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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 (Dec. 2, 1960 Issue) Del Oro High School students planned to travel to Sacramento in two chartered buses to see the movie “Ben Hur.” A new high school sports league was proposed that would include Del Oro, Wheatland, Lincoln, Live Oak, Sutter, Colfax, and Colusa high schools. Dedication of the new Lomis Grange Hall addition was held. Celebrating birthdays were Debbie Jean Oakes, 5, and Pat Loomer, 9. The B&B Café and Tavern was set to open under the new ownership of Whitie and Bee Cooper. Funeral services were held for Richard Edward Horton, 59, of Lomis. He was a native of Stockton and had been a Placer County resident since 1949 and Loomis postmaster since 1941. He was a veteran of World War I, and survived by his wife, Ruby, son, Edward W. Horton; step-daughter, Judy Deen; sister, Irene Howard; and brothers, Vincent Horton and Robert Horton. Private funeral services were held for James J. Callison, 86. He was a native of Massachusetts, a California resident for 60 years, and had been employed at Bank of America in Loomis. He was a member of Penrhyn Masonic Lodge of Penryn. 25 YEARS AGO (Dec. 5, 1985 Issue) Julie Raukko and Tippi Flores were Del Oro band members chosen to play with the Sierra College Honor Band. Del Oro choir members Kim Parsons and Michelle Smith had the honor of singing with the Sierra College District Choir. Loomis School District band director Priscilla Bravo accepted a donation from Jessie Helms on behalf of the Loomis Women’s Club. Named to the All-SFL Football Team were Del Oro players Brian Williams, Phil Joyal, Marshal Leavens, Todd Comstock, Rod Miller, Randy Neitzke, Shawn Skaggs, Carl Miller, Eric Redmer, Peter Paulin, Jeff Davis, Jeff Tooker and Rocco Inchaurregui. Jean Owens of Penryn was a $10,000 lottery ticket winner. She bought the ticket from Shirley and Wayne Daniels of Fast Pak in Penryn. Preschoolers Scott Crim and Kristen Heitman displayed crafts available at the annual Christmas Store at the Loomis Community Nursery School. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Ramona Eleanor Ramos Williams, a native of Auburn. She was a member of the Auburn Parlor of the Native Daughter of the Golden West. Her husband, Kimbuck Williams, was the county auditor-controller. The Finlandia Club prepared for its Early Christmas (Pikku Joulu). 10 YEARS AGO (Dec. 7, 2000 Issue) A memorial service was held for Mabel Black, a resident of Loomis and Auburn for 54 years. She was 102 years old. Del Oro JV wrestlers going undefeated in a 12-team tournament were Seth Knapp, Ronnie Gonzales, Brian Ryerson-Bisig, Eric Fernandez, Dan Zito, Ryan Dominguez and Garrett Cooper. The population of Loomis increased from 5,705 to 5,925 in the past 10 years. In comparison, Roseville went from 44,685 to 74, 200 in the same time period. Placer School students enjoying Thanksgiving activities included Dakota Clark, Aaron Astle, Brandon Bousman, Alysse Duffin, Samantha Oesterling, Noelle Latham, Kyndll Moss, Kristin Schuhl, Sarah Dietz and Victoria Votino. Carolyn Basque's first-grade class presented a play, “The First Thanksgiving." Cast members included Andrew Nelson, Alan Kidwell, Michael Duke, Amanda Miceli, Erich Bucher. Jared Capper, Emily Morrow, Kelley Peachey, Eric Dickinson, Blake Covey, Brett Bacharach, Rodrigo Contreras and Chris McCormick. Nearly a dozen faith communities celebrated an Interfaith Fall Festival. Part of the entertainment was provided by the Children's Choir from the United Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints. Choir members were Alexandra Haynes, Carli Stone, Scott Haynes, Chandler Stone, Mathew Haynes and Colin Taylor.