Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (June 24, 1960 Issue) Trustees from the Placer Joint Union High School District adopted an operating budget for the 1960-61 school year that included $234,498.62 to operate Del Oro High School as a four-year school. The budget included a salary raise of $1,000 for Del Oro principal Ralph Goggins who would be paid $9,200 for his services in 1960-61. Eino Nassi of Loomis was the first-place winner in the senior men’s tricks division of the Washington State championship water ski meet at Moses Lake, Wash. The California state division of highways was to open bids for the seven-mile first phase of construction on a total 10.5 mile, 4-lane divided freeway on U.S. Highway 40 over Donner Summit. The contract included construction of the Donner Lake undergrossing to provide access from the freeway to the Donner Lake area. When completed, the project would close the gap in the Interstate 80 freeway between Soda Springs and Donner Lake. Percy Lanouette was the area constable. On the president’s honor roll at Sierra College for the spring semester were Jefferson Clapton, Norman Cook and Freda Clapton of Penryn; and Loomis residents Doris Gross and Dale Morgan. Larry Chippini had red raspberries for sale at $3 a flat. 25 YEARS AGO (June 27, 1985 Issue) Del Oro seniors receiving awards included Dan Deckard, Mark Koberlein, Wes Tripp, Steve Utterback, Craig Anderson, Heather Laws, Diana Lea, Michelle DeWing, Wendy Knox, John Case and Craig Harris. Teresa Diehl, Sonja Reichel, Melinda Kile, Mary Carson, Julie Garcia and David Shiro were named Del Oro’s Talons for the Class of 1986. They were nominated by their teachers on the basis of leadership, scholarship, character, and service. Byron Cook reminisced about his 10 years as the Loomis School District superintendent. There was a back-to-basics movement as well as a leap into the computer age. He listed curriculum enrichment as the most satisfying development during his tenure. Brett Mayhew prepared to exhibit cattle at the National Jr. Angus show in Tulsa, Okla. The Makimoto-McVey Insurance Agency hosted a Chamber mixer. Those enjoying the food included Lucille Harness, Pat Boxberger, Connie Perkins, Caroline Lignos, Steve O’Connell and Pauline Von Thaden, along with her mother Kathy Mighell who was visiting from Wales. Vincent Schneider pursued a father-son homing pigeon project. 10 YEARS AGO (June 22, 2000 Issue) A funeral mass was held for Marielle Piazza, 52, a resident of Loomis for 25 years. She and her husband Frank were past owners of the Piazza Family Market on Barton Road. Marielle was a member of St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Rocklin. A memorial service was held for Isabel Polanco, a widely respected Loomis School teacher. She was known as a colorful, energetic and loving teacher. Among the countless school events Isabel organized were calligraphy workshops, Indian dance demonstrations and overnight trips to Sutter’s Fort. Tim Therien, a Troop 12 Boy Scout, was the recipient of the Barry Hopkins Jr. Spirit Award. The award went to a Scout who demonstrated leadership and helpfulness. Jennifer Sparks, Robert Barger, Rebecca Otley, Tamiya Davis and Bret Moore were among the graduates from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Barbara Nichols, Cheryl Stokes and Sonja Maggard helped decorate the courtyard of the Blue Anchor Fruit Shed in preparation of “Burgers and Boots” fundraiser. The Loomis Basin Heritage Group planned to restore its Blue Anchor and Blue Goose fruit sheds.