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Originally published in The Seattle Times, December 17, 1986

By Jim Simon

You load sixteen tons and what do you get,
Another day older and deeper in debt,
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’’t go,
I owe my soul to the company store.

“Sixteen Tons,” by Merle Travis

It has become part of our folklore: the brutal, indentured existence of miners and millworkers eking out a living in sooty company towns. We all know it was a life of oppression.

But don’t tell that to Edna Crews. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 14, 1977

By R. Dianne Wilson

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

That Christmas is coming to Black Diamond was very much evidenced by a visit, last week, to the city’s branch of the First National Bank of Enumclaw. Windows were painted, wreaths adorned the walls, and the bank staff was busily trimming the Christmas tree with decorations made by each of the classes at Black Diamond Elementary School. There were even a few “ho, ho, ho’s.”

The festivities were perfectly in keeping with the spirit of warmth and friendliness exhibited year round in the bank. The captain of this happy crew is Dave Miller, bank manager since May of this year. (more…)

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Originally published in the MVHS’s The Bugle, November 1997

By Eva Litras

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

Dale Coal Company in Ravensdale, a typical small mine of this area early in the century. Photo supplied by Maple Valley Historical Society Museum.

This is a story about the Elkcoal Mine—located off the Kangley-Kanasket Road. We moved there in 1929 and lived in a small house on Sugarloaf Mountain. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 1, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

Jim Bolton

Jim Bolton

Black Diamond Elementary School has a new principal. He is Jim Bolton, who with a warm and engaging smile states of his new job, “I’ve found a home.”

In addition to the Black Diamond School, he also serves as principal at Selleck School. Born and raised in Buckley, Jim received his master’s degree in special education from Central Washington State College (now a university).

Bolton served last year as acting principal at Southwood Elementary in Enumclaw, a year which fulfilled the requirement of a year’s internship for a potential school administrator. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, October 27, 1921

Burglars, believed to be operating with an automobile or light truck, broke into Gibbon’s store late Friday night or early Saturday morning and stole about $500 worth of merchandise of all description.

Tobacco, in the amount of $300, was the major portion of their loot. Other articles stolen include two sacks of sugar, all the hams and bacon, six pairs of shoes, socks, shirts, inner tubes, etc. Entrance was effected through a warehouse window. Deputy sheriffs are investigating. (more…)

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Originally published in Hobart Recollections, 1988

By Colin McDonald

Did you know that where the Hobart Fire Station now stands there was once a swamp?

In about 1931 (give or take a year) there was a swamp, starting at the corner of the Hobart and Taylor roads. It ran on about a 40- or 45-degree angle east, up close to where the old gym used to be.

The fill was made in a very unusual way, by today’s standards. In those days there was not a dump truck and bulldozer sitting on every corner. Mr. Bill Peacock, with his two horses, wagon, and Fresno scraper did the job over several months, hauling a yard to a yard and a half in each load. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 27, 1923

This group shows some of the supervisors at Black Diamond Mine upon whose shoulders falls much of the responsibility for getting out the coal. From left to right, standing, Fireboss Henry Becker, Supt. J.J. Jones, Fireboss Gomer Evans, Lampman Elmer Hyneman, and Fireboss Richard Barry. Kneeling in front are Mine Foreman Dave Hughes and Mine Foreman Theo. Rouse. (more…)

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