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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1988

By Heather Larson

Black Diamond’s “Person of the Year,” honored at the town’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration, was Lois Zumek, shown above. — Voice photo by Terry McLellan.

Black Diamond’s “Person of the Year,” honored at the town’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration, was Lois Zumek, shown above. — Voice photo by Terry McLellan.

Black Diamond’s annual September celebration commemorates days past when the coal mining industry reigned. The culmination of the festivities is on Labor Day with a parade, pancake breakfast, games, and a greased pole climb.

The Laurel Assembly No. 144 of Rainbow Girls in conjunction with the Black Diamond Masons served breakfast to 142 adults and 10 children on Monday. The meal consisted of ham, pancakes, scrambled eggs, juice, and coffee.

Honored in the nearly one-hour parade down the Maple Valley Highway were Lois Zumek, person of the year; Jim and Connie Leider; King and Queen; and Paul and Gertie Botts, prince and princess. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 2, 2003

By Kathleen Kear

Members of the Black Diamond Museum putting finishing touches on their ‘train’ float for the parade. (L-R) Don Mason, Dorothy & Howard Betts, and Dee Israel.

Members of the Black Diamond Museum putting finishing touches on their ‘train’ float for the parade. (L-R) Don Mason, Dorothy & Howard Betts, and Dee Israel.

Steeping in rich memories of yesteryear is the City of Black Diamond with its numerous parades, picnics, games and family activities, which were held in the city not only on Labor Day, but also the Fourth of July.

This Labor Day weekend, August 30–September 1, 2003, the City of Black Diamond once again celebrated with family and friends the final weekend marking the end of summer vacation and the start of school. It also honored the memory of the many men and women who worked hard in shaping Black Diamond to what it has become today.

As part of the weekend celebration, there was a parade, any number of games, a teen dance, barbecue dinner, pancake breakfast, car show, and a number of other activities geared for the whole family to enjoy.

Although recent memory identifies the time of celebration with family and friends with the Labor Day weekend, moving back to the turn of the century put the gathering of family and friends at the Fourth of July. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, May 30, 1990

Coal car collision: A trailer broke free from an asphalt truck traveling north on Highway 169 on Sunday around 5 p.m. and smashed into Black Diamond’s historic coal car marker. According to Black Diamond Police, the trailer broke its safety chain, crossed between cars on the highway, smashed into the coal car, and came to rest against a telephone pole. Monday, the Black Diamond Historical Society was seeking bids for the replacement of the coal car, which was dedicated in 1962. (Photo by Doug Williams.)

Coal car collision: A trailer broke free from an asphalt truck traveling north on Highway 169 on Sunday around 5 p.m. and smashed into Black Diamond’s historic coal car marker. According to Black Diamond Police, the trailer broke its safety chain, crossed between cars on the highway, smashed into the coal car, and came to rest against a telephone pole. Monday, the Black Diamond Historical Society was seeking bids for the replacement of the coal car, which was dedicated in 1962. (Photo by Doug Williams.)

Black Diamond Historical Society members spent Thursday at the museum straightening the iron from the historic Third Avenue coal car that was smashed by a runaway trailer May 20.

“It’s pretty badly beat up,” historical society member Bob Eaton said. “All the iron was bent. We can’t buy a replacement.” (more…)

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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 Voice of the Valley, May 17, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

Miss Kimberly Capponi, affectionately known as “Kim,” will be installed as Worthy Advisor, Laurel Assembly of the International Order of Rainbow Girls on Saturday, May 20, at the Masonic Temple in Black Diamond. She will serve for a four-month term. (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 BDHS newsletter, February 1979

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! All you collectors circle the big weekend of May 5 and 6 to have your favorite antiques appraised. Again, we will have some reputable appraisers to tell you what you have always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask. The specifics have to be worked out and these will be announced later in the local newspapers. The appraisal price remains the same as last year—at $3 per item. Bring a friend.

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, May 1979

The second annual antique appraisal was held at the railroad depot the weekend of May 5 and 6. Though the crowds were disappointingly small, the BDHS gained more than $200. Bouquets to Vernon Smith, who approved guns, Jim Smithhart, watches, and Florence Garrett, who appraised dishes, glassware, and many miscellaneous items, Elaine Griffin for posters and ads, and to all others taking the time to contribute cookies and helping in general.

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