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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 27, 1928

Marking a distinctively new departure in coal merchandising, the Pacific Coast Coal Company has established a free fuel service for its customers. A service car, distinctive with a mammoth Diamond Briquet mounted back of the driver’s seat, advertises the fact that prompt service is now at the disposal of every user of Pacific Coast coals.

This move is designed to still further reduce the cost of coal to the consumer by providing him with the advice and aid of a combustion expert, who will examine furnaces and flues free of cost and at the same time analyze home-heating problems. Mr. Robt. McNeice is the fuel expert in service.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 25, 1912

A.A. Flynn, foreman of federal Bureau of Mines station at University of Washington, begins campaign

Operatives throughout state to be instructed

A.A. Flynn, foreman of the station of the United States bureau of mines at the University of Washington, has launched a systematic campaign among mine workers of the state to drill the men in first aid work. W.L. Thomas temporarily will succeed Mr. Flynn at the state university while he is engaged in the instruction work.

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Originally published in the Seattle Star, January 24, 1902

Ben Williams, supposed to be one of the Maple Valley post office robbers, is now in the King County jail. A warrant is out for another man, who will probably be arrested soon, as it is believed that he is hiding near Black Diamond, where Williams was arrested.

The authorities have been working quietly on the matter, but have every reason to think that they have picked up the right man. Williams answers closely the description of one of the two men who held up the postmaster at Maple Valley at the point of a revolver, and rifled the till, on Tuesday night of last week.

Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 22, 1942

A veteran Black Diamond miner, regarded in his community as exceptionally industrious and steady citizen, was booked at the county jail for “investigation” last night after being questioned about the dangerous Selleck fire a few days ago and other fires.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 21, 1942

Black Diamond school children became fire fighters this forenoon, when classes were dismissed so the pupils could aid in battling a brush fire that menaced several homes and damaged two dwellings before it was controlled.

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 18, 1922

The State Bank of Black Diamond, circa 1921. The bank was located at the intersection of Baker Street and Railroad Avenue, kitty-corner from the museum.

Thomas F. Fournier, former president of the Black Diamond State Bank, who disappeared last May with $5,400 may have been located in New Brunswick.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, January 17, 1922

Capture of Fournier is thought to be certain. Former president of Black Diamond State Bank said to have been located on coast of New Brunswick

Thomas F. Fournier, cropped from a photo with Nat Moore and Mrs. Bingay.

Warrant telegraphed by Sheriff Starwich. Accused man charged with absconding with $5,400, leaving only small girl in charge of institution

Arrest of Thomas F. Fournier, former president of the State Bank of Black Diamond, who is charged with absconding with $5,400 of the bank’s funds May 7, 1921, is considered imminent today following an eight month’s international search.

Fournier, whose alleged defalcation resulted in the closing of the bank, is believed to have been located in a small seashore town on the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, and Sherriff Matt Starwich has telegraphed a warrant to authorities there. Should Fournier be arrested in New Brunswick, international extradition would be necessary. His bail is $10,000.

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Neighbors, January 2022

By JoAnne Matsumura
Maple Valley Historical Society

In December 2017, I had the pleasure of meeting Kendall Lamb at the Maple Valley Historical Museum. I was there doing research in the historical issues of the Voice of the Valley newspaper, for a variety of individuals.

Kendall had brought in a special issue of the North Maple Valley Living magazine for President Dick Peacock.

As I eavesdropped on their conversation and caught glimpses of the colorful magazine and excellent photographs, my thoughts hurriedly went to how historical this publication was going to be for future generations of researchers. Then my thought turned to wanting to share glimpses of Maple Valley history in this relatively new publication.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 13, 1928

Ocean steamers from the trade lanes of the seven seas always find quick dispatch at the marine bunkers of the Pacific Coast Coal Company in Seattle. At ebb tide the depth of the water in the slips is ample for the largest vessels afloat, and with a constant supply of coal readily available from the mines just outside the city limits, the facilities for bunkering ships are a distinct advantage to commerce.

With the advent of pulverized coal as a fuel for deep-sea carriers, the Pacific Coast Coal Company is prepared to supply any demand.

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Local news

Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, January 12, 1922

Mr. and Mrs. F. Taggart had as their Christmas guests from Saturday until Monday, their niece, Miss Zella Feaster, from Tacoma, Mr. and Mrs. James Robertson, Mr. and Mrs. A. Sheltran and daughter of Seattle.

Mr. W.E. Marker spent Christmas with his mother in Seattle.

Nels Laggeson has sawed Eklund’s summer wood and is now sawing for Taggarts with his drag saw.

Robert Robertson met with a very painful accident last Thursday while he was splitting cord wood. A piece of steel off the wedge hit him in the eye. He was taken to Kent to a doctor, and from there was taken to the Columbus Sanitarium. The piece of steel was extracted by the use of a magnet. He is improving, but it is still very painful.

Maplevalley greeted the New Year with an old-time dance at which was assembled the “home crowd.” The music was unusually fine, with some of the good old waltz tunes of a few years ago. Shortly after twelve a splendid supper was served, after which the dancing was resumed until after two o’clock. Everyone had such a good time, ladies, let us have some more!

Mr. Aaron Rosen has been seriously ill, but we are glad to hear he is now improving.

James Henry did not keep L.J. home Saturday night.

Willis Gibbs is circulating a petition for a herd law in certain sections.

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