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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 22, 2010 Issue) Penryn residents would begin receiving their first trated water service during August from the $80,000 treatment plant Pacific Gas and Electric Company was constructing. A 50,000 gallon redwood treated water storage tank and a 10,000 gallon pressure tank had been installed. A building to house the chlorination equipment and pumps was under construction. Bids were opened by the Placer board of supervisors for the addition of a new wing at Memorial Hall. Lardner and Lardner Contractors of Auburn submitted the low bid of $13,105. Ted Kitada, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Kitada Sr. of Loomis, was to appear at the Placer County Fair in Roseville to make animal sketches for any one desiring them. Ted was in the sixth grade at Loomis Grammar School. 25 YEARS AGO (July 25, 1985 Issue) Wendall Blodgett was hired as Loomis’ first public works foreman. He was a WWII combat veteran with the Seabees. He then served 20 years with the Marine Corps. Services were held for Iwayo Kaneko, 83, a native of Japan. She lived in the Lincoln area for 65 years. Dr. David Mercer of Loomis pioneered a nationwide emergency identification system. Dentists would permanently fix an “I.D. DOT” containing a person’s social security number to two back teeth. Those showing their animals at the county fair included Del Oro FFA members Daniella Johnson, Lisa Anderson, Connie Hodge, Jamie Hodge, Brian Van Tassal, Laura Karthauser, Mark Karthauser, Sabrina Parsons and Fred Cornacciot. Dr. Joseph Ferreira of Loomis applied for the position of county school superintendent. Born in Auburn, he attended Gold Hill School and Lincoln High School. He earned his doctorate from Stanford. Gary Butler wrote an article about a problem with beavers in Loomis. However, Placer School students Mark Sherman and Tommy Wells didn’t mind as they caught a 16-inch bass from a beaver pond. 10 YEARS AGO (July 27, 2000 Issue) Tim Therien and Joel Nitta were trek leaders in Hawaii as they led Troop 12 Boys Scouts of Loomis on the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali (the cliffs) Coast of Kauai. The other Scouts were Colin Nitta, Chris Riddle, Dustin Itow, Kenneth Moses, Charlie Witkowski and Alex Nitta. The adult leaders were Sarah and John Nitta. Midshipman Curtis Laskowski graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. A 1995 graduate of Del Oro, Laskowski accepted the position of Ship’s Officer with the Military Sealift Command. Ida Jordan was a it with her outfit in a fashion show at the Loomis LIFE Center. All fashions came from local thrift shops such as St. Mark’s in Loomis. Fran Maffie choreographed and moderated the show. Swimming in their last meet as members of the Loomis Basin Dolphins were Jeff Hagen, Chris Wong, Teresa Byrne, Erin Toohey and Tom Valencia.