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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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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 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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