MARCH 20, 1953
Firestone Wins Award of Honor
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Plant Supervision Changes Announced
For safety records achieved in
1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1950,
Firestone received the National
Safety Council’s Award of Honor
for Distinguished Service to Safe
ty. For 1951 and 1952 the title of
the highest award was shortened to
“Award of Honor”.
During the year 1952 the Com
pany also received a special Award
of Honor from the Safety Council
for setting a new world industrial
safety record for the tire manu
facturing industry. The special a-
ward was in the form of a plaque
for operation of the home plants in
Akron, Ohio, for 5,334,043 man-
hours without a lost-time accident.
Individual world safety records in
the rubber industry have been held
successively since 1947 by Fire
stone plants at Des Moines, Iowa;
Memphis, Tennessee, atid Akron,
Standing's within the Company
showed that two plants completed
the year 1952 with no accidents and
thus have frequency rates of 0. 0.
They are the Memphis, Tennessee,
Flotation Gear Plant and the
Christchurch, New Zealand, plant.
Akron Plant 3 completed the
year with a rate of 0.3 and only
one lost-time accident. Other plants
with outstanding z'ecords were
Akron Plant 2, with a record of
0.6; Akron Plant 1, with 0.8, and
Gastonia, North Carolina, Textiles
The 30 plants sharing in the Na
tional Safety Council Award of
Honor are the seven located in
Akron; three in Memphis, Tenne
ssee; two in Los Angeles, Cali
fornia; two in Pottstown, Penn
sylvania; and those in Gastonia,
North Carolina; Bennettsville,
South Carolina; Fall Fiver,
Massachusetts; New Castle, In
diana; Des Moines, Iowa; Nobles-
ville, Indiana; Wyandotte, Michi
gan; Lake Charles, Louisiiana;
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Wood
stock, Ontario, Canada; Sao Paulo,
Brazil; Christchurch, New Zea
land; Brentford, England; Port
Elizabeth, South Africa; Buenos
Aires, Argentina, and Bombay,
Recreation Director Ralph John
son will conduct a 3-day baseball
school for boys, age 8-12, in the
Band Room starting Monday,
March 23, at 4:00 p. m. The second
and third classes will meet on
Wednesday and Friday of the same
week, same time and place. The
school will teach baseball funda
mentals and positions.
Freedoms Foundation Award
J. E. TRAINER (ceiiter), Vice-President in Charge of Produc
tion, accepts from Vice-President Richard M. Nixon (left) an honor
medal from Freedoms Foundation for the Company’s seven employee
publications. The publications received the top award in the Freedoms
Foundation Competition of 1952. At right is Kenneth D. Wells,
President of the Foundation, who read the citations.
Volume II, No. 6, March 20, 1953
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—Guinn Briggs, Gertrude Sanders, Jessie Westmoreland.
Spinning—Lois Bolding, Evie Thomas, Janet Hartgrove, Mary
Turner, 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 Control—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.
Hull, Moss, & Rhyne Assume New Positions
In Quality And Superintendents’ Offices
In a series of supervisory chang
es completed recently Robert B.
Hull, formerly assigned to Fire
stone Textiles Division in Akron,
became Quality Control Manager,
replacing Clyde E. Moss who in
January was named Assistant to
General Superintendent Nelson
Kessell. William A. Rhyne, former
ly superintendent of the Hadley-
Peoples Manufacturing Co., of
Siler City, N. C,, was employed by
Firestone Textiles to be Assistent
to Superintendent Francis Galli-
Mr. Hull, who received his for
mal textile training at Lowell Tex
tile Institute (Class of 1940),
joined Firestone in 1944, after be
ing associated with the U. S. Test
ing Co., for four years. While in
Akron he worked under W. A. Karl,
President of Firestone Textiles,
as Scheduler of Fabric Production.
Mr. Hull is married to the form
er Elizabeth Allmon, a native of
Pennsylvania. They have two
children, Robert, Jr., 7, and Donald,
3 1/2. Mr. Hull plans to move his
family to Gastonia next month.
Their residence will be at 1105
Swain Drive. Mr. and Mrs. Hull are
members of the Presbyterian
Church. He, also, belongs to the
Mr. Moss was made Assistant to
General Superintendent Nelson
Kessell on January 15. Prior to
that time he had been Quality Con
trol Manager for nine years, and
Twisting Department Overseer
during the period 1941 to 1944. Mr.
Moss, whose father, B. H. Moss, is
an employee in the Supply Room,
has lived in Gastonia for 24 years.
He was born in Rutherford County.
Mr. Moss organized and became
the first President of the Textile
Quality Control Association, a
group composed of quality control
engineers from textile plants from
the New England States to Texas.
Mr. Moss is a member of
Gastonia School Board, the Kiwani!’
Club, and The Gastonia Chapter
SPEBSQSA. He is Baptist. His
wife is the former Elizabeth
inson. They have five children
follows: Clyde, Jr., 18, Dan,
Eddie, 12, Mary Anne, 9, and Alan»
2. They live at 109 Firestone
Mr. Rhyne, who became Assist'
ant to Superintendent FranciS
Galligan on March 9, is a native
of Gastonia. His wife, the forrnei
Dorothy Bates hails from Sp^^'
tanburg, S. C. He is a graduate of
Clemson College, class of 1940-
During the war he served in tb®
Army and was discharged as
infantry major. Mr. and Mrs-
Rhyne have two children, Lin^^’
11, and Anne, 7. He is a member oi
the Rotary Club, The Junioi
Chamber of Commerce, and the
Masonic Order. Mr. and
Rhyne are Lutherans.
Sports Banquet Program
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ning Department for the past
seven years. General Superinten
dent Nelson Kessell will make this
presentation, as he did last year,
to the winner for the year 1952,
that winner to be announced for
the first time at the April 4th
The next most coveted award is
the Ideal Athlete Award, presented
each year to four men and two
women who are chosen by election.
Elected last year were: Mazel
Johnson (General), Nell Bolick
(Spooling), Bill Deal (Spinning),
Dock Reynolds (Spinning), Carl
Barnes (Weaving), and Ernest
Millwood (Weaving). This year’s
election, in which all participants in
Firestone’s recreation program
were invited to vote, has already
decided the winners. Their names
will be announced at the banquet.
Another highly desired award is
the Most Competitive Athlete A-
ward. This award goes annually to
the man and woman adjudged to
have shown the most competitive
spirit throughout the year in
athletics. Superintendent Francis
Galligan will make these two pres
Recreation Director Ralph John
son will make the presentations of
team trophies to the winners in
the various league competitions
within the plant.
The program at the banquet will
begin with an invocation by Indus
trial Relations Director T. B. Ipock.
General Manager Harold Mercer
will welcome Firestone’s champ
ions and guests. Mrs. Helen Bolick
will make the response on behalf
of the champions. Mr. Ipock, an
alumnus of Wake Forest College,
will introduce Coach Murray Grea-
son. Not to be overlooked is the
banquet menu which is to be built
around generous portions of
country fried cubed steak, com
plete with rice and gravy. The
desert will consist of cherry pie
and ice cream.
Grade School children are in
vited to compete in a Firestone
Textiles-sponsored marble contest
at Abernethy School, March 24, at
4:00 p. m. Prizes of baseball bats
and gloves will be given to the
KITE FLYING CONTEST
All children of the community
are invited to participate in a kite
flying contest to be held on March
26, at Abernethy School. Appropri
ate prizes will be offered.
DENNY DOCKERY, pin boy
at the Men’s Club, holds inoY^
boxing trophies than one other'
young man his age in Gastonia-
As partial proof of that state
ment he recently brought a part
of his collection to the Firestone
News Office for the photo
graphic evidence shown above.
Young Dockery, in the picture
above, is holding his most prized
trophy, the Charlotte Golden
Gloves Knockout King Award fov
1951. Among his other trophies^
two of which are shown are: most
Popular Boxer (1953 Gastonia
Golden Gloves), Featherweight
Champion (High Point Golden
Gloves), Featherweight Champ'
ion (Siler Gloves 1950), Senior
Featherweight Runner-up (Char-'
lotte Golden Gloves 1953),
(Greenville Golden GloveS