Posts Tagged ‘Fourth of July’

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 26, 1923

Though off to a late start, the aggregation of baseball ability shown above is now winning honors for Black Diamond and before the season ends is confident there will be few teams with a higher figure in the percentage column.

These are the boys who gave Newcastle a close run for their money on the Fourth of July and the line-up which will cross bats with Burnett next Sunday.

The line-up of the team includes: Chambers, ss; Kertis, 2b; Garcey, 3b; Bowen, c; Hydorn p; Wasmund, 1b; Connell, lf; Maroni, cf; Rockey, rf. Jack Kravagna, in front, is the mascot, and the man with the straw hat is Bert Arthur, team manager. (more…)


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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 19, 1923

Another instance of what is being done constantly all over the Northwest to sell the products of the Pacific Coast Coal Company mines is shown in the cut above. This shows a booth arranged by the Pacific Coast Coal agency in Everett at a Household Appliance Show a short time ago.

Note the slogan, “We Can Make It Hot for You,” and below the grate filled with burning Diamond Briquets. In a briquet guessing contest conducted by the company in connection with the exhibit, more than 1,800 contestants entered, most of who made good prospects for business. Charles O. Hilen is the manager of the Everett agency. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 5, 1923

Black Diamond was saddened the past week by the accidental deaths of two of the men employed in the mine, Frank Eltz, inside laborer, who met his death on Wednesday, June 27, and Joe Spinks, inside laborer, who followed Eltz over the Divide two days later, Friday, June 29.

Eltz was 37 years of age, born in Austria, March 20, 1886. He came to the United States in 1913, and has been with the Pacific Coast Coal Company since August 1921. He was working in the gangway of the 12th level, north, at 5:30 p.m., when a large piece of rock fell from the roof, killing him instantly. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 8, 1888

US Flag FlyingThe celebration of the Fourth of July at Black Diamond was by far the most interesting in the history of that enterprising town, and it is doubtful whether any town of the size of Black Diamond has had a more imposing and successful celebration of the anniversary of the nation’s birth.

The exercises of the day opened with a procession headed by the Black Diamond band. All of the states and territories were represented by little girls appropriately dressed, and a magnificent liberty car was noticed in the processing.

After the parade an old-time Fourth of July meeting was held, Mr. W.P. Morgans acting as chairman. The oration was delivered by L.C. Gilman, of Seattle, and Mr. T.G. Spaight read the Declaration of Independence.

In the afternoon a foot race of one mile took place between P. Kennedy, of Black Diamond, and W. Steele, of Franklin, the former being an easy winner.

In the evening there was a magnificent display of fireworks under the direction of a committee consisting of David B. Davis, Alex. Turnbull, W.P. Morgans, J.R. Williams, and P. Vesney.

It is unnecessary to say that the celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by the patriotic people of the flourishing mining town.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 1974

No sooner is the 4th of July over than Black Diamondites and their neighbors begin thinking seriously of that community’s annual Labor Day festivities and this year is no exception.

Needed immediately are candidates for Queen. Any girl, 14 to 18 years of age, who wishes to contend for this honor is asked to call Sandra Bartley at 886-2358.

Candidates who sell the most Labor Day buttons will be named as Queen and members of the Royal Court and each buyer of a button will receive a chance on a drawing. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 28, 1922

By James A. Maltby

Burnett Team in front of “outdoor mine.”

Burnett Team in front of “outdoor mine.”

On the hillside back of the mine office, last week, was constructed the beginning of what might be called an “outdoor mine.” It consisted of a “chute” made of boards, a cleared space for a counter, another cleared space for a second “chute,” and a path where the gangway was to run—all to be enclosed in boards instead of being underground and enclosed in earth.

“That?” said A.L. McBlaine, who was looking after the construction. “That’s for our Mine Rescue Team. We’re building the ‘mine’ so us to reproduce conditions underground, so far as possible. The men will train in it under gas, handle a stretcher, rescue men, and get thoroughly acquainted with their apparatus.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 21, 1923

Just to indicate where some of the coal goes which the mines at Black Diamond, Newcastle, and Burnett are constantly producing, the Bulletin this week presents a few scenes recently taken at the coal bunkers of the Pacific Coast Coal Company.

In the upper corner to the left is shown long rows of sacked Black Diamond lump, waiting to be loaded on the naval vessel, Gold Star, the steamer to the right in the oval just below. This coal, 36,378 sacks, was shipped to various Government schools and radio stations in Alaska. The center view shows the ship’s sling loading coal into the hold. On the right, upper view, is another scene showing the sacked coal ready for shipment, while below is the steamer Birmingham City taking steam coal for her own boilers. (more…)

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