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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 (Sept. 9, 1960 Issue) After four days of freedom, excaped convict Harvard Yale McAllister, 49, of Folsom prison, who escaped from the Iron Mine Honor camp, was apprehended in Loomis. Constable Percy Lanouette was assisted in the arrest by highway patrolmen R.R Carpenter and Jack Coe. Lanouette had stopped McAllister’s vehicle and the man stepped on the gas and fled off, then abandoned his vehicle and took of on foot and later captured. Martha Takahashi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Takahashi, passed the National Occupational Therapy examination. After graduating from Sierra College, Martha attended San Jose College and graduated from there in June. The Loomis Parent Teacher’s Association held a teacher’s reception and first meeting of the year on Sept. 8 at Loomis Grammar School, with Mrs. Jack Taylor presiding. Thomas Howell was district superintendent. An election for two bond measures was planned for Sept. 13. One was a local bond election of $100,000, and the other a state apportionment not to exceed $175,000. The funds would be used by the district to add facilities to take care of increased school enrollment, including new classrooms at the Placer School site. 25 YEARS AGO (Sept. 12, 1985 Issue) Richard Howard Jr. was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. A fourth-general Loomis resident and WWII combat pilot, he organized the John Stacker Post 775, American Legion in Loomis. He was very active in the community. Dolly Johnson returned to work as Penryn postmaster after surgery. She was welcomed back by Sue Johnson, Mary Moreno, Joyce Lunsford and Ruth Breckenridge. Services were held for Cleo Shipton Chesney, 70. She was a former teacher at Loomis Grammar School. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Manuel P. DaRosa, 84, a native of the Azore Islands. He was employed at Gladding McBean and McClellan AFB. Manuel was a member of the I.D.E.S. of Lincoln. Jack Ryan was the news editor for the Loomis News. He replaced Gary Butler, who returned to teaching at Sac City College. 10 YEARS AGO (Sept. 14, 2000 Issue) Sam Maeda, Nob Hamasaki and Ted Fujii were the co-chairs for Placer Buddhist Church’s 36th Annual Autumn Festival and Food Bazaar. The Loomis Basin Historical Society and the Loomis Friends of the Library collaborated on a cookbook featuring recipes from Loomis Basin pioneers and their descendants. Services were held for Geoffrey Igarashi, 79, a native of Loomis. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He worked in the construction industry with his last job being a building inspector for Placer County. Geoffrey was a past member of the Rocklin Lions Club, American Legion and the JACL. He served as the director of the Rocklin Sunset Bank and president of the Rocklin School Board.