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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 23, 1972

Labor Day button 1972The annual Black Diamond Labor Day celebration that for years has drawn crowds of three to five thousand persons is being headed this year by Joe Androsko.

It’s a three-day community affair that everyone in Black Diamond and for miles around jumps into with fervor.

The adults will start the weekend with a dance Saturday, Sept. 2 at 9:30 p.m. in the Black Diamond Eagles Hall. Live music will be offered. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, August 22, 1912

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This photo was posted on The Milwaukee Road Lines West Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMilwaukeeLinesWest/) by Allen Miller. If you’d like to join the group, please contact the administrator.

Three men were injured and a heavy mountain freight locomotive was hurled into Cedar River when freight train No. 2502, of the Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound, ran into a work train of the Columbia & Puget Sound at Cedar Mountain, six miles east of Renton, at 5:30 o’clock last evening.

Engineer J.E. Donovan and Fireman Roy Keeler, on the Milwaukee engine, both jumped. Donovan sustained painful bruises. Keeler’s injuries consisted of bruises and a sprained ankle. Brakeman Watson, who had been on the front part of the Milwaukee train, was also removed to the Pacific Hospital in Seattle.

Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, August 21, 1927

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith H. Spurlock

Edith Hazel Spurlock, 12 years old, swims under water with hand under chin of victim

Latest of Seattle’s heroine is 12-year-old Edith Hazel Spurlock, who last Wednesday rescued from drowning a full grown youth, 22 years of age, and who weighed 175 pounds.

Albert Fant was swimming in Green River, near Diamond Mineral Springs, and became confused, owing to the swift current. Edith Spurlock, who has been swimming only since last summer, leaped into the water and swam out to him. The following is her own narrative of what took place.

“When I had reached Mr. Fant, my first idea was to keep his head above the water, so I put my hand under his chin. He started to fight and pushed my head under the water. I ducked and swam under him. By this time he had swallowed considerable water and became unconscious. I put my hand under his chin and started swimming toward a log that was caught by a snag. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, Month and date unknown, 1996

By Barbara Nilson

Driving the third-place 1926 Model T truck is Eugene Cunningham of Buckley. His friends decked out like the “Oakies,” complete with jugs. – Photos by Barbara Nilson.

Driving the third-place 1926 Model T truck is Eugene Cunningham of Buckley. His friends decked out like the “Oakies,” complete with jugs. – Photos by Barbara Nilson.

For decades the town of Black Diamond has been celebrating Diamond Days on Labor Day weekend as a community “labor of love.” The 1996 three-day event was chaired by Lorianne Taff and a host of volunteers.

Parade chairman Chip Dean welcomed marching units, fire engines, antique autos, big rigs, fun floats, children twirling, biking and flipping and tossing candy.

Winners were announced by the Person of the Year Dave Botts. Botts was scoutmaster for 11 years and was selected for his public service, said Evan Morris. Morris was one of the selection committee along with Ann and Carl Steiert. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 17, 1922

Billiards on the right, the Black Diamond Garage on the left. Photo courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Asahel Curtis photographer, 1925.

Billiards on the right, the Black Diamond Garage on the left. Photo courtesy Washington State Historical Society, Asahel Curtis photographer, 1925.

Who do you think has become Jimmy Chambers’ partner in the pool room? No other than Grover E. Kertis, popular first baseman on the ball team.

Grover has been in camp about 6 months, and few men in it are more popular. Entering the employ of the company, originally as a guard, he soon went to work for Jimmy, the two having been friends for about fourteen years. They met for the first time at Port Townsend, at which time Grover was mascot of the ball team of which Jimmy was a member. (This will give you an idea of Jimmy’s age.)

Grover worked at Jimmy’s place at Black Diamond for a salary, but as the business grew it soon appeared it required more than one owner to handle it, and Kertis accepted an invitation to buy a partnership.

Good luck, Kert. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 17, 1922

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922Training for the Western Washington First Aid and Mine Rescue meet to be held at Burnett on Sept. 4, is proceeding in all the camps entered in the competition. Last week some of the teams practiced daily, so as to take all possible advantage of the time still remaining to become proficient in the work to be covered on Labor Day.

The Bulletin is printing, in this issue, the practice problems furnished by John G. Schoning, federal representative, which could not be included in the publication last week. It is also printing the rules that will govern the various competitions. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 10, 1986

1986Winners in the various events held during Black Diamond’s Labor Day weekend were, as follows:

QUEEN: Cheryl Peterson
PRINCESS: Marla Aquilar
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Tom Dodd

Sunday activities

BASEBALL ROUND-ROBIN: 1. Black Diamond Merchants, 2. Maple Valley Merchants.

WATERMELON EATING CONTEST: 1. Tony Perkins (boys), 2. Tanya Serns (girls).

WOMEN’S NAIL POUNDING: Charlene Birklid.

SOAP BOX DERBY—8-10 year olds: 1. Josh McNeely, 2.·Cliff Rayklovich, 3. Warren Bryant. 11-12 year olds: Dylan Renner, 2. Joe Benneditti, 3. Ryan Lundeen. Men, Best Looking: Joe Benneditti; Most Original: Warren Bryant.

WATERBALL CONTEST—Women: 1. District 46, 2. Black Diamond; Men: 1. Black Diamond, 2. District 44, 3. District 46 Continue Reading »

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