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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 11, 1978

By George and Dianne Wilson

When we initially talked with outgoing mayor Gomer Evans about this article, we asked that he give thought to three basic questions: “When you took office, what problems did you face?”; “What do you feel you accomplished during your term of office?”; and now, “Where do you go from here?” His description of the accomplishments clearly defines the problems faced. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 10, 1979

By George and Dianne Wilson

Bob Kuster, above, is one of six skilled technicians who work very hard to see that the miles of wires and maze of equipment at the central office operate properly for Black Diamond telephone customers. (Voice photo by George Wilson)

Bob Kuster, above, is one of six skilled technicians who work very hard to see that the miles of wires and maze of equipment at the central office operate properly for Black Diamond telephone customers. (Voice photo by George Wilson)

Telephone service may not be as popular a conversational topic as the weather, but when there is a problem with the phone, you can count on hearing about it.

A group of six central office technicians work very hard to see that Black Diamond phone users don’t have trouble. The group serves Black Diamond, Maple Valley, Enumclaw, Buckley, Crystal Mountain, and Lester.

Dave Smith, Erwin Haussler, Frank Wise, George Williams, Owen Bing, and Bob Kuster with Ken Mead, foreman, all do their best to provide good phone service for users in this large area.

Bob Kuster recently took these reporters on a tour of the Pacific Northwest Bell telephone office in Black Diamond, describing the equipment and mechanics involved each time someone picks up their phone. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 3, 1979

By George and Dianne Wilson

The year 1978 saw the City of Black Diamond with a new mayor, a new librarian and assistant, and the establishment of an independent Community Services Center with a new coordinator.

The city, facing severe financial problems, raised levy rates on the telephone and power companies as well as assessing a B and O tax on all firms doing business here.

February brought a new postmaster, and A.R. Botts celebrated his 90th birthday in March. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Diggin’ around Black Diamond last week produced a potpourri of news items.

The Chick Thompsons donated a 35-foot noble fir, which has stood in their front yard for at least 15 years, to Valley General Hospital for Christmas. When it goes up in the main lobby of the hospital it will stand 20 feet tall.

The noble tree was removed by Clark Williams, Jerry Olander, and Bob Hall, who work in the hospital maintenance department under Director Virgil Virden. It will be sprayed with a flame-retardant material and then be decorated by the Renton Lady Lions. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 7, 1977

Cedar River turned big, brown, and ugly again on December 2nd and 3rd this year on the exact anniversary of the 1975 major flood. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, December 6, 1978

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Willard and Hortense Steward were gracious and happy hosts at Willard’s 90th birthday Open House November 26.

Over 100 friends, nurserymen, and relatives attended the Open House November 26 at 23419 Dorre Don Way S.E. in honor of Willard M. Steward’s 90th birthday. Many of those invited had been totally unaware that this vigorous energetic man was 90 years old!

“Many a person of 60 could well envy strength, enthusiasm, and vitality like that!” one guest was heard to say.

The Open House was given by Mr. and Mrs. Alan Reed of Renton, assisted by Mrs. Leroy Willie of Olympia. Mr. Reed and Mrs. Willie are the Stewards’ son and daughter. Steward and Hortense, his wife, greeted and exchanged reminiscences with all their guests. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, November 29, 1978

Building, center left, is part of the remains of the New Black Diamond Mine. It is now part of the King County Maintenance Shops.

Building, center left, is part of the remains of the New Black Diamond Mine. It is now part of the King County Maintenance Shops.

Holidays seem to bring visitors, and visitors to our area frequently have questions. There are often questions about coal and its history here.

There are many “old-timers” who can share their experiences but they are not always available when “Cousin Harry” asks, “Where were the coal mines?” or “How much coal did they get?”

The pictures on this page will help tell the story of one of the mines in the area. The New Black Diamond Mine was located between Maple Valley and Renton on what is now Highway 169. (more…)

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