LOOKING BACK Home of last stagecoach driver burns

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 4, 1963

Mr. and Mrs. Charley Croft barely escaped as their home, just off the Loomis-Barton Road (County Road 71), was destroyed by fire. Many relics of early days were lost in the flames causing Charley much grief. He was considered one of Placer County's "Grand Old Men" at age 90. Charley drove the last stagecoach on the present County Road 71.

Services were held for Loomis native Angelina Isabel Butler, 70.

The John A. Stacker Post No. 775 American Legion officiated at the funeral service for David Gower, 64. He was a World War II veteran and a farmer in Loomis since 1930.

4-H member John Coleman purchased a registered hereford, Miss Irish, from Lazy M Ranch owned by George Meredith.

Markey Rasmussen was the emcee at the Loomis Levi's and Laces Folk Dance Club's New Year's dance. Steve and Betty March planned the event, which drew 90 participants.

The postal rate for a 1st class letter was increased from 4 to 5 cents, local letters from 3 to 4 cents, and the familiar penny post card cost 4 cents.

The 1963 fishing license cost $5 for all fish and frogs. 

25 Years Ago January 7, 1988

Services were held for Vernon Edward Joerger, 91, a WWI Marine Corps veteran. He operated a family ranch in Auburn for 70 years.

Del Oro freshman Todd Lay was honored as the Sacramento Bee's Carrier Sales Representative of the Year.

Helen Florance and Vera Hacker, of Loomis, announced their candidacy for the District 4 seat on the Placer County Board of Supervisors being vacated by Mike Lee.

Sally Edwards, a 1965 Del Oro graduate, was training to qualify for the 1988 Olympic Trials in the women's marathon. Besides running, she heads a chain of 25 Fleet Feet franchises and was the author of five books related to fitness.

Winners of a drug and alcohol awareness poster contest were Loomis School District students Chanda Leese, Andy Hill, T.J. Baggaley, Olivia Lausche and David Shoemaker.

Laurie Sommer scored a career high 33 points to lead the Del Oro girls basketball team to a 60-47 win over Encina.

The Del Oro Boys basketball team edged Mira Loma 65-64. Rod Sittman hit a crucial shot to send the game into overtime where Jeremy Ulmer sunk the winning basket.

New Loomis mayor John Ireland gained a reputation for his common sense and reasonable and straight-forward approach on the town council.

10 Years Ago January 9, 2003

Services were held for Iwami Nishimoto, 80, a lifelong resident of Placer County and a fruit rancher.

Matching the red color of an original brick, Nelthorpe and Son Appliance Store received a new paint job. The store was established in 1915 as a feed store and later a general store. Appliances were added after World War II. Owner Ed Nelthorpe was the son of the store's founder. Ed ran the store with son David and daughter Rhonda.

Senior Melanie St. Hiliare, with the help of English teacher Scott Holcomb, made an effort to create interest in starting a journalism class at Del Oro. Students Daniel Kielman and Cayla McCrae along with principal Bob Christiansen were all for the idea.

Miguel Ucovich was elected president of the Placer Mosquito Abatement District Board of Trustees.

Del Oro placed 3rd at the Jim Briggs Memorial Wrestling Tournament in Tracy. Jordan Polly took 1st; while Ryan DeMartini, Cody Evans, Seth Knapp and Bryan Ryerson-Bisig earned 2nd place.

The Del Oro girls basketball team defeated Foothill 41-20. Leading the scoring were Sarah Langford, Katie Dougherty, Meagan Kyle and Amber Alba.

Del Oro players Zac Taylor and Nick Broyles made the All-Tourney Team at the Enterprise H.S. Basketball Tournament.