Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 1, 1959 Issue) The A baseball team of the Loomis Grammar School again defeated their opponents in a game played against Ophir Elementary School. The final score was 23-3. The B team and the girls team also won their games. Nine Loomis residents were named candidates for graduation at Sierra College at the June commencement exercises, superintendent Harold M. Weaver announced. Listed were Carl Henry Brockman, Jane C., Hopping, Bob Kawa-moto, Caria Mangiaracina, Norio Nakashoji, Rosalie Sagaser, David Takagishi, Calvin Yamamoto and Mitsuo Yokota. 25 YEARS AGO (May 3, 1984 Issue) A special dedication was planned for May 12 as part of Loomis Community Day activities. A polished and engraved plaque was to be dedicated to the late “Doc” Takemoto, honoring him for his involvement in community activities, and placed in the boulder between Placer Savings and Loan and Nelthorpe and Son. Members of Lions Clubs in Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln participated in the special tribute. The late Mr. Takemoto was a longtime member of the Loomis Lions Club. Loomis Lions president Dick Harris was chairman of the ceremony, which included music by the Del Oro High School band. 10 YEARS AGO (April 29, 1999 Issue) A memorial service was held for Kiyoshi “Rusty” Uratsu, 76, a longtime resident of Loomis. He was a fruit grower affiliated with the Blue Anchor California Fruit Association. He was a member of the JACL, VFW, Placer County Chamber of Commerce, and Conference Endowment Board. Rusty was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. A memorial service was held for Billie B. Carmichael, 72, a native of Iowa and a resident of Loomis for 33 years. Bill was a WWII veteran, having served in the Army. Del Oro students Ashlee Irish, Cameron Ballard-Rosa, and Joshua Volen were chosen as delegates to Girls’ and Boys’ State. The mock legislative session was offered to outstanding high school juniors. Ashlee was the Junior Class treasurer/secretary. She was very active with school organizations and also volunteered at Roseville Hospital and SPCA. Cameron participated in student government, WINGS, and was captain of the soccer team. Joshua was a member of Talons and the National Honor Society. He played basketball, soccer, and was an accomplished musician. Tom Sippola showed artifacts to the Loomis Basin Historical Society members. He found cast iron pieces in the shape of the original 48 states at an old Franklin School site on Auburn-Folsom Road. Tom is a member of a pioneer Loomis family. Spencer Short was the new administrative analyst for the Town of Loomis. He graduated from CSU Sacramento with a degree in political science and economics. He would soon complete a Masters Degree in public administration. Spencer previously was Lincoln city treasurer. Loomis School students participated in a community clean-up. Among the many students picking up trash were Doug Brown, Jeremy Leonard, Jeddie Cullen, Kenton Trigger and Alex Navarro.