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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, September 11, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Labor Day Program 2007

To read the article, “Back at the Stump: A Labor Day Reflection,” about the formation of the Black Diamond coal miners’ union in 1907, click here.

The fun began on Saturday, Sept. 1st, and ran all the way through Labor Day, Sept. 3rd, with each day filled with all sorts of activities the whole family could enjoy.

There was the annual softball game with the fire/police team trying hard to beat the community only to have the community come back and take the win.

There was also the nostalgic sock hop at the newly dedicated Black Diamond gym, Black Diamond Museum tours full of fascinating historical items and information, the dedicating of the city’s first skate park, pancake breakfast, peanut wagon and ice cream, BBQ luncheon, button raffle drawing, watermelon and pie-eating contests, and field games to boot.

The parade was filled with bunches of kids as well as adults on bikes, floats, with their pets, in cars, on tractors, and big rigs. (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, September 7, 1922

A few who attended the meet.

A few who attended the meet.

The Western Washington First Aid and Mine Rescue Meet was only half completed at Burnett on last Monday. Rain forced a postponement of the First Aid events, and these will be started at Black Diamond at 1:30 p.m. next Sunday.

L.S. Campbell, captain of Carbonado team, holding the Mine Rescue Cup, Championship Western Washington won by his team.

L.S. Campbell, captain of Carbonado team, holding the Mine Rescue Cup, Championship Western Washington won by his team.

Carbonado, finishing first in a contest that was remarkable for the high percentages scored by the competing teams, won the championship cup for Western Washington in Mine Rescue.

Many notables were in the big crowd that witnessed the Mine Rescue competition, among them George S. Rice of Washington, D.C., Chief Mining Engineer of the U. S. Bureau of Mines, and B.D. Stewart, Federal and Territorial Mining Inspector of Alaska, who were the guests of George Watkin Evans, consulting mining engineer of Seattle.

State Mine Inspector Morris, John Schoning, representative of the Federal Bureau of Mines, Deputy State Mine Inspector Wake, H.H. Sanderson of the Sanderson Safety Supply Company, and Jerome E. Wilcox were the judges of the Mine Rescue competition, and at the close, ranked the teams in the following order:

Teams Percent
Carbonado 98.8
Burnett 98.6
Black Diamond 95.6
Newcastle Disqualified

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 13, 1975

Labor Day 1975Black Diamond is polishing the lamp posts and sweeping its streets this week in preparation for its annual three-day Labor Day celebration.

The town is combining a bicentennial theme with celebration of its 25th year of Labor Day functions. The silver anniversary special begins on Saturday, August 30, with an adult dance at the Eagles Hall.

This Saturday, August 16, and the following Saturday, dances will be held on the street in front of King’s Tavern and a teen dance at the Parish Hall. Proceeds from both functions go to the Labor Day Committee.

Cari Ann Nelson, 14, and Marlene Bergstrom, 15, are in the running for queen of the holiday. The queen is chosen on the amount of Labor Day buttons sold. A drawing will be held with a $100 prize going to the holder of the lucky button.

This year’s Labor Day button, which sells for $1, features the Black Diamond city limits sign superimposed over a view of Mount Rainier. (more…)

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Originally published in the BDE Series, official monthly publication of the Black Diamond School, June 5, 1974

By Jim King

Black Diamond graduates: Top row: Corey Chevalier, Kelly Perkin, Robert Enwiller, Bill Wheeler, Rick Maiers, Richard Bainton, and Jim King. Middle row: Dennis Hanks, Todd Hawkins, Cecil Walker, Randy Palmer, Paul Elder, John Fladgard, and Mr. Larry Harper, teacher. Bottom row: Jeff Capponi, Alma Burlison, Stephanie Enwiller, Marlene Bergstrom, Marcy Pfahl, Ricky Shay, and Gerry Averill. Not present: Steve Baltazor and Lynne Shoemaker. Fifteen of the 22 graduating for Black Diamond this year have attended the school for eight years.

Black Diamond graduates: Top row: Corey Chevalier, Kelly Perkin, Robert Enwiller, Bill Wheeler, Rick Maiers, Richard Bainton, and Jim King. Middle row: Dennis Hanks, Todd Hawkins, Cecil Walker, Randy Palmer, Paul Elder, John Fladgard, and Mr. Larry Harper, teacher. Bottom row: Jeff Capponi, Alma Burlison, Stephanie Enwiller, Marlene Bergstrom, Marcy Pfahl, Ricky Shay, and Gerry Averill. Not present: Steve Baltazor and Lynne Shoemaker. Fifteen of the 22 graduating for Black Diamond this year have attended the school for eight years.

The eighth grade class of Black Diamond Elementary School is having a graduation program in the school’s multi-purpose room at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Twenty-two students are in the class. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, July 1, 1928

07-01_Goddess of Liberty - 1928Those who have planned on a big time at Black Diamond on July 4th will not be disappointed. One of the finest programs yet presented is on tap, and the largest attendance in history is confidently expected by the Central Mine Council and its various sub-committees, who have worked hard in arranging the entertainment.

Adding to the interest of the various events, the Goddess of Liberty and her court will be seen in pageant. Miss Frances Hadley, of Black Diamond, has been chosen for the royal position in the contest which closed June 27th. The maids of honor will be Miss Thelma Kelly, Newcastle; and Miss Vera Williams, Carbonado. (more…)

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Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, June 27, 1924

Pacific Coast Coal Co. Logo 1922Preparations are being rushed for the dawn of July 4th, when Black Diamond will play the host to the other camps of the Pacific Coast Coal Company in celebrating the great National Holiday.

Advance information indicates that the camp will be thronged with visitors, and accordingly every effort is being made to provide a day of patriotic exercises and sports which will surpass anything yet staged in Black Diamond. (more…)

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