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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (July 15, 1960 Issue) Frank A. Law was elected president of the Loomis Union School District governing board. Aster K. Kondo was the new clerk. All five board members were graduates of Loomis Union Grammar School. Funeral services were held for Henry Claude Smothers, 77, a native of Arkansas and a 25-year resident of Penryn. Interment was in the Newcastle Cemetery. Marine Acting Gunnery Sgt. Robert E. Herrington was awarded a Distinguished Certificate for pistol marksmanship in the Marine Corps Rifle and Pistol Matches on Camp Matthews Range at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E. Herrington of Loomis. The State Division of Highways put out a call for bids to sell 22 ½ acres of land adjacent to U.S. Highway 40 just south of Loomis. Minimum deposit regardless of bid amount was $1,754.40. The land was located on the south side of the freeway approximately 1/3 mile east of the Nixon-Loomis Road overcrossing. The triangular shaped parcel was a portion of that acquired from Raymond M. Law and W. Cliff Neuffer for freeway construction. 25 YEARS AGO (July 18, 1985 Issue) Penryn 4Hers showing their animals at the county fair included Michele Carrington, Michael Collins, Kristin Gragg, Mark Heer, Angie Galleote, Rory Inchaurregui, Tanya Hughes, Justin Gragg, Erin Carper, Eddie Carper, David Moore, Ben Bender, Lena Barnes and exchange student Mette Braagaard of Denmark. John McLellan and Lynn Woodward were named to the dean’s honor list at California State University, Chico. Patricia Carson, Janie Chapman and Melinda Herald earned degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Pam Tooker and her son Brad put the finishing touches on a sign for the Loomis-Rocklin blood drive. Among the students enjoying summer school in Loomis were Ryan Barnes, Amy Winters, Matt Rickabaugh, Keith Wise, Brittany Priest, Jennifer Bracamonte, Casey Feickert, Leslie Ditmars, Ryan Colburn and Reid Jones. Teacher Mark Rickabaugh was the acting principal at Franklin School as a selection committee reviewed 35 applications for the position. The committee members were superintendent Kent Ashworth, business manager Trudy Wilson, parents Grace Bain and Karen Steinke, and staff members Linda Woessner, Duane Bruce, Jim Struble and Jo Arnold. 10 YEARS AGO (July 20, 2000 Issue) Services were held for Lee C. Jacobson, 80, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific during WWII. Lee retired from the Corps of Engineers and was a member of the American Military Engineers. Clarke Powers and his brother William sat in the library of the new school which bears the name of their grandfather, H. Clarke Powers. However, there were no books in the library. That was about to change as teacher Jan Brown and librarian Karen Konen were facilitating a book drive. Del Oro graduate Matthew Reyes completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Top point earners in a meet for the Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team were Ross Harold, Stephanie Lallane, Nick Johnson, Teresa Byrne, Meghan Erkel, Jeff Hagen Josh Ryan, Bethie Seymour, Robert Fleming, Alex Twilling, Chris Wong, and Joe Johnson. The former Loomis News pffice and Tennessee South Cafe in the Mehl Building were demolished as the Horseshoe Bar Grill expanded.