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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 13, 1924

Quality first, whether it be Holstein dairy cattle or Black Diamond coal, is the policy pursued in Everett by C.O. Hilen, district sales manager for the Pacific Coast Coal Company.

Everett is the metropolis for the rich dairy country of Snohomish County, and in the attractive window display shown above, Mr. Hilen stresses very graphically the importance of quality. Though hardly distinguishable in the above halftone, the scene depicts a diminutive milker seated on a Diamond Briquet by the side of the life-like cow at the left. (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 28, 1924

Ventilation problems make up a big share of all questions asked in state examinations for firebosses and mine foremen. Following are two typical questions with the correct answers.

QUESTION—What is the rubbing surface of an airway 8 x 12 ft., in section, its length being 6,550 ft.? (b) If the velocity of the air is 350 ft. per min. what is the volume of air in circulation?

ANSWER— (a) The perimeter of the airway being 2 (8 + 12) = 40 ft. and its length 6,550 ft., the rubbing surface is 6,550 x 40 = 262,000 cu ft. per min.

(b) The velocity of the air current is then 262,000 ÷ 330 = say 794 ft. per min. (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 Seattle Daily Times, February 19, 1913

William Barnum, president, Pacific Coast Co.

William Barnum
president, Pacific Coast Co.

William Barnum, newly-elected president of the Pacific Coast Company, arrived here yesterday afternoon from New York City on his first official visit to the vast properties owned by this corporation in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California.

Mr. Barnum, who is one of the most eminent lawyers of New York City, as well as long prominent in its highest financial circles, was in Seattle but once before yesterday—that was seventeen years ago when he acted as counsel for the reorganization committee of the Oregon Improvement Company, the predecessor of the Pacific Coast Company. (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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