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JUNE 10, 1954
An Overseers^ Twosome
OVERSEERS Sam Guffey and Ernest Bagwell (left to right
above) tee off at Gastonia’s Municipal Golf Course in a late after
noon 9-hole game. According to these two newcomers to the game, an
increasing number of employees are learning to play and are using
the facilities of the Municipal Course. Recreation Director Ralph
Johnson has announced an Employee Golf Tournament to start with
qualifying rounds on June 14. Tournament play will begin June 21st.
An Employee's New Home
MR, AND MRS. HAROLD ROBINSON are the proud owners of
the new brick veneer house above, located at 1002 Home Trail. It has
six rooms, one-and-a-half baths; is floored in oak with plastered
walls. Mr. Robinson, an 8-year employee, is a shipping clerk.
Volume III, No. 10, June 10, 1954
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—Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Hazel Foy, Grace Stowe, Annie Cosey, Dean Haun,
SALES YARN TWISTING—Fannie Humphries.
SYC WEAVING—Sarah Davis, Nina Milton, Vivian Bumgardner.
CORD WEAVING—Margaret Rhyne, Irene Burroughs, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Catherine Isham,
WINDING—Mazelle Lewis, Ann Stevenson, Christine Stroupe.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert Meeks.
PLASTIC DIP—Frances Huffman, Helen Guffey.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernathy.
R. C. Firestone
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Appearing
on the “Voice of Firestone” simul
cast Monday night, June 7, Ray
mond C. Firestone, Executive Vice-
President of The Firestone Tire &
Rubber Company, made the follow
ing announcement concerning the
continuation of the program:
“On our program last Monday
night Hugh James told you that
the ‘Voice of Firestone,’ which has
been broadcast at 8:30 on Monday
night for the past 25 years on
radio and the past five years as a
simulcast on television, would not
be heard on the N. B. C. network
after tonight’s program. We were
advised that the 8:30 period on
Monday night would not be avail
able throughout the year and that
no other evening television net
work time would be offered to
Firestone for continuing our long-
established program for the bene
fit of our loyal listening audience.
“At this time I would like to ex
press our sincere appreciation to
the National Broadcasting Com
pany and the many television and
radio stations throughout the
country for our long and pleasant
association and their fine co-opera
tion in making the ‘Voice of Fire
stone’ such an outstanding pro
gram and available to millions of
listeners throughout the United
States. I would also like to thank
Howard Barlow, our conductor, and
all members of his orchestra, the
many gifted and talented artists
who have appeared on our program
throughout the past 25 years, and
Hugh James, our announcer, and
all members of the production staff
who have worked so diligently and
hard to bring this program to you.
“I also want to express our
heartfelt gratitude to our millions
and millions of loyal listeners and
customers who have made the
‘Voice of Firestone’ a traditional
half hour of musical entertain
ment in their homes each Monday
“And finally I want to especially
thank those many thousands who
wrote to us expressing appreciation
for the years of fine music and
entertainment that the ‘Voice of
Firestone’ has brought into their
homes—and also to the newspaper
publishers, editors and columnists
who have been so generous in their
wonderful comments about our
“It gives me great pleasure to
tell you that our Company, includ
ing thousands of Firestone dealers
and stores, has completed arrange
ments with the American Broad
casting Company to continue the
‘Voice of Firestone’ on its tele
vision and radio networks at this
time on Monday evenings, starting
next Monday, June 14, at 8:30 p. m.
“May I again express our warm
appreciation for allowing us to
bring the ‘Voice of Firestone’ into
your homes and for your great
loyalty to the ‘Voice of Firestone’
and to our Company. It will be a
great pleasure for us to continue
to bring the ‘Voice of Firestone’
to you each Monday evening.”
William Massey, twister tender,
and Mrs. Betty Massey, spooler
tender, announce the birth of a
son, Timothy Blair on May 21, at
Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Retired Slasher Tender Travels
To Bolster Health & Happiness
SAMUEL C. TATE is a retired employee who was, on all accounts,
supposed to embark on a life of rest and inactivity upon reaching re
tirement age last November. Main reason: His doctors told him that a
recurring back ailment would in all likelihood render him unable to
This was during a 6-week period
of hospital treatment for his back
and was prior to his retirement. To
his own, and his doctor’s amaze
ment he recovered sufficiently to
return to work, and since retiring
has continued to gain in strength
and vigor. As for getting around,
he’s traveled 5,000 miles by auto
mobile — driving himself — and
walks anywhere and any time he
“Doctors tell me now that driv
ing’s good for me and I’m doing
what they tell me,” he likes to say.
His car stays in constant readi
ness for a trip to just about any
place his (or his wife’s) whim di
rects. “Got a trip in mind right
now to the mountains. My wife,
especially, likes the mountains of
Western North Carolina,” he adds.
As evidence of his travels he
produced souvenirs from Mexico,
scene of his most extensive and
interesting trip to date. “I started
out for Mission, Texas,” he re
lates, “to visit a friend and on
arrival he insisted that we visit
Mexico. It turned out to be a fine
The next long venture for the re
tired slasher tender and his wife
may be a trip to Canada. After
that, chances are, the West Coast
will beckon. In the meantime, the
family car is standing by and his
back continues to improve; so,
from now on, don’t be surprised if,
when you visit the Tate’s at 315
South Weldon Street, you find a
note saying, “Going on a little trip
until next week, signed, Sam.”
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Costner an
nounce the marriage of their
daughter, Helen to Troy Slagle,
bobbin machine tender, on May 1,
at Bradley Memorial Methodist
Church. After a trip to the moun
tains of Western North Carolina,
they will make their home with
Mrs. Slagle’s parents.
Mr. Sam Tate and his collec
tion of Mexician souvenirs.
(Continued From Page 1)
COMPANY officials included,
in addition to Mr. Mercer, General
Superintendent Nelson Kessell,
Superintendent Francis Galligan,
Comptroller E. J. Mechem, and In
dustrial Relations Director T. B.
Ipock, Jr. Messrs. Kessell and Gal
ligan presented the 40 Certificates
of Merit; Mr. Ipock introduced the
Young Billy Sayers, who says he
was completely surprised and ex
tremely happy upon being select
ed winner of the Harvey S. Fire
stone, Jr., Award, plans to study
medicine following high school and
college. Right now he’s a rising
10th grader at Gastonia High
School, which he will enter this fall
with a scholastic average of “A”
for all previous school work.
He lives with his mother, Mrs.
W. F. Sayers (his father is de
ceased), at 836 South Jackson
Street Extension. He is a member
of the Main Street Methodist
Church which sponsors his troop 7.
The Playground Opens
Clyde Mitchell, beam man, and
Mrs. Mitchell announce the birth
of a son, Terry Dale, on April 16.
THE Firestone Playground opened Tuesday, June 8, to wade-
hungry children of the Firestone Community and beyond. The play'
ground is operated by the Gastonia Recreation Department and is
open from 9-to-6 Monday through Friday and 9-to-12 on Saturday-
Misses Sadie Carson and Carrie Margaret Ferguson are agan^
director and assistant director, respectively, in charge of the play*
ground’s activities which include wading and swimming for childr®’^
under 12, swings, seesaws, horseshoes, and softball