Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, December 7, 1941

Matt Starwich, King County jail superintendent and one of King County’s most colorful police officers, died at 11:22 o’clock last night in Swedish Hospital. He had been in the hospital since early last week, suffering from a complication of ailments.

Starwich, known affectionately for years as the “Little Giant,” had been in failing health since March 7, when he fell five feet on the roof of the County-City Building during Seattle’s test blackout.

The 62-year-old officer’s death ended a vigil that had been kept by his wife, son, and daughter at his bedside for more than 24 hours.

Starwich was the Americanized version of the family name. He was born Mateo Starcevis, son of a shoemaker, at Lich, near Flume (then in Austria), 62 years ago. When he was 12 years old he immigrated with a cousin to LaSalle County, Ill., and at an early age became a coal miner.

Starwich later moved to Marshfield, Or., and from there to Ravensdale in 1901, when there was little law in that mining community and less demand for it. Shootings, stabbings, and free-for-all fights were almost a daily occurrence there. The residents of the town used to brag about “riding” law-enforcement officers out on a rail. Continue Reading »


By Betty Franz Uhrig

Correspondence dated April 11, 2008, Orinda, California

Dr. H.L. Botts

Dr. H.L. Botts

Dear BDHS,

Enjoyed the quarterly as always. I do have a Doctor Botts story. It amused me when you said, “let us know if Dr. Botts treated you for any illnesses or accidents.” I was an accident, being the last of seven children to be born to my parents, Albert and Selma Franz, who were 56 and 41 at the time.

Our family lived on 40 acres on the Green River not far from the Gorge. I was born on a Sunday night, December 6, 1936, and I’ve heard that it was a cold, snowy winter.

When my birth was imminent my father, driving a Model-T Ford, and my 18-year-old brother Art, holding a lantern, set out for Dr. Botts’ office. The doctor was attending a movie and had to be called out of the theater for the cold ride to our lantern-lit house. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 5, 1924

This is the portal marking the main entrance to the coal mining camp of Carbonado, recently acquired by the Pacific Coast Coal Company. The camp is beautifully situated on the Carbon River, just off the main road to the Carbon Glacier on the north slope of majestic Mt. Rainier. Carbonado is approximately 50 miles from Seattle, on the Northern Pacific Railway, the tracks of which appear in the foreground. Continue Reading »

Originally published in The Seattle Star, December 4, 1928

By Barney Kempton

If any of the other teams are going to have a show with Carbonado in the second half of the Northwest Soccer League, the opposition will have to tighten up.

The Coal Diggers, having won the first half, started the last lap Sunday by walloping the Vikings, 8 to 3, at Carbonado.

The Diggers have a great forward line and they kept Bill Weby all afternoon in the Viking goal. Ted Appleby, Sacci Conti, and Ted Jackson make up the fine trio. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2000

By Barbara Nilson • Photos by Sherrie Acker

Bill and Irene (Maes) Bogh, Tahoma class Taylor class of 1939, at the Taylor program.

Bill and Irene (Maes) Bogh, Tahoma class Taylor class of 1939, at the Taylor program.

Taylor as a company town was discussed at the reunion Oct. 17. Dale Sandhei said he thought they had it better than a lot of people at that time—they had a sewer system, pumped in water, electricity, and the coal was delivered to their homes.

The company was very benevolent; they built a swimming pool and cleaned it out once a year. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 28, 1924

Though this is Black Diamond’s first soccer team, the boys are attracting considerable attention in the Washington State Football Association this season. Next Sunday they meet the Newcastle eleven on the latter’s field in the elimination playoff for the state cup. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 29, 2015

By Bill Kombol

This photo of the 1926–27 Black Diamond soccer team comes courtesy of Jerry and Lynda English.

This photo of the 1926–27 Black Diamond soccer team comes courtesy of Jerry and Lynda English.

The Black Diamond Miners, as they were called, were in the first division of Northwest Soccer League playing teams such as Todd Shipbuilders and others sponsored by local companies and communities. Continue Reading »