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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 12, 1956

By H.J. Glover

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Music their bond: Mrs. David Garrett Sr., who can’t reach the piano pedals anymore because both her legs have been amputated, sits in wheelchair and plays the piano for her husband, baritone. She has been Black Diamond church organist 54 years and her husband’s accompanist all of their married years. — H.J. Glover photo

ENUMCLAW, Jan. 12 — The curtain went up on this little true life drama about 54 years ago in Black Diamond, a coal mining town seven miles north of Enumclaw on the banks of the Green River.

The eyes of the part-time minister swept slowly over the little group of children and adults gathered in the frontier town’s only church building.

His eyes rested on Lillian Steiert, 12, who was wearing a starched gingham dress, her dark hair braided in tight pigtails.

‘Come up front’

“Lillian,” the minister asked, hopefully, “will you please come up to the front and play the organ for the singing?”

She has been doing it ever since. Well, not exactly, since she lost both her legs during the past 15 months.

When she was 18, she married David Garrett, 22, a Black Diamond grocery store clerk who was a native of Wales and a vocalist. Theirs has been a common and powerful bond: Music.

During her more than half century as organist of the church, Lillian has also been accompanist for her husband, a baritone soloist and member of a well-known mixed quartet familiar to music lovers in the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, January 12, 1998

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — It’s official, almost: Black Diamond’s population increased by 71 percent or 1,487 people on Jan 1.

The small rural town with the coal-mining background now has a population of 3,572 people, ranking it 109th just behind Blaine with 3,575 people on the state’s official ranking of cities by population. Black Diamond had been ranked 137th.

The population explosion in Black Diamond was the result of the annexation of the Lake Sawyer area, which became official Jan. 1. (more…)

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