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Talks with the wounded: Details of Sunday’s tragedy as told by the participants—criminal carelessness

Originally published in the Tacoma Daily News, June 30, 1891

Franklin coal mines

Franklin coal mines

Franklin, Wash., June 30—The tragedy of Sunday is still the all-absorbing topic of conversation today, and though there has been no further violence the bitter feeling is still intense, and violence may occur again at any time.

It is asserted here that the death of Thomas Morris was simply an assassination, and that Edward J. Williams was murdered to get rid of an important witness. (more…)

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Many men wounded: The Franklin Mine troubles at last lead to bloodshed—more feared

Originally published in the Tacoma Daily News, June 29, 1891

july 1891Seattle, June 29—The first bloodshed of the mining troubles occurred at Franklin yesterday, and two companies of militia have been dispatched to the scene to prevent the race war which seems imminent.

The riot commenced early in the day, and was continued until late in the evening. At least one white man was killed and several other miners, including one Negro were wounded. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1923

newcastle-topworksNestled down between wooded hills in a little valley formed by Coal Creek, the coal mining camp of Newcastle, the oldest in the state, is an attractive place at any time of the year. But just now, with the slopes on either side of the valley clothed in brilliant green, the camp is particularly appealing.

Connected by a three-mile stretch of good macadam road to the pavement leading into Seattle, the camp is easy of access and thus is frequently the Mecca of students, tourists and interested parties who desire to see first-hand a modern coal mine in operation.

In the view shown above is a glimpse of the works about the entrance to the mine. In the foreground is the commodious “dry,” or wash house, and immediately beyond the mine office and buildings which house the machinery for hoisting the coal out of the mine.

The long string of cars on the track to the right are returning from the tipple where the coal is prepared for shipment.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1922

Notice to employees of Carbonado, Wilkeson, Bayne and Fairfax mines

In the announcement in last week’s Bulletin giving the program of the Fourth of July celebration to be held on Independence Day at Black Diamond, it was stated that only employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company would be eligible to compete in the sporting events.

This was an error.

The children of the employees of Carbonado, Wilkeson, Bayne and Fairfax are invited to enter all contests to which any children are eligible, and to share with them in the entertainments, gifts and prizes connected therewith.

The program committee has restricted the athletic events for adults to Pacific Coast Coal Company employees, but this need not discourage the grownups from neighbor camps.

There will be a host of opportunities for them to enjoy themselves, and they can rest assured they will in no sense be made to feel that they are outsiders. Each person in these camps is invited to attend the picnic, and to participate in the good time.

Everything is now in readiness for the big Fourth of July celebration and picnic to be given at Black Diamond on Independence Day by the employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, affiliated organizations and neighbor camps. (It is understood, of course, that the Briquet Plant is part of the Pacific Coast Coal Company.)

As stated in the program printed in the Bulletin of last week, the festivities will begin at 9:30 a.m., with a parade which will in a measure incorporate the patriotic, humorous and merrymaking spirit of the day. So it will be well for all who can to be on hand in time to witness it.

The idea of the celebration is for all attending to “make a day of it, come early, stay late, and miss nothing.”

There will be no formality connected with the outing. All who come will be expected to make themselves at home, to ask freely for any information they may desire, to move about as if they were residents, and to behave like folks who belong there, and are more than welcome.

Those who come from the outside are urged to bring basket lunches. Space will be provided for cooking and eating, and there will also be stands on hand where food, refreshments, etc., can be bought.

After the parade, will come the contests for children, games for grown-ups, the humorous events such as the races for fat men, fat women, chasing the greased pig, etc., etc., etc., and then the big ball game, the winning team in which will receive the purse of $150. But there will also be prizes in about a half hundred events, as well as gifts for every child, whether it enters a contest or not. (more…)

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Harvey RoushOriginally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1923

Abraham Lincoln split rails before he became known to fame, and there is no good reason why Harvey Roush, here shown loading timbers to go down into Burnett Mine, should not also add luster to his name in the years to come.

For Harvey is none other than a cousin to the famous Eddie Roush, center fielder for the Cincinnati Reds.

[Editor’s note: Edd Roush was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.]

What’s more, Harvey is said to show good baseball form, though the manner in which he holds the mine timber in the picture is not the way in which he stands up to bat.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1923

july4-1923Alarm clocks won’t be needed to awaken a single boy in Black Diamond on the morning of the Fourth of July, and it’s a certainty that not a one shown in the group herewith but who will help to make it a great day.

Though these boys managed to stand still long enough to have their pictures taken for the Bulletin, they made up for it immediately afterwards when they were asked to demonstrate the proper method of shooting fire-crackers.

When the committee in charge of the refreshments for the celebration on the Fourth wanted to find out how much ice cream and lemonade to supply they tried to measure the capacity of one of these boys, but finally gave it up and decided to place no limit on the quantity.

From left to right, front row, the boys are: John Kravagna, the baseball mascot of the camp; Lewis Porenta, Albert Doty, Tony Eratle, Stephen Venrella, Lyle Powers; back row, Glen Rockey, Chas. Thompson, Frank Costi and Valentine Druml.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 27, 1924

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922Preparations are being rushed for the dawn of July 4th, when Black Diamond will play the host to the other camps of the Pacific Coast Coal Company in celebrating the great National Holiday.

Advance information indicates that the camp will be thronged with visitors, and accordingly every effort is being made to provide a day of patriotic exercises and sports which will surpass anything yet staged in Black Diamond. (more…)

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