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Looking Back

By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 26, 1962 Services were held for William Cook, 59. He was raised in Loomis and operated a grocery store downtown for a number of years. For the first time in 25 years, it snowed in Loomis – five inches that lasted for a week – much to the delight of local children. Marilyn Carlisle was a member of the A Cappella Choir at Chico State College. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Carlisle of Rt. 1, Loomis. Al Moore was installed as president and Misty Moore as treasurer of the Auburn Sierra Rangers. High Point Boy award went to Randy Moore. All three were from Loomis. The evening closed with a colored movie, "The American Cowboy." The Aero Chamber of Commerce pledged full support of the Del Oro stadium project. Representing the Chamber were Edmund Pilz, Frank Aguilar, Francis Holsclaw, Lloyd Dudley, Ed Brown and Francis Lindsay. Sierra College was trying to lessen the confusion. For 20 years it was known as Placer College and was part of the Placer Union High School District. At the new location, mail came through the Rocklin Post Office, but phone calls to the college (OL 2-7273) came through the Loomis phone exchange. Directions up Hwy 40 to the school were to turn off on Lee Mine Rd. but that was renamed Rocklin Rd. To add to the confusion, there was a "La" Sierra High School in Sacramento and a "La" Sierra College in Southern California. However, as one teacher said, "The only time students seem to 'lose' their way was on days when exams were scheduled." 25 Years Ago January 29, 1987 Services were held for Takaharu "Tak" Hamasaki, 66, a native of Newcastle. A U.S. Army veteran of WWII, he earned a Bronze Star in the European Theater. He was a fruit rancher and worked 20 years as a custodian for the Auburn School District. Former Franklin School principal Ronald Rhodes died while on a hunting trip in Alaska. He was a Sitka, Alaska school principal and spent summers commercial fishing with Clarke Powers of Loomis. Stan Dominguez retired after 37 years at his gas station at the corner of Webb and Taylor. His son Mark and daughter-in-law Carol purchased the station with plans to remodel it into a mini-mart and self-service station. Del Oro Band members Dyne Eifertsen, Lyrad Riley and Jerry Unruh were selected to perform in the California All-State Band. The Del Oro softball team traveled to Australia and played in a series of exhibition games. They found the teams there to be very competitive. The visit included a trip to the city of Pakenham, where Coach Gail Davidson and her husband Ron had taught in the 1970s. Another highlight of the trip was a "kangaroo safari" on a rickety old truck. Pam Paulin, Laurie Sommer, Stacy Lumadue, and Angie Galieote led the scoring as the Del Oro Girls Basketball team beat Lindhurst 65-46. Penryn School won the St. Joseph Basketball Tournament with wins over Magnolia, Weimar, and Newcastle. Leading Penryn were Brian Rasmussen, Ryan Casey, Brian Beal and Greg Amos. Dan Taylor and Tom Morris coached the team. Steve Clement was selected as Del Oro R.O.P. "Student of the Month." He had worked with Stovall Electric and B.J. Plumbing. 10 Years Ago January 31, 2002 Big, fluffy snowflakes fell on Loomis on January 28, leaving a carpet of white on the ground for a short time. Earning awards in the Pinewood Derby were Pack 12 Cub Scouts Daniel Outlaw, Robbie Enos, Dillon Rath, Taylor Carrington and Kyle Burriesci. Two outstanding musicians, Mary Christensen and Liz Elder, performed in junior high honor bands. Both girls were 7th-graders at Loomis School. Glenn Young received the Neighborly Native Award from the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce. He was co-owner or RYCO Construction with partner Charlie Ross. Glenn liked to lend a hand and volunteered for almost anything. Coach Bill Bunch's Placer School 8th-grade basketball team celebrated a hard-won 2nd-place at the Foresthill Tournament. The players were Brian Yanez, Brian O'Hair, Dan Schembri, Nick Huppe, Steven Lemke, Heath Simmons, Chasen Nielsen, David Outlaw, Alex Hendricks and Kevin Ash. Franklin School held the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation. Earning top honors were 6th graders Michael Niebuhr, Rachel Rath and Adam Shellito.