Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (October 10, 1958 Issue) E.J. Pilz, chairman of the board of trustees of Placer Joint Union High School, prepared to break ground at Del Oro High School, on the Carlisle-Day tract one-half mile east of Loomis. Looking on were Dr. Harry D. Wiser, district superintendent, and E.L. Dudley, Loomis banker. A Boy’s Club Dance was planned. The Rhythmaires would furnish the music and admission would be 50 cents. Alice Wilson was chairman of the event. 25 YEARS AGO (October 13, 1983 Issue) The Loomis Lions Club was organizing a drive to provide scholarship funds for business students in memory of the late “Doc” Takemoto, one of Loomis’ most civically minded businessmen. The Hiroshi “Doc” Takemoto Business Education Memorial Fund would provide youth with opportunities. The late Mr. Takemoto joinid the Loomis Lions Club in October 1953 as a charter member. He died in 1982. “He was devoted to the objects of Lionism and gave freely of his time and effort in community and service-related activities. His memorial fund is intended to recognize his contributions as a Lion and as a citizen,” said Lions Club member Buzz Hebard. 10 YEARS AGO (October 15, 1998 Issue) Memorial services were held for Simon Salaiz, 89, a resident of Loomis. He was born in Socorro, New Mexico. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, airplanes and air shows, and his family. Memorial services were held for Joseph Sasaki, 75, a native of Penryn. He was a member of the American Legion John A. Stacker Post #775, Loomis Fruit Growers Association, and the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Joseph had been a fruit rancher in the Loomis area for over 55 years. Mary Ann and Ron Jones were the Grand Marshals for the 20th Golden Eagle Marching Band Spectacular. The couple met in high school in Antioch and was married in 1960. Ron became the Del Oro band director in 1963, a position he held for 25 years. A few of the memorable trips the band made were to Victoria, B.C., Washington D.C., and to an international competition in Vienna, Austria. Mary Ann supported the band and her husband through the years. She provided a “home” atmosphere for their children Craig, Mike, and Debbie. All three performed with the Golden Eagle Band. Sierra College prepared to name its football field in honor of Homer “Buzz” Ostrom. He was the football coach from 1958-1975. From 1975 until his retirement in 1982, Buzz served as athletic director and dean of physical education. Tennis player Nancy Colwell was the Del Oro Golden Eagle Athlete of the Week. Her coach Jill Butler said, “Nancy is a great athlete that is always ready to play when she steps out on the court.” Nancy was on the NO. 1 doubles team with Kristin Takemoto. Ryan Leupp, Jess Riegel And Jason Pipes wore matching clothes on Twin Day at Franklin School. Among the other students doing the same were Heather Bouma and Lindsay Duke. The Loomis Tigers soccer team won their match with two goals each from Casey Arent and Miles Benett-Smith. The Loomis Thunder also won with goals by Sean Stoyanowski, Jon Medley and Zachariah Burks. Playing goalie were Bobby Gallager, Adam Danberger and Erick Thomas.