Looking Back

Week of Feb. 9, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago February 9, 1962 Services were held for Loomis pioneer Tanzo Suzuki, 87. He came from Japan in 1900 and lived in Loomis since 1906. Tanzo was a retired farmer and a member of the Methodist Church of Loomis. Loomis Pack 12 Cubmaster Cosma Sakamoto handed out awards at the monthly meeting to John Coleman, Robert Vigil, Gary Davis, Ronnie Clover, Eddie Harper, Steve Engvall, Rusty Howard, Randy Hansen, Eddie Bonner, Randy Howard, Charles Coleman, Donald Sittman and Richard Ganas. Wes and Mildred Naylor moved into their new home after living in one of Earl Gates' houses. Mrs. Lorene Owen represented the Penrhyn Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star at the Association of 1949 Worthy Matrons. The Friendly Service Committee of the Women's Fellowship at the Congregational Church in Loomis planned a Quilting Bee. The finished quilt would go to needy family. Advisor Mrs. Millie Taylor prepared the Penryn Happy Blue Birds as they began their candy sales. Enjoying the Boat Show in San Francisco were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Law, Mr. and Mrs. Ernie McNatt, and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hebard. Ballroom dance classes at $1 per lesson were offered to 8th to 10th graders in Loomis by the Loa Beth Dance Studios. Expert welding with Heliarc was done at Lews Welding Shop on Route 1 in Loomis. 25 Years Ago February 12, 1987 A Memorial Service was held for Robert Laird, Sr., 69, a fifth-generation member of a Loomis pioneer family. As a WWII pilot in the Troop Carrier Command, Col. Laird was downed over Germany. He became a paraplegic as a result of being shot by a sniper. After surviving the war, he earned a degree in micropaleontology from UCLA. Tracy Johnson was installed as Worthy Advisor for the New Hope Assembly No 57, International Order of the Rainbow Girls. Don Arnold of Arnold's Bump shop in Loomis produced one of the best paint jobs in the 37th Annual Autorama at Cal Expo. Eugene Bergkamp, of Penryn, entered his 1967 Porsche Super Speedster in the show , the only one known to exist. Mo and Shirley Thomas, of Penryn, entered their 1951 Mercury 2-door sedan. A "Very Merry Unbirthday" party for Devan, Jashel, and Deldon Johnson was sponsored by students and faculty at Placer School. The event was organized by Linda Sewell, a friend of the family. The Johnson's home was severely damaged by fire two weeks earlier. Franklin School 8th graders earning straight "A" report cards were Jenny Yeo, Chandra Thomas, Robert Holt, Nicole Clark and Katharine Bodie. Earning the same at Placer School were Julie Frodahl and Kevin Wood. Brothers Don and Ken Weatherwax, representing Del Oro High School, were the top two individual medal winners in the Placer County Academic Decathlon. Also earning medals in the event were Del Oro students Tom Lewis, Andrea Andrews, Janet Christman and Roger Nattkemper. 10 Years Ago February 14, 2002 Honored as Del Oro Students of the Week were Johanna Farren and Evin Newton. Johanna was recognized for being full of pride and spirit for her school. She was involved in volleyball and student government as well as being a trainer and tutor. Evin was Senior Class President and involved in basketball, Interact and Earth Clubs. She truly embodied the Del Oro spirit. The Loomis Fruit Growers Association said Goodbye at its 101st and final board meeting. Board president Bob Hansen thanked the membership for "sticking with us" through tough times and good times. He recognized manager Randy Hansen, Barbara Leak and Lorene Owen for their many years of service. Present for the meeting were members Harry Asazawa, Angel Betancourt, John Bono, Aster Kondo, Ron Mansfield, Ruby Mayeda, Richard Nishamura, Al Nitta, Kunio Okusu, Lorene Owen, Shoki Tenma, Bill Tudsbury, Mets Uyeno, Bob Hansen, Randy Hansen and Eric Hansen. The book "Standing Guard: Telling Our Stories" was published by Sierra College. It was a culmination of 38 interviews focusing on the impact of the forced removal and internment from Placer County of all persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII. The publication coincided with the 60th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Roosevelt authorizing the internment. Brianna Groth, Brittany Mack, Kelsey Brown, and Stephanie Nesbitt were the top students at the Placer School D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation. A little red shed in Penryn was a focus of interest as the Placer County bomb squad, along with the Penryn Fire Department, set it ablaze. Stored inside were old dynamite sticks. Years ago farmers would use dynamite for many purposes, including making holes to plant trees and clearing rocks. The Del Oro Wrestling Team won the league championship. Qualifying for the sub-section meet were Micah Ferguson, Zach Sanchez, Dan Zito, B.J. Mitchell, Tyler Eilmas, Brian Ryerson-Bisig, Jordan Polly, Ryan DeMartini, Tony Crosetti and Seth Knapp.