Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 21, 1961 Issue) Placer School held a surprise birthday party April 13 for second-grade teacher, Mrs. Coradel Rollins, who had taught in the Loomis School District for 10 years. Approximately 140 school children were treated to birthday cake. Winners of the Americanism Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliayry, John A. Stacker Post 775, were Judy Sakawye, Mary Jane McGuire, Donald Hayashida, Helen Baker, Janice Morgan and Judy Fuhrman. Re-elected to the board of trustees of the Loomis Grammar School District were Bruce Barnes, Frank Law and William Tudsbury. Players on the bowling team sponsored by the Ships Bell were B. Nakata, E. Yamashiro, H. Nomura, D. Yamane, D. Kono and N. Okomoto. Films at the State Theatre in Auburn included “The Wild One” and “On the Waterfront,” starring Marlon Brando; “The Great Imposter,” with Tony Curtis and Edmond O’Brien; the ballet classic “Swan Lake,” and “101 Dalmations,” a cartoon feature. 25 YEARS AGO (April 24, 1986 Issue) Two Loomis teams qualified for the World Finals of the Olympics of the Mind academic competition in Flagstaff, Ariz. A Franklin School team, coached by Renae Bybee, included Ryan Lynch, Marcus Grandstaff, Andrew Luebke, John Barnes, Kristin Bain and Seana Turner. High school team members, coached by W. Pitt Turner, were Mark Uhler, Shannon Jones, Tyler Painter, David Reed and Robert Bain. At the 20th annual Del Oro Invitational track meet, longtime supporter Wes Naylor was presented a jacket and cap from Coach Charles Gieck. Naylor officiated in all 20 meets. Gieck was a senior at Del Oro when Naylor began his service. St. Mark's Anglican Episcopal Church prepared for their traditional Cornish pastie dinner. A gift of soapstone provided Jim Tafoya of Penryn with a career. He gave his first soapstone sculpture to a quarry owner who gave him the rough stone. The man so appreciated the gesture, he gave Tafoya half ownership in his quarry. Tafoya said he had twice heard a voice say, "You will take your living from this mountain." From that point on he made his living sculpting soapstone, alabaster, turquoise and wood. One of his totem poles was at the Sacramento Zoo and a stone sculpture adorned the Sacramento mayor's office. 10 YEARS AGO (April 26, 2001) President Bob Hansen and manager Randy Hansen showed off souvenir T-shirts and caps designed for the Loomis Fruit Growers Association's 100th anniversary celebration. The LFGA was the last operating packing shed in Placer County. Troop 12 Boy Scouts Ryan Cornelius and Nick Johnson were among those preparing for a pancake breakfast at the Loomis Grange. Prizes were awarded to the students bringing in the most donations for the Loomis School jogathon. The grand prize went to Joey Lobland. First place winners were Stephanie Hirota, Cory Willingham and Kevin Flanagan. The classes collecting the most donations were those of Mrs. Rebozzi, Mrs, Sainsbury and Mr. Farren. Brian Strom of Loomis was named the Roseville Business Person of the Year. He was president and CEO of Roseville Communications Co., formerly Roseville Telephone. The Loomis School District board was working hard to reach an agreement with teachers over salaries and benefits. Board members were Lorene Euerle, George Blanchard, Gary Mattevi, Nancy Adkins and Jack Day. Superintendent Gigg Powers was superintendent.