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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, June 24, 1920

Watchmen on alert, opens fire on gang

Sends two shots after fugitives—they turn and reply with three, but make escape in darkness

Three cracksmen about 12 o’clock last night blew the outer door of the safe in the general store kept by the Pacific Coast Coal Company at Black Diamond, engaged in a revolver battle with George Upton, aged watchman, who drove them away, and escaped without obtaining any loot. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 14, 1923

If working a shift in Black Diamond Mine was no harder for the four men shown above than it was for them to pose for this picture, there would always be a mad scramble among the men to see who could get the first man-trip down.

At the left we introduce to you, George Belt, and next to him, Fred Cunningham, a former Issaquah miner. The man next in line is R.E. “Curly” Campbell and the young Hercules at the extreme right is Darwin Walton. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 24, 1923

Every mine has its firebosses, but Newcastle is willing to stack its supervisory force against that of any other mine in the world, confident of winning first honors anywhere. To back up their boasts they present herewith the photograph of a group taken recently, most of whom had just come off shift. From left to right they are:

A. Elmer Anderson, Dick Richards, Mine Foreman Chas. Lumley, John Eck, Joe Daler, Wm. Bowie, and W.E. Jones. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, May 17, 1923

Toonerville trolley

Toonerville trolley

Guided by the accommodating hand of Supt. J.J. Jones, the editor of the Bulletin was conducted through Black Diamond Mine last Friday, May 11, and initiated into the mysteries of digging coal.

Down on the 12th Level, in Chute No. 1, on the South Side, J.D. Walton gave a demonstration of how a pick is used in digging, while up at the face in the gangway some of the boys were busy with a jack hammer, driving the gangway still further along the seam.

At the 11th Level Pete Kurth, cager, was found on the job, busy with the constant string of trips coming and going. Going on up to the 9th, the trip was made on the “Toonerville Trolley”—the auxiliary hoist between the 12th and 7th Levels used until the 12th Level is developed extensively enough to permit the switching of the main trip. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, March 1, 1923

Central Council 1923

From left to right, first row: R.C. Robinson, Supt. J.J. Jones, A.E. Holden, Glen Clancy, H.G. Walmsley. Second row: Supt. M.A. Morgan, Supt. Robt. Simpson, Ward Harris, Frank Connell, Elmer Fitzgerald, Verald Eberhart. Third row: T.H. Cadwell, John C. Ritchie, P.N. Kurth, Robt. Miles, W.F. Osbourne, E.G. Osterholm. Back row: A. Booth, Reese Griffiths, Frank Eddy, Supt. Paul Gallagher, A.W. Gray, L.W. Foreman, H.M. Irelan.

Last Saturday the Central Council of the Pacific Coast Coal Company met and celebrated its first anniversary by having its picture taken. On February 25, 1922, was held the first meeting of the Central Council. Of that group but two of the employee representatives, John C. Ritchie and Frank Connell, were present at the meeting last Saturday, February 24.

As a picture of the first Central Council appeared in the Bulletin under date of March 1, 1922, it seems very fitting that on this March 1, 1923, there should appear a picture of the Central Council of today. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, February 22, 1923

delivering-briquets-in-snow-2-22-1923If all obstacles to the future sale and delivery of coal are overcome in the same thorough and efficient manner in which the Sales Department, under Sales Manager Wylie Hemphill and his able corps of assistants, conquered the fury of the elements and filled every order for coal during the blizzard of last week, there need be little concern about the ability of the sales force to keep the mines working.

In the picture shown above you see one of the ingenuous methods employed to furnish fuel, when many coal concerns were tied up entirely, making no effort to undertake deliveries of orders. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, February 2, 1972

By Don Duncan

Matthew McTurk (left) and Richard H. Parry

Matthew McTurk (left) and Richard H. Parry

Richard H. Parry, stocky Welshman, turned 90 the other day. Parry and Matthew McTurk, 85, a wiry Scot, recalled the days when they almost really owed their souls to the company store.

Not in Appalachia, mind you. But right here in Washington State, where human moles burrowed into the ground at Roslyn, Black Diamond, Ravensdale, Wilkeson and Carbonado and the basement coal bin was as much a part the home as the kitchen icebox.

At times Parry and McTurk disagreed loudly on historical points—“Now you shut up and let me tell it”—but it was all noise and no heat; the disagreement of old, old friends. Afterward they embraced warmly. (more…)

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