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LOOKING BACK Goldminer ends up with cattle ranch

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago
February 22, 1963
Services were held for Takaji Osaki, 62, a native of Japan and a fruit rancher for 47 years in the Long valley area.
Services were held for Raj Kor, 72, a native of India. She operated the Poonian Nursery for many years.
John Boyington pulled out five acres of decline infested pear trees on his ranch two miles east of Loomis on King-Loomis Road. K. Mihara installed more drain tile on his 58-acre ranch five miles west of Newcastle on the Newcastle-Lincoln Road. O’Farrel (Tex) Welch planted clover and native annuals on the pasture he had maintained since 1950. His 120-acre ranch was located 3.5 miles southeast of Loomis. Tex originally operated another 500 acres of the Law property.
Earl Quong presided at the annual Loomis Farm Center family dinner with 135 people served.
Loomis residents were proud of their friendly constable, Percy Lanouette. The Loomis School PTA awarded him their Life Membership Award. A telegram came from officials of the City of Elko, Nev. congratulating him. It was 10 years earlier that Percy, then the Elko police chief, received a meritorious award for outstanding community service.
As a result of their high SAT scores, Chris Edwards, Sandra Templin, Linda Wood and James Carlisle were eligible for California state scholarships.
Under Mrs. Carmela Martin’s leadership, a cooking group was started called “The Mess-makers.”
The morning service at the First Methodist Church of Loomis was led by Miss Carol Nakae. Misses JoAnn Sasaki and Sharon Uratsu were in charge of the nursery.
25 Years Ago
February 25, 1988
Services were held for Donna Mae Schroeder, 58. A retired RN, she was a Loomis resident for 21 years. Services were held for Haruko Uyeno, 85, a resident of Loomis and Newcastle for 65 years.
Andy Leman earned top honors in the Loomis Lions Club Speakers Contest. Other finalists were Keyan Riley and Jessica Smith.
Soroptimist International of Rocklin-Loomis honored Del Oro senior Andrea Andrews with the Youth Citizenship Award. Sydney Lee Brauton was honored with the Training Award for women who had reentered the workplace.
Carol Catinari’s seventh-grade students at Loomis Grammar School partnered with Jan Brown’s first-graders as they worked together on the school’s new computers.
Loomis resident Larry Gaddis announced his intention to run for Placer County municipal court judge. He was a member of several local organizations and was  a charter member of Paul’s Place Association.
Barbara Ruhkala, Gerry Enos, Adria Kruegar and Judy Emerson prepared desserts, while Chiyoko Suzuki and Setsuko Takahashi started the intricate process of making maki sushi for the Methodist Church’s Oriental Food Bazaar.
10 Years Ago
February 27, 2003
Loomis School expanded as the district purchased parcels where Cagles Frostie and the adjacent olive orchard were located. The property belonged to the Gates family.
Del Oro wrestlers Ryan DeMartini, Jordan Polly, Micah Ferguson, AJ Harris and Seth Knapp qualified for the Section Championships.
Loomis pioneers Joseph and Ann Turner were the subject of a program presented by Ken and Barbara Mackey at the Loomis Basin Historical Society meeting. Barbara’s great, great grandfather Joseph Turner came to America at age 14 with his family in 1830. He came to mine for gold at Beals Bar on the American River in 1850. He turned to farming and settled on a 200-acre ranch on Secret Ravine near Pine Grove (now Loomis). Besides growing fruit, Joseph and Ann raised cattle and operated a granite quarry. Their son George continued the ranch until he died in 1930. His wife Mary turned the ranch over to their daughter Ora Turner Crossley and grandson Frank Crossley. Frank and his wife Marge continued the family operation and switched entirely to cattle in the early 1960s. Frank died in 1986. Marge, along with daughter Barbara and husband Ken Mackey, continued to operate a Polled Hereford cattle ranch on Horseshoe Bar Road.
Services were held for Laverne L. “Mike” Van Zandt, 77, formerly of Penryn. As a teen, he worked on the Wilson Brothers Cattle ranch spending his summers driving cattle to Sierra Valley. He operated a walnut ranch since 1976.