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By Ann Steiert

Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, February 1994

BD Gen. Mdse Store ca. 1920s - 2In almost every story that is written about early company towns such as coal and lumbering towns there is a mention of the company store. The one in Black Diamond was a very real part of the life of its citizens.

The first store was located near where the bakery stands now. It was unlucky enough to burn down in 1907. Duda Vernarelli told us of the excitment on the day that came to pass. He said people went into the burning building and grabbed anything they could.

He said that for weeks after it was over people would be asking one another if they had a mate to a shoe that they had picked up and trying to match goods. (more…)

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