Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 7, 1961 Issue) J.J. Brandon, of Loomis, accompanied by Mr. Tyler, of Auburn, were fishing on the Sacramento River near the mouth of the Feather River when they were caught in a strong wind that caused waves 6 feet in height to capsize their 18-foot fishing boat, dumping the men into the water. They were soon rescued but lost all of their fishing gear. Each man wore two life jackets, which probably saved their lives. Navy Cdr. Dean S. Laird, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fenn W. Laird of Loomis, was serving aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard, operating out of San Diego. Cub Scout Den No. 4, which included nine boys, enjoyed a train ride from Roseville to Auburn. Among college students returning to their studies following a week’s Easter vacation in Loomis were Conrad Yhnell and Bill Struble, home from Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo; Marilyn Carlisle, Chico State; Brenda Mangiaracina, University of California, Berkeley; and Carla Mangiaracina and Jeanne Takemoto, Sacramento State College. 25 YEARS AGO (April 10, 1986 Issue) Rose Takemoto was honored as the 1986 Loomis Mother of the Year. She was born in Penryn, where her parents owned a grocery store. In 1944, after returning from internment camps, she and her husband, Hiroshi "Doc" Takemoto, opened Main Drug Store (where Subway is today). They had three children: Gordon, Jean, and Irene. Jean and Irene were both teachers. Gordon worked as a pharmacist with his father, which allowed Rose and Doc to take long-overdue vacations. As Irene said, "They never took any time off. They worked all the time. Mom never complained." (Gordon now runs the pharmacy and his mother continues to work the register.) Del Oro took an 8-3 win over Oakmont in softball action. Pitching for the Lady Eagles was Julie Clark. Alicia Howard earned a first-place ribbon and trophy at the Junior Grand National Horse Show. Franklin School students celebrated the appearance of Halley's Comet with a booklet of their own original myths, legends and stories. The cover was designed by fifth-grader Wendy Branch. 10 YEARS AGO (April 12, 2001 Issue) Sally Bailey celebrated her 80th birthday with friends and family. She was born in Omaha, Neb. At the age of 5, she and her 3-year-old brother were adopted by a Methodist minister and his wife. After high school, Sally obtained her nursing degree from Omaha Methodist Nursing School, and then worked as an operating room supervisor. She married Nicholas (Doc) Bailey in 1945. In 1955, the family moved to Loomis and Dr. Bailey set up practice in the building that later became the Hardware Emporium. Sally was very active in the community, including the Del Oro Parents Club, the Del Oro Band Boosters, and the Methodist Church of Loomis. Sally said, "It's a wonderful life." Erica Graves and Rachel Bates helped the Del Oro soccer team beat Woodcreek 2-0. Franklin students Caroline Parmley, Sky Carrington, Chris, Swain, Luke Cochran, Amanda Louis, Lauren White, Carolyn Goodall and Heather Lichty were among those enjoying a family reading night. Del Oro student Jillian Hacker received the scholarship from Soroptimist International of Rocklin-Loomis. For those who enjoy sewing, the new Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild was formed. Services were held for Jilomena Micheli, 97, a native of Lucca, Italy and a Newcastle resident for 75 years. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the I.C.F. of Auburn.