Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis Nes
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (June 3, 1960 Issue) The Placer County was planning to build a new truck route from Highway 40 into Lomis to relieve the problem of congested traffic coming in from the freeway along the present Loomis cut-off. The new route was to come north from the Himes Road tract and intersect at Old Highway 40 behind the Shell Station west of Loomis. The Aero Chamber of Commerce was attempting to get roadside business signs put up along Highway 40 to let travelers know there were motels, service stations and other businesses here. The chamber asked the county to put up signs at Rocklin and Newcastle designating Taylor Road as “40 – Business Route.” Polio immunization shots were administered to 61 people at clinic sponsored by the Loomis Junior Women’s Club. Dr. Paul Barnes donated his services. He was assisted by Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Frank Poirier, Mrs. Wes Naylor, Mrs. Walter Taylor, Mrs. Walter Doring and Mrs. Donald Cummings. 25 YEARS AGO (June 6, 1985 Issue) Bernie Koberlein and Jessica Moss were among the Loomis School kindergartners enjoying a “magic and mystery” program presented by Willa Comstock at the Loomis Library. The valedictorian for Del Oro’s Class of 1985 was Michelle DeWing and the salutatorian was Kelly Carter. Seniors earning scholarships included Dorothy Hirota and James Takahashi (JACL), Annie Echelmeier (Ruth Johnston Memorial), Ben Palafax (South Placer Kiwanis), Kim Johnson (Arnie Hollabaugh Memorial), Teri Croy (Hiroshi “Doc” Takemoto), Tim Potter (J.W. Van Dyke Memorial), Wendy Knox and Philip Green (Steve Williams Memorial), Lisa Anderson (CowBelle’s), Kelly Carter, Barbara Crowley, Maria Gazzaniga, Darla Green, Wendy Knox, Heather Laws, and Robyn Oles (Del Oro Parents Club), David McMullen (Mayflower Women’s Club). Penryn fourth-grader Chris Foster was honored by the Loomis Lions Club for his accomplishments at the Braille Institute Track and Field Olympics in Los Angeles. Earning college degrees were Nancy DuPriest Wright (CSU Sacramento), Julie Frederick (CSU Chico), Matthew Hall (California Maritime Academy), and Lauren O’Neal (Williamette University). David Shiro, Beth Perry and Cori Buckley were among the Del Oro soccer players participating in a car wash fund raiser. 10 YEARS AGO (June 1, 2000 Issue) Michelle Patton, Russ Pike and Brent Locsin were awarded the Paul Yokote Memorial Scholarship, and received Courtney Christiansen the Robert K. Bonner Memorial Scholarship. The Lady Eagles softball team ended their season with a 20-3 record and qualified for the Section Playoffs. Playing their last game were seniors Andrea Sherman, Christen Bedwell and Sarah Thomson. Only in a small town. Loomis School fifth-grader Liz Elder had a rash behind her ear and her parents were out of town. She called her dad, who called Main Drug Pharmacy. Joanne Takemoto not only took her medicine to the school, she helped Liz apply it. Coach Scott McCollum was happy with the results of his Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team’s season opener. With over 100 swimmers, the Dolphins beat Folsom 468-403. Del Oro Girls’ volleyball coach Stuart Kageta was busy preparing for a summer volleyball camp. Kelly Marshall and Rachel Licciardello of Loomis were members of the Gold Country Children’s Chorus. The chorus prepared for a trip to the Shakespearean Festival in Ashland, Ore.