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Looking Back

Week of Dec. 15, 2011
By: Howard Stitt, Loomis News Correspondent
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50 Years Ago December 15, 1961 Loomis Constable Percy Lanouette took possession of an oxygen inhalator donated to the town by Harry Sands, owner of Chapel of the Hills. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Woodworth celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Before moving into their home on South Magnolia in Loomis, they operated a fruit ranch in the vicinity of Stallman's Corners. Mrs. Woodworth's grandparents were the Bankheads. Mrs. Dot Epperson was heading up a Blue Chip Stamp collection drive to purchase an electric scoreboard for the Del Oro athletic field. Loomis School teachers Mrs. Marguerite Bonner and Mrs. Pat Raner had their classes in the Christmas spirit along with the choir, band, and orchestra. Mr. and Mrs. Sanjiro Mayeda celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. They were fruit farmers in Loomis. Custom made candles were sold by Audrey Dominguez. Del Oro senior girls and faculty nominated Kayleen Kott for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Del was part of the Pioneer League for sporting events. 25 Years Ago December 18, 1986 John Kennedy Wilson, a resident of Penryn for 40 years, passed away at the age of 76. He was a member of the Loomis Grange. Lois Caroline Northrup, daughter of the late Hans and Adaline Hansen, passed away at the age of 68. She was raised in Loomis. Kindergarten "Students of the Week" at Placer School were Jimmy Black, Christina Hilton, and Emily Roberts. Caryn Courtney and Lyrad Riley were selected as outstanding "Students of the Month" at Del Oro. Choir director Mrs. Charlotte Llewllyn helped the first Baptist Church of Loomis prepare for a Christmas Cantata. The Loomis Town Council elected Dr. Greg Fellers as Mayor and John Ireland as Mayor Pro Tem. The Dowd family sold Christmas trees on their Family Tree Farm in Loomis. Michael Cooper was among the Pack 12 Cub Scouts to paint Christmas decorations on the windows of Main Drug with the blessings of owner Gordon Takemoto. The new officers for the Loomis Chamber of commerce were Carmela Martin, George Colburn, Tom Estelita, Randy Thomson, and Colleen Haddad. The "Threat of Nuclear War" was the topic of study programs sponsored by the Methodist Church of Loomis. The position of the church's bishops was to encourage disarmament by both the U.S. and the Soviet Union. 10 Years Ago December 20, 2001 Eli Mower played Joseph and Tanna Jabusch was Mary in the Christmas Pageant at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Glenn Young was chosen the Most Neighborly Native Award by the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. He served as head of the Business Improvement District and devoted many hours to the Loomis Eggplant Festival. Placer Elementary 8th graders earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average were David Outlaw, Shelby Naake, Brian Yanez, Jenae Laws, and Sarah Walden. The Golden Eagles won their own Del Oro Boys Basketball Tournament by beating West Valley of Cottonwood and then Ponderosa 53-43 in the championship game. The Del Oro girls finished 3rd in their annual tournament as the Lady Eagles defeated Buchanon of Fresno 39-34. Del Oro art students displayed their talent in an art show. Earning first place awards were Amy Harris, Lisa Fillippini, Sara Langford, Mike Mont-Eton, Michele Dahl, and Natalie Gieck. Del Oro won the Nevada Union Wrestling Tournament behind Seth Knapp, Zach Sanchez, Josh Summers, Dave Hodges, BJ Mitchell, Micah Ferguson, and Logan Chaney. Bob Rodgers of Loomis was the franchise owner for the Union 76 station being built on the Penryn Buddhist Church property.