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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, April 5, 1922

Emil Bernhard

Emil Bernhard

This is Emil Bernhard, chef at the company boarding house at Newcastle, who is an expert in his line.

One reason Emil is a success is that he is amiable in his dealings with the men, and always tries to please.

He may have his off times, like the rest of us, but they never last long.

Among Emil’s helpers are A. Williams, who is always to be depended on; Marvin Dureness, bull cook, who is popular with the men; H. Dureness, waiter, who and Emil have been with the company since August; Mrs. E. Bernhard, who is a hard worker; Buch O’Neal, the night man, a new employee, who looks like he was made of the right stuff; H.J. Doane, dish washer, who always turns the dishes out clean, and Miss Oster, waitress, who is also always anxious to please. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 1916

J.C. Ford

J.C. Ford

The first number of the Pacific Coast Bulletin was issued in January 1914. It was sent out as a message from the management of the Pacific Coast Coal Company to its employees.

It was issued for the purpose of counteracting, at least to some extent, the vicious influence that was being exerted among the company’s employees by mischief-making agitators, who were active in attempting to make the employees believe that the company was their worst enemy and that they should do everything they could against the company, instead of trying to work for its benefit. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 29, 1922

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922To our employees:
Some of the company’s officials have, from time to time, been asked what effect the April 1st strike of the United Mine Workers of America will have on our operations.

We have assumed that the adoption of the joint representation plan is, in itself, an answer to such questions, but in order to remove any doubts in the minds of any of our employees, the company desires to state that the strike referred to will have no effect whatever on our operations. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 29, 1923

Newcastle 1923

When the special train pulled into Newcastle last Thursday with some 150 dealers from Washington and Oregon who handle the product of the Pacific Coast Coal Company mines, many of them for the first time saw the actual operation of hoisting coal when they stood around the entrance to Newcastle Mine as shown in the cut above. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 28, 1973

Lions Gary Habenicht, Dan Furlong, and Hal Phinney “huff and puff” to clear up the site of the coming Levdansky county park near Hobart. (Photo by Lowell Lorenz)

Lions Gary Habenicht, Dan Furlong, and Hal Phinney “huff and puff” to clear up the site of the coming Levdansky county park near Hobart. (Photo by Lowell Lorenz)

Spring activity came early for members of the Maple Valley Lions Club as remains of an old home site were cleared away recently so a dozer could begin breaking ground for the coming King County Levdansky Park near Hobart. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 27, 1974

By W.A. Ziegner

Photo © Harry Gershen 1974.

Photo © Harry Gershen 1974.

A Metro commuter bus won’t be at Maple Valley’s front door tomorrow, but there’s better than a fighting chance that one will be serving the area by next fall, John Rose, administrative assistant to County Executive John Spellman told the Voice of the Valley this week. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 22, 1922

Taking the vote at Burnett. A table and ballot box were placed outside the blacksmith shop during the recent election of councilmen and the men voted as they came from work.

Taking the vote at Burnett. A table and ballot box were placed outside the blacksmith shop during the recent election of councilmen and the men voted as they came from work.

The regular mine council meetings were held last week according to schedule at Burnett on Tuesday; Black Diamond, Wednesday; Newcastle, Thursday, and Issaquah on Friday night of last week. Mr. Green, Mr. Irelan, and Mr. Lindsey attended all the meetings. Mr. Moore attended the meetings at Black Diamond and Issaquah.

The newly elected employee representatives were present and took their places; the selected representatives retiring. These committees now consist of an equal number of elected representatives and selected representatives.

There will be an election in May and the selected representatives now on the committees will at that time be replaced by elected representatives to take office on June 1, after which the entire list of committeemen will be men who have been elected by secret vote of the employees.

The installation period will be behind us and the committees will be in final shape and the plan in full operation on a “fifty-fifty” basis as between employees and management.

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