Looking Back

Nov. 3, 2011
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago November 3, 1961 Loomis Boy Scout Troop 12 held a Board of Review led by committee members Frank Nute, Hiroshi Takemoto, Percy Lanouette, Ted MacDonald, Harvey Carlisle, John Gieck, and Harold Struble. The Tanda Camp Fire Girls elected officers Dee Makimoto, Terry Tudsbury, Kathy Leak, Lynn Clark, and Arlene Carothers. The Happy Blue Birds were hosted by Millie Taylor and Yvonne Mirota as they spent an afternoon making Halloween Witches. John Stacker Post 775, Loomis prepared for their Annual Veterans Day Breakfast, led by Chef James Flannagan. The Mother's Club, Penryn Assembly of Rainbow for Girls, sold tickets for the Hope Chest, filled with hand made articles. The Loomis Levi's and Laces square danced to the callers George Alexander and Dick Boundy while Mr. and Mrs. Al Thym instructed the beginners. The Senior Women's Club of Loomis prepared to adopt a war orphan, supported a "Save Our Oaks" project, and discussed the topic of Civil Defense. The Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults elected Eleanor Steinberg and Marie Rasmussen to lead them. Other groups that met included the Garden Club, Loomis 4-H Club, Loomis and Placer School PTA, Miners Ravine Club, Loomis Junior Women's Club, and Bridge Clubs. 25 Years Ago November 6, 1986 A Memorial Service was planned for Francis C. Lindsay, 72, a graduate of UC Berkeley. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Soil Conservation Service, and as an assemblyman. He also operated the family fruit ranch in Loomis. The Del Oro Homecoming Queen and King were Suzanne Bowers and Keith Powers. They were crowned by last year's royalty, Dina Ferrel and Randy Nitzke. Serving as Grand Marshals for the Homecoming Parade were coaches Larry Wyatt and Steve March. The top vote getters for the Loomis Town Council seats were Dr. Greg Fellers, John Ireland, and Walt Scherer. Tom Makimoto of Loomis caught his limit of rainbow trout including a 7-pounder at Stampede Reservoir. Tim Friese brought home a 26-pound salmon he caught on the American River below Nimbus Dam. Del Oro graduate Dr. Warren Coleman was honored as the 1986 Outstanding Teacher at CSU, Chico. He is the son of George and Mary Coleman of Loomis. Loomis native and Del Oro graduate Jackie Yokote was promoted to VP of Human Resources for General Electric. Soroptimist International of Rocklin-Loomis donated the children's section of the Loomis Library. Helping to commemorate the section with a plaque were chapter president Leah Smith and librarian Rosemarie Emerson. Loomis resident Karen Christensen was happy to hear that her uncle was released by the Islamic Jihad in Beirut. He was there to administer the American Hospital when he was taken hostage. 10 Years Ago November 8, 2001 Services were held for Harry Kawahata, 93, a native of Ophir. He was a fruit rancher until internment in Tule Lake and later Topaz, in Utah. He returned to farming and in 1955 began working at McLaughlin Ford where he retired in 1983. Some 500 Teddy Bears arrived at Loomis School just in time for "Make a Difference Day." The bears, wearing a "Bear Hugs form Loomis" t-shirt, were put in duffel bags with a book and a pen pal letter written by a Loomis School student. They would be sent to displaced students at PS 89 in New York, a school not usable due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Howard Mehl greeted Captain Rick Ward, the new Commander of the Auburn/Newcastle CHP office. Howard, a well known Loomis native, was a retired Commander of the Gold Run CHP office. One of the most unique forms of entertainment was offered to Loomis residents, the 7th Annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering of Cowboy Poetry and Music. Loomis got its fifth traffic signal, this one at Brace Road and Sierra College Boulevard. Del Oro's varsity football team clinched the SFL title with a 55-39 shootout over Roseville. Jeff Tooker, the Eagles defensive coordinator, usually had a trick or two up his sleeve for his opponents. However, it was his wife holding the cards that Friday night as she went into labor right before the game and off they went to the hospital. Randy Elder had been providing financial advice to clients since 1976. He and his wife Eileen along with children Liz and Maddie had lived in Loomis since 1990.