DECEMBER 10, 1953
Service Awards Presented
SERVICE AWARDS—Fifteen 15-year and two 10-year service
awards were presented last month by General Manager Harold
Mercef, shown congratulating one of the recipients, Mrs. Mildred
Redding, a 15-year employee at this plant. Others in the first row are
Mrs. Mable Hanna, and Mrs. Verdie Smith. Second row, left to
right, include Mrs. Annie Chastain, F. S. Galligan (10 years), J. V.
Darwin (10 years), and Mrs. Ella Whitaker. Third row, Fred Walker,
James Crawford, Gentry Tendall, and Jesse Mitchell. Fourth row,
Arthur Robinson, James A. Waldrop, Luell Thomas, and James
Alford. Fifth row. Will Nixon, and Oscar Tate.
Voice Of Firestone
December 14 — Cesare Slept
Orchestra & Ch.
I Te Vurria Vasa
Musical Snuff Box
(Lucille Lawrence—harp solo)
Non Piu Andrai
from, “Marriage of Figaro”
Siepi & Chorus
When I’m Looking At You
Siepi & Chorus
from “The Rogue Song”
December 21 — Eleanor Steber
a, Joy to the World
b. 0 Little Town of Bethlehem
c. The First Noel
The Friendly Beasts
Danse de la Fee-Dragee
from “Nutcracker Suite”
Steber & Chorus
from “Exsulate Jubliate”
Waltz, from “Hansel and Gretel”
Steber & Chorus
December 28 — Nadine Conner & George London
Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
0 Mio Babbino Caro
from “Gianni Schicchi”
Wedding March, from
“Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Make Believe, from “Show Boat”
Conner & London
In The Town of Kazan
from “Boris Godunoff”
Will You Remember,
Conner & London
Volume II, No. 22, Decem,ber 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—Edna Harris, Jessie Westmoreland.
SPINNING—Lois Bolding, Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Annie Cosey, Grace Stowe, Hazel Foy, Dean Haun.
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elene Dodgins.
WEAVING—Mary Johnson, Lucille Davis, Inez Rhyne, Irene Bur
roughs, Vivian Bumgardner, Nina Milton, Sarah Davis.
QUALITY CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Irene Burroughs,
Catherine Isham, Margaret Tate.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ann Stevenson, Christine Stroupe.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert Meeks.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
USE of a new material in tires
to protect them from being at
tacked by smog, chemical fumes
and smoke was disclosed recently
by Raymond C. Firestone, Vice-
President in Charge of Research
and Development of The Firestone
Tire & Rubber Company.
The new material is mixed with
rubber and other chemicals and,
after the tire is put into use, con
tinually provides a film-like coat
ing over the sidewall and other
parts of the tire.
All Firestone passenger car tires
are being manufactured with the
new material so motorists in every
part of the country will receive the
same protection from the deterior
ating effects of smoke, chemical
fumes and smog on tires.
After a study of tire perfor
mance in the Los Angeles area and
the publishing of a series of techni
cal reports (prepared by Dr. C. E.
Bradley and Dr. A. J. Haagen-
smit, of the California Institute of
Technology) on the effects of smog
on tires. Firestone attempted to
solve this problem.
For more than a year, engineers
experimented with tires on test
cars that were operated 24 hours a
day in the area. These exhaustive
tests led to the discovery of a
specially compounded rubber by
the Company’s technical experts.
Upon discovery of the material
and the process that would give
tires extra protection from deteri
oration or weather checking and
cracking. Firestone adopted the
new formula in the construction of
all of its passenger car tires.
Football Bowl Contest
In Progress; Enter Now
ALL employees are invited to
participate in the annual Football
Bowl Contest now in progress. The
Recreation Department, sponsor of
the contest, announces that three
prizes—$15, $10, and $5—will be
awarded to the persons submitting
the three best contest entries.
Entries will be judged to de
termine (1) the one with the most
games picked correctly, or in case
of ties, (2) the one with the best
prediction of game scores. Entry
blanks may be obtained at the two
employee clubs, Personnel Office,
Recreation Director’s Office, and
at the Firestone News Office. Only
one entry per employee will be ac
Last year’s winners, according
to Recreation Director Ralph John
son, were Mrs. Jane Rice, Hoyt
Hardy, and Freddie Kessell.
355 Safety Slogans Turned
In During November Contest
The Safety Slogan Contest
which ended November 30th, was
a fine success, according to Safety
Director L. B. McAbee. He is
pleased at the response and ex
cellent quality of the slogans sub
mitted. The 355 slogans entered
in the contest have been turned
over to a judging committee con
sisting of W. G. Alligood, industrial
relations director of American
Efird Mills; W. G. Hardin, per
sonnel and safety director of Rex
Mills; and Bryan Hurd, personnel
and safety director of Burlington
Mills, Cramerton Division. These
judges are expected to reach their
decision as to contest winners this
FOUR TEEN-AGE GIRLS pose above just before being received
into the Birthday Club. They are, left to right, Misses Bobbie Ballew,
Laura Lee McDonald, Louise Brown, and Wanda Dockery. For the
club’s initiation of members, each newcomer must dress in a prescrib
ed manner. The neophytes above are wearing “too much” jewelry.
Birthday Club Featuring Fun
And Parties Formed For Girls
A Girls’ Birthday Club has been
organized under the leadership of
June Badger, recreation assistant.
The club meets each Thursday at
7:00 p. m. in the Recreation Center.
Membership in the club is open
to all teen-age daughters of em
ployees. The club was formed pri
marily to honor each of its mem
bers on the occasion of their birth
day. A secondary function of the
club is to give members experience
in planning and conducting parties.
A slate of officers has been
elected to serve for one year. These
include, JoAnne Westbrook, presi
dent; Laurel McDonald, vice-presi
dent; Bobbie Ballew, secretary;
and Wanda Dockery, social chair
An interesting feature of the
new club is the requirement that
all new members wear costumes to
their first meeting as prescribed
by club officers. Considerable
rivalry has developed as each new
comer tries to out do the others
for best costume honors. The club
roster now lists 17 members.
Prospective members should con
tact one of the officers or Mr. June
Badger at the Recreation Center.
The Gamble's Hill Baptist Church
SWAN TINO (inset) utility man in the Shop, is devoting his
week ends to conducting services at the Gamble Hill Baptist Church,
shown above. The church, a new structure just off the Kings Moun
tain highway, has 30 active members, according to Mr. Tino.
Swan Tino Helps Build Mission
Church; Conducts Services Noiv
THE new Gamble’s Hill Baptist Church—a Baptist mission located
between Gastonia and Kings Mountain—is a simple, living monument
to the hard work and leadership of a veteran plant employee. Swan
Tino, utility man in the Shop,
afternoon sun which flooded the
still-fresh-paint of the interior*
The attendance record, hanging
from the church wall, spelled out
the rapid growth of the Sunday
School over the preceding weeks-
“We have four classes each Sun
day,” stated Mr, Tino, “and we r®
mighty proud of them,”
The sound of hammers from ad
joining rooms drowned out
ther conversation inside. Reaching
the outside, Mr. Tino explaiu^d-
“It’s the young people, . • they ^^
adding a partition for classrooms-
Mr, Tino is the far-sighted and
capable teacher and preacher for
the 30 members who gathered to
gether only recently to form a re
ligious outpost for the community
in which they live.
‘'This church shows what people
can do with their hands if they’re
willing,” commented Mr. Tino.
“Almost all the work in building it
was volunteered by the member
ship, Come inside and let me show
it to you,” he insisted,
A brief look inside revealed a
church that was small in physical
size but bold and bright under the