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Looking Back

By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 1, 1960 Issue) Airman Donald J. Nunes of Loomis had completed eight weeks of basic training at the Lackland Air Base in Texas. Afterwardm he was training as an air policeman to fulfill a six-month active duty commitment in the Air Force Reserve. Placer County Tax Collector F. Earl Corin announced that all businesses operating in the unincorporated areas of Placer County would need businesses licenses by Apri 10. After that date, a 25 percent penalty would be added. California, Nevada, Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming were the states through which the Pony Express ran. According to Loomis Postmaster Ed Horton, the centennial celebration of the Pony Express would be largely a “tribute to American youth.” Johnny Fry (or “Frey”) is credited by some accounts with being the first Pony Express rider to leave St. Joseph, Mo. on April 3, 1860. The cross country telegraph was completed in October 1861, and the Pony Express service was terminated. 25 YEARS AGO (April 4, 1985 Issue) Troop 15 Boy Scout Craig Harris, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Harris, earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle project involved fingerprinting children in the Loomis School District. A senior at Del Oro, Craig was a member of the Golden Eagle Marching Band for four years and active in drama. Residents submitted their drawings for a new Loomis town seal and Cory Kutsenkow was the winner. Other entries were from Ruth and Hillary Mehl, Gary and Stephanie Mahlberg, Wilma Van Zandt, Kristen Vandewalker, Jan Miller White, Nancy Lewis, James McClintock, Debra Neill, Ed Thornton and Brent Smith. D. Kent Ashworth was the new Loomis School District superintendent. Long-time superintendent Byron Cook prepared to retire but continue doing consulting work for the district. Michelle Spellman and Matthew Williams showed the paper bunnies they made in Jan Brown’s 1st/2nd grade class at Loomis School. A memorial service was held for Ronald Allen Traylor, 40, a 1963 graduate of Del Oro High School. He lived in Loomis for 30 years. Ronald worked at Formica for 18 years and was past president of Local 1401 at Formica. A memorial service was held for Dorothy Alice Smith, 50, a resident of Newcastle for 23 years. She graduated from San Jose State University and completed graduate work from U.C. Davis. She was a teacher at E.V. Cain School in Auburn before teaching at Newcastle Elementary School for 13 years. Dorothy was a member of the Sierra Club and active in local symphony groups. Among the members of Troop 689 selling Girl Scout cookies were Robin Mather and Joy Bartell. 10 YEARS AGO (April 6, 2000 Issue) Helen and Lenard Florance of Loomis celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They exchanged vows at the Methodist Church in Vermillion, Kansas and came to California in 1956. Lenard was a Korean War veteran, worked in well digging, built rockets at Aerojet, served as a policeman and sheriff’s reserve officer. Helen was a “stay at home” mom for their three children before going to work for the state and then as city clerk in Roseville. A memorial service was planned for Ted Tetsuo Ikeda, 78, a Loomis native. He was a lifelong resident of the Penryn/Loomis area. Ted graduated from Placer High School in 1939. He was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church and the JACL. Playing the role of “Principal for a Day” for the Loomis School District were Russ Kelley of Roseville Telephone, Laura Newman of Hewlett-Packard and Rick Judd, principal-elect at Loomis School. Amanda Baker, Emily Rhoades and Sofia Guerrero were among the many Placer School students performing in the musical “A Small Part of the World.” The Loomis District Advanced Band earned a triple superior rating at the Golden Empire Band Festival. The band also earned the Award of Excellence in Music Education at the Oakmont Festival of Music. Director Diana Tudsbury was pleased with their progress. The Del Oro baseball team edged Placer 4-3, which was an odd score because Josh Reidt pitched a no-hitter for the Golden Eagles.