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Looking Back

Week of Feb. 2, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago February 2, 1962 Services were held for Vernon Herman "Dutch" Maier, 64, a WWI veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was the former owner and operator of Ships Bell for a year and then Maier's Log Cabin in Loomis from 1947 to 1952. Jackie Yokote, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Yokote, was installed as worthy advisor of Penrhyn Assembly, 211, Order of Rainbow for Girls. Mrs. Phillip Oakes organized a birthday party for her son David's 5th birthday. On hand were Davey Beck, Teddy Nace, Stevie Patterson, and Billy Naylor. The Delta Lambda Club met at the Ophir home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Stark. Lila Stark displayed her collection of dolls representing the U.S. Presidents from George and Martha Washington to the Kennedys. Lucie Yego, Joyce Springer, Pat Schweigert, Kagleen Kott and Karen Peterson all helped Mavis Holsclaw celebrate her 18th birthday. "Fulfilling the Aims of the Constitution" was the topic of the annual oratorical contest sponsored by the John A. Stacker Post 775, American Legion. In charge of the contest were Bert Patterson, Al Nitta, Tony Guidera, George Makimoto, Frank Kageta, James Cooper, Walt Sakamoto, Tad Yego and Jack Perry. Charlene Stanley earned the highest score at Del Oro in the 1962 Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow to become eligible for a scholarship. Robert "Tiny" Radovich, Placer County Supervisor, moved his office next to Rose and Rose near Loomis Memorial Hall to give residents a chance to reach him. The Del Oro Golden Eagle Band was under the direction of Warren Prince. 25 Years Ago February 5, 1987 The Loomis community lost one of its biggest supporters with the death of Rosemary Ding. She was very involved with Del Oro activities, while her daughters attended the school. Rosemary believed in and worked toward a community building at the Loomis Basin Regional Park. The Loomis and Penryn Volunteer Fire Departments participated in a practice burn at Lausmann Lumber. As Loomis Fire Chief Ed Horton said, "We have several lumber yards in the area. It's only a matter of time until we have to fight a fire at one of them." Pinewood Derby winners from Loomis Cub Scout Packs 12 and 15 were Damon Brandley, Dustin Kimmel and Craig Bammel. Also earning awards were Russell Arnold, Brad Fellers, Josh Denton, Mike Seadorf, Jamie Ireland, Phillip Day, Scott Tillingshast, Jessie Schenk and Patrick Herrmann. The Del Oro girls basketball team defeated Ponderosa and Marysville with the help of Caryn Courtney and Angie Galieote. The JV girls also defeated the same teams behind Echo Chilson and Jackie Howard. Brian Kelley, of the Franklin Trojans, and Eric Smeltzer, of the Penryn Panthers, were selected to the All-Tourney team at the Warren T. Eich Basketball Tournament. Loomis, Penryn and Franklin Schools participated in the PRIME "Super Challenge," a problem-solving activity requiring thinking beyond standard mathematics. Under the direction of Del Oro teacher Gail Davidson, the program was coordinated by Del Oro students Mike Stoddard and Eric Hanson. Stanley Eisner was hired at Town Manager for Loomis. 10 Years Ago February 7 2002 Services were held for John Shultz Sr., 74, a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII who served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Grand Canyon. He was a member of the Metropolitan Car Club and Cappuccino Cruisers. Services were held for Jo Ann Fahnestock, 66, a resident of Loomis for 54 years. Yoel Stuart and Alli Riegel were honored as Del Oro Students of the Week. Yoel was recognized as a giving and caring person willing to help others. He was involved in soccer, Talons, Interact Club and Boys State. Alli was a peer helper, cross country runner, and active with her art, which included painting murals for hospitals. The Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic was the 2001 choice for the Business Hall of Fame by the Chamber of Commerce. Veterinarians Rick Frey, Corey Cherrstrom, and Greg Fellers were presented with the award. The clinic was started in 1975 in a little rented house on Taylor Rd. (next to the Hardware Emporium building). The new clinic was built in 1980 and became one of the largest privately owned clinic-hospitals in the state. Jennie Nitta thanked the community for supporting the First Annual Crab Feed to benefit the Del Oro Band. Timothy Gardiner, of Loomis, was included in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He attended Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Frances Scherer helped keep senior citizens active as director of the Loomis L.I.F.E. Center. The energetic 81 year-old worked hard to find new ideas for the seniors, including a hula dancing group. Even 99-year-old Ron Berryman got into the groove. Sandy Doudna and Thaya Craig were co-chairs of the Inari Sushi committee for the Methodist Church of Loomis. Helping to prepare the sushi were Sumi Ward and Ida Otani. Ryan Spencer, Carlie Beasle and Kendall Larson were among the 50 youngsters attending the Kids Bike Rodeo at Loomis School.