Looking Back

By: Compiled Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago June 2, 1961 Mrs. Grace Makita and Mrs. Walter Taylor arranged for the kindergarten graduation at Penryn School. George and Mary Coleman attended the reunion of the 148th Field Artillery, to which George was attached during his tour of duty in the service. Ann Rippey and Bruce Lansford of Loomis graduated from Sierra College. Mr. and Mrs. George Gatt enjoyed a vacation to Hawaii. A public dump was approved by the Placer County Planning Commission for the Loomis Winery site owned by G.N. Winters. For a tune-up, a customer would call Gene Nunes' Automotive Service at Oliver 2-7800. Mrs. Robert Hansen installed new officers for the Loomis Jr. Women's Club. The Auburn Drive-In featured "Sayonara" starring Marlon Brando. Services were held for Lottie Stone, a Loomis resident for the past 50 years. Services were also held for Yonezuchi Yoshida, 83, who for 57 years resided in Newcastle where he owned a grocery store. 25 Years Ago June 5, 1986 Coach Gail Davidson was not very happy when her Del Oro Softball team traveled all the way to Manteca only to learn there were no umpires. However, she was all smiles the next day when her team returned to win their first-ever section championship. Kim Wilson and Benny Louie were co-valedictorians and Sonya Reichel was the salutatorian for the Del Oro Class of 1986. Sonya was also Girl of the Year. Julie Natali was honored as Girl Athlete while Jeff Tooker was both Boy of the Year and Boy Athlete. Anita Yoder and Carolyn Wolsey were both veterans of the annual Great Race in Sacramento. Del Oro soccer players Julie Natali, Cori Buckley, Lisa Erickson, and Rachelle Holt were named to the All-SFL team. Loomis Grammar School sixth-grader Kimberly Otley won a "logo contest," to design the school district stationery. Local residents graduating from Brigham Young University included Curtis Whittaker, Brent Lowe, Jeffrey Penney, Timothy Sloan, Jeffrey Carter, and Mark Andrews. Services were held for Hazel B. Peterson, 82, a life-long resident of Rocklin. She was a member of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Order of Eastern Star. 10 Years Ago June 7, 2001 Services were held for William Parker "Bill" Hughey, 65, a resident of Penryn and Placer County for the past 30 years. He was a volunteer with the Penryn Fire Dept. and a member of the Ben Ali Shrine. Valedictorians for the Del Oro Class of 2001 were Teisha Angel, Rocky Fasani, Jeanne Halvorson, Jonathan Harvey, Amy Keller, Scott Kirkish, Kari Koller, Joel Nitta, Chris Reno, Stephanie Tonn, and Chris Wheatley. Al and Ellen Nitta returned from a European vacation. They made it a point to visit the U.S. Military Cemetery in Florence, Italy. Jay Moore retired as Penryn Postmaster. A Vietnam veteran, Jay had 36 years with the Postal service. Event chair Cheryl Stokes discussed plans for the "Burgers and Boots" benefit dinner with Hamid Noorani, Cheryl Duncan, and Dot Shiro. Jess Riegel and Ryan Leupp were the MC's for the Franklin School Talent Show. Emma and Seth Stokes were excited about the new playground at Sunrise Loomis Park. Kevin Gilfillan, Drew Sinnott-Neal, and Ryan Toohey earned the top individual points for the Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team competing against the Sierra Sharks. Helping to keep Franklin School running smoothly were secretaries Debbie Bowack and Nancy Allen.