Looking Back

Nov. 17, 2001
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago November 17, 1961 Ruby Horton contributed a poem, "The Road to Happiness," to the newspaper in memory of her late husband R.E. Horton. In the near future there would be a "new look" in telephone numbers. For example, Loomis numbers would be converted from OL2 to 652. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sady celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at their country home. Over 200 guests were served by Bill Tudsbury, Nick Bailey, Ed Leak, Sue Hansen, Harold Fischer, Tom Ross, and Francis Lindsay. Loomis School faculty members presented a comedy skit at the PTA meeting. The cast consisted of Sam Cagle, Robert Eastman, Dana Ware, Al Schweigert, Glen Murphy and Joe Pedras. Local residents were able to gain knowledge about atomic radiation from Sierra College instructors. As a civil defense official said, "Like it or not, we are living in the atomic age." The Del Oro Parent's Club prepared for a special event, "Fiesta Del Oro." Aster Kondo's huge bingo game promised to be the best ever. Spanish decorations were done by Velda Gutierrez assisted by art teacher Lo Etta Fredinburg and wood shop teacher Roland Guabert. One booth at the event would be "Planter's Haven," under the direction of Virgie Ramsey, of Penryn. Honorees at the Del Oro Football Banquet included Dennis McLin, MVP, and co-captains Walter John and Gary Hess. Chairing the event were Rita Root and Louise Black. The coaches were Robert Bonner, varsity, and Rolf Moeller, JV. Betty and Steve March offered folk dancing exhibitions at the Saints and Sinners meeting. 25 Years Ago November 20, 1986 Services were held for Shizuko Moriguchi, 84, who lived most of her life in the Newcastle area and was a member of the Placer Buddhist Church. Ann Rippey was honored as the 1986 Outstanding Citizen of Loomis for her many contributions to our town. Among her family members on hand were Wes, Wesley, Alice and Lisa Barnes; Hayden and Bruna Stone; Mary Perry; Anne Lockett; Laurene Deichler; and Bob Lenzi. Nancy Okey and Kathy Scott announced 33 artists and crafters would participate in the 12th Annual Days of Yesteryear Faire. The Loomis Quick Kicks soccer team won their final game 2-1. Scoring goals were Tyler Duncan and Scott Stoessel. The defense was led by Adrienne Onstott, Jeremy Bond, Allison Clarke, and Nathan Jones. Playing aggressive offense was Morgan Newton, Amanda Harms and Jami Hirsch. Del Oro tennis players earning awards at the conclusion of the season were Holly Mills, Jayne Chu, Julie Trotta and Angie Wakley. The Del Oro varsity football team ended their season with a win over Marysville behind the running of Dan Ward, Jon Sanchez, Greg Haskin, Robert Conklin, and Mitch Seamans. Chris Buckley, with Tim Stitt holding, connected on 27- and 37-yard field goals. 10 Years Ago November 22, 2001 Even though the Del Oro football team lost their starting wide receiver Brad Schmidt to an injury, the team took round one of the payoffs with a 41-0 win over Oakdale. The technical skills of the relatively small offensive line had a lot to do with the 41 points. The line consisted of Matt Bonner, Dane Warner, Jimmy Rutledge, Jon Polly, Kyle Jones and Matt Wakeford-Evans. Sixth graders Hunter Pahl, Austin Doupnik and Warren Thomson, of Loomis, helped students at St. Albans School in Roseville with the KIDS CAN food drive. Hess Construction, owned by George and Kimberly Hess, were in charge of a facelift for the Blue Goose fruit shed. Raley's in Loomis received the company's highest honor, "Crew of the Year." Managers Steve Owens and Bob Kim celebrated with the 130 employees. Loomis Travel's Ginger Abalkhail celebrated the firm's 20th anniversary. She hosted the Loomis Chamber Mixer along with Kristen Fischer, who was celebrating the grand reopening of the Print and Craft Shop. Franklin School teacher Carolynn Basque's first-grade class performed a play recreating the Mayflower voyage of 1620. Among the young pilgrims dressed in handmade costumes were Francis Kim and Bridget Steinmetz. Playing the role of the Thanksgiving Turkey was Colin Bradley. Laura Dupriest, a Del Oro graduate, prepared to host a KVIE Channel 6 special "Natural Beauty: Salon Secrets at Home." Laura owned the Laura Dupriest Salon and Day Spa in Sacramento.