Loomis's professional work as a San Jose Mercury News journalist, member of the Argonauts Historical Society, and author of
several San Jose (Calif.) local history books is documented through correspondence, bylines, research notes, manuscript drafts,
and a large collection of news clippings of local interest.
Loomis was born in June 1920 in San Francisco, California, to Ivan and Christine Loomis. She grew up in Arroyo Grande, California,
where her family had resided since 1882, descendants of prominent pioneers E. C. and Clara Loomis. After graduating from San
Jose State University in 1943 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, she went to work at the San Jose Mercury News, where
she worked for 40 years. She started out writing church notices, articles based on letters from soldiers, reports on frost
and weather for farmers and then moved up to cover the police department and City Hall.
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