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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 21, 1986

By Herb Belanger

Don Mason, left, Carl Steiert, Ted Barner, and Bob Eaton stroll through what was Franklin. (Richard S. Heyza/Seattle Times.)

Don Mason, left, Carl Steiert, Ted Barner, and Bob Eaton stroll through what was Franklin. (Richard S. Heyza/Seattle Times.)

Tough old coal-mining towns like Black Diamond always have had their share of characters, but the “Flying Frog” is one of Carl Steiert’s favorites.

The “Frog” actually was a Belgian named Emile Raisin who ran a taxi service between Black Diamond, a company town with one bar, and Ravensdale, which had 10 saloons where miners quenched the thirst they developed toiling underground. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 21, 1980

By Cathy Reiner
south Times bureau

Scoutmaster Lyle Lewis works on a canoe with Joe Taylor, left, and Robert Wraith.

Scoutmaster Lyle Lewis works on a canoe with Joe Taylor, left, and Robert Wraith.

MAPLE VALLEY — “Boom-crunch, boom-crunch-crackle-boom!”

In the echoing garage the noise was almost deafening as Lyle Lewis and three members of Boy Scout Post 711 beat their rubber mallets on a misshapen fiberglass form.

“Boom-thump-crunch-boom!”

An unusual Scout ceremony? No, just the birth of another of the troop’s canoes.

“That’s it,” Joe Taylor, 17, announced with a grin. “Pull ’er off.”

Scoutmaster Lyle Lewis eased a wedge between the form and the yellow fiberglass skin and began pulling from the edge. There was a shudder and a pop and suddenly the form was on the ground. Underneath, a bright yellow canoe was born.

“That’s number 12,” Lewis said with satisfaction. “It’s ready to send home for finishing work.” (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 21, 1913

Postmaster & Postmistress Fred H. & Antoinette Tonkin with little Jim in their home #105 on 3rd Ave.

Postmaster & Postmistress Fred H. & Antoinette Tonkin with little Jim in their home #105 on 3rd Ave.

Black Diamond man is practically certain of becoming grand chancellor of Washington Knights

Few contests for officers are apparent: Approximately 1,000 men and 200 women members of auxiliary order are attending sessions in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wednesday, May 21 — When the Washington Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias, now meeting here in the order’s thirtieth annual state convention, went into session this afternoon behind closed doors for the annual election of officers, the elevation of Fred H. Tonkin, of Black Diamond, to the position of grand chancellor was regarded as a foregone conclusion. (more…)

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