Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Feb. 17, 1961 Issue) Faye Adams, a teacher in the Loomis community for 25 years, was awarded a P.T.A. Life Membership. A Lions Club dinner at the Ships Bell Restaurant was a benefit for the Loomis Recreational Park. Richard V. Stone, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn R. Stone of Loomis, was an electrician’s mate serving aboard the submarine USS Spinax operating out of San Diego. Stone, who attended Placer High School in Auburn, joined the Navy in January 1959. The Farm Bureau met monthly at Loomis Memorial Hall. Joe Kageta was president. All Cub Scouts in Den 4 attended Placer Elementary School. Members were Alan Sippola, Randy Hansen, Doug Bailey, Tommy Cook, Gary Davis, Mark Gett, Richard Hammond and Glen Osborn. Jim Bailey was den chief. Andrew K. Rasmussen of Loomis was appointment chairman of the Red Cross drive for the Loomis area, according to Max Strawser, chairman for the Placer Chapter. 25 YEARS AGO (Feb. 20, 1986 Issue) Edith Avery Woodbury passed away at the age of 101. She was the daughter of pioneer fruit rancher Ira Avery, who moved to Long Valley in 1848. Randy Howard, a fifth-generation Loomis resident, was featured in the “Postal Profile” article. He said, “I deliver mail to people I grew up with.” Randy and his wife Linda had three daughters: Leslie, 14, Stephanie, 9, and Heidi, 6. Brenda Conrad of Loomis was named to the dean’s honor’s list at UC Santa Barbara. Harvey Johnson, Christy Braun, Tricia Lowe, Brent Stoddard and David Accampo were the top eighth-grade honor students at Penryn School. Preparations were in high gear for the Methodist church’s Oriental Food Bazaar. Members of the maki sushi committee were Sashie Uratsu, Setsuko Takahashi, Ellen Nitta, Sayoko Tomita, Betty Makimoto, Sigrid Swift and Ruby Suzuki. Del Oro senior Benny Louie was a finalist in the National Merit scholarship program, representing fewer than half of one percent of high school seniors. Karen Bramlett of Loomis served as contest coordinator for the 10th Annual Ag Science Field Day at UC Davis. Lee Kusumoto was to be sworn in as president of the Placer County Japanese American Citizens League, succeeding Ken Tokutomi, who served a two-year term. Mayor D. Paul Buckley wanted “planned growth” for Loomis. That meant “growth for the areas between the freeway and the railroad tracks, but keep what is rural, rural.” He was adamant about not growing like Rocklin. As he said, “They grow L.A. style.” 10 YEARS AGO (Feb. 22, 2001 Issue) Phil Oakes recalled his days working each summer from 1942 to 1958 at Nash De Camp Fruit Company. His mother, Dorothy Williams Oakes, started packing fruit in 1918 at the age of 14. She lived on the Whitney Ranch near the Citrus Colony School and worked at the Wilkes fruit shed. Carol and Bob Ransford were the general co-chairs for the 47th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Del Oro students Daniel Zito and Cory Vasquez were the winner and runner-up for the Loomis Lions Club student speaker contest. Danny White was the top scorer for the Del Oro basketball team in a 71-59 victory over Placer. Del Oro student Rachel Mishler coordinated the Loomis School jog-a-thon for her senior project. Funds raised were to be used to refurbish the track and field at the school. Placer School student Sarah Shannon read her winning essay at the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation ceremony. On hand were her teacher, Mrs. Dee Ash, and the program director, Sheriff’s Deputy Victoria Skellenger. Professor Gary Noy took the Patrons Club of Sierra College on a journey of 19th Century Western America with his latest book, “Wind on Buffalo Grass.” Lisa Schimmick Allen of Loomis enjoyed her last days after four years as a waitress at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Rocklin.