LOOKING BACK Students help reforest area burned in Sierra Fire

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50 Years Ago March 15, 1963

Services were held for Arthur A. Halliker, 84, a resident of Loomis for 45 years.

Friends gave Lorene and Lloyd Owen a surprise house-warming in their new home on the Loomis-Nixon Road.

Del Oro senior Carol Ann Lemos won the Loomis Lions Club student speaker contest.

Ted Kitada was the guest speaker at Sierra College's International Club. Ted was an American interned in Japan during World War II. He and his brother were drafted into the Japanese army. While Ted survived the war, his brother did not. Years later, Ted was able to return to the U.S. with his new family.

People starting or transferring telephone service in Loomis would be assigned all number prefixes. However, the nostalgia for the old letter prefixes was shared by many people.

The Methodist Church in Loomis hosted five teams in a Methodist Youth Fellowship Basketball Tournament. Frank Kageta, Ernest Sasaki, Roy Uyeda, Robert LuDuke, Gerald Ames, Frank Fujita, Tom Takahashi and Joe Okusu were on the planning committee.

Dick Magoaka and Chiyoye Yamada used closed-tile drain on their partnership fruit ranch just west of Penryn School.

The average age of World War I veterans was 69 years old.

Joyce Springer of Loomis prepared for a tour with the University of Redlands Concert Band.

Booking the Loomis Memorial Hall was done through George Makimoto, a job done by Tad Yego prior to that.

25 Years Ago March 17, 1988

Services were held for Frances Josephine Morgan, 78, a retired Loomis School District teacher.

A long-time Penryn/Rocklin resident, Marie Ethel Logan, 70, passed away. She served in the Red Cross and was a Gray Lady at the U.S. Army Hospital in DeWitt Center. Marie was active with the local Grange, Scouts and 4-H.

Del Oro Band member Jill Burnside was selected to play in the All State Honor Band. Selected to play in the Capital Section Honor Band were Della Rowland, Dyne Eifertsen and Ted Meissen.

Loomis Fire Chief Ed Horton was honored to be selected as the Grand Marshal for the upcoming Mother's Day Parade.

Alison Sauer, Carly Feickert, Chris Pike, Aaron Unden, Summer Jones, Rina Jones, Affinity Konar, Stacy Gour, and Danny Cherrstrom were K-6 Students of the Week at Placer School.

Enjoying the Del Oro Junior Prom were Kathy Jones, Toby Bias, Tracy Johnson and Jason Cahill.

Recent contributors to the Loomis Fire Department's Jaws of Life fund were Virginia Poirier, Ruth Williams and Ed and Maxine Duarte. 

Alice Barnes, Craig Eagan, Judy Hildebrand, Dot Shiro and Bob Erickson were honored as Del Oro supporters.

Mayor John Ireland and Placer County Supervisor Mike Lee were on hand at the ground breaking for the Sierra Christian Church. The red barn on Rocklin Road would be converted in the the church's sanctuary.

10 Years Ago March 20, 2003

Services were held for Nancy Jane Beaver, 65. She was an active volunteer in the community.

Japanese exchange students said "Sayonara" at Del Oro by entertaining their host families. Maki Yoshida read her thank-you letter to her hosts – the Diane and Frank Bailey family. But many students attempting to read their letters broke into tears and had Del Oro teacher Maria Snodgrass read for them. Yuki Nakamura, who was hosted by the Monty White family, said, "I love America and I love Del Oro High School."

Del Oro student Michael Warm was the winner of the second phase of the 66th Annual Lions Club Speakers Contest.

Loomis wrestlers Joe Stafford, Brandon Johnson, Russell Bettencourt and Todd Ryland placed in the top eight at the Northern California Jr. High State Championships held at Del Oro. Also wrestling well were Joe Johnson and Trenton Franks.

In celebration of Arbor Day, Franklin students each took home a tree donated by PG&E. The goal was to help reforest the area destroyed in the Sierra Fire which began Sept. 18, 2002 and burned 800 acres in the Loomis area.

Thanks to a great deal of citizen involvement, two suspects were arrested after robbing the Bank of America in Loomis. Two local citizens followed the get-away van while calling the Sheriff's Office Another person ran next door to Hebard Insurance to make a 911 call.