Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Dec. 9, 1960 Issue) Del Oro High School started a behind-the-wheel driver training course. Alton Chevrolet Company loaned a Chevrolet to the school, and Wayne Naylor and Sidney Smith were the class instructors. The sewer connection fee to the Rocklin-Loomis Municipal Utility District was increased to $275, up from $225. A sonic boom heard by residents in the Loomis area was reported to have shattered an 8 by 12 plate-glass window at Placer Spray Service, owned by Joe Lemos, on Highway 40. Loomis Union Grammar School P.T.A. members baked and sold 80 pounds of fruitcake to benefit school projects. Bruce Barnes was selling Douglas fir Christmas trees at $1 to $2 each. 25 YEARS AGO (Dec. 12, 1985 Issue) Del Oro graduate Herb Fernandez completed his first marathon, the California International, in a time of 3 hours, 13 minutes. The Daylites choral group from Del Oro, under the direction of Anne Day, was to perform at Sierra College. Members were Patty Moore, Kelly Mitchell, Michelle Smith, Diana Anderl, Beckie Wakley, Denise Perry and Wendy Bowling. Del Oro graduates Jennifer Nash and J.T. Doupnik were engaged to be married. Jennifer is the daughter of Anne and Gerry Nash of Penryn. J.T. is the son of Betty and Gary Doupnik of Loomis. Fire damaged an historic home on Horseshoe Bar Road built by Dr. Ostrom in the early 1920s. It later became the home and office of the late Dr. P. D. Barnes. Tom Stuckey, Don Treco and Jack Leman of Loomis were members of the 7th Michigan Cavalry, Co. F, providing living history of the Civil War. Casey Anne Barnes decorated the snowflake Christmas tree at the Loomis Library. Each snowflake represented a donation to the Red Cross. Blood drive chairs Pam Tooker and Rosemary Anderson thanked the donors. One of those was Bill Gieck. The event was sponsored by the Loomis Methodist Church and the Lions Clubs from Loomis and Rocklin. Chamber of Commerce members Steve O'Conner, Dick Harris and Bill Von Thaden erected a Christmas tree in downtown Loomis. 10 YEARS AGO (Dec. 14, 2000 Issue) Franklin School first-grader Brett Bacharach celebrated with his dad, Chris, as part of the Royal Reader event in Carolyn Basque's class. Percussion members of the Del Oro Band ? Melanie Mortensen and Matt Neal ? entertained diners at a Spaghetti Feed fundraiser. Bob Hansen celebrated his 80th birthday at the Loomis Grange. The reception was hosted by sons Randy and Eric along with family members. Bob comes from a prominent pioneer family of fruit growers. Ron Berryman celebrated his 98th birthday at the L.I.F.E. Center at the First Methodist Church in Loomis. He was born in Montreal, Canada. Loomis School first-graders in Jan Brown's class appreciated the help of volunteer Vivian Brown, age 88. Among those students were Brent Bell, James Vitale, Michael Penney and Abbie Cottman. Del Oro won its own Invitational Basketball Tournament by beating Ponderosa 54-40 in the final. Making the all-tourney team from Del Oro were Danny White, Brian Armstrong and Pete Demas. Services were held for Grace "Marie" Weller, a Loomis resident for 50 years. She was a cook for the Loomis Lions Club for years. She enjoyed a time when all four sons, a son-in-law, five grandsons, and a nephew played on a softball team called "Marie's Fault."