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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, August 9, 1923

If hard work and persistent effort is worth anything at all, the Black Diamond Mine Rescue and First Aid Team, under the leadership of Capt. B.F. Snook, is going to be a real contender for honors at the big inter-camp meet in Newcastle on August 18. (more…)


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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, October 13, 1921

Elimination of dangerous crossing is now assured

Letter from F.M. Dudley, general attorney for the railroad, states that Milwaukee will co-operate with county

maplevalley-messengerThe Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad has signified its willingness to eliminate the dangerous grade crossing at Maplevalley by the construction of an overhead bridge across its tracks, paralleling the Taylor branch of the Pacific Coast R.R.

The position of the railroad company is stated in a letter from F.M. Dudley, general attorney for the CM&StP to Mr. Frank R. Spinning, supervisor of transportation, Dept. of Public Works.

Coming as a direct result of united and persistent protest against this dangerous condition which existed in our community, by the citizens of Maplevalley, the members of Cedar Grange, and through the columns of the Maplevalley Messenger, it is with a great deal of satisfaction that we observe our efforts bearing fruit. (more…)

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Originally published in the Maplevalley Messenger, September 22, 1921

No definite action has yet been taken by Milwaukee to authorize overhead crossing

Milwaukee_RR_logoTwo weeks have elapsed since the plans for the overhead bridge across the [Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad] at Maplevalley were approved by the county commissioners. The matter is still in the hands of the railroad and awaiting authorization from Chicago in response to a telegram sent two weeks ago.

That the bridge will be put in there cannot be a shadow of a doubt. Should the railroad fail to make a reply inside of a week, the matter will be turned over to the Department of Public Works at Olympia. They are as anxious to see this crossing eliminated as are the people of Maplevalley.

Mr. Frank R. Spinning of the Department of Public Works has promised that a hearing will be held in Maplevalley provided the railroad company does not see fit to take immediate action.

This hearing we have no doubt will result in the department taking the matter into its own hands and ordering the installation of the bridge.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 16, 1992

By Barbara Nilson

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

Valley Daily News graphic by Steve Nolan.

“In order to receive enabling legislation for Cedar County,” said David Fields, spokesman, “we had to name an incorporated city as the county seat so we selected Black Diamond.”

The Black Diamond City Council met Sept. 3 to discuss the proposal and voted unanimously that they would be glad to consider the proposition. “Of course,” said Mayor Howard Botts, “it all hinges on whether Cedar County becomes a reality.”

The official view, according to Mayor Botts, is that the city is neutral on the new county, neither opposing it nor promoting it.

“We’re certainly looking at it with interest,” he said. “It would mean a big change in Black Diamond.” (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 17, 1922

William P. Bowie, Newcastle fireboss who scored the highest mark for the state in the examination for first class certificate held at Olympia last week.

William P. Bowie

Nineteen employees of the Pacific Coast Coal Company, eighteen working in the mines and one in the Engineering Department, won first or second class certificates in the examinations conducted by the State Department of Licenses at Olympia on Monday and Tuesday, May 8-9, last.

Holders of first class certificates are eligible to positions as mine foremen or mine superintendents, and of second class papers to positions as assistant foreman, fire bosses, or shot lighters.

Although the examinations were state wide, and employees of companies other than the Pacific Coast Coal Company participated, William P. Bowie of Newcastle out rated all other entrants in the examination for first class certificates. Mr. Bowie’s grade was 86, the highest in the state.

E.L. Fortney was the representative of the Engineering Department who took the test. He won a first class certificate. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 13, 1891

Kinnear’s Anti-Detective bill passed by Senate: Armed guards not needed

Olympia, Feb. 12—[Special.]—The anti-Pinkerton bill, which a year since aroused so much feeling and bitter opposition in the legislature, went through the Senate today without a dissenting vote, and miners and other workingmen will begin to think that this legislature takes a genuine interest in protecting them from these very obnoxious agents of moneyed power.

The Kinnear bill, passed today, makes it unlawful for any corporation or individual to maintain or employ an armed body of men to protect their property or employees. (more…)

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