JUNE 5, 1952
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NEWLY ELECTED officers of the Recreation Council were
installed at the regular monthly meeting of the council on May 21,
at the Girls’ Club. Left to right are: Alvin Riley, second hand,
elected treasurer; Tommy Tompkins, purchasing agent, to serve
as president; Dorcas Atkinson, winder tender, who will act as
secretary; and Robert Graham, sales yarn supervisor, to serve as
SIXTH GRADER GENEVA GLISSON, daughter of Wilson
Glisson, cable respooler doffer, flashes her best smile for the photo
grapher following a recent playground activity of Firestone’s Rec
reation Department. Geneva is holding one of the prizes offered to the
youngsters, a pet rabbit from the hutches of Hobbiest Carl Rape,
second hand in the carding department.
Volume 1, No. 3 — June 5, 1952
I'ublished 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.
Spooling—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.
Scout Troop 20
High Scorer At
Troop 20 of the West Avenue
Church was high scorer at the
Firestone Scout Jamboree, Satur
day, May 17. This troop topped the
three other competing troops with
a score of 68 out of a possible 80
points offered in 8 events requir
ing a knowledge of outdoor life.
Troop 10 was second with 62
points, troop 29 third with 50 and
troop 9 fourth with 48.
Troop 20, supervised by Scout
master Bruce Sanborn, was first
in (1) knot tying, (2) signaling,
(3) first aid, and (4) rope throw
ing relay. They placed second in
(1) fire by flint and steel and (2)
water boiling; fell to third place in
fire by friction and tent pitching.
The R. L. Sanboi’n Memorial
Trophy will be presented to this
troop on May 29 at West Avenue
Presbyterian Church by Scout
District Commissioner F. B. Galli-
The “Jamboree” was held at
Second Field (Firestone Property)
between Franklin and Second Ave.
in West Gastonia. In addition to
the West Avenue Presbyterian
Troop there were; Troop 9 from
from West End Methodist; and
Loray Baptist Church; Troop 10
Troop 29 from Firestone Weslyan
Acting as judges and scorekeep-
ers for the events were: Firestone
Recreation Director Ralph Johnson
and Neighborhood Commissioner
Jack McArver. Each troop present
was presented with a fire-by-
Missionary: “Do you folks know
anything about religion?”
Cannibal: “Well, we had a little
taste of it when the last missionary
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Voter: I wouldn’t vote for you if
you were St. Peter himself.
Candidate: If I were St. Peter,
you couldn’t vote for me. You
wouldn’t be in my district.
A Scotchman, an Irishman, and
an Englishman were on a raft in
the middle of the ocean. There
was no hope of rescue so the Irish
man, a very pious man, got on his
knees to pray. The Englishman, out
of respect for the Irish, took off
his hat. The Scotchman thought
that the Englishman was going to
pass the hat and dived overboard.
Mechanic: “With a car like
yours, my advice is to keep it
Mechanic: “If you ever stop the
cops will think it’s an accident.”
Here is a definite feminine trait
clearly worth the knowing:
When a woman says, “It’s time
to go,” It doesn’t mean she’s go
A bachelor is a felloAv Avho is
crazy to get married—and knows
Johnny (to teacher)—“I don’t
want to scare you, but Pop says
that if I don’t get better report
cards, someone is going to get a
RICHARD SAWYER, formerly office manager at this plant and
now Manager of the Textile Division, Industria De PneumaticoS
Firestone S. A., returned for a visit recently. Gastonia memories
are renewed as he looks at the picture page of outstanding events
in the history of Firestone Textiles as reviewed in the first i^sue
of FIRESTONE NEWS. Bob Hood, left, is editor of the new plant
Former Gastonia Comptroller
Now Division Manager In S.A.
RICHARD SAWYER saw Gas
tonia and Firestone Textiles for
the first time in 1935. That was
when he came here from Fire
stone’s New Bedford. Plant io be
come office manager. He was here
until 1943. Now the manager of
the Textile Division of Industria
De Pneumaticos Firestone S. A., in
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Sawyer
never misses an opportunity to re
turn to Gastonia and Firestone
Textiles—his training ground, it
turned out, for the important as
signment he holds in South Ameri
Dick Sawyer, as his host of
friends know him, joined The Fire
stone Tire & Rubber Company in
July, 1929, starting at New Bed
ford. He is a native of New Eng
land, and a graduate of Lowell
Textile Institute. He did advanced
study at M.I.T., earning in 1929 the
Master of Science degree.
In addition to assignments
New Bedford and Gastonia
served at Firestone’s Fort Wort^’
installation during a portion' of
World War II. From Forth Woi’t*’
he was sent to South America
assume his present post.
MR. SAWYER reports that
he and his wife, Dorothy, and
wife’s mother, Mrs. Rugg, lil^®
Sao Paulo and South America
fine. The Sawyers are glad to ha''^
the association of Francis Mart*”
and his family at Sao Paul'’'
Francis served here for a
prior to going to South America j’’
1951. Their home in Sao Paulo
2400 feet above sea level, suff*'
cient elevation to cool the othe^'
wise tropically heated air of
region to a comfortable avera^®'
The division over which P'
Sawyer has charge has 550
SQUARE DANCING is one of the activities currently in vog'*®
at the Firestone Girls’ Club. Classes are conducted by the recreati^”
department on the second and fourth Thursdays of each mont^'
Shown here is a part of the Firestone Square Dance Team
was preparing for the Piedmont Folk Festival when this picture
made. The Festival was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cramert^^
and was held at Cramerton Field House on May 31.