Looking Back

Aug. 25, 2011
By: Compiled from our archives Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago August 25,1961 Several race horses were saved as a barn on Bankhead Road was destroyed by a fire. Mrs. Sue Hansen hosted the Mustn't Miss Bridge Club meeting. Members on hand were Lois Leak, Sally Bailey, Bea Tudsbury, Gene Sady, and Marge Osborn. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holihan attended the Roseville High School Class of 1946 reunion, also attending were Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Moeller. Advertisements included “For Sale - 3 bedroom home. Will take small down payment and a good car.” Jay McClain's Texaco Service Station sold tires and batteries. Work was to start soon on the Oroville Dam. The Loomis News featured "Dear Sue," a teenager's point of view by Sue McDonald. 25 Years Ago August 28, 1986 Services were held for Eleanor Ramos, 80, a resident of Loomis for 60 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Comite de Benficery. Melissa Lerch, of Loomis, took Best of Class for her mocha chocolate cake in a 4-H foods competition at the Gold Country Fair. Her entry also won her the Hershey's Chocolate award. Other local winners were Kara Carpenter (cookies), Melanie Stitt (quick bread), Scott Carpenter (cake), and Jenni Stitt (cookies). Peggy and Robert Bonner celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Among the guests were their children Bea, Beth, Ed, Rob, Mary and Todd. The couple had lived in Loomis for 24 years, where Robert taught and coached at Del Oro High School. Many hands were needed to plant new trees in downtown Loomis. Among those helping were Wes Naylor, Bob Myer, Cheryl McVey, D. Paul Buckley, Don Kenzy, Bud Williams, Don Barnes, Jim Stevenson, Louie GiGiorno, Carol Zerbo, George Colburn, Steve O'Connell, Howard Mehl, Marion Comstock and Willa Comstock. Enjoying the last days of swimming at the Del Oro pool before school starts were Kate and Molly Turner, Tina Hawkins, Kristine Kelley, Francis Eseailla, and Rachel and Jessica Myhre. Dr. William Frick, a Doctor of Chiropractic, opened his office in Loomis. The Loomis Blue Ribbon Florist provided floral blankets for the Sale of Champions at the State Fair. Over 800 blossoms were used. Working on the projects were Dawn Scott, Chris Chalmers, Judy Hightower, Kim Jones, and Joyce Morris. 10 Years Ago August 30, 2001 To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Gary and Betty Jabusch gathered friends and relatives to build a Habitat for Humanity house. On a Friday, 57 people showed up in Grass Valley to start working and on the following Tuesday the last shingle was nailed on. It was a 5-day anniversary celebration. The Jabusch's had worked on 90 Habitat projects, a couple of times with Jimmy and Rosalind Carter, both in the U.S. and abroad. The Loomis Basin Historical Society dedicated a plaque at the Loomis Park South honoring the Old Loomis Chinatown and the Hoo-Quong family. Loomis Chinatown dated back to the 1860s when the Chinese miners congregated at Secret Ravine at King Road, with the permission of the land owner, Elisha Webb. Over 100 members of the Hoo-Quong family were on hand for the dedication. That included the great grandchildren of Hoo Yuen Lung, who owned the Woo Chung Lung Company Store in Chinatown. He went back to China and married Ong Shee. They returned to Loomis to operate the store and an orchard on King Road. Of their nine children, only two, Earl and Suey, stayed in Loomis. Earl ran the family orchard, fruit shed, and dry yard on King, where local farmers would sort and pack their fruits for shipment. Suey owned a poultry business next door with his wife Mary Ann. He was the last member of the family to make Loomis his home. Airman Charles Jones, a 1999 Del Oro graduate, completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio,Tex. The Interfaith Consortium of South Placer filled backpacks with supplies for elementary students in need. Diana Madoshi, from the Loomis Congregational Church, came up with the idea.