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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1955 (date unknown)

By Frank Lynch

Mike Ferlich and Alphonse Guibert: Two old friends

Mike Ferlich and Alphonse Guibert: Two old friends

J.A. (JIM) ANDERSEN is another of our friends at Northwestern Improvement Co. Let us merely say that his business is selling coal. (Remember coal?)

That he seems a little put out, at times, that the history of the mines and the miner’s in these parts has not been put down for posterity.

“I wish you’d stop at the old Ravensdale cemetery the next time you’re in the neighborhood,” Andersen said when we called on him recently. “There was an explosion in the mine there in 1915—34 men trapped in the dust and gas on the second and third level.

“Only three saved.

“A good number of the dead are buried there. Forgotten some, I’m afraid. Well, you might take a look, anyway.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2013

By JoAnne Matsumura

One of the shattered sarcophaguses protruding from a looted grave. (Photo: Bob Dobson.) The cemetery is located at 26759 SE 272nd St. Ravensdale.

One of the shattered sarcophaguses protruding from a looted grave. (Photo: Bob Dobson.) The cemetery is located at 26759 SE 272nd St. Ravensdale.

Under the blanket of nature’s wilderness, a former coal mining town’s inhabitants sleep together in a forgotten Independent Order of Oddfellows cemetery in Ravensdale. Folks used to gather at the cemetery for a work session before Memorial Day, but that work ended years ago.

Miners and their families and community leaders of the town rest together in more than one acre donated by the Northern Pacific Railway Company to the Ravensdale Eagles Lodge in 1908. By 1914 the lodge deeded the property to the town of Ravensdale. (more…)

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