Looking Back

By: Howard Stitt
-A +A
50 Years Ago June 1, 1962 Del Oro junior Linda Roney, 1962 Girls State representative, was invited to the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Tea, along with her mother, Mrs. Gilbert Roney, and Mrs. Lloyd Owen. Dorothy Barnhill was the new president of the Loomis Women's Club with officers Lillian Campbell, Ruby Gieck, Grace Butler and Louise Swetzer. Frank Bailey and Michael Sharp, of Loomis, performed with the Roseville Stizzo accordion band. Carla Sepponen was chosen commissioner of social affairs at Sierra College. Eugene Nunes and Robert Foster, owners of a local tavern, reported two men tampering with cars outside their establishment. George Itow and Francis Dobbas were sprinkling some of the water, "The Stream of Life," on a lot of acres on their ranches. Frank Munoz loves being a fruit rancher. He planned to stay with farming, "Come taxes or high water." Loomis Lumber Company offered an insulation called Zonolite for a price of under $70 for an average office. Millie Taylor was hostess for the Cinderella Bridge Club with Jerry Winter as guest. The Mustn't Miss Bridge Club held a potluck at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sady in honor of former Loomis residents Mr. and Mrs. Pat Howell. For Sale: 1953 Dodge 2-door $100. See at Richfield Station. 25 Years Ago June 4, 1987 Services were held for Tokuichi "Tok" Imamoto, 80, a fruit rancher for 60 years. He was a charter member of the Placer Chapter of the JACL. Services were held for Rufus Richardson, a former coach and teacher at Placer High School. He retired as the head of the Ag department at Sierra College. The oldest alumni attending the old Penryn School reunion was Alton Healy, Class of 1913. Also attending was Joe Boisa, Class of 1928, who was born in the bunk house at the Griffith Quarry where the reunion was held. His wife, Dorothy Rasmussen Boisa, was in the Loomis School Class of 1938. Ralph Logan, Class of 1934, along with his son, John Logan, Class of 1954 were present. Ed Duarte, Class of 1950, and May Brown, Class of 1952, enjoyed looking at the old class pictures. The queen and king of the Del Oro senior prom were Yasmine Bizan and Brent Collins. The Del Oro Softball Team won the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship by beating East Union twice, 4-0 and 9-3. The Del Oro Swim Team was undefeated and celebrated with a barbecue at the home of Dick and Janice Crawford. Earning team awards were Kim Feickert, Eva Evrell, Sue Frantin, Brent Collins, Chris Schulze and Matt Ault. Members of the Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band earning awards were Julie Reader, Lyrad Riley and Jackie Howard. Loomis School students presented the play "Romeo and Juliet." Playing Romeo was Adrian Albright; Juliet was Becky Otley, Lady Capulet was Robin Mather, and Nurse was Rachel Conway. Tom Barry was selected as the new vice principal at Del Oro, replacing Hal Dugger who would become principal of Colfax H.S. 10 Years Ago June 6, 2002 Services were held for Teruko Yamada, 89, a resident of Placer County for 72 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Placer Buddhist Church. Students of Loomis School teachers Kristine Sohrakoff and Gerry Farren performed the play "Guys and Dolls." Franklin School students performed the musical "The Music Man Junior" under the direction of parent volunteers Stephanie Haynes and Sharon Evans. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team opened the season with an overwhelming win over Folsom 575-282. Outstanding swimmers included Kevin Gilfillan, Stephanie White, Ryan Toohey and Josh Ryan. Jeff Hagan and Morgan Newton, former Dolphin swimmers, returned to coach the team. A State grant made it possible for the Town of Loomis to purchase the railroad land beneath the Blue Anchor fruit shed located behind Nelthorpe's Appliance Store. Residents had a choice of two barbers in Loomis, Jim Hendrick and Marvin Nakashima. Summer fun activities were offered to local children in a cooperative effort by the Loomis Basin Parks and Recreation Foundation and Instant Impact Productions. Paul and Mark Doerner, members of the Loomis Community 4-H Club, were participating in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Placer County Fair.