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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 30, 1955

By Walter Martin

BEREAVED: Mrs. Jan Cavelia, left, Renton, daughter of Louis Vaiente, one of four miners killed in the Landsburg mine cave-in, comforted her sorrowing mother.

BEREAVED: Mrs. Jan Cavelia, left, Renton, daughter of Louis Vaiente, one of four miners killed in the Landsburg mine cave-in, comforted her sorrowing mother.

RAVENSDALE, Jan. 29. Louis Vaiente, one of the four coal miners killed in a cave-in in the Landsburg Mine No. 1 near here, didn’t want to go to work on the graveyard shift last night, his wife, Madeline, said today.

The others killed were Frank Stebly, 58, Black Diamond; John Kovash, 44, Hobart; and Nathan D. Russell, Carbonado.

Mrs. Vaiente said her husband, 58, normally works the day shift, but was transferred to the graveyard shift Wednesday morning.

Conversation recalled

‘‘We had company last night,” Mrs. Vaiente said. “Gee Gee (as Vaiente was known) and Dewey Muletta were ribbing each other. Gee Gee said he didn’t want to go to work but ‘I either have to go or quit.’ (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 1955

By H.J. Glover

Wife of miner who lost life there year ago in choir

landsburg-memorial

Buried 450 feet below under hundred of tons of earth, rock, and coal, are the bodies of four miners who lost their lives in a cave-in January 29. The scene [to the right] was pictured at memorial services for them last Saturday. In the choir is the widow of another miner whose body is buried in the same mine, the only victim of a slide occurring a year ago. (Bannister photo; C-H Engraving)

 Temperamental skies that alternately smiled and frowned looked down on the slopes of a fir-clad mountain west of Ravensdale Saturday morning as memorial services were held for four coal miners who lost their lives in a cave-in of the Landsburg Mine No. 1 on the night of January 29. The mine is owned and operated by the Palmer Coking Coal Company.

The memorial services, in charge of the Rev. David H. Weed, pastor of the Black Diamond Presbyterian Church, were scheduled to commence at 10 a.m., but long before that time people began quietly assembling until an estimated 500 were attendance. (more…)

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