Archive for November 27th, 2014

Originally published in The Seattle Times, November 29, 1959

Remains of the Lester emergency airport after the flood in 1959. (Ed Eckes photo)

Remains of the Lester emergency airport after the flood in 1959. (Ed Eckes photo)

Lester folk hear they are marooned and calmly “dig in” after one of the worst floods in history: More than 1,000 feet of Northern Pacific Railway main line were washed away by floodwaters of the Green River, about two miles west of Lester.

A 6.07 inch rainfall struck in 24 hours and high temperatures melted snow in the surrounding hills—muddy water, silt and logs poured down from the many creeks and streams that form the headworks of the Green River.

Homer Parks spread flood warning and led rescue teams. Phones were out for days.

Water purification tablets were sent because the community depended on the river for its drinking water. Railroad employees used their two-way radios to relay emergency messages. Mail came in by helicopter and also delivered fresh bread and milk.

In spite of everything, Lester enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner. The turkeys arrived by train the night before the flood.

For more on the 1959 flood, go to “Green River flood devastates valley around Kent beginning on November 24, 1959” on HistoryLink.org.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, November 30, 1922

thanksgiving miners 1922ALL READY FOR TURKEY DAY AT BLACK DIAMOND.—During the late unpleasantness in Europe, oft-times referred to as the “World Ruckus,” some of the men above pictured, were “Over There” throwing the fear into Kaiser “Bill” and his war lords; the remainder were in the United States, keeping the home fires burning, digging coal, building ships, and doing other things which hastened the end of the deplorable affair.

At the present time, with the war almost forgotten, these men are employed at Black Diamond as firebosses, haulage men, cagers, and the like, and from indications, they appear to like their jobs real well. What’s more, they’re thankful for good appetites and turkey this Thanksgiving Day. (more…)

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