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Looking Back

Week of Nov. 10, 2011
By: Howard Stitt compiled from our records
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50 Years Ago November 10, 1961 Jack Yokote, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 12 of Loomis, was honored at the Region 12 meeting in Las Vegas. He received the Silver Antelope, the highest award a volunteer may receive from his region. Phil Oakes won a Savings Bond at the Firemens Dance, which he returned as a gift to the fire department. The United Church Women, representing 13 county churches, observed World Community Day. Elected officers included Loomis residents Mrs. Leonard Down, Mrs. Donald Williams, and Mrs H.N. Hansen. Under the direction of Mrs. Theodore Nace of Loomis, the group sent gifts to children in Latin America. The Tanda Camp Fire Girls were taught how to prepare three Japanese dishes by Dee Makimoto's mother. Mr. and Mrs. Walt Taylor, along with Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gieck, attended the Grand National Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco. The loss was traced and restitution made for a pair of boots taken from Frank Thiers Shoe Repair. George Hirakawa and E.T. (Red) Chapman urged local residents to "Use Christmas Seals to Fight TB." A 5-mile section of the new Hwy 40 freeway was opened from Monte Vista to Baxters. The Miners Ravine Club members were given a demonstration on the art of flower arranging by Mr.Taizan Fujioka, the originator and flower master of Shinkado (Modern Flower arrangement). 25 Years Ago November 13, 1986 A Masonic Service was held for Judge Howard G. Gibson, 65, the first Roseville lawyer to be named to the Superior Court when appointed by then Gov. Jerry Brown. Services were held for Sadao Nomura, 89, a resident of Placer County for 72 years. He owned and operated a fruit ranch. Gary Noy was named Executive Director of the Sierra College Foundation. Through the foundation, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to put their money, as well as other resources, to work making valuable educational contributions. The Loomis Lions Club held its semi-annual crab feed. Jim Makimoto, Ted Nishimoto, Dave Parker, Mike Lee, Howard Noy, Jack Yokote, Wes Naylor, Jim Bender, and head chowder maker, Roy Hebard, Jr. made sure everyone had enough to eat. Penryn School students Casey Turner, Kenny Gordon, and Angel Stinson examined a mountain lion up close. The animals were part of Elizabeth Terwilliger's Nature Van. Chris Beebe and Pat Northrop showed items available at the Methodist Church's Christmas Craft Faire. 10 Years Ago November 15, 2001 The Standing Guard project was formed by Sierra College and community members. It recognized Americans of Japanese ancestry to ensure that the injustices of WWII internment would not be repeated. On hand for a ceremony recognizing the project were veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Homer Takahashi, Al Nitta, Fred Shimizu, Roy Yokote, Frank Kageta, and Roy Uyeda. A capacity crowd enjoyed the Fall Gathering of Cowboy Poetry and Music organized by Carol and Bert Braun. Among the entertainers were Bill Brewster, who opened with the Cowboy's Prayer. Scott Gerber worked as a cowboy for 22 years and wrote many of his own songs. Playing their last game for the Del Oro High School volleyball team were seniors Tiffany Wear, Johanna Farren, and Cassidy Haskell. Local artists displaying their creations during the Autumn Arts Studio included Helen Phillips, batik, Victoria Brooks, oil on canvas, Joyce Feusi, acrylic/watercolor, Irmgard Hirschiner, oil/mixed media, and James Hirschiner, photography.