Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Aug. 28, 1959 Issue) Young people from Loomis attending Placer Union High School, Golden Hillmen Band Camp during the week were Pat Schweigert, Jeff Ross, Jackie Yokote, Tommy Cooper and Gordon Takemoto. The camp was held at Camp Pahatsi (between Cisco and Soda Springs). Russell Howard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Howard, celebrated his 7th birthday with a party in his home. Guests included Ted Kitada, Jimmy Mehl, Chuckie Coleman, Beth Nute, Cynthia and Bonnie Dominguez; and Russell’s brothers and sisters, Dick, Randy, Jimmy and Marilee Howard. 25 YEARS AGO (Aug. 30, 1984 Issue) Twelve Placer County young women were to participate in the opening day of the Gold Country Fair in Roseville. One of the contestants was Denise Proctor, of Loomis, who was a member of the queen’s court. The 17-year-old Sierra College student enjoyed reading as well as sports such as snowskiing, swimming, tennis and softball. 10 YEARS AGO [Aug. 26, 1999 Issue) Don and Carol Wolfe displayed their vine-ripened peaches from Alice’s Fruit Stand in Loomis. Carol is the daughter of Joseph and Amelia Lemos who built the stand in 1939. They named it after their middle child, Alice, who was born that year. The roadside stand was a haven for travelers on Highway 40. It had a large orange stand where fresh squeezed juice was served by the Lemos children. It also included a picnic area. The Lemos family grew 28 varieties of peaches, the earliest being the white nectar and the latest were Faye Elberta. Don and Carol also sold produce from local growers including George Campbell who grew cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes. Mas Nakamoto provided plums and grapes. Carol grew up in Loomis and graduated from Del Oro High School in 1963, the first four year class at the “new school.” The Placer County Japanese American Citizens League planned a raku night at the Hiro Matsuda Bonsai Nursery in Newcastle. Raku is a form of ceramics. Participants could form and fire their art piece in one evening. The JACL promoted the education of cultural arts. Penrhyn Gold Hill Lodge #2 prepared to host its Annual Constitution Observance Night. The guest speaker would be Bud Anderson, a triple ace of WWII as a P-51 Mustang pilot. Loomis artist Larry Welden had paintings featured at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery in Sacramento. The Auburn Indian Community planned to build a 200,000 square foot casino on a 58-acre site near Lincoln. The Franklin School 5th grade classes of Jackie Kirk and Don Kirk attended the Starbase Academy located at Mather Air Force Base. The one-week course emphasized science, math, and physics.