Looking Back

June 16, 2011
By: Compiled Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago June 16, 1961 Patricia Takahashi was valedictorian and Marion Hendershot salutatorian for the Loomis School Class of 1961. Mrs. James Bailey enjoyed a visit with her son Dr. Nicholas Bailey and his wife Sally. The E-Ha-Wee Bluebird Group dropped in to wish Miss Alice Law a happy 92nd birthday. Jeanne Sittman of Route 2 Loomis along with Kathleen Good of Penryn were contestants for Queen of the Auburn Fair. Kathie Nute reported the Loomis 4-H news. The Loomis Lumber Co. carried a complete line of building materials. Leading the United Pentecostal Church of Loomis was Rev. Sam Cagle. 25 Years Ago June 19, 1986 Services were held for Mrs. Masano Ishihara, 90, a native of Japan. She lived in Penryn and Newcastle for 44 years. Rev. Jackie Kortright left for the Soviet Union for as part of a peace exchange. She was part of a United Church of Christ delegation. "Our technology has taken us past the place where the United States and the Soviet Union can solve any disagreement through force of arms," said Jackie. An advocate of many social issues, in 1979 she worked with the Inner City Ministry in San Francisco dealing with homeless women and children and juvenile prostitution. Paul's Place Association, thanks to Gary Noy, became a reality as a non-profit organization providing scholarships to Del Oro seniors. Paul Yokote's modest home on Taylor Rd. was caled "Paul's Place" ever since Del Oro football players Bill Gieck, Rob Bonner, Bob Butler, and Glen Matsuoka helped Paul move from the family ranch nearly 20 years ago. Paul loved Del Oro and was a sports photographer, taking action shots of sporting events at the school. Del Oro staff members retiring were Jun Takuma, Wes Naylor, Britta Callamars, and Tony Maciel. Popular Loomis librarian Willa Comstock retired. She began her career in 1959 as a school librarian. Willa was proud of the Loomis Library. "We have a good selection because we have to be very selective," she said. Al and John Nitta worked with the Loomis Chamber of Commerce on tree replacements downtown. Chinese Pistache may be the trees of choice. Shelley Maxwell was the newest Town Hall staff member. She and her husband Scott have two children, Jenae and Ryan. Her parents, Joe and Norma Johnson, lived in Loomis for 18 years. 10 Years Ago June 21, 2001 Ron Berryman was an active member of the Loomis L.I.F.E. Center. He made a yard duster for his daughter, Carolyn Reidy, who was visiting from Massachusetts. Del Oro graduate Robannie Evans was elected to the national academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. It was one of the highest academic honors an undergraduate may receive. Howard Mehl and Jan Clark were active participants in the monthly Visions community forum. Helping to beautify Loomis School were Mrs. Susan Sainsbury's 3rd graders. Among the hard workers were Nicole Hayashida, Cameron Tramel, Ashley Palmquist, and Kelsey Simonsen. Franklin teacher Peter Muth was nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award. Whether graphing equations or dissecting a pig, his students were full of interest and motivated to learn. Loomis sign painter Jim Ingram worked his magic on the Blue Anchor symbol on the fruit shed, just in time for the Burgers and Boots Roundup.