Bert Willits Loomis

Bert Willits Loomis

Stoneburg, Montague County, Texas, USA
Death 24 Oct 1949 (aged 60)
Butte County, California, USA
Burial Chico, Butte County, California, USA
Memorial ID 61516801 · View Source
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1900 census Elk, Washita, OK: George Loomis, aged 50, born Aug 1849, farmer, bp IN, father NY, mother PA; Mary K. aged 40, born Apr 1860, married 19 years, nine children w/nine living, bp IL, father IN, mother PA; Effie M. aged 17, born Jun 1883; Clarence H. aged 15, born Apr 1885; Bessie D. aged 13, born Sep 1886; Bert W. aged 11, born May 1889; Roy D. aged 8, born Sep 1891 -- all born TX; Mary E. aged 5, born Mar 1895; Elsie E. aged 2, born Jul 1897 -- both born Indian Territory; twins, Georgia & Virgie, aged 6 months, born Nov 1899, bp OK.
Chico Enterprise-Record, Tuesday, October 25, 1949: "Bert W. Loomis Is Taken By Death. Bert W. Loomis, 60-year-old former state legislator and retired realtor and insurance broker, died late yesterday of a heart ailment. The ex-professional baseball player represented Butte, Yuba, and Sutter counties in the California Assembly during the 1947-48 session. (See story at right.)

"A heart ailment which first caused him to be hospitalized three weeks ago, late yesterday cost the life of Bert W. Loomis, 60, former State Assemblyman from Butte, Sutter and Yuba Counties and retired veteran Chico real estate and insurance broker.

"Although the former legislator had been ill for the past month, the seriousness of his condition had not been realized by those about him until only a day or two ago. Mr. Loomis entered Enloe Hospital three weeks ago to receive treatment for his heart condition. He recovered sufficiently to return to his home at 587 East Third Street for a few days. A week ago it seemed advisable for him to return to the hospital. He failed to respond to continued treatment and passed away about 5 p.m. yesterday.

"For about two years, Mr. Loomis had suffered from a spinal mal-adjustment for the correction of which he underwent surgery more than a year ago. While the spinal condition had been painful and resulted in a curtailment of his activities, it was not a critical condition.

"Although he had limited his work since conclusion of his one term of service in the legislature, Loomis' actual retirement came about a month ago when he sold his insurance and real estate business to B. W. Shaper and Rose Lawler. He served in the state assembly during the 1947-48 sessions.

"Loomis had retained his interest in legislative affairs and maintained numerous contacts with friends he made at Sacramento. He had even considered seeking the office of state senator at the next election. Loomis lost his assembly seat in a spirited election race to Arthur W. Coats, Jr. of Yuba City. He maintained a close contact with local Republican political activities.

"Besides Mrs. Lillian B. Loomis, the former assemblyman leaves a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Copelin of Gridley. Other survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Henry Bradley, Mrs. Zack Hobson, and Mrs. Otis Best of Chico and Mrs. Bessie Tyner of Sentinel, OK; two brothers, Clarence Loomis, Chico, and Ralph Loomis, White Pines, CA; and seven grandchildren, Joan, June, Janette, Lloyd Ray, Tony, Wayne and Duane Copelin of Gridley.

"Born on May 18, 1889, in Stoneberg [sic, Stoneburg], TX, Loomis moved to western Oklahoma as a small boy. He received his early education at Port, OK, and later attended a business college at Oklahoma City.

"His youth and early manhood was spent in ranching in Oklahoma, and about 35 years ago he came westward to Oakland, where he was employed by the street railway company and later played professional baseball.

"From early boyhood Loomis was an adept baseball player. He developed unusual skill as a pitcher and upon his removal to Oakland he attracted the attention of Coast League scouts and was signed up as a regular player with the Oakland Oaks, with whom he played with and against men who became some of the game's all-time greats. For a time he played professional ball in Canada, at a time when it appeared that baseball would become big-time sport there. Later he signed on with a team at Tulsa, OK.

"Loomis often recalled his first visits to this section of the Sacramento Valley when he was hired to pitch on many occasions for semi-pro teams in the area. After about three years of full-time professional baseball, Loomis came to Chico and entered the insurance field. Later he added real estate brokerage to the business. He gained a wide acquaintance in this area.

"In 1928 he was married to Lillian Barnett of San Francisco. They have made their home here since.

"Mr. Loomis was a member of the Chico Rotary Club, the Chico Shrine Club, and the Chico Board of Realtors. He maintained his membership in Sentinel Lodge No. 152, A.F.& A.M. at Sentinel, OK, and the Sacramento Consistory of the Scottish Rite Bodies and Ben Ali Temple of the Shrine.

"Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Huddleston Funeral Chapel under the direction of the Chico Lodge of Masons. Interment will be in the Masonic section of the Chico cemetery."

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