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Originally published in the Seattle Intelligencer, July 6, 1880

Editor: I take pleasure in telling the many readers of your paper that the people of Maple Valley celebrated the Fourth of July in the good old-fashioned way, in a beautiful grove selected by the Committee on Grounds. The exercises of the occasion were reading the Declaration of independence, singing national airs, readings, recitations and speeches; after which dinner was announced. And we gathered around a table fairly groaning under the many good things calculated to satisfy the cravings of the inner man. Taking all things into consideration, it was an enjoyable affair, not to be forgotten by those who participated.

This settlement is only a little over a year old, and there were thirty-seven people present on this occasion. There is plenty of room left and some of the best land in the Territory for settlers, and we extend to all such a cordial invitation and hearty welcome among us. Newcomers can go to Renton and inquire for Mr. Sidebotham, who will take great pleasure in showing them the way to the valley, and Mesers Cade, Ames, Russell, Cook, Taylor, or Davis will deem it a pleasure in showing them good lands.


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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, July 3, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Ivan Gingrich, left, shares a laugh with Bill VanRuff, Bob Schuler, Bill Woodcock, and Jeff Snelling in celebration of the completion of refurbishment of the Black Diamond gymnasium. Gingrich and Schuler, who work for Tahoma School District’s maintenance department, volunteered to refinish the gym floor on their own time. VanRuff, Woodcock, and Snelling are members of Maple Valley Rotary, which donated labor and money to refurbish the gym.

Kids in the City of Black Diamond were so excited about their gym’s reopening, which had been a work in progress since being moved from the Black Diamond Elementary School in 1992, that they hopped on their bikes and made their way to the gym long before the celebration was set to begin on Saturday, June 23. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maple Valley Reporter, June 25, 2008

Jamey Kiblinger is the new police chief in Black Diamond, but she’s not a new face to the community.

Kiblinger came to the city as a rookie officer a decade ago. She replaces longtime chief Rick Luther, who after three decades in Black Diamond decided to retire at the end of 2007.

Running the Police Department isn’t new to Kiblinger, either, as she handled the day-to-day duties as commander for the past two years due to Luther wearing multiple hats and the other two most senior officers in the 10-person department retiring within a year of each other. (more…)

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By JoAnne Matsumura
Maple Valley Historical Society

The elders stated the “U” must mean a labor union and the “M” surely must mean miners, because it was a mining town and there were miners living all around.

It also could not be Maple Valley, because this June 18, 1915, UMHS commencement program was for Union M High School of Black Diamond, Washington and its four graduates. They were Charles Williams, Florence Harries, Ivy Davies, and Anna Davies.

It would not be until 1926, before Hobart, Maple Valley, and Taylor joined forces and qualified to be Union T High School, which then formed TAylor, HObart, and MAple Valley as Tahoma High School. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 17, 1996

By Mike Archbold
Valley Daily News

BLACK DIAMOND — A committee of Lake Sawyer area residents is hoping to tie the knot with the city of Black Diamond.

Whether Black Diamond will say yes and nearly double its 2,000 population is debatable; annexing purely residential areas like Lake Sawyer can be expensive. Providing city services can cost more than the tax money generated.

On the other hand, City Administrator Rick Luther said, adding a recreation area like Lake Sawyer could be a plus for the city. And the area already is serviced by water and sewer districts. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times, June 11, 1916

Lake trip ideal for motorists

Magnificent scenery found on tour to White Sulphur Spring—road passes along Cedar River Gorge

Abundant sport waits fishermen’s coming

Beauty spots on scenic drive. Two river canyons, each leading back into the Cascades, are followed on the tour presented by The Times today, terminating at Lake Wilderness, twenty-nine miles distant from the city. The colored illustration shows The Times pathfinder car, the Hupmobile, as it arrived at the lake shore. Below, in the accompanying photograph, is a view of the Green River canyon, shortly after the car had crossed the hill from Black Diamond.

Less than thirty miles from Seattle, at the end of a pathway which leads through ever-changing scenery, along the magnificent Cedar River gorge and up into the mining section of King County, lies Lake Wilderness, towards which The Times pathfinder car, a Hupmobile, blazed the trail for the second of the 1916 series of tours and the twenty-sixth in the grand total thus far logged by this newspaper.

The car, kindly furnished by Mr. Louis P. Schaeffer of the William T. Patten Motor Company, and driven by D.P. Dean, left The Times Building at Second Avenue and Union Street shortly after 9 o’clock and was at Lake Wilderness in ample time to permit an hour’s fishing in the lake before noon as an appetizer.

During the afternoon, the return was made by way of Black Diamond and Auburn, a slightly longer route but well worth the extra effort. In addition to providing variety to the trip, the alternate highway descended into a country of splendid roads and fascinating scenery, joining the Pacific Highway thence into Seattle. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Sunday Times Rotogravure, June 4, 1950

One trade that hasn’t changed much since the time of the Pharaohs is the making of hand-sewn gloves. Cutting them is a skill generally handed from father to son. W. Christofferson’s father made gloves in Gloversville, N.Y., and the son got his master cutter’s papers at the age of 17. Then he came West, led a life of adventure in the Army for some years, and finally settled on a piece of stump land several miles east of Maple Valley, where wild deer can come right up to his windows and watch him working with rare doe-skins brought from Africa. (more…)

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Originally published in the Covington Reporter, May 23, 2014

By Eric Mandel


Christy Todd

The tumultuous relationship between the city of Black Diamond and City Administrator Christy Todd has ended, as Todd resigned after a little more than four months on the job.

Todd and the city agreed on a severance package May 15th that keeps Todd under contract, with full benefits, until July 31 and pays $30,000 for her attorney’s fees. She will receive all accumulated vacation sick leave and other pay according to city policy. The total package will cost the city approximately $60,125, according to Finance Director May Miller. (more…)

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Originally published in North Maple Valley Living, April 2020

By JoAnne Matsumura
Maple Valley Historical Society

Hello readers, how is your spelling and penmanship these days? It’s contest time. Oh, that’s right, you’ve got a computer that checks spelling and offers cursive-styled words. Your computer spell check may not always be right. Well, in the 1920s, school students had a spell check system, too. It was called The Teacher! (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 6, 1926

Thirteen years ago, in the year 1913, Black Diamond boasted a juvenile First Aid Team of which Al McBlaine, now master mechanic at Burnett, was the coach. The halftone shown herewith was made from a rather faded photograph in the possession of Supt. Paul Gallagher, of Black Diamond. But one member of this team, Paul J. Gallagher, is now in the employ of the company. Edwin Swanson, another member of the team, is a brother of Mrs. Elsie Upton, of the Accounting Department.

These First Aid boys, in Boy Scout uniforms, are still remembered for their participation in the famous Preparedness Day parade in Seattle before this country entered the World War. Those in the picture, from left to right, are; Jack Mitchell, Laurence Plano, Edwin Swanson, Donald Weston, Paul J. Gallagher, and Wm. Morgan. (more…)

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