Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 2, 1895

The seven miners who were injured in the recent explosion at Franklin are getting along nicely and Charles Anderson and Park B. Robinson, the two victims of the explosion, have been buried.

Coroner Askam and James A. Green have returned home after having presided at an inquest held to ascertain the cause of the explosion and inquire into the circumstances surrounding the disaster.

The jury, after hearing all the testimony in the case, returned a verdict finding that the men had entered the workings after a blast had been set off, with open lamps instead of safety ones, and that the explosion was the result.

The jury placed the blame on the victims and exonerated the mine company. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 2, 1925

Two recent events are worth calling to the attention of every man in the service. One is the speech of M.B. Morrow, a coal operator of Canmore, Alberta, Canada. The other is the work of the men in the construction of the recreation park at Burnett. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 1, 1928

07-01_Goddess of Liberty - 1928Those who have planned on a big time at Black Diamond on July 4th will not be disappointed. One of the finest programs yet presented is on tap, and the largest attendance in history is confidently expected by the Central Mine Council and its various sub-committees, who have worked hard in arranging the entertainment.

Adding to the interest of the various events, the Goddess of Liberty and her court will be seen in pageant. Miss Frances Hadley, of Black Diamond, has been chosen for the royal position in the contest which closed June 27th. The maids of honor will be Miss Thelma Kelly, Newcastle; and Miss Vera Williams, Carbonado. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Tacoma Daily News, July 1, 1891

Women driven into the forest to bear children—Men cruelly murdered

“News” special correspondent is arrested for crossing the line—First truthful account of the miner’s troubles at Franklin—The miners peaceable

By W.A. Ryan

Drawing of Franklin, circa 1887.

Drawing of Franklin, circa 1887.

Franklin, July 1—I arrived at Palmer Monday night at 6 o’clock. Palmer is a little station nestled at the crest of a hill in a deep forest, a little cluster of houses. Got more than half a dozen at most of which the chief is the depot.

Here I warned that five miners families from Franklin had arrived there early yesterday morning and had been sent to Carbonado for safety. Rumor had reached the place of a desperate encounter between the miners and the guards at this place and when I asked to be directed here I was warned that an attempt to enter the camp of the locked out miners or the dead lines established by the O. I. Company would result disastrously. Continue Reading »

Talks with the wounded: Details of Sunday’s tragedy as told by the participants—criminal carelessness

Originally published in the Tacoma Daily News, June 30, 1891

Franklin coal mines

Franklin coal mines

Franklin, Wash., June 30—The tragedy of Sunday is still the all-absorbing topic of conversation today, and though there has been no further violence the bitter feeling is still intense, and violence may occur again at any time.

It is asserted here that the death of Thomas Morris was simply an assassination, and that Edward J. Williams was murdered to get rid of an important witness. Continue Reading »

Many men wounded: The Franklin Mine troubles at last lead to bloodshed—more feared

Originally published in the Tacoma Daily News, June 29, 1891

july 1891Seattle, June 29—The first bloodshed of the mining troubles occurred at Franklin yesterday, and two companies of militia have been dispatched to the scene to prevent the race war which seems imminent.

The riot commenced early in the day, and was continued until late in the evening. At least one white man was killed and several other miners, including one Negro were wounded. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1923

newcastle-topworksNestled down between wooded hills in a little valley formed by Coal Creek, the coal mining camp of Newcastle, the oldest in the state, is an attractive place at any time of the year. But just now, with the slopes on either side of the valley clothed in brilliant green, the camp is particularly appealing.

Connected by a three-mile stretch of good macadam road to the pavement leading into Seattle, the camp is easy of access and thus is frequently the Mecca of students, tourists and interested parties who desire to see first-hand a modern coal mine in operation.

In the view shown above is a glimpse of the works about the entrance to the mine. In the foreground is the commodious “dry,” or wash house, and immediately beyond the mine office and buildings which house the machinery for hoisting the coal out of the mine.

The long string of cars on the track to the right are returning from the tipple where the coal is prepared for shipment.


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