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Looking Back

By: Howard Stitt, compiled from our archives
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50 Years Ago October 20, 1961 Services were held for Fanny V. Fredriksson, 82, a native of Finland. She and her husband Axel were ranchers in Loomis. A Mass was said for Manuel Brinzo, 79, a native of Italy. He was a retired Southern Pacific machinist and a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge No. 1413. Tony Aguilar planned to remove pear and plum trees and grow grass on 50 acres for livestock. He would keep 25-30 acres of plums. His ranch was 1/2 mile west of the new Penryn School. Mrs. Katherine Coe became the new Postmaster in Loomis. Jim Hansen had been the Acting Postmaster and would return to his Rural Route 2. Mr. and Mrs. Minard Smith purchased the Saramore Cafe in Loomis from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pethoud. Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Corral had a wonderful trip to their native land of Spain. Frank Bonito was the instructor for a Red Cross First Aid Course in Loomis. Toki Okusu was hostess for a Sarah Coventry party in her home. Marilyn Carlisle of Loomis was on the Honors List at Chico State College. Men outnumbered women 2 to 1 at Sierra College. Total enrollment was 1,033 compared to 116 in 1936 when the school opened as Placer Jr. College in Auburn. 25 Years Ago October 23,1986 Loomis Fire Captain Bert Braun was named the Penryn Fire Chief replacing retiring Clarence Houseman. Bert was the owner of the Cowpoke in Loomis. Steve Pilz, a Penryn rancher, was selected as Deputy Chief. Mr. Fireman, Jim McMaster, dressed in full firefighting apparel, showed the Loomis Community Nursery School children that regardless of how they look on the job, firemen were their friends. John McDowell worked on forming a Vietnam Veterans Association. "I feel the Vietnam vets have a common bond. It was a war, but it was entirely different from World War II or Korea." Judy Tudsbury sold the Country Tubs Laundrette in Loomis to Clyde Blasi. Judy had recently attended a convention where she had her picture taken with Jesse White, the "Lonely Maytag Repairman." Franklin student John Enright had his face painted by Loomis librarian Lee Remmel in preparation for Halloween. Among those enjoying the Del Oro Class of 1981 Reunion were Sherri Lowe, Deanne Green, Wendy Powers, Cathy Schneider Mann, Kelly Mann, Sue Hackbarth Record, Ron Record, Ron Gwaltney, Paul Van Liew, and Debbie Roullier. Megan Warner and Corey Scalise helped the Del Oro Cross Country teams to victory over Rio Linda. 10 Years Ago October 25, 2001 Bert and Carol Braun of the Cowpoke hosted the Chamber Mixer which served to get the people in the mood for the 7th Annual Fall Gathering of Poetry and Music. Also preparing for the event was Dr. Richard Barsaleau with his infectious tales. Besides writing cowboy poetry, Dr. Barsaleau competed in 14 100-mile Tevis Cup Rides. The Del Oro football team rotated QB's Chris Saras and Andy Brewer with the result being a 41-22 win over Oakmont. Scoring for the Eagles were Paul Neveadomi, B.J. Mitchell, David Yang, and Brad Schmidt. Also having great games on offense were Greg Snodgrass, Garrett Cooper, Jesse Harris, and Dalyn Bush. Morgan Newton, Vanessa Marconi, and Natasha Kolar of Loomis were included in the National Dean's List, 2000-2001. Taking on a major race for the first time, Chris Walstad of Loomis won the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in the Under 15 Category. Loomis Chinese Restaurant offered Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Cantonese cuisine.