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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 (Nov. 11, 1960 Issue) The gasoline war that was prevalent in the Rocklin, Roseville and Sacramento areas reached Loomis. Some stations cut their gasoline prices to 25.9 cents for regular and 29.9 for ethyl. It was the lowest figure Loomis had seen in years. A Veterans Day breakfast was planned at Memorial Hall. Jim Flanagan was general chair of the affair. The all-you-can eat menu of ham and eggs or hotcakes and a beverage was $1.25 for children and 75 cents for children. The annual Firemen’s Ball was planned for Nov. 12 at Memorial Hall. Red Clark and his orchestra would provide music for dancing. A Requiem Mass was held for Alfonso Dominguez at St. Rose Catholic Church in Roseville. Dominguez, 66, passed away Nov. 6 in an Auburn hospital. He was a native of New Orleans moved to California in 1914 and Loomis in 1944. He was survived by his wife, Mary E., of Loomis; and sons Stanley and Clarke of Loomis, Alfonso Jr. of Providence, R.I., Beckford of Berkeley, and Warren of Palo Alto. Parents of Del Oro High School grid players were planning the first football banquet. Homer ‘Buzz” Ostrom, head football coach at Sierra College, was to be the main speaker for the evening. Celebrating birthdays were Anale Lothrop, 1, and Guy Colvin Jr., 4. 25 YEARS AGO (Nov. 14, 1985 Issue) Sandy Skellenger, Valerie Call and Betsy Clark were the Loomis postal relief carriers. They were honored by Postmaster Joanne Tverberg. Del Oro varsity cheerleaders were Karen Johnson, Anita Reyes, Nancy Mancour and Carin Pallari. Mabel Lee and Sharon Rasmussen prepared refreshments for the Loomis Volunteer Fire District dance. The Del Oro JV football team completed the season with a 35-0 win over Mesa Verde. Scoring TDss were Brett Tudsbury, Mitch Seaman, Eric Danielson and Greg Haskins. Making all the PATss was Chris Buckley with Tim Stitt holding. David Altobel, Bob Hongslo, Pat Garnett and Frank Adiego were the "Chain Gang" handling the yardage markers for Del Oro home football games. Cheerleaders at Penryn School were Molly Smith, Christine McMullin, Christy Braun and Tricia Lowe, and Kim Gordon was the mascot. New books for the Penryn School library had an insert to thank retired librarian Anne Goodpastor for her many years of service. The Shepherd of the Sierras Presbyterian Church purchased a site at the corner of Barton and Rocklin roads. 10 YEARS AGO (Nov. 16, 2000 Issue) Over 50 years after putting their lives on the line, 442nd Regimental Combat Team veterans were honored at a Del Oro football game. On hand were Frank Kageta, Al Nitta, Shigeo Yokote, Tom Kashiwabara, Fred Shimizu and Homer Takahashi. Judge George Yonehiro and Roy Uyeda had prior commitments and were unable to attend. The Del Oro Lady Eagles volleyball team entered the Sac-Joaquin playoffs as the No. 11 seed. They upset the No. 6 Marysville, and then No. 3 Union Mine, before falling to Roseville. The Del Oro cross country team qualified for the California state meet. The runners were Joel Bosserman, Tyler Daly, John Buescher, Eric Johnson, Scott Kirkish, Victor Oseto and Scott Cavanaugh. Franklin School teachers were offering an exciting program for their students. Among those were Jann Neal, Bruce Waymire, Dave DeLange, Greg Franchi, Jill Kirkland, Phil Scurich and Tiffany Senkbeil. After 15 straight wins over Placer, the Del Oro football team lost a close game, 13-12. Event sponsors Carol and Bert Braun welcomed everybody to the 6th Annual Cowboy Poetry Fall Gathering. Local artist Tommie Moller performed the prayer mound opening ceremony.