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Looking Back

Week of Dec. 1, 2011
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago December 1, 1961 Former Loomis resident Ernest Warren passed away at his home in Orland, Calif. He operated a dairy in Loomis for many years. Frank Nute, Jr. received an all expense paid trip to the 40th Annual 4-H Club Congress in Chicago as a guest of Humble Oil Co. He was honored for his activity and leadership in the Tractor Program. Two Loomis boys were in the Navy. Kenneth Nakashima, Electricians Mate 2nd Class, served aboard the destroyer USS Wiltale. Anthony Cal, Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class, was aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock. Frank Vierra bought the Farrel Wrenn fruit ranch 5 3/4 miles west of Newcastle on the Newcastle-Lincoln Road. Some 50 friends surprised Mr. and Mrs Nick Mangiaracina with a party on their 25th Wedding Anniversary. Among those who traveled to visit family or friends for Thanksgiving were Marguerite Webb, the William Tudsbury family, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Dudley and daughter Mary. For sale or trade - 1951 Buick $125 or trade for a milk cow. The "Chow Hounds" 4-H cooking group elected officers Eileen Billingsley, Melodee Day, Susan Ferreira, Linda Oseto, and Gayle Billingsley. 25 Years Ago December 4, 1986 Services were held for Kaneichi Mihara, 96, a fruit rancher for the past 47 years in the Newcastle-Lincoln area. Services were held for Sakuyo Ikeda, 92, a resident of Penryn for the past 70 years and a member of the Placer Buddhist Church and the Fujenkai. Andrew Luebke submitted the Loomis 4-H Club news to the newspaper. Giving reports at the monthly meeting were Shanti Waddell, Karen Thompson, Dana Luebke, Laura Thompson, John Enright, Tara Wilson, and Kara Carpenter. Brett Mayhew raised the steer, which produced the outstanding carcass at the Gold Country Fair and was also the Champion at the fair. Del Oro High School winners of the Voice of Democracy contest were Kari Winter, Lyrad Riley, and Jennie Clark. Preschoolers Petrina Kline, Justin Walstad, and Aaron Righos displayed some of the gifts for the Loomis Community Nursery School's Children's Store. The "Destroyer Escort Sailors Association" planned a reunion for shipmates who served on those ships. The Navy decommissioned all of those ships. Aaron Ciszek and Tom Lewis were honored by Principal Bud Nobili as Del Oro Students of the Month. Town Clerk John Ferguson administered the oath of office to the new Loomis town councilmen Dr. Greg Fellers, John Ireland, and Walt Scherer. Each was given copies of the draft general plan, "I Love Loomis" coffee cups, and antacids. 10 Years Ago December 6, 2001 Shigeo Yokote, Fusae Miyamoto, Nob Hamasaki, and Mack Tsujimoto were guest speakers at Sierra College and told students of their WWII experiences. Del Oro's football season ended in a loss to Manteca in the Sac-Joaquin Div. II Championship game in a mud bowl at U.O.P. in Stockton. Despite the heartbreaking loss, the Golden Eagle players and fans stood together one last time and sang the Del Oro Fight Song with pride. That was also the last game for Larry Wyatt and John Fletcher, who ended their tremendous careers as coaches, mentors, and friends to their players. Children enjoyed shopping at the Loomis Community Nursery School Christmas Store. Among those were J.J. Castle and Vanessa Cervantes with the assistance of teacher Sherry Mock. The Loomis Basin Congregational Church held its annual Christmas Breakfast with the help of many volunteers including Louise Black selling tickets and Peggy Hansen serving coffee. A pasture fence was knocked over twice in five days along Horseshoe Bar Road with neither driver notifying the owners. In the pasture was a herd of cattle owned by Marge Crossley and her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Ken Mackey. Laura Feusi, a 1977 Del Oro graduate, broke her own world record at the World Association of Bench Press and Deadlift Championships. She is the daughter of Jim and Joyce Feusi, of Loomis.