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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 14, 1926

This Link-Belt moveable crane is used at the Briquet Plant not only to load Diamond Briquets from the storage platform into the cars, but also to load coal from the storage piles into cars preparatory to sending it through the plant. (more…)

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By JoAnne Matsumura

The Black Diamond grade school was the site of the Aircraft Warning Service observation station.

The Black Diamond grade school was the site of the Aircraft Warning Service observation station.

They were mothers and fathers, miners and farmers. They were your teachers, your neighbors, and your friends. They were Black Diamond’s volunteer observers and airplane spotters of Post #33 during World War II. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 9, 1975

Black Diamond Elementary being prepared for demolition (July 9, 2016).

Black Diamond Elementary being prepared for demolition (July 9, 2016).

At a meeting in Seattle last Wednesday, the King County School District Organization Committee voted unanimously to dissolve the Black Diamond School District 190 and annex it to the Enumclaw School District 216.

“The merger is especially appropriate, said Robert Marum, Intermediate School District 110 superintendent, “in that Black Diamond’s 9th through 12th grade students have been attending classes in the Enumclaw School District for almost 30 years. Furthermore, the communities are only seven miles apart and seem to have developed a relationship of mutual respect and cooperation. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDE Series, official monthly publication of the Black Diamond School, June 5, 1974

By Jim King

Black Diamond graduates: Top row: Corey Chevalier, Kelly Perkin, Robert Enwiller, Bill Wheeler, Rick Maiers, Richard Bainton, and Jim King. Middle row: Dennis Hanks, Todd Hawkins, Cecil Walker, Randy Palmer, Paul Elder, John Fladgard, and Mr. Larry Harper, teacher. Bottom row: Jeff Capponi, Alma Burlison, Stephanie Enwiller, Marlene Bergstrom, Marcy Pfahl, Ricky Shay, and Gerry Averill. Not present: Steve Baltazor and Lynne Shoemaker. Fifteen of the 22 graduating for Black Diamond this year have attended the school for eight years.

Black Diamond graduates: Top row: Corey Chevalier, Kelly Perkin, Robert Enwiller, Bill Wheeler, Rick Maiers, Richard Bainton, and Jim King. Middle row: Dennis Hanks, Todd Hawkins, Cecil Walker, Randy Palmer, Paul Elder, John Fladgard, and Mr. Larry Harper, teacher. Bottom row: Jeff Capponi, Alma Burlison, Stephanie Enwiller, Marlene Bergstrom, Marcy Pfahl, Ricky Shay, and Gerry Averill. Not present: Steve Baltazor and Lynne Shoemaker. Fifteen of the 22 graduating for Black Diamond this year have attended the school for eight years.

The eighth grade class of Black Diamond Elementary School is having a graduation program in the school’s multi-purpose room at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Twenty-two students are in the class. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 3, 1946

Charmed land cities: Black DiamondMINING CENTER – Here is Black Diamond, supported almost exclusively for more than a half century by the extensive coal deposits in its environs. (more…)

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By JoAnne Matsumura

Homer and Jeanne shown here making the trek to Black Diamond in the Norman family’s 1931 Durant.

Homer and Jeanne shown here making the trek to Black Diamond in the Norman family’s 1931 Durant.

They were high school sweethearts and their love affair blessed them for more than 62 years.

The year was 1928 when 16-year-old Homer F. Norman asked 14-year-old Jeanne McBurnie, just entering high school from a country grade school, to go to the Puyallup Fair with a group of young people.

Jeanne, knowing that it would not be allowed, thanked him and declined. But Cupid intervened and by the following year they were “going steady.”
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Originally published in the Auburn Globe, February 5, 1971

New hall rising in Black Diamond. Workmen lay concrete blocks for the new Masonic Hall being built in Black Diamond at the rear of the 70-year-old landmark community center which will be razed in April. Gomer Evans is chairman of the building committee. Man at right is Layton Hurt, a brick mason, hired to do the main body of the building.

New hall rising in Black Diamond. Workmen lay concrete blocks for the new Masonic Hall being built in Black Diamond at the rear of the 70-year-old landmark community center which will be razed in April. Gomer Evans is chairman of the building committee. Man at right is Layton Hurt, a brick mason, hired to do the main body of the building.

The big frame Masonic Hall which has been a landmark in the center of the town of Black Diamond since the turn of the century will be razed in April.

A one-story, 100-by 60-foot block building is now under construction at the rear of the big building. Members of Diamond Lodge 83, F&AM and its related organizations look forward to having a more spacious lodge room, dining room, kitchen, lounge and other facilities in the new building.

But there’ll be sadness in the hearts of many old-timers who remember going to school at the turn of the century in the old building, part of which has stood for about 75 years. (more…)

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