Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Aug. 21, 1959 Issue) Mrs. Lois Leak entertained the Mustn?t Miss Bridge Club in her home. Prizes were won by Marge Osborn, Sue Hansen and Gene Sady. 25 YEARS AGO (Aug. 23, 1984 Issue) New officers of the John A. Stacker Post 775 American Legion were to be installed during a Sept. 4 meeting at the Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. New officers would be Charles E. Kell, commander; Richard Howard, first vice commander; Mack Tsujimoto, second vice commander; Lucile Harnes, adjutant and finance; Tony Aguilar, historian; Frank Ziegenfuss, chaplain; Frank Kageta, judge advocate; Lemar Market, sergeant at arms; and George Makimoto, service officer. 10 YEARS AGO (Aug. 19, 1999 Issue) Loomis native Jim Struble was the new Loomis Fire Chief. He succeeded long-time chief Ed Horton. Jim is the son of Harold and Ruth Struble. Both his parents and grandparents, Marion and Eva Struble were fruit farmers in the Loomis area. Jim and his wife Jan continued to live and work the family farm. Mandarin oranges could be (and still can be) purchased directly from the ranch on Dick Cook Rd. Jim graduated from Del Oro High School in 1965. He became a Loomis volunteer fireman in 1977 after graduating from college and serving in the military. He and Jan have three children: Doug, Amy, and Matt. Loomis resident Jack Morris was the author of the book, ?The Master Criminals Among the Gypsies.? Jack said the current scam was to target seniors working in their yards. They asked if their child (or wife) could use the bathroom or some pretense of emergency. The male adult stayed with the gardener while the accomplice headed for the victim?s bedroom to look for valuables. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Loomis began a campaign to make quilts for Kosovo refugees as they returned to what was left of their homes. The Lighthouse Apostolic Church of Loomis sponsored a ?Summer Night Celebration? of gospel music in the Blue Anchor Courtyard. Loomis Chamber of Commerce representatives Henry Schneider and Jan Clark presented the chamber?s scholarship award to Tamara Gresko of Penryn. The Del Oro High School cheerleaders took top honors at the UCA cheer camp at UC Davis. They were invited to perform at the halftime of the Pro Bowl football game in Hawaii. The cheerleaders were Michelle Bautista, Stephanie Betts, Natassia Craig, Colleen Davis, Lacy Duarte, Jill Hadel, Christine Heidt, Ashley Jakobsen, Alexis Mason, Michelle McKinney, Katy Steer, Tiffany Tullgren, Becky Ward and Brandee Winslow.