Looking Back

By: Compiled from our archives Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago July 21, 1961 Services were held for Dr. P. D. Barnes, 73, a well known doctor in Loomis for 37 years. He was a WWI veteran and a member of Penryn Lodge F. and A.M. His first view of Loomis occurred around 1910 when he came through on a bicycle. He was on his way to Emigrant Gap to work a year for a cattle outfit and earn money to continue medical school. Dr. Barnes was one of the last of the "era of country doctors." Bill and Bea Tudsbury and family motored to Soda Springs to visit Miss Kay Minto, a teacher friend of Bea's from Decatur, Illinois. Dr. Nicholas Bailey donated his services giving physicals to Boy Scouts of Troop 12 prior to going to Camp Pahatsi. The Saints and Sinners held a party at Rattlesnake Bar. Organizers of the event were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Black, and Mr and Mrs. Jim Johnson. Lt. Colonel Francis Holsclaw's Air National Guard group was moved from L.A. to Sacramento. Mrs. Holsclaw and children Mavis and Gary were happy to have Dad closer to home. Dial "time service" on your phone and an Audichron would give you the correct time. 25 Years Ago July 24, 1986 Brett Mayhew, of Loomis, sold his Champion beef at the Placer County Fair's Junior Livestock Auction. In beef showmanship, Del Oro FFA member Lisa Anderson took 1st place. Juley Athey, of Loomis, sold her grand champion rabbit meat pen. Also earning awards in rabbit competition were Shannon Spears, Melanie Stitt, Chad Mayhew, Kara Carpenter, Monte Higgins and Christine McMullin. The new Miss Placer County was Del Oro graduate Mindy Hobart. A team representing the Town of Loomis tried, sometimes successfully, to get their animals to cooperate in a goat milking competition at the Placer County Fair. Team members included Greg Fellers, Mrs. Roy Hebard, Mayor D. Paul Buckley, Bob Frey and councilwoman Anne Blue. A new sidewalk and trees were added to beautify downtown Loomis. Earning medals in the Placer County Fair 5-mile run were Loomis residents Megan Warner, Tim Stitt, Corey Scalise, Jim Skellenger, Herb Fernandez, and Marge Britt. 10 Years Ago July 26, 2001 Former Penryn postmaster Olliemae Hayes, who was born in the Penryn Post Office, died in her home, which was part of the old Penryn Post Office. Her father, Arthur E. Flint and her grandfather, Elmer G. Crofts, were also Penryn postmasters. Olliemae was very active as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Penryn Chapter 159. Evacuations were ordered for 25 homeowners in Loomis as a fire spread to over 53 acres along Taylor Road heading north, toward Saunders Avenue. Vehicles, outbuildings, and one home were destroyed. Another home was partially destroyed. Loomis fire Chief Jim Struble praised the firefighters, "This could have been devastating to the town of Loomis had it not been for those aiding us in fighting and containing this fire." By giving CPR instructions over the phone, Placer County Sheriff's Dispatchers saved the lives of two small children. Placer School students Trevor Thomas and Matthew Leak were all smiles as their Lakeside Little League 9-10 All-Star team won the District 54 Championship. Del Oro graduate Adam Wear was busy as a sophomore at the Air Force Academy. He was really excited about his opportunity to ride in an F-16 Fighter/Interceptor.