Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


July 27, 2006

The Milwaukee comes to Diamond


There was a fatality in the Diamond Mine in 1897. Lou Gordon was killed by a fall of rock when insufficient timbers were installed for support. In 1905 Frank McCory was killed by a fall of rock. In 1912 Rush Pullen, age 64, was caught under a heavy fall of rock as he was leaving work. Then in 1922 Vic Rockage was killed when a heavy rock fell on him.

The mine was eventually closed in 1925 because of major water flooding problems. The post office was discontinued in 1927 and the town eventually disappeared. The school was closed in 1953 and the building moved to a farm to the north. Today, only the railroad overpass and the pond remain to mark the settlement.

Leon Kauzlarich is a staunch supporter of the preservation of the history of the town and mine. He developed the map at left for the monument placed at the site. He also built a relief model of the mining camp, built to scale and gave it to the museum. Many of his relatives worked in the Diamond Mine; both grandfathers, his father and several uncles, and all had houses in the immediate area.

Leon showed me a three-generation picture of his grandfather, Joseph Kauzlarich, and his family in the kitchen of his home. Joseph Kauzlarich came to America from Croatia in 1903. At first he came alone and then went back once every four years to return with another of his children. The older members of his family are therefore each four years apart in age. Eventually he got all of his family here. They first lived in the Gladstone area until they moved to Diamond. Leon’s father, Fred Kauzlarich, is also in the picture. Leon was unborn at the time along with some other children, but the ten people in the picture already filled the small kitchen.

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The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

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