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Looking Back

From the Loomis News archives
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 29, 1960 Issue) A flower show was planned for April 30 at the new Placer School. The Loomis Home Economics Club would serve tea in conjunction with the Miner’s Ravine Garden Club. The wives of the Loomis Volunteer Firemen were honored guests of the firemen at dinner held at the Ships Bell restaurant. Following dinner, entertainment was provided by Al Schweigert on his accordian. G.K. Suzuki became a Placer County Soil Conservation District cooperater on another 220 acres of orchard land which Suzuki Brothers has purchased the previous year from Bill Bethel. The ranch included the West Side packing house, located about two miles west of Penryn. Other new district cooperators included Thomas Okusako, 30 acres, west of Penryn; Norman Matsuoka, 20 acres, northwest of Penryn; Y. Harada, 82 acres, west of Ophir; and Dan Mancibo, 57 acres, north of Ophir. The Only Eight bridge club met at the home of Mrs. William Bethel of Penryn. Among those present were Leontine Brown, Ruth Confer and Beaulah Nelthorpe of Loomis; and Marie Pilz, Ruth Johnson and Marian Perry of Penryn. 25 YEARS AGO (May 2. 1985 Issue) Services were held for Thomas N. Howell, 67, an Army Air Force veteran of WWII. He was superintendent of the Loomis School District from 1957 to 1975. Thomas was a member of the Penrhyn Lodge No. 258, Free and Accepted Masons. Mabel Lee was named Mother of the Year and was to be honored during Community Day festivities. Franklin School’s Olympics of the Mind team was the California State champions. Their balsa wood structure supported 121 pounds to qualify them for the worldfFinals. Team members were Eric Howells, David Reed, Tyler Painter, Jesse Serafin, Scott Johnson, Scott Brenning and Robert Bain. Becky Gragg, Carol Braun, Sharon Rasmussen, Mildred Naylor and Carol Driever of the Loomis Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary helped organize a blood pressure booth at Community Day. The Friends of the Loomis Library felt the library was operating efficiently under the direction of Willa Comstock. With goals from soccer players Sarah Callaway, Mary Fernandes, Julie Natali, Rachelle Holt, and Kim Livingston, Del Oro beat Davis 8-0. Del Oro graduate Matt Osborn began basic training at Lackland Air Force Base. Services were held for Howard Roscoe Forster, 65, a native of Ophir. He served for 35 years as a maintenance foreman at McClellan AFB. Howard was a member of the Sierra Foothill Rifle League, California Rifle and Pistol Assoc. and the NRA. 10 YEARS AGO (May 4, 2000 Issue) The mosquitoes were active as was local historian Barbara Nichols researching the mosquito problem. She found a series of articles written in 1947 by Harry Butler whose father Phineas Butler settled in Penryn in the 1880s. Malaria was a problem when the local orchards were first developed in the 1860s. With the help of the Penryn Fruit Company, mosquitoes were first controlled in the U.S. here. The Del Oro softball team defeated Oakmont for their 62nd straight SFL win. Sarah Thomson pitched a strong game and Tami Trujillo had two key hits. The boys baseball team won an important game 7-5 against Granite Bay. Top hitters for Del Oro were Josh Reidt, Brent Locsin and Chris Webber. Kindergarten “Falcons of the Week” at Loomis School were Kelly Edwards, Kendall Larson, Annie Mishler, Mitchel Felce, Spencer Ford, Olivia Sayad and Quinn Mayhew. Cynthia McCoy was owner of a new pet sitting service, A Pet’s World. Loomis Councilman Walt Scherer called a special meeting to bring attention to the Bickford Project. A 40-foot cell phone tower was proposed at the Doupnik Mfg. site.