Looking Back

Week of Jan. 19, 1012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 19, 1962 Richard Boundy enlarged his irrigation reservoir on his fruit farm south of the old Rock Springs Ranch. Robert Nakamura continued his efforts to drain the wet areas on his ranch located four miles southwest of Newcastle off the Newcastle-Lincoln Road. Howard Nakae completed his drainage system on the Twin Peaks Ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Day showed their Alaska trip pictures to the Loomis Womens Club. The Federated Women's Club met at the clubhouse with Bernice Nicholas and Margaret McNatt acting as hostesses. The club donated $5 to the Placer County Retarded Children parent group. A write-in candidate, Robert Poirier, of Loomis, was the new student body president at Sierra College. Betty Okusako was named to the Dean's List at Armstrong College in Berkeley. The Penryn Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, honored Mr. and Mrs. Ernest McNatt. Providing entertainment were Don Wiswell, Leonard Evans, Lorene Owen, Gail Brown, John Peterson, Millie Taylor, and Betty and Al Schweigert. Coach Paul Chesney was pleased that his Sierra College ski team defeated Chico State, Nevada, and Arizona State in a ski meet. Ed Ronnestad's first-place jump, a 79-footer, was made on a cracked ski which was taped up. The newly formed Loomis Church Basketball League consisted of the Congregational, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches. 25 Years Ago January 22, 1987 Services were held for Thomas Lincoln Ross, 77, a former superintendent for the Loomis School District. He had a 40-year career in education. A Memorial Service was held for Kathleen Winslow Kokila, 63, a Newcastle teacher from 1958-1981. She served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. A Memorial Service was held for Maxine Smith, 63, a native of Oklahoma. She taught at Penryn School for 22 years. Hike Yego, former Placer County Marshal, was elected as the new president of the JACL. He was a well-known civic leader. Mayor Greg Fellers signed a proclamation designating February as American History Month in Loomis. Leading the flag salute for the Penryn 4-H Club meeting were Jennifer Whitman and Davin Scagliotti. Songleader Ahren Bass led the singing of "I'm Looking Over a 4-H Clover." Dave Parker of Loomis was elected chairman of the Placer County Agricultural Commission. Franklin School 5th-grader Jessica Graves drew a poster with the message "Harmony is a Thing to Cheer About" as part of the school's program to help students get along with each other. Students of the Week at Placer School were Jarrett Tonn, Kevin Pinegar, Amanda Groth, Kerri Jeppson, Mindy Nelson, Jennifer This, Julie Jurkovich, Craig Bammel, Mike Ruskoff and Devin Johnson. 10 Years Ago January 24, 2002 Steve March and Gordon Takemoto had fond memories of the 1960 Olympic Torch Relay run prior to the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. Along with Steve and Gordon, John Locke, Jay Kinder, and Gary Hess were students from the newly opened Del Oro High School earning the chance to participate in the relay. Gordon recalled, "Other runners had nice track uniforms. Del Oro runners just had white shorts because the school was new and didn't have a track team." Mike Virgil, another local resident from Penryn, ran as part of the Placer High School participants and ended up running two legs of the relay after another runner became ill. For their senior year, Mike's class was added to Del Oro and became the first graduating class. Del Oro opened in 1959 with 180 freshmen and sophomores. Principal Ralph Goggins, along with secretary Marie Hayashida, ran the entire school Chinese artifacts from the Joss House (a type of temple) in Loomis Chinatown were returned to Loomis. It started with a phone call to Barbara Nichols, a member of the Loomis Basin Historical Society, from Jean Bishop of Carmichael. Jean told Barbara she had two boards with Chinese writing that came from the Loomis Chinatown. A friend of Jean's happened to be driving along King Road in Loomis when the Joss House was being bulldozed down. He asked if he could have those two boards. They ended up at the Coral Reef Restaurant in Sacramento and later with Jean Bishop, who called Barbara. A San Francisco resident translated the characters on the boards and determined they were indeed from the Loomis Chinatown.