Looking Back, Loomis column

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LOOKING BACK From our archives; compiled by Howard Stitt


10 Years Ago

Aug. 21, 2008

    Susan Hamada, a 1975 Del Oro High School graduate, is teaching autistic children in the Alum Rock Union School District. She was honored recently as a lifetime member of the Cambridge "Who's Who" registry for her excellence as a special education teacher. Hamada is the daughter of Amy Hamada of Loomis.

    Both Del Oro High School boys and girls medaled in the U.S.A. Volleyball Junior. Beach Tournament held in Santa Cruz. Representing Del Oro were partners Kyle Duffin/Austin Smotherman and Aly Duffin/Brittney Larsen.

    Del Oro High School students were asked, "What's the best way to make new friends?" Aimee Scott - "Getting into clubs and activities." Brianna Lissman - "Talk to random people you don't know." Sam Bramer - "Just go up to new kids and just start talking to them." Jessica Lehner - "I try to remember my classmates names." Barry Nobles - "Participate in school activities."

    Del Oro chemistry teacher Bill Kurnett hosted two teachers from Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Kurnett demonstrated how he incorporates modern technology into the teaching process.

    Del Oro High School welcomed 1,657 students, its’ largest enrollment ever. Among the incoming freshmen are Aimee Ellinwood and Destinee Suler enjoying Eric Just's art class. Juniors in Rory Somers' art class include Alex Brush and Peter Zomat. To help new students make new acquaintances, the school  will host a "Back to School Dance."

    The Clover Valley developer plans to construct a two-lane road connecting Park Drive in Rocklin to Sierra College Boulevard in Loomis. The United Auburn Indian Community is concerned about the protection from development of Native American sacred sites in the valley. In that regard, the developer plans to reduce the number of homes from 558 to 404 on the 622- acre site.


25 Years Ago

Aug. 12, 1993

    The Neighborhood Watch Units in Loomis participated in National Night Out to heighten crime-prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police community relations. The Loomis Woods' neighborhood had a potluck dinner, played burglar Bingo and the children had a contest to see who could draw the best eyes so burglars would know they are being watched. Myrtle Drive neighbors had a dessert social and a visit from the Loomis Fire Department and the Sheriff's Department, including McGruff, the Crime Dog.

    The Sierra Club rated the Placer County Board of Supervisors, based on their record on environmental issues during the second quarter of 1993. The results are Rex Bloomfield with a positive voting record of 64 percent, followed by Alex Ferreira - 30 percent, Kirk Uhler-20 percent, and Phil Ozenick and Ron Lichau -18 percent.

    Ron Brown writes in "The Veteran's Corner" on the subject of MIAs (Missing In Action) in Southeast Asia. A Colonel Clayton, who runs an operation in Cambodia, looks for American MIAs. Part of the job is to look for crash sites. The truly hard part of this job is dealing with those who believe hundreds of American servicemen are still alive in hidden prisons in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

    Del Oro High School players Matt Lofrano and Randy Richardson played a significant part in the North team's 19-14 win over the South in the Optimist All-Star Football game.

    Parvo virus is spreading among dogs in Placer County. Dr. Corey Cherrstrom of the Loomis Veterinary Clinic said, "Owners should make certain their dogs are properly vaccinated as a protection against the disease."

    More than 80 chefs have agreed to cook treats guaranteed to please your palate at the third annual Loomis Celebrity Chef's Cook-off. The event, chaired by Melanie Keller, is sponsored by the Friends of Loomis and the Soroptimist Club of Rocklin/Loomis. Among the chefs will be Joan Phillipe, Loomis Town Manager; Mike Boberg, Loomis Town Council member; and Chuck Emerson, Loomis School District Superintendent.


50 Years Ago

Aug. 15, 1968

    Masonic services were held for Clyde Reeves, 87, a native of Forestdale, Rhode Island and a resident of Loomis for the past 50 years. He owned and operated a garage in Loomis for many years. He was a Past Master of Penrhyn Lodge No. 258, F&AM and a member of the Sacramento Consistory of the Scottish Rite Temple. Reeves was the husband of the late Lillian Reeves. Surviving family are step-daughter Mrs. Esther Doty of Loomis and sister Mrs. Ida Saladana.

    Richard Burrill of San Gabriel, California has been promoted to First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. His wife, Joyce, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Springer of Loomis.

    Mike and Dorothy Lee are the new owners of the Villa Market in Loomis after Lynn and Lois Solomon announced the sale of their store after two years of ownership.

    Allan Gary Lee of Loomis made the Honor List at University of California at Berkeley.

   Some 150 guests gathered on July 20 to witness the marriage of Janet Delene Moore and James Douglas Struble. Both are 1965 Del Oro High School graduates. Jan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Moore of Loomis. Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Struble of Loomis.

    Rustlers in rural areas like Loomis are probably stealing more cattle today than they did back in the old open-range days. Today, they are not stealing primarily from ranches with branded cattle. Instead, many of the victims are small part-time ranchers with a small herd of unbranded stock in a small pasture. When the rustlers steal animals for sale, they drive up to a pasture at night with a pick-up or small trailer, load two or three animals and head to an auction yard the next day.


75 Years Ago

August 1943

    Services were conducted for Arined Natali, 66, a native of Italy. He retired as a machinist in the Roseville shops. He lived with his daughter and family here, Mr. and Mrs. Joe DeMutiis.

    It seems something usually happens on Sundays around Loomis. This past Sunday, there was a grass and brush fire on the Hamberg property endangering a barn. The Loomis Fire Fighting crew soon brought the blaze under control.

    Jack Wesley Drake, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Drake of Loomis, is one of thousands who are stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Station (boot camp), the largest in the West.

    Nick Montez, 17, enters the Coast Guard and is training in Alameda. Nick made his home locally with the John Griffin family for the past seven years.

    Army First Sergeant Warren Newbaumer, stationed in Alabama, is here visiting his cousin, Mrs. William Crossley.

    The Ground Observation Posts of Placer County, Fourth Fighter Command, is under the direction of the Army Air Corps. Alvin Frost has been the county director since the organization of the posts.

    Placer County has 8,345 registered automobiles.

    John Boyington of Loomis is the chairman of transportation for the Placer County Defense Council.

    Mather Field soldiers have permission to work in the fruit harvest here. They also may work in canneries, where they are promised 85 cents per hour.

    Mrs. John Griffin, local resident, had an automobile accident in lower Auburn when her brakes failed. She ran into the Shell Station and went through the building where greasing is done. Luckily, no one was hurt.

    Miss Margie Rasmussen is employed as a dishwasher at the Orange Cove Restaurant.

    Tire conservation in Mexico involves a "motorless day" once a week under wartime ruling.

    Raymond "Amos" Latshaw, convicted of murdering his family members in Loomis, is serving four life sentences in San Quentin. He has been made a filing clerk in a prison office. He states that he is well pleased with the assignment.

    Winston Churchill visited Turkey regarding the war. Turkey is a significant neutral country in Europe and is leaning toward the Allies.

    The last Nazi hold in Stalingrad was broken by Russian shock troops with a loss to Germany of 500,000 men.