Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Feb. 5, 1960 Issue) Boy Scouts of Loomis Troop 12, planned its annual potluck dinner an Court of Honor at the Loomis Memorial Hall. The 50th anniversary of Boy Scouting in America would be observed at the same time. The Women’s Club of Loomis. Alexander V. Gomez, a cattle and horse rancher living near Loomis, was re-appointed to the Board of Directors, 20th District Agricultural Association of Placer County. A former boxer, Gomez won the national amateur lightweight title in 1931 and served as a sparring partner to Jack Dempsey. The Horseshoe Bar Planning and Improvement Associatioon met at Loois Union Grammar School with 160 members in attendance. Future traffic patterns for the area was among topics of discussion. 25 YEARS AGO (Feb. 7, 1985 Issue) Teachers at Loomis Grammar School named students who showed extra efforts in penmanship. Honeored were Jason Butterfield, Kristen Foster, Amy Sylvester, Hillary Mehl, Robin Mather, Mickey Smart, Amanda Barnett, Jennifer Ogle, Danny Sanderson, Kelly Takemoto, Melissa Livingston, David Coyle, Becky Otley and Nancy Burley. 10 YEARS AGO (Feb. 3, 2000 Issue) Memorial services were held for Joe Fujino, a lifetime resident of Placer County. He was a 1939 Placer High School graduate and as a young man worked for the Birdsall Olive Company in Auburn. He then spent 32 years as an aircraft mechanic at McClellan AFB. Greg Fellers, Hisa Mune, Janet Johnson, Joyce Ehler, Helen Florance and Bill Gray were among the many participants in the Loomis Basin Interfaith Consortium’s “Embracing Our Diversity.” Stacy Li agreed to serve as the interim planning commissioner for Loomis. He had served on the General Plan Update steering committee. Carolyn Wolsey of Loomis began her second tour abroad as a member of the Peace Corps. After a send-off at the Loomis Methodist Church, she headed to the Dominican Republic. Carolyn’s first Peace Corps assignment was in 1987 to St. Kitts and Nevis, English colony islands in the Caribbean. Two brothers, Bernie and Michael Koberlein, served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bernie was completing his mission in Quezon City, Philippines while Michael prepared to leave for Sao Paulo, Brazil. Homer Takahashi in his article, “Fools Gold and Nuggets,” recalled his friend, the late Ernie Beckett. He and his wife Ola operated an orchard at the east end of Horseshoe Bar Rd. Ola was active in the Loomis Women’s Club.