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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 13, 1994

Things are “looking good” for a real old-fashioned celebration soon, the Black Diamond Labor Day Committee reports.

There will be a parade, a soapbox derby, races and games for the kids, and many other festivities, committee members said.

Booth space will be available on the field and it is important that those wishing to take part in having a booth sign up for one soon, organizers said. Applications are available by calling Charlene Birklid at 886-1344 or by attending a meeting. The meetings are held at the Black Diamond Museum. The next is set for Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 20, 1988

By Eulalia Tollefson

A successful community celebration takes months of advance planning, as past Black Diamond Labor Day committees will confirm.

Following their zealous predecessors’ example, Labor Day committee members already are busy developing strategies for another great celebration, this year on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Sept. 3 through 5. (more…)

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Originally published in the Globe-News, March 19, 1976

Can you believe this is what our present museum building looked like in 1976 when our original “work parties” began? Left to right: Louis Zumek, Chuck Holtz, Carl Steiert, and Archie Eltz. (BDHS calendar series, 1986)

Can you believe this is what our present museum building looked like in 1976 when our original “work parties” began? Left to right: Louis Zumek, Chuck Holtz, Carl Steiert, and Archie Eltz. (BDHS calendar series, 1986)

Restoration of the circa 1885 train depot on Railroad Avenue in Black Diamond slowed down during cold weather, said Ann Steiert, member of Black Diamond Historical Society.

“Volunteers have been working on shoring up the foundation and as soon as the weather breaks they will finish jacking it up, put in some new timbers, and a concrete footing.

“We have applied for a grant from Washington Historical Society to make the depot into a museum, but the bulk of our working funds have come from the sale of our 13-month historical calendar. We have $1,500 to go toward furnishing and framing the interior.”

Ms. Steiert said the museum depot was most likely the first structure in Black Diamond when the Welsh miners from Nortonville, Calif., came to mine in Black Diamond.

“They probably pitched their tents around the depot before they built cabins,” she said. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 3, 1979

By George and Dianne Wilson

The year 1978 saw the City of Black Diamond with a new mayor, a new librarian and assistant, and the establishment of an independent Community Services Center with a new coordinator.

The city, facing severe financial problems, raised levy rates on the telephone and power companies as well as assessing a B and O tax on all firms doing business here.

February brought a new postmaster, and A.R. Botts celebrated his 90th birthday in March. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, September 17, 1915

BLACK DIAMOND, Friday, Sept. 17. —A surprise luncheon of fried chicken with all the usual “trimmings” was given here Saturday in honor of the first aid team that will go to San Francisco to represent the Pacific Coast at the nationwide first aid and mine rescue meet to be held at the Panama Pacific Exposition, September 23 and 24.

The luncheon was at the home of Mrs. M.A. Morgan and the hostesses were the wives of the team members, M.A. Morgan, captain; J.S. Murphy, H.P. Phillips, Joseph McDonald, Henry DeWinter, Ray Rank, and J.W. Greggs.

The team leaves for San Francisco on a Pacific Coast Steamship liner today, returning about October 1.

The Black Diamond team won the honor of representing Washington at San Francisco in a Labor Day meet at Black Diamond.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 27, 1915

A first aid and mine rescue contest, in which teams will be entered representing at least three of the large coal mining companies of Western Washington, is to be a feature of the Labor Day celebration at Black Diamond, next month.

Employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, the Northwestern Improvement Company, and the Carbon Hill Coal Company make up the three teams entered, and Black Diamond, Newcastle, and Carbonado will be the towns represented. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, September 10, 1967

By Nick Dimartino

Mrs. Muriel Wing on the telephone

Mrs. Muriel Wing on the telephone

“Every year they choose someone who’s done something nice for the community and the kids, and this year the darn nuts figured it was me.”

So said Mrs. Muriel Wing, Black Diamond’s Woman of the Year and the second woman so honored. Usually Black Diamond names a Man of the Year.

Mrs. Wing, named on Labor Day as recipient of the plaque, said yesterday the award was a complete surprise.

“I wasn’t even listening to the speech,” she said. “I don’t even know what they said about me.”

Mrs. Wing is the mother-adviser of the Black Diamond Rainbow girls, who have sent nearly 2,500 books to the hospital ship Repose in Vietnam waters.

She has played piano and organ for both churches in Black Diamond for local christenings, marriages, funerals, and other ceremonies. (more…)

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