Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis Newa
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (March 18, 1960 Issue) Fourteen-year-old Carol Lemos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lemos, was the winner of the Lions Club oratorical contest held in Roseville. She was sponsored by the Loomis Lions and qualified to compete at the next level in April. Funeral services were held for Tane Nitta, who died March 11 in the Roseville hospital at the age of 66 years. She was a native of Japan and a Loomis resident for 49 years. She was survived by her husband, Charles C. Nitta of Loomis, and sons, Alfred of Loomis and Herbert of Sacramento; daughters, Helen Hosi of San Francisco and Mary Kozono of West Sacramento; 11 grandchildren; and sisters, Take Matsuyama of Japan and Tsuse Nakamori of Brazil. Burial was in the Rocklin Cemetery. Hughes Florist and Nursery was open in the old Kayo fruit stand on old Highway 40, east of Loomis. Edna and Clarence Hughes offered flowering and green plants, as well as funeral wreaths, corsages and wedding work. Minimum order for delivery was $5. About 72 persons attended the first annual Father-Son Basketball Banquet at Del Oro High School. Welcoming the group to the affair was coach Larry Jennings. Team spokesman Gordon Takemoto gave a review of their first season and recent tournament. Steve March Sr. made a presentation for the fathers. 25 YEARS AGO (March 21, 1985 Issue) Placer School teacher Bill Tindall’s rocketry class prepared for launch. Among the students were Doug Struble, Mike Casey, Jason Devaney, Ted Meissen and Carl Carlson. Ida Jordan was among those receiving free help with their income tax at the Loomis Library. An “Odyssey of the Mind” team from Franklin School built a robot that had to pick up an object from the floor and place it on a table. Team members were Malacai Davis, Danny Tebbs, Brett Peterson, Chris Schulze, Erik Truxal and Andrew Peterson. Kindergarten students of the week at Placer School were Jamie Nicholson, Jamie Schneider, Allison Clarke and Amanda Groth. Spelling Bee winners from Penryn School were Melissa Swickard, eighth grade; Gary Beale, seventh grade; Ryan Beale, sixth grade; Valerie Hariger, fifth grade; and Brooke Wentzel, fourth grade. Christyn Booth won the Loomis School District Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. Placing second through seventh were Kim Fehrt, Jason Monks, Kaneila Neves, Mark Uhler, Steve Birch and Kim Nemanic. Former Loomis resident Dr. Bryan Mayeda was the director of the State Regional Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Petaluma. He was born on the Seth Law ranch at the northeast corner of Val Verde and Horseshoe Bar Rds. His parents came to Loomis in 1907. Del Oro soccer players Rachelle Holt and Cory Buckley scored goals in a 2-0 win over Davis. Julie Natali, Sarah Callaway; and Mary Fernandez scored in a 6-3 win over Foothill. Cory Scalise, Phil Green and Terry Hurley helped Del Oro beat Placer in a dual track meet. On the girls’ side, Del Oro won behind Brenda Wilson, Wendy Knox and Julie Reader each winning multiple events. 10 YEARS AGO (March 16, 2000 Issue) Loomis native Lloyd “Butch” Gatt passed away. He graduated from Loomis School in 1940 and Placer High School in 1943. He served as a photographer in the Navy during WWII and was a freelance photographer for 66 years. Lloyd was a master meat cutter at his family’s Gatt’s Meat Market (located on the corner of Horseshoe Bar and Taylor Rds). Howard Mehl recalled fond memories of the market as “the greatest place in town for kids to go in the 1930’s. They had the coldest drinking water in town and the kids would get a free wiener.” The store closed in the early 1950’s. Lloyd was a member of the Masons and Loomis Basin Historical Society. Services were held for Erma Schomus, 78, a native of Niles, Ohio. In her early years, she was employed by Bendix Aviation in Southern California. Erma and her children moved to Loomis in 1959 where she was employed as a cook at the Wayside Bar and Cafe (across Taylor Road from Hardware Emporium). The 48th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis was a huge success. Egg fry cooks included Carmela Martin, Judy DuPriest, Toki Okusu, Frank Fujita, Dorothy Hirakawa and many more. General chair for the event was Barry Ward, assisted by Bob and Carol Ransford, Carol and Ken Iwasaki, and George Henley. Loomis artist Tommie Moller’s public projects included “The Maidu Family,” a 5-ton concrete sculpture at the Maidu Community Center in Roseville. At the Granite Bay Library was “Library of the Ancients” consisting of 11 steel petroglyphs. Loomis School District Spelling Bee winners were Tahnee Baker, eighth grade; Chad Hysen, seventh grade; Rosie Nguy, sixth grade; Delise Whisler, fifth grade; and Rebecca Pettas, fourth grade.