MAY 10, 1953 '
New Use For Velon.
Durable Curtains Woven Of Velon Clean Easily
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MARQUISETTE CURTAINS woven of Velon, a new synthetic
yarn produced by the Firestone Plastics Company, Pottstown, Pa.,
demonstrate that they can be beautiful as well as practical. Velon
curtains never lose their crispness, are extremely durable, and may
be kept clean by wiping, vacuuming, or simple laundrying without
Gastonia, N. C.
April 24, 1953
To the Employees of Firestone Textiles:
Please accept our most hearty thanks and appreciation for your
generous contribution of $2,340.93 to the Cancer Fund campaign.
We hope that each of you is interested in knowing how this money
will be spent. 25 cents of every dollar goes to research, to pay doctors
and technicians who are working hard to find the cause and cure for
cancer. Much of it is spent for educational materials, including
leaflets, films and posters to bring to people the facts about
cancer. This includes the 7 DANGER SIGNALS which everyone
should know. We also urge everyone over 35 years of age to have
periodic examinations by a doctor, so that the cancer may be found
early, when it may be more easily cured.
Part of the money is used locally to help cancer patients in
our community who have to meet large bills for medical care. We
urge each of you to read the posters and leaflets we supply to your
mill from time to time, so that you may benefit from the latest
knowledge we have.
Again thanking you for your support of this important work,
we are yours sincerely,
Mrs. T. Frank Suggs,
County Chairman, Fund Campaign
Mrs. R. L. Sanborn
Volume II, No. 9, May 10, 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.
THE Firestone Plastics Company
of Pottstown, Pa., announced to
day the development of a new
marquisette material for window
curtains woven from Velon yarn.
According to K. L. Edgar, General
Sales Manager, who made the an
nouncement, Velon marquisette
curtains are the first on the
market to offer a combination of
all the desirable features sought
by consumers. They can be easily
washed or wiped clean, they do not
need ironing, they are highly stain
and fade resistant, they are long
wearing, and they retain thtir
The special features of the new
Velon curtains were demonstra
ted by S. G. Keiller, Manager of
the Velon Yarn Division, who ex
plained that development work had
been under way for more than
four years. Mr. Keiller pointed out
that because Velon yarn is non
absorbent it cannot be damaged
by water or soil of any kind. The
curtains can be wiped free of dirt
or stain, or washed in warm suds
to remove accumulated dust. Be
cause of the non-absorbent quality
of the yarn, Velon curtains dry as
soon as the water is wiped off or
shaken from the interstices of the
weave. The curtains should not be
ironed and may be rehung in a
matter of minutes after washing.
FREQUENT washings, accord
ing to Mr. Keiller, have no effect
on the crisp appearance of Velon
cutains. As the material has no
surface finish, but produces its
crisp effect because of the in
herent characteristics of the yarn,
it is impossible for Velon curtains
to become limp no matter how
long they are used or how often
they are washed.
Velon curtains are being intro
duced by International Flouncing
Company of New York, which is
producing the first curtains in
three styles, ruffled, tailored, and
tier. These styles are being offer
ed at present in white only, al
though other colors will be added
to the line later. Approximate re
tail prices range from under four
dollars for the tier to under nine
dollars for the ruffled, in the
smallest sizes. Other sizes are
The curtain material is being
woven by Copland Converting &
Finishing Company of New York.
A Velon monofilament of approxi
mately 275 equivalent denier is
used for this fabric.
Velon curtains will be available
at retail after May 11.
Quality Control Employee
Elected Director in SPEBS
Jimmie Moss, Quality Control,
was elected to the Board of Di
rectors of the Gastonia Chapter of
the Society For the Preservation of
Barbershop Quartet Singing in
elections held on April 13. Other
employees who will continue serv
ing on this board are Clyde Moss,
Sr., assistant to the general super
intendent, and Bob Hood, Indus
trial Relations Department.
Mrs. Evie Thomas, Carding De
partment, died unexpectedly Mon
day, April 20 in a local hospital.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her
husband, Jack Thomas of 12 South
Webb Street. She was buried at
Carter’s Chapel near Dublin, Ga.,
following the funeral service at
Loray Baptist Church in Gastonia.
SGT. CHARLES FERGUSON ON THE AIR
What’s Your Hobby? ....
Plant Officer Helped Pioneer
''Ham” Radio In Gaston County
“Ham” means more than a
choice meat to Sgt. Charlie Fer
guson. Its preferred definition, for
the Company’s plant officer, is
“amateur radio operator”. He has
been an amateur operator almost
as long as he has been old enough
to appreciate the taste of the
country-cured variety that means
ham to most people.
Starting in radio when licenses
from the Federal Government were
not required, or even issued, Sgt.
Ferguson has pioneered the hobby
in Gaston County, his home since
early childhood. He was 14 years
old when, in 1915, he rigged up
his first wireless transmitter and
successfully sent a message in
Morse code to a listening friend.
His license and call letters,
W4CJQ were issued 30 years ago,
and this fact makes him the oldest
licensed “ham” in point of service
in Gaston County.
The log Sgt. Ferguson (as do all
“hams”) keeps of his transmissions
shows hundreds of “good neighbor”
deeds on his part. Sometimes
people he never heard of come to
his radio “shack” and ask him to
try to reach a friend or relative
through the world-wide facilities
of amateur radio.
“I’ve helped locate missing per
sons, contacted family members to
deliver death or serious illness
messages, and even had a part in
giving Padacuh, Ky., electric power
when floods in 1936 practically
washed that town away.” That’s
the way the sergeant summarizes
his good work as an amateur. The
flood incident referred to had
placed citizens of Padacuh in
total darkness as well as communi
cative silence, except for amateur
radio which always seems to rise
to the occasion however dim the
outlook. At this point Sgt. Fergu
son received a message by shoi'*'
wave radio asking if he knew of ^
mobile power generator that coul<^
be sent to Padacuh. He did kno"'
about one in Charlotte.
Within 24 hours—and
frenzied phone calls to authoriti^^
in Charlotte—the city own®
power generator truck was on th®
scene in Padacuh, providing
that helped lessen the toll of suf'
fering following disastrous
This incident, according
W4CJQ’s owner, is the high li^f|
of a long series of sometimes thri
ling, sometimes sad duties he
been called on to perform.
In recognition of his ability
communications. The North
lina Wing of Civil Air Patrol
commissioned Sgt. Ferguson
wing communications officer
the CAP rank of captain. All
which raises the question: Is ^
sergeant or captain Ferguso^'
“Ah,” he counters with a
of embarrassment, “the handle
Charlie!” (Ham talk for “call i’’
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