Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Stitt and Howard Mehl
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50 YEARS AGO (Aug. 14, 1959 Issue) Ticket were on sale for the benefit dance, sponsored by the Lomis Jr. Women’s Cub. The dance would be at the Loomis Memorial Hall, wit the Bill Rase orchestra providing the music for dancing. Tickets were $1.25 each. 25 YEARS AGO (Aug. 16, 1984 Issue) Loomis Basin students were named to the President’s and Dean’s honor roll at Sierra College for the spring semester. On the President’s honor roll were Thomas Alberti, Daniel Bachilla, Parrish Barker, Kimberly Bower, Nicole Bryan, Tisha Burke, Glen Cokeley, Dale Cokeley, Tori Crockett, J.T. Doupnik, Jamie Fraser, Mardi Gant, Jonathan Goligowski, Tammy Millward, Krish Narayan, Scott Nitta, Joe Pedersen, Don Ross, Eric Saalborn, Walter Scherer, Ronald Schneider, Michael Silva, Khanh Tran, Philip Westerlund, Sylvie Windeshausen and Sherry Wise. 10 YEARS AGO (Aug. 12, 1999) Memorial services were held for Nobue Kuwahara, 77, a life-long Placer County resident. She was a homemaker. Nobue was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church and Placer Buddhist Fujin kai. The Hardware Emporium store served local residents as an old-fashioned, family-run hardware store. It also doubled as an antique tool museum with many of the 5,000 tools dating back to the 1700 and 1800’s. Jerry Forcier opened the store in 1971, and he was responsible for finding the well-used and one-of-a-kind tools on display. Jerry died in in 1997 and his wife Cynthia, daughter Dawn and son Steve continued to run the store. Dawn and Steve along with their brother, Mike, graduated from Del Oro High School. Bob Christiansen was appointed as the new principal at Del Oro High School. He replaced Gail Davidson who moved up to the district office as Director of Education Services. Bob started teaching at Del Oro in 1978 and served as Athletic Director from 1983 to 1995. Prior to coming to Loomis, Bob played professional football. With his experience he became a successful football coach for the high school. He and his wife Claudia had two children, Meagan and Courtney. McLaughlin Studio hosted the summer series of free jazz concerts starting with the White Collar Jazz Band. The band members were Maile Barron, Charlie Moreno, Sandy Kramer, Greg McLaughlin, Eric Just, Mike Kramer, Bea Pearson, Ron Martinez, Robert Wickstrom, Jim Eckes, Don Hoaglund and Alan Johansen. The 12th Annual Loomis Eggplant Festival would be highlighted by the GreenTree Studio dancers performing an original “line dance.” The accompanying music would be the Loomis town song, “Where’s Loomis?” written by Lenny Green. Colleen Garcia held a clinic on Classical Equitation sponsored by the Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association. Colleen was a Loomis instructor and competitor