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Continental Coal Company mine in Ravensdale | Historical
This photograph was taken in 1920 at the Continental Coal Company mine in Ravensdale. Fred Habenicht is shown supervising the offloading of a new General Electric motor used for pulling mine cars from the tunnel to the coal bunker in the background.
The miners from left to right are: Vern Habenicht, the 18-year-old son of Fred Habenicht; Bob Kingen Sr.; Ferdinand “Frenchy” Maigre; Evor Morgan holding a chain; Fred Habenicht leaning on the electric motor and holding a hand saw; and Mr. Baldwin in the front right. After leaving the coal industry, Bob Kingen opened a restaurant; his son Bob Kingen Jr. followed in his footsteps, as did grandson Gerald Robert Kingen, who launched the Red Robin chain. This photo and research comes courtesy of Gary Habenicht, the son of Vernon Habenicht (1902-1984) and grandson of Fred Habenicht (1873-1942).
Photo provided by Enumclaw Historical Society.