Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (MAY 9, 1958 Issue) Mrs. Lois Leak was hostess to the Mustn’t Miss Bridge Club when they met at her home. Funeral services were held at Lamberts Funeral Home in Roseville for Ellen Brainerd of Sacramento who passed away at the age of 83 on May 2. She was a native of England and a Loomis resident for 50 years, when she and her husband, Charles G. Brainerd, ranched and he served as postmaster from 1918 to 1931. 25 YEARS AGO (MAY 12, 1983 Issue) Jeffery A. Dobson, son of Richard and Donna Dobson of Loomis, was promoted to the rank of airman first class in the Air Force. He is a 1980 graduate of Del Oro High School. Two Loomis residents were among the 2,772 graduates from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Graduating were Phyllis Lynn Boberg, who received a bachelor’s degree, and Jacki Lee Sullivan, who received an associate of arts degree. 10 YEARS AGO (MAY 7, 1998 Issue) A memorial service was planned for Loomis native William Sippola, 73. His father came from Finland in 1904 and settled the Sippola Ranch in Loomis in 1908. William attended Loomis School and Placer High School. He joined the Army in 1945 and was discharged to run the family ranch when his father died in 1946. William married Iris Mitchell n 1950. He raised fruit in the family orchard from the age of 6 until 1955. He operated a chicken ranch and egg business from 1948 to 1984. William served on the board of directors of the California Farm Bureau for over 30 years and was a member of the Finlandia Club. A memorial was established with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for James McAdoo who died at the age of 76. A native of Sacramento, he graduated from Grant High School. James was a cattle rancher for 30 years in the Loomis area. He also was an alfalfa rancher in Yerrington and Smith Valley, Nev. Allie Rangel, a Franklin school student, had an award-winning design in the annual Holiday Cards for Kids, a fundraiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Also designing award-winning cards were Jessica Stemwedel and Stephanie Bailey of Loomis School. Susie Bunch won a beautiful orchid grown by Placer School Principal Brent Cushinberry. The drawing was part of a fundraiser for Measure D, a school funding measure. The Franklin School Talent Show included sixth graders Jenny Pires, Stephanie Barden, April Green, Tabby Englebright, Keilynn Basque, Ally Love and Brianna Weisman in a skit, “We’re a Couple of Swells.” Staff members Janet Chapla, Jane Dutra, Patty Hahn, Kathryn Leupp and Lisa Escott were dressed as raisins as they sang and danced to the rewritten California raisin song. Artist Ute Drescher featured her Native American rt in the Chapa De Gallery in Auburn. Children from The Playhouse, a preschool and childcare home in Loomis, spread May Day spirit by delivering gift baskets. Among recipients were Beth Enright, Loomis Library manager; George Valien, Loomis postmaster; and Loomis fireman