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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 6, 1923

Whenever it’s necessary to get something done in Newcastle there are three men who can always be depended upon to volunteer their services. Look at the picture above and see if you don’t agree that they appear capable to finish almost anything they undertake. The fourth man, the tall individual with the glasses, is John G. Schoning of the United States Bureau of Mines who can always be counted on in matters having to do with mine rescue or first aid work. The others, left to right. are: T.H. Cadwell, John Ritchie, and Thos. Rouse.

Whenever it’s necessary to get something done in Newcastle there are three men who can always be depended upon to volunteer their services. Look at the picture above and see if you don’t agree that they appear capable to finish almost anything they undertake. The fourth man, the tall individual with the glasses, is John G. Schoning of the United States Bureau of Mines who can always be counted on in matters having to do with mine rescue or first aid work. The others, left to right. are: T.H. Cadwell, John Ritchie, and Thos. Rouse.

Competing against teams from 27 states, including the crack organizations of the central coal fields which have been in training for years, the Black Diamond Mine Rescue and First Aid Team, under the leadership of Capt. B.F. Snook won third prize at the International First Aid and Mine Rescue Meet at Salt Lake City on August 27, 28, and 29.

This rating was based on the combination scores made by the contesting teams in both first aid and mine rescue work.

Highest honors went to a team from Benton, Illinois, while the Independent Coke & Coal Company’s team from Kenilworth, Utah, took second place. A team from Mexico, representing the Real Del Monte y Pachuca Co., won third place in the mine rescue contest, the first and second team in the combination score also retaining the same standing in the mine rescue contest.

The Anaconda Copper Mining Company of Great Falls, Mont., won first place in the first aid contest, with two Virginia teams taking the next two prizes.

Black Diamond’s rating which placed the team in third position on the combination score earned a silver cup for the boys, as well as two state championship banners for mine rescue and first aid work. They were also awarded bronze medallions and were royally entertained while in Salt Lake City.

The team returned to camp last Saturday where each member was accorded a rousing welcome by company officials and friends in the camp. Credit for the remarkable showing made by the team is, without doubt, due largely to the untiring efforts of B.F. Snook, captain of the organization. He labored ceaselessly from the time he went to Black Diamond last April up to the day of the meet to produce a prize winning team. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 30, 1923

When Dr. Edward T. Devine, member of the United States Coal Commission, visited the coal mining districts of the West last week, he spent one day on a tour of the mines in King and Pierce counties.

In the group above he is shown at Burnett with a number of Pacific Coast Coal Company employees, who, with Vice President N.D. Moore and Manager of Mines D.C. Botting, accompanied him on his visit to Newcastle, Black Diamond, and Burnett, as well as to Carbonado and Wilkeson. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 23, 1923

Three teams, representing Newcastle, Burnett, and Black Diamond, respectively, contested for honors at the Mine Rescue and First Aid Meet held in Newcastle last Saturday, August 18.

Above, the personnel of all three teams is shown, just prior to beginning the first aid problems. Below, the victorious Black Diamond team and the Du Pont and William M. Barnum cups which they won. Black Diamond’s score in the first aid events was 96.4, and in the mine rescue events, 95, making a combined score of 95.7.

Members of the winning team are: Edw. Hale, D.D. Jones, Capt. B.F. Snook, A.G. Wallace, Jack Nichols and Richard Evered. They leave for Salt Lake City, Friday at 3:30 p.m., to compete in the International First Aid Meet on August 26, 27, and 28. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 19, 1919

Take first place when total average counted—will go to Pittsburgh

A safety mine car invented by Joe Klansnic, circa 1920.

A safety mine car invented by Joe Klansnic, circa 1920.

A team from the Roslyn Fuel Company’s mine at Jonesville won the mine rescue and first aid contest at Black Diamond yesterday and will be sent to Pittsburgh to compete in the national mining competitions September 30 and October 1. The Roslyn team was not a good finished [sic] in the mine rescue work, but was so nearly perfect in first aid work that it overcame the early handicap and finished in front on general average. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 31, 1977

by Dianne Wilson

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

A cordial welcome to Labor Day festivities in Black Diamond is extended to residents of Maple Valley by Queen candidates shown above. From left to right they are Linda Guidetti, Kim Capponi ,and Kim Sawyer. Missing from the picture is Debra Donckers. VOICE photo by Bob Gerbing.

Amid a flurry of last-minute activity, Black Diamond’s Labor Day Committee declared they will be ready to offer fun-filled days (or is it daze?) of activities over the holiday. In anticipation of large numbers of visitors, the group has been hard at work for many weeks to ensure that everyone has a good time and things go smoothly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 16, 1923

Holiday declared and mine will close for day

All roads lead to Newcastle next Saturday, August 15, where on that occasion the first aid and mine rescue teams of Black Diamond, Burnett, and Newcastle will contest for honors, the wining team to have the privilege of representing the Pacific Coast Coal Company at the International First Aid Meet in Salt Lake City on August 26, 27, and 28.

To give everyone an opportunity to take part in the festivities in connection with the meet, the company has declared the day a holiday, and the mines, company stores, and other activities will be closed all day. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, August 10, 1924

Newcastle ‘Babettes’ win over long-tressed rivals

Hundreds of coal miners and their families cheer participants as Bellingham wins event

Mine Rescue Team No. 1, Newcastle. (Top row, left to right): H.R Bates, W.N. Roderick (captain), and A.L. Richards. (Bottom row): Dick Owens and S.A. McNeely.

Mine Rescue Team No. 1, Newcastle. (Top row, left to right): H.R Bates, W.N. Roderick (captain), and A.L. Richards. (Bottom row): Dick Owens and S.A. McNeely.

Bellingham and Newcastle divided first honors in the largest first aid and mine rescue meeting ever staged in the state at Carbonado yesterday when twenty-five teams, representing six coal mining towns, competed in contests held under the auspices of the Western Washington Mine Rescue and First Aid Association.

About a thousand persons, most of them coal miners and members of their families from the competing camps, witnessed the contests and cheered the participants with all the enthusiasm of spectators at a big field and track meet. The meet is an annual affair, staged by the mine operators and coal mine workers.

Bellingham took first prize in the mine rescue contest, in which interest centered not only because an efficient mine rescue team is the pride of every coal camp and its main dependence in case of mine disaster, but also because such contests are spectacular to a degree. Newcastle was second and Carbonado third. (more…)

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