Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (APRIL 25, 1958 Issue) The Loomis Boy’s Club was planning a dance at Memorial Hall. Admission was 50 cents each. Chaperoned by Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Taylor, dancing would be to the music of the Rhythmaires. Mrs. William Tudsbury was hostess to the Mustn’t Miss Bridge Club. Mrs. James McAdoo was hostess to the Cinderalla Bridge Club. 25 YEARS AGO (APRIL 28, 1983 ISSUE) Al Gomez of rural Loomis was to be grand marshal of the Mothers’ Day Parade. Gomez was known locally for his involvement with race horses but was a well-known bull rider and boxer in his younger days. His best-known athletic achievement was becoming national Amateur Athletic Union lightweight boxing champion on the team at the University of California, Davis in 1931, an achievement which won him a place in the Cal Aggie Hall of Fame in 1960. He turned pro after 60 amateur bouts and sparred with Jack Dempsey, Benny Leonard, Tony Campineri and Jack Thompson. Marriage brought Gomez to a 140-acre ranch along Dick Cook Road in Loomis, which he owned until 1973. His horse, Stardust Mel, was named the best three-year-old in 1974, winning $444,000. 10 YEARS AGO (APRIL 23, 1998 Issue) Services were held for Ione Gwendolyn Crowther, 71, a resident of Placer County for 33 years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. Services were held for Betty Hanson, 74, a native of Boonville. She was a Loomis resident from 1961 to 1991. Loomis Volunteer fireman Steve O’Neil along with his wife Debbie helped save two boys, ages 10 and 11, at Bodega Bay. The O’Neils were enjoying a day on the beach when they realized the boys were trapped in an alcove by the rough seas and ran to help them. Public Works employees Karl Dederick and Bob Freeman helped keep the Town of Loomis functioning. The latest project was replacing bricks on the downtown sidewalk. Banners on lampposts in town had the message “Chat with friends - shop in Loomis.” Del Oro senior James Dumler planned to conduct a basketball mini-camp for his senior project. The proceeds from the camp were to go directly to Make-A-Wish Foundation. Isabel Polanco, a Loomis School fourth-grade teacher, dressed up for Picture Day as her class prepared for a trip to Sutter’s Fort. Del Oro graduate Robannie Evans performed with the Women’s Chorus at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. She is the daughter of Anne and Steve Evans of Loomis. Young Zachary McLaughlin took advantage of a warm spring day at the Loomis School playground. Franklin School Spelling Bee winners were Allie Reagan, Emily Woodroof, Allie Riegel, Chad Hysen and Joseph Kelada. Artist Victoria Brooks of Loomis had her oil paintings displayed