Looking Back

Week of Sept. 29, 2011
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago September 29, 1961 David Takagishi was the Sunday School Superintendent for the Loomis Methodist Church. Mrs. Towner's 1st graders at Placer School were shocked to see butterflies everywhere in their rearing cage and no food. They learned that butterflies like to eat, too as some didn't survive. Fresh flowers for nectar saved the rest. Offering insurance for local residents were Roy Hebard, Oliver Grey, and George Hirakawa. Eldon and Mabel Black visited their daughter Carol who was enrolled at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Also attending the college were John Coe and Phillip LaVelle. Cadet Mark Griffith, of Loomis, attended the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, which was in its 51st year as an outstanding military school. The 24th annual Letter Writing Week was announced by Loomis Postmaster Harold Hansen. For rent: 3 bedroom home $135.00 a month. Honors were won by Donna Nelthorpe and Edna MacAdoo at the Cinderella Bridge Club held at Mildred Brace's home. Other members on hand were Jonelle Hansen, Lorene Owen, Millie Taylor, and Betty Schweigert. The Placer County Republican Central Committee held a panel discussion on the topic "Communism vs. Americanism." 25 Years Ago October 2, 1986 Masonic services were held for Francis Lothrop Dobbas, 79. He operated a cattle ranch in Newcastle. Tony Shiro was honored as "Outstanding Parent Volunteer" at Del Oro. As one staff member said, "When a need arose, all we had to do was call Tony Shiro." Troop 15 Boy Scout Matt Conner earned his Eagle rank. His project included identifying plants and building a sign with botanical and common names of plants at the Placer School Nature Area. A Del Oro freshman, Matt was active in soccer and the Golden Eagle Band. Nancy Okey's students displaying their batik artwork at Sizzlers Restaurant in Auburn were Emily Richards, Melissa Lerch, Jenny Chang, Bryan Palmer, David Lee, Ian Curtis, Affinity Konar, Tracy and Jamie Ireland, Nick and Austin Peterson. Del Oro students Lyrad Riley and Elizabeth Southard scored in the top 5% on the National Merit Scholarship Test. The Loomis Lions Club thanked Kathy Clark, proprietor of Villa Deli and Pizza, for providing them a meeting place. Loomis potter Cherie Strain sold everything she took to the Sacramento Potters Group Show. Cherie and her husband Bill have two children: Darren and Dustin. Lorenzo's Mexican Restaurant was open seven days a week to serve residents a quality meal. 10 Years Ago October 4, 2001 Dot Shiro, coordinator of the Celebrity Chef event, said, "The chefs were marvelous. Not only were their creations delicious, their enthusiasm was contagious." The patriotic theme was to honor America. The Heritage Foundation donated the proceeds to the 9/11 relief effort. Among the local 4-H members celebrating National 4-H Week were Amy Sowers; Bethany Anderson; Abigail Loos; David, Mark, and Paul Doerner; Matthew and Michael Lombardo; Andrew and Katie Rundle. McLaughlin Studios of Music provided entertainment at the Loomis Eggplant Festival. Among the musicians were Dylan Holcomb, Brett Miller, Joe Berry, Travis Berry, and Greg McLaughlin. The defense dominated the Rocklin football team as Del Oro won 19-8 with the help of Jake Duncan, David Donnelly, Ryan Bradley, and Jake Johnson. Chris Thrall kicked two field goals for the Eagles. Among the offerings at Zorro's Villa Rosa Restaurant in Loomis were Rigatoni, Bratwurst with Sauerkraut, and homemade pizza.