Looking Back

From the Loomis News files
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Nov. 13, 1959 Issue) At their meeting the previous week, the executive board of the Loomis Lions Club voted to donate $100 to the Del Oro High School baseball team fund, to help purchase uniforms and equipment. A car wash sponsored by the freshman class at Del Oro was a huge success, as announced by the chairman, Jane Scott. Approximately $43 was made on the affair, for the class treasury. 25 YEARS AGO (Nov. 15, 1984 Issue) Volleyball team honors at Del Oro High School were awarded during a potluck dinner in the cafeteria. Honored were Julie Athey, coaches award and first team, all Sierra Foohill League; Sonya Reichel, coaches award; Julie Natall, varsity most valuable player; Valerie Ennenga, varsity captain and honorable All-SFL; Erin Ziegler, junior varsity most improved; Nita Curteman, JV most inspirational; and Heather Hundley, JV most valuable player. 10 YEARS AGO (Nov. 11, 1999 Issue) Bert Braun, owner of the Cowpoke, was pleased to bring to Loomis the cowboy poetry tradition for residents to experience. “Today’s cowboy poetry brings back that art of storytelling and humor that has been so much lost in this generation after the invention of the television,” said Bert. Thirteen-year-old Valerie Wintler of Cashmere, Wash. was curious about an old book of poems found under her house. The book was written between 1904 and 1928 by Frances Callahan Fobes, a resident of Loomis. Other names found in the book included Clara Fountain, Hellen Everett and Maylo Adkins. Valerie was referred to Loomis historian Howard Mehl. Getting a hold of him turned out to be a stroke of luck. It so happened that the Mehl family purchased the Fobes home in 1936. The home stood on top of a hill located adjacent to Suzuki Lane near Val Verde and Dick Cook Roads. Howard told Valerie that the old Fobes home burned down in 1937. It wasn’t able to be saved because the Loomis Model A fire truck could not make it up the hill. In her effort to discover why the poem book was under her house in Washington, Valerie was planning a trip to Loomis. The students at Loomis School continued to be excited about reading thanks to their librarian, Mrs. Kathy Jibson. The Del Oro girls volleyball team was victorious in the first round of Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. They beat Sonora 15-7, 16-14, 15-7. In the last scheduled home game of the century, Del Oro beat Roseville 24-21 in football action. The Eagles followed that game with a close 22-19 win at rival Placer. Dustin Barr, Allen Miller, Brett Del Balso, Brent Locsin and Matt Lantz accounted for the scoring.