Coal miner's kids' Christmas

Harry was four years old when his dad died in a coal mine cave-in in Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Harry was the youngest of eight children, the oldest was barely a teenager.

That was February 1929.

After more than 70 years, Harry remembers the hard times the destitute family went through.

His oldest brother went to work for a carpenter and the next oldest eventually became a miner's union representative who often went head-to-head for worker safety with the mine owner's goons.

His sisters cleaned houses and did laundry for the neighbors. Often the laundry baskets outweighed the young waifs. But they persevered for the sake of the family.

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