Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Oct. 7, 1960 Issue) Walt Doring was one of the lucky ones to get a deer on the opening day of hunting season. He shot the 130 pound, 3-point buck in the Darling Ridge area near Georgetown. The Valencia Club at Penryn Hilltop, announced its grand opening. Owners Fred and Dan Cullimini featured Italian dinners and charcoal steaks, as well as dancing. Rusty Uratsu planned to build an irrigation reservoir, to pick up irrigation run-off for re-use, on his orchard. The ranch was located 2 miles east of Loomis, on the King-Loomis Road. The Placer Joint Union High School District was requesting bids for band uniforms and gymnasium bleachers at Del Oro High School. Army Specialist Four Marvin J. Butterfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. O.E. Butterfield of Penryn, completed an 18-week helicopter repair course at the Transportation School in Fort Eustis, Va. He entered the Army in 1955. Celebrating a birthday was Ruby Lee Deen, 16. 25 YEARS AGO (Oct. 10, 1985 Issue) A 4-H display at the Loomis Library was prepared by Loomis 4-H club members Melanie Stitt, Stephanie Mahlberg, Chad Mayhew and Gary Mahlberg. Kelli Ruark and her horse Poncho prepared for a Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association event. American Legion members Charles Kell and Lucille Harness prepared for a chicken dinner fundraiser. Loomis artist Joyce Feusi donated several works to raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy and wildlife conservation. Loomis Lions Club member Jess Bailon thanked the community for the $327 collected during White Cane Days. Statistics supplied by the state showed that Loomis area elementary school students read better than 78 percent of the students in the state. 10 YEARS AGO (Oct. 12, 2000 Issue) Del Oro teachers Jack and Valerie Sanchez welcomed community members who took part in the inaugural Favorite Poem Day. Loomis rancher Bob Hansen read a poem written by John Ferguson about the Loomis fruit sheds. Ferguson wrote the poem, “The Beltman’s Nightmare,” in the 1930s when he worked at the Loomis Fruit Growers packing shed. Loomis resident John Lee recited his original poem, “Doc,” a tribute to Hiroshi “Doc” Takemoto who was the founder of Main Drug. John also read another original poem, “Little Birdie.” Services were held for Penryn native Kinichi Yamasaki, 79. He was a self-employed fruit rancher and a member of the Placer Buddhist Church and Granite Bay Lions Club. Russ Kelley was presented the Paul’s Place Association 2000 Award of Merit for Outstanding Community Achievement. Presenting the award was Gary Noy of association.