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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 8, 1959 Issue) Edwin Nelthorpe was the honored guest at a surprise birthday party given by his wife, Donna. Guests present were Messrs. and Mesdames Walter Taylor, Phil Oakes, Robert Holihan, Lloyd Owen and Al Schweigert. An evening of bridge was enjoyed. Honors at cards went to Lorene Owen, Bob Holihan and Walt Taylor. 25 YEARS AGO (May 10, 1984 Issue) A double celebration was marked April 21 when family and friends gathered to celebrate the 80th birthday of Mrs. Alma Larsen and the 35th wedding anniversary of Lorene and Lloyd Owen. Mrs. Owen is the daughter of Mrs. Larsen. Mrs. Larsen born in Rocklin on April 24, 1904 (Alma Senia Nassi). On January 3, 1923 she married Alfred C. Larsen and moved into a small cabin on the Larsen family’s fruit ranch on Horseshoe Bar Road. The couple celebrated a golden wedding anniversary in December 1972. Mr. Larsen died in 1976. 10 YEARS AGO [May 6 1999 Issue] Services were held for George Ishihara, 79, a native of Penryn. He had worked for Woodland Tractor for 30 years. George was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church. Sierra College instructor Gary Noy signed his new book, Distant Horizon. The book was published by The University of Nebraska Press, one of the major publishers of American Western history. Gary graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned a Master’s Degree in History from CSU Sacramento. He was founder of Paul’s Place Association and the Center for Gold Country History. Mary Ann Horton opened her Horton Farm Iris Garden on King Road. Irises already had a good start on the 40-acre farm from those planted by Ed Horton’s grandmother, Annie. The acreage was covered with irises that Mary Ann called “Grandma’s Old Purple.” Joel Nitta completed his Eagle Scout project by building two display kiosks at the new Traylor Ranch Bird Sanctuary and Nature Preserve in Penryn. Among the scouts from Troop 12 helping Joel were Galen Ferrel, Alex Nitta, Ryan Cline, and Tim Therien. Rev. Pam Cummings and Rev. Jackie Kortright of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis were the coordinators for the first annual Spring Awakening Festival. Heather Bair was among the Loomis fifth-graders to launch rockets as part of a science program held at the old Army Depot in Sacramento. Loomis School fourth-grader Ryan DeMartini was the featured artist at the “Artists in Residence” show at the Red Brick Art Center. Ryan said, “Making critters with clay is fun for me... .” Nancy Pera’s fourth-grade class at Loomis School made a quilt with the assistance of Karen Haynes. Among the students were Elliot Sainsbury, Karl Nielsen, Mary Christensen, Ashlynn Bakken, Elise Berenson, Ryan Haynes, Drake Cottman, Jacob Roe, Austin Baldridge, Sarah Martinez, Tiegen Boberg and Brittani Schwenk. The quilt would by auctioned off to benefit the Abuse Prevention