On Saturday, August 9, 1924 a parade of busses and private cars, carrying more than 500 spectators, streamed into Carbonado to watch 25 teams representing coal mining towns of Western Washington compete in mine rescue and first aid events.
It was an annual event that sought to boost interest and improve safety in area coal mines. The competition featured 19 First Aid teams shown lined up along a canvas strip, demonstrating their knowhow while judges with clipboards rate the contestant’s efforts.
David C. Botting, manager of all mines for Pacific Coast Coal Co. presided over the meet, while Simon Ash, superintendent of the Carbonado mine was field manager.
The event was hosted by the Carbon Hill Coal Company under the direction of its manager R. J. Wulzen, who opened his own beautiful home to nearly 1,000 in attendance. Entertainment included a musical program of modern waltzes and jazz numbers provided by the Newcastle band.
A luncheon was served to the teams, judges, and visiting officials while spectators enjoyed picnic lunches on the field ground. A supper was later offered at the Carbonado hotel followed by dancing in the evening.
Several weeks later, motion pictures taken of the event were exhibited at theaters in Newcastle, Black Diamond, and Burnett.
This photo #461 by Commercial Photo Service of Tacoma comes courtesy of Jerry & Lynda English while research was provided by JoAnne Matsumura of Issaquah.