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Originally published in the Black Diamond Bulletin, Fall 2013

By Ken Jensen

The Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, founded in 1889, is located at 25606 SE 400th St., Enumclaw. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

The Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, founded in 1889, is located at 25606 SE 400th St., Enumclaw. (Photo: Bob Dobson.)

Cemeteries are spooky on Halloween, for sure, but what about the day after? Not so much, especially if you make the trek to the Holy Family Cemetery at Krain, just 8 miles south of Black Diamond, for the Feast of All Saints.

This 120+-year-old tradition was brought to Krain from the “old country” by the Eastern European Catholics who settled the area.

As darkness descends, members of the community and relatives of the departed light candles and recite the rosary, thereby “reaffirming their ties with those who have gone before them in faith,” Pastoral Associate Mathew Weisbeck told the Enumclaw Courier-Herald in 2011.

Hard to believe, but Krain is one of the few places in the world where this centuries-old custom still prevails. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, January 1977

From time to time, as material and space permits, we would like to offer you profiles of the pioneers of this area. This first such profile, with pictures, is of Joseph Metzler, age 93 [in 1977], and still quite active.

The following material was graciously prepared by two of Joe’s daughters: Mrs. Clara Hudson of California and Mrs. Marion Langston of Montana. Ann Steiert combined and condensed the material.

Joe, our hats are off to you!

Joseph MetzlerIn the gallery of pioneers one name stands out in prominence for the active part its bearer played in the actual building of Black Diamond. That man is Joseph Metzler.

Joseph Metzler arrived in Black Diamond from Germany on Nov. 4, 1901, at 6 p.m., on a freight train that also pulled a passenger car for passengers. His uncle, Joseph Steiert, paid for his passage and he lived with him for several years.

Several years after he arrived in Black Diamond he sent for his mother, Pauline Metzler, and a step-brother, Emile. He purchased a home for his family across from the ballpark on the new road going to the Morgan Slope (#11) mine. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDHS newsletter, November 1990

By Ann Steiert

Evan MorrisDuring the lifetime of most of us we are privileged to become acquainted and work with special people. This has happened to all of us who know and love Evan Morris [1922-2006]. He has been a mover and shaker on almost all projects that have taken place in Black Diamond for many years. The whole historical movement has benefited from his interest and help.

Evan was born into the Jack Morris family on January 27, 1922, at the Enumclaw Hospital. He attended the Selleck grade school and graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1939. He attended Washington State College.

When World War II began, he joined the Navy in 1943 and served as a pilot.

He has a brother, Jack [1918-2007], and two sisters, Pauline Kombol [1927-2011] and Betty Falk [1920-2006]. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 11, 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.

SUCCESS in the fullest measure rewarded the efforts of Black Diamond in its Independence Day celebration this year. From the start of the parade in the morning until the last strains of the music died away at the grand ball in the evening everything was conducted according to schedule and to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Practically the entire camp took part in the demonstration, assisted by large numbers from Newcastle, Burnett, and the Seattle offices of the company. (more…)

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Originally published in the King County Journal, June 8, 2003

By Mike Archbold, King County Journal reporter

A sign posted on a cliff wall at the entrance to the gorge warns boaters of dangerous rapids ahead.

A sign posted on a cliff wall at the entrance to the gorge warns boaters of dangerous rapids ahead.

The 12-mile-long Green River Gorge is the last river-cut rock canyon in Western Washington, slashing down 300 feet into the Puget Sound’s 50-million-year-old sub-tropical past.

A wild place of natural wonder just east of Black Diamond, the gorge remains isolated, allowing it to survive man’s intrusion.

Coal miners came and went, their passage marked now by a ghost town, pieces of cable, and rock-filled mine entrances. A coal seam, part of a mine abandoned decades ago, still burns today.

Fossils, petrified wood, even a petroglyph are found here by the rafters and kayakers, fishermen, hikers and berry pickers who know the gorge’s beauty.

BLACK DIAMOND—In the depths of the Green River Gorge, a giant black and brown sandstone rock rises at a steep angle like a whale breaching from a white-flecked green sea.

Debondt plays in her kayak, standing it on end in a mild current that wraps around a rock abutment and is out in a swirling calm spot on the river. Kayakers use the calm eddies as a place of rest between rapids. Spots like this, where the current is mild, provide a perfect place for kayakers to freestyle, because the consequences of mistakes are less serious. (Photo: Matt Brashears)

Debondt plays in her kayak, standing it on end in a mild current that wraps around a rock abutment and is out in a swirling calm spot on the river. Kayakers use the calm eddies as a place of rest between rapids. Spots like this, where the current is mild, provide a perfect place for kayakers to freestyle, because the consequences of mistakes are less serious. (Photo: Matt Brashears)

The sandstone glistens with the record of the 50 million-year-old subtropical climate that once covered this land. On its flank, a tiny dipper bird goes about its business, clinging to the vertical face.

Elsewhere in the gorge, rock cliffs give way and spruce and cedar trees mark the steep, forested sides, feathering the rim 150 to 300 feet above the twisting river.

Black bear, deer, elk, cougar and bobcat easily find seclusion here. Kingfishers, mergansers and even an eagle or two commonly ride the narrow airspace.

Always there is the moving water, sometimes roaring as it crashes over rocks, sometimes silently pooling in a rocky grotto or lapping at a small rocky beach.

From the deck of a rubber raft bouncing through the Green River Gorge on a winter day, there is no mistaking that this is a special place—a river-carved canyon wilderness unique in Western Washington. (more…)

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By Regina Marckx Whitehill, 1996

The Deep Lake property was kept in the Nolte family under the care of Minnie Nolte, Bill Nolte's older sister. When she passed away in 1972, it was willed to the State of Washington for a state park. She was always so proud of the beautiful large trees so it was understood that none would be cut. Her other stipulation was that it be named for her father, Nolte State Park.

The Deep Lake property was kept in the Nolte family under the care of Minnie Nolte. When she passed away in 1972, it was willed to the State of Washington for a state park.

Bill Nolte was born May 6, 1890, and passed away May 30, 1930. He is buried in the Nolte plot in Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, Washington.

Bill and Mary Nolte were married December 26, 1917. A priest, Father Mlinoir, who had previously been pastor in Black Diamond and had been transferred to Holy Cross (Rosary) Church in Tacoma, performed the ceremony. Minnie Nolte and Anne Hughes were their witnesses.

Mary was living at home then and teaching in Franklin. Because women could not teach if they were married, they had to keep this a secret and could not live together.

Bill had a dance hall extending over the lake and this was his livelihood. When school was out they rented a house about a mile from Deep Lake in Veazie. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 28, 2009

By Bill Kombol

Miners' picnic, 1933Each summer coal miners and their families would gather at a lake resort for what was affectionately known as the Miners’ Picnic. There would be foot races for kids, sack races, three-legged races, wheel-barrow races, relay races, horseshoe pitching, egg tossing, softball, a tug-of-war with two teams pulling on a rope, pie-eating contests, the Russian-horse, and even a greased pig-chasing contest with liberal prize money for all the winners.

The day would be interspersed with swimming, boating, picnic lunches, music, and dancing.

On Sunday, July 16, 1933, the Morris Bros. Coal Mining Company featuring four generations of the Morris family entertained hundreds of friends at an all day Miners’ Picnic held at Nolte’s Deep Lake Park resort near Cumberland. (more…)

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