Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 15, 1960 Issue) Easter Sunrise Services were planned for Hoyts Hill near Penryn. A breakfast, to benefit the Placer County Easter Seal Society, would follow at the Loomis Grange Hall, which was also sponsoring the service. James Makimoto, who worked part-time for the Soil Conservation Service in Auburn, planned to plant a perennial cover in his orchard. He farmed 60 acres of orchard and pasture, two miles east of the Loomis Elementary School. Funeral services were held for Erwin W. Strehmel, 74, on April 12 at Lambert’s Funeral Home in Roseville. The retired carpenter and farmer in Loomis was a native of Davenport, North Dakota. A group of friends surprised Mr. and Mrs. Harold Struble at their home in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. 25 YEARS AGO (April 18, 1985 Issue) Piano recitals were performed by Tricia Lowe, Jennifer Doyle, Mark Page, Buddy Lee, Shannon Moreland, Kathi Tompkins, Eric Lay, Andre Hopp, Kevin Smith, Melanie Stitt, Job Vogt, Christyn Booth and Jenni Stitt. They were students of Helen Freeland and Shirley Deckard. Penryn students Andrew Ponce, Harvey Johnson and Melissa Swickard scored in the top 3 percent on a SAT Talent Search test qualifying them for special summer enrichment programs. Lori Horton, John McLellan and Lynn Woodward were named to the dean’s honor list at California State University, Chico. Penryn School student Krissy Zabkar and Loomis School’s Darren Howard qualified for the Sacramento Bee spelling competition. Del Oro High School senior Diana Lea was a finalist for a Jostens Foundation Scholarship. Stephanie Mosher of Newcastle and Alicia Howard, Teresa Diehl, and Mary Patrick of Loomis participated in the Junior Grand National Horse Show in San Francisco. Mary along with her horse “Tickertape” earned two first-place awards. The Loomis School District Band, under the direction of Priscilla Bravo, prepared for a performance and music workshop at Disneyland. Del Oro teacher John Rankin became the men’s basketball coach at Sierra College. He coached for 17 years at Del Oro, winning league eight times and never had a losing season. It was opening day for the Five Cities Girls’ Softball League. Among the minor league coaches were Jim Yeo, David Kresky, Bill Bain, C.H. Vincent and Gary Thomas. Michele Breedlove and Jenifer Wise pitched in a win for the Miller’s Marauders. 10 YEARS AGO (April 20, 2000 Issue) A memorial service was held for Alice Okusako, 74. She was a resident of Loomis for 45 years. Alice loved gardening, walking, and working puzzles. Kathy Peart, representing Paul’s Place Association, accepted a check for $1,000 from Henry Schneider for helping with the Loomis Chamber of Commerce “Monte Carlo Night.” Paul’s Place in turn donated $500 for the Bart Brunello Wheelchair Fund and $500 to the Loomis Basin Heritage Foundation. Del Oro senior Nicole Urbick was awarded a scholarship to Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc. for outstanding scholastic achievement. She was a member of the Del Oro band. Victor Oseto, John Buescher, Chase Millhone and Emily Griffin scored points for the home team at the Del Oro Invitational Track Meet. Del Oro tennis players Mark Wagner and Aaron Labrode won their doubles match 6-2, 6-2 over their Oakmont opponents. Loomis School Student Council members Nicole Siminski, Heather Bair, Kaitlin Mishler, Mitch Bezaire and Sunny Patterson entertained the student body with a skit. Kelsey McCrae got a pie in the face from David Rosas after she lost a competition sponsored by the student council. There were tears of joy when Tammy and Bruce Friese of Loomis were found in good shape after spending three days and two nights stuck in the snow near Foresthill. Using their truck’s heater sparingly, they spent much of the time looking at pictures of their four young children.