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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 16, 1987

By Eulalia Tollefson

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Bill Petchnick, Jr. was honored by his Black Diamond friends and neighbors, who chose him Black Diamond’s Person of the Year.

Clowns, cute kiddies, and a carnival atmosphere—all ingredients for a great community celebration—greeted crowds who arrived for one of the best ever Black Diamond Labor Day festivals.

Enjoyment was enhanced by games, good food, and a “hi, neighbor” element, along with balmy, sunny weather.

Highlights of the celebration were the 56-entry parade directed by Charlene Birklid and the presentation of Labor Day dignitaries, with Diane Olson serving as emcee. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 6, 1922

Beautiful silver cup which is held by Burnett Mine is object of competition

L.S. Campbell, captain of the Carbonado team, holding the Mine Rescue Cup won by his team in 1922.

L.S. Campbell, captain of the Carbonado team, holding the Mine Rescue Cup won by his team in 1922.

Acting in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Mines and the State Mining Department, coal operators in Western Washington have arranged for a mine rescue and first-aid meet to be held at Burnett on Labor Day, September 4.

State Mine Inspector Abe Morris is chairman of the arrangements committee. John G. Schoning, representative of the Federal Bureau of Mines, is in charge of the program.

The meet, which is perhaps the most important held in years, is intended to include all the important coal operators in Western Washington, and invitations to participate have been sent to the following: Carbon Hill Coal Company, Carbonado; Carbon Coal & Clay Company, Bayne; Wilkeson Coal & Coke Company, Wilkeson; Fairfax Coal Company. Fairfax; Durham Coal Company, Durham; Ozark Coal Company, Cumberland; Bellingham Coal Company, Bellingham; Victory Coal Company, Centralia; Olympic Coal Company, Centralia; Ford Prairie Coal Company, Centralia; Pacific Coast Coal Company, which has mines now operating at Black Diamond, Newcastle, Issaquah, and Burnett. (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 Voice of the Valley, July 27, 1977

By George and Dianne Wilson

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern

Beer mug from the Morganville Tavern (photo by Bob Dobson).

At the city council meeting last week, it was announced by Mayor Gomer Evans that the council had made the decision to support Police Chief Jack Berge regarding the issuance of a liquor license to Rick King, owner of Morganville Tavern.

In a tersely worded statement, Evans declined to entertain any further discussion in the matter.

Desiring to more fully understand the process involved in obtaining a license, we called Mr. Doug Alexander, public relations officer for the Liquor Control Board in Olympia. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 21, 1971

In what could well be the biggest Labor Day celebration yet for Black Diamond and vicinity, members of the organizing group are off to what they hope is a good, early start.

Involvement of Maple Valley in the Queen contest is one matter of immediate concern.

So far three girls have entered the contest, all from Black Diamond. They are Marilyn Richmond, Julie Botts, and Ann Barnhart.

Queen candidates are expected to do more than “look beautiful,” committee spokesmen said. They agree to sell 150 Labor Day promotional buttons. The girl selling the highest number after 150 will be named Queen and the two runner-ups will be tabbed as princesses. (more…)

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