Posts Tagged ‘mining safety’

Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 20, 1924

For many years fruit growers in the Yakima Valley of Washington and in the Rogue River Valley of Oregon have contested the supremacy of Jack Frost during the blossoming season.

At first smudge pots were used to produce a dense screen of smoke, but lately it has been demonstrated that heat, and not smoke, is needed to check the ravages of the frost. For this purpose Diamond Briquets have been found to be the most efficient and effective fuel. (more…)


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

Situated near the coal mining camps of Burnett and Black Diamond are many scenes similar to the one pictured above. During the summer months vacationists come many miles to enjoy what is almost a daily pleasure for those who live at either of the two camps mentioned. The above view was taken in the Green River Gorge, near the old mining camp of Franklin.

A big night

Saturday, March 8, is a red letter day in the social events of all the Pacific Coast Coal Company camps. First of all, the big dance in celebration of the completion of the new hall for the Newcastle Club is expected to attract a record crowd to the Coal Creek camp. Company officials will also assist in the dedication of the newly remodeled club building.

At Black Diamond the stellar attraction is a concert and dance to be staged at the Masonic Hall by the Puyallup Elks Band. The last Elks dance at Black Diamond was such a winner that the affair Saturday night will without doubt repeat the success of the former event.

Burnett, also, is on the program with a special feature, billed as an overall and gingham gown dance. Anyone appearing on the floor not properly attired will be fined, the committee announces.

Take your choice, or attend all three, if you can. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 21, 1924

Every afternoon when the men gather at the lamp room to don their safety lamps before taking the man trip for a shift down on the 9th, 11th, or 12th levels of Black Diamond, a similar group to the one shown above may be seen. These men are well trained at their jobs and thus keep the production high and the costs low, which is the goal desired by every successful mine.

In the group above may be seen: Fireboss Ben Davis, Andrew Sorenson, Chas. Schaffer, Harry Heton, Horace Watkins, Russell Wade, and Art Walton. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 14, 1924

State Mine Inspector W.R. Reese, a veteran in the coal industry of the State of Washington and recognized as one of the leading authorities on coal mining, has been made an honorary member of the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Associations at the various camps of the Pacific Coast Coal Company.

Mr. Reese takes a keen interest in safety work and is constantly striving to see that the hazards of mining are reduced to the minimum.

Many years ago he was a superintendent in the Pacific Coast Coal Company, and prior to becoming state mine inspector was connected with the Northwestern Improvement Company for many years. Few know the mines of this state better than W.R. Reese. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 31, 1924

At the ocean terminal of The Pacific Coast Company’s railroad in California there are two large shipping wharves about two miles distant from each other. One agent, J.S. Sullivan, handles both wharves and he has worked out the ingenious machine shown above for running back and forth between them.

As can be seen, it is a five-passenger Ford car equipped with railroad wheels. The steering wheel, apparently, is intended for emergency calls when Mr. Sullivan is in too great a hurry to go around by way of the railroad track and finds it necessary to short-cut across the water. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, January 17, 1924

Visitors to Burnett invariably exclaim about the beauty of the camp’s surroundings and its neat and well-kept residences. The view above, taken from the water tower, gives a glimpse of the east side of the camp. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, December 6, 1923

During the month of October, when the mines broke all known records in the production of coal, the Pacific Coast Coal Company’s Wenatchee depot turned in one of the best months in its history.

The view above shows the yard office at Wenatchee, with George Glann, veteran of 17 years, and the yard foreman, standing near the entrance. H.H. Boyd is the agent at Wenatchee, and his aggressiveness is resulting in the wide distribution of this company’s product throughout that district. (more…)

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