JUNE 20, 1952
HERE are two new graduates of Gastonia High School who are
also members of Firestone Textiles families. Harold Davis, varsity
football player and student leader, is the son of Men’s Club Clerk
Ben Davis. His classmate is Ruth Faye Haynes, daughter of J. 0.
Haynes, speeder tender. Ruth’s scholastic average was high enough
to place her in the National Honor Society; whereas, Harold’s foot
ball prowess won for him a college athletic scholarship. The object
being admired above is, of course, a Gastonia High School Diploma.
Large Group Of ‘Firestone’
Youths Get School Diplomas
CONGRATULATIONS are in
order for those sons and daughters
of Firestone employees who gradu
ated from high school, vocational
school, or college this month.
A list of graduates as gathered
by the Firestone News reporting
staff follows: (Each entry shows
in order, name of graduate,
address of graduate, and name of
parent(s) employed at Firestone
GASTONIA HIGH SCHOOL
Merlin Barrett, Box 2536, West
Gastonia, N. C., Mrs. Austin Bar
rett, winder tender.
Harold Hubert Davis, 210 South
Ransom St., City, Ben Davis, clerk
at Men’s Club, Mrs. Annie Davis,
Reggie Dean, Apt. 12, Overhill
Terrace, City, Wife, Betty Dean.
Reggie works in the electrical de
Mildred Dettmar, 814 North
Weldon St., City, Mrs. Viola Dett
Mary Lou Ellis, 1012 West
Franklin Ave., City, Mrs. Lillian
Arnold Grindle, 511 West Wal
nut St., City, Arnold is a warper
Mary Lena Lewis, Route 4, Love
Heights, City, Delcie Lewis, spin
Jack Lovingood, 1025 West
Franklin Ave., City, Jack is yarn
Janet Sue McCarter, 103 South
Weldon St., City, Beatrice Mc
Carter, Main Office, Howard Mc
Carter, spinning doffer.
Lula Katherine Queen, 1115
West Fifth Ave, City, Louella
Edith Ray, 315 South Vance St.,
City, Frank Ray, tow truck opera
Billie June Hanna, 314 South
Liberty St., City, Pauline Hanna,
spinner, Belon Hanna, fixer.
Ruth Faye Haynes, 1016 West
Franklin Ave., City, J. 0. Haynes,
Dorothy Owens Howell, Route 1,
Kings Mt., N. C., Gaddis Owens,
Reita Carolyn Lambert, 22
Myrtle St., City, Arthur Lambert,
Volume 1, No. 4 — June 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.
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.
THE POOL for children in Firestone Playground is usually filled to capacity by mid-morning these
warm days with completely carefree youngsters who come from this and surrounding communities to
splash, kick and perhaps learn to swim under the guidance of city recreation department instructors.
Jo Ann Johnson, 206 South Lib
erty St., City, Corrie Johnson,
splicer, W. A. Johnson, fixer.
Katherine Irene Reese, Route 1,
Spencer Ave., City, Callie Reese,
Martha Robinson, Route 4, City,
George Robinson, utility man.
Jimmy Sinclair, Key West, Fla.,
uncle. Jack Sutton, twister tender.
Gretchel Rector Turner, City,
daughter-in-law of W. R. Turner,
Nellie Bell Welch, 808 South
Marietta St., City, Mrs. Pearl
Welch, spooler tender.
DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL
Henry David Crunkleton, Box
635, Dallas, N. C., Mrs. Greathel
Crunkleton, winder tender.
Virginia Lutz, Box 36, Dallas,
N. C., Truman V. Lutz, speeder
OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS
Myrtle Clampitt—Bryson High
School, Bryson City, N. C., Aunt of
Lassie Crawford, respooler.
Margie Cosey—Evans College of
Commerce, 320 South King St.,
City, William Cosey, speeder ten
der, Mrs. Annie Cosey, winder
Robert C. Crawford—N. C. State
College, 204 S. Ransom St., City,
Mother—Sallie Crawford, quality
Jackie Dorn—S h e 1 b y High
School, 704 South Clara St., City,
Mrs. Nellie Dorn, respooler.
Ruth Hipps—Woman’s College of
Greensboro, 909 West Main St.,
City, Charlie Hipps, Quality Con
Earline Huss—Tryon H. S., Rt.
2, Bessemer City, N. C., Roland
Huss, elevator operator.
Billy Owens—Appalachian State
Teachers College, Millon St., City,
S. L. Owens, Carding Overseer.
Laura June Shirley — Sacred
Heart Academy, 512 S. Trenton
St., City, June works as sweeper
in the Spinning Department.
J. W. Stiles—Central College,
4il3 S<. Weldon St., City, Ina
Billie Jean Welman—Lincoln
Academy, Box 371, Bessemer City,
N. C., Jack Welman, laborer.
Patricia Withers—G a i* d n e r-
Webb College, 210 West Eighth
Ave., City, Mrs. Ruby Withers,
Bond Purchases Place
Plant- First In County
EMPLOYEES of Firestone Tex
tiles lead Gaston County Industries
for the year 1951 in Payroll Sav
ings Plan participation as well as
in total purchases of savings
bonds, according to information re
ceived from Kenneth C. Wible,
Deputy Director for North Caro
lina for the U. S. Savings Bond
Division of the Treasury Depart
Percentage figures show that 68
per cent of plant employees parti
cipated in the Purchase of Series
E. Savings Bonds, buying a total
of $347,193.75 in such bonds, or
nearly one half of all bonds pur
chased during the year in Gaston
County through the Payroll Sav
EMPLOYEES FINISH TEXTILE
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being done by the vocational
school, commending the graduates
for their industry and achievement
in completing the requirements for
Several Firestone employees
graduated with this class (see
DR. CLYDE A. ERWIN, state
superintendent of Public Instruc-
taoji, as main speaker of the
morning, paid tribute to the rapid
development of the Vocational Tex
tile School, due to the interest of
textile men of this area, pointing
out that this school is the only one
of its kind, and is setting a pattern
as to what can be done in other
fields of vocational training.
Dr. Erwin, speaking to the grad
uates, commended them for their
industry, working daily at regular
jobs and in addition attending the
vocational school to better fit
themselves for advancement, and
to aid the continuing progress of
the textile industry.
JOHN W. THOMAS AWARD
(Continued From Page One)
As a preliminary to the John W-
Thomas Award presentation June
12, Francis Galligan, plant superin
tendent, gave 43 Boy Scouts Cef'
tificates of Merit for their work
in scouting for the past year. Those
receiving this award were:
Scott Moore, Dan Huffstetler,
Jim McElveen, Larry McCarter,
Lee Colen McCarter, Ellis Welch»
Andrew Warren and Mason Rob
inson from Troop No. 1, over which
Embrey Robinson is Scoutmaster.
Phil Carson, Bob Fuller, Kar^
Parrish, Frank Carper, Jimini®
Brown, Jon Parrish and Borden
Hallowes of Troop No. 2, over
which George Anderson is Scout
Bobby Stapleton and Franks®
White of Troop 4, where R.
Wilson is Scoutmaster.
Carol Hudson, Jr., of Troop
6, Robert Greene Scoutmaster.
Billy Sayers and Russell Rice
Troop 7, Roland Hammer Scout
Samuel Angel, Russell Wy®*'*'
and Henry Kuykendall of Troop
Grier Jenkins Scoutmaster.
Albert Sellers, Wayne Hall,
roll Wayne Veitch and John Da'f'
kins of Troop 9, W. A. Gad^^®
Ben Taylor and Larry McElvc^**
of Troop No. 10, Joe Kayler Sco'^*''
Don Abernethy and Robei'*'
Roper of Troop 11, Arthur Spenc®^
Kenneth Stephenson and Chari®®
Ray Stephenson of Troop 20,
Donald Cunningham and Carl
Lewis, Jr., of Troop 25, J. R. Be»^'
Donald Morris Thompson
Wallace Williams, Jr., of Troop
R. V. Sheppard Scoutmaster.
Allard Whitlock and John
per, Jr., of Troop 30, Richard
Lewis Brooks and Jack Honey'
cutt of Troop 34, Richard B.
James Bledsoe and Richard i
tice of Troop 1 at Hardin,
W. Leo Smith Scoutmaster.