Looking Back

Week of Jan. 12, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 12, 1962 Masonic services were held for Lewis Matt Hebuck, 72, a native of Finland and a resident of Rocklin since 1895. He was a retired stonecutter and owner/operator of Memorial Stone Works. Under the direction of the Parents Club and its president Harold Springer, the Del Oro athletic stadium project was underway. Help also came from the high school students and local residents. In addition, Steve March worked out a plan to sell $25 certificates to be redeemed in the future as money became available. Members of the Penryn Assembly 211, Order of Rainbow for Girls enjoyed a trip to Hawaii. Trip highlights included a tour of Honolulu and Pearl Harbor followed by a Luau and a USO dance. The girls participated in a joint meeting of four Rainbow Assemblies in Hawaii. The Penryn members were Ann Lee Rippey, Kathy Nute, Elaine Uyeda, Sandy Okusu, Elaine Moreland, Mary Ellen Turnbull, Kathy Kennedy, Dorothy Eastman and Linda Johnson. Edmund Pilz and Robert Hansen represented Placer County as members for the California Tree Fruit Committee. Master Ruth Dean presided at her first meeting as the Loomis Grange celebrated 25 years of operation. The Grange started with 45 charter members. Francis Holsclaw, of Loomis, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the California National Guard. He commanded the 162nd Communications Group with headquarters at the North Highlands Air National Guard Base. Placer County's population was 65,600, a 15 percent increase from 1960. 25 Years Ago January 15, 1987 Services were held for LeRoy E. Lyon, 102, a resident of Loomis. He was a pioneer in the California orange growers' industry. When he retired in 1961, LeRoy was 1st VP and acting president of Sunkist Growers, Inc., the world's largest orange and lemon marketing cooperative. The Placer County Water Agency honored the late Francis Lindsay for his goal to get water for county residents. He believed in planning for the future through soil conservation and water projects. Francis owned and operated a 120-acre fruit orchard in Loomis with his wife Margaret. Loomis School District band members chosen to play at California State University, Sacramento as part of an honor band were seventh- and eighth-graders Susie Corley, Devin Bautista, Steve Wright, Sherry Sawyer, Jack Journey, Brian and Peter Haight. Also chosen were fifth- and sixth-graders Shelley Frazier, Tiffany Tudsbury, Bridgett Carpenter, Robin Harp, Eric Harms, Shawn Bender, Jared Cobabe and Brian Rhodes. The Cop'per Bowl pitted Placer County against Nevada County law enforcement officers. Local players included Sgt. Larry Webber, Del Oro graduate Capt. Ed Bonner, Capt. Steve Reader, and deputies Jon Perriraz, Rich Berrera, and Bert Houser. The Placer team won 21-16, and Ed Bonner was named MVP as he rushed for 84 yards. Steve Reader's daughter, Julie, won an autographed 49er football at the game. Applicants for the Loomis Planning Commission included Stacy Li, Gretchen Crespillo, Hazel Hineline, Collins Butler, Steve Wolff, Dave Emerson and Bob Smith. Penryn artist Pat Singleton expressed her love of nature through stunning oils and water colors on display at the Loomis Library. Besides being an artist, Pat was a civil engineer, carpenter and amateur naturalist. 10 Years Ago January 17, 2002 Helen Florance and Dot Shiro were pleased with the positive response to the idea of creating the Loomis Basin Parks and Recreation District. Bob Huff, recently retired Superintendent of the Newcastle School, agreed to serve as Chair of the District Formation Committee. Cathy and Jim Crosthwaite, co-owners of Instant Impact Company, worked on a possible logo design. Tim Bailey, a Del Oro senior, wrote and directed a one-act pay, "The Center," as part of his training with Stuart Smith, of the Motherlode Stage Co. Tim had numerous roles on and off stage starting in 1998. He also interned with the Sacramento Music Circus. The two best wrestling teams in the SFL met when Del Oro traveled to Rocklin. The Golden Eagles won the varsity match 30-27. Del Oro winners were Ryan DeMartini, Seth Knapp, Bryan Ryerson-Bisig, David Hodges and B.J. Mitchell. Katharine Sarah Harrison was selected to the Dean's Honor List at UC Santa Barbara.