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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 25, 1925

One of the largest and most modern moonshine plants seized this year was raided by federal prohibition agents under Director Roy C. Lyle at 6 o’clock this morning on a ranch a short distance above Enumclaw near the Green River Gorge.

More than 135 gallons of newly run moonshine was seized and four men, Tony Fontello, D. Fontello, father and son; John Pinola and Paul Rocco were arrested.

An elaborate plant had been installed in a barn, according to the federal agents, equipped with running water, pumped by a gasoline engine. Two 100-gallon stills, hooked up in tandem, a new system, the agents say, so that the capacity of the stills was doubled, with a triple set of coolers and coils. Eleven 500-gallon mash tubs, one with a capacity of 1,000 gallons and another with a capacity of 1,500 gallons, were in use.

The plant had been in operation less than six weeks, the agents say.

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 7, 1916

The town government of Ravensdale exists no longer and the once thriving mining center Is rapidly diminishing to a village of empty cottages. The exodus of the 350 population began directly after the [Northwest Improvement] Company announced its intention of closing the mine, following the explosion on November 16 when thirty-eight men met death. With the citizens went also town officials. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, February 21, 1920

Maple Valley had some real excitement yesterday and was all agog today.

E. Clark is justice of the peace down at Maple Valley and besides that is proprietor of the hotel, grocery store, and the pool room.

Armed with certain and specific search warrants, Deputy Sheriffs Julius Von Gerst, William Downey, and Raymond E. Murphy went to Maple Valley yesterday.

The folk of the community gazed in open-mouthed awe. Gee, what’s going to happen?

You could have knocked them over with a straw when the deputies entered the home of Justice of the Peace Clark.

And when the deputies emerged with a cache of moonshine, five gallons of corn whiskey, and a small quantity of wine and beer, you could have made the community folk believe the world was coming to an end.

Justice of the Peace Clark was brought to Seattle and arraigned before Justice of Peace Otis W. Brinker. He pleaded guilty to possessing liquor.

“But I had it for a long time. I never sold any,” he explained.

Justice Brinker imposed a fine of $100. Justice Clark paid the same and returned to Maple Valley.

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 23, 2007

By Barbara Nilson

The town of Fairfax, declared the “prettiest mining town around,” showing the turn-table at the extreme right above center. Mine buildings are in front and the school is on the left. Carbon River runs through the trees at the top or the photo. (Original copy from Mr. and Mrs. Tony Basselli.) Photo courtesy of Steve Meitzler, Heritage Quest Press, Orting, WA., publisher of the book, Carbon River Coal Country.

Riding the Northern Pacific Railroad to the upper end of the Carbon River Canyon or tooling along to Mount Rainier in a Model T, tourists would pass close to three mining towns: Melmont, Fairfax, and Montezuma.

First, beyond Carbonado, was Melmont, situated between the Carbon River and the NPR line. A bridge spanning the Carbon River ran between the company hotel and the saloon with the depot and school on the hillside above. On the left end of the bridge was the road connecting to Fairfax. This bridge was nearly a little beyond the high bridge which spans the canyon today. (more…)

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Originally published in the Orting Oracle, May 26, 1916

Friday, May 26, 1916—Superior Judge Easterday last Tuesday sentenced Mayor Joseph McCaskey of Wilkeson $100 and costs of the trial and ten days in the county jail, he having been convicted of selling intoxicating liquors at his drug store in Wilkeson.

The total costs of the prosecution was $386.75, and the law provides that druggist convicted of violating the statutes cannot sell intoxicating liquors for any purpose for a period of two years unless they post a heavy bond to observe the law in making sales.

The $486.75 McCaskey was ordered to pay may be a small matter when compared with what he may have to yield up to the county. It is admitted that there is a strong grounds for the suspicion that A.A. Battiste, McCaskey’s pharmacist, who is out of jail on heavy bail for his alleged part in the selling of booze, has skipped the country. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 28, 2004

By Wally DuChateau

Make no mistake about it, friends, as Seattle’s urban sprawl moves onto our Plateau, it brings county and state regulations that sound the death knell for many of our most cherished and picturesque traditions. Long-standing customs and businesses suddenly become illegal. And the newly-enforced laws frequently don’t make a lot of sense.

Take, for example, the Ravensdale Market. This old, down-home institution has been around for a century. Only God knows what the original structure was used for, but the Markus family bought the building in 1908, used horses and skids to drag it across the street to its present location, and turned it into a grocery store. It has been a community center for Ravensdale and the surrounding region ever since. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, September 16, 1916

Deputy State’s Attorney says even printing appears to have been imitated in Maple Valley seizure

Wholesale forgery, not only of the signatures on liquor permits, but the printing also, was alleged this morning by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John D. Carmody in connection with the seizure at a railroad station Thursday night at Maple Valley of eight fifty-gallon barrels of whiskey and 115 dozen quarts of beer.

The illegal liquor was consigned to the Rexall Pharmacy at Maple Valley, with instructions to notify the Rexall Pharmacy at Ravensdale. (more…)

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Originally published in the Issaquah Press, July 22, 1992

David Horrocks

David Horrocks

In 1888, David Horrocks’ great-grandfather bought about 100 acres from the Northern Pacific Railroad along what is now Cedar Grove Road. David Horrocks was born on that land, 500 feet from where he and his wife Nancy live today.

During all that time, a fabulous history has developed in the upper Squak valley.

For the last five months, the Horrocks family has been piecing together the history and memories of a time that is lost for most people. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, May 21, 1986

By Herb Belanger

Don Mason, left, Carl Steiert, Ted Barner, and Bob Eaton stroll through what was Franklin. (Richard S. Heyza/Seattle Times.)

Don Mason, left, Carl Steiert, Ted Barner, and Bob Eaton stroll through what was Franklin. (Richard S. Heyza/Seattle Times.)

Tough old coal-mining towns like Black Diamond always have had their share of characters, but the “Flying Frog” is one of Carl Steiert’s favorites.

The “Frog” actually was a Belgian named Emile Raisin who ran a taxi service between Black Diamond, a company town with one bar, and Ravensdale, which had 10 saloons where miners quenched the thirst they developed toiling underground. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, April 22, 1919

Taken in whiskey raids. This photograph shows the largest and smallest stills seized by Sheriff John Stringer and his deputies since their war upon manufacturers of liquor in King County began. The larger still, with boiler, condenser, and goose neck, is four feet high and officers say is capable of producing from twelve to fifteen gallons of liquor a day. It, together with kegs and a washboiler of mash and two quarts of Grappa, was found in a sunken concrete room on the farm of Carl Arimeni, one mile from Newcastle. A galvanized water bucket, sauce pan with wire stand, and a tin basin made up the smaller still. It was seized at the home of H.H. Hammond, 722 Main St.

Taken in whiskey raids. This photograph shows the largest and smallest stills seized by Sheriff John Stringer and his deputies since their war upon manufacturers of liquor in King County began. The larger still, with boiler, condenser, and goose neck, is four feet high and officers say is capable of producing from twelve to fifteen gallons of liquor a day. It, together with kegs and a washboiler of mash and two quarts of Grappa, was found in a sunken concrete room on the farm of Carl Arimeni, one mile from Newcastle. A galvanized water bucket, sauce pan with wire stand, and a tin basin made up the smaller still. It was seized at the home of H.H. Hammond, 722 Main St.

After a search lasting three days, in which more than one-tenth of an acre of woodland was dug over with crowbars, picks and spades, deputy sheriffs yesterday afternoon found the largest still yet seized in King County, on the farm of Carl Arimeni, proprietor of a pool hall in that mining town.

Arimeni was arrested and is being held in the county jail, while Sheriff John Stringer, together with government officers, are making today a further investigation. (more…)

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