Looking Back

By: Compiled Howare Stitt
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50 Years Ago July 7, 1961 Services were held for Mrs. Edith Ramsey, 84, whose family came from Nebraska to Loomis in 1890. A grass fire started near the home of Reuben Logerwell and sspread to nearby properties of Hiroshi (Doc) Takemoto and Mrs Ruth Confer. The Loomis Fire Dept. was quick to respond.Edwin Nelthorpe, accompanied by his wife Donna, enjoyed a trip to San Francisco that Ed earned through his G.E. sales. Services at the Loomis Methodist Church were held in English and Japanese and led by the Rev. Roy Sano.Navy Cdr. Dean Laird was serving aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard (Bonnie Dick), an attack aircraft carrier. Carol Larsen celebrated his birthday with his wife Patty and daughter Susan at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al Larsen. Bertha and David Fisher celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the home of Mrs. Carolyn Law. They lived on County Road 71 in Loomis since 1930. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smilanick returned from a trip which included visiting family in North Dakota. After 25 years away from the farm, Mrs. Smilanick saw many changes. The horse was replaced by a tractor and electricity allowed modern conveniences such as hot water for baths. 25 Years Ago July 10, 1986 Local historian Vivian Rasmussen displayed a picture of a 1885 or 1886 class picture from the old Franklin School. Class members included Will Crossley; Maude Bridges; Freddy Colgrove; Roy Fletcher; Pearl Miller; Ernie and Elfrida Darling; Elmira, Chester, Zella, and Maude Gossett. Dancers from Green Tree Studio in Loomis prepared for the ballet, "Coppella." Dancers included Leslie Howard, Kim Otley, Jamie Speck, Sommer Wadman, and Tiffany Tudsbury. Del Oro graduate Michael Pahl was spending the summer as an intern with the Bureau of Land management in Battle Mountain, Nevada. Del Oro graduate and swimmer Terri O'Loughlin was in Moscow participating in the Goodwill Games. She qualified in the 100 meter butterfly event. Loomis Town Councilmen Roy Hebard Jr., Dick Harris, and Richard Howard were up for re-election. Richard said, "I think planned growth is the only way to maintain the lower density the community desires." Artist Florence Bird of Penryn had a dream to establish an arts center in the old Penryn Hotel which was built in 1919 on Penryn Rd. She planned to call the facility Sierra Lotus School, Center for the Arts. "The lotus is symbolic, both for the Japanese Heritage of Penryn and of my life," she said. 10 Years Ago July 12, 2001 Services were held for Elizabeth "Betty" Barber, 94. She was very active in the community including being Past President of the Loomis Women's Club and Past Matron of Penrhyn Order of the Eastern Star. Robannie Evans graduated cum laude from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Hamid Noorani served two years as president of the Loomis Basin Heritage Foundation. He thanked Cheryl Stokes for making "Burgers and Boots Roundup" a financial success. The new president would be Russ Kelley. One of the newest Lifetime members was Howard Nakae. The Five Cities Rookie Softball team earned 1st place in the Nor-Cal Tournament behind the pitching of Madison Smith, Hannah Dobbs, and Kendra Groth. Other team members included Stephanie Callaway, Katie Lovell, Kayla Ward, Sam Johnson, Brittany Bousman, Jenna Condo, Nicole Dallas, Shannon Smith, Shelbi Bogni, and Savannah Pingree. Bob Sjolie was providing custom cabinet design and fabrication for local residents through his company, Homestyle Custom Cabinets. Over 17 years ago, Bob and Fran along with six children moved to Loomis, a move they never regretted. Marine Pvt. Andrew Whipple completed basic training at MCRD in San Diego. He was a Del Oro graduate. Helen Florance was looking for volunteers to help clean-up along King Rd. for CIMBL (Citizens Involved Means Better Living).