Looking Back column

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


10 Years Ago

Dec. 11, 2008

   A memorial service will be held for long-time Granite Bay resident Allen Dean Rickey, 60, a graduate of Roseville High School. At age 18, he managed the family owned ranch, Rickey Ranch. An Eagle Scout, Rickey continued to support scouting throughout his life.

   Allison Turner, a Del Oro High School freshman, had a winning way with horses. She and her American Warmblood sport horse, Russo, were award winners in hunter/jumper events. The pair were coached and trained by Sami Milo of Patriot Farms in Granite Bay.

   Homewood Lumber owner Hamid Noorani was ready to move his business out of Loomis. He told the Town Council members he needed to make a decision as to whether to stay in town or choose one of the locations that Rocklin had available.

   The Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior L.I.F.E. Center in Loomis was a memorable one. In addition to a delicious meal provided by the Soroptimist International of Rocklin/Loomis, the center observed 30 years of supporting its older citizens of the area. The center’s participants always gathered at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis (and still do). "The center offers programs that exercise the mind, the body and the spirit," said Fred Hitchens, who shares executive director duties with his wife, Acsa (and they still do).

   Cub Scout Pack 815 filled shoe boxes with items for children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child.


25 Years Ago

Dec. 2, 1993

   An Eagle Court of Honor was planned for Steven M. Alston, Jr. of Boy Scout Varsity Team 20 sponsored by the Loomis First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Steven's Eagle project involved building and mounting 20 wood duck boxes along Secret Ravine Creek and more than 100 "No Fishing" signs along Secret Ravine and Miner's Ravine Creeks.

   Quality craftspeople will be on hand at the 19th annual Days of Yesteryear Country Christmas Fair at the Loomis Memorial Hall.

   Homes in exclusive areas of Granite Bay and rural Loomis will be highlighted in the Holiday Home Tour sponsored by the Parent Teacher Club of Franklin School.

   Michelle McKinney, Janine Golubski, Whitney Hansen, Liza Negriff, Crista Countess, and Minda Culver helped Techniques Gymnastics place high at a Level 7 gymnastics competition at San Jose State University.

   Children can purchase Christmas presents at the Children's Store held during the Loomis Community Nursery School's 19th annual Christmas Fundraiser.

   The Loomis Robins girls’ soccer team's last game of the season was a win over the Eureka Blue Thunder team 2-0. Team members were Erin O'Sullivan, Deanna Owen, Meg Myers, Stephanie Bellotti, Michelle Grima, Whitney Johnson, Courtney Trowbridge, Amanda Rose, Megan Viola, Emily Groth, Summer Dale and Liz Wagner.


50 Years Ago

Dec. 5, 1968

   Services were held for Margaret Powers, 64, a native of Moran, Ohio and a resident of the Loomis and Newcastle areas for 26 years.

   Services were held for Jessie C. Waite, 62, a native of Nebraska and resident of Roseville. She was a retired clerk for the Southern Pacific Railroad.

   Nob Nimura, a general contractor, was elected president of the Placer County Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for 1969. Serving on the cabinet with Nimura is Rusty Uratsu, Al NItta, Ernie Sasaki, Bob Takemoto, Joe Kageta and Ellen Kubo. Nimura is also one of the active young leaders of the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn.

   New officers for Miners Ravine Garden Club are Loomis residents Ruth Dean, Pat Preisen, Myrtle Ross, Margaret Dack, Joan Kligerman and Catherine Lovelace, along with Roseville residents Dorothy Rodoni, Lauretta Evans and Darlene Helms.

   It was more practical for a military person serving in Vietnam to call home during the holiday season than for his family to try to reach him.

   Darlene Martin, a 1968 Del Oro High School graduate, joined the WAVES and began recruit training in Bainbridge, Maryland.

   Selling such items as two man submarines, a recreational equipment business planned to open in Penryn.

   Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rippey of Loomis spent Thanksgiving with their daughter and family in Las Vegas. Their Oldsmobile ran great and was fine until they parked it back home in the driveway. The first night back, a speeding driver swerved and hit the car, doing extensive damage.


75 Years Ago

December 1943

   William Crossey discovered the body of David Engstrom, 57, hanging from a rope in a cabin on the Crossley ranch. David was due to start working on the ranch in a few days. A native of Sweden, Engstrom had no known relatives in this country.

   Services were held for Maudie Engle, 43, of Loomis at the Pilgrim Church in Rocklin.

   Mr. and Mrs. Galen Reinicke, along with son Galen, Jr., barely escaped as a fire destroyed the home they occupied in Loomis. Galen, Jr. received severe cuts from glass as he had to make his exit through a window. The home was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hamburg.

   Clarence Anderson of Loomis was promoted to the rank of captain in the Armed Forces.

   Several residents were concerned by the size of a fire as E.W. Woods decided to burn off a 40-acre piece of dead orchard in preparation for planting to pasture.

   Nick Mangiaracina was called to clear the tracks after a stalled 1930 sedan was hit by a returning switch engine near the crossing by the Pacific Fruit Exchange sheds in Loomis. The driver was able to abandon the car as it was carried as far as the Southern Pacific depot before the engine could by stopped.

   Staff Sergeant Edgar Cunningham, a Loomis boy, was awarded the Purple Heart for a wound he received on a combat mission in Europe. He was a waist gunner on an 8th Air Force Flying Fortress.

   Guy Hamberg had his arm in a sling. It seemed that he was caught in a potato machine.

   George Boller was injured when he fell while crossing the railroad tracks in Loomis. His pipe, which he was smoking at the time, punctured a hole in his mouth.

   Bruce Barnes of Loomis returned home after being confined for several months at the Veteran's Hospital in Livermore.

   After 30 years of its existence, the Woman's Improvement Club of Rocklin held its last meeting. Five charter members who were still active for the entire 30 years were Grace Iuast, Nellie Neff, Caroline Hislop, Ellenor Ricksecker and Ella Wilson.

   A producer of dry ice cream mix, a local dairyman received a letter from a medical officer on a U.S. Hospital ship operating in the South Pacific. The officer wrote, "Ice cream was served every day. It helped to build both strength and morale. Ice cream nearly represented home. You are to be congratulated for your part in making this small but important luxury available to our fighting men."

   (Standing Guard-oral histories) Protests were occurring at various relocation centers where Placer County residents of Japanese descent were interred. Hospital workers at Heart Mountain, Wyoming walked out in protest over pay differential with Caucasian workers. Residents were angry over a lack of clothing allocation at Gila River, Arizona. There were disturbances at other camps, particularly at the Tule Lake Internment Center.