Looking Back column

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

25 Years ago

Dec. 23, 1993

Services were held for Clifford Duane Lowrie, 53, a resident of Loomis and Placer County for the past 45 years. He was a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad for 27 years.

Services were held for Ruby Lois (Jacobson) Roberson, 68, a long-time resident of Penryn. A graduate of Placer High School, she retired from McClellan Air Force Base. Roberson was a member of the American Motorcycle Association, Squadron 78 Flying Club and California State Old Time Fiddlers. She was also lead singer of Ruby and the Country Gents.

Boy Scout Troop 97 of Rocklin will pick up Christmas trees after the holiday. Mallard Creek Industries of Rocklin planned to turn the tree trunks into livestock bedding and the branches into landscape mulch.

Among the children sharing Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus was 5-year- old Kara Stephens.

One young person saw the result of the fire that destroyed Woody's In & Out, along with two other businesses in Loomis, and wrote this letter:

Dear Woody's,

I know that it is hard for you to have this happen to you and especially around Christmas time. I made you this reindeer for good luck. If you shake it you will get good luck. Please hang it up on your Christmas tree.

The Loomis Cougars soccer team lost a close match to the Roseville Fieldbusters 4-3. Scoring for the Cougars were Brandin Hazelett, Mike Alston and Tyson Madsen with assists from Joe Stephens and Court VanTassell. Defensive standouts were Scott Miyata, Cameron Ballard-Rosa and Eric Bourne.

The Loomis Badgers defeated the Lincoln Pumas soccer team 2-1 with a goal by Tim Baker and then one by Nic Glazer with three seconds left in the match. The offense was led by Ben Carter, Robert Patterson, Lance Rose, Dustin Barr, Derrik Niesenbaum, and Brandon Smith. Playing hard on defense were Jacob Groth, Josh Volen, Jason Hellewell, Ryan Nottleson, Robbie Sinclair, Chad Oelke and goalie David Vargas.


50 Years Ago

Dec. 26, 1968

Services were held for Mrs. Pearl Boyington, 85, a native of Pierce, Nebraska and a resident of Loomis for 80 years. She was a member of the Women of the Legion of Valor of the U.S.A., VFW Auxiliary Post No. 1661 of Roseville and the Placer County Farm Bureau.

Services were held for Alberta Rowe, 70, a native of Grass Valley. She came to Roseville in 1931 and to Loomis in 1950. She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Loomis and the Del Oro High School Parents Club.

Services were held for Rhea Pauline Vurni, 69. She and her husband, Joe, operated the Dream Ranch where they raised registered Welch ponies and fruit.

Services were held for Stanley Gilbert Brooks, 63, who died as a result of a fire in his home on Rt. 3 Loomis. He was a retired bus driver for the Loomis School District.

The South Placer area received enough snow to make the ground white and to allow the kids to make snowmen.

The Agape Kai, Del Oro High School Girls' Honor Society, visited the Newcastle School for Exceptional Children to give the students there a Christmas party. Among the activities, the girls made Christmas stockings and served cookies. Dale Hayashida was in charge of the event.

Dwight Brown completed the installation of a new mainline pipe for irrigation on his 20-acre ranch on the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn Folsom roads.

Navy Electronics Technician 3rd Class Wayne Woods of Rt. 1, Loomis served aboard the guided missile frigate USS Horne as it completed its maiden deployment off the coast of Vietnam.

Midshipman 1st Class Glenn Whaley of Laird Road in Loomis volunteered to participate in"Operation Information" to tell the Naval Academy story to local high schools, including Norte Del Rio where he graduated in 1965.


75 Years Ago

December 1943

   Admitted to citizenship of the United States on December 15, 1943 were Zelmira Maria Della Rodolfa, Gala Alva Corral, and Mrs. Mary Frances Montero of Loomis; Frank Anthony Duarte and Mrs. Louise Machado Lemos of Newcastle; Luiz Gonzales Lopez of Rocklin; and Binace Maria Tofanelli, Narcisa Pucci, Cesira Mable Petrini, Fred William Jasper, Joan Everett Blakley, and Mrs. Mary Constance Ruiz of Roseville.

Camp Flint, the Army camp in Auburn, closed down and the soldiers were sent to Camp Beale near Marysville.

Soldiers serving in India will be treated to an English Christmas in a semi-tropical setting as most of the Christian population is English and there are Christmas trees and nativity scenes.

The track-type tractors were virtually as important in the war effort as bombers and machine guns. Therefore, only a very limited number can be released to civilian use in Placer County as the state quota will be 177 machines for the first quarter of 1944.

Mr. and Mrs. Park purchased the home next to their business, the Orange Cove in Loomis. The home is currently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. George Kotsifas, owners of the Loomis Cafe.

Mr. Erv Stafford opened the old Loomis blacksmith shop and does work on equipment for the local farmers.

Holiday Greetings from Joseph DeMutiis (Loomis Winery), Charles Day (Nash-De Camp), A.K. Rasmussen (Purdy's Creamery in Roseville), E.S. Beckett (Heggblade-Marguleas), George and Mary Gatt (Gatt's Market), Bill Day (Richfield Oil), Bill and Bobbie (Cook's Red & White),Clarence Harris (Loomis Variety Store), Bart Smyth (Standard Station), Wes and Helen Gary (Gary's Beauty Shop), Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Warren (Warrendale Dairy), V. Owens (Di Giorgio Fruit Corp.), Earl Vance (Earl's Barber Shop), Dick MacCracken (Mac's Tailor Shop), Bottomley's Grocery of Rocklin) and Joe Boisa (Boisa Trucking of Rocklin).

(Standing Guard - oral histories) Shigeo Yokote is serving with the Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He joined the Army in January 1942 following Pearl Harbor. While serving his country, the rest of his family was interred in the Tule Lake Internment Camp in California and then transferred to the Amache, Colorado Relocation Center. Shig was not sent to camp. He first heard of his family's internment in a letter from his sister, Florence. Shig was born in Loomis in 1916 (and still going strong today at 102 years old).