schachtili and Marjorie Wallior. Another 225 students were on the first-quarter honor roll with a B average or better.

"The Story of a County" is the title of a forthcoming motion picture on 16-millimeter color film produced by the Placer County Chamber of Commerce.

All growers of plums and Bartlett pears in Placer County should plan to be present at a grower meeting to be held at the Loomis Memorial Hall.

The Del Oro High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ron Jones, will present two performances at the upcoming BIG TOP carnival at the school.


75 Years Ago

November 1943

Services were held for Mrs. Ann Rankin, 36, a native of Missouri and a resident of Loomis.

In the Pacific, the art of amphibious warfare has been developed by the Allies. One example has been American assaults in support of Australians fighting in New Guinea.

Much of the work of Placer County 4-H Club members has been determined by the war. They have produced extra food, collected waste material and spent the summer working on farms relieving the labor shortage.

Loomis reached its goal of 100,000 Surgical Dressings made since March 2, 1943.

A grass fire on the L.A. Brace Ranch burned six acres of grapes. The grass was exceedingly dry for this late in the season.

Loomis has a new Greyhound agent on Highway 40. He is Clarence Harris. For information concerning bus service, phone 19 to contact Clarence.

Warner Fong on the A. Murchie Ranch in Penryn is looking for an estrayed dark brown mare.

A Farmers Auction takes place every Tuesday at the Roseville Fair Grounds with Dave Schmidt, auctioneer.

The "Victory Scrap Bank" will last until the war is over.

The Navy needs 20,000 young women in the WAVES to replace the Navy men who are now filling shore billets. The men will be needed to man the new fleets of ships.

Playing at the State Theater in Auburn is "This Way Please" starring Betty Grable, Buddy Rogers,Molly and Fibber McGee.

(Standing Guard-oral histories) Roy Uyeda is serving in the military with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He had been drafted into the military before Pearl Harbor and qualified for the Army Air Force. However,when the war broke out, he and 25 other Japanese American soldiers were imprisoned at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. They were later "kicked out" of the Air Corps and sent to the infantry. While training in San Antonio, Texas, Roy got on a bus in town and sat down where there were the only empty seats - in the back of the bus. The bus driver would not drive until Roy moved to the front. That's when Roy discovered he was considered white.