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Looking Back

Oct. 6, 2011
By: Compiled from our archives Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago October 6, 1961 Services were held for Fred M. O'Conner, 79. He was born in Rocklin and moved to Loomis at the age of one. Fred worked as a fruit rancher, was employed by the Roseville Dredging Co., and later worked with the road department for the county. Miyata Brothers at the local Flying A Service Station reported a robbery of $24 from their cash register. Geoffrey Igarashi removed his fruit trees and concentrated on operating his dairy, growing alfalfa, and running 20 to 25 head of beef cows. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matteson were planning to plant mandarin oranges on their ranch in Penryn. George Itow hoped to increase the grade-size and tonnage of his fruit production by installing a sprinkler system. Mrs. Coradel Rollins taught at Loomis School for the past 10 years and was moving to Covina. Roy Hebard's Insurance Company sponsored the Junior Free Marshal program where youngsters would inspect their homes for fire hazards. Lois Thom was installed as Worthy Advisor of Penryn Assembly No. 221 of the Order of Rainbow for Girls. Marilyn Carlisle came home from Chico State College to serve as hostess. Local hunters getting their deer right in Loomis were George Duarte, A.W. Deen, and Jess and Thelma Bailon. 25 Years Ago October 9, 1986 Services were held for Ralph Edward Naramore, 99, a native of Penryn. He farmed in the area and was a 74-year member of the Penryn Lodge No. 258, Free and Accepted Masons. Ron Jones, Del Oro Golden Eagle Band director, was nominated as 1987 Teacher of the Year. Ron directed the Del Oro Band for 23 years and constantly worked to make the band uniformly excellent. Del Oro soccer players Brad Tooker and Chris Buckley were instrumental in a 4-2 win over Mesa Verde. Hike Yego, Kay Miyamura, Roy Yoshida, and Rusty Uratsu were among those preparing for the JACL's 46th Annual Goodwill Dinner. Melanie Stitt, of the Loomis 4-H Club, helped set up a 4-H exhibit in the window of Country Casual Fabrics in downtown Loomis. The Town of Loomis studied the EIR for the proposed Rosenaur Commercial Shopping Center on the south side of I-80 on Horseshoe Bar Rd. It would include a motel, restaurant, shopping center, and office building. Penryn School teacher Mrs. Barbara Finnell planned to retire after 20 years of service. She said she will really miss her students. Del Oro instructor Gail Davidson organized a math seminar for the Loomis School District teachers. Batik artist Helen Phillps had her artwork on display at the Clouds Gallery in Folsom. Deann Greene, Jan Clark Jiles, and Shelley Kirst Davis helped prepare for the Class of 1981’s five-year reunion. The Loomis Homeowners Association formed a political action committee to support Dr. Greg Fellers, John Ireland, and Walt Scherer for Loomis Town Council. 10 Years Ago October 11, 2001 Loomis School students asembled to spell out the words "We Love P.S. 89," a school located at Ground Zero in New York. The Placer County Sheriff's helicopter took an aerial photo of the students. Kindergarten teacher Donna Page along with colleagues Colleen Slattery and Susan Sainsbury started a project send "hugs" to P.S 89 in the form of Teddy Bears. P.S. 89 was unusable after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and over 400 students were displaced. Tommie Moller assisted by Gerda Francesca painted a mural at the Maidu Center in Roseville. The mural, "Honored Elders," depicts the respect the Maidu Indians had for their elders. Placer School 6th-grader Sydney Katzen organized a car wash to earn money to help the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks. Del Oro's football team cleared one hurdle on their quest for a playoff spot by edging Bear River 14-7. The Eagles relied on the running game of Paul Neveadomi, B.J. Mitchell, David Yang, and Brad Schmidt. Also having great games were Greg Snodgrass, Garrett Cooper, Jesse Harris, and Dalyn Bush.