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LOOKING BACK Party-goers enjoy steamed pudding

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago December 21, 1962

Louise Swetzer was honored on her 75th birthday. Her daughter Jean welcomed guests at an open house.

Cliff Allton, of Allton Chevrolet in Loomis, hosted an owner-relations program at Grouchy's Log Cabin. The goal was to get comments from Chevrolet owners regarding their vehicles. In attendance were Homer Takahashi, Howard Scribner Jr., John Gieck, Brick Paolini, Paul Sagaser and Darrell Traugh.

At the Penryn PTA meeting, two plays were given in Spanish by Miss Maples and Mr. Kostenko's Spanish classes. Japanese songs were led by Mr. Hogin Fujimoto.

Loomis 4-H members enjoyed a Christmas party and one of the treats was steamed pudding made by Margie Crossley's home economics group.

The Loomis Women's Club held their Christmas party with the Garden Club doing a skit on the most common gifts. Dorothy Barnhill played the role of the atrocious necktie, Grace Butler was the hankie, Dolores Novas was the electric train, Bess Logerwell was the the doll, Dorothy Day was the china cup, Mable Black was the mink-lined sink stopper, Laina Pilliard  was the blouse, and Fern Martin was the money.

The Free Methodist Church was led by Rev. Irwin Williamson. The church was located at Laird and Webb Streets across from the Loomis Women's Club house.

25 years Ago December 24, 1987

Earning high honors in algebra on the state exam were Del Oro students Jason Morgan and William Capps. High honors in geometry went to Terry Clark, Taj Hudson, David Reed, Daniel Southard, Tony Estelita and Brad Brenneise.

Gretchen Crespillo, of Loomis, entered the race for the Placer County Board of Supervisors. She was a county resident for 45 years.

Jim Worley, of JW Electric, donated his talent and equipment to get the Christmas lights operating on the trees in downtown Loomis.

The Del Oro girls won their own Lady Eagles Basketball Tournament by defeating Del Campo 56-40. Named to the All-Tourney team was Kristi Ruark. Laurie Sommer was the MVP for the tournament.

Santa stopped for fuel at Poor Boy Gas Station and was instantly converged upon by Carrie Bailey, Kelly Jibson, Jennifer Stahr, Jean Stoddard, Marymelissa Stubbs and Corbin Vial.

Elementary students Jenny Yeo, Kristi Taylor, Diana Lewis, Emberly Hermann, Jennifer Hendricks, Danielle Ronebrake, and Kristine Benscoter were part of the cast of "Treasure Island."

Angela and Mathew Ryan were among the youngsters visiting Santa at Loomis Community Nursery School. Elf Cathy Longworth helped Clay Comrie select a gift at the Children's Store.

10 Years Ago December 25, 2002

Services were held for Joe W. Elder, 91, a member of a Placer County pioneer family. He was a WWII Army veteran and a founding member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Loomis.

Tom and Jean Sippola opened their festively decorated home for the Loomis Basin Historical Society Christmas party. Alice Barnes, Barbara Nichols and Barbara Leak were installed as officers.

Bert and Carol Braun, of the Cowpoke, donated $700 of the profits from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering to the South Placer Heritage Foundation. 

Alora Jorgensen and Jared Nash played Mary and Joseph in the Loomis Methodist Church's Christmas Pageant. Lise Busch, Debi Maringer and Nancy Colwell were the pageant directors. Theta Brentnall wrote the script. Gordon West and Kevin Stevenson were the band directors. Isaac Jorgensen played drums in the Youth Band. Among the other participants in the pageant were Lindsey Bruce and Ali Jabusch. 

A strong wind storm caused damage in Loomis, including the loss of a 100-year old giant oak tree on Barbara Burklow's property and a barn on the old Dutra Ranch on Del Mar Avenue.

The Japanese American community was featured at the Golden State Museum in Old Sacramento. The exhibition covers the time frame from immigration to internment camps during WWII to the redress for the loss of their constitutional rights.