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MAY 20, 1952
SUMMER’S ALMOST HERE—WHAT’S YOUR VACATION PLANS?
“We don’t make plans for va
cation,” said S, C. Tate, slasher
tender, “we usually just stop
anywhere we want to as we go
along through the country. We
went to Florida last summer,
and would like to go to Cali
fornia this year, if we had more
time. We’ll probably settle for
a trip up toward Washington and
Baltimore.” Mr. Tate has three
weeks vacation this year.
Swayne Forrester, electrical
maintainence man, has been
working for Firestone for 13
years and has two weeks vaca
tion. He said, “I’m going home to
Lula, Ga. on my vacation. I
haven’t thought much about my
second week yet, but I plan to
get in some swimming, and go
up to the mountains for a few
days on my second week.”
.Joyce Lewis, fiber tester, an
swered, “I have two weeks va
cation coming, but I have not
made any definite plans as yet.
1 probably will rest as much as
possible on vacation. If I had my
choice of places, I would like to
go to San Francisco, Calif.” Joyce
lives with her parents at 609
North Pear St.
Shirley P. Bolding, speeder
tender, replied, “I’m planning on
going to Myrtle Beach the first
week of my vacation along with
my wife and daughter. 1 lilce
fishing, deep-sea and otherwise,
and hope to catch some Blue
Fish. For my second week, I
have not definitely decided but
I think that we will go to At
“I want to get in some swim
ming and sightseeing on my va
cation. If i)ossible, I want to go
to New York,” said Major Wood,
fork truck driver. Majoj’ has
been working for Firestone for
11 years and is married. He adds
that the bright lights of New
York attract him in a big way.
Set For May 31
Primary Election for Township,
County, and State offices will be
held May 31. You are urged to go
to the polls on election day and
vote for the candidates of your
choice. Voting places are as fol
lows for the Greater Gastonia
Area: Gastonia No. 1, City
Hall; Gastonia No. 2, Central
School; Gastonia No. 3, City Ice
Cream Co., 604 E. Franklin; Gas
tonia No. 4, East School; Gastonia
No. 5, No. 2 Fire Station, North
Falls St.; Gastonia No. 6, Girls’
Club, Corner 2nd and Dalton; Gas
tonia No. 7, Myrtle School; Gas
tonia No. 8, Victory School; and
(iastonia No. 9, Ridge Grocery.
(Continued from page 1)
Our plant was notified of the
National Safety Council top com
pany-wide award by letter from
Mr. J. E. Trainer, Vice President
in charge of production for The
Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.
Excerpts from this letter point
up the real significance of this
award as follows:
“. . . . Although all of us can
feel proud of this high safety
honor, we can feel even px'ouder of
the fact that our safety efforts
prevented many accidents which
might have otherwise occurred ex
cept for the effectiveness of our
“I am confident that the Gas
tonia Mill will continue to em
phasize safety in all its opera
tions. . .
Firestone Textile employees have given $5,335.95 to the major
fund drives conducted within our plant since February 6, 1951, as
February 6, 1951—March of Dimes $ 842.78
March 5, 1951—Red Cross 588.97
March, 1951—Boy Scouts 482.39
May 8, 1951—Cancer Drive 934.90
December 17, 1951—Salvation Army 335.30
January 26, 1952—March of Dimes 1,048.63
February 22, 1952—Boy Scouts 481.87
March 7, 1952—Red Cross 621.10
TOTAL EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS $5,335.94
Vol. 1, No. 2 — May 20, 1952
Published at Gastonia, North Carolina
By Firestone Textiles
A Division of
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Department of Industrial Relations
R. H. HOOD, Editor
Carding—Leila Rape, Lurlene King, Jessie Westmoreland.
Spinning—Lois Bolding, Helen Bolick, Janet Hartgrove, Evie
Thomas, Grace Christopher, Bertha Ellis, Mary
Turner, Ray Cloninger, Mae Hyleman, Fannie Bruce.
Spwling—Nell Bolick, Rosalie Burger, Ruth Easier.
Twisting—Carolyn Anderson, Nevie Dalton, Mable Hanna,
Hazel Clark, Lassie Crawford, Corrie Johnson, Dean
Haun, Ellease Austin, Ruth Waldrop.
Weaving—Mary Johnson, Lucille Davis, Inez Rhyne, Irene
Burroughs, Betty Martin.
Cloth Room—Margie Waldrop.
Cable Respooling—Theodore Thomas.
Quality Control—Dealva Jacobs, Irene Burroughs, Catherine
Winding—Dorcas Atkinson, Ann Stephenson, Mayzelle Lewis.
Main Office—Mozelle Brockman.
Superintendent’s Office—Sue Van Dyke.
Personnel Office—Christine Clark.
THE MOST PROLIFIC suggestioneer at Firestone Textiles for
1951, Cramer Little, 15 year veteran lathe operator at Firestone
Textiles, receives a defense bond for his efforts from Plant Manager
Mercer at the recent All-Sports Banquet.
Suggestion Program Offers Annual
Outstanding Suggestioneer Award
THE LEADING suggestioneer
for the year 1951—and winner of an
award he himself suggested—is
Cramer Little, of the shop depart
ment. He received the winner’s a-
ward as a result of his having more
approved suggestions at the end of
the year than anyone else in the
plant. Curiously enough, one of
his approved suggestions, as noted.
was that each year a prize be pre
sented to the person in the plant
having the highest number of ap
proved suggestions for the year.
All employees are invited to par
ticipate in the suggestion program
and, by so doing, place themselves
in competition for the annual grand
award for the top suggestioneer.
(Continued from page 1) i
The new church and educational
building is a $300,000 structure j
and has been under construction '
for the past two years. It is con
sidered one of the largest and most j
beautiful churches in the city. It
is built of deep red brick and ^
Indiana limestone. The audi-
torium will seat 700, and the edu-j
.cational plant will accommodate j
j about 900. It is located diagonally '
j across Franklin Avenue from the"
old church building.
ACCORDING to a spokesmaii ;
for the church, Loray Baptist i
Church sprang from a Sunday :
school on June 5, 1905. In 1906, !
this Sunday school joined a newly '
formed group which was holding i
its services at Loray school. The '
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church '
(as Loray Church was then called) |
was formed from these groups, i
with Rev. J. A. Hoyle the pastor.
Services were held at Bradley Hall 1
on Loray Square. Loray Mill, now 1
the Firestone Textile Division of i
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Com- ‘
pany, gave the site for the old j
church buildi«'g. The Firestone j
organization gave the building ;
lot for the new church.
Dr. Frank H. Malone is begin-j
ning his fifth year as pastor.
Supervisors Attend Quality Control
Conference At Atlanta Textile School
ATTENDING the Textile Quali
ty Control Association Spring
Meeting in Atlanta from our plant
were: F. B. Galligan, superinten
dent, and Clyde Moss, Quality Con
trol Engineer. The meeting on
April 3 and 4 centered about the
A. French School of Textiles, a
part of the Georgia Institute of
Technology. Highlighting the af
fair ' was an exhibit—first ever
shown in the South—of textile
The association, now four years
old, was founded right here at
Firestone Textiles under the guid-
ence of Clyde Moss, with en
couragement from the Plant Man
ager. The original suggestion for
an organization of this type came
from W. A. Karl, President
Firestone Textile Division of Th^
Firestone Tire & Rubber Companv.
His idea, now a reality, was for aP
quality control people in the tex
tile industry to get together once
or twice a year and exchange qual
ity methods for the mutual benefit
of all companies involved.
The testing exhibit was compos
ed of displays by 16 manufactur
ers of quality testing equipment,
the first ever sponsored by the
W. G. Henson, plant engineer,
served as chairman of the
building committee of th^ Loray
Baptist Church during the con
struction of the new church edi-
face. The $300,000 church was
dedicated on Easter Sunday be
fore an overflow congregation.