Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (May 6, 1960 Issue) A dedication ceremony officially opened Del Oro High School April 30 by the passing of the symbolic key from a Campbell Construction representative to G.A. LaPlante, superintendent of the Placer High District and down to Gary Hess, student body president. The dedication plaque was presented to Ed Pilz for his role in the formation and completion of the new plant. The first annual Del Oro band show, under the direction of Warren Prince, was planned. Proceeds would go to the band uniform fund. Loomis voters numbering 463 turned out to help pass the 35-cent override tax for the high school district; 261 voted in favor of the tax while 202 voted no. The overall vote was 2,223 in favor and 2,139 against. Winners in the American Legion Auxiliary’s essay contest for fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders were Lynn Uyeno, first place; Elizabeth Hirakawa, second place; and Bill Caldwell, third place. Tom Cooper of Loomis was selected as a delegate to California Boys State. He was sponsored by the American Legion Post 775 of Loomis. 25 YEARS AGO (May 9, 1985 Issue) A local dog, Oscar, made Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” for surviving many scrapes with death. Oscar lived on the plum orchard belonging to Jack and Marie Hayashida. He was bitten by rattlesnakes, chewed up by larger dogs and a coyote, and run over by vehicles including the farm tractor and disc. Jack said, “I’ve lived here all my life and it’s my dog that’s famous.” Bob Marshall, Don Deckard, Heather Field, Carl Oleson and Damien Bautista were among the Del Oro Band members preparing for a trip to Victoria, B.C. Debbie Torres and Eric Hansen, members of Del Oro’s Students Against Driving Drunk, spoke to the Loomis Lions Club. Students Gina Craig and Kelly Jibson along with her mother Kathy dressed in old-fashioned clothes for the Loomis School fashion show. Del Oro FFA members Jamie Hodge and Laura Karthauser were delegates to the state convention at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Kirsten Dann and Pete Compton represented the FFA as a donation was made to the Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association for a new horse arena at Loomis Community Park. Kindergarten “Students of the Week” at Placer School were Galen Gentry, Sarah Johnson and Matt Holcomb. Chad Mayhew of Loomis was the new junior member of the American Angus Association. Corey Magleby and Milton Anderson graduated from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. Leslie Odgers, son of Irving and Joan Odgers of Loomis, graduated from the U.S. Air Force pilot training program. 10 YEARS AGO (May 11, 2000 Issue) Girl Scouts of Junior Troop 1616 maintained the flower beds at Franklin School as a “thank you” for allowing them to hold their meeting at the school. Among the Scouts planting flowers were Kara Wickeraad, Sunne Forslin, Sandra Hall, Kelly Hoop, Rachel Rath and Katie Hickok. Christine and Rob Bonner would perform at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento. Christine was a popular folk harpist. She released her debut album, “Sand Castles,” earlier in the year. Rob performed with the South Loomis Quickstep, a Bluegrass band that toured the country and Europe in the 1970-80s. The end of an era was drawing to a close. The year 2000 fruit season will be the last for the Loomis Fruit Growers Association. It was fun and games at the annual “Mad Math” day at Loomis School. Principal Glenn Lockwood was the target in a water balloon toss and student Scott Euerle obliged with a direct hit. Sarah Cortez, Kristin Kelly and Christi Harris helped Del Oro defeat Placer 8-1 in soccer action. The Loomis population decreased 2.1% to 5,925. Rocklin and Lincoln, on the other hand, were two of the fastest-growing cities.