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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 (Oct. 9, 1959 Issue) The week of Sept. 28 would long be remembered by teachers, parents and students of the Loomis-Penryn area as Del Oro High School officially opened its doors with 175 freshmen and sophomores. The school’s first official assembly was opened by Principal Ralph Goggins. Superintendent G.A. LaPlante welcomed the teachers and students to Del Oro. The Children’s Parade of the Loomis P.T.A. Carnival was an outstanding affair, comprising in all about 200 participants. Music was furnished by the Loomis Grammar School Band under the direction of Al Schweigert. 25 YEARS AGO (Oct. 11, 1984 Issue) Co-grand marshals of the sixth annual Del Oro Golden Eagles Marching Band Spectacular were Loomis News publisher and editor Carmela Martin and musician and musical instrument repairer Fred Morgan of Rocklin. 10 YEARS AGO (Oct. 14, 1999 Issue) Jack Yokote was honored for his work with Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Boy Scouts since 1930. He established a Scout troop at the Tule Lake Relocation Center where he was interned during WWII. Jack was Scoutmaster of Troop 9, Penryn from 1947-1957 and Explorer Advisor for Troop 12, Loomis. He served as Jamboree leader at Irvine Ranch in 1953, Valley Forge in 1957, and Colorado Springs in 1960. The event was organized by the Loomis Lions Club and Sheriff Ed Bonner. Lloyd “Skip” Miller gave a $1000 donation in the name of the Miller family and in memory of former Troop 12 Scouts Gary Holsclaw, Ron Yokote and Nick Bailey, Jr. Loomis School students, under the direction of first- grade teacher Jan Brown, prepared for Make-a-Difference Day by filling bags with toys for hospitalized children. The Bag Buddies Club members included students Chris Sainsbury, Kim Konen, Kim Zilles, Sarah Siminski, Samantha Kotelnicki, Mary Vitale, Kelly Gregory, Justin Carston, Sarah Sanders, Madeline Elder and Liz Elder. Local Girl Scouts also preparing bags were Amanda Rennie, Victoria Arbegast, Kim Harrison, Amber Van Wagenen, Sarah Coursey, Kaitlin Carter and Katie Coursey. CIMBL Captains Helen Florance, Wes Naylor and Sonja Maggard led volunteers to clean up downtown in preparation for the Del Oro Band Spectacular. Barbara Nichols helped clean up under the fruit shed located behind the Law Brothers building (now Christensen’s Saddle and Supply).