Firestone People Active in Piedmont Council, Boy Scouts
BORDEN RHEA HALLO WES, top picture, receives Eagle Rank—
highest award available to Boy Scouts—from his scoutmaster, George
W. Anderson, second from right, as his parents General Manager
and Mrs. Harold Mercer look on approvingly. The award was made at
the January 13th Boy Scout Court of Honor at the Gaston County
Courthouse. Borden, who accumulated more than the required
20 merit badges for Eagle Rank, is a member of Troop 2 at St.
Marks Episcopal Church.
In the bottom picture are four Firestone community scouts who
received merit badges at Court of Honor mentioned above. They,
along with two of their leaders from Firestone are, left to right,
Purchasing Agent R. L. Tompkins, Ben Taylor, Gary Forrester,
Larry McElveeii (the latter three, members of Troop 10), Steve
Smith (member of Troop 9), and Foreman Alvin Riley.
Next Issue To Contain Address To Stockholders
For the February 20 issue of the
Voice of Firestone
February 9—Cesare Siepi
Marching Along Together
Orchestra & Chorus
Without a Song
You are the Song in My
Orchestra & Chorus
La Calunnia E Un Venticello
from “Barber of Seville”
Waltz of the Flowers from
Siepi & Chorus
February 16—Dorothy Warenskjold
Orchestra & Chorus
If You Feel Like Singing,
Song Without Words
Bird Song, from “Pagliacci”
0 God Our Help in Ages
Italian Street Song
from “Naughty Marietta”
Firestone News, there will be a
special issue containing Mr. Har
vey S. Firestone, Jr.’s annual ad
dress to stockholders. We are sub
stituting this annual I'eport for the
regular Fii’estone News edition.
This annual address edition will
be published in Akron, but will be
mailed to employees from Gas
tonia. The special issue containing
Mr. Firestone’s annual report
should be out on or about February
SCOUTING has for years been
a major interest and concern of
Firestone, here in Gastonia and
elsewhere. However, there prob
ably never was a time when so
many Firestone Textiles’ people
were directly associated with Boy
Scouts as now. The present asso
ciation isn’t limited to the four
troops in the Firestone Communi
ty either, but extends to district
and council activities of the organ
This fact was clearly indicated
recently at a local Boy Scout Court
of Honor at which one Firestone
boy, Borden Rhea Hallowes, son of
General Manager and Mrs. Mercer,
was awarded Eagle Rank in Scout
ing, Present for that ceremony in
addition to the Mercers were Pur
chasing Agent R. L. Tompkins, In
dustrial Relations Director T. B.
Ipock, and Quality Control Fore
man Alvin Riley. All were there in
official capacities with the Pied
mont Council, Boy Scouts of
General Manager Harold Mercer
is currently serving as Chairman
of the Gastonia District, Piedmont
Council. Working with him in po
sitions of leadership are numerous
other Firestone employees as men
tioned. These are:
Superintendent Francis Galligan,
assistant district commissioner;
Foreman Alvin Riley, neighbor
hood commissioner; Industrial Re
lations Director T. B. Ipock, cub-
master and chairman of committee
on health and safety for Gastonia
District; and Second Hand Willie
Ward, neighborhood commissioner.
In addition to these leaders in
the Gastonia District, there are a
number of employees serving with
the four troops in the Firestone
Community as troop committee
men. These are: Otto Chambers,
Troop 20, West Avenue Presbyter
ian Church; Grady Davis and R. L.
Tompkins, Troop 10, West End
Methodist Church; Leroy Posey,
John Fender, Oscar Jacobs, and W.
B. Ward, Troop 29, Wesleyan
Methodist Church; and John Smith
and Ernest Givins, Troop 9, Loray
The four Firestone Troops sent
several scouts to the January Court
of Honor, held at the Gaston Coun
ty Court House on January 13. All
were candidates for one or more
merit badges. Troop 29 of the
Wesleyan Methodist Church braved
the January cold following the
Court of Honor for an overnite hike
to Crowders Mountain.
Scoutmasters for the four Fire
stone Community Troops are W.
A. Gaddis, Troop 9; Grier Bowen,
Troop 10; Charles Ballew, Troop
29; and Bruce Sanborn, Troop 20.
Set For Feb. 28
RECREATION Director Ralph
Johnson has announced a “Bosses
Night” to be held Saturday, Feb
ruary 28, at the Firestone Textiles
Girls’ Club. Recreation Directors
from the Industrial Division of
the North Carolina Recreation
Society, and their immediate boss
es, have been invited to attend this
meeting as guests of Firestone.
Mr. Johnson, who is serving this
year as President of the Industrial
Division of the Society, expects 60
to 80 management and recreation
officials at this event from all
parts of the state. Following a
buffet style dinner, an informal
discussion will be led by Mr. John
son on general problems in the
field of Industrial Recreation.
Millions To Observe Boy
Scouf Week, Feb. 7-11
Boy Scout Week, February 7
to 13, marking the 43rd anniver
sary of the Boy Scouts of America,
will be observed throughout the na
tion by more than 3,250,000 boys
and adult leaders. Since 1910, more
than 20,200,000 boys and men have
“Forward on Liberty’s Team” is
the birthday theme and the
emphasis is on “The Scout Family”
of programs meeting the interest
of boys in three age groups: Cub
Scouting for boys 8, 9, and 10; Boy
Scouting for those 11, 12, and 13
and Exploring for boys 14 and up.
Scouting is one of the finest youth
builders in America. It deserves the
support of all citizens.
Help our Scouts celebrate Na
tional Boy Scout Week February
West Avenue Church
Continued From Page 1
some of the original members
still active in the affairs of the
church, and in most instances these
veteran church members have had
close ties with Firestone Textiles-
Such names as C. A. Spencer, E. L-
Lewis, Mrs. W. F. Bradley, J-
Lewis, and others would fit both
catagories. All of these loyal pres-
byterians have either heen em
ployees or parents of employees
The Rev. W. C. Neel has served
as pastor of West Avenue Presby'
terian Church since 1940. Prior
that he held a pastorate in Fay
etteville, West Virginia. He was
reared in Mecklinburg County, y®'
ceiving schooling there, at David
son College, and finally Union
Theological Seminary in Richmond;
Va. He succeeded the Rev. R>
Hunter whose service at WeS*'
Avenue dated from 1925.
The newly remodeled sanctuary
stands as a staunch tribute to the
leadership given the congregation
over the years since 1940 by
pastor. The pastor knows too that
the job isn’t completed yet. “NoW
we’ve got to finish paying for
he says with calm determination--
the kind of expression that will no
doubt quietly inspire his
worshipers to steadily reduce
Volume 11, No. 3, February 5, 1953
Published at Gastonia, North Carolina
By Firestone Textiles
A Division of
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Department of Industrial Relations
K. H. HOOD, Editor
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.
Twisting—Nevie Dalton, Mable Hanna, Hazel Clark, Lassie
Crawford, Corrie Johnson, Dean Haun, Ellease
Weaving—Mary Johnson, Lucille Davis, Inez Rhyne, Irene
Burroughs, Vivian Bumgardner, Nina Milton.
Cloth Room—Margie Waldrop.
Quality Cortrol—Dealva Jacobs, Irene Burroughs, Leila Rape,
Winding—Dorcas Atkinson, Mayzelle Lewis, Kathleen Hovis.
Warehouse—Bobby Smith, George Harper, Albert Meeks.
Main Office—Mozelle Brockman.
Superintendent’s Office—Sue Van Dyke.
Personnel Office—Flora Pence.
Refreshment Department—Deuel Redding.
debt until its debt-free.
Employee Builds Home
CANTEEN SUPERVISOR LUTHER FOY and his wife are the
occupants of this new home in the Crowders Mountain section of
Gaston County. The brick veneer house, built by Contractor J-
Sears, was completed late last summer—in time for Mr. and Mrs-
Foy to enjoy Crowders Mountain in autumn-time from their living
room. The walls of the house are plastered in natural color, wit^
Celetex ceilings. The den is panelled in natural pine; kitchen
cabinets likewise. Floors are hardwood, except for kitchen and batli
which have rubber tile coverings. The house has three bedrooni^'
living room and dining room combined, kitchen, den, and bath. The
garage is connected to the house by a hreezeway.