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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 24, 1961 Issue) On March 21, a blaze destroyed an old historic two-story building across from the Masonic Hall in Penryn. The building and all of its contents, including the personal belongings of the Andy Gordon family who had been living there, were lost. In the early years of Penryn, the building had been a hotel. The fire also burned three telephone cables, putting out of commission 75 lines and 150 customers, who were without service from approximately 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. A telephone was installed in the Loomis Post Office. The number was Oliver 2-7834. The Hidden Valley Saga Committee was selling a historical booklet, written by Fern Sayre, for $1.50 each. Proceeds were to be used for historical landmarks in Hidden Valley and to set up a small museum to display many Indian and miners’ relics found in the area. Lt. James F. Conner was promoted to the rank of captain. He was a supply officer on the ship “Dixie” at Mare Island. He and his family lived at Coronado. 25 YEARS AGO (March 27, 1986 Issue) Jessie Helms was recognized for her contributions to the community at the dedication of the Jessie Helms Room at the Loomis Library. On hand were her daughter Ruth Thienes, granddaughter Jennifer McCartney, and great-granddaughters Debbie and Angela McCartney. They formed a four-generation quartet to sing "Amazing Grace." Del Oro sophomore Andy Leman won the first two levels of competition in the Lions Club speakers contest. Charla Smith and Jeff Davis were honored as Queen and King of the Del Oro junior prom. The newly formed Loomis Homeowners Association charged that some of the Loomis town council members appeared to have turned their backs on the town's semi-rural ideals and seemed to be in favor of "urbanizing" Loomis 10 YEARS AGO (March 29, 2001) Ann Neal of Loomis was a finalist to receive the Educator of the Year award for Region 3, which included nine counties in Northern California. Services were held for Judge George Yonehiro, 78, a 1936 graduate of Loomis Grammar School. He was a highly decorated World War II veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He retired as Superior Court Judge for Placer County. Services were held for John "Jay" Lewelling, 84, a longtime resident of Newcastle. During World War II, while working at the Pacific Fruit Exchange, he was responsible for overseeing the operations of fruit orchards that belonged to ranchers of Japanese descent until their return from internment camps. He honestly maintained these orchards during difficult times. Services were held for Zola Upcraft, 83, a resident of Loomis and Newcastle for the past 40 years. She was an active bowler and belonged to the Senior L.I.F.E. Center in Loomis.