Looking Back column

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


10 Years Ago

Sept. 11, 2008

He may not have a license to drive but Tyler Thomas, 15, of Penryn raced a real NASCAR car at Altamont Motorsports Park in Tracy. The Del Oro sophomore placed first and second in his races. Tyler is part of a new racing program called the Future Champions Developmental series. Racing has become a family affair for Team Thomas. Mom, Kristin; dad, Joe; and brother, Clay, 12, all work on the car and at races.

Greg Mason, 54, of Loomis was one of Placer County's first victims of West Nile virus this year. "I had a fever, I was dizzy. It hit me very quickly," he said.

For her senior project at Del Oro High School, Sarah Andrews organized the "Breaking Down the Walls" project to help students communicate with other students regardless of the peer group with whom they associate.

The Loomis Basin Education Foundation awarded $11,000 in grants to benefit students. The foundation was formed in 2017 by a group of parent volunteers with the goal of raising funds. Money was raised last fall with its first annual 5 and 10K Mandarun.

Residents were asked at the Wild Chicken Coffee Shop in Loomis, "Have you ever had to call 9-1-1 from a cell phone?" Barista Brenna Phillips - "One time when I was driving to report a possible drunk." Kristin Arietta - "Someone I talked to said she used her cell phone to call because of a fire, and after waiting so long, she had to go to a neighbor's to use their landline." Sam Delaney - "I had a car accident in front of my house. I talked to an operator within 30 seconds or so."

Del Oro FFA members Brittany Seaman and her brother, Daniel, showed their pigs at the Gold Country Fair in Auburn.

Sisters Camille and Bailey Furgeson, both Del Oro students, each won a $500 grant at the Walmart First Tee Open Golf Tournament held in Pebble Beach. Now they are looking for local nonprofit organizations to give the money to. "I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to the community," Camille Furgeson said.


25 Years Ago

Sept. 2, 1993

Services were held for Noriko Komatsu Chapman, 63, a native of Tokyo, Japan. A resident of Loomis since 1978, she was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis.

Services were held for Robert Lee Hoffman, 62, a Loomis resident since 1978. A Korean War Veteran, he was retired as vice president for the Bank of America in Auburn. Hoffman was active as past president of the Loomis Lions Club and the club presented $100 to Paul's Place Association for a student scholarship in Hoffman's name.

Joanna Flitt of Loomis wins a "Best of Class" award for her green tomato relish in the California Living Food Competition at the 1993 California State Fair.

Jim Victorine, "The Rod Doctor," writes about catching salmon weighing eight to 30 pounds with his fishing buddies Chris Davidson and Marty Walker. They fished Sheep Creek in Alaska for those salmon. Back home, Victorine found the Feather River full of salmon, some as big as 50 pounds.

An eastbound Southern Pacific locomotive started a fire along the ridge behind the Nitta family's High Hand Nursery on Del Mar Avenue. Loomis firefighters contained the fire to 20 acres.

The third annual Celebrity Chef Dinner will benefit the proposed Loomis Community Center and other community projects.

Karen Green of Penryn is the Peer Court coordinator. She is looking for students to volunteer their time and effort as jurors, attorneys and court staff. The Peer Court involves high school students sitting as a court to determine the appropriate disposition of cases referred to it from the Placer County Probation Department.


50 Years Ago

Sept. 5, 1968

Mr. and Mrs. Al Schweigert celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They were surprised when several friends dropped in on them to help celebrate the occasion.

Mr. and Mrs. Uno Hebuck celebrated 56 years of marriage. They were married in Rocklin. Uno Hebuck is retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Vandals broke into the Side Pocket Billiard Parlor in Loomis. They broke cue sticks, ripped pool tables, broke windows, plus other damage. Several hundred dollars worth of damage was reported, along with $50 in cash taken.

The Auburn District Fair will be a "horsey" event, according to Alexander (Al) Gomez of Loomis. Gomez is director of the horse events and long-time equine enthusiast. He said there will be a 4-H horse show prior to the fair. Also, fair manager Bunny Nakagawa said the 4-H Junior Home Economics Building will be dedicated on opening day of the fair.

The Ruhkala Brothers operate the Union Granite Company in Rocklin selling monuments and memorials.

The three grammar schools in the Loomis School District begin the school year with a total of 1,261 students.

    Kathryn DePree of Loomis was honored with a spot on the Dean's List in the College of Letters and Science at University of California at Davis.

Mrs. Frank Nute is home after spending a few days in the Roseville Hospital where she underwent leg surgery.

The Placer County Treasury received $219,952 from the National Forest Revenues for the fiscal year, 1968, as a result of some $31,000,000 worth of timber being sold. The monies will be used to assist local government in operating schools and in building and maintaining county roads.


75 Years Ago

August 1943

Robert Hansen of Loomis, after being on the reserve list for some time, had been called to enlist in the Armed Forces.

Old type B and C gas coupons become invalid on September 1 and gasoline dealers cannot accept them after that. Car owners must exchange them for the new Mileage Ration Sheets.

The Navy Seabees need thousands of skilled American construction workers, 17 to 50 1/2 years old. The hard-hitting organization of specialists build bases and help hold them. The Seabees also repair ships and back up the combat lines with tools and guns.

Only 16 percent of the automobiles in Europe are in use, due to the shortage of fuel and rubber and the battles of war.

Many hospitals cannot maintain normal standards of service, due to the lack of nurses. A year from now, America will need 100,000 more nurses, 66,000 of those needed for military service.

Employees and families of Di Giorgio Fruit Corporation will hold their annual picnic at the Rattlesnake Bridge on the American River. Also, the Loomis Fruit Growers Association will hold their annual party at Del Paso Park in Sacramento.

With so many stickers required to go on the windshield of cars, drivers can barely see out. As a result of the decrease in driver visibility, the new Federal Use Tax Stamp may be put on the back of the rear vision mirrors.

The draft for fathers in non-deferrable activities or occupations will begin on October 1. Be prepared if your number is called.

Camp Pahatsi Scout Leaders will meet the Sunday evening train and Greyhound bus as Boy Scouts show up for summer camp near Soda Springs.

Home owners may do needed repairs without government authorization if the cost does not exceed $200 or involve the purchase of critical materials needed for the war effort.

Voters will cast their ballot at the Loomis Garage for one of three candidates to replace Congressman Harry Englebright who died recently. Jess Mayo of Angels Camp and Clair Engle of Red Bluff both pressed for legislation to have all those people of Japanese descent, which includes many Loomis residents, be returned to Japan following the war. The third candidate is Mrs. Grace Englebright, who would take over the office of her late husband. California holds 23 seats in the House of Representatives and not one is occupied by a woman.