Looking Back

From the archives of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Dec. 30, 1960 Issue) The board of trustees of the Placer Joint Union High School District passed a motion to ask voters to approve a 52-cent override tax for a period of three years. The election was to be held March 14, 1961. A tax approved in April 1960 was for a period of one year and would end on June 30. The district had a loss of approximately $79,000 in revenue from Sierra College. An estimated increase in enrollment of 550 students was expected within the next three years. Belle Ferguson of Loomis was again named chairman of the March of Dimes drive for the Loomis area. Kenneth K. Nakashima, son of Mr. and Mrs. Minoru Nakashima of Loomis, returned to San Diego aboard the USS Perkins following a sixth-month cruise with the seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific, which visited Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Hong Kong and the Philippines. 25 YEARS AGO (Jan. 2, 1986 Issue) Services were held for Joseph H. Parsons, Sr., 71, a resident of Loomis for 30 years. He had been employed at Aerojet for 22 years. A Masonic service was held for George Dewey Askew, 65, a Loomis resident for 22 years. A retired drywall carpenter, he was past master of the Penrhyn Lodge 258 Free and Accepted Masons. Don Diebels was chosen by Loomis Mayor Anne Blue to serve on the Loomis Planning Commission. Don and his wife had two children, Zachary and Elizabeth, both students at Franklin School. Abraham Lincoln was born in one and Daniel Boone built one. Loomis residents Dr. Alfred Adams and his son Alfie were building one on Wells Avenue, a log cabin that is. A law went into effect that all those in a vehicle must “buckle up.”