John Rigek Interview
Suncadia (Resort), Suncadia Fund for Community Enhancement
John Rigek talks about his family, the Rigeks and Klauses, and his work in the Northwestern Improvement Company coal mines at Cle Elum, Washington. He talks about shooting coal, working conditions in the mines, strikes, fires, worker nationalities, and mining technology. He talks about playing baseball in Cle Elum---also about local clubs, hunting, logging, trapping, ranching, irrigation, breweries, and fishing. He talks about his work as a barber and about local businesses.
The cover image shows the Cle Elum baseball team in 1940. Pictured are: Back row, left to right: "Swak" Kloudicar, Walt Miscovich, John "Jack" Simpson, Emil Pasquan, Matt "Toby" Stermetz, Slava "Slim" Mataya, and Jack Lenski (manager). Front row, left to right: Bob Blume, Mirco Mataya, Don Cooley, Mike Cooley, Chuck Mataya, unknown, Earl Smerget, Jack Mataya.
Rigek, John, "John Rigek Interview" (1973). Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral History Interviews. 85.
Oral history, Cle Elum (Wash.), Baseball--History--20th century
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