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Maple Valley Historical Society, March 1987

Here’s where me and the railroad got together.

My brother went up to Maple Valley for some reason or other and saw this gang of railroad men working to save the track that was being washed out. Being nosy, he went up to the foreman and asked if they were hiring anybody and he said yes, and get anyone else you can.

He came home and got me and we started work filling gunny sacks with sand at 4:00 p.m. and didn’t stop til 4:00 p.m. the next day. The rain never let up and gunny sacks got hard to get because everyone else needed them too for the same reason we did. We wound up using sacks that had been filled with rock salt and the salt cut our hands making them very sore. We didn’t have the little bags they use nowadays but the 100-pound size which we about two-thirds filled. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 11, 1979

Wall-raising day for the new Coast-to-Coast Hardware store at Four Corners.

Wall-raising day for the new Coast-to-Coast Hardware store at Four Corners.

It was “Wall Raising Day” at Four Corners on April 2 for the Coast-to-Coast Hardware store which will move from Wilderness Village to its new site this coming June.

Huge tilt-up panels of reinforced concrete were lifted into place by the crane operator and secured by a half dozen other skilled workmen within 6 ½ hours. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 7, 1979

Maple Valley Tavern: Maxwell Rd. behind telephone company.

Maple Valley Tavern: Maxwell Rd. behind telephone company.

The expansion of Four Corners into a large shopping center has long been predicted. This week ground will be broken at the northwest corner at Four Corners in the first phase of a building complex for retail stores. The first tenant will be the Coast to Coast store which will move from Wilderness Village to the new site at Four Corners this spring on completion of a 12,000 square foot structure.

The portion occupied by Coast to Coast is part of the six-acre parcel of land which has been planned for development into grocery, drug, small retail shops, and other services or offices. Four Corners is actually the apex of State Highways 516 and 169 and two county roads. Locally they are known as Kent-Kangley Road, Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road, Ravensdale Road, and the Landsburg Road. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 14, 1977

By R. Dianne Wilson

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

Here part of the crew at “The Black Diamond” greets customers through window artwork created by Mary Collier. – Bob Gerbing photo.

That Christmas is coming to Black Diamond was very much evidenced by a visit, last week, to the city’s branch of the First National Bank of Enumclaw. Windows were painted, wreaths adorned the walls, and the bank staff was busily trimming the Christmas tree with decorations made by each of the classes at Black Diamond Elementary School. There were even a few “ho, ho, ho’s.”

The festivities were perfectly in keeping with the spirit of warmth and friendliness exhibited year round in the bank. The captain of this happy crew is Dave Miller, bank manager since May of this year. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 6, 1978

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Over 100 friends, nurserymen, and relatives attended the Open House November 26 at 23419 Dorre Don Way S.E. in honor of Willard M. Steward’s 90th birthday. Many of those invited had been totally unaware that this vigorous energetic man was 90 years old!

“Many a person of 60 could well envy strength, enthusiasm, and vitality like that!” one guest was heard to say.

The Open House was given by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Reed of Renton, assisted by Mrs. Leroy Willie of Olympia. Mr. Reed and Mrs. Willie are the Stewards’ son and daughter. Steward and Hortense, his wife, greeted and exchanged reminiscences with all their guests. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 9, 1977

JoAnn Himmelman, above, is seen among a few of the many bolts of fabric in her beautiful new Cedar River Fabrics store at Wilderness Village Shopping Center.

JoAnn Himmelman, above, is seen among a few of the many bolts of fabric in her beautiful new Cedar River Fabrics store at Wilderness Village Shopping Center.

A long-felt need in Maple Valley for a local fabric store will from now on be met by JoAnn Himmelman, sole owner of Cedar River Fabrics, which had its grand opening last week in the new Wilderness Village building at 22126 S.E. 237th.

Miss Himmelman says her ambition is to carry in her store things that people want and need and things that people like and use. Her well-stocked tables and counters are loaded with, among others, bolts of polyester knits, cotton knits, denims, and prints.

“I’m not specializing in any one particular fabric,” Miss Himmelman says. “We carry a little bit of everything—bridal laces in different designs, some imported from France. We carry Metrosene thread, Wrights’ tapes, quite a selection of buttons, Butterick and Simplicity patterns, pins, trims, ribbons—quite a full line of notions—and imported ‘Fiskars’ scissors for both sewing and other household tasks.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Globe News, October 31, 1973

By our county news bureau

A proposed Black Diamond-Lake Sawyer interceptor would start at the west city limits, extend north past the western shores of Lake Sawyer, turn west of 272 St. SE and extend to Timberlane at the Covington Pump Station where it would join the existing Cascade Sewer System force main extending into Kent. The city of Black Diamond, the Lake Sawyer, Lake Wilderness and Pipe Lake areas would be required to provide local sewerage collection before connecting to the main interceptor.

A proposed Black Diamond-Lake Sawyer interceptor would start at the west city limits, extend north past the western shores of Lake Sawyer, turn west of 272 St. SE and extend to Timberlane at the Covington Pump Station where it would join the existing Cascade Sewer System force main extending into Kent. The City of Black Diamond, the Lake Sawyer, Lake Wilderness and Pipe Lake areas would be required to provide local sewerage collection before connecting to the main interceptor.

A sewerage system planned but dropped three or four years ago is once more underway, county officials announced this week.

The area to be served by the projected $1 million system is east of Auburn at Black Diamond, Lake Morton, and Lake Sawyer, where pollution problems have been increasing due to inadequate septic tank drain fields and growing population pressures. (more…)

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