Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (MAY 23, 1958 Issue) Frank Law was elected as a new school trustee, with a margin of 55 votes. Voting was light in the Loomis precincts with only 230 votes being counted. Harold Pilliard (incumbent) received 139 votes while Frank Law received 194. The Women’s Club of Loomis was to hold installation of new officers at its next meeting. At the recent State Convention of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs in San Francisco, the Loomis club was the sweepstake winner of Conservation of Natural Resources for the greatest percentage of accomplishments in all phases. Attending from Loomis were Mrs. Walter Ehrman, Mrs. Louise Dudley, Mrs. Grace Feiser and Mrs. Thomas Ross. 25 YEARS AGO (MAY 26, 1983 Issue) Pvt. Scott D. Ronsheimer, son of Don and Helen Ronsheimer of Loomis, completed basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama. He is a 1980 graduate of Del Oro High School. 10 YEARS AGO (MAY 21, 1998 Issue) Established in 1901, the Loomis Fruit Growers Association observed 97 years of doing business. They just moved its operation from the High Hand Fruit Shed to the Blue Anchor Fruit Shed (Blue Goose Fruit Shed). An open house was planned for the public to view the inside workings of the High Hand shed for one last time. Ann Rippey reminisced, “We packed 5,000 crates of fruit per day in the peak season … It was hot and the hours were long, but we made the work fun. Mr. Lee Tudsbury and Mrs. Harvey Carlisle were my bosses.” Merl Coburn recalled, “I stayed with my grandparents and worked the summer of 1930. Ernie Beckett was foreman. Mrs. Waldon, Ina Vance and Helen Gary were among the floor ladies. Bob Tudsbury was the mechanic and I used to help him when something broke.” Loomis firemen Jason Shearer and Bud Richardson, along with Penryn fireman Luke Spence, helped save Alex, an English bulldog. The dog had a close call when something got clogged in his throat. The Del Oro softball team ended the SFL season undefeated for the second straight year. Pitcher Kari Koller finished the regular season with a perfect 0.00 ERA. In the last win over Rocklin, Sarah Lohr, Katie Wiley, Leanna Hoglen, Andi Sherman and Angie Roberts had RBIs. Among the children enjoying Loomis School Picnic Day were Stephanie Konen, Darren Knisley, Jenna Brammer, Dana Anderson and Amber Davenport. Sisters Erin and Jeanne Halvorsen, along with Liz Bates, helped Del Oro’s soccer team get a first-round win in the Div. II Section Playoffs. The Lady Eagles shut out Mira Loma 2-0. Ed Nakamoto, a Loomis School teacher, was among the volunteers working the phone bank to get out a “yes” vote on the school bond, Measure D. Tami Uhler was the trophy winner for the best chili in a local contest. Tami was a graduate of Franklin School and Del Oro High School. Placer County Supervisor Jim Williams supported Congressman John Doolittle’s efforts to have an Auburn Dam built.