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Great good will result from Mine Rescue and First Aid competition, thinks Burnett



Originally published in the Pacific Coast Bulletin, September 21, 1922

By H.E.G.

Black Diamond’s First Aid team—a fine bunch of boys who aren’t a bit discouraged over their failure to win a cup at the recent meet.

Black Diamond’s First Aid team—a fine bunch of boys who aren’t a bit discouraged over their failure to win a cup at the recent meet.

Looking back over the Mine Rescue and First Aid competitions, Burnett camp is certain, as must be all the other camps, that only great good will result from the meet, regardless of which teams won the prizes.

The really astonishing proficiency shown by the teams, and the general interest displayed, was a stimulation and an encouragement to all, and from expressions heard rescue and aid work will not be permitted to languish from now on.

We predict that not only will the work be pressed with increasing vigor in connection with routing mine operations, but that when the next meet is held there will be many more teams on the field, and many more men to choose the teams from, than in the competitions recently closed.

Very naturally Supt. Simpson and Burnett generally deeply appreciated the courtesy that prompted R.L. Wulzen, manager of the Carbon Hill Coal Company, to write the letter printed in the Bulletin last week, expressing thanks for the manner in which Burnett received its visitors during the Mine Rescue meet on Labor Day. Burnett failing to win the cup, we are glad the prize went to so good a neighbor as Carbonado.

But as for the successful way in which the meet was handled, here are a few folk we want to thank:

The Burnett Mine Rescue and First Aid teams.

The visiting teams, and other visitors.

Les Foreman and Jack Cronin and the hotel help for the use of the hotel, and the co-operation of its personnel in making the dinner and the dance a success.

Mr. Mueller for the consideration shown by him to Burnett Social Club.

Capt. Bill Cushing, chairman of the General Entertainment Committee. He was a tireless worker, and much of the credit for the success of the day goes to him.

Jim Maltby, who handled all the financial details, and was also responsible for the lighting effects at the dance.

Chief McCullough and his men for maintaining order.

Mrs. Furnish, who served the excellent coffee all day on the grounds.

“Dad” Furnish and Dave Botting, chairmen of the day.

Mrs. Cushing and Mrs. Walter Powell, assisted by Mary Powell and Hester Furnish, who served the kiddies with 2,400 ice cream cones and 150 pounds of candy. (From latest reports, no fatalities have resulted from over-eating.)

Fitzgerald, who, assisted by William Kelly and Harold DeBritz, collected funds for the band. (The band itself was secured by McCullough, who contends it provided “some music.”)

The following members of the committee: Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Kothe, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Connell, Mr. and Mrs. Harold DeBritz; Mesdames Johnson, Vernon, McCullough, and Messrs. Eidmiller, Strange, Ridley, Guy Furnish, “Tex,” C.A. Sitts, Foote, Bushnell and Elmer Flood.

H.G. McDonald and Mr. Ellis, who constructed the swings and “teeters” for the children.

If there are others who deserve mention, but have been omitted, we say as did Ye Ed in a recent issue: The omission is not intentional, and we ask them not to feel offended. Whoever helped, and is not mentioned, knows as well as does this writer that he performed valuable work, and that Burnett camp appreciates it.


Ye Ed failed to remain for the Balloon Dance, and no account of it appearing in the Bulletin, we would like to day just a few words about that. The Balloon Dance held sway from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and from the many requests received to continue it until 3 a.m., we feel certain everybody was enjoying it. It certainly was “some dance” and a peppy crowd.

The lighting effects, the balloons bobbing about in the glow, and the gay hats of the dancers, added festivity to the scene.

At one end of the dance hall was a large, yellow moon, dotted with many silver stars. A prize of $5 was offered to the person making the most accurate guess as to the number of these stars, and two person, Miss Rainwater, and C. Spurgeon, came within three of the correct total. Being tied, there was nothing to do but divide the prize, and each received $2.50.

And then the moonlights! Oh, Boy! Gliding about in the alluring glow of those moonlight numbers, the dancers demanded encore after encore, until many were almost breathless from their exertions.

At midnight the lunch was served by Mrs. Furnish, Mrs. Vernon, Mrs. McCullough, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. DeBritz and Mr. Cushing. Two hundred and fifty enjoyed the repast. So, as already stated, the balloon dance was a decided success. Messrs. Cushing, Ridley, Eidemiller, “Tex,” Bushnell, Foote and DeBritz were the floor committee.



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