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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 31, 1961 Issue) Construction was underway for a new 200,000-gallon storage water tank one-half mile north of Loomis on old highway 40. The cost of the structure was estimated at $100,000 and the completed was expected early in May. Alfred Nitta planned to install a permanent system of overhead sprinklers in eight acres of young peaches on his ranch in the spring. He hoped to use the system for both frost protection and sprinkler irrigation. He would pump water from an irrigation reservoir he built two years for sprinkling. Babcocks was one of the varieties of peaches he grew. Bank of America announced that beginning April 1 interest would be paid on a daily basis at the rate of three percent per annum. Easter Sunrise was to be observed in the Rocklin-Loomis-Penryn area with a community service on April 2 on the top of Sugar Loaf, located to the north of County Road 38 between Val Verde Road and Auburn-Folsom Road. Immediately following the service, breakfast would be served at Loomis Grange Hall on Clark Tunnel Road. Cooperating in the service were the First Baptist Church, the First Congregational Church, the First Methodist Church, the Free Methodist Church and the United Pentacostal Church, all of Loomis, and the Community Covenant Church of Rocklin. 25 YEARS AGO (April 3, 1986 Issue) Mabel Lee, Sharon Rasmusson and Marge Nute planned the Loomis Fire Department Auxiliary spaghetti dinner. Del Oro art instructor Barbara Millhollen and custodian Tony Maciel were honored as members of the Del Oro High School No. 1 Club. Franklin School teachers Mary Pat Gayaldo and Linda Woessner had their third-graders performing round dances for the school's open house. Del Oro's baseball team earned a 6-5 win over visiting North Bend, Ore. behind the pitching of Brian Williams and Sean Jimenez. Bob Hoffman hit a 3-run homer in the game. Tori Crockett and Jackie Williams modeled fashions by designer Marla Crockett for the Soroptimist Club. New businesses for the Town of Loomis included an adult book store next to the library and a hazardous waste disposal site on Del Mar Road. The date: April 1 (April Fools). 10 YEARS AGO (April 5, 2001) Loomis school district teachers honored as "Teachers Who Make a Difference" were Gayle Danforth, Bobbie Henley, Gayle Spangler, Andrea Sardella, Jane Copes, Sandy Rea and Patty Hahn. Others being honored included Paul Wilson, of Penryn; Callie Hansen, of Newcastle; Regina Dvorak, Geoff Broyles, Stephen Jones and Caroline Mehl, of Del Oro; and Melanie Stitt, of Quail Glen. Henry Schneider of the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $500 to Kathy Peart, representing Paul's Place Association. All donations to Paul's Place go for Del Oro scholarships and community activities. Brigitte Comtre, Del Oro band color guard captain, was the master of ceremonies at a Celtic concert at Del Oro. The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County raised over $1 million to create a Children's Crisis Nursery. Richard Colwell of Penryn was the organization’s president. Services were held for Clara Jeanne Myer, 59, a descendant of Mormon "Hand Carters." She was a member of the Dry Diggins Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the LDS Church.