NOVEMBEK 5, 1952
More Main Office Pictures
THE MAIN OFFICE from the front. Completely overshadowing
it in size is the five-story plant behind.
THE PAYROLL DEPARTMENT does the important job of
figui'ing the pay for each pay envelope, then they make sure it
reaches the intended employee on time. Above is shown a portion
of that department, and several of its personnel at work.
GENERAL MANAGER HAROLD MERCER’S new office, like
all the other offices in the new addition was built and decorated by
Firestone’s own carpenters and painters, etc.
Volume 1, No. 12 — November 5, 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, Gertrude Sanders, Jessie Westmoreland.
Spinning—Lois Bolding, Helen Bolick, Janet Hartgrove, Mary
Turner, Ray Cloninger, Fannie Bruce.
Spooling—Nell Bolick, Ruth Easier, Helen Reel.
Twisting—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-r-Margie Waldrop.
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.
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A combination of circumstances
has placed North Carolina in an
alarming position in public school
education. A part of UFE’s job is
to inform the public of what is
generally conceded to be a most
pressing problem for the citizens of
Statistically, North Carolina
ranked 39th among the states in
current expenditures per child.
North Carolina spent $154.00 per
child; whereas the National aver
age was $213.00. Other facts that
point up the urgency of the prob
(a) In 1951 colleges graduated
only 447 students prepared to teach
in elementary schools. 1213 ele
mentary teachers are needed to
fill school vacancies in North Caro
(b) There are 2462 teachers vdth
certificates lower than “A” now
teaching in elementary schools in
(c) If the present birth rate con
tinues in our state, school officials
estimate that within ten years up
to 10,000 new teachers will be re
quired in North Carolina.
(d) At least 60,000 Noi-th Caro
lina school children are sufficient
ly handicapped to need the sei’vices
of specially trained teachers. Only
102 such teachers are now employ
(e) There is a nation-wide ex
treme shortage of elementary
teachers. Other states are adjust
ing wage scales upward to vetiir
their teachers. North Carolina
must make adjustments o'r lose its
teachers to other states.
(f) Twenty-nine (29) states pay
higher average salaries to teachers
than does North Carolina.
(g) More than $81,000,000 has
been spent for new school buildings
since 1949 but schools in many
localities are greatly crowded and
many new buildings are needed.
(h) North Carolina crams more
children into its classrooms than
almost any other state in the U. S.
Many classrooms have above forty
(40) pupils in a single room.
(i) During the year 1949-1950—
43,991 children dropped out of
school and 67,700 were not pro
Fred L. Smyre, President of
Smyre Mills, is Chairman of the
United Forces for Education in
Gaston County. He is soliciting the
assistance of all citizens for the
purpose of promoting the cause of
public education in Gaston County.
He is anxious to develop a sound
program in support of public edu
The open public meeting at Gas
tonia High School on November
6th will be an informative and
stimulating experience for all those
interested in our local schools.
Please be sure to attend.
First Shift Billiards
Mon., Nov. 10, Weaving-Shop vs
Tues., Nov. 11, Twisting vs
Mon., Nov. 17, Twisting vs General
Tues., Nov. 18, Spinning vs
(All games at 7:00 P. M.)
New Employee Home
Mon., Nov. 10, Twisting vs
Wed., Nov. 12, Weaving-Shop vs
Mon., Nov. 17, Spinning vs
Wed., Nov. 19, Twisting vs Carding
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EMORY McDANIEL, twister fixer, is the owner of this new
Westwood Circle home. The home is finished outside with asbestos
shingles; inside it has hardwood floors and is heated with an oil floor
furnace. Mr. McDaniel reports that he and his wife, a nurse
Memorial Hospital, worked out the plans for the interior to suit
themselves. They believe they have one of the most efficient homes
that can be built.
Jet Engine Parts For Air Force
THESE hot parts for Air Force jet engines resemble the milk
cans they have displaced on the production line of the Firestone
Steel Products Company in Akron, Ohio. Output of milk and syrup
cans and beer barrels has been halted so high priority steel and
strategic heat-resistant alloys can be used by Firestone for j®^
engine combustion chambers, turbine casings, exhaust cone,
support assemblies and transition liners. During World War
Fii’estone converted its steel fabricating facilities to the manufacture
of shatter-proof oxygen cylmders for aircraft. In peacetime yeaiSj
the Company was the world’s largest producer of stainless steel
beverage containers. In the above picture, Mary Wronkovich (left)
is spot welding, and Madeline Rogers is seam welding the outei
combustion chamber of the J-47 jet engine.
Voice Of Firestone
November 10 — Gladys Swarthout
Armistice Day Medley
a. Caissons Go Rolling Gruber
b. Anchors Aweigh
c. Semper Paratus
d. U. S. Airforce
e. Marines’ Hymn
Through the Years
Do You Recall
Connais Tu Le Pays, from
Just For Today Seaver
Dance of the Comedians Smetana
from “Bartered Bride”
Dancing in the Dark Schwartz
November 17 — Lauritz Melchior
Orchestra & Chorus
L. Z. Phillips
Swarthout & Choi’US
Swarthout & Chorus
Little Girls Goodbye
Prize Song from
The Two Grenadiers
Wedding March from
The Song is You
Orchestra & Chorus
Melchior & Chorus
Melchior & Chorus