Looking Back

Week of May 17, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago May 18, 1962 Loomis users must dial the last 5 digits instead of the last 4 to complete local telephone calls. In the future, residents may be required to dial all 7 digits. The Loomis Lions Club offered to deed over their 10-acre site to the county to be used as a community park. The land was located on County Road 38. Frank Law and Roy Hebard patrolled aboard their boat, "Linda Diane," between Steamboat Slough and the San Joaquin River as part of an official unit of the Coast Guard. The Loomis School Band and Orchestra earned superior and excellent ratings at the Sierra Foothills School Band Association Festival. Honored in the "Who's Who Among Student Leaders in High Schools of America" publication were Gary Hess, Walter John, Kayleen Kott, Joyce Springer, Wayne Takagishi and Gordon Takemoto. Del Oro students modeled clothing they made in their home economic classes under the direction of Mrs. Britta Callamaras. Running for Del Oro student body offices were Linda Wood and Chris Edwards for president; Wayne Yamamura, Ron Spencer and John Kinder for VP; Kathy Williams and Linda Roney for Girls VP; Steve March for athletic commissioner; Carol Lemos for secretary; and Sharon Rielli, Nori Morimoto and Dennis Kondo for treasurer. School bus drivers demonstrating their driving skills at bus rodeo were Mary Duarte, Primo Angeli, Sam Cagle and Gennive Cronn. 25 Years Ago May 21, 1987 Displaying their sewing skills, Loomis 4-H members modeled their creations at the Placer County 4-H Fashion Revue. Lisa Karthauser took top honors with her silver laced formal gown. Intermediate Division honors went to Kara Carpenter. Other Loomis 4-H participants were Jenni Stitt, Dana Luebke, Karen Thompson, and Lisa Torres. Sierra College basketball coach John Rankin was honored as Coach of the Year for Northern California community colleges. Del Oro grad Harry Toda was selected for the Dean's Honor List at UC Santa Barbara. JMB Realty Corp. planned to build a large regional shopping center at I-80 and Sierra College Blvd. The corporation owned 14 projects, mostly malls. The site was 10 miles from Sunrise Mall, generally accepted as the closest two regional malls can be to one another. Jill Raukko was the new president of the Del Oro Band Supporters along with officers Bill Bain, Sandra Eifertsen and Donna Smith. Among the students at the Loomis School District BEAR Night (Be Enthusiastic About Reading) were Alyssa Prewitt, Stephanie Howard, and Ben Scholtz reading with their stuffed animals at their side. Tamiya Davis enjoyed orange juice served in the morning by parent volunteer Carol Hilton. Jenny Yeo and Carrie Bailey were awarded as Golden Readers for 1987. Music teacher Joss Bravo led the singalong. 10 Years Ago May 23, 2012 Services were held for Carl Sampson, 80, a resident of Loomis for 51 years. A veteran of WWII, he was a retired painter for the Southern Pacific RR. Tom Sippola gathered hay along Auburn Folsom Road, grown on the family ranch that dates back to 1908. Tom's father and grandfather also planted 23 acres of dry farmed plums, pears and grapes. When they had children, they acquired a milk cow. At the end of WWII, Tom and his brother Bill took over the farm and started an egg ranch with 12,000 chickens. Loomis author Gary Noy completed his latest book, "Red Dirt," describing Highway 49, the Gold Country Highway. The book was partly a travelogue describing the terrain, structures and landmarks along the Golden Chain's 325 miles. It was also a scholarly examination of the Mother Lode's historical characters, locales, and events. Assistant Pastor Jackie Kortright, of the Loomis Methodist Church, led a group of high school students to deliver 250 sandwiches to homeless people in Sacramento. Hannah Canty, of Loomis, was one of the dancers performing in the Placer Theater Ballet's "A Festival of Great Ballets." The Third Annual Burgers and Boots fundraiser for the South Placer Heritage Foundation was chaired by Teresa Bengard who arranged for Marge Crossley to display memorabilia from the old Turner-Crossley Ranch. Daniel Outlaw and Eric Thomas were among the Troop 12 Boy Scouts directing traffic. Selling dinner tickets were Marianne Coombes, Mark and Karen Fraser Middleton. Providing entertainment were Linsey Bostick with her band the Sidewinders and Lenny Green, who wrote the official Town of Loomis song, "Where's Loomis?" Among those enjoying the event were Joyce Kelley, Carolyn Lignos, Shig Yokote, Paige McKim and Helen Florance.