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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Oct. 2, 1959 Issue) Loomis Sea Scouts of Ship 12 attended the first of several training sessions for the Winter Olympics at Camp Pahatsi and Squaw Valley. Loomis boys attending were John Coe, Richard Hess, Jeff Davis, Frank Nute, Gordon Takemoto, Wayne Takagishi, Alan Kondo, Francis Lindsay Jr., John Turnbull, Dennis Stuff, David Osborn, Tom Cooper and Bill Struble. They were assisted on the trip by Mates Elliot Hill and David Wright and the skipper of Ship 12, Jack Yokote. The Placer Joint Union High School had 1,682 students on the books at the three day schools it operated. Del Oro of Loomis opened on Monday of the week with an initial 176 students in attendance. The figures were revealed by superintendent G.A. LaPlante. He said Auburn had 1,369 in attendance and Colfax had 137. 25 YEARS AGO (Oct. 4, 1984 Issue) Members of the Del Oro High School tennis team were Julie Trotta, Mary Carson, Tia Trotta, Jenny Metzner, Holly Blodgett, Anie Echelmeier, Beckie Wakley, Carrie Miller, Des Haug, Julie Wendell, Nicole Tverberg and Tina Timm. Participating in girls cross country at Del Oro were Wendy Freitas, Karen Goldcump, Wendy Knox, Barbara Crowley, Teresa Carlson, Brandy Cannon and Noel Miller. 10 YEARS AGO (Oct. 7, 1999 Issue) The Del Oro Tribute Garden became a reality with the formal dedication. The Japanese American Citizens League, led by Bill Tsuji and Thaya Craig, was instrumental in getting the garden completed. The welcoming address was made by Gordon Takemoto, who headed the drive for contributions for the project. Del Oro Vice Principal Monte White was the main speaker. He gave the history of the many contributions given to Del Oro by those of Japanese ancestry. It started with parents, mostly fruit growers, bringing their tractors to level the ground for the school’s foundation. Ed Horton was recognized for his many years of service to the community. On hand at the reception were his colleagues from public and private agencies as well as friends and family. The Loomis Eggplant Festival Egganapolis 500 race was a great success. Scott Euerle, a Loomis School fifth-grader, earned first place in the race. He also had the Most Creative entry. Best of Show was a tie between the Loomis Advanced Band and Mrs. Sainsbury’s class at Loomis School. The Sheriff’s Department entered an eggplant portrait of Sheriff Ed Bonner. Jessica Sanders and Ryan Dominguez were co-presidents for the Placer School Student Council. The other officers were Muna Abukhdair, Robyn Connor, Valerie Middleton and Zandra Haack. Mrs. Colleen Slattery was the advisor. Del Oro softball players Andi Sherman, Kari Koller, Sarah Thomson and LeAnna Hoglen led the California Breeze 18 and Under team to the National Championship in Sioux Falls, S.D. That was the first time a Sacramento area team had won a national ASA title. Norm Sherman was the head coach; he was assisted by Don Hayashida.