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March 31, 1931: The UMWA membership in southern West Virginia dwindled to less than 600 members


Unionist Frank Keeney (March 15, 1882-May 22, 1970) was born on Cabin Creek, Kanawha County. He first entered the mines as a boy. He emerged as a rank-and-file leader during the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912–13, when he led the opposition to efforts by United Mine Workers officials and Governor Henry D. Hatfield to end the dispute with a compromise settlement.


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