Etta Owens Interview


Etta Owens Interview


Etta Owens

Document Type



Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement


Etta Owens describes her family's arrival in Roslyn, Washington, circa 1889. She talks about relocating with her family to Ronald, Washington, for work at the No. 3 Mine. She offers a history of Ronald, describes Roslyn, and speaks about logging, mining, schools, and businesses in the area. She also talks about the arrival of the first African Americans to work in the mines, and the existence of a black church. She comments on Prohibition, the Roslyn Bank robbery of 1892, the temperance movement, the 1916 snowstorm, Native Americans, and religion in the Ronald area.

The cover image shows Lidge Williams standing on the railroad tracks leading to the Northwestern Improvement Company mines in Cle Elum, Washington. Williams was one of many African Americans employed by the mines or railroad in the Cle Elum/Roslyn/Ronald area in the 1930s.

Publication Date


Approximate Date

circa 1970s-2000s


Oral history, Coal mining, Ronald (Wash.), Roslyn (Wash.), African Americans--Washington (State)


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Etta Owens Interview