Looking Back

From the Loomis News files
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Nov. 4, 1960 Issue) The Placer County Board of Supervisors signed contracts to begin a $46,000 Loomis Basin Master Plan for drainage, sewage and specific land use. The plan was to be completed in one year; half of the cost was matched by federal funds. The plan would include designation of main roads, industrial, residential and commercial areas, and other areas that would that will act as the basis for future action by the supervisors and planning commission. The Del Oro Eagles would clash with the Parade High football team on the field at the Auburn Fairgrounds on Nov. 5. One hundred orders for gold chrysanthemum corsages were being filled for students at Del Oro High for their final game on Nov. 5. The boys had been getting the corsages to give to their girlfriends and mothers. 25 YEARS AGO (Nov. 7, 1985 Issue) David Simmons and Lonny Steinagle earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They were members of Troop 830. Both of their projects involved upgrading facilities at Mormon Park in Penryn. The 1985 Homecoming Queen and King at Del Oro were Dina Ferrell and Randy Neitzke. The royal court included Kim Field, Rodney Miller, Cassie Altobell, Todd Comstock, Charla Smith, Teresa Carlson and Echo Chilson. Jessie Helms of the Women's Club of Loomis presented a check for $5,500 to the Loomis Library. The Women's Club was founded in 1917. Kristin Bain, a Franklin School sixth-grader, set a new record at the Bowman cross country meet. Kelly Ann Jibson, Mark Livingston and Robby Jibson had their faces painted by Gerry Enos at the Loomis Library. Del Oro graduate Stacey McAfee had the all-time best cross country record at Sierra College. Bill Von Thaden was nominated to be president of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. The Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band won the perpetual trophy for the second year in a row at the Lodi/Tokay Band Review. The newest members of the Del Oro No. 1 Club were Chris Moreno and Jon Green. Presenting the awards was Bill Barker. Kathy Clark, Craig Eagan and Susan Newby handled tickets for Del Oro Softball fundraisers, including a Penny Lane concert. Services were held for Stanley Frank Anderson, 76, a resident of Newcastle for 55 years. He was manager of the Dream Ranch. Services were held for William Rauden York, 78. He lived in Auburn and Loomis for 4 years. 10 YEARS AGO (Nov. 9, 2000 Issue) Longtime rancher Howard Nakae was invited to speak at the Loomis Basin Historical Society meeting. Seniors saying goodbye to their teammates on the Del Oro volleyball team were Lauren Roy, Janae Gilbert, Whitney Brooks, Kristen Troy, Suzy Colwell, Kara Roberts and Jeanine Rust. Local teachers selected as "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2000" were Jan Brown, Sandy Rea, Lou Ferguson, Rick Judd, Susan Silveira and David Shiro. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Knudson, founders of Jimboy's Tacos, were on hand at the ribbon cutting for their new restaurant in Loomis. "Doc" Bedoni of Lincoln was one of the poet/storytellers for the 6th Annual Cowboy Poetry and Music performance. He worked on the Big Dipper Ranch on the California coast. He said, "I am an ex-bull rider, ex-bronc rider, and ex-bull dogger ... because with age, wisdom follows." Rhonda Nelthorpe Morillas and Hazel HIneline won election to the Loomis Town Council. Mike Lee, former county supervisor, won a seat on the PCWA Board. Sean Aitchison, a Del Oro sophomore, earned a first-place medal at the U.S. Karate open championships in Salt Lake City. Del Oro softball player LeAnna Hoglen was voted to the SFL all-league team. Making honorable mention all-league were Shannon Roland, Michele Cervone and Angela Lotito.