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E MILL WHISTLE
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Spray, N. C., Monday, May 14, 1962
Playground Project Is Nearing Completion
An extensive program to improve
playground and recreational facilities
in the Tri-Cities which was started in
May, 1960, is now nearing completion
of major parts of the project.
Urgent phases of the project have been
been concluded, although several desir
able items are yet to be obtained. A re
maining major need is the provision of
lighting for the softball field at the
Douglass High School.
Sparked by a contribution of $5,500
by the Fieldcrest Foundation, to be used
to match donations in money, time and
materials by other organizations, the
project has demonstrated the success a
community may attain where there is
a spirit of achievement and a willing
ness to work together.
Y’s Men Take Lead
Under the leadership of the Leaks-
ville-Spray Y’s Men’s Club which took
a strong lead in the project, a large
number of community organizations and
In addition to the Y’s Men’s Club,
Consolidated Central YMCA, Draper
YMCA, Henry Street YMCA, and the
Boys Club, those cooperating included
Fieldcrest and other industries, mer
chants and other business firms, the
town boards of Leaksville, Spray and
Draper, the Tri-City Community Fund,
the Leaksville Township School Board,
the Century Club of the Tri-City Cham
ber of Commerce, the Tri-City Junior
Chamber of Commerce and a large num
ber of interested individuals.
Principal features of the improvement
program were the renovation of existing
softball fields and the addition of oth
ers. As a result, there are now 14 play
ing fields as compared with only three
at the start of the improvement program
two years ago.
The work included improvements in
lighting, rebuilding of stands, the erec
tion of backstops and dugouts, installa
tion of drinking fountains, new grading
of fields and improvement of parking
Children’s playround equipment for
Jamestown was secured through the
Henry Street YMCA. A contribution by
the Jaycees made possible the lighting
of the tennis courts at the Leaksville-
Spray Junior High School.
The latest major step in the pro
gram was the opening of the Duke
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Bloodmobile To Visit
Draper Tues., May 15
Employees of the Blanket and Sheet
ing Mills will have a prominent part
in the visit by the Bloodmobile to the
First Methodist Church in Draper Tues
day, May 15, from 11 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.
Eldred Cherry and Dr. Charles T.
Wimbish, Sr., are co-chairmen for the
recruitment of donors. Although the
unit is being stationed in Draper for the
convenience of those who live or work
there, donors are expected from all over
the Tri-Cities and from the surrounding
B. F. Dunton, assistant purchasing
agent at Fieldcrest who is the local
Bloodmobile chairman, said 150 to 160
pints need to be collected on this visit
to take care of the estimated usage
through June 30.
Normally, the goal is 142 pints on each
of the six visits by the Bloodmobile to
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Cindy Ratliff, 19-year-old auburn
haired daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
E. Ratliff, of Spray, won the Greater
Miss Tri-City title for 1962 in the an
nual beauty pageant sponsored by the
Tri-City Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy’s father is a beamer tender at
the Karastan Mill and her grandmother,
Mrs. Ida Ratliff, is a burler at Karastan.
A Message From Our President
You will find an insert in this issue of The Mill Whistle
which outlines in detail a project which in my opinion is urgently
needed to increase and improve the services w’hich the More-
head Memorial Hospital offers to the people of our communities.
The proposed Center, and the new equipment planned, will
save lives by the early detection of serious diseases, will provide
the best treatment available after discovery is made, and will
alleviate the suffering- of those unfortunate people whose lives
cannot be saved.
We can have all this here at home, where such cases should
be treated, if we have the vision and the will to follow through
as we did in 1957. I am confident that all Fieldcrest people will
cooperate in this important project as we have in the past. Will
you please take time to read this insert carefully so that you will
understand the proposal thoroughly.