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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 28, 1977

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

Louis Duett and Larry Hill, new operators of the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage, stand with Larry’s son Jim beside their gas pumps at 3rd and Lawson.

A very warm welcome to Black Diamond is extended to Louis Duett and Larry Hill. They are now operating the Shell station and the Black Diamond Garage located at the blinking light, 3rd & Lawson. Louis is a front end expert and Larry the transmission specialist. (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 Voice of the Valley, August 17, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

The latest business enterprise in Black Diamond is this second-hand store and pawn shop located next to the Morganville Tavern. (Voice photo by Bob Gerbing.)

The latest business enterprise in Black Diamond is this second-hand store and pawn shop located next to the Morganville Tavern. (Voice photo by Bob Gerbing.)

Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 17, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

There are no ships or sealing wax, no cabbages or kings, but shoes plus a multitude of other items are now on display and for sale at “Funky and the Damn Near New.”

Located next to the Morganville Tavern in Black Diamond, Funky is the brainchild of owner Steve Novotny. He describes it as a second-hand store and pawn shop, intended in part to meet the needs of low-income families in the area. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, September 4, 1987

By Debra Nelson

Les Van Hoof is one of the new breed of coal miners who operate the levers of heavy equipment rather than picks and shovels. (Staff photo by Gary Kissel.)

Les Van Hoof is one of the new breed of coal miners who operate the levers of heavy equipment rather than picks and shovels. (Staff photo by Gary Kissel.)

Coal mining… the words evoke images of dark mine shafts, dynamite, and hardy men, exhausted from the hazards of blasting the mineral from deep within the earth, ravaged by black lung disease.

The old folk song “Sixteen Tons” tells that story—of men who rarely saw the sun and whose blood and sweat made coal the major industry in the Black Diamond region until the 1920s.

But those were the “good old days” of coal mining and, fortunately, the industry has undergone radical changes. For one thing, today’s miners work above ground, in the hot summer sun and the cold winter rain.

This Labor Day weekend, Black Diamond looks back at the old days, remembering those pioneers and miners who settled the town. The festivities include the kind of fun and games many pioneer kids enjoyed. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 1997

By Barbara Nilson

Labor Day Chairperson Lorianne Taff hurls balls at her target, Black Diamond policeman Kevin Esping, in the dunk tank. — By Barbara Nilson.

Labor Day Chairperson Lorianne Taff hurls balls at her target, Black Diamond policeman Kevin Esping, in the dunk tank. — By Barbara Nilson.

Plaques for the winners, ribbon cutting to officially open the new school playground, and community fun topped Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration, under the direction of Lorianne Taff.

The three-day event honored Black Diamond Fire Chief Rick Mercer as Person of the Year for the numerous hours he devotes to his community including the Labor Day Festival. He was games chairman. Also recognized was Christina McCorkendale who was crowned Queen of the button sales. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 11, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Labor Day Program 2007

To read the article, “Back at the Stump: A Labor Day Reflection,” about the formation of the Black Diamond coal miners’ union in 1907, click here.

The fun began on Saturday, Sept. 1st, and ran all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 3rd, with each day filled with all sorts of activities the whole family could enjoy.

There was the annual softball game with the fire/police team trying hard to beat the community only to have the community come back and take the win.

There was also the nostalgic sock hop at the newly dedicated Black Diamond gym, Black Diamond Museum tours full of fascinating historical items and information, the dedicating of the city’s first skate park, pancake breakfast, peanut wagon and ice cream, BBQ luncheon, button raffle drawing, watermelon and pie-eating contests, and field games to boot.

The parade was filled with bunches of kids as well as adults on bikes, floats, with their pets, in cars, on tractors, and big rigs. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 18, 1972

By John J. Reddin

A group of Black Diamond old-timers held a “little get-together” in the Black Diamond Eagles’ Hall Saturday for their old buddy, “Catfish.”

To thousands of Seattleites “Catfish” is better known as Ed Banchero, popular owner of E & E Meats, 1007 Olive Way, one of the city’s biggest meat wholesalers and restaurant suppliers as well as shipper of frozen meat to customers throughout Alaska.

But to those who have known Banchero ever since he was born in a log cabin near what is now the center of Black Diamond and later almost drowned in nearby Lake 14, he forever after was known as “Catfish.” (more…)

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