Looking Back

Week of Feb. 23, 2012
By: Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago February 23, 1962 Frank Nute conducted a Court of Honor for Troop 12 Boy Scouts of Loomis. Advancement to First Class include Frank Bailey, Robert Bonner, Carl Uyeda, Tim Espley, Steve Karlstedt, Craig Lindsay and Hubert Miller. Star Scouts are James Johnson, Bob Makimoto and Rodney Uratsu; and Life Scout is Melvin Takahashi. Dr. Nicholas Bailey moved his office to the old Townsend home at the intersection of Pine Street (now Horseshoe Bar Road) and the freeway. Cathleen Kennedy, 15, of Loomis was granted a junior membership in the American Angus Association at St. Joseph, Mo. The Symphonettes, a Del Oro High School singing group, entertained the Penryn PTA. Singers were Carol Lemos, Joyce Springer, Karen Peterson, Jeanne Sittman, Helen Baker, Barbara Giese, and Pat and Diane Schweigert. Mrs. Millie Taylor was the hostess for the Cinderella Bridge Club. Honors went to Lorene Owen and Jonelle Hansen. The Loomis School PTA sponsored the Hocus Pocus Circus for 300 people. Children enjoyed the program and cotton candy. A complete overhaul of your car was available at Gene's Automotive Service located, one mile west of town, next to the Country Club bar. Tuberculosis continued to be the number one infectious killer. 25 Years Ago February 26, 1987 Sgt. Larry Webber had high praise for Capt. Steve Reader. "When I originally inherited the joy as officer-in-charge of the Loomis substation, I found myself truly amazed at the work Sgt. Reader, now Capt. Reader, had done. He literally built a police department from the ground up." Del Oro junior Andy Leman won the Loomis Lions Club Speaking Contest. Earning 2nd place was freshman Keyan Riley. Their public speaking coach was English teacher Mark Hayward. Alice Barnes was honored as a member of the Del Oro No. 1 Club for volunteering for a variety of Del Oro projects. Bill Tindall's 8th-grade class at Placer School displayed square dancing skills for younger students at the school. The Del Oro boys' basketball team remained in 1st place in league with a 72-51 win over Ponderosa. Helping to secure the win wereMarc Kelley, Brian Alfonso, Jeremy Ulmer and Sean Jimenez. The girls' team also beat the Bruins, 68-45, with scoring from Pam Paulin, Laurie Sommer, Stacey Lumadue and Christy Gerads. The new Tri-District Fire Department received a new truck. The department serves Loomis (Chief Ed Horton), Newcastle (Chief Ray Vega), and Penryn (Chief Bert Braun). Four new Penryn Fire Dept. firefighters were Linda Roberts, Clint Brown, Mike Sargeant and Randy Neifer. Christyn Booth and Leanne Edwards were recognized as Del Oro Students of the Month. 10 Years Ago February 28, 2002 Services were held for Placer County native Charles Nakata, 85. A graduate of Ophir School and Placer High, he served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Services were held for John Law Ferguson, 87, a 3rd-generation Loomis resident. He served in North Africa and Europe in the U.S. Army. John was a fruit grower and a teacher at Loomis School and Sacramento High School. He also served as Loomis’ first Town Clerk. Micah Ferguson, Zach Sanchez and B.J. Mitchell qualified for the State Wrestling Championships. Del Oro Students of the Week were Brett Huff and Alicia Leupp. Brett was a Peer Helper, played baseball and was active in a donation drive for victims of 9/11 and showed incredible support for all Del Oro events. Alicia's positive attitude and kindness helped her to help others. She was involved in dance, cross country and was student body president. The Del Oro Girls basketball team upset Natomas, 49-39, in the 1st round of the Section Playoffs. Wes Barnes, a Loomis native, retired from the Loomis Fire Protection District after 57 years of service. Loomis Councilmember Walt Scherer was selected as chair of LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission). An exhibition at Sierra College coincided with the 60th anniversary of the internment of 117,000 Japanese American citizens during WWII. A photo display featured artist Dean Tokuno's study of his Uncle Tim, who was a member of the acclaimed 442nd Regimental Combat Team that fought in Europe.