Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (JUNE 27, 1958 Issue) The Placer Union High School Class of 1948 held a reunion at the Sacramento Inn. Among thos attending from Loomis were Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Nelthorpe, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Howard, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Oakes, Mr. and Mrs. John Senior, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Doring and Mr. and Mrs. Donal Stubbe. Fay Howard was one of the two winners of $15 for having the most children; she is the mother of five. Irene Yamashiro of Loomis, with a grade-point average of 3.8 out of a possible 4.0, is listed as a member of the president’s honor roll for the second semester. Miss Yamashiro also was named a life member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, state junior college honor society for scholarship. 25 YEARS AGO (JUNE 30, 1983 Issue) A longtime California Highway Patrol officer with Loomis connections was named commander of the CHP’s Gold Run office. Howard Mehl is a third generation Placer County resident and worked in all parts of the state during his career with the CHP. He has been a resident of the county for all but two years of his 26 years of service. His family has been connected with Loomis since 1912 and his son, Jim, lived in Loomis and is employed at the Roseville water treatment plant. His son Steven is a graduate of Del Oro High school and followed his father’s footsteps as a CHP officer. Mehl also has a daughter, Claudine. He and his wife, Geraldine, live in Roseville. He won sailing medals in the California State Police Olympics including four gold medal, three silver and a bronze. 10 YEARS AGO (JUNE 25, 1998 Issue) Bert Roche, a retired Placer County Deputy Sheriff, died at the age of 56. He was a prolific giver to his community. He was a trustee of the Penryn School Board and elected a Lifetime Member of the Parent Teachers Club. Bert played the role of Santa for 30 years for the Penryn and Loomis kids. For 23 years he was the volunteer chef for the Penryn 5th graders on their annual trip to Fort Bragg. He was highly involved with the Boy Scouts as an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even in death Bert contributed to his community through the donation of an organ. John Winger was installed as president of the Loomis Lions Club at their 45th annual installation iinner. Lion Dave Mercer conducted the ceremony. Other officers installed were Dean Matheny, Pat Garnett, Gordon Harris, Jack Morris, and Gordon Olesen. Kimberly Gardner and Lisa Mason were helping to organize St. Mark’s Anglican Church’s annual campout at Dillon Beach. Del Oro graduate Michele Craythorn graduated from UC Davis, College of Letters and Science. Del Oro students appearing in the play “Oliver” at the Magic Circle Theater in Roseville were Ian Nitta, Ingrid Montague, Peter Vandewalker and Kristen Heitman. Shelby Olsen, Jackie Mink and Samantha Avila were among the children having fun while learning during summer school in Loomis. Homer Takahashi recalled Placer High School’s dominance in basketball many years ago under coach Earl Crabbe. Besides Placer, the Sierra Foothill League consisted of Folsom, Roseville, Lincoln, Grass Valley and Nevada City High School. Placer held their own against the only Sacramento high schools of yesteryear: Grant, San Juan, McClatchy, Christian Brothers and Sacramento. Some of the local family names seen on the Placer roster were Tudsbury, Fernandes, Okusako, Masuda, Triano, Takahashi, Takagishi, Suzuki, Pilliard, Lapp, Kashiwabara and Fujimoto, to name a few.