Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (June 10, 1960) Ninety-seven students were to graduate from the Loomis Union Grammar School on June 9. Diane Schweigert was the valedictorian, and Don Lunsford was the salutatorian. Other student speakers were Dan Dutton, Kathy Nute, Diane Lapp, Kathy Bono, Barbara Pilliard, Donna Gross, Pam Wood, Judy Stickler and Betty Nakashoji. Over 200 people attended the dedication of the new Placer School on June 6. Among those taking part in the ceremonies were Lee Tudsbury, former district trustee and alumnus of the old Placer School built in 1894; Harold Leak, also a graduate of the original school; Tom Howell, superintendent of the Loomis School District; Al Schweigert, Placer School principal; and Rev. Roy Sano of the First Methodist Church and Rev. Thedore Nace of the First Congregational Church. Members of the Loomis Grange visited the Stewart?s Flat cemetery, to clean up the area and place flowers on the graves of the old pioneers of 1849. The cemetery, with graves dating back to January 1, 1856, was located one mile south of Penryn. The Loomis Firemen held their annual Dutch Lunch in the new fire house, to which merchants of the town were invited to participate. 25 YEARS AGO (June 13, 1985 Issue) Penryn School?s Class of 1985 valedictorian was Jackie Howard, and the salutatorian was Diana Anderl. Marge Crossley marked her 40th year as an exhibitor at the Placer County Fair. She had an impressive array of sweepstakes in vegetables, canning, and preserves. Marge also supported the Jr. Livestock Auction for 20 years. Services were held for Kazuo Kanai, 63, a lifelong resident of Penryn. He served during WWII with the 442nd Regimental Combat Division. He retired from McClellan AFB and also worked as a fruit rancher. Kazuo was a member of the John A. Stacker American Legion Post, the JACL, and the Placer Buddhist Church. Dominic Blanchard and his twin brother, Nicholas, were among the students making Father?s Day cards in Lou Ferguson?s kindergarten class at Franklin School. Eric Hansen checked the ripening plums on his family's orchard in Loomis in preparation for the certified growers market in Auburn. Loomis Troop 12 Scoutmaster Dave Conrad prepared the Scouts for summer camp at Camp Pahatsi. 10 YEARS AGO (June 8, 2000 Issue) Carolyn Lignos became a contestant on the ?Who Wants to be a Millionaire? show. She chose her mother, Lillie Clover, as her traveling companion to New York. Carolyn did not make it to the ?hot seat,? but she did enjoy the experience. Del Oro students Michelle Cervone, Jonathan Bergstrom and Ross Harold were selected to the Girls and Boys State Conference. It was a ?hands on? education in government. The honor was presented to high school juniors who have demonstrated a high level of school and community leadership and academics. A memorial service was held for Henry Sneed, 80, a resident of Loomis for 39 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Henry worked as a meat cutter for over 30 years. He loved fishing and golf. The Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ?s confirmation class was taught by Rev. Michael Kortright. The confirmands were Rosie McGown, Zac Warner, Christina Neifer, Lea McElhatton, Daniel Johnson, Katie McGown, Emily Sheldon, Laurie Lucht and Josh Day.