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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 (May 30, 1958 Issue) Forty-three Boy Scouts of Loomis Troop 12 attended the Foothill District camporee at Camp Rader. The Loomis Scouts received the Presidential award, which requires a 75 percent attendance of all registered members. Forty-three out of 46 Scouts were in attendance. 25 YEARS AGO (JUNE 2, 1983 Issue) Six Loomis teens were to be honored as Eagle Scouts, the highest award in Boy Scouting, during a Court of Honor slated for June 13 at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection near Folsom Lake. Adam Brown, Christopher Perry, Ryan T. Ronco, Jeffery A. Thorne, Kirk L. Uhler and Mark C. Valler would be honored for their achievements. According to Golden Empire Council executive Ira J. Haberle, this would be the first six Eagle awards at one time for any Loomis area Boy Scout troop. He said, although it is not a record-setting Court of Honor, it is interesting “that all the boys joined the troop at one time and now are becoming Eagles at the same time.” 10 YEARS AGO (MAY 28, 199I Issue) The Loomis Fruit Growers Association held an open house to celebrate 97 years of operation. Merl Coburn recalled, “Most of the trucking of the fruit to the fruit houses was done by the growers but not all of them had their own trucks. One local trucker was Patt Dunn Trucking. His garage was behind Gatt’s Meat Market (now Horseshoe Bar Grill). He had one big Fageol driven by his son Carl. I think one of the most memorable times of my day at the LFGA was when Mr. Lee Tudsbury handed me the keys to his new Nash sedan and asked me to drive home his two teenage daughters, Gene and Geneva.” Tillie Montero had fond memories of her days at LFGA. “The Montero family was very grateful to the Loomis Fruit Growers for giving the Montero children employment during hard times … My sister Mary, better known as ‘Little Mary,’ started packing at a very early age. My sister Josie soon followed her. Brother Frank started in 1936 as a dumper, later made the receiver. Brother Louie and brother Tony worked as lidders. Brother Vincent loaded cars and I worked as a stamper.” The Del Oro Girls soccer team outplayed Rio Americano but lost a 2-1 semi-final game in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Rio had a 27-0 record and ranked 4th in the nation. Among the players having a great game for the Lady Eagles were Emily Roberts, Liz Bates, Cori Holihan, Jessica Hart, Ashley Simmons, Katie Carlile, Amy Keller and Jeanne Halvorson. The Del Oro softball team shut out Foothill 2-0 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin playoffs. Andi Sherman and Angie Roberts hit home runs. Jessica Logsdon struck out seven and received flawless support in the field. Del Oro baseball players Shane Steinback and Blake Tingey were named to the All-Sierra Foothill League team. Fay Nate and Kristi Gardner were the Del Oro students accepted into the California State Summer School for the Arts. A robber was on the loose, knocking off only Hallmark stores. He robbed two stores in Auburn, but was caught when he tried to rob Tanya’s Hallmark