Though a man may become
learned by another’s learning he
can never be wise but by his own
I believe that every right im
plies a responsibility; every oppor
tunity, an obligation; every posses
sion, a duty.
GASTONIA, N. C., APRIL 10, 1954
CARL STEWART, JR., is shown here with his parents as he received from General Manager Harold
Mercer his Firestone Scholarship Certificate. Young Stewart was one of 20 scholarship winners through
out the United States in the annual Firestone Tire & Rubber Company Scholarship Contest. This is
the second year for the contest and the second time that this plant has had a winner. Last year’s winner,
Miss Claudette Taylor, is now a student at Duke University—a possible choice, it is understood, for Mr.
Stewart. The proud parents of the current winner are employees here in the Weaving (father) and
Twisting Departments, respectively.
Children To Find “Silver
Gold” At Egg Hunts
EASTER egg hunts for Fire
stone Community children will be
in the Firestone Playground
Hday, April 16, at 4 p. m., for
children under seven; and on Sat-
'irday, April 17, at 10 a. m., for
children aged seven to twelve.
•A-Ppropriate prizes will be a-
^arded the finders of gold and
silver colored eggs to be hidden
each party, according to Rec-
p®^tion Director Ralph Johnson,
yizes last year were white rabbits.
employees’ children within the
limits indicated are invited to
Three Hundred Expected At All-Sports
Banquet April 24; 200 To Get Trophies
RECREATION Director Ralph Johnson expects to have 300 people
in attendance at the 18th annual All-Sports Banquet to be held in the
Recreation Center, Saturday, April 24 at 7 p. m. Following the banquet
dinner, to be prepared and served under the direction of Girls’ Club
Hostess Nellie Stowe, the group will hear Joseph Thomas, Secretary
and General Counsel of the Company, in the featured speech of the
Among the invited out-of-town
guests are Ralph Andrews, director
of the N. C. Recreation Commis
sion; his assistant, Jimmy Stevens,
who also serves as president of the
American Recreation Society; Tom
Hines, professor at N. C. State Col
lege, and Jet Pierce, director of
Seventh Labor Department Award
DIRECTOR L. B. McAbee, above right, accepts this
®6venth consecutive North Carolina Labor Department
A-Ward from Forrest Shuford, commissioner of labor for North
presentation, one of many to Gaston County industrial
Bajj ’ place at the annual Chamber of Commerce Safety
at the Masonic Temple, April 9.
athletics and physical education
for public schools in Raleigh, N. C.,
home town for all four men.
Other invited guests include
sports editors from local news
papers, high school coaches from
Gastonia High School, and recrea
tion directors from other textile
plants in greater Gastonia.
Prior to the address by Mr.
Thomas, the more than 200 em
ployee athletes with outstanding
records in the recreational pro
gram at this plant for 1953 will be
presented with, awards varying
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THE Rev. Robert M. Hardee,
pastor of the West End Methodist
Church will preside at the Easter
Sunrise Service on the Girls’ Club
lawn. The program, which starts
at 7 o’clock Easter Sunday morn
ing, will be shared by all pastors
of Firestone Community churches
except Rev. Frank Dennard, Fire
stone Wesleyan Methodist, who will
be unable to attend.
The service is co-sponsored each
year by the plant Recreation De
partment and Council, and the four
Firestone Community churches:
Loray Baptist, West Avenue Pres
byterian, West End Methodist, and
Firestone Wesleyan Methodist.
Everyone is cordially invited to at
tend this service.
Letter To Local Winner
March 26, 1954
Mr. Carl Jerome Stewart
1207 West Second Avenue
Gastonia, North Carolina
Dear Mr. Stewart:
It is a great pleasure for me to inform you that the Firestone
Scholarship Committee has selected you as an outstanding student
who deserves to receive the benefits of advanced educational oppor
tunities. As one of the limited number of students chosen from
a large group of applicants, you have ample reason to be proud of
the record you have already established and we are confident that
you will continue to do outstanding work in college.
Please accept my hearty congratulations on winning this award.
I sincerely hope that your future education will help you make
significant economic and social contributions to your family, your
community and your country.
HARVEY S. FIRESTONE, JR.
Carl J. Stewart, Jr., Wins One Of
Twenty Firestone Scholarships
AWARD of a full Firestone college scholarship to Carl Jerome
Stewart, Jr., 1207 West Second Avenue, Gastonia, North Carolina, was
announced recently in a letter received by Mr. Stewart from Harvey S.
Firestone, Jr., Chairman of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.
Mr. Stewart, a senior at Gastonia High School, is among the 20
recipients of Firestone Scholarships being awarded this year to sons
and daughters of employees of the Firestone Company. Scholarship
winners may attend any college or university in the United States
providing it is an accredited institution.
Mr. Stewart’s father is employed
in the Weaving Department of the
Firestone Textiles plant, Gastonia.
Although only 15 Firestone
Scholarship awards were announc
ed as available annually when the
program was initiated in 1958, it
was decided upon the recommenda
tion of the Scholarship Board to
award an additional five scholar
ships because of the extreme close
ness of the leading applicants, mak
ing the total 20 for this year.
The scholarships provide for full
tuition, academic fees, textbooks
and a contribution toward living
cost and are renewable each year
until requirements for an academic
degree are fulfilled, providing sat
isfactory scholastic standings are
Two hundred and sixty-eight
sons and daughters of Firestone
employees applied for Firestone
Scholarships. All applications were
carefully reviewed by an impartial
group of judges in selecting the
best qualified students for the a-
Of the other winners of Fire
stone Scholarships, five are from
Photographic Contest For
Employees Starts May 1st
A photographic contest has been
scheduled for the month of May
with three prizes $5, $3, and $2 be
ing offered to the employees sub
mitting the three best photographs.
Photos may deal with any subject,
the only requirement being that the
employee must have taken the pic
ture himself. Deadline for sub
mitting photographs is May 31,
1954. All entries must be delivered
or mailed to the Firestone News
Ohio, three from Pennsylvania;
two each from California and Iowa,
and one each from Indiana, Kansas,
Massachusetts, Mississippi, Okla
homa, Tennessee and Washington.
Elected VFW’s Senior
HORACE HUGHES, pipe fit
ter, has been named senior vice
commander of the Gastonia Vet
erans of Foreign Wars. An 18-
year employee, including time
spent in service with the 37th
Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry
Division, he has been a member
of the V. F. W. for five years
serving a part of that time on the
club’s board of directors. His
World War II service included
three and one-half years in the
Pacific theater of operations. Mr.
Hughes^ who is married, lives at
609 West Harvey Avenue.