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MAY 10, 1954
Win Summer Music Scholarships
THE TWO young ladies above, daughters of Firestone employees,
have won awards for excellence in music from the Gastonia Music
Education Foundation. Miss Bobbie Ballew (daughter of James
Ballew, section man in Carding and Mrs, Grace Ballew, Spooling),
left above, won a 6-week expenses paid scholarship to the Transly-
vania Music Camp in Brevard, N. C. She was one of a number of
winners in the piano division of the contest. Miss Peggy Huffstickler
(daughter of Tom Huffstickler, Shop) at right above, won the same
award as Miss Ballew except that she competed in the voice division.
The girls will attend the music camp June 24 through August 8.
Both are now students at Gasonia High School.
News In Brief
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left for overseas duty in Korea on
Miss Marie Moses, daughter of
Mrs. Bonnie Moses, Cloth Room,
attended the Distributive Educa
tion Bosses’ Banquet at the Ma
sonic Temple recently. Miss Moses
is a senior at Gastonia High School.
John P. Smith, Cloth Room, rep
resented his son, Bobby, at the
Radio Ham Festival at Shelby,
N. C., on April 25. North Carolina,
South Carolina, and Tennessee
were represented at this meeting.
... Joel Jordan, cloth doffer, and
friends spent a week end recently
at Myrtle Beach, S. C.
Mrs. Jack Rhyne, burler, honored
her sister, Mrs. William Spencer,
with a miscellaneous shower at
her home on Rhyne Drive, Satur
day, April 24.
Machine Operator Wayne E.
Johnson and Mrs. Johnson gave
their son, Lee Edward, a birthday
party on April 26. Lee Edward was
one year old.
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Stiles re
cently visited Machine Operator
Buster Stiles and family.
Mrs. Mae Massey, winder tender,
had as guests recently, her sons,
James of Macon, Ga., and Eugene
of Fort Lee, Va.
Mrs. Frances Huffman, winder
tender, had as guests, her father,
Harvey Wiggins of Sedra-Woolley,
Washington, and brother, Harvey
Mrs. Louise Esslinger, winder
tender, visited friends in Dillsboro,
N. C., the week end of April 24.
Mrs. Jerry Strickland, inspector,
entertained the Business Women’s
Circle of Missionary Union from
the Temple Baptist Church at her
home, 407 Clay Street on Friday,
April 16. A covered dish supper
was served. Special guests were
Rev. and Mrs. Guy Walker and
Miss Marjorie Bridges.
Mrs. Patience L. Bentley, inspec
tor, and family spent the week end
of April 10 in Georgia, visiting
Mrs. Bentley’s mother.
Mrs. Opal Lunsford, inspector,
and family spent Easter week end
with Mrs. Lunsford’s mother, Mrs.
Zellie Hart of Lyons, Ga.
Mrs. Lillian Parham, inspector,
attended a family reunion on April
18 at Kings Mountain Battle
Mrs. Lou Ella Queen, inspector,
and husband, Vincent, spent a week
end in the mountains of Western
North Carolina visiting friends.
The trip was made with Mr. and
Mrs. Morris Derreberry and child
The Warehouse welcomes Robert
S. Auten, conveyor man, James E.
Willman, Jr., yarn man, and Ben
R. By.ers, cotton trucker.
Mrs. Myrtle Bradley, Main Of
fice, attended the Planning Con
ference for local leaders of Pres
byterian Women’s work held in the
First Presbyterian Church, Green
wood, S. C., April 28 and 29.
Mrs. Joan Dalton, Main Office,
her husband, A. B. Dalton, Shop,
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Mason, Carding
Department, and Mrs. H. A. Peter
son, attended the Moravian Easter
Service, Sunday, April 18, which
were held at the Moravian Church
in Winston-Salem, N. C.
J. E. Spencer, Employment In
terviewer, returned to work May
10, 1954, after a two week’s illness.
Don Grant, four year old son of
Thomas A. Grant, Time Study De
partment, was admitted to Gaston
Memorial Hospital on April 19,
1954, for a tonsillectomy.
Mrs. Zula Eisenhower and Mrs.
Nellie Stowe spent ten days on
their vacations on a trip to Chica
go, 111. Their itinerary included a
stop in Knoxville, Tenn. and Ind
ianapolis, Ind. They were attend
ing the International Supreme
Shrine Convention, which had a-
bout 8,000 women in attendance.
During a convention banquet, Mrs.
Stowe sat beside a woman who was
connected with the Firestone Com
pany in California, Both ladies had
an enjoyable vacation.
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improved products that will lead to
a larger and more profitable busi
ness. This task will take all the
initiative, ideas and efficient work
of every department and employee
in our business.
* * *
Every step from raw material to
the finished product is a part of
the final sale. The sale is the re
sult of the combination of every
plan and action within our com
pany that converts the work of all
employees into products our custo
mers want and need.
As the Wise One, Hakeem, said
in the legend, we must have the
priceless ingredient in our products
before we are sure they will be ac
cepted by the public—our Honor
and Integrity. This means Quality.
And that is why we have always
stressed quality in the development
and production of every one of our
products. The aim toward quality is
the basis for our rigid inspections
from the time the rubber is pur
chased to the completed tire in the
shipping room. It is the basis for
our whole Quality Control pro
gram. It is the basis for the
thorough checking of all work done
in our offices, laboratories and
other phases of the business. Every
If we have that priceless ingredi
ent of high quality we can meet
any competition. We can Sell More
in ’54, We can have MORE
SALES, MORE JOBS AND MORE
We are counting on each and
every one of you to do your part
in producing high quality products
and giving your best in service.
Mr. and Mrs. John Herring an
nounce the marriage of their
daughter, Frances, to Charles
Bradley on April 3 in Gaffney,
S. C. Mr. Herring is a drawing ten
Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Treadway,
Carding Department, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Cora
Louise, to Wade M. Lunsford, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lunsford
on January 15 in York, S, C.
Miss Helen Irzyk and Bruce
Bently were married April 21 in
York, S, C, Bruce is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bentley, Card
ing and Spooling, respectively,
Mr, and Mrs. Ralph Ratchford
announce the marriage of their
daughter, Vivian, to George Plyler,
son of Mrs. Eva Plyler, respooler,
on May 4, 1954 at Loray Baptist
Church, The couple are making
their home at 108 S, Dalton Street,
Gastonia, N, C,
Red Cross Bloodmobile To Visit
Here May 24; Local Need Cited
FIRESTONE employees and
community people will again have
an opportunity to give blood to
the Red Cross when the Red Cross
Bloodmobile visits the Girls’ Club,
Monday, May 24, Donors will be
scheduled at regular intervals
starting at 11 a, m., and ending at
5 p. m., according to an announce
ment from Industrial Relations Di
rector T, B, Ipock who is in charge
of recruiting donors for this
The blood obtained through these,
visits is used in local hospitals as
well as for military and disaster
use. There is a current need at
local hospitals for blood in order
that the on-hand supply may be
kept at a satisfactory level.
Firestone employees have in the
past responded generously to the
call for blood by the Red Cross,
Last June 16—date of the Blood-
mobile’s last visit here—110 em
ployees and 26 additional towns
people gave blood, A number of
employees are members of that
select group of people who have
Max Cole of Newport, Tenn,,
died April 12, He is the nephew of
Twister Tender Bart Allen, Sympa
thy is extended to the family.
Our sympathy is extended to
Mrs, Eunice Jacobs, respooler, and
Mrs, Gertrude Lail, winder tender,
in the passing of their mother,
Mrs, Emeline Waldrop, on April 11,
Mr, and Mrs, Floyd Kelly and
family attended the funeral of Mr.
Kelly’s aunt, Mrs. Ollie Owens, in
Lucas, Ga,, April 19. Mr. Kelly is a
second hand in SYC Weaving.
contributed a total of one gallon of
blood over the years to the Red
The Red Cross will be prepared
to handle up to 300 donors here on
May 24, All employees are urged
to help “Replenish the Blood
Bank.” Those who plan to con
tribute should give their names to
their supervisors as soon as possi
ble in order that a time schedule
for appearing at the Girls’ Club
can be drawn up.
Cpl. and Mrs. Joseph H. Thomp
son announce the birth of a son,
Reginald Jerome, Saturday, April
10th. Cpl. Thompson is serving as
a switchboard operator with the
Signal Service Section in Japan.
Mrs, Thompson and sons are re
siding with Cpl, Thompson’s par
ents on Shady Street,
Mr, and Mrs, J. B. Mitchell,
Shop, announce the birth of a
daughter, Sheila Carol, on April
23 at Garrison General Hospital,
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Lane an
nounce the birth of a daughter,
April 9, at the Garrison General
Hospital. Mr. Lane is a twister
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crawford
announce the birth of a son. Rich- ;
ard Neal, April 16. Mrs. Crawford »
is a daughter of Mrs. Ruth Mc-
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Mitchell,
Shop, announce the birth of a
daughter, Rita Kay, on April 22,
at Garrison General Hospital.
Employees Receive Service Awards
15-YEAR PIN WINNERS—Six of the twelve employees who
received during April their awards for 15 years of service with
Firestone are shown in the picture above, as follows (left to right)
Coy Davis, Mrs. Mattie Passmore, Mrs. Lula Garrison, General
Superintendent Nelson Kessell (made the presentations), Mrs. Ruth
Bolick, Mrs. Bertha Dodgen, and Mrs. Clara Wilson.
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