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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 (Sept. 18, 1959 Issue) Del Oro High School, located between Loomis and Penryn, was set to open for instruction of freshmen and sophomores on Sept. 28, one week after Placer in Auburn and Colfax would open. Thirty years of continous service with Bank of America was marked by Lloyd Dudley, manager of the Loomis branch. An officer of the bank since 1944, Dudley was promoted to manager and assigned to the local branch in 1946. Dudley was past president of the Loomis Mens Club, and served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Loomis Lions Club. He wa past president of the Placer Cunty tuberculosis society, a Mason, and member of the Loomis P.T.A. 25 YEARS AGO (Sept. 20, 1959 Issue) Plans were under way for the sixth annual Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band Spectacular in Loomis. Some 25 bands would participate in the noon parade along Taylor Road, and 12 would perform in the stadium competition that evening in the Ralph Goggins Memoriall Stadium at Del Oro. The Golden Eagle Band, under direction of Ron Jones, would lead the parade and perform in the field competition but not compete for award. John DuPriest was again serving as competition director. 10 YEARS AGO (Sept. 16, 1999 Issue) Services were held for Richard Highfill, 88, a resident of Newcastle and Placer County for 27 years. He was a retired meat cutter and a member of the Butchers Union. He was a manager of the old Pigley Wigley Market in Woodland. Richard was a member of the Auburn Elks Lodge #1691 and A.O.P.A. He was president of the Donner Trail Blazers in 1954-55 and one of the riders in the first Tevis 100 Endurance Ride. With Wendell Robie and Dick Wightman, Richard helped set up the Tevis trail. The 35th Annual Placer Buddhist Festival was to feature songs and dances of Okinawa and Japan performed by Kazuko Higa Lerseth. She will be wearing a hanagasa, a large floral shaped hat that is a symbol of Okinawa. James Winckler had a birthday not hard to remember: 9-9-99. He is the son of Kelly and Lisa Winckler. Jennifer Knisley, Christine Hebard-Summers, Penny George and Nichole Procter were in charge of the Soroptimist booth at the Loomis Eggplant Festival. Paula Bowler served customers at the Del Oro Cheerleaders Spaghetti Feed prior to the first varsity football game. Among the satisfied customers were Anita Miller, Carl DeWing and John DuPriest. The first football game was not so successful as Del Oro lost to Oak Ridge by a score of 51-0. Serving as water girls for the Del Oro varsity football team were Loomis School students Maci Gayaldo, Madison Dominguez and Lauren Gayaldo. The Loomis Highlanders soccer team outscored their opponent 9-1 thanks to the efforts of Cole Trigger, Robert Fahlitz, Anthony Nave, Ty Thompson, John Lewis, Ryan Xepolias, Dylan Clephane, Robert Sahlit, Justin Kelly, Cody Turner and Conner Ruker. The Loomis Rhinos beat a Rocklin team 11-0. Leading the charge were Kyle Benedict, Taylor Butterfield, Grant Benedict, Michael Duke and Miranda Bailey.