JULY 10, 1953 fin0l9M NEWS PAGE THREE IN BRIEF carding Mrs. Jess Carter, wife of In termediate Tender Jess Carter, is I’ecuperating after having a major operation. Maford Sanders, sweeper, spent e Week of June 7 repairing his on South Highland Street. Drawing Tender John Herring, family are spending a week in artsville, Ga., visiting his family, intermediate Tender Arthur arbie and family are spending days of his vacation at Camp ’restone and then will motor on to Kentucky. Hudy Webb, speeder tender, spent the week of June 15 on va cation. He spent most of his time forking around the house. Overhauler Henry Allen, his ^’fe, and family spent the week of une 7 in Miami, Fla. SPINNING Fixer Oliver Taylor did some ^fipairing on his home while he was Vacation recently. Doffer Herman Akers and his amily spent a few days in Bry- while on vacation. Her Odell Hammonds and his ®®nnie, spinner, were on va cation recently. SPOOLING Mrs. Glenda Tolbert, creeler, and her husband, Howard, spsnt a week end recently at Myrtle Beach, S. C. Mrs. Mary Lou Acuff, winder tender, and family visited rela tives and friends in Hickory re cently. Mrs. Frances Player, winder tender, had as week-end guests, her sister, Mrs. Carrie Stafford, her niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Shopshire of Newport News, Va. Mrs. Madge Hembree, crceler, and family along with her mother, Mrs. Bertha Stepp, spent a week end at Crescent Beach. Mrs. Betty Guffey, warper tend er, recently received a long dis tance telephone call from her hus band, Morgan “Red” Guffey, for mer employee of the Spinning De partment, now of the United States Army stationed in Anchor age, Alaska. He will be home soon to stay. The Reverend Leonard Thomas, Mrs. Thomas, and children of Hen derson, were guests of Mrs. Thomas’ sister, Miss Lottie Rober son, winder tender. Mrs. Sara Nichols, warper tend er, and her family, along with Second Hand Milton Nichols and his family, spent a week-end at Camp Firestone at Bridgewater. Mrs. Gertrude Hampton, warper tender, recently had the cast re moved from her broken ankle. Norman Price, creeler, and his family visited friends and rela tives recently in Murphy and Lake Lure. Welcomed back to work recent ly were two spooler tenders, Mrs. Lura Bell and Mrs. Chloe McDan iel. Also the following new em ployees: Mrs. Mary Townsend, winder tender, Mrs. Blanch Car ver, winder tender, Mrs. Eugene Patterson, spooler tender, Cecil Phillips, sweeper. Tommy Keenum, sweeper, and Charles Hyleman, checker. Mrs. Glenda Tolbert, creeler, was called to Asheville due to the illness of her sister, Mrs. Ruth Dilling. The son of Gywnn Hardin is in the hospital with a broken leg. Vanna Guyton, winder tender, has returned to work after sev eral weeks of illness. The employees of the Spooling Department welcome Hildrcd Mc- Curry, spooler tender, Li ciile De- vern, spooler tender, and Gwynn- lyn Hart, winder tender to this de partment. Mrs. Leona Lattimore, spooler tender, had as guests recently her mother, brother and sister. Warper Tender Mildred Smith’s father is a patient at the Gaston Memorial Hospital. TWISTING Mrs. Hazel Clark, tie-in-hand, and Horace Haun, twister tender had as guests recently, their mother, Mrs. H. G. Haun of Al coa, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Haun, also of Tennessee. Miss Patricia Stacy, daughter of Mrs. Cola Stacy, respooler, and Claude Stacy, spent the week of June 22 at the Rotary Girl Scout Camp with Troop 55, Brownie Scouts. Edward Austin, twister tender, and family had as guests recently, Mr. and Mrs. A1 Ross of Burling ton, N. C. Luther Alford, twister tender, had as dinner guests on June 21, the former’s sister of Wilmintgon, and Mr. and Mrs. A1 Ross of Bur lington. Mrs. Grace Stowe, yarn check er, Mrs. Marie Fogle, respooler, Mrs. Gillman and Mrs. Creasman spent the week of June 14 touring the North Carolina mountains. Edward Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hughes, Twisting De partment, spent a few weeks at home recently. He was being transferred to Charleston Munici pal Airport, Charleston, S. C., from Chanute Air Force Base, Rantour, 111. Know Your Reporter (Continued on Page 4) MRS. ROSALIE BURGER, spooler, is the third shift report er in her department. She is seated above in the huge road building machine tire which is a familiar object in the Main En trance of the plant. Mrs. Burger lives at 101 Mountain View Street in Gastonia. She has been a Firestone employee nine years. Find; s Black Cats Unwanted. . . . Inquiring Reporter Asks: Are You Superstitious? On everyone is superstitious—well, at least to the extent that they will when a black cat crosses your path. And the “seven years’ bad luck” which is Occasion “knock on wood”. To the genuinely superstitious, however, a once-in-a- “supposed” to follow the breaking of a mirrow. . . . but wait, let’s let the five 1 e tap on a piece of wood (supposed to continue one’s good luck) is not to be classed employees pictured below tell us about their pet superstitions, or lack of th, for example, the superstition which requires you to turn your hat around, etc., same. JEAN BROCK, Pur- been^^ ^®Partment, says “I’ve Cats ^'^P^^stitious about black other^ life, but as for the popular superstitutions the i’^fluenced one way or Wouldn’t 1, example I avoid ®^tra step to nor talking under a ladder, to walt^^^ ^ that p just to prove foj. 4.1^ ^ ^®t superstitious. As dumber ‘13’ I think it can than ^ lucky rather known number. IVe ^ight f ^ ®tes who did all that n ^^emselves while using Mrs, ^”^ber on their uniforms.” stitioj, thinks that super- can c ^ to the extreme rather than taiii tlf ^ them and she’s cer- ^^conv cause unnecessary I, ®^®^ce. Mrs. Brock and 207 South tone Boulevard. i' X ROY DAVIS, Weaving De partment clerk, is convinced that most people are supersitious, “more than half,” he says. As for himself, and without being too emphatic about it, he claims that he’s not superstitious. Later on in his conversation with the inquiring reporter he hedged by saying that in any case his wife, Christine, also an employee, was a little more superstitious than he. In answer to the question “What causes people to be superstitious?” he said this: “It’s partly a matter of custom. Folks in some in stances accept superstitions be cause they feel that it is custo mary to accept them. And some times people accept superstitions because they honestly believe that ‘bad luck’ can best be avoid ed this way.” Mr. and Mrs. Davis live at 1203 Spencer Ave. RAYMOND Varnadore, weav er and former U. S. Marine, says he is definitely not super stitious. Debunking superstitious ideas as a waste of time he says, “It’s foolish, it seems to me, to waste time with the many super stitions you hear about. Not only is it foolish, but if carried to the extreme the whole thing becomes downright silly.” Mr. Varnadore, who was a staff sergeant with the Marines in Korea until his discharge last year, recalls that many of his buddies in service were superstitious, but he does not think their “luck” was any better, or worse, than his. Mr. Varnadore lives at 816 Circle View in Gastonia. FRANK Montgomery, Shop, has an unusual idea about black cats. “If they cross in front of you going to your right that’s fine, but, if thej cross going to your left that’s bad luck.” As for breaking mirrors, Mr. Mont gomery wouldn’t want to break one. Walking under ladders is all right, however, so long as you’re sure there’s nothing over head to fall on you. “I wouldn’t want the number ‘18’ if ‘12’ or ‘14’ would do just as well, and most of the time they would.” So concludes a man who is super stitious more-or-less about everything except walking un der ladders which he reasons is perfectly all right so long as it’s safe. Mr. Montgomery lives at 1022 West Seventh Street, has seven children all of whom have received high school educations or better. MISS BILLIE LYNCH, Plas tic Dip Department, says she is superstitous. The “black cat” idea seems to be her most im portant superstition. Says she, “If I’m walking down the road and a black cat crosses in front of me. I’ll turn around and go back every time. I’m not sure why, but I am sure I wouldn’t take a chance on going past a black cat. As for brea^king mirrows, I broke one three years ago and I’ve often wonder ed about my luck since then.” Miss Lynch, who lives at 112 Elm Street, is not likely to be seen walking under ladders, and with a house number only one step away from a number that includes “18” she concludes, half seriously, “I’m not just super stitious, I’m v-e-r-y supersti tious.”

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