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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 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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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 20, 1919

Athletic association organized at Black Diamond to promote sports

Black Diamond clubhouse, 1924

Black Diamond clubhouse, 1924

Delegates from the various mining camps of the Pacific Coast Coal Company met recently in Black Diamond and formed an athletic and first aid association which promises to become a factor in the community.

The object of the association is to promote clean sport, build and equip clubhouses at the various camps, and revive interest in healthful outdoor exercise. Two contests will be held in the near future, with prizes offered. The camps represented include Black Diamond, Newcastle, Issaquah, Burnett, Franklin, and the Seattle shops.

The following officers were selected to act as an advisory board: Ernest Newsham, honorary president; Stephen H. Green, honorary vice president; N.H. Freeman, president; Frank Rice, vice president; Dr. Mallory, treasurer; G.F. Clancey, secretary; one delegate from each camp.

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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 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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