LOOKING BACK Del Oro and Penryn schools broken into

Week of Feb. 14, 2013
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50 Years Ago February 15, 1963

Services were held for Lulu Desdamona Harrison, 80, a Loomis resident since 1941.

Masonic services were held for Luzerne Bruce Barnes, M.D., 77. He began practicing medicine in Dutch Flat in 1913. He moved to Newcastle in 1919 where he maintained his medical practice until a few months ago. His brother was the late Dr. Paul D. Barnes, who practiced medicine in Loomis.

Both Del Oro High School and Penryn School were broken into with money taken from safes.

Dr. Nicholas Bailey was recognized by Loomis Boy Scout Troop 12 for his service to the Scouts. Mrs. Jackie Gieck and Mrs. Margaret Lindsey received appreciation pins as Scout Mothers of the Year. An air of real Scouting was added to the occasion when Sioux Indian Chief Red Cloud and Chief Horn Cloud from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota appeared in full regalia. Del Oro football coach Bob Bonner was the speaker of the evening. Jack Yokote announced his retirement as the active leader and turned Troop 12 over to his assistant Steve Nicholas. 

Bob's Norwalk Service on Old Highway 40 in Loomis offered a free quart of oil with a purchase of four quarts.

For Sale: Indian motorcycle $150.

25 Years Ago February 18, 1988

Services were held for Lyndell Virgil, 58, a longtime resident of Placer County. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the Air Force.

Preparations were made for the Methodist Church's Annual Oriental Food Bazaar. The bazaar started in 1954 when Nikkei (Americans of Japanese ancestry) of the church wanted to create an atmosphere of better understanding between the Nikkei and the wider community.

Ruth Dean was pleased with a plaque in the Loomis Basin Community Park dedicated to her late husband, Jay Dean. He was instrumental in acquiring the acreage for the park.

Nancy Melville's third grade class at Loomis Grammar School met with the Loomis Planning Commission. The students presented their own recommendations for the development of the area between Horseshoe Bar and King roads north of Interstate 80.

Being recognized for their effort to raise funds for the Loomis Fire Department's "Jaws of Life" were Sierra Auto Dismantlers, Lorenzo's Restaurant, Hardware Emporium and Wes Naylor. Also a fundraising dinner was prepared by new volunteer firefighters John Carpenter, Mike Hughes, Greg Obranovich and future volunteer 4-year-old Christopher Obranovich.

The proposed Rocklin Mall regional shopping center was the topic at the Loomis Community Association meeting. The project would include four major department stores.

10 Years Ago February 20, 2003

Paula Amerine's art students at Del Oro began painting murals of local fruit labels on campus. Loralyn Owen completed a mural using the label of the Valley Vista Orchard, which her family operated for generations. Alex Hendricks and Heather Ostenson were also involved in the project. A pear label being considered was from Walt Taylor, whose family ran the Moonshine Orchards. Walt's father started with 40 acres in 1904 and four of his brothers operated local ranches.

Karen Yoshikawa opened her new shop, Madison Garden, in downtown Loomis. Wood for the shop’s service counter came from an old barn in Penryn owned by Karen's mother, Molly Ito.

Del Oro sophomore Michelle Lawson was the winner in the Loomis Lions Club's 66th Annual Student Speakers Contest. Also honored was sophomore Victor Kuzmenko. Earning top honors at the Newcastle Lions Club contest was Del Oro senior Michael Warm.

Ron and Monica Ebert, of Penryn, won a Sweepstakes Award at the Sacramento Autorama for their 1956 Ford F-100 pickup.

Cub Scout Pack 830 of Loomis celebrated their annual Pinewood Derby. The scouts were Joshua Carroll, Ryan Gade, Joshua Miner, Jake Craythorn, Max Magleby, Michael Duke, Tyler Moulton, Tanner Doyle, Brandt Steinmetz and Bret Vogel.