Looking Back

August 4, 2011
By: Compiled Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago August 4, 1961 Services were held for Ed S. Leavitt, 71, who came to Loomis in 1917 to work as agent at the Southern Pacific Depot in Loomis. Frank Law, Ernest McNatt, and Roy Hebard were on orders from the Coast Guard to use their boats to patrol the Stockton to Colusa Outboard Motor Boat Race. Frank used his boat, "Linda Diane," with Ernest as observer. Roy patrolled on his boat, "Kim." Frank Crossley, Rt. 2 Loomis, was sweepstakes winner in horticulture competition at the Placer County Fair. Other winners included George Makimoto and the Hayashida brothers. Scoring well in Beef Showmanship were Loomis 4-H members Barbara Pilliard, Butch Hooper, Barbara Crossley, and Sharon Lamb. George Suzuki and his brothers were busy harvesting and processing plums on their fruit ranches. Art Traylor was building up a nice herd of cattle on his ranch and pastures he leased. Work started on 13 new homes on the Lindsay property. Birds for sale: Pigeons and doves cost 50 cents each. Showing at the Auburn Drive-In Movie was "Giant" starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. 25 Years Ago August 7, 1986 A Mass of Christian Burial was held for Tony DeFuentes, 80, a native of Spain and a Placer County resident for 67 years. He had been a member of the Placer County Sheriff's Aerial and Marine Possey and a charter member of Club Espanole. Services were held for long-time Del Oro administrator, Clifford Heath Wiegel, 76. He served in the Navy during WWII. Frank and Pat Dowd hosted Marcelo Christiensen from Necochea, Argentina as part of the International 4-H Youth Exchange. With the help of Mike Dowd, Marcelo was improving his English and learning about American culture. As part of his culture, he prepared an "asado," an Argentine style lamb barbecue. Doug Cook, Jeri Sackman Miller, and Bill Gieck helped plan a reunion for all "graduates" of Paul's Place. Paul Yokote was a friend to many Del Oro students and they spent time visiting him at his residence on Taylor Road. Penryn artist Florence Bird hoped to raise enough money to purchase the "Old Penryn Hotel" as she called it. It was built in 1919 in an area of Penryn known as Japantown. Both the Rookie and Minor Five Cities All-Star teams went undefeated to claim the Nor-Cal tournament. The Rookie team was coached by Marc Allison with assistants Doak Whitley and Jack Callaghan. Clara Allison was the manager. The Minor team's coach was Gary Thomas, assisted by C.H. Vincent, Bob Williams, Bill Sherman, and Paul D'Alessandro. Debbie Sherman was the manager. 10 Years Ago August 9, 2001 Loomis Fire Chief Jim Struble led a crew of 18 Firefighters. The department started in 1930 with William Dearborn as President of the Board of Commissioners and Garrett Doty as Secretary. Victor DeCampos was appointed as the first Loomis Fire Chief. He then chose Hugo Mehl as Assistant Fire Chief and Earl Vance as second Assistant Chief. They agreed to rent a fire truck on July 7, 1930 from Nugent-Covey Wagon Co. in San Francisco. They then purchased a 1930 Model A Ford Pumper. The trucks were parked in various buildings in town, including the old Reeves and Doty Ford Garage, a sales outlet for O.E. Saugstad Ford Dealership in Roseville. Other acquisitions included a 1945 Ford Pumper, a siren located on top of the Reeves and Doty Garage to summon volunteers, a 1951 Chevrolet Fire Truck from Mehl Chevrolet in Loomis, and a Jaws of Life in 1987. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team celebrated their 25 years as a team. Juvann (Naylor) Wolff was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Naval Reserves. She was a 1972 Del Oro graduate. Janet Larsen, of Penryn, received a "Soaring to Excellence" award from the Placer County Office of Education where she was employed. Indian Creek Country Club offered a special $7 twilight rate after 1 p.m.