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LOOKING BACK: Rainbow Girls and Sea Scouts dance away

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago March 29, 1963

The Turner Rodeo Grounds on Citrus Colony Road was the site for Sheriff Scott's Mounted Patrol Benefit Rodeo. Saddle bronc riding was featured in the event.

K. Mihara installed drain tile in his fruit orchard located on Newcastle Road, five miles west of town. Ted Uyeda installed sprinkler irrigation for 35 acres of fruit orchard. 

Del Oro student Sharon Rielli received a 4-year scholarship from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, Calif.

The Rainbow Girls of Penryn held a dance jointly with the Sea Scouts of Ship 12. Jack Yokote was the Skipper of Ship 12.

Coming home for a short visit from college were Bill Struble and Bob Poirier.

Friends gathered at the new home of Mr. and Mrs.Guy Loomer for a surprise potluck dinner and house warming.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Patterson celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.

A bit of trivia published in the newspaper: California gained statehood by the narrow margin of one vote. 

25 Years Ago March 31, 1988

Services were held for Mabel Mitsuko Hamada, 71, a Loomis native and life-long resident.

Winners in the Loomis School District science fair were Melanie Langford, Amy Elbrader, Jami Hirsch, Mindy Nelson, Courtney Sage, Bret Moore, Wendy Branch, Gloria Brown and Corie Coe. The winning classroom was Duane Bruce's third grade. Student Danny Sanderson, had a hair raising experience during an electricity demonstration.

Betty Doupnik and Ida Otani were among the winners at the Indian Creek Women's Golf Tournament.

Marilynn Seeley and Tony Estelita were the Del Oro Students of the Month.

The Golden Eagle tennis team defeated Lindhurst 9-0. Winning matches included Scott Johnson, Rich Vargas, Scott Wiater and Jason Haxton.

All the Penryn School musicians survived a 24-hour play-a-thon fundraiser. Music director Gordon Smith said the students were well behaved. Then about 9 a.m., he said  "The lack of sleep and too much junk food finally got to them."

Heather Field and Julie Raukko were among the Del Oro Band members preparing for a concert and tour of Washington, D.C.

Kristen Vandewalker and Larry Ortiz organized an art exhibition as part of Loomis Community Day.

Stamps went up from 22 to 25 cents.

Teams from Del Oro and Placer School were headed to the Olympics of the Mind state finals.

10 Years Ago April 3, 2003

Services were held for George Coleman, 86, who grew up on a fruit ranch in Penryn. He served with the 148th Field Artillery during WWII in the Pacific. George was employed by the California Fruit Exchange in Loomis and retired from the California State Police in 1981.

Rhonda Nelthorpe Morillas, assisted by 4-H members Paul, David and Mark Doerner, tied yellow ribbons on trees downtown to show support for our troops. Other volunteers doing the same included Dr. Gordon Harris, Bob Doring, Ken Wittmer, Allen Schultz, Hazel Hineline, Ellen Doerner and Nancy Bitner with her granddaughter Kendra Marshall. 

The third grade students of Loomis School teacher Susan Sainsbury wrote letters to two Marines serving in the Middle East. The two are brothers of Davis Spaid-Banks, one of Susan's former students.

Celebrating his 90th birthday at Main Drug Store was Merl Coburn, a lifelong resident of this area. His grandparents came to Loomis in 1881. When Merl was born in 1913, his parents were living in a tent at Horseshoe Bar, while his father worked on a gold dredge. 

Loomis School Falcons of the Week for K-3 were Cameron Meteer, Morgan Wesney, Mykaela Rains, Hayley Yamada, Jerry Lopez and Haley Baker.

To advertise the upcoming Celebrity Chef's Dinner, Bert Braun printed his recipe for "Cowpoke Pheasant a la Penryn."

The Loomis firefighters Association held a pancake breakfast fundraiser for ballot Measure A. Enjoying the food were Kayla Schairer, 5, Marge Crossley and Teresa Bengard with her grandson Benjamin.