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Miners' Survivors Try To Salvage Yule Spirit
Miners 'Survivors Try To Salvage Yule Spirit high (lance Book will the CONSUL No. 9, W. Va. ( A P ) -- For tilt' grownups who live around the big coal mine the joy and hope of Christinas lie buried buried there this year with 78 men. But Christinas Is mostly for children, and many of the adults are determined to salvage something of the traditional holiday holiday spirit for Ihe young ones. The 78 miners, trapped by explosions explosions and fire in No. 9, were presumed dead when the pits were sealed on Nov. 30 after 10 days of futile rescue attempts. They left 75 widows and 133 sons and daughters. Mrs. Bea Martin's miner husband husband was not among the entombed, entombed, but she expressed the general community gloom this way: "We're not going to celebrate celebrate Christmas. I don't see how anyone can." Mrs. Hartzel Mayle, mother of 16 and widow of one of the lost miners, took a brave opposite opposite view. 'He would have wanted us to have a Christmas," Mrs. Mayle said. "That was our big day. My husband would play football in the house with the kids. We'll all try to have a Christmas. We have our farm and we're going to get by. I'm planning to buy some cows and we have the corn and hogs and chickens. "I had a wonderful husband. I Iknow he wouldn't like it if I ; threw up my hands and said I said of the widows and father! father! less children. "They're not I going lo have much but they're Â· going to have something. , "They're going to force them-' : selves to celebrate, especially j when they have little ones who don't understand." Money, clothes and toys keep i i coming into Farmington where ' the No. 9 disaster fund office is locateed. L. Clyde Riley an official official of the United Mine Workers Union, said about $5,200 had been collected and the fund has only been established a few days. Inquiries have come from Nova Scotia, Florida, California, California, Mississippi, Wyoming and elsewhere. For the people at No. 9, tragedy is no stranger. In 1954, 1G men lost their lives in a fire No. 9, and it was four months i before it was opened again. I "It's almost like it was 14 j years ago," Mrs . Opyoke "People are just going about their business." Your Party Deserves STATLER HILTON big) too exhaust into a which couldn't make it and quit. We're make it. "I'm going to see the rest of the kids get through school. My husband and I always said even if they had beards and was gray-headed, they were going to difficulty the seven-day Mrs. Mayle knew a coal miner's miner's life well. Her husband had [worked in the pits since his ! teens. Some were new to it, like Barbara Barbara Toler who is still awaiting the birth of her baby. Her 26- year-old husband was among those lost. Mrs. Emma Opyoke's home is on the rising mountainside near the company store. "They're going to have a The Indoor Sport? Where In Southwest Michigan Can You Find Christmas Gifts For- "BRUNSWICK" [Bumper- Ping Pong- Regular Pool Tables Accessories Skittles-Jarts- Pitch Backs Â· Darts - Exercising Equipment Â· Brunswick Bowling Balls - Bags Shoes - Rink Roller Skates GIFT CERTIFICATES GARDNER'S FAVORITE SPORTS RIVERVIEW DRIVE, BENTON HARBOR Â· 925-3247 mi PAIIIHC - UVAWAV - CIFT WMFPIHC - CIIDIT