North Carolina Newspapers

rir«$tone NEWS
NOVEMBER 20, 1952
Extending across Europe is the strange border we know as the
Iron Curtain. Few Americans have seen it, and yet its existence is a
constant threat to the peace and security of America and other free
nations. It was set up to isolate millions of men and women from the
rest of the world so that they could be trained in ignorance and sus
picion and made into unquestioning slaves of the Communist state.
In the free world’s efforts to break through the Iron Curtain and
let the truth through, many weapons are being used—and one of the
most potent is an organization known as the Crusade for Freedom. The
Crusade’s parent organization, the National Committee for a Free
Europe, also fights Communism in many ways, such as its support of
National Councils of exiles, the Free Europe University in Exile and
the publication of books, magazines, pamphlets and papers.
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BUT the Crusade is, in the truest sense, an organization of the
American people, through which they can translate their feelings about
Communism into action. In the two years since it was formed, the
Crusade has enrolled 25-million citizens in support of its aims and has
received $3,500,000 in voluntary contributions. This money has been
used to expand hard-hitting. Radio Free Europe and the new Radio Free
Asia—which is a branch of the Committee for a Free Asia.
The broadcasts of Radio Free Europe have shown what can be
done by a citizen-supported operation. Thirteen transmitters now ham
mer the truth through the Iron Curtain into Albania, Bulgaria, Czech
oslovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Their message has a two-way
cut. On one hand they give evidence to prove inhumanity and fraud of
the Communist way of life; on the other hand they bring a message of
hope, friendship and encouragement keeping alive the spirit of freedom
behind the Iron Curtain.
We are not just being kind and charitable to those in ,trouble when
we support an activity like the Crusade for Freedom. Our own welfare
is inseparably bound up in it, and it may well be that the number of
friends we make behind the Iron Curtain will decide whether Russia
will resort to war one day or whether the Kremlin will hesitate to start
trouble because it knows millions in its own backyard are secretly
friendly to the free West.
THE PRESENT moment is the time when we need every one of
cur weapons of psychological warfare. The Voice of America, a govern
ment financed and operated organization, is a powerful voice of truth,
broadcasting throughout the world in many languages. VO A speaks
with the strength and the authority of our government. But only the
American people, as individuals, can make it possible for Radio Free
Europe and Radio Free Asia to expand their independent operation to
fight Communism behind the Iron Curtain.
The campaign to support Radio Free Europe and Radio Free Asia
will be conducted by the Crusade, for Freedom from November 11 to
December 15. The American people will also have the opportunity to
sign messages of freedom for those imprisoned behind the Iron Curtain.
The drive will be a success if we all remember that the fight against
Communism is the personal responsibility of every American man and
Contributions to the Crusade for Freedom may be sent in care of
your local postmaster.
Cloth Room Inspects All Chafer Fabric
Each Monday at 10:00 a. m. and
7:00 p. m.
Amierican Bowling League
Thurs., Nov. 20, Firestone vs Knox
Thurs., Nov. 27, Firestone vs Farm
Thurs., Dec. 4, Firestone vs Caro
lina Cleaners
8:00 P. M.
Ladies Pioneer Bowling League
Wed., Nov. 26, Firestone vs Thread
Wed., Dec. 3, Firestone vs Morris
6:00 P. M.
Little League Bowling
Sat., Nov. 22, Firestone vs Red
Sat., Nov. 29, Firestone vs Optimist
10:00 A. M.
(Continued on Page 4)
Volume 1, No. 13 — November 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
Department Reporters
Carding—Guinn Briggs, Gertrude Sanders, Jessie Westmoreland.
Spinning—Lois Bolding, Evie Thomas, Janet Hartgrove, Mary
Turner, Ray Cloninger, Fannie Bruce.
Spooling—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger, Virginia
Twisting—Nevie Dalton, Mable Hanna, Hazel Clark, Lassie
Crawford, Corrie Johnson, Dean Haun, Ellease
Weaving—Mary Johnson, Lucille Davis, Inez Rhyne, Irene
Burroughs, Betty Martin.
Cloth Room—Margie Waldrop.
Quality Control—Dealva Jacobs, Irene Burroughs, Leila Rape,
Catherine Isham.
Winding—Dorcas Atkinson, Mayzelle Lewis, Kathleen Hovis.
Shop—Cramer Little.
Warehouse—Anne Carpenter, George Happer.
Main Office—Mozelle Brockman.
Superintendent’s Office—Sue Van Dyke.
Personnel Office—Christine Clark.
BEFORE the chafer fabric pro
duced at Firestone Textiles is
shipped from this plant it is care
fully inspected for flaws that
might impair its later usefullness.
It enters the Cloth Department
from Weaving for this purpose,
coming in as a “cut” of fabric,
leaving as a roll of fabric ready for
baling (wrapping for storage and
Overseer Hugh Wright super
vises a small but highly trained
staff of cloth burlers, or inspectors,
who study every inch of fabric for
imperfections of any kind. The
first operation in this department
is done mechanically by the Her-
mas machine. An operator keeps it
running; its work—clipping sel
vages, brushing, cleaning, and
ironing—is done automatically.
After the Hermas machine, in
spectors take over. They each ex
amine several thousand yards of
fabric per shift, looking for weav
ing defects as well as spinning and
warping flaws. When they discover
an imperfection they repair it if
possible, if not, they reject the
fabric in question.
Chafer fabric eventually finds
its way into liners (used in tire
plants to separate layers of rubber
in rolls), air brake hose, tent
duck, self sealing fuel tanks, and
the bead of tires, to mention a few
of this versatile products’ uses.
the Hermas machine he operates
in the Cloth Room. This machine
clips the selvage, brushes and
cleans the cloth all in one con
tinuous operation. This machine
can process 100 rolls of fabric
per shift.
been employed at Firestone Tex
tiles 17 years, all of this time be
ing spent in the Cloth Room. She
and her husband, George E. Rob
inson, Carding, hold distinctions
of being the oldest employees in
point of service in their respec
tive departments. Mrs. Robinson
is shown above at her inspection
table where she looks for and
remedies any, defects that may
appear in tKe cloth as it moves
under her experienced eyes.
FRANK AUSTIN, formerly of
this plant now general manager
Firestone’s Woodstock, Ontario
plant, has asked to be remembered
to his many friends here. He says
he would like to see his former
associates in person, but that be
ing impractical at the present
he has asked Methods Engineer J-
M. Cooper, who just returned from
Woodstock, to express his senti'
Employees Build Home
Clark own
new house above,
on the Neal Hawkins Road in South Gastonia. The Clarks are both
employed at Firestone. He in the Twisting Department; she in the
Industrial Relations Department. The house has seven rooms and is
modern in design throughout. It is brick veneer with hardwood
floors and central heating.
Show them the Way...this week
A child’s trust is a precious thing. Instinctively
your little ones rely upon your example the pattern you set
becomes their pattern, too.
By taking them to church or syn<Jigogue with you every week
Recreation Leaders
Adenville (Stowe Mills) congrat
ulates Firestone Textiles’ Rec
reation Director Ralph Johnson,
right, upon the latter’s election
to the post of President of the
Industrial Division of the North
Carolina Recreation Society. The
society held its annual confer
ence in Asheville during the
week beginning November 9, and
was attended by industrial and
municipal recreation leaders
from the state. The picture above
was taken at Asheville’s Battery
Park Hotel, the society’s confer
ence headquarters.
NOVEMBER is set aside for the nationwide campaign
“Religion in American Life”, sponsored by the National Laynie^^ ■
Committee headed by Charles E. Wilson, former Director of Defers®
Mobilization and supported by 24 religious groups.
The theme for the 1952 campaign, “Show them the Way”, poii’^®
up the need for parents to guide their children to a life based of*
religious values.
You are urged to attend the church of your choice and to
your children with you. Show them the Way. . . . This Week.

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