Originally published in the Issaquah Press, October 26, 1988
By Linda Thielke
Newcastle pioneer descendent Oliver Rouse, left, helps King County Executive Tim Hill establish a new historical marker for Thomas Rouse Road. Photo by Linda Thielke.
Newcastle was one of the first big communities in 19th-century King County, so it was only fitting that modern-day county leaders should inaugurate a new historic sites marker program on the location of the now-gone town.
County officials and descendents of Newcastle mining families gathered on Cougar Mountain October 21 to designate three historic landmarks. The county was represented by County Executive Tim Hill, Councilman Bruce Laing and members of the Landmarks Commission. History was well-represented by such families as the Rouses, Swansons, and Baimas.
“This might not mean a damn thing to most people, but it does to us old-timers,” said one person in the crowd. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, October 1914
The Bulletin takes occasion to congratulate the employees at Franklin, Black Diamond, Newcastle, and Burnett upon the successful completion of a new agreement with the company covering wages and working conditions for the next two years. The new agreement is practically a renewal of the one that has been in effect for the past two years.
Your representatives did well to arrange such an agreement as, under existing conditions, it would have been out of the question for the company to have made any concessions that would have materially increased present cost of output. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Globe-News, October 20, 1978
By Jim Blubaugh
John Malgarini still playing soccer at 54.
Over 35 years ago, when John Malgarini was a youngster in Black Diamond, a soccer ball was a major part of his life.
While kids at a lot of other schools tossed around a football at recess, youngsters in Black Diamond played with a soccer ball. “There weren’t enough kids in school to field a football team, so they gave us a soccer ball at recess,” Malgarini recalls.
Today, at 54, Malgarini still plays soccer. He’s the oldest player on the Renton Division A Senior (over 30) team entered in the Washington State Soccer League.
Soccer big before
If you happen to think that the history of soccer in Washington started with the boom of 1965, Malgarini is living proof that the sport was big in some Valley towns many years ago. It was big in places such as Black Diamond, Ravensdale, Issaquah, Carbonado and parts of Seattle before the turn of the century. Continue Reading »
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United Presbyterian Church, 1961.
By JoAnne Matsumura
Black Diamond’s First Presbyterian Church was built under the leadership of Foreman Joseph Metzler in 1910. Rev. David Blythe was moderator for the Seattle Presbytery on September 26, 1910, with 66 charter members.
As it happens with many churches, it takes time to garner new members and there was a time when the choir outnumbered the congregation. Continue Reading »
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- Junior Safety Patrol—Valuable Asset
Black Diamond High School
- Tuesday, October 18, marked the beginning of the first “Junior Safety Patrol” ever to be had in the city of Black Diamond. This patrol was introduced to the high school students by Patrolman Jackson of Auburn. He explained that the patrol boys have the power to give orders and report violations of traffic laws. Mr. Jackson stated emphatically he did not want anyone reported for “bullying.”
- Coping Saw Started
- A coping saw group was formed a few weeks ago under the supervision of Mr. Cobb. This group meets once a week from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. down at the shop. Many juniors signed up for it and the girls especially find it interesting. The things that are being made are corner stands, door stops, belt and tie holders, etc.
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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, January 1977
From time to time, as material and space permits, we would like to offer you profiles of the pioneers of this area. This first such profile, with pictures, is of Joseph Metzler, age 93 [in 1977], and still quite active.
The following material was graciously prepared by two of Joe’s daughters: Mrs. Clara Hudson of California and Mrs. Marion Langston of Montana. Ann Steiert combined and condensed the material.
Joe, our hats are off to you!
In the gallery of pioneers one name stands out in prominence for the active part its bearer played in the actual building of Black Diamond. That man is Joseph Metzler.
Joseph Metzler arrived in Black Diamond from Germany on Nov. 4, 1901, at 6 p.m., on a freight train that also pulled a passenger car for passengers. His uncle, Joseph Steiert, paid for his passage and he lived with him for several years.
Several years after he arrived in Black Diamond he sent for his mother, Pauline Metzler, and a step-brother, Emile. He purchased a home for his family across from the ballpark on the new road going to the Morgan Slope (#11) mine. Continue Reading »
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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 15, 2009
By Bill Kombol
Shown here is John B. Lombardini Sr.’s market and gas station located at the northern triangle created by the intersection of the Black Diamond-Ravensdale Road and Highway 169. Continue Reading »
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