Looking Back, Loomis column

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LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt


10 Years Ago

Aug. 28, 2008

    Army Pfc. Logan Moss, a 2005 Del Oro graduate, is participating in the training exercise, "Diamond Saber," at Fort McCoy in Sparta, Wisconsin. He is assigned to the 33rd Finance Management Company at Fort Drum, New York.

    Greg Fellers resigns as president of the Loomis Fire Protection District board of directors as he and his wife, Kathy, prepare to move to Seal Beach in Southern California. They want to be near their young grandson as he grows up. "Family, that would be about the only thing that would make us leave Loomis," Fellers said.

    Kara Raibley and Ariel Miller are honored as members of the Dean's Honor List at University of California at Santa Barbara.

    Placer United Soccer Club's U17 Prestige Boys’ team won the Santa Clara Sporting Invitational Tournament and is ranked No. 19 in the nation.

    Quilters of all levels are invited to participate in "Quilted Blessings" to be held at the Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ.

    Local author Beth Larsen-Gebhardt has a newly-published book, "Treasure in the Jewel," a fictional adventure for young adults.

    Franklin School parents are asked, "With your kids in school, how will you use your free time?" Shontel Perez - "Spend time with my new baby." Dawn Yamine - "Go to work. I took the summer off." Corissa Vigil - "I'm back to work. I have the Del Oro bus route."

    The newly-remodeled Griffith Quarry Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Docents include Bruce Leonhardt, Connie Markell, Karen Clifford and Cliff Kennedy. "We need more volunteers," said docent Bob Clifford.

    Emergency 9-1-1 calls, previously connected to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatchers, will now go directly to the Placer County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Ed Bonner said, "I believe the change will be a significant improvement in our ability to serve the public."

    The Loomis School District is providing healthy hot lunches and keeping the costs down. This is due to the management of Jay Stewart, assistant superintendent of business services, and the exceptional lunch ladies. Lynnette Moore is the lead person in food service with a staff of 12, including Toni Steelman.


25 Years Ago

Aug. 19, 1993

    The Loomis Community Nursery School, a parent participation program, offer a great preschool opportunity for children ages 2 to 5. Margaret Nickle and Judy Edwards provide information about the school.

    Bill and Marilyn Fullerton, along with Frank and Pat Dowd, are very active in the International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program. They have hosted IFYE members from England, New Zealand, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, and Argentina. The program’s goal is to stress international peace and understanding among people of all nations.

    Steve Hirsch of Loomis has been awarded a MacTools Distributorship after he completed a Mac business training seminar in Columbus, Ohio. Steve and his wife, Jennine, have three children.

    For the first time, the Loomis Eggplant Festival will have a booth at the State Fair. The booth was built at the home of Hazel Hineline.

    Kei Shiraki, 14, of Japan is hosted by 4-H member Donald Fullerton, 12. Kei is one of 21 members of LABO in Japan staying with 4-H families in California. He has attended the county fair, gone camping and even washed a sheep during his stay. Staff coordinator Kimiko Minigawa is staying with Pat and Frank Dowd of Loomis.

    Jon Takahashi, a 1983 Del Oro graduate, is a trainer for the San Francisco 49ers during their summer practice at Sierra College.

    Loomis gymnast Tina Glayzer successfully competed in the U.S. Classic, USA Championship Trials in Austin, Texas. She now qualifies for the Jr. Elite National Training Squad.

    The former Loomis Winery, located at the end of Oak Tree Lane, is no longer an active winery but its grounds are occasionally used for special parties. The Loomis Basin Historical Society is looking for documents, pictures and people with knowledge of the winery.


50 Years Ago

Aug. 22, 1968

    Services were held for Jack Reimer, 49, of Newcastle. He had been in an auto accident and drowned six months ago. His body was recently discovered in the Yuba River near Marysville. A native of Canada, Reimer was a tunnel superintendent for the Emil Anderson Company and working on the Bullards Project. He had also worked on the Placer County Water Project.

    Mr. and Mrs. Jess Bailon, along with granddaughter, Becky McMaster; returned home early from a vacation to Canada, due to continuous rain.

    Bunny Nakagawa, manager of the Auburn District Fair, explained that the fair is forced to make drastic changes in premium offerings, due to budget limitations.

    Construction is completed on a three-and-a-half-mile section of road extending Sierra College Boulevard in the vicinity of Brace Road toward the west and north. J.W. Briggs Construction Co. of Loomis was the contractor for the new addition. Sierra College Boulevard is part of the Federal Air Secondary System for upgrading important county roads to modern standards.

    Earning degrees from University of California at Berkeley include local residents Thomas Cooper, Gary Lee, Kathleen Edwards, Aileen Mariguchi and Richard Jacobson.

    Due to a fire at Placer School, those classes affected will be taught at the Methodist Church in Loomis.

    The former Allton Chevrolet garage in Loomis is the new Civil Air Patrol office. Dorothy Barnhill will move her office to Allton's, which is being leased by OEO as a youth center. Half of the building is devoted to the teaching of motor mechanics and the other half for personal grooming sessions. Both halves of the building will be opened for teenage boys and girls.


75 Years Ago

August 1943

    This is the second year of the War Production Board (WPB) fat salvage campaign. One tablespoon of waste household fats saved every day by each of Placer County's 8,783 families would provide enough glycerin to make 421,584 anti-aircraft shells.

    A 1,600-acre fire burned east of the Val Verde Ranch and south toward Stallman's Corners. The blaze started when a tractor backfired on the Welch Ranch east of Loomis. Homes were threatened but none were lost.

    Four-hundred-and-fifty-two cars of fruit (13 million pounds) were shipped from Loomis through the Southern Pacific Railroad lines in July of this year.

    A stolen 1935 Chevrolet Coupe belonging to Pete Polloni of Loomis was located in Roseville. Two soldiers were spotted leaving the car but they were not found.

    Mrs. Wes Gary had to temporarily close her beauty shop after getting the news of her mother's death in Palouse, Washington. She and her husband plan to be gone about 10 days.

    Curly Blazer, a member of the Merchant Marine, is visiting family here.

    Jim Spamers, with the Navy in Farragut, Idaho, is visiting family in Loomis. He used to be employed by the local Bank of America.

    In England, one in every five houses and one in every six schools have been destroyed as a result of the war. Russia has been hit even harder.

    September 15 to October 31 is the designated period for sending all Christmas mail to military members serving overseas. The parcels must not weigh more than five pounds or be over 15 inches in length. Also, be advised that all parcels will be censored.

    General Dwight D, Eisenhower led the Allied Forces in Operation Torch, an invasion of Rommel's armies in North Africa.

    The Japanese soldiers were driven from the only foothold in the Western Hemisphere, Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands.

    (Standing Guard - oral histories) - The 10 concentration camps built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have housed 120,000 people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast. Of those, 70,000 are U.S. citizens. The other 50,000 were not born in this country but have lived in the United States for 20 to 40 years.