Posts Tagged ‘Fourth of July’

Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 6, 1911

Deputy Sheriff Luther Mills, who was one of 200 people sickened by lemonade that they drank at a dance at Black Diamond on Fourth of July night, returned to Seattle today with graphic details of the wholesale poisoning.

The two doctors, in Black Diamond, according to Mills, worked all night and the hotels and many of the houses were filled with the stricken.

“J. Pierpont” Morgan, vendor of lemonade and such, had cut a lot of lemons and thrown them into a galvanized tub in the morning. The acid worked on the zinc, and the resulting poison sank to the bottom of the tub. In the evening he gave the lemons left in the bottom of the tub to the baseball team to use at their dance. Water was poured in on top of the lemons and the misery began.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 5, 1911

Five may die, more than three score ill from effects of ptomaine taken in lemonade at Black Diamond

Merrymaking ends in ambulance ride

AUBURN, Wednesday, July 5 — Seventy persons are seriously ill, five of whom may not recover, from ptomaine poisoning swallowed with lemonade yesterday during a picnic at Black Diamond.

Miss Deva Stoliker, Miss Carm Russell, and Miss Grace Brown, all of Auburn, are dangerously ill. They were brought to this city after the picnic and local physicians say they have about an even chance for recovery.

Two other women of Black Diamond, whose names could not be learned, are in critical condition. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Intelligencer, July 6, 1880

Editor: I take pleasure in telling the many readers of your paper that the people of Maple Valley celebrated the Fourth of July in the good old-fashioned way, in a beautiful grove selected by the Committee on Grounds. The exercises of the occasion were reading the Declaration of independence, singing national airs, readings, recitations and speeches; after which dinner was announced. And we gathered around a table fairly groaning under the many good things calculated to satisfy the cravings of the inner man. Taking all things into consideration, it was an enjoyable affair, not to be forgotten by those who participated.

This settlement is only a little over a year old, and there were thirty-seven people present on this occasion. There is plenty of room left and some of the best land in the Territory for settlers, and we extend to all such a cordial invitation and hearty welcome among us. Newcomers can go to Renton and inquire for Mr. Sidebotham, who will take great pleasure in showing them the way to the valley, and Mesers Cade, Ames, Russell, Cook, Taylor, or Davis will deem it a pleasure in showing them good lands.


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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 20, 1925

Black Diamond was visited last Saturday by Mr. Walter Barnum, president of The Pacific Coast Company, and Mr. E.C. Ward, president of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, together with vice-presidents N.D. Moore, Wylie Hemphill, and a party of staff officials.

In the absence of James Justice, Alternate Mine Council Chairman who was on shift in the mine at the time, A.W. Gray, former chairman, welcomed the officials to the camp, in which he was joined by Supt. Paul Gallagher.

The Bulletin photographer caught Mr. Gray, Pres. Barnum, Supt. Gallagher, and Pres. Ward in the order shown in the halftone above. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1994

By Heather Larson

Left to right: Jennifer Simmons, Danny Simmons, and Ashley Petersen prepare to enter the parade route in their horse-drawn wagon representing Four Corners Safeway.

Black Diamond celebrated Labor Day weekend with a fever this year. After having last year’s event cancelled for lack of volunteers, no holds were barred. Something for everyone was offered during the 4 days from a fish dinner on Friday night to a bed race on Sunday and a parade down the Maple Valley Highway on Monday.

On Saturday amid torrential downpours the Black Diamond Police challenged the Black Diamond Fire Department to a softball game. Since the police, who chose to be called the DARE Devils, didn’t have the manpower to field a team, other police officers who live in Black Diamond were asked to help out. So King County, Bellevue, and Seattle Police Departments were also represented on the team.

According to Black Diamond officer Glenn Dickson, the highlight of the game was the 8-foot mud pit behind first base.

It was really wet and muddy, but a good time was had by all, said Dickson.

The DARE Devils beat the Hosers 13 to 9 at the first annual baseball game. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, September 5, 1994

In Black Diamond, Labor Day means celebration

By Leah Kohlenberg
Valley Daily News

Jamie Greminger looks up from her watermelon during the eat-offs on Saturday in Black Diamond. (Valley Daily News photo by Matt Hagen.)

BLACK DIAMOND—The Konoske twins are a living legend around these parts. Put something edible in front of them and they will eat it. Quickly.

For two years, 13-year-olds Kristen and Korey swept the pie and watermelon-eating contests at the annual Black Diamond Labor Day Festival. It’s not hard to pick them out from the group of chowing youngsters—their twisting heads and food-spitting techniques make them stand out in a crowd. It’s all part of their strategy, apparently. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 9, 1925

Probably the youngest First Aid Team in the world, the Black Diamond Midgets, ranging in age from 7 to 9 years, were a feature attraction at the Independence Day celebration in Black Diamond. The boys are training for an exhibition drill at the State Meet to be held July 25. Johnny Gallagher is captain of the team, the other members including Roy Hale, Jimmy Nicholson, Oliver Rouse, Harold Lloyd, Bennie Hughes, and Elmon Rouse. Harold Lloyd, Sr., is the instructor. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 2, 1925

Eyes steady in the face of danger
Resourceful, true, a man of soldier-worth
Who braves, for loved ones’ peace and comfort
The dark, deep-delving trenches of the earth. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 25, 1925

Practically the entire populations of Newcastle, Burnett, Carbonado, Black Diamond, and Wilkeson joined in celebrating the first annual picnic given by the employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company and allied companies at Fortuna Park last Sunday.

Music was plentifully dispensed throughout the day by the combined Newcastle and Black Diamond bands, numbering 40 pieces in all. Wilkeson, as special guests from the Wilkeson Coal Coke Co., came in more than 50 automobiles, each decorated with a distinctive sign. The ambulance was utilized as a supply wagon. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 18, 1925

More than a mile from the entrance to the tunnel, the Bulletin photographer secured this picture in the Carbonado Mine when the Bruiser Seam was visited by a party of newspaper men last Monday. At the extreme left Supt S.H. Ash is seen telling Nettie Gilpatrick to watch the two miners, if she wants to learn how to dig coal. There being no gas in this tunnel, open flame lights are employed. (more…)

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