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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 (March 10, 1961 Issue) Due to problems involved in the graduation of seniors from three different schools in the same district, graduation exercises at Del Oro High School were set for Saturday evening, June 10, instead of the previously announced June 9, according to principal Ralph Goggins. Letter winners in basketball at Del Oro High were Gary Hess, Tom Cooper, Masato Kawahara, Wayne Yamamura, Gordon Takemoto, Gary Cox, Stan Munoz, Perry Edwards and Dennis McLin, and managers Bill Sady and Jerry Uyeda. Junior varsity letter winners were Steve March, Hester Hanaway, Eddie Kelley, Larry Miyamura, Dennis Stiff, John Yoshikawa, Jerry Miller and Blaz Nanez, and Dennis Kondo, manager. Anthony K. Cal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cal of Loomis, was an interior communications electrician third class in the Navy. Night watchman William Hockaday thwarted a nighttime attempt of burglary at the Loomis Shoe Store by frightening off someone trying to enter the place after removing the screens. Winners of the 1961 Bank of America Achievement awards at Del Oro High School were Tom Cooper, Jackie Yokote, Anita Yount and Vickey Jacobs. Among those celebrating birthdays was Jackie Lumadue, 7. Students at Placer Elementary School planted five Modesto ash trees adjacent to the south wing of the building in observance of Arbor Day. The trees were purchased from funds given to the school by the Minder’s Ravine Garden Club. Students in Ruth Wescott’s kindergarten class planted radish and marigold seeds and iris bulbs in a small garden plot bordering the fence on the south side of the building. 25 YEARS AGO (March 13, 1986 Issue) Services were held for Frank William Crossley, 68, who lived on the Loomis property homesteaded by his great-grandparents Joseph and Ann Turner. They came to what was then Pine Grove in 1853. Frank was an orchardist and Hereford cattle rancher. Sadie L. Callison, who lived in Loomis since she was a child, passed away at the age of 96. She was the last surviving member of the Howard family of 12 children. Sadie was an active member of Eastern Star. Loomis artist Nancy Okey taught batik to Pat Moore's fifth-graders at Franklin School. Showing off their artwork included Wendy Branch, Jared Northam, Diallo Gilliam and Mike Decker. Del Oro High School band members Dyne Eifertsen and Tippi Flores were selected to the State Music Educators All-Star Band. Recognized for their academic achievement were Del Oro students Michelle Steinke, Margaret Hardy and Mike Dilger. The principals of Loomis and Placer School, H. Clarke Powers and Joe Silva, received donations from the Loomis Lions Club president Skip Andersen. 10 YEARS AGO (March 15, 2001 Issue) Mrs. Rebecca Kattenhorn's sixth-grade class at Loomis School collected bulbs to help add color to their school. Among the students planting bulbs were Shane Plunkett, Kasey Jensen, Kelly Allendale, Mike Poulsen, Ryan Hughes and Jesse Kattenhorn. Loomis Post Office past employees and friends met for an annual get-together. Among those on hand were George and Mitzi Makimoto, Clarance Clotfelter, Grover and Bertha Miller, Peggy Adamson, Joyce Skellenger, Wes Barnes, Stanley and Cathrine Keenan, John and Mabel Lee, Vic and Margaret Montez, and Tony and Joanie Rocha. Services were held for Yoshiko Sunada, 90, a Placer County resident for over 72 years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and gardening, especially raising African violets and orchids. A memorial service was held for Shigeno Ichikawa, 83, a longtime resident of Placer County. She was an artist and enjoyed gardening and needlework. Jennie Nitta and daughter Katie were prepared to host the Del Oro Band's Celtic Evening. Franklin Elementary students enjoying Music and Math Night were Alan Kidwell, Chris Hibbert, Anna Wojcik, Sanne Forslin, Alec Lyons and Kacy Basque. Del Oro shut out four teams to win the Hiram Johnson Preseason Softball Tournament behind the pitching of Kara Roberts and Kari Kohler. Providing timely hits were Robin Boliere, LeAnna Hoglen, and Melissa Allison.