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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 29, 1979

By Margaret Winings

Black Diamond is gearing up for its annual Labor Day celebration Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3. “Labor Day is really for the kids in this town,” said Sue Capponi, assistant to chairman Evan Morris. “The miners started doing this for their kids years and years ago.”

Peanuts, candy, coke, and ice cream are still free for the kids of all ages who come to help celebrate.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday morning with a baseball tournament. So far teams from Black Diamond and Enumclaw are registered, according to Tom Dodd. They will try to unseat last year’s winner, DeGross Construction of Enumclaw. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 28, 1947

Shell Oil Company seismograph crew working in Enumclaw area

Shell Oil Company leasing land in area north and northwest of Enumclaw preparatory to drilling for oil; expect real test of oil possibilities in area if Shell Company drills

Late Wednesday the Shell Oil Company, Inc., issued a press release in which they announced the company had acquired considerable acreage in the Black Diamond area from the Pacific Coast Company, Northern Pacific, and other large land holders. They also stated that drilling would start in a few days with the Crissman Drilling Company engaged to do the drilling. This is the first try for oil that the Shell Oil Company has made in the Pacific Northwest. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Eagle, June 7, 1989

BLACK DIAMOND — Plans for the annual Black Diamond Labor Day celebration are on schedule, with a partial list of events that includes a soap-box derby, skateboard competitions, and the annual parade.

Committee spokeswoman Ann Steiert said other events scheduled for the three-day weekend include the search for royalty to reign over the festivities, a tug-o-war, volleyball and baseball games, kids’ sports, food and concession booths, bingo and a walkers’ contest.

The soap-box derby contest, although popular, is being revised due to last year’s small turnout, Steiert said. The allowable ages for competitors has been extended, with categories for 8- to 12-year-olds, 12- to 18-year-olds, and a new, 18-and-over category. (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 Voice of the Valley, May 28, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Planning has begun to offer Black Diamond, and especially its children and young people, a traditional Labor Days celebration. At a well-attended first meeting last week, eighteen interested persons began to draw the plans that will make the celebration possible.

Sid Bergestrom and Steve (Home Smith) Gustin are acting as temporary co-chairmen. Sue Capponi will be in charge of the Finance Committee which involves soliciting donations for prizes, etc. Chuck Capponi will handle the Soap Box Derby, George and Dianne Wilson will do the promotions.

There was a general consensus among those attending that the event was mainly intended to be for Black Diamond and the smaller Valley cities rather than for large numbers of Seattle area people who unfortunately have viewed it as opportunity to come into this area to drink and “tear up the town.” (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 2, 1958

A plaque was placed on a cement-encased stump in a field near Black Diamond yesterday, commemorating it as the rallying point where 200 miners met May 15, 1907, and organized Local 2257, United Mine Workers of America. Albert Donati, president of Local 6487, placed the plaque. Standing on the stump were, from left, Fred Roberts, Sam Nicholls, and William C. Lewis. Roberts and Lewis signed their names to the charter on the stump the day the local was founded. Nicholls is president of District 10, United Mine Workers.

A plaque was placed on a cement-encased stump in a field near Black Diamond yesterday, commemorating it as the rallying point where 200 miners met May 15, 1907, and organized Local 2257, United Mine Workers of America. Albert Donati, president of Local 6487, placed the plaque. Standing on the stump were, from left, Fred Roberts, Sam Nicholls, and William C. Lewis. Roberts and Lewis signed their names to the charter on the stump the day the local was founded. Nicholls is president of District 10, United Mine Workers.

A decaying tree stump in a field near Black Diamond was the rallying point for miners of the area yesterday during the annual Labor Day celebration.

The old stump, now encased in cement, was the spot where 200 miners met on May 15, 1907, to organize Local 2257, United Mine Workers of America. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, August 24, 1958

A bullfrog-jumping contest will be a highlight of Black Diamond’s annual Labor Day weekend celebration.

The number of entries still is undetermined, said John Crivello, a Black Diamond businessman.

“It all depends on the number of frogs the kids can find in lakes and ponds between now and post time,” Crivello said.

The weekend of celebration will begin at 10 o’clock Saturday night with a dance in the town Masonic Hall. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 1, 1968

Georgia Paletta will reign as queen of the annual Black Diamond Labor Day festival today and Monday.

The 18-year-old Lake Sawyer girl is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Paust of 29807 232nd Ave. S.E. Miss Paletta will be crowned at ceremonies today at 1 p.m. in the city park.

Her court includes Princesses Jodine Dal Santo and Pauline Bunker, both of Black Diamond.

After the ceremonies, the day’s activities include a four-mile walking race with contestants from Oregon, Montana, California, Idaho, and Washington competing; a frog-jumping contest; boys’ bicycle race, and entertainment.

Monday’s program starts with a parade at 10 a.m. and judging of floats and participating marching groups. A fast-pitch softball game will highlight the afternoon activities.

Vic Weston, long-time sports figure in the Puget Sound area, is festival chairman.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 13, 1978

By R. Dianne Wilson

Rain joined the powerful spray from competing fire districts, obstructing view of the red barrel slithering on the high wire and doused from side to side by the competitors. The event was one of the highlights at Black Diamond’s recent Labor Day festivities.

Rain joined the powerful spray from competing fire districts, obstructing view of the red barrel slithering on the high wire and doused from side to side by the competitors. The event was one of the highlights at Black Diamond’s recent Labor Day festivities.

Despite rather poor cooperation from Mother Nature, Black Diamond’s Labor Day was a colorful occasion for participants and spectators alike. (more…)

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Originally published in the Renton News Record, August 25, 1960

Black Diamond’s Labor Day celebration will be held Monday, September 5. The day’s activities begin with the parade at 10.

Judging of the parade will take place in the ball park as will the rest of the day’s activities. The queen and princesses will be introduced and presented their gifts. There will be races of all kinds, for all ages, with prizes awarded each group.

A baseball game between the old Black Diamond soccer team and baseball team will be a feature of the afternoon. A greased pole climbing contest will be held for the 14 year-olds and under.

These activities are supported by donations from the people of Black Diamond and vicinity.

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