Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Feb. 12, 1960 Issue) Del Oro High school students wound up the first semester of the school with completion of semester exams. Also coming to an end was the basketball season. The Junior Varsity Club, made up of all the athletes, was sponsoring a dance. Voting was going on amongst all students to crown the Junior Varsity Queen. Candidates were Karen Peterson, Sharon Reilli, Joyce Springer, Terry Kono and Elaine Uyeda. Boys who took part in transporting the Olympic flame to Squaw Valley were Gary Hess, Steve March, Gordon Takemoto, Jay Kinder and John Locke. Bearers of the Oympic torch came through Loomis at noon Thursday and amid ceremonies, including music by the local school band, lit a torch attached to the old Bank of America bulding and continued on toward Auburn with the flame. The Loomis torch is expected to remain lit throughout the games at Squaw Valley. 25 YEARS Ago (FEB. 14, 1985 Issue) Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce members appointed to the committee to assist the Loomis Town Council in setting business licene fees were Janet Daniel of Dr. Bruce Daniel’s office, Kathy Haug of Kathy’s Carpets, Carmela Martin of the Loomis News, Ed Nelthorpe of Nelthorpe & Son, and Gordon Takemoto of Main Drug. 10 YEARS AGO (Feb. 10, 2000 Issue) Services were held for Jessie Helms, 93, a resident of Loomis since 1944 when she and her late husband Otto “Red” Helms moved from Indiana. They managed the John Ferguson Fruit Ranch from 1944 to 1953 followed by operating the Richfield Service Station for 10 years (located where the U.S. Bank is today). Jessie was the last president of the Women’s Club of Loomis. She was the Loomis librarian for over 20 years, then volunteered at the library. The community meeting room in the library was named in her honor. A memorial service was planned for Mary Louise Lohrey, 96, a native of Farlington, Kan. She had lived in Loomis for over 45 years. Mary worked as a fruit sorter for the Blue Anchor Packing Co. Teacher Bill Johnston helped fifth-grade students Colin Naake, Ryan Haynes and Tommy Solem prepare for the Loomis District Geography Bee. Del Oro senior Erin Worth was the winner of the Loomis Lions Speaker Contest. The topic was community service. Lion Jim Makimoto was the contest chairman. Donald and Norma Tramel opened their new Jimboy’s Tacos in Loomis. It would be a family affair with daughter Karen and daughter-in-law Olivia helping to operate the business. Grandchildren Carson and Erica would work at the restaurant. The founder of the chain, James (Jimboy) Knudson and his wife Margaret lived in Loomis. President of Jimboy’s Marketing, Don Rapisura, was also a Loomis resident. The Rapisuras and Tramels had been friends going back to their teenage years.