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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 13, 1994

Things are “looking good” for a real old-fashioned celebration soon, the Black Diamond Labor Day Committee reports.

There will be a parade, a soapbox derby, races and games for the kids, and many other festivities, committee members said.

Booth space will be available on the field and it is important that those wishing to take part in having a booth sign up for one soon, organizers said. Applications are available by calling Charlene Birklid at 886-1344 or by attending a meeting. The meetings are held at the Black Diamond Museum. The next is set for Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Continue Reading »

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 12, 1928

TAYLOR, Wash., Thursday, July 12. — The Gladding-McBean Company team of Taylor evened up its score with the Hobart town team Sunday, winning 8 to 6. It was Hobart’s first defeat, while the Taylor team has been defeated but once also.

The Hobart team will journey to Seattle next Sunday, where it will meet the Wilson & Kreitle nine at the Upper Woodland Park grounds at 2 o’clock.

Sunday’s score:

R H E
Hobart 6 8 2
Taylor 8 7 3

Batteries—Michael and Carey; Ball, Malette, McConnell, and McDonald.

With the arrival of hot summer weather attention is again drawn to the fact that there are many residents of Black Diamond who have no effective means of disposing of garbage. At the last Mine Council meeting a move was instituted to improve the sanitary condition of the camp by asking everybody to provide themselves with garbage cans.

The company will provide a means for regularly disposing of all garbage deposited in cans, free of cost, and in order to make the entire camp fully sanitary it is absolutely necessary that every house be equipped with the proper type of garbage can. These may be obtained through the company store, and in case they are not installed promptly, steps will be taken to compel every resident to so equip his place.

At both Newcastle and Burnett every house is equipped with a garbage can and the menace of typhoid and contagion thereby greatly minimized. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 11, 1968

John Sherwood, 16-year-old Enumclaw youth, was pronounced dead on arrival at Community Memorial Hospital about 2:04 a.m. Tuesday after his father found him slumped over in the front seat of his car which was parked at the family residence, 1305 Davis Avenue.

According to the King County Coroner Leo Sowers, death was attributed to acute pulmonary congestion and cerebral edema. Laboratory tests are presently being run to determine the causes.

The report further stated that the youth was last seen by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sherwood, about 9 p.m. Monday when he told them he was driving to a friend’s house.

About 1 a.m. Tuesday, Earl Sherwood was notified by neighbors that a disturbance was taking place in or around the boy’s car. The elder Sherwood investigated and found his son.

Funeral services for the youth are pending at the Enumclaw Funeral Home.

Originally published in Carbon River Heritage newsletter, July 1986

by Nancy Irene Hall

James L. Brummett, ex-Coast Guard officer-turned trapper, fisherman, and hunter. Jim posing with some of his furs on the dock of his Double Rainbow Lake Resort located just 2 miles east of Wilkeson on the Quinnon exit. (Photo by Nancy Irene Hall.)

James L. Brummett, ex-Coast Guard officer-turned trapper, fisherman, and hunter. Jim posing with some of his furs on the dock of his Double Rainbow Lake Resort located just 2 miles east of Wilkeson on the Quinnon exit. (Photo by Nancy Irene Hall.)

The site of the old coal mine town once called South Willis lies just a few miles east of Wilkeson on the Quinnion exit. It is now the home of Double Rainbow Resort, a 25-acre resort run by James L. Brummett. This land has seen many changes since its coal mining days.

It was named after the Northern Pacific Railroad’s young geologist Bailey Willis, who did the coal explorations for their Northern Transcontinental Survey in 1881–1884. After his explorations he gave his account of the coal in the Wilkeson, South Willis, Carbonado area in a paper entitled “Report of the Coal Fields of Washington Territory.” Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 1995

The old Lake Wilderness Conference building has new tenants and a new name. It is King County’s first community service center and be called Lake Wilderness Community Service Center. A grand opening is planned for August.

The old Lake Wilderness Conference building has new tenants and a new name. It is King County’s first community service center and be called Lake Wilderness Community Service Center. A grand opening is planned for August.

King County’s first Community Service Center located at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley opens Wednesday, July 5, 1995 at 12 noon. King County Executive Gary Locke and community members will visit the Center at 1 p.m. A grand opening celebration will occur later in August. Continue Reading »

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 4, 1924

Fourth of July celebrations in Black Diamond are always started off with a parade. This picture shows the parade of last year as it left the starting point in front of the hotel for the procession to the Ball Park. The citizens of the camp vie with one another in striving to attain perfection in patriotically decorated floats and cars. This year the usual parade will be a feature of the day.

Fourth of July celebrations in Black Diamond are always started off with a parade. This picture shows the parade of last year as it left the starting point in front of the hotel for the procession to the Ball Park. The citizens of the camp vie with one another in striving to attain perfection in patriotically decorated floats and cars. This year the usual parade will be a feature of the day.

Hospitality in unbounded measure is the welcome which will be extended all who participate in the Fourth of July celebration at Black Diamond. Particular emphasis is being laid upon the fact that the children are to be given first attention, free ice cream and refreshments having been provided for every child. Continue Reading »