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Looking Back

Week of Sept. 8, 2011
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago September 8, 1961 Loomis 4-H member Patty Crossley groomed her Hereford steer, "Four Bits," for the Auburn Fair. Butch Hooper and Sharon Lamb attended the Jr. Leadership Conference at the University of California, Davis. Bea Tudsbury was the leader of Pi Epsilon Alpha, the high school group for the Congregational Church of Loomis. Randy Moore, of the C.A. Bar Appaloosa Stables in Loomis, accompanied his mother and others on a 3-day trail ride from Lake Tahoe to Auburn. Miss Hope Omachi returned from visiting her sister in Kailua, Haw. She studied Hawaiian music and dances, which she would use in her work as a music therapist. Dean Winter was voted the top boy swimmer of the year for Sierra View Swimming Club following in the footsteps of his brother Scott who won the same honors last year. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Roenspie, of rural Loomis, offered to help start a local Little League baseball team. Serving in the Navy were Anthony Cal, aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock, and Bart Roche, on board the destroyer escort USS Taylor. Del Oro graduate Anita Yount enrolled at University of Davis to major in chemistry. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Williams and children Karen, Cathy, and Jimmy returned from a vacation that included Banff and Yellowtone National Parks. A record enrollment of 600 students entered Sierra College. 25 Years Ago September 11, 1986 Charles "Chuck" Galley, Jr. passed away at the age of 61. He was a WWII veteran and a member of Penryn Lodge No. 258, F. & A.M. He was a life-long resident of Loomis. Working toward his Eagle Scout rank was Jerry Unruh of Troop 15. His project was upgrading the outdoor classroom and nature trail at Placer Elementary School. Helping him were Ted Meissen, David Thompson, Matt Conner and Steve Whipple. Hardware Emporium donated materials for the project. Co-Grand Marshals for the 1986 Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band Spectacular were Emily Russell and Kay Miyamura. The band director was Ron Jones. Mrs. Russell was very active with band activities for nine years. Mr. Miyamura was born in the area and was on the PUHSD Board of Trustees for 17 years. He helped build the football field at Del Oro and put up the big lights. Stacy and Marguerite Li were preparing to host a refugee family until a more permanent home could be found. The family was sponsored by the Methodist Church. Del Oro seniors Jayne Chu, and Donald and Kenneth Weatherwax were named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. Cathy Jordan showed off the new large animal barn at the Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic. Jim McMaster, of Loomis, was not only a real fireman at Mather AFB, he still played with toy fire trucks - over 300 of them. He began collecting 14 years ago. Helping Jim with his hobby were his wife Alethia and daughters Becky and Darla. 10 Years Ago September 13, 2001 September 11, 2001 was the date of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Local 4-H members showing animals at the Gold Country Fair in Auburn included Kara Raibley with her swine and Matthew Lombardo with his 39-pound turkey. Del Oro FFA members showing their cows were Ashley Coughran and Shalena Laws. Loomis Community Nursery School teacher Marilyn Stitt helped Sam Mower with his name tag in preparation for the 2001-02 school year. The parent participation co-op was founded 31 years ago. Among the Del Oro students enjoying the freshman barbeque were Tristan Mayhew, Gina Dunn, Deanna Owen and Carolyn Owen. Troop 12 Boy Scouts helped spruce up Loomis for the Eggplant Festival. The scouts were J.P. Newsom, Colin Nitta, Erich Grunder, Micah Nolen, Ian McPherson, Chris Riddle, and Nik Grunder, along with adult leaders Erich Grunder, John Nitta, Glenn McPherson, and Seth Peterson. Don Trammel, owner of Jimboys Tacos, provided lunch for the workers. Loomis Lions Club members recognized for their service were Jim Johnson and Roy Hebard, Sr. Raley's in Loomis received the company's highest honor, "Crew of the Year" award. The store was one of 148 in Nevada, California, and New Mexico.