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LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt


10 Years Ago

Oct. 23, 2008

Franklin School parent Cheryl McNabb is on a mission to bring hands-on learning during science classes at the school for fourth- to sixth-graders. As part of the program, sixth- grade students Macey Bailey, Melissa Maneatis and Shani Remme display a science project showing the effects of erosion. Also building their "town" with hopes it withstands floodwaters are sixth-graders Katelyn Borgwardt, Spencer Bergthold, Michael Acker and Jansen Engelbrecht.

John Shearer, Dennis Gage, Bryan Thomson and Jon Bergstrom are vying for three seats on the Loomis Fire Protection board of directors.

A skateboarder died as a result of being hit by a truck while he was riding on a street in Loomis. The truck was heading uphill at a slow rate of speed but neither the skateboarder nor the driver saw each other.

Army Pvt. Bryan Silver, a 2004 Del Oro High graduate, completed basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Navy Seaman Apprentice Spencer Miller, a 2006 Del Oro graduate, completed basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois.

The Flower Farm Pumpkin Patch offers hayrides on weekends during October. The Flower Farm is located at the intersection of Horseshoe Bar and Auburn Folsom roads.

Sheriff Ed Bonner will speak at a forum in Loomis on the subject of drug use in the local area.

The Jerome High School Ambush of Tigers Marching Band from Idaho drove the farthest to participate in the Del Oro Golden Eagle Band Spectacular.

The Del Oro High School girls’ golf team has 24 consecutive Sierra Foothill League victories. Team members are Danielle LaRose, Cheri Nixon, Bailey Furgeson, Olivia Nixon, Cami Furgeson and Maddie Elder.


25 Years Ago

Oct. 14, 1993

Services were held for Jack Eugene Poncy, 69, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa. He was a World War II Navy veteran and a self-employed restaurant owner.

Services were held for Louise H. Knapp, 78. She moved to Loomis in 1948 and then to Roseville in 1965. She was employed as clerk for the Loomis Justice Court for 25 years.

Alexys Hubka of Loomis at 1 1/2 years old chose her first Halloween pumpkin at the Z Pumpkin Patch in Loomis.

Conductor Betsy Conner leads the Del Oro Golden Eagle Band during this marching season. Band parent Paulette Arana said, "We truly are blessed to have good kids. This is an opportunity to focus on the hard work these kids put into their music."

National Merit Scholar semi-finalists from Del Oro High School were Rob Fasani, Tanya Glenn and Ginger Glayzer. They were chosen as a result of their high scores on the PSAT test.

The home of Tom and Brenda Solters in Loomis was the site for the Sacramento Valley Region, Porsche Club of America's annual charity auction. A record $6,100 was raised for the club's charity, Family House.

The Loomis Chipmunks edged the Bandits 2-0 with both goals scored by Heath Simmons. Making several strong attempts to score were Sarah Rose, Brandon Ford, Roxanna Aliabada and Brandon Benedict. Holding the Bandits scoreless was goalie Josh Betts, along with defenders Michael Poulson, Denae White and J.J. Day.

The Del Oro football team outslugged the Livermore Cowboys 21-14 in a hard-hitting game. Main Drug Store in Loomis was a little short of BenGay on Saturday.

The "Del Oro Outlook," submitted by Amy Johnson, tells about how photographers were chosen for the yearbook. Five talented photographers were picked from 20 applicants. One of the five, James Foote, said, "It's hard and not always fun, but in the end, when you see your finished product in a layout, it's definitely worth it."


50 Years Ago

Oct. 17, 1968

Services were held for John M. Carlile, 70, a local resident for the past 33 years. He was a retired McClellan AFB employee.

The Loomis 4-H Beef Project members held their meeting at the home of Mrs. Frank Crossley with 27 members present. Selected to serve as Junior Leaders were Brenda Bolander, Chuck Coleman, Darwin Bolander and Eileen McKnight. Mickey Bidgood reported on his tour of the Merchandising Mart in San Francisco, sponsored by S&H Green Stamp Company.

Madeline Peters, a longtime Loomis resident, became the first widow in the area to receive Social Security benefits as a disabled widow.

Jack Cunningham of Loomis was recognized for his outstanding contribution as a United States Air Force Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) traffic agent.

Lyle Joy of Loomis has been appointed as a certified rifle instructor by the National Rifle Association of America. He joins the ranks of selected volunteer instructors in the nation. The program has been in operation since 1876.

Leaving for service in the U.S. Army are local residents Tim O'Day and Jack Cunningham, IV. Jack will be leaving for Vietnam.

The Loomis Richfield Service Station was robbed by unknown persons as they made off with $2,500 worth of tools, jacks and other equipment. Manager Dale Koehler reported the loss.

Roy Hebard, Jr. and Frank DeFrancesco were treated and released for injuries, following a car accident. One of the cars careened into the former Allton Chevrolet building in downtown Loomis, causing considerable damage.

Dorothy and Stan Colwell, along with Marge and Howard Fager, are selling tickets for a chance to win two jet plane seats to Hawaii and back as part of the Del Oro Parents Club Carnival. Vi Kennedy and Helen Doolitlle chair the Country Store for the Carnival. Student participation is led by Eileen Carothers. Dorothee Johnson and Kay Miyamura are general co-chairmen of the Carnival.


75 Years Ago

October 1943

Irene Matsumoto of Loomis was able to leave the internment camp where she was confined. Irene is now the treasurer of the sophomore class at Dakota Wesleyan University in South Dakota.

Ray Weller of Loomis opened his Watch Repair Shop in the State Theatre Building in Auburn.

Charles LaPorte, Placer County Highway Patrol Captain, is seriously ill with cancer.

Bart Smyth reports he has inner liners to make those old tires go a lot farther. He also suggests to not rip old patches off inner tubes as it may tear them.

Frank Law wrote to his parents from somewhere in England where he is serving in the military. He and a friend on their first visit "to town" were treated by the Red Cross to a fine room and served a fine lunch for only a shilling (25 cents). Frank wrote, "They are certainly a swell bunch."

Air Cadet John Montero was fortunate as he only received an injured knee when a plane he was riding in crash-landed. John is stationed in San Antonio, Texas.

Jack Stacker of Loomis is a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He is stationed somewhere in England.

In news from Loomis School, Chesney Mahlberg started first-grade in Mrs. Moulton's class. It was his first experience at schooling. Also Jo Ann Nute had a new kitten she named "Little Brown Koko" after a book the class was reading.

Mrs. Nelson reports that the women have completed nearly 80,000 Surgical Dressings by working 12 hours per week.

Under WPA (Works Progress Administration) action, twice as many bobbie pins and hairpins and other necessary feminine items will be produced in 1944 as at present.

W. Owen on the Nitta ranch, 2 1/2 miles on Rattlesnake Road out of Newcastle, is selling rabbits, chickens and household furniture.

William Swetzer sold his ranch near Loomis to Tony Lewis. William then purchased a part of the Penryn Orchards.

(Ichei Bei News) In British Columbia, 21,000 Canadians of Japanese heritage are incarcerated. Young able-bodied men ages 18 to 45 have been sent to work camps. The largest of the internment sites is Tashme, also known as the "Fourteen Mile Ranch" as it is 14 miles southeast of Hope, British Columbia. The large camp has become a self-sufficient community with even a small factory to make tofu and miso.