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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 (Feb. 24, 1961 Issue) Gary Denton, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Denton, was the recipient of the Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor held by Troop 12. The Loomis Grammar School eighth-grader was one of the youngest Scouts to achieve the award in Loomis. A low bid of $2,377,704.55 was received by the California Division of Highways for the second of three construction contracts to relocate 10 ½ miles of U.S. 40 as a freeway. The four-lane divided summit freeway was to bypass to the north of the existing Donner summit highway. Roseville District Hospital received a $525,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The grant would go toward the $1,575,000 construction of 75 beds, 18 of them replacements and the balance new. R.F. Nelson was president of the community hospital board. Spending the day playing in the snow near Cisco Grove were Kathy Bono, Glen Cardosa, Linda Lopes, Susan Irwin, Laura Koberlein, Mary Brito, Ronald Schultz, Michael and Kimberly Ogden, and Arlene, Carol and Jean Hill. The trip was a Catholic Youth Organization activity. The eighth-grade girls of Loomis Union Grammar School made a donation of $11 to the Polio fund, instead of having their usual Valentine card exchange, according to Mrs. Belle Ferguson. A donation of $18.50 was also made by Del Oro High School students. Funeral services were held for Ida May Brown, who died Feb. 21. She was a native of Nebraska and a California resident for 60 years, the last 20 in Loomis. She was the widow of Clifton Brown. She was also the sister of Pearl Boyington and Sadie Callison of Loomis. Wendy Espley of Loomis was among six Placer County students to attend a California Farm Bureau conference at Asolimar titled “Food Comes First for Youth Power.” 25 YEARS AGO (Feb. 27, 1986 Issue) Record rains damaged homes along Secret Ravine Creek. According to Cameron Shippam, the creek rose about a foot every 10 minutes for quite some time on Feb. 18. The Loomis School eighth-grade basketball team had a 22-4 record after defeating Goethe Jr. High, a school with 518 eighth-graders compared to 509 at Loomis. Leading the scoring for the Loomis Falcons were Mike Reader, Steve Birch, Brandon Barker, Ryan Simoes, Jim Craig and Ross Barker. The Del Oro girls basketball team ended league play with a 73-38 win over Mesa Verde. Julie Natali set a school record with an average of 17 points per game. Julie Athey also set a school record averaging over 11 rebounds per game. Darrin Morgan, Jim Skellenger and Eric North qualified for the Section wrestling tournament. Those baking pies for the Methodist church's Oriental Food Bazaar included Thaya Craig, Judy Emerson, Dorothy Davenport and Pat Ballard. Members planned to bake 355 pies. Arlene Jensen was sworn in as the newest member of the Loomis Grange. Every Thursday from 9 to noon people 55 and older met at the L.I.F.E. Center. The letters meant Leisure, Interest, Friendship, and Education. The center was located at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. (The program is still active in 2011 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.) 10 YEARS AGO (March 1, 2001 Issue) Norm Cook recalled his days working for George Coleman at the California Fruit Exchange from 1956 to 1958. He went on to become a Navy pilot and retired from Delta Airlines. News clippings about fruit packing from the late 1950s were reproduced and included Josephine Gamboa, A.T. Newman, Burke Townsend, Jim Takuma, Esteban Cruz and Ron Yelm. Del Oro students Daniel and Kyle McDaniel, along with friend Zachary Marks, led a project to provide senior citizens and low-income families with fresh fruits and vegetables. The boys were members of the Placer County 4-H Junior Garden Gleaners. Matt Lantz and Brandon Banks qualified for the California State wrestling championships. Derek Eilmas barely missed the cut. Tom Trauba, Betty Jabusch, Marlene Winger, Steve Thomas and John Nitta were among the many people preparing for the Oriental Food Bazaar sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Loomis.