Make reservations now for Camp Firestone which opens May 17. Tire$lon* GASTONIA “No rule can measure the value of good safety habits.” Cramer Little, 3rd place winner, 1953 Safety Slogan Contest VOLUME III GASTONIA, N. C., APRIL 25, 1954 NO. 7 Spinning, Twisting Departments Tie For Annual All-Sports Supremacy Cup Joseph Thomas Lauds Plant Sports Program In Lively Banquet Speech AFTER seeing the Spinning and Twisting Departments win the Supremacy Cup in a tie—the first time in eight years that Spinning hadn’t single-handedly walked off with this honor—Joseph Thomas, Secretary and General Counsel of the Company, spoke to the 18th annual All-Sports Banquet on the subject: “The Social Values of Athletics.” [■ OVERSEERS Hobert Aldridge and Sam Guffey second and third from left respectively, will share the Supremacy Cup—top athletic award at this plant—for the next 12 months. The presentation of the award by General Superintendent Nelson Kessell, fourth from left, was one of the highlights of the A^ll-Sports Banquet, April 24. Others in the picture, left to right, Ralph Johnson, recreation director; W. A. Karl, President of Firestone Textiles Division; and Joseph Thomas, Secretary and General Counsel of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company. Employees Give To Cancer Society Auiytmn- CaiJKs; 'j'j'Mq check ^IRS. LOIS WOOLEY, plant nurse, presents '471.05 to Hugh McArver, treasurer of the local unit of the Ameri- Cancer Society. Watching the presentation are Mrs. R. L. San- executive secretary of the unit, and Superintendent Francis San. The gift, which was contributed by plant employees dur- Galli the last United Fund drive and earmarked for this purpose, will ^sed primarily to further cancer treatment and cure through Search. In a recent instance, this society assisted in getting medical in New York for an employee of this plant. Therese Galligan X, Music Contest's ®ice Award of Therese Galligan, daughter Gaiii ^^^^*^^®^dent and Mrs. Francis a voice division in cetjti contest sponsored re- %io ^^apel Hill, N. C., by the Federation of Music I'll Galligan, who voice under local and ® instructors and sings ® Charlotte Opera Associa- awarded a scholarship ^^®ks of study at the n'i. of Music in New Camp Firestone Opens To Employees May 17 Camp Firestone at Bridgewater, N. C., will open for the summer season on May 17. As has been customary, employees must have reservations, issued by the Indus trial Relations Department, for the use of camp cabins or bunk- houses. Reservations are to be ac cepted anytime after April 29. Recent improvements at the camp include the combining of Cabin No. 2 with the bunkhouse adjoining in order that the second hands, who are moving from their present smaller cabin, may have more room. Voice” To Appear 1st Time In Color THE first color telecast of the “Voice of Firestone” radio and television program will be carried on 25 NBC television stations a- cross the country on Monday, May 3, at 8:30 p. m., (EDT). The same program will appear as clearly on regular black and white screens. Dorothy Warensk- jold and Robert Rounseville will be featured as guest artists and Howard Barlow will conduct the Firestone Symphony Orchestra. WBTV, Charlotte, is installing color equipment, but will not have it in operation in time to show the May 3rd “Voice of Firestone” pro gram in color. It will be shown, however, in black and white as usual. Producer Charles Polacheck has planned a vivid musical program with spectacular sets and costumes for the first telecast in color. The first five numbers on the simulcast have been arranged as an Arabian Nights sequence, which enables set designer Willis Connor and cos tume designer Edythe Gilfont to work with brilliant Oriental colors and sumptuous fabrics. Dancer Beatrice Kraft, noted for her adriot satiric adaptations of tra ditional Oriental dances, will be featured in the production. Part of the commercial on the program will be a showing of the double-page Firestone advertise ment on spring merchandise which will appear in the May 3 issue of LIFE Magazine, on newsstands April 30, He prefaced his enthusiastically® received address with the comment that the Textile Division and this plant in particular took second place to none within the Company in its program of recreation and athletics. W. A. Karl, President of the Textile Division, introduced the speaker in the absence of General Manager Harold Mercer. A former college baseball player and otherwise all-round athlete, Mr. Thomas, now an ardent base ball fan, views athletics as an im portant contributor to emotional and character training of the in dividual. “No other activity in our educational program,” said he, “gives opportunity for such direct and powerful training of the characteristics that make for good citizenship.” Team play and spirit are excel lent mediums for instilling demo cratic ideals in the minds of youth and serve as great developers of leaders, the speaker pointed out. PRIOR to Mr. Thomas’ address, 225 employees of Firestone Tex tiles received trophies ranging from the Ideal Athlete Sweaters through the gamut of team and individual trophies for outstand ing performance during the year 1953. Winners of the Ideal Athlete A- wards were: James Mauney, Lewis Clark, Bill Tate, Laura Medlin, Miss Joanne Westbrooks, and Mrs. Nora Crouch. The President of Firestone Textiles Division, W, A. Karl, made these presentations, which included a monogram sweater in the Company’s colors to each winner. The Johnson Awards, given an nually by Recreation Director Ralph Johnson to the two most competitive athletes at this plant. (Continued on Page 2) Governor Appoints Ralph Johnson To Festival Committee GOVERNOR William B. Um- stead has appointed Recreation Di rector Ralph Johnson a member of the National Sports Festival Com mittee. Mr. Johnson is one of several recreational and sports leaders of the state appointed to this com mittee. Their job is to co-ordinate a National Sports Festival Observ ance in North Carolina this spring. The Sports Festival, second an nual national event of its kind, is designed to stress the values of well-conducted sports and recrea tional activities and to encourage widespread interest and support in a sound program of recreation and physical education. Mrs. Harold M ercer Passes In Pennsylvania Hospital MRS. HAROLD MERCER, wife of the general manager of Fire stone Textiles, died Monday, April 26, in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital at Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Mercer had been in failingO— health for the past year and had been a patient at hospitals here and in Charlotte prior to being transferred to the Philadelphia hospital. Funeral services were held Wed nesday morning at 10:30 o’clock at Main Street Methodist Church with Dr. Wilson Weldon, her pastor; and Dr. Murchison, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Concord, N. C., officiating. Burial was held in the Oakwood Cemetery in Con cord. Mrs. Mercer, the former Penel ope Cannon, was born in Concord on March 27, 1908. She attended elementary school in Concord, Fassifern School at Hendersonville, Salem College, and graduated from Holton-Arms Finishing School in Washington, D. C. Surviving in addition to her hus band and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Cannon of Concord, are her two sons, Borden Rhea and Wil liam Gannon Hallowes; a stepson, Mrs. Harold Mercer John Mercer, and a stepdaughter, Sara Mercer, all of the home; and a brother, J. Archie Cannon, Jr., of Greensboro.

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