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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 6, 1923

Whenever it’s necessary to get something done in Newcastle there are three men who can always be depended upon to volunteer their services. Look at the picture above and see if you don’t agree that they appear capable to finish almost anything they undertake. The fourth man, the tall individual with the glasses, is John G. Schoning of the United States Bureau of Mines who can always be counted on in matters having to do with mine rescue or first aid work. The others, left to right. are: T.H. Cadwell, John Ritchie, and Thos. Rouse.

Whenever it’s necessary to get something done in Newcastle there are three men who can always be depended upon to volunteer their services. Look at the picture above and see if you don’t agree that they appear capable to finish almost anything they undertake. The fourth man, the tall individual with the glasses, is John G. Schoning of the United States Bureau of Mines who can always be counted on in matters having to do with mine rescue or first aid work. The others, left to right. are: T.H. Cadwell, John Ritchie, and Thos. Rouse.

Competing against teams from 27 states, including the crack organizations of the central coal fields which have been in training for years, the Black Diamond Mine Rescue and First Aid Team, under the leadership of Capt. B.F. Snook won third prize at the International First Aid and Mine Rescue Meet at Salt Lake City on August 27, 28, and 29.

This rating was based on the combination scores made by the contesting teams in both first aid and mine rescue work.

Highest honors went to a team from Benton, Illinois, while the Independent Coke & Coal Company’s team from Kenilworth, Utah, took second place. A team from Mexico, representing the Real Del Monte y Pachuca Co., won third place in the mine rescue contest, the first and second team in the combination score also retaining the same standing in the mine rescue contest.

The Anaconda Copper Mining Company of Great Falls, Mont., won first place in the first aid contest, with two Virginia teams taking the next two prizes.

Black Diamond’s rating which placed the team in third position on the combination score earned a silver cup for the boys, as well as two state championship banners for mine rescue and first aid work. They were also awarded bronze medallions and were royally entertained while in Salt Lake City.

The team returned to camp last Saturday where each member was accorded a rousing welcome by company officials and friends in the camp. Credit for the remarkable showing made by the team is, without doubt, due largely to the untiring efforts of B.F. Snook, captain of the organization. He labored ceaselessly from the time he went to Black Diamond last April up to the day of the meet to produce a prize winning team. (more…)

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