Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 21, 1925

When Portland, Oregon, recently held its Home Beautiful Exposition, Ralph C. Dean, manager of the Pacific Coast Coal Company’s Portland Depot, lost no time in demonstrating to the citizens of the Columbia River metropolis that Diamond Briquets were the ideal fuel to make beautiful homes comfortable as well.

This picture shows the booth which was arranged by R.R. English, city salesman, and which carried the message of Diamond Briquets to many Portland homes. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 6, 1924

Pacific Coast coal was used to bunker the vessels of three foreign flags within the past week. First to call was the Nazareno, an Italian freighter under charter to the Bunge Western Grain Corporation. She is shown above to the left just as the big craft was being brought alongside the bunkers for loading. Her destination after leaving Seattle was Europe, though at this writing she is ashore in the Columbia River.

The center picture shows the Wilhelm Hemsoth, a German ship, taking Black Diamond and South Prairie bunker coal. She sails this week for Australia.

At the right the graceful lines of the British freighter, Dramatist, show up to good advantage as she pulls out for Glasgow. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Daily Times, June 2, 1906

Ravensdale shut out in one of best played games of season

BLACK DIAMOND, Saturday, June 2—The Black Diamond baseball team, with 300 fans, journeyed to Ravensdale Memorial Day, and after one of the best games of the season Black Diamond won by a score of 3 to 0.

Both pitchers pitched gilt-edge ball. Hoye held the Ravensdale lads down to five scattered hits, and only once did they get a man to third. The field work of the Black Diamond team and the pitching of Hoye were the features. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 30, 1924

One institution of which Burnett is justly proud is the company store, a picture of which is herewith shown. L.W. Foreman is the capable and accommodating manager of the store and with his efficient corps of helpers he is making it an institution of real service to the camp.

A prompt delivery service is maintained, which with the high quality of the merchandise carried, is another one of the reasons for the general appeal of the company store to all residents of Burnett. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 7, 1923

In keeping with the Bulletin’s policy of acquainting its readers with all phases of the company’s activities, we take pleasure this week in introducing the efficient force of the Everett agency of the Pacific Coast Coal Company. Here, as in Wenatchee, Portland, Tacoma, and Juneau, the agency force is constantly exerting every effort to increase the sales of briquets and Black Diamond, South Prairie, Newcastle, and Issaquah coals.

The picture shown above was taken on the occasion of a banquet on Saturday, May 26, at which Manager Charles O. Hilen presided. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 31, 1960

By John J. Reddin


WEATHERED MARKER: An old wooden grave marker in the rustic cemetery at Black Diamond was examined yesterday by Albert Jones, long-time Black Diamond resident. The old cemetery annually draws hundreds of visitors on Memorial Day, mostly families of miners who were killed in early-day mining accidents and explosions. Grave markers date to 1885.

Irresistibly drawn back each year by the memory of loved ones and the urge to visit and “socialize” with old friends, hundreds of former Black Diamond residents made their annual Memorial Day pilgrimage to the small-town cemetery yesterday.

The custom, dating back 60 years of longer, draws visitors from all parts of the West.

As the rural cemetery has no perpetual-care plan, volunteers have taken turns over the years in cutting the grass and tidying up the burial ground for the annual Memorial Day influx.

In recent years, Jack Jones, a retired miner, has taken on the volunteer chore. A registration book for visitors to sign and a can for donations are kept in a covered stand near the cemetery entrance. Most visitors leave $2 or $3 as their annual donation.

Since Black Diamond is a long-time mining community, the grave markers reflect the mining accidents and tragedies in the Black Diamond area. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, circa 1955 (date unknown)

By Frank Lynch

Mike Ferlich and Alphonse Guibert: Two old friends

Mike Ferlich and Alphonse Guibert: Two old friends

J.A. (JIM) ANDERSEN is another of our friends at Northwestern Improvement Co. Let us merely say that his business is selling coal. (Remember coal?)

That he seems a little put out, at times, that the history of the mines and the miner’s in these parts has not been put down for posterity.

“I wish you’d stop at the old Ravensdale cemetery the next time you’re in the neighborhood,” Andersen said when we called on him recently. “There was an explosion in the mine there in 1915—34 men trapped in the dust and gas on the second and third level.

“Only three saved.

“A good number of the dead are buried there. Forgotten some, I’m afraid. Well, you might take a look, anyway.” (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, March 14, 1971

By Byron Johnsrud

This is another in the continuing series on communities in and around the Seattle area. Byron Johnsrud and Walt Woodward alternate as authors.

Evan Thomas and his Welsh heirlooms

Evan Thomas and his Welsh heirlooms

THE LATE Erie Stanley Gardner might have titled it “The Case of the Lively Ghost Town.”

Certainly any town that boasts only two industries, and one of them a bakery, might be suspected of a galloping case of civic senility.

Not so Black Diamond, the little South King County hamlet that certainly must be one of the few incorporated entities anywhere without a single stop-and-go light to stay the tourist hurrying to scenes of livelier action.

Black Diamond has only one “tourist trap,” the second of the two aforementioned industries. It is known afar and favorably as The Bakery. It has to be listed as an “industry” because it lures in money from the greater “outside.”

Man cannot live by bread alone but it might be fun to try it on the crunchy homemade loaves turned out by The Bakery in its massive, 68-year-old, wood-fired brick oven which burns 40 cords of wood a year browning those crunchy crusts to a fine turn. (more…)

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