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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. 20, 1961 Issue) A public hearing was planned in Auburn to discuss the conversion of US Highway 40 to a six-lane full freeway from Auburn to Heather Glen, which was then nine miles of four-lane expressway. The conversion would substitute nine interchanges for the numerous existing roads and grade crossings. Marine Pvt. George K. Itow Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Itow of Penryn, had completed four weeks of individual combat training at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. The Loomis Grammar School Music Department was planning to host the Foothill Elementary Music Festival, with bands and choirs from schools in four counties, at Del Oro High School. Placer County listed 23.2 percent more business in 1960 than in 1955. There were 960 businesses listed in the past year in Placer County, an increase of 181 businesses over 1955. Loomis listed 38 businesses in 1955 and 43 in 1960; Auburn had 200 in 1955 and 262 in 1960. Rocklin had 18 in 1955 and 30 in 1960. Roseville had 208 in 1955 and 245 in 1960. Lincoln had 49 in 1955 and 53 in 1960. Colfax had 58 in 1955 and 51 in 1960. Loomis realized a gain of 13.1 percent; Auburn, 31 percent increase; Lincoln, 8.2 percent increase; and Roseville, 17 percent increase. Colfax suffered a 12.1 percent decrease in the number of businesses for the same period. 25 YEARS AGO (Jan. 23, 1986 Issue) Del Oro wrestlers getting wins against Rio Linda were Jim Skellenger, Tim Stitt, Rich Norton, Eric Brown, Sean Matthews, Darren Morgan and Terry Mulcahy. Loomis resident Steve Reader was promoted to the rank of captain with the Placer County Sheriff's Department. Development was moving ahead on what was being called the "Beverly Hills" of the greater Sacramento area. The 640-acre gated community, Los Lagos, would have 367 lots. Local 4-H members scoring high at the Jamboree Rabbit Show in Santa Rosa were Kara Carpenter, Melanie Stitt, Shannon Spears, Chad Mayhew, Lorena Campbell, Scott Carpenter, Monty Higgins, Christine McMullin and Mark Heer. Services were planned for Charles F. Henny, 71, a member of a pioneer Newcastle family. He was a retired line foreman with Pacific Telephone and an active member of the Free and Accepted Masons. 10 YEARS AGO (Jan. 25, 2001 Issue) Recollecting on their days working in the Loomis fruit sheds were Wes Barnes, Alice Rippey Barnes, Ann Rippey, Elinor Sady Budrow, Frances Corral Pugliese, Barbara Alva Corral, Rhonda Andrews Gresko, Frank Nute, Elmer Oseto, Lilly Oseto, Frank Nute Jr., Armida Watkins and Merrilee Byrnes. A free breakfast was served by the Loomis Basin Heritage Foundation in the Blue Anchor Courtyard. Pictures were displayed including one of Lois Leak when she was 16. Lois met her husband, Ed, while working in the sheds. Organizers Shelly Vaughn, Dot Shiro and Cheryl Stokes were happy with the way the event went and thankful for all the volunteers and donations. Del Oro JV girls basketball players visited the Mustard Seed School in Sacramento. The children in the school were from homeless families.