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The Employees’ Community Fund Campaign, held in
conjunction with the Greater Gastonia United Fund drive,
Was conducted here from October 17 through 31. A report
from General Superintendent Nelson Kessell who was Chair
man of the campaign, indicated that a good response was
expected from employees here.
AT THE TIME this issue of the plant newspaper was prepared
for publication, it was not known the amount that had been con
tributed in the drive this year.
General Manager Harold Mercer, President of the Gastonia
United Fund drive this year, in commenting on the plant drive here
said: “The continued generous response indicates that the united
way of giving has been well accepted by our employees, as a means
of doing a successful job for the worthy community agencies which
the drive helps to support.”
CHAIRMAN Kessell and Co-chairman Francis Galligan both were
encouraged by the early response to the solicitation effort in the
drive which sought to raise $94,024.03 in the Gastonia area this year.
Last year, employees gave $9,982.75 the united way, toward the
support of 17 organizations and charities.
The results of this year’s fund-raising campaign will be recorded
in the next issue of the plant paper.
VOLUME IV GASTONIA, N. C., NOVEMBER, 1955 NUMBER 17
National Education Week Set
President Eisenhower has called on the nation to observe the
Week of November 6-12 “as a pledge of citizen interest in better
“Our people have a right to take pride in our nation’s education
system, and an obligation to demonstrate a desire and capacity to
^eet the major problems facing American education,” the President
The National Education Association is sponsoring the week along
With the American Legion, the U. S. Office of Education and th2
National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Honored At Duke
Claudette Taylor, Firestone
scholarship winner for 1953, was
recently awarded an honorary
class scholarship which is grant
ed to both men and women stu
dents for top scholastic records
at Duke University. The award
went to her for having the high
est scholastic average in the
junior class of the undergradu
Miss Taylor is the daughter of
Claude Taylor, supervisor in the
Twisting Department, and Mrs.
Taylor, Cord Weaving.
She received the award at an
honor assembly held in the
women’s auditorium, with Dean
Roberta Florence Brinkley
recognizing Miss Taylor’s
achievements and presenting the
The Gastonia Firestone
scholarship holder also received
Company To Sponsor Scout
Awards Program For 1956
The Firestone Company will again sponsor the Harvey S.
Firestone Scout Merit Awards program for the Gastonia area
in 1956, General Manager Harold Mercer has announced.
Boy Scouts of the Gastonia
district may enroll for the con
test, based on a list of qualifi
cations including scoutcraft,
scouting record, scholastic rec
ord, church record and pro
ficiency and senior scouting.
FIFTY SCOUTS are selected
each year from among those who
enter the contest. Each Scout
one of the gold D’s given by th3
Womans’ Student Government
Association to members of each
class of the woman’s college at
taining first and second highest
who qualifies will be given the
Firestone Certificate of Merit to
gether with a cash award to be
used in attending camp, or for
buying scouting equipment.
From among the winners of
the Firestone Certificate of
Merit, one scout will be selected
on the basis of outstanding merit
and receive the Harvey S. Fire
stone, Jr., Award. It will consist
of a silver medallion appropri
ately inscribed and a special
prize to be made at a banquet
next June at which time the
winning contestants will be
guests of the Company.
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‘And For The Precious Things Of The Earth And Fuhiess Thereof...’
THE STAGE for the harvest season is this
taken on the Union Road farm of Frank
M Of the Shop
^ Sparrow stands between, his two sons. Da'
^)« and Harry, as they survey a portion of their
acres and reflect upon the blessings that come to those
who live close to the land.
Mr. and Mrs. Sparrow are the parents of seven
children. The oldest son, William Henry, holds a degree
in animal husbandry from N. C. State College, where
he is doing graduate work on a scholarship. A daugh
ter. Louise, is attending Tusculum College, Greene-
ville, Tenn. Jerry and Shelby Jean are students at
Ashley High School, while David and Harry attend
Robinson School: and Brenda Victory School.
The Sparrows attend Robinson Memorial Presby
terian Church near their farm.