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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier Herald, March 31, 1988

Frank Zumek and Brad Darby display a smokehouse full of ready-to-eat Easter hams.

Frank Zumek and Brad Darby display a smokehouse full of ready-to-eat Easter hams.

Easter is traditionally ham time. Grocers and local meat markets are preparing for the increase in sales, while shoppers are weighing the price differences and deciding which type of ham they’ll bake.

Ham, a form of pork, comes with and without a bone. Customers make their choice based on convenience, cost and taste, local meat merchants say. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, March 31, 1908

Fifteen minutes before a train loaded with 200 passengers would have been on it, the Columbia and Puget Sound Railroad bridge across the Cedar River beyond Maple Valley, fell under the burden of a coal train and plunged six cars of coal instead of the cars of human beings into the river.

Had the coal train succeeded in getting across, there is no doubt that the passenger train would have plunged into the river, still swollen by recent floods and no one knows how many lives would have been lost. (more…)

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