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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 1, 1968

Georgia Paletta will reign as queen of the annual Black Diamond Labor Day festival today and Monday.

The 18-year-old Lake Sawyer girl is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Paust of 29807 232nd Ave. S.E. Miss Paletta will be crowned at ceremonies today at 1 p.m. in the city park.

Her court includes Princesses Jodine Dal Santo and Pauline Bunker, both of Black Diamond.

After the ceremonies, the day’s activities include a four-mile walking race with contestants from Oregon, Montana, California, Idaho, and Washington competing; a frog-jumping contest; boys’ bicycle race, and entertainment.

Monday’s program starts with a parade at 10 a.m. and judging of floats and participating marching groups. A fast-pitch softball game will highlight the afternoon activities.

Vic Weston, long-time sports figure in the Puget Sound area, is festival chairman.

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 29, 1924

Making hay while the sun shines is a motto which J.F. Torrence, manager of the Pacific Coast Coal Company depot at Tacoma, believes in putting into practice.

Consequently, when coal orders slumped during the hot weather of July he fitted up the office with extra typewriters and employed ten young ladies to operate them until a total of 15,000 letters had been written, addressed and mailed, admonishing an equal number of Tacomans to follow the example of the thrifty and and lay in a winter’s supply of fuel before the chill winds of winter found them with empty coal bins.

The influx of orders which followed necessitated the putting on of another truck to make deliveries. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 27, 1913

BLACK DIAMOND, Wednesday, August 27. – As prophesied yesterday, the strike of the United Mine Workers of America that has been on here for the last two and one-half weeks, came to a close this morning when the 750 men who went out returned to work.

The miners have called off the strike with the provision that should the national board approve their action of August 10, they will go out again, but it is thought by mine officials that the difficulty is over.

George Ayers, over whose discharge the suspension of work order is issued, did not return to work, and according to the mine officials, he will not do so, regardless of the action of the national board.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978

By R. Dianne Wilson

Rain joined the powerful spray from competing fire districts, obstructing view of the red barrel slithering on the high wire and doused from side to side by the competitors. The event was one of the highlights at Black Diamond’s recent Labor Day festivities.

Rain joined the powerful spray from competing fire districts, obstructing view of the red barrel slithering on the high wire and doused from side to side by the competitors. The event was one of the highlights at Black Diamond’s recent Labor Day festivities.

Despite rather poor cooperation from Mother Nature, Black Diamond’s Labor Day was a colorful occasion for participants and spectators alike. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 26, 1913

AUBURN, Tuesday, Aug. 26. — Black Diamond members of the local of the United Mine Workers of America are meeting this afternoon to decide whether to call off the strike that has been on here for the last two and a half weeks. (more…)

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Originally published in the Renton News Record, August 25, 1960

Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration will be held Monday, September 5. The day’s activities begin with the parade at 10.

Judging of the parade will take place in the ball park as will the rest of the day’s activities. The queen and princesses will be introduced and presented their gifts. There will be races of all kinds, for all ages, with prizes awarded each group.

A baseball game between the old Black Diamond soccer team and baseball team will be a feature of the afternoon. A greased pole climbing contest will be held for the 14 year-olds and under.

These activities are supported by donations from the people of Black Diamond and vicinity.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 2, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

Labor Day highlight. A feature of Black Diamond Labor Day festivities was the crowning of the queen. Participants, shown above from left: Kathy Duncan; Mary Kay Barnes; Amy Guidetti, princess; Queen Debbie Drossart; Carol Storey, princess; and 1977 Labor Day Queen, Kim Sawyers (Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978).

Labor Day highlight. A feature of Black Diamond Labor Day festivities was the crowning of the queen. Participants, shown above from left: Kathy Duncan; Mary Kay Barnes; Amy Guidetti, princess; Queen Debbie Drossart; Carol Storey, princess; and 1977 Labor Day Queen, Kim Sawyers (Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978).

Button, button, who’s got the button? Six girls who are competing for the coveted title of Queen of the Black Diamond Labor Days, that’s who. Mary Kay Barns, Debbie Donckers, Debby Drossart, Kathy Duncan, Amy Guidetti, and Carol Storey all may be found making their rounds selling their buttons which go for $1.00 each. (more…)

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