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Looking Back

From our archives
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 29, 1959 Issue) Those who attended the Lions Club convention at Hobergs were Messrs. and Mesdames Stanley Wright, Frank Mutoza, Frank Koy, Jess Bailon, George Hamada, Kay Kashiwabara, James Gianoplos, C.H. Allton and Emory Martin. The bridge section of the Women’s Club was entertained in the home of Mrs. Lloyd Dudley. All members were present and honors at cards went to Mesdames Charles Dolce, Al Pilliard and Ola Knowles. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coe and family spent the weekend at Yosemite, which they report is very beautiful this time of year. 25 YEARS AGO (May 31, 1984 Issue) Pete Vicencio and Stacey McAfee are all off to Los Angeles to compete in the state track and field finals at the University of California at Los Angeles this weekend. The Del Oro runners each took fourth place in their events during the NorCal finals the previous weekend in Berkeley. Vicencio was timed in 9:20 in is 3,200 run and McAfee was timed in 10:50 for the same distance in her event. 10 YEARS AGO (May 27, 1999 Issue) Memorial services were held for Sumio Doi, 80, a 1939 graduate of Placer High School. During WWII, he was interned with his parents into Tulelake and later to the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colo. After being released, his family was the first Japanese American citizens to return to Placer County where they continued fruit ranching. In 1945, Sumio was drafted in the U.S. Army and assigned to the 442nd Battalion in Europe. Services were held for Frank Hata, 80, a lifelong resident of Placer County. A 1937 graduate of Placer High School, he was a fruit rancher for over 40 years. Frank was a member of the Blue Anchor Corporation and the Placer Buddhist Church in Penryn. Services were held for Leontine Brown, 99, a resident of Loomis and Placer County for the past 67 years. She was a former member of the Loomis Fruit Growers Association and the Ladies Aid Society of Loomis. Leontine was a 75-year member of the Penrhyn Order of the Eastern Star Lodge No. 159. The Motherlode Stage Company prepared to move out of the Red Brick Art Center for financial reasons. Artistic director Stuart Smith planned to hold summer performances in the open area of the former Blue Anchor fruit shed. The Del Oro girls softball team won the opener of the Sac-Joaquin playoffs 2-1 over East Union of Manteca. Leanna Hoglen and Sarah Thomson had back-to-back doubles to tie the score. Nikki Anderson used her base running skills to score the winning run. Melanee Ford and Ruth Sennett were among the parent volunteers being honored at Loomis School. Railroad buffs were excited when two Union Pacific steam locomotives passed through Loomis. The 3985 Challenger was built in 1943 and No. 844, built in 1944, was the last steam locomotive used by U.P. Pam Weaver-Baker was named “Welfare to Work Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Small Business Administration. She accomplished her goal and became the owner of The Playhouse, a childcare center in Loomis.