Looking Back

Week of June 7, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago June 8, 1962 The Loomis School District graduation program included speakers Dorothy Guy, valedictorian; Donna Schachitili, salutatorian; and honor speakers Janice Uyeda, Kathleen DeVilliers, Marilee Howard, Linda Sakamoto, Bonnie Stiff, Delyse Logvin, Susan Coe and Janice Leak. Mrs. Marie Pilz was retiring as a Penryn School teacher after 21 years. A reception in her honor was organized by Bernice Aguilar and Marian Perry. Also retiring was Belle Ferguson, who was a Loomis School cafeteria staff member and as a bus driver. Belle planned to continue as floor lady of a local fruit house. No local buildings would be designated as fallout shelters without the owner?s permission. Subsurface enclosures such as mines, caves and tunnels were also being considered as shelters. Jim Johnson and son Jimmy reported fine fishing at Kingvale. Miss Linda Wood was the Worthy Advisor and Miss Jackie Yokote acted as Installing Worthy Advisor for Penrhyn Rainbow Girls. Mrs. Sally Bailey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robberson of Sacramento, visited for the weekend. Del Oro's Class of 1962 planned the "End of the Trail," the graduation party at the Auburn Rec. Park. The Loomis Fire Dept. invited all local businessmen to its annual Dutch Lunch. Allton Chevrolet, of Loomis, held a sale to help celebrate Chevrolet's 50th Anniversary. The median price of a Placer County home was $12,400. Beautiful Hammond organ music was being played at the Ships Bell Restaurant in Loomis. 25 Years Ago June 11, 1987 Beryl Mayne, in reference to the Penryn Area Business Association, said, "The primary reason we formed was to preserve the identity and history of the community. Penryn was established by Griffith Griffith, owner of the granite quarry. He named the town after his home in Penrhyn, Wales. Central Pacific Railroad officials took the ?h? from the spelling. There is a lot of history here, which includes the Chinese and Japanese heritage. Chinese immigrants began farming in the area after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Be the early 1900s, Chinese farmers were replaced by Japanese immigrants who brought fruit trees in and established orchards that helped make the area famous for mountain grown fruit. The Japanese formed their own community along Penryn Road." Goto's Market was the sole remaining commercial business in Old Town Penryn. Joe Goto, who passed away in May, operated the store for 48 years. Julianne Stovall, a Penryn School sisth-grader, took top honors in the Auburn Elk's Lodge Essay Contest. The Cagle's Cuties, a Five Cities Softball tookie team, won their game 17-3 with Krista Stangel, Heather Froberg, Jenni Stitt, Jenee Parker, Cammie Elks and Jennifer Alva getting key hits. During the senior awards assembly at Del Oro, the first scholarships from Paul's Place Association were awarded to Brian Williams, Beth Perry and Jeff Davis. The Girl and Boy of the Year awards were earned by Julie Reader and Eric Hanson. Stacy Lumadue was honored by the Japanese American Citizens League. The Active 20-30 Club of Roseville award went to Elizabeth Southard. Receiving the Principal's Award were Tracy Walls, Jason Sommer, Heather Hundley, Tom Lewis, Tami Kay and Jayne Chu. Eric Brown earned the Marine Corps-Navy ROTC scholarship. Winning multiple events in the Loomis School District track meet were Katie Peterson, Shawn Cowperthwaite, Dave Coyle, Jenny Jurkovich, Jared Roberts, Eric Harms, Kristin Bain, Holly Cowperthwaite, James McCutchen, Kelly Moore, Adele Marks, Aleah Pombo and Matt Herrmann. 10 Years Ago June 13, 2002 Services were held for Allean B. Wykoff, 81, a Loomis resident for 43 years. She retired from Aerojet and was a member of Mercy San Juan Ladies Auxiliary. The STARBASE Center at Loomis School was dedicated in honor and in memory of the late Isabel Polanco. She was a dedicated teacher in the school district for 25 years and very enthused about the STARBASE Academy. As Principal Glenn Lockwood said, "Isabel taught her students about life. She was their mentor. She cared." Orchardist Howard Nakae operated one of Placer County's oldest orchards, Twin Peaks. His fruit was hand-picked, ready to eat, and hand-packed in boxes. The season began in May with bing cherries and ended in January with Myer lemons and blood oranges. Howard was born on the ranch and had farmed for 70 years. He remembered driving the family truck delivering fruit into town when he was 11 years old. Loomis School District teachers retiring were Gayle Danforth, Jackie Kirk, Phil Scurich, and Ed Nakamoto. Among those enjoying the luncheon was retired teacher Bea Tudsbury with daugher-in-law and music teacher Diane Tudsbury. The First United Methodist Church of Loomis prepared for the 2nd annual "Americana Concert."