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Looking Back

Week of Jan. 5, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 5, 1962 New Year’s weekend guests of Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bailey included Mr. A.D. Bailey; his mother, Mrs. James H. Bailey, of Manhattan Beach; and Mrs. Bailey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Robberson of Sacramento. Loomis Levi's and Laces hosted over 60 dancers at their monthly party night at Loomis School. Helping organize the event were George and Dorothy Alexander, Doris Morgan, and Betty and Steve March. Jim and Thelma Blagg caught two large Marlin fish in Mexico. Jim was employed at Allton Chevrolet and Thelma at Loomis Beauty Salon. Sierra College had an enrollment of approximately 900 students, according to President Harold Weaver. Students had to have their polio shots prior to enrolling. Many people were not aware that U.S. 40, as a freeway, meant you cannot just stop along the road and let the kids play in the snow. U.S. economic problems include the flight of American factories to foreign countries. As Senator Hubert Humphrey said, "Not a single typewriter was being manufactured in the United States anymore." Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians were coming to Sacramento to perform "Let Freedom Sing." 25 Years Ago January 8, 1987 Services were held for Toshio Ichikawa, 71, a native of Newcastle. He retired from McClellan AFB and was a member of the JACL, Placer Buddhist Church, Sons in Retirement, and Sierra Bonsai Club. Brett Tudsbury, of LoomisBoy Scout Troop 15, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in scouting. His Eagle project was installing a drip irrigation system at Loomis Fire Station Two. He is the son of Bill and Judy Tudsbury and the grandson of Bill and Bea Tudsbury. Del Oro won the 45th Annual Kendall Arnett Basketball Tournament by defeating Colfax 51-39 in the championship game. Golden Eagle Marc Kelley was named MVP, while Bob Hoffman and Sean Jiminez were named to the All-Tournament team. Beth Enright was named the new clerk-librarian of the Loomis Library. Beth, a graduate of Loomis Grammar School and Del Oro High School, had long served as a volunteer at the library. She was also a member of the Friends of the Loomis Library. The Del Oro Swim Team Boosters Club raised $1,000 by picking up discarded Christmas trees. Among those working were Brent Collins; Wil and Matt Conner; Jeannie, Eric and John Woodard; Linda, Kim and Becky Otley; Marti, Kevin, Chris and Gary Schulze; Chris, Kim, Katie and Jim Feickert; and Bryan and Jim Palmer. Loomis residents Tom Atteberry, Bill Remner and Mike Ucovich had a successful day of catching Rainbow trout at Stampede Reservoir. 10 Years Ago January 10, 2002 An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for J.P. Newsom, a Troop 12 Boy Scout. His parents, Jon and Brenda Newsom, presented J.P. with his award. For his project, he held a toy and clothing drive to benefit the Child Abuse Council of Placer County Crisis Nursery. The Town of Loomis and the Placer County Sheriff's Office honored a special group of volunteers – the Sheriff's Aides. They include Mack Tsujimoto, Jim Hansen, Warren Burns, Carrol Reyman, George Shoop, Jeff Terrien, Eric Hansen, Shig Yokote, Henry Sacra, Jim Montgomery and Jack Keegan. The 101-year-old Loomis Fruit Growers Association held its annual New Year's get-together. Among those in attendance were Ed Horton, Kunio and Toki Okusu, Aster Kondo, Bill Tudsbury, Barbara Leak, and LFGA president Bob Hansen. Celebrating 61 years together were Frank and Berniece Ellis. They moved to Loomis along with daughter and son-in-law Vicky and Ron Morris to assist in establishing Secret Ravine Vineyards on Barton Road. Loomis residents Kevin Flanagan and Lowell Thomson, members of the Eagle Youth Water Polo team, participated in the U.S. Water Polo National Age Group Camp. Eighty athletes from across the country were selected to attend the rigorous training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado.