Keeney was assisted by Fred Mooney, a fellow Cabin Creek native who had started mining at the age of thirteen. For the past three years, Mooney had bounced from one coal camp to another seeking a better life for his family. He arrived in Cabin Creek just months before the strike.
After three years of hard work and self-denial, I looked at my two children dressed in common gingham. Then I looked at my wife attired in a dress made of cheap calico from the company store. I said to her, “Lillian, we don’t seem to be getting anywhere, it’s just work, work, and nothing to show for it.” Fred Mooney