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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2005

By Barbara Nilson

Francis Niemela displays a sketch of the cabin his father Charles built of railroad ties on Lake Francis in 1915.

Francis Niemela displays a sketch of the cabin his father Charles built of railroad ties on Lake Francis in 1915.

Eighty-four years of memories will be on tap, Sunday, Feb. 12, [2006,] at the Grange Hall, when Francis Niemela recalls life with the Finnish community on Lake Francis. His parents, Charles and Katri Niemela, came to Maple Valley and purchased 20 acres at the lake in 1915.

During that time there was a railroad that came around the lake and his Dad picked up railroad ties and built his first house out of them. Later that building was converted to a sauna and also used for smoking salmon and bacon when they constructed a large loghouse in 1918. That home was later purchased by the Dufenhorst family.

The Finns at Lake Francis had little stump ranches and their saunas in place of indoor plumbing. Niemela said the greatest sauna was the Lahtinen’s. It was open house every Saturday night and Mrs. Lahtinen would serve coffee and goodies. “Some of the offspring of those Finns like Walt Sipila and Walt Miller are still here,” he said. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, December 30, 1925

Old Black Diamond Mine No. 11, deepest colliery in the United States, is scene of fatal ‘bump’

Two men lost their lives and three others were imprisoned for eight hours before being released by a rescue crew following a cave-in that occurred in the old Black Diamond Mine No. 11 at Black Diamond yesterday afternoon.

The dead are W.R. Brunner, 36, years old, and Emilo Piquet, 35, both of Black Diamond.

Eight men were working in the vicinity of the cave-in. In addition to the two who lost their lives, three were imprisoned by the slide and three escaped without assistance. The six who were rescued or escaped were H.R. Algee, Walter Faulkner, Ben Davis, Walter Remus, E.M. Anthony, and George Belt. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, December 28, 1925

Todds rest and drop behind while miners beat Black Diamond

Newcastle moved into undisputed possession of first place in the Northwest Soccer League by beating Black Diamond, 2 to 1, yesterday, while the Todd team rested. Newcastle is now two full points ahead.

The game, played at Newcastle, was late starting because of a heavy fog, but when the teams got going they played quite a game.

Sid Hardy of Newcastle opened the scoring in the first half, when he took a cross from Harold Phillips at the end of a combination and scored. Shortly after resuming play Hardy scored again, this time on a penalty kick.

The lone Diamond tally came as a result of a penalty, when Rudy Dernac converted.

Tommy Overton, Teddy Jackson, and Frankie Burns were others who starred while Dernac, “Red” Towers, and Jimmy Strange were best for Diamond. Len Perotti, Black Diamond star, was unable to play, weakening that team.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, December 27, 1906

Takes two deputy sheriffs and six citizens to quell a disturbance at Bruce, near Black Diamond

Too much holiday liquor the cause. Officials are roughly handled until they get reinforcements, when belligerents submit quietly enough

The town of Bruce was located at the end of the Bruce Branch of the Columbia & Puget Sound RR. The branch paralleled the Green River Gorge Road and ended just south of Lake Twelve.

It took Deputy Sheriff Bob Hodge and a posse of seven men to suppress a riot at Bruce, three miles from Black Diamond, Tuesday night, in which a band of Italians were the participants. Too much Christmas liquid cheer was the inciting cause of the row. Three of the ring leaders, Marona Gibatta, Tony Biozo, and Valantini Areo, will celebrate New Year’s Day in the county jail. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 25, 1924

Another Christmas is here, the season of all the year when human hearts are warmest. With the passing of another milestone the bonds of friendship and mutual understanding between all members of The Pacific Coast family are still more closely knit by the knowledge of obstacles overcome together and confident prospects of continued success in the days ahead.

To those who are celebrating their fourth Yuletide at the camps; and to the newest men and their families, as well as to all who have been a part of the company for years past; we wish to convey our cordial best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

E.C. Ward, President (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, December 24, 1913

Blast in Black Diamond Mine, of unknown origin, kills workman—his fellows in serious condition

Violation of rules suspected as cause: Required precautions observed by Pacific Coast Co., exposed lamp or match thought to blame

The superintendent’s office and the workings of Mine No. 14, circa 1905. This coal mine was located just east of Highway 169 as it starts downhill toward Jones Lake. Lawson Hill and Mine No. 2 are in the background. Photo courtesy of Frank Guidetti.

The superintendent’s office and the workings of Mine No. 14, circa 1905. This coal mine was located just east of Highway 169 as it starts downhill toward Jones Lake. Lawson Hill and Mine No. 2 are in the background. Photo courtesy of Frank Guidetti.

Jack Jackson was killed and Ned Rossi and Eugene Pelline, miners, were seriously burned in an explosion this morning on the tenth level of No. 14 mine at Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS Bugle, December 2000

By Richard C. Rose

A few months ago, Richard C. Rose of Cle Elum provided the Historical Society with some deeds and other material relating to a small store in Ravensdale operated by his parents about 50 years ago. He writes, “As in many businesses then and now, they had little capital with which to operate. After a few months they sold out, unable to make it pay. I have a story concerning the store and my dad that I will write and mail to you.” His story and other comments follow.

Curator:
I promised you a story involving the property described in the deeds I sent you. Here it is: (more…)

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