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Looking Back

August 11, 2011
By: Compiled Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago August 11, 1961 Services were held for William Crossley, 77, who lived in the area for 70 years. He was a fruit rancher. He was survived by his wife Ora, son Frank, and two granddaughters. Al Schweigert served as vice principal at the K-8 Loomis School as well as principal at the K-5 Placer School. Enrollment for the schools was 800 students. Del Oro expected 400 students. Ann Lee Rippey was the Grand Representative of the State of California, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. At a reception held in Ann's honor, entertainment was provided by Kathie Nute, Nancy Lopez, and Marilyn Carlisle singing a medley of Mexican songs. Frank and Maxine Law along with son Michael planned to spend the rest of the summer at their Kingvale home. A Loomis man died from severe burns after being saturated with gasoline by a Rocklin woman. Bank of America processed checks with a new electronic bookkeeper called ERMA. A prediction for the 21st Century was autos traveling magnetic highways where steering will be obsolete. Fast food was available at Knight's Drive-In at the corner of Brace and Taylor Roads. 25 Years Ago August 14, 1986 Services were held for Joe Koichi Tomita, 56, a native of Auburn and resident of Loomis for 40 years. The Loomis High-Hand fruit label was included in a display of playing cards at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of Design. Loomis Fruit Growers Association manager Randy Hansen sent on of the labels for the exhibit. Lloyd Owen of Loomis prepared for the Gold Country Fair in Auburn. He earned over 40 ribbons for his home made jelly and canned fruit. "I married into a farm family. After I retired, my mother-in-law showed me how to make jelly." Lloyd and his wife Lorene served his pepper jelly as their favorite hors d'oeuvre atop cream cheese on a Ritz cracker. Kurt Kulhavy of Loomis received his degree in chemistry from U.C. Davis. Brenda Conrad earned her degree in speech and hearing science while Michelle Monty completed her degree in political science, both from U.C. Santa Barbara. Loomis Mayor D. Paul Buckley and his wife Judy attended a campaign brunch for Democratic Assembly candidate Jack Dugan. Loomis adopted Pakenham, Victoria, Australia as a sister city. Both towns had a past of fruit orchards and stone quarries, are similar in size, climate, and latitude. While Loomis celebrated Community Day, Pakenham residents looked forward to Yakkerboo Festival. The sister city idea came from Del Oro softball coach Gail Davidson and she planned to take her team there. Gail and her husband lived in Pakenham for a number of years. China was the theme as Loomis Librarian Beth Enright began the summer reading program. Among the youngsters learning Chinese calligraphy were John Johnson and Rebecca Mather. 10 Years Ago August 16, 2001 Services were held for Yasuko Takemoto, 83, a native of Penryn. She was a homemaker and fruit farmer for over 64 years. She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in 1936. Services were held for Geneva Tudsbury Riolo,85, a native of Loomis. Her great grandfather, Charles Tudsbury was born in England and settled in El Dorado County in 1849. Her grandfather, William Tudsbury, was born in Pilot Hill and her grandmother, Isabelle Tudsbury was a covered wagon pioneer from Iowa. The Loomis Fire Muster Team participated in a competition in Rocklin. The team of Jason Shearer, Tim Eisert, Sean Finders, Tyler Formslag, Devin Fuller, and Mark Schairer walked away with 1st place in the machine hose cart. Mark Calvo was the new Del Oro Band director. A graduate of Oakmont H.S. and a member of the band, he recalled being a huge admirer of the Del Oro Band and the supporting community. Among the children enjoying Vacation Bible School at the First United Methodist Church were Kelsey Hogan, Hana Richardson, Eric Mash, and Lindsey Hogan. Incoming freshmen at Del Oro were helped with the transition from elementary school by WINGS members, older high school students. An example was junior Katie Stannard taking incoming freshmen Heidi Lueck, Carolyn Goodell, Tiffany Mistella, and Meghan McCrary horseback riding. Loomis Public Works Director Brian Fragiao with his crew of David Strock, Karl Dederick, and Guy Gomez, put the basketball courts in at Sunrise Loomis Park. Ron Johnson and Mike Godwin of Sierra Striping handled the striping.