LOOKING BACK 'Blistermites' were active in Loomis fruit growing days

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago April 5, 1963

Services were held for Hattie Astill Campbell, 75, of Rt. 2 Loomis. She was a Placer county resident for 50 years.

Beth Nute celebrated her 11th birthday at the Sacramento Dog Fanciers Annual All Breed Puppy Match. She showed Kayo, her brother's 4H Guide Dog pup. Beth was happy with her day as Kayo won a 1st place ribbon and a trophy.

In spite of recent severe hail damage, the "Blistermites" were still active. These Blistermites were not insects preying on fruit trees, but were 25-30 of the leading fruit men of the area led by Frank Aguilar. The organization formed 30 years earlier to learn about diseases, insects, and culture of fruit trees along with a little socializing.

Due to heavy snowmelt, Folsom Lake contained over 1,000 acres of debris floating around the lake. 

Loomis Memorial Hall had a new look with new doors in the foyer, a new gas burner, and for the pleasure of the ladies, a new color in the auxiliary room.

In church news, the First Congregational Church, the United Church of Christ observed the Festival of Palms, the celebration of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Reverend Roy Sano gave the sermon at the Loomis Methodist Church in both English and Japanese. Morning and evening services were held at the United Pentecostal Church of Loomis with Reverend Sam Cagle giving the sermon.

25 Years Ago April 7, 1988

Del Oro graduate Julie Reader was elected student body president at Sierra College. Julie was a former Del Oro Band field conductor. 

Penryn School spelling bee winners were Emily Stoddard, Brooke Wentzel, Lisa Harriger, Cody Dales and overall school champion Amy Cisneros. 

Loomis 4-H club member Tara Wilson had Sam, the Champion Brahman heifer, at the Junior Grand National Livestock Exhibition at the Cow Palace. Also showing their steers were Brett and Chad Mayhew, of Loomis 4-H. Joey Pierce, of Del Oro FFA, took Reserve Champion.

Placer School eighth-graders with all A report cards were Jessi Poczulp and Jennifer Stoessel.

A Loomis youngster was quoted in an Associated Press story. It seemed there was an April Fool's Day event in San Francisco where people in outlandish costumes paraded through the streets. Alex Nisenbaum, 8, said, "Grown-ups are really weird."

Loomis teacher Nancy Melville was approved to be principal of the district summer school.

Recent winners of the Del Oro Band calendar fundraiser were Patricia Baker, Suzanne Buchholz and C.R. Boyack.

Supervisors Erik Henrikson and Mike Lee headed to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the construction of the Auburn Dam.

The former Loomis Motel was condemned and awaiting demolition.

10 Years Ago April 10, 2003

Del Oro freshman Julianne Reid collected 300 letters written by Penryn and Newcastle students to be sent to the USS Nimitz serving in the Middle East. "I wanted to do something for our military and let them know that we are thinking of them and want them home soon and safe," said Julianne.

Brian Morris accompanied his father, Jack Morris of Loomis, on a Lions Club medical mission to Mexico and came home a hero. He saved two boys from being swept out to sea while swimming in treacherous waters. Brian managed to shove one boy to safety. The second boy was under water further away and certain to drown. Brian struggled with the boy and the current until a fishing boat pulled them in.

Carolyn Goodell and Andrew Nielsen were among the members of the Del Oro Band's Winter Percussion to entertain students at the elementary schools. Among the members of the winter guard performing were Pamela Behnken, Elana Veek, Daria Muller and Emily Carroll.

The Rev. Roy Sano returned to the pulpit as part of the centennial celebration of the birth of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. The church was founded in 1903 by a small group of young, enthusiastic Issei (first generation Japanese) searching for a better life. They first worshiped in the Sugasawa home. In a few years they were recognized as the Loomis Japanese Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1913, the Rev. Yukichi Naito was appointed as a full-time pastor.

Michelle Johnson and Whitney Morton were customers at the new Pot of Gold coffee shop in Loomis under the ownership of Jennifer Adams.