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Looking Back

Week of Nov. 24, 2011
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago November 24, 1961 Mrs. Marguerite Webb was installed as Worthy Matron at the 65th Installation of Penryn Order of the Eastern Star. Hosting the event were Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Hayes. Installing officers were Margaret and Ernest McNatt. Bernice Nicholas and Sleeta Coburn served as Marshalls. Lorene Owen hosted the Loomis Junior Women's Club meeting as they readied 1,100 commemorative and foreign stamps for distribution to Veteran's Hospitals. Zenith 1-2000 was reserved for reporting roadway emergencies. Mr. Sunada of Newcastle was the lucky winner of the Hope Chest overflowing with beautiful items made by the Mother's Club of the Penryn Assembly of Rainbow for Girls. The Del Oro varsity and B basketball teams prepared to play the following high schools: Live Oak, Sutter, Colusa, Courtland, Wheatland, Nevada and Lincoln. The deer kill for Placer County was 893. Coach Buzz Ostrom was happy to see his Sierra College football team score their first league championship in recent history. Chevrolet celebrated its Golden Anniversary. It started with famous race driver, Louis Chevrolet, producing 2,999 cars the first year. Today there are 33 models to choose from. 25 Years Ago November 27, 1986 Services were held for Willie Jacob Gordon, 88, a Penryn resident for the past 42 years. He retired from McClellan AFB and had been a long-time employee of Gladding McBean. Kathy Jibson and Kristen Vandewalker were among the volunteers to decorate downtown Loomis for the holiday season. Dr. Curtis Vandewalker donated 31 sets of lights for the trees. Among the Placer County 4-H members achieving honors at the state level was Viena Drake, a Del Oro student. Field conductor Julie Reader and flag team captain Chrystal Cobabe helped lead the Del Oro Golden Eagle Marching Band to its most successful competition season ever. Lorena Campbell reported on the Penryn 4-H Club news. President Gary Huntzinger led the meeting. Autumn Rowland and Michelle Hubbard led the flag salute. Reporting old and new business were Shannon LaFave, Ahren Bass, Tricia Lewis, Christine McMullin, David and Daniel Guttenberg. Using the legislative process, a class action lawsuit was brought by Japanese Americans who were imprisoned during WWII. Frank Kageta, of Loomis, Chairman of the Placer County JACL Redress Committee, explained, "I was born in this country. This is my country. I've never even seen Japan. I never had any idea of having any loyalty to any other country. The bottom line is we don't want it to happen to our children ...We don't want it to happen to any minority." 10 Years Ago November 29, 2001 Services were held for Kathleen Tatum, 72, a native of England and a resident of Loomis since 1956. She worked as a librarian at Franklin Elementary School and the Loomis Library. She volunteered many hours with the Del Oro Band Supporters as her two daughters, Jennie and Elizabeth, went through the band program. Brendon Thomson, a Troop 20 Boy Scout, was recognized by the Town of Loomis and Mayor Walt Scherer for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Brendon organized a project of putting together 150 hygiene kits to send to disaster victims. He was a member of the Del Oro football team and the Golden Eagle Band. The Del Oro football team erased a 17-point deficit to defeat Cordova 27-24 to advance to the Sac Joaquin Section Championship game. The Eagles were led on defense by Mike Sjolie, Gabe Chandler, Jake Duncan, Eric Yocum, Chad Mowry, Casey Gilson, and Aaron Quinn, who intercepted a pass as Cordova was driving late in the game. Watch out Macy's as the Day Before Thanksgiving Day Parade in Loomis had 32 entries and lasted over 15 minutes. The Most Patriotic award winners were Miss Liberty (Diana Silver) and Uncle Sam (Peter Ucovich). The Most Unusual award went to Roger Carroll, Loomis Town Treasurer and renowned ventriloquist, with his costume The Three of Me. A sorrel stallion, RH Maverick Mister, owned by Doris and Brian Strom, of Loomis, was a top finalist in aged stallions at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show.