JULY 25, 1954
evoted To Her Home,
The garden of her song was an
other well-loved pursuit. Because
of her work with and admiration
for flowers, the famed horticultur
ist, David Burpee, named a new
species of marigold for her.
ON THE NIGHT of Feb. 7,
1938, her husband died in his sleep
at their winter home at Miami
Beach. Perhaps on the long train
ride back, she could think over her
life which now had so abruptly and
She could think of her birth
place, Minnesota City, Minn.—and
of her mother and father, George
T. Smith, and her girlhood in
How proud her mother had been
of her father—because he had in
vented a process for removing the
elements which gave dark color to
bread and cake made from mill
her home was in Jackson
when she met her husband-to-be,
a dashing salesman, working out
of Detroit, for the Columbus Buggy
Co. owned by his cousin, Clinton
They were married on Nov. 20,
The Columbus buggy sold for
^llO while Durant, Dort and Nash
names famous later in the auto
field—were turning out sturdy ones
A few months after they were
J^arried, the Columbus firm failed
and he had come home—out of a
I*ERHAPS she thought of the
$1»000 they had saved and how
With a partner, he risked it to
^'®nt a run-down factory on Wa-
bash ave. in Chicago. The partners
fitted strips of rubber to buggy
They had a little house—$25 a
^onth. The grocery bill was scar-
$5 a week.
The little plant prospered and
6 and the men with him—
bought the modern nearby plant of
Imperial Rubber Co. That was
&oing well, too, when the Consoli-
ated Rubber Co., forming as a
lust to take over all the rubber
£^Panies, bought out Imperial.
THAT’S WHERE they got the
$45,000—the money they had when
they arrived in Akron during the
snowstorm that night which now
seemed so long ago.
After his death, she found great
solace in her children and grand
And when they all gathered
around for a special holiday—like
her birthday—she could say:
“For years, all my hours were
spent trying to be a good wife and
mother. Now I’m trying to be a
Elizabeth and Russell preceded
her in death but her four sons and
many grandchildren grieve for the
woman who had tried to make the
best possible job of her life’s work
She leaves her four sons, Har
vey S., Jr., now chairman of the
parent Firestone company; Leon
ard K. of Beverly Hills, Cal., presi
dent of the Firestone Tire & Rub
ber Co. of California; Raymond C.
of Bath, executive vice president of
Firestone Tire in Akron, and Roger
S., Bryn Mawr, Pa., president of
the Firestone Plastics Co., at
There are 16 grandchildren: Mrs.
Charles F. Willis, Jr., Mrs. William
Clay Ford, Harvey S. Firestone,
III, Anne Idabelle Firestone (chil
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey S.
Firestone, Jr.); Russell A. Fire
stone, Jr., D. Morgan Firestone
(children of Mrs. Russell A. Fire
stone and the late Russell A.
Kimball C. Firestone, A. Brooks
Firestone, Lendy S. Firestone
(children of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard
K. Firestone); Christy A. Fire
stone, Judith A. Firestone (chil
dren of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C.
Firestone); Gay I. Firestone, Peter
S. Firestone, John D. Firestone,
Cinda J. Firestone (children of Mr.
and Mrs. Roger S. Firestone).
Ray A. Graham III (son of Ray
A, Graham, Jr., and the late Mrs.
Ray A. Graham, Jr.—Elizabeth
She also leaves four great
grandchildren, Martha P. Ford,
Sheila F. Ford, Douglas B. Fire
stone and Andrew P. Firestone.
MR. AND MRS. Firestone upon their fortieth wedding anniversary, November 20, 1935, when their
children celebrated the occasion at Harbel Manor with a musicale and supper for 400 guests. Left to
right, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey S., Jr., Elizabeth, Roger, Mr. Firestone, Raymond C., Mrs. Firestone, Mrs.
Raymond C., Mr. and Mrs. Leonard K., and Mr. and Mrs. Russell A.
MR. AND MRS. Harvey S. Firestone and members of their family at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club,
Gates Mills, Ohio, in 1927. Left to right, Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Elizabeth Firestone, Leonard K.
Firestone, Mrs. Firestone, Raymond C. Firestone, Mr. Firestone and Russell A. Firestone.
(An editorial reprinted from the Akron Beacon Joui'nal
be f ^ scores a great success in life, usually it will
''"ife that he had the help of a devoted and intelligent
car the case in Harvey S. Firestone’s phenomenal
of industry. His wife, Idabelle, was constantly a source
nv,.®^Sth to him, from the time they were married in 1895
the day of his death in 1938.
HO means did Mrs. Firestone conceive it to be her
hig participate with her husband in the operation of
sijj She was the home maker; the mother of their
Firestones were always known for their
deriv ^ family life. Unquestionably, the husband and father
a great deal of inspiration from his home.
years, Mrs. Firestone had the time and oppor-
of . exercise her own talents, particularly in the field
“If T ^he will long be remembered as the composer of
theme You” and “In My Garden,” the distinctive
songs of the Firestone radio and television program.
among her benefactions is the Idabelle
qui^fl Home at City Hospital, but time and again
^ake &ave the few or several thousand dollars needed
the campaign for some local philanthropy a success.
w of 79 brings to a close the long and
^eiriQ- ^ gracious lady whose proudest success was
^ good wife and mother.
WITH HER SONS, three of whom were in the service of their country, Mrs. PMrestone is shown
at Harbel Manor on August 3, 1942. This was the day on which the Firestone Company received the
Army-Navy “E” Award for high achievement in producing war materials. Mrs. Firestone attended the
“E” Award ceremonies at the Firestone Stadium with her five sons. Left to right, Harvey S. Firestone,
Jr., then President of the Company; Lt. Leonard K. Firestone of the Navy; Mrs. Firestone, Lt. Raymond
C. Firestone of the Army Air Coorps; Lt. Roger S. Firestone of the Navy, and Russell A. Firestone, Gen
eral Manager of the Nebraska Ordnance Plant, then operated by P’irestone.