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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 28, 1977

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

A very warm welcome to Black Diamond is extended to Louis Duett and Larry Hill. They are now operating the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage located at the blinking light, 3rd & Lawson. Louis is a front end expert and Larry the transmission specialist. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 27, 1978

The Hobart gym, abandoned for years and still with windows boarded and needing paint, was used successfully last season for numerous volleyball games. It now appears it may be possible it may be possible through block grants funds to restore the building and make it once again a social center for the community as it was in earlier days.

The Hobart gym, abandoned for years and still with windows boarded and needing paint, was used successfully last season for numerous volleyball games. It now appears it may be possible it may be possible through block grants funds to restore the building and make it once again a social center for the community as it was in earlier days.

The Maple Valley Historical Society at its Sept. 18 meeting discussed three possible buildings or sites in the area which might qualify for inclusion in the State Historical Register or for block grant restoration money.

The gymnasium at the old Hobart School site was deemed the most historically significant building in that area by Jane Wissel, King County Historic Site researcher. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 27, 1923

This group shows some of the supervisors at Black Diamond Mine upon whose shoulders falls much of the responsibility for getting out the coal. From left to right, standing, Fireboss Henry Becker, Supt. J.J. Jones, Fireboss Gomer Evans, Lampman Elmer Hyneman, and Fireboss Richard Barry. Kneeling in front are Mine Foreman Dave Hughes and Mine Foreman Theo. Rouse. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, September 26, 1895

Franklin coal mines

Franklin coal mines, 1898

Andrew F. Burleigh, as counsel for the Oregon Improvement Company, this morning filed answers in four more suits which have been commenced against the company by Oliver Spencer as administrator for the estates of Fillippo Di Martino, Guiseppe Bosio, Luigi Ferrari, and Rocco Teti.

The deceased all met their deaths in the Franklin mine disaster.

The company sets up that their deaths were due to the error of judgment and mistake on the part of the fellow servants of the deceased, coupled with their own carelessness and negligent conduct. They should have, it is alleged, left the mine when informed that it was on fire.

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 26, 1893

Thomas Griffiths, a Welshman, who has been working for Thomas Price on a ranch on the Cedar River, was cut in two by a coal train near Eddyville station on the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad, between 12 and 1 o’clock yesterday morning. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 18, 1974

Edited by Dorothy Church

(From the Maplevalley Messenger, September 22, 1921)

A gravity water system, to run from a spring on Olaf Olson’s place to the Maplevalley school, is being considered by the school board. This would eliminate the cost of running the electric pump being used at present which does not give satisfaction. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 20, 1923

Several months ago a considerable shipment of Black Diamond coal was dispatched to points in Alaska and even to scattered government stations up beyond the Arctic Circle. Now the other extreme is reached, with three whalers in this week for bunkers to take them to the Antarctic.

Each of the whalers goes by the name of Star, being also numbered 1, 2, and 3. They loaded Black Diamond and South Prairie steam coal, and will sail from Seattle, via Honolulu and Australia, for the South Polar regions. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, September 17, 1915

BLACK DIAMOND, Friday, Sept. 17. —A surprise luncheon of fried chicken with all the usual “trimmings” was given here Saturday in honor of the first aid team that will go to San Francisco to represent the Pacific Coast at the nationwide first aid and mine rescue meet to be held at the Panama Pacific Exposition, September 23 and 24.

The luncheon was at the home of Mrs. M.A. Morgan and the hostesses were the wives of the team members, M.A. Morgan, captain; J.S. Murphy, H.P. Phillips, Joseph McDonald, Henry DeWinter, Ray Rank, and J.W. Greggs.

The team leaves for San Francisco on a Pacific Coast Steamship liner today, returning about October 1.

The Black Diamond team won the honor of representing Washington at San Francisco in a Labor Day meet at Black Diamond.

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Originally published in the The Seattle Star, September 16, 1907

Digging coal 500 feet underground in the mines of the Superior Coal and Improvement Co.

Digging coal 500 feet underground in the mines of the Superior Coal and Improvement Co.

The Superior Coal and Improvement Company, now owning and operating a producing coal mine 12 miles east of Seattle, offers a block of stock at 40¢ per share cash, or 45¢ on installments, to raise enough money to lay 3 miles of railroad track over a right of way 100 feet wide owned by the company, and graded for over two miles, with 7,000 cedar ties cut and stacked along the grade.

Read carefully the following report on our property by one of the leading mining engineers of the great Northwest, Mr. F.H. Whitworth, who has had 25 years’ experience in mining in the state of Washington. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 16, 1885

A pressure is being brought to bear on all hands to displace Chinese with white labor, and from the appearance of things, the abolition of all Chinese labor in this locality is near at hand.

The Black Diamond Coal Company has given notice that all the Chinamen employed at its mines will be superseded by white men, and the Seattle Lumber and Commercial Company has discharged the Chinamen employed at its mill.

There are a great many unemployed white men looking for work, and it is to the interest of employers to give them employment, where such a thing is possible. If a little good judgment and common sense is needed, the labor question can be adjusted without further resort to violence, murder, and the destruction of valuable property.

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