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Looking Back

From the Loomis News archives
By: Compiled Hoard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 15, 1959 Issue) The John A. Stacker Unit 775, American Legion Auxiliary intitiated new members Gladys Lanouette and Noreen Aguilar at its regular meeting. Caroline Perkinson, Americanism chairman, reported the winners of the Americanism essay contests were Suellen Cook, Billy Usher, Gloria Hirakawa, Elizabeth Hirakawa, Helen Baker and Ronald Nishimoto. An election officers was held with the following to serve for the coming year: Gladys Lanouette, president; Noreen Aguilar, first vice president; Mildred Taylor, second vice president; Lorene Owen, secretary; Bea Tudsbury, treasurer; Alma Larsen, historian; Mae Kayo, chaplain; Jean Stacker, sergeant-at-arms; and Lavina Pilliard, marshall. 25 YEARS AGO (May 17, 1984 Issue) A beautiful, polished granite boulder now stands in the memorial area of downtown Loomis, paying tribute to the late Hiroshi ?Doc? Takemoto. Lions Zone Chairman Jim Marx officiated at the ceremony, which included music by the Golden Eagle band, the singing of ?America,? led by Gary Tyack, the presentation of colors and the pledge to the flag, led by Cub Scouts, and numerous speakers paying tribute to the contributions to the community made by the late Mr. Takemoto. Ed Horton, Lions District Governor Len Robb and John Lee were among those paying tribute. State Sen. Ray Johnson presented a flag that has flown over the state capitol and that will fly from a flag pole at the site. 10 YEARS AGO (May 13, 1999 Issue) A memorial service was held for Yoshiko Nakata, 91, a native of Hiroshima, Japan. She lived in Loomis for over 75 years. Yoshiko was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church of Penryn. A memorial service was held for Gladys Lapp Parodi Callender, 80, a native of Placer County. During WWII she worked at Mare Island in Vallejo. She was a dental assistant for Dr. Norman Cotton and Drs. Ruth and Stanley Chun. Gladys enjoyed working with horses throughout her life. Retiring teachers Linda Corr and Betty Frederiksen had more than 50 years combined with the Loomis School District. The Loomis Basin Historical Society gathered to honor Lloyd Gatt. A luncheon was held at the Horseshoe Bar Grill which was appropriate as the building housed Gatt?s Meat Market many years ago. Lloyd had fond memories of working in the market. Del Oro High School graduate Tim Gardiner was named an All-American Collegiate Scholar. He attended Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. The Del Oro girls softball team remained undefeated in league play following wins over Granite Bay and Roseville. That made 50 straight wins in Sierra Foothill League action. Dustin Simmons won the Paul?s Place 5K Benefit Run. All proceeds went toward scholarships for Del Oro students. The Del Oro baseball team handed Placer a 4-2 setback. Mark McLemore threw a four-hitter and Matt Kness, Tad Masuoka and Rusty Rose provided the offense. Del Oro swimmer Tony Black won the JV boys 200-yard freestyle to win by 12 seconds. Twelve-year-old Josh Summers became the California State freestyle wrestling champion.