LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt

By: Howard Stitt
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10 Years Ago

Dec. 18, 2008

   Valerie and Stan Rathbone co-chaired the inaugural Loomis Basin Holiday Home Tour. One of the unique homes on the tour was Trent Koch's Mediterranean-style cottage.

   Five new Loomis Lions Club members will take on the service project of collecting, cleaning, repairing and classifying used eyeglasses to be shipped to Lions Clubs in Mexico and Panama. The new Lions are Freda Morris, Val Singer, Kirsten Oleson, Jody Hebard and Vicky Morris.

   Eight students were chosen to represent Del Oro High School in the California Regional Honor Choir. Director Marlene Astle said, "They had to prepare and sing from memory an Italian art song, sight read, sing tonal memory and do some music theory. The eight are Kevin Yanez, Haley Scott, Michael Baker, Melanie Brinkerhoff, Josh Shannon, Aurora Eagen, Robert Bezaire and Alexandra Haynes.

   The town of Loomis purchased seven acres from the Union Pacific Railroad for development. The land went from the Blue Goose to the High Hand Fruit Sheds. The project’s name is Loomis Promenade.

   The Rocklin Crossings Walmart project at I-80 and Sierra College Boulevard was approved by the Rocklin City Council.

   Terry Helwig, a 2003 Del Oro High School graduate, started his own toy drive two years ago. He purchased enough toys to fill four garbage bags and delivered them to a toy drive in Sacramento. Last year, Helwig told some of his regular customers in the drive-thru at Taco Bell about his toy project. The result was five garbage bags full of toys. This year, he plans to donate the toys to the Loomis Basin Christmas Basket Program.

   With Spencer Butterfield, Brian Rowe, John Root and Aaron Hendricks leading the scoring, the Golden Eagles won the 47th annual Del Oro Invitational Basketball Tournament.


25 Years Ago

Dec. 9, 1993

   Services were held for Ruby L. Roberson, 68. She lived in Penryn and Placer County for 56 years.

   The city of Rocklin donated surplus computers to Del Oro High School. Principal Tom Barry welcomed the gift. "These computers will replace older models in our computer lab," Barry said.

   A group of county people were seeking to make the holiday brighter for kids who can't go home. The children are under the care of the Placer Receiving Home, Juvenile Treatment Center and Juvenile Hall.

   Placer County Undersheriff Ed Bonner was on his way to a business meeting when he observed a bank robbery suspect walking along Highway 49. He detained the man until detectives brought a witness from the bank to make a positive identity.

   Patrick McBride with his horse, Miss Kitty Clu, a sorrel mare, was a top 10 finalist in the amateur weanling mares class at the 1993 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show.

   Earning Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band awards were 1993 flag captain Angela Ripley and field conductor Betsy Conner, along with 1994 flag captain Jennifer Olsen and field conductor Dave Able.

   The Del Oro football team stopped Manteca 16-0 to finish 13-0 and won the second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title. Nathan Simoes kicked field goals of 32, 22 and 38 yards. David Coyle provided the lone touchdown with a 92-yard kickoff return on a beautifully- executed reverse from halfback Corey Hartung and a crushing block by Josh Hinkey.

   The Loomis Falcons soccer team shut out the Dolphins 4-0 with goals by Jake Alwin, Korey Ebinger and Kird Koester, with assists from Joe Steer and Spencer Longhofer. Goal attempts were made by Jacob Zvolanek and Jeremy Layton. Defensive stars were Steven Braun and Logan Pope, along with goalies Philip Battistella and D.J. Freitas.


50 Years Ago

Dec. 12, 1968

   A Mass was held for Frank Joseph Dutra, 68, a Newcastle resident for the past 50 years. He worked as a butcher at Quality Market in Newcastle and operated Dutra's Market for many years. He was a member of the U.P.E.C. Lodge.

   The Del Oro High School Choir dedicated a performance of "I am an American" to two Del Oro graduates: Ed Blagdon, who lost his life in Vietnam; and James Kidney, who died in a helicopter pilot-training accident.

   Engineman 3rd Class Paul Giese, USN, of Loomis served on the USS Ashland, a dock landing ship, as it arrived at Carboneras, Spain as part of the 6th Fleet.

   Seaman Steven Duff of Rocklin graduated from the Electronics School in San Diego.

   Army Spec. 4 Jack Cunningham IV of Newcastle was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. Cunningham was a crew chief in Troop D, 2nd Squadron of the 1st Cavalry near Pleiku, Vietnam.

   Jerry and A.J. Veiga of Newcastle put in additional pipeline on their plum and pear orchard 1/2 mile west of town on Taylor Road.

   Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fager of Loomis celebrated their silver anniversary. The couple had lived in Germany, French Morocco and the Philippines as Howard was in the Air Force for 22 years.

   The Placer County 4-H All Star candidates include Steve Zumalt of Dry Creek; Barbara Ries of Eureka; and Beth Nute, Mickey Bidgood and Brace Bolander of the Loomis 4-H Club.

   Some 60 prime young range bulls were sold during the Cattlemen's Association Sale at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. Attending the sale were Loomis 4-H members Jeff and Bob Taylor; Brenda and Darwin Bolander; Eileen, Sherry, and Tim McKnight; Tina and David Brown; Steven Taglio; Terry Castro; and Mike Bidgood. Also, Mary Ann Krause purchased a 9-month-old Angus heifer from the Circle M Angus Ranch.


75 Years Ago

December 1943

   Services were held for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brennan of Loomis. She had a host of friends in the community. She married James J. Brennan in 1900 and they had two sons, Arthur and James.

   Dr. Seth Law was unable to save eight head of cattle that died from eating grass under pear trees that had been sprayed with Arsenate of Lead.

   Committee members of the War Chest Drive of Loomis going house to house for donations were Harold Struble, Fred Hamberg, JIm Williams, Ed Rippey, Al Fieser, Bart Smyth, Eric Lund and Don Venturi.

   John S. Montero, serving in the military somewhere in England, wrote home saying that the English people were very glad to see American soldiers.

   Southern Pacific Railroad was appealing to civilians to limit their travel due to the heavy demands of service men and women for train travel over the holidays.

   Six-year-old Janet Weller of Loomis received severe bruises when she fell from the rear door of the family car. Fortunately, the incident occurred right near the office of Dr. P.D. Barnes, who came to her assistance.

   Fire destroyed a house on the J.E. Woods Ranch, better known as the former ranch of Mabel Taylor. The Woods family had just purchased an adjoining ranch from E. Beckett.

   Fire totally consumed the home of Baker Whitney and family near Rock Springs School.

   John Wayne, Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard starred in "Reap the Wild Wind" playing at the State Theatre in Auburn.

   Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Parks purchased the 106-acre ranch of Mr. Ludwig, better known as the old Hoey place near the Love Dairy.

   (Standing Guard - oral histories) George Makimoto at age 18 had an opportunity to leave the Tule Lake Internment Camp in Northern California while the rest of his family were transferred to the Amache Relocation Center in Colorado. George took a job in a Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. Many others found jobs in either eastern Washington or eastern Oregon. George was born and raised on King Road in Loomis where his family had a 40-acre orchard.