Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Sept. 16, 1960 Issue) Less than one third of the voting population of 1,200 in the Loomis Grammar school district turned out Sept. 13 to vote in the school bond election. Only 57 percent, not enough to carry the measure, voted in favor of the $17,500 bond. Selling their livestock at the Auburn District Fair were 4-H club members Darrell Spence, who sold a 90-pound lamb for 39 cents per pound; Barbara Pilliard, who sold a 775 pound steer for 40 cents per pound; and Stanley Carlisle, who sold his 865-pound steer for 32 centers per pound. FFA member Helga Maier sold her 975 pound steer for 27-1/2 cents per pound. The Del Oro High School football team released its schedule. Opponents were Live Oak, Rio Vista, Dixon, Folsom, Colfax, Lincoln, Nevada and Paradise high schools. 25 YEARS AGO (Sept. 19, 1985 Issue) Val Ennenga, Julie Athey, Melissa Dugger and Brenda Wilson helped the Del Oro volleyball team beat Folsom. Chris Buckley kicked a 27-yard field goal, the first in recent history for the Del Oro JV football team. Karen Stoyanowski of Loomis was an Olympic hopeful in the sport of race-walking. Her husband Steve took their son Chris to watch Mom during workouts. Del Oro graduate Kurt Richter was named the tennis coach at Placer High School. Vance Sweet, Tami Baker and Jason Crump were among the students looking for favorite titles at the Loomis School Book Fair. Franklin School students Michele Lutz, Nicole Clark, Julee DeMello, Chris Schulze and Ellen Sponaugle helped sell magazine subscriptions as a fundraiser for their school. 10 YEARS AGO (Sept. 21, 2000 Issue) Pam Dumler, an instructional aide at H. Clarke Powers School, was the Employee of the Year for the Loomis School District. She was committed to helping children learn and become better citizens. Pioneer Andrew Ryder planted many trees beginning in 1883 when Loomis was known as Pino. Two palm and two cypress trees could still be seen standing tall over the homes in Graystone Manor. The huge eucalyptus trees along Humphrey Road near Citrus Colony Road were also planted by Ryder. Gregg Florance of Loomis had his 1955 Thunderbird on display at the capitol to help celebrate California’s Sesquicentennial. Services were held for Koshima Nodohara, 99, a resident of Placer County for 78 years. She was a homemaker and a fruit rancher. She was a member of the Loomis Fruit Exchange, the Placer Buddhist Church, and Fujinkai.