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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Intelligencer, May 18, 1880

One of the most convincing proofs of the steady growth and prosperity of our territory is to be found in the development and increased capacity of our coal mines. And, for an example we will take one, near at hand—the Newcastle mine—situated near Lake Washington, in the central portion of our county to demonstrate this proposition. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 16, 1924

Now in its third successful year of operation, the Mine Council system of collective bargaining as worked out by the employees and officials of the Pacific Coast Coal Company is functioning to the entire satisfaction of all parties concerned. The group shown herewith is the Central Council, composed of representatives from each of the Mine Councils, which meets in Seattle once each month. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 14, 1918

Throughout the nation the call is resounding, “Lay in your next winter’s coal NOW.”

That is the urgent appeal of the United States Fuel Administration, and it applies with as much force in the State of Washington as in any other state in the Union, so officials of the administration point out it is a patriotic duty as well as a measure of preparedness to see that the fuel bin is filled up quickly, for the nation is facing such problems as never confronted her before in the mining and distribution of coal.

Industries, especially those engaged in war work, have first call on the coal production, and they are going at fever heat, with an acceleration that means a continual increase in coal consumption.

To move crops and war materials next fall and winter will require the entire car capacity of all the railroads. This means that the cars must get in their work now in hauling the coal you will need next winter. Nor does a car shortage condition impend only in the Eastern states. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, May 10, 1978

By Dianne Wilson

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Civil War picture—before and after restoration by Frank Shay.

Talented. Creative. Artistic. Professional. These adjectives only begin to describe the many abilities of Frank and Irene Shay of Shay’s Photography and Printing. The Shays live and work in Morganville in cluttered simplicity with their two “dumped” dogs and their 13-year-old cat, Sydney.

Frank and Irene have an impressive record as photographers and printers as well as an international reputation for restoring old pictures. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 8, 1924

Not a feminine foot faltered when the guides for this group of King County P.T.A. members led the way into the dark recesses of the Primrose Tunnel at Newcastle. These women, a portion of 300 who recently visited Newcastle Mine as the guests of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, here saw firsthand the actual processes of coal mining.

The guides for this group were, Dan Carey, Jas. E. Ash, and Phillip Chase, all of the Engineering Department. John Eck, fireboss in charge of the operations at Primrose, is kneeling at the left. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 8, 1907

President A.J. Earling of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul gave out a statement in Milwaukee today to the effect that the St. Paul will complete the construction of its Pacific Coast line by 1909 and will be running trains into Seattle before the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens.

In connection with this announcement, Earling confirmed the report that the St. Paul has ordered the vacation of all property sold to his road in Tacoma and will immediately begin work on the terminal system of the St. Paul in that city. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 7, 1906

Sheriff Smith inaugurates a campaign against disorderly element at Black Diamond and other mining camps

By the arrest this morning of Mrs. Aluka Johnson at Black Diamond, Sheriff Lou Smith has made the first move in a campaign he has inaugurated against the lawless element of that and other mining settlements. Mrs. Johnson is locked up in the county jail charged with maintaining a nuisance, having been brought in by Deputy Sheriff Bob Hodges. (more…)

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