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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 (Jan. 13, 1961 Issue) Vickey Jane Jacobs was the winner of the 1961 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for Del Oro High School. She received the highest score in a written examination on homemaking knowledge and attitudes taken by graduating seniors in her school. She would become a candidate for the state award, to be announced in March. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. James Jacobs. The Loomis Levi’s and Laces planned a party on Jan. 14 in the Loomis Union Grammar School. Grace and Al Fieser were in charge of the program of folk and square dancers. Other committee members included Lillian Belyea and Benny and Vi Hood. Installation was held for the officers of the Penrhyn Lodge 258 F and A.M. New officers for 1961 were as follows: Master, Edwin F. Leak; Senior Warden, Gene C. Holley; Junior Warden, Francis A. Nicholas; Treasurer, F. Lloyd Owen; Secretary, Robert L. Tudsbury; Jr. Chaplain; Harvey H. Carlisle; Senior Deacon, R. Albert Sweighert; Junior Deacon, Fred Haenny Jr.; Marshal, Frank A. Nute; Senior Steward, John B. Hansen; Junior Steward, George C. Brandlein; Tiler, Ralph E. Naramore; and Outgoing Master, Frank Nute. Mr. and Mrs. William Tudsbury and family, accompanied by the Alan Penny family of Sacramento, returned from an auto trip to Broadhead, Wis. Where they spent the holidays. 25 YEARS AGO (Jan. 16, 1986 Issue) D. Paul Buckley was elected mayor of Loomis and Richard Howard Jr. was mayor pro tem. Outgoing mayor Anne Blue was Loomis’ first mayor. Sgt. Steve “The Icebox” Reader and Dave Rose were named defensive MVPs in the Cop’ per Bowl. The football game featured Placer law enforcement officers against Nevada County’s. The offense was led by Ed Bonner, Dave Johnson and Scott Moeller. Del Oro students honored for their academic accomplishments were  Peter Compton (agriculture), Tami Chandler and Sherry Peterson (art), Jamie Hodge (business), and David Shiro (English). Loomis residents Cindy and Cliff Keller planned to participate in The Great Peace March from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. Jane Cox was the teacher for the new computer class at Placer School. Sewing covers for the computers were parent volunteers Patrice Sims, Chris Feickert, Jeannie Woodard, Mary Turrietta, Lana Greenan and Marie Marshall. Due to liability concerns, there would no longer be a Miss Loomis pageant. 10 YEARS AGO (Jan. 18, 2001 Issue) George and Mary Coleman’s family had a long history with the California Fruit Exchange - Blue Anchor shed. They met while working at the fruit house in 1950. George was employed there from 1947 to 1961. George’s father, Jack, worked at CFE from 1941 to 1946. George and Mary’s oldest sons, Warren and John, also worked for CFE. Bert and Carol Braun of The Cowpoke received the Business Hall of Fame Award from the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. The Cowpoke was a feed and western store on Taylor Road for 25 years. Among those reminiscing about their days working in the Loomis fruit sheds were John Kinder, Tom Sippola, Margaret (Mackey) Sepponen, Phil Oakes, Armas Sepponen, Howard Mehl and Tom Mayeda. Charlie Ross, Fuzzy Jarnagin, George Makimoto, Tony Aguilar and Rex Wear were selling tickets for the Cioppino Dinner served by American Legion John A. Stacker Post 775. Nanette “Nan” Florance hooked a big one on her first time on the ocean. After a 50-minute ordeal, she landed a 155-pound marlin. Jan Clark was looking for all 1981 Del Oro graduates for the 20-year class reunion.