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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. 27, 1961 Issue) The population for Placer County on January 1, 1961 was 58,400, according to an estimate released by the California Taxpayers Association. An increase of 1,402 was shown for the county since the census was taken in April of the previous year. California’ population on Jan. 1 climbed over the 16 million mark, with a total of 16,042,000 estimated for the state. Loomis Boy Scout Troop 12 held their weekly meeting. Those helping to run the meeting included Ronnie Yokote and Rodney Uratsu. Mrs. Alice Day entertained members of the Loomis Contract Bridge Club, including Barbara Turner, Ruth Struble, Margaret Carlisle, Margaret Lindsay, Ruth Williams, Flora Evans amd Dottie Sullivan. Those celebrating birthdays included Anthony Aguilar, 5. The party had a farm theme, with a large tractor cake and tractors with trailers loaded with candies at each place. Guests included Nancy and Cindy Perry’ Anne, Susie and Mary Lou Elkus; Pam, Jeff and Bobby Taylor; Donnie Duarte; and Richie Colwell, Katie Porter and Mike Demas. 25 YEARS AGO (Jan. 30, 1986 Issue) At her request, no services were held for Margaret Rose, 80, a Loomis resident since 1952. She was a member of the Loomis Womans Club, Friends of the Library and the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. Services were held for James F. Flanagan, 65, a World War II Army veteran. He was a charter member of the Aero Chamber of Commerce and the Loomis Lions Club. He was an active member of the American Legion, Elks and the Del Oro Parents Club. The Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce recognized the contributions of the Womans Club of Loomis. Jessie Helms was the last president of the club, which disbanded a month ago. Mike Lee recalled the days when he operated the deli next door to the Loomis Library and Jessie was the librarian. She "adopted" him as she did so many in the community. At a chamber dinner, Marie Rasmussen was recognized as the "oldest" person in the room. She moved to Loomis 67 years ago as a bride. Sisters Maria Lund and Carolyn Albright operated the newest business in Loomis, The Record, featuring records, CD's, and tapes. 10 YEARS AGO (Feb. 1, 2001 Issue) John Mackey, 76, died following a lengthy illness. The former Loomis resident worked many years at the old Cal-Ida mill in Auburn. After retiring, he and his wife Mary were custodians at the Citrus Heights Drive-In Theater. Reminiscing about their time working in the Loomis fruit sheds were Charles Coleman, the Struble family (Jim, Jan, Amy, Doug), Ron Brown, and Lloyd and Hugh Miller. Carrie Williams of Loomis earned a spot on the dean's list at the University of Portland. Gary Brooks of Loomis was promoted to senior vice president of operations at VSP, a provider of eyecare coverage. Residents of Del Mar Avenue tried to stop traffic from cutting across their country lane from Sierra College Boulevard to Rocklin's industrial area. The Sierra Youth Choir, comprised of students in grades five to eight, was conducted by Marlene Astle.