No Pumpkin Pies Wife Hopeful for Father of 16 in Mine - Hartzel Mayle
No Pumpkin Pies Wife Hopeful For Father Of 16 In Mine By N1LES JACKSON Associated Press Writer KNOTTSVILLE, W. Va. I* — When Juanita Mayle makes pumpkin pics for her family's Thanksgiving dinner dinner she makes 15 at a time. She's not making any today. Juanita's husband, Hart - zell Mayle, 51, is one of 78 miners trapped since last Wednesday in the burning Mountaineer Coal Co. No. 9 mine. She is among those who believe he will be found alive. "I've been with him ever since he's been down there," she said, her brown eyes reddened by tears. "And you know whal? He's worried worried about us. That's the kind of man he is." Mr. and Mrs. Mayle have le children. Their ages range from the twins, Cindy Sue and Linda Lou, who are 4, to Siana, who is 25. There are cigbt girls and eight boys. "I have such a wonderful family," the 46 - year<ld woman said, managing a faint smile. "We are lucky to be as well oil as we are." The Mayles moved to their 56 - acre Taylor County farm four years ago when "we didn't know (he difference between a cucumber and a pepper," she said. They learned fast enough and now raise chickens, pigs and corn. Since the explosion, a friend started a drive to keep the Mayles in groceries . but it takes a lot to feed 16 children. "1 make lour gallons of vegetable soup and It's gone in a day," she said, adding that the family also goes through six pounds of spaghetti spaghetti at one sitting and two turkeys at another. Her life hasn't been the same since the explosion. "I've been .raised in a mining camp and I know about. all this," she said. "1 sleep on the couch each night in case the telephone rings to say he's out of the mine. "What really hurts is the kids. The other day 1 came back Irom the mine and Die twins asked me: 'Did Ihey let you sec Daddy, Mom'.'' "1 just Know nc ii come MK& JUANITA MAYLE . . . With Children out of that mine," she said, glancing around the room at her children. "Someone's eyes will be opened when he does and. they'll see I've been right all along. "When lie first got trapped down, there, the twins wouldn't cat until he got buck. But I convinced them he's coming back and they're eating ukay now." "I've had too many things happen to me — too many things," she said sadly. "He's got to come back." She looked again at her 10 children, some of whom were playing outside. "We have a wonderful, close family," she said. "That means more to me than anything else. 1 just thank Cod for what I've got and pray my husband will come back to us."