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Originally published in The Seattle Times, December 17, 1986

By Jim Simon

You load sixteen tons and what do you get,
Another day older and deeper in debt,
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’’t go,
I owe my soul to the company store.

“Sixteen Tons,” by Merle Travis

It has become part of our folklore: the brutal, indentured existence of miners and millworkers eking out a living in sooty company towns. We all know it was a life of oppression.

But don’t tell that to Edna Crews. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 23, 2014

By Bill Kombol

This May 1968 photo of the Morganville Tavern comes courtesy of the King County Assessor’s archived collection.

This May 1968 photo of the Morganville Tavern comes courtesy of the King County Assessor’s archived collection.

Morganville is a section of Black Diamond founded by striking coal miners in the early 1920s. The building shown here was operated for several decades as the Morganville Tavern with its famous silver dollar bar.

It became a raucous gathering place for bikers, farmers, and politicians after Rick King acquired it, added musical entertainment, and ramped up sales to over 350 kegs of beer per month. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 18, 1974

Edited by Dorothy Church

(From the Maplevalley Messenger, September 22, 1921)

A gravity water system, to run from a spring on Olaf Olson’s place to the Maplevalley school, is being considered by the school board. This would eliminate the cost of running the electric pump being used at present which does not give satisfaction. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 9, 1900

Want ten cents per car more

Outside or common laborers asked for a raise from S2.25 to $2.50 a day—coal mine owners declare that the property will lie idle if they cannot find men willing to work for the old wages

As a result of the denial of their demand for an increase of wages 150 miners in the employ of the Seattle-San Francisco Railway & Navigation Company, at Leary, this county, went out on a strike Friday. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 11, 1913

Men employed in collieries of Pacific Coast Company quit in sympathy with discharged committeeman

Organization growing about Black Diamond

Seven hundred miners employed in the three collieries of the Pacific Coast Company at Black Diamond walked out this morning because the company had refused to reinstate George Ayers, a member of the “pit committee,” reputed to be an I.W.W. organizer in the Black Diamond district.

Ayers was discharged following a quarrel with a subforman named Mitchell, with whom he had taken up a grievance of a miner who had not been supplied with a “bucker.” Ayers is said to have become abusive when Mitchell told him that he had no authority to regulate employment. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, July 21, 1920

Increases of from 19 cents to $1.40 a ton coming, says fuel dealer

Increases ranging from 19 cents to $1.94 in the cost of coal a ton in Seattle will ultimately be one result of the United States Railway Labor Board wage award of $600,000,000 to railway employees, said Harvey S. Jordan, commissioner of the Retail Fuel Dealers’ Association, today. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, May 17, 1921

Grand larceny charged against president of Black Diamond State Bank

Feeling running high

Warrant for the arrest of Thomas F. Fournier, 50, president of the State Bank of Black Diamond, on a charge of grand larceny, was issued by Justice of the Peace C.C. Dalton this morning on complaint of Claude T. Hay, state bank examiner.

The Black Diamond bank was closed last Friday when the bank examiner’s office was notified that Fournier had left it a week ago with only a girl in charge. Assets of the bank then were removed to Seattle and J.W. Harries of the bank examiner’s office now is in Black Diamond investigating the trouble.

Feeling among the miners in the town is said to be running high, according to Sheriff Matt Starwich. The miners, who have been on strike for several months, were dependent upon their scanty savings in the bank for support.

Bail for Fournier has been fixed at $10,000. Fournier is said to be a highly educated man, speaking five languages. (more…)

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