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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Sitt
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50 YEARS AGO (July 8, 1960 Issue) Mr. and Mrs. Francis Holsclaw returned to their Loomis home after living for a year in Mississippi where Mr. Holsclaw was attending school. W.O. Francis, a Loomis fruit house manager and Mt. Vernon orchardist, was elected chairman of the Sierra Junior College District board, succeeding Willard Dietrich of Roseville. Herbert T. Perry of Penryn was named clerk, succeeding Francis. Dietrich had been chairman for three years, since the college was separated from the Placer Joint Union High School District. Celebrating birthdays were Elinor Sady, 11; Billy Gieck, 10; Michael Miller, 7; and Robin Loomer, 5. 25 YEARS AGO (July 11, 1985 Issue) Preparing to show their animals at the Placer County Fair were 4-Hers David McQueen, Phil Green, Melissa Lerch, Shaughna Feeley, Kara Carpenter, Stephanie Mahlberg, Tocher Grotins, John DeMello, Bob Rutledge, Julee DeMello, Alllison Van Cleve, Lisa Karthauser, Brett Mayhew and Joseph Sharp. Services were held for Katsu Hamasaki, 98, a native of Japan. She lived in this area for 67 years. A memorial service was held for Herbert Eugene Young, 55, a Loomis resident for 30 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the CB React Club. Herbert was past president of the Del Oro Parents Club and a member of the Pop Warner Football and Tri-City Little Leagues. Shelly Frazier of Loomis was the top majorette in her division at a July 4 parade in Lincoln. Julie Reader hoped a knee injury would heal by September for her to lead the Del Oro Marching Band as its field conductor. Among the contestants for the 1985 Miss Placer County were Constance Parks, Mindy Hobart and Shannon Carney. Vance Van Tassell of Loomis operated a successful auction house. His company even auctioned off the town of Tudor in Sutter County. In the 1940’s, he became the youngest car auctioneer in the U.S. 10 YEARS AGO (July 13, 2000 Issue) Penryn’s historic palm trees were saved with a “Landmark Tree” designation under Placer County’s Tree Preservation Ordinance. J.P. Whitney and the Penryn Fruit Co. ordered a railroad carload of young palms from Ontario, Calif. The trees were planted in 1893 by Chinese workers under the direction of P. W. Butler. A memorial service was held for William T. (Bill) Onga, 63, of Loomis. He enjoyed attending the Oktoberfest in Germany and once journeyed to his father’s birthplace in Japan. Bill was a member of Dirt Diggers North Motorcycle Club and loved going to the Hangtown AMA races. He was a member of the Sierra Bonsai Club and the Placer Buddhist Church. Troop 12 Boy Scouts of Loomis attending a leadership course in Ft. Bragg were Thomas Hall, J.P. Newsom, Nick Ernst, Keith Anderson and Erich Grunder.