OCTOBER 25, 1954
Safety Slogan Contest
In connection with the safety program the Company is again
sponsoring a “Safety Slogan Contest” which will begin November 1
and will last through November 30.
Official entry blanks will be available from each department
overseer or second hand. Blanks will also be available from the
Personnel Office. The slogans may be deposited in the suggestion
boxes or left at the Personnel Office.
Listed below are the official rules of the contest:
1. All employees except those on the Supervisory Staff are eligible
to enter the contest.
2. Slogans must be entered on official entry blanks.
3. The safety slogans will be judged on both quality and originality.
4. The length of the slogans is limited to ten words or less.
5. There is no limit as to the number of slogans each person may
turn in, however, each slogan should be entered on a separate
6. The prizes to be awarded are as follows:
First Prize $25.00
Second Prize 15.00
Third Prize 10.00
Ten Prizes 5.00 each
7. No person can qualify for more than one of the three larger
prizes and one of the ten smaller prizes.
8. The contest will run from November 1, 1954, through November
9. The decision of the judges will be final and all slogans sub
mitted become the property of the Company and can be used
by the Company in promoting its safety program.
Francis Martin Visits Local Plant
Francis S. Martin, Assistant
Manager of The Firestone Textile
Plant at Sao Paulo, Brazil, was a
recent visitor at this plant. To Mr.
Martin, this was a return to fa
miliar surroundings. It was here
that Martin received his basic
training for his South American
assignment. While in Gastonia, Mr.
Martin was assistant to General
Superintendent Nelson Kessell.
The changes that have taken
place in Gastonia during the three
years he has been away impressed
Martin a great deal. He com
mented particularly on better ma
terial handling system, loom ar
rangement, improved floors and
Mr. Martin paid tribute to plant
supervisors for their guidance and
help while he was here. He was
especially grateful to the card
grinders, loom fixers and section
men who worked with him when he
was here. He stated that the help
received from these men enabled
him to set up certain operations in
his plant that would otherwise
have required outside specialists.
While Mr. Martin was in Gas
tonia, Mrs. Martin, who was the
former Miss Henrietta Atkin,
visited her parents in Henderson
ville, N. C. The Martins are the
proud parents of an 11-month old
daughter, Katherine, who was born
The Martins flew to Brazil in
September, 1951, leaving from
New York, and arriving at Sao
Paulo some twenty-six hours later.
The trip home was by boat and
required two weeks with a stop at
Trinidad. Fine weather was en
joyed throughout the trip. The
Martins are returning to Sao
Paulo by boat from New Orleans
on November 11.
Before leaving for Brazil, Mr,
Martin expects to visit several
rayon plants and will spend some
time in Akron, Ohio,
Sao Paulo is approximately six
thousand miles from here.
The growing season is almost
the year round. The Martins enjoy
having fresh vegetables and
tropical fruits at anytime.
Mr. Martin was delighted to see
his many friends while here and
expressed a desire to return again.
Volume III, No. 16, October 25, 1954
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Firestone Textiles Division
Gastonia, North Caorlina
Department of Public Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jim Ballew, Jessie Westmoreland.
SPINNING—Ray Thomas, Mary Turner, Maude Johnson.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Helen Reel, Rosalee Burger.
TWISTING—Pearl Aldridge, Dean Haun, Carrie Johnson, Lorene
Owensby, Dorothy Baber, Kathleen Clark.
SALES YARN TWISTING—Bonnie Dockery.
SYC WEAVING—Vivian Bumgardner, Lucille Davis, Sara Davis,
Nina Milton, Juanita McDonald.
CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene Burroughs, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Dorcas Atkinson, Ann Stevenson, Chris
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert Meeks.
PLASTIC DIP—Frances Huffman
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernathy.
Troops of the Gastonia District
have started their work to qualify
their members for the Harvey S.
Firestone, Jr. Award and The Fire
stone Certificate of Merit. R. M.
Schiele announced the continuation
of the program at the last Court of
Honor and urged all scouts in the
district to participate in this great
All Scoutmasters will be given
detailed information on the pro
gram as well as blanks to be com
pleted by the Scouts, Any prob
lems concerning the program can
be worked out at this meeting and
any suggestions by Scout Leaders
will be considered in the group
The Firestone Certificate of
Merit will be presented annually
to a maximum of fifty Scouts in
the Gastonia District, Piedmont
Area Council, Boy Scouts of
America, selected from among
those who qualify. Scouts who re
ceive the Certificate will also be
given two weeks of summer camp
ing at Piedmont with fees paid, or
gift certificate for an equivalent
value of Scout equipment, or other
awards as may be announced.
The Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.
Award will be presented annually
to the one boy who is adjudged
the most outstanding Scout among
those who receive the Firestone
Certificate of Merit. The award
will consist of a medallion appro
priately inscribed and a prize to
be announced in advance by the
Gastonia District Committee.
To qualify, the Scout will:
a. Participate in at least five
overnight hikes at an approv
ed camp side.
b. Participate in at least five
patrol or troop day hikes.
c. Demonstrate his leadership a-
bility within his own troop,
d. Participate in patrol or troop
e. Participate in at least two
troop-sponsored special pro
jects or civic good turns.
f. Show advancement which, in
the opinion of the judges, is
g. Demonstrate his skill in scout-
craft in the District Camporee
or designated group demon
h. Complete a project from those
listed on the back page of the
Scout Declaration; he shall in
dicate his selection at the
time of submitting his Scout
i. Visit at least one other Scout
unit of which he has never
been a member, and give an
oral report thereon to his
Troop or to his Unit Leader.
2. SCOUTING RECORD
To qualify, the Scout will show:
a. Seventy-five per cent atten
dance at scheduled Unit
b. Satisfactory participation in
regular Unit, Council and Dis
c. Strict observance of Scout
Oath and Law.
3. SCHOLASTIC RECORD
The Scout must show satisfac
tory progress in his school work.
4. CHURCH RECORD
The Scout must produce a state
ment from his Parish, Priest,
Rabbi, Minister or Sunday School
Teacher showing satisfactory par
ticipation in a church program.
5. EXPLORER SCOUTING
Explorer Scouts are eligible for
competition. The use herein of
“hikes” and other Boy Scout terms
shall be construed to include ex
peditions, cruises, etc. of any ex
plorer branch of Scouting. In the
case of Air Explorers, participa
tion in official model airplane
meets may be substituted for par
ticipation in overnight hikes to the
extent of three. (For example, an
Air Explorer may participate in
one overnight hike and three
model meets; two overnight hikes
and two model meets.)
RULES FOR ELIGIBILITY
1. The Scout must be under 18
years of age at the beginning of
the year’s competition.
2. The Scout must be a member
of a Gastonia District Troop dur
ing entire year of competition and
Rev. George William Bumgarner
began his duties as pastor of the
West End Methodist Church on
Sunday, October 10, 1954.
He and his wife, Miriam, and
adopted son, Burton, are occupy
ing the parsonage at 310 North
Rev. Bumgarner graduated from
Duke Divinity School with the B.
D. Degree in 1939, His pastorates
include Murphy Circuit, Morning
Star at Canton, Abernethy Me
morial Church, Newton, and Trini
ty Church, Charlotte, The minister
was a chaplain in the U. S. Navy
from 1943 until 1946.
The Rev. C. E. Hedgepeth was
appointed at the recent session of
the Western North Carolina annual
conference to the pastorate of the
Firestone Wesleyan Methodist
Rev. Hedgepeth succeeds Rev. F.
B. Dennard, He has been in the
conference 17 years and has served
as pastor at Mount Airy, Bessemer
City, West Durham and McAden-
He and his wife, Hattie Mae, two
children, Eddie and Betty Ann,
reside at the church parsonage on
212 S. Ransom St.
must participate regularly in all
activities required for qualifica
3. The Scout must obtain his
Unit Leader’s and Parent’s or
Guardian’s approval on the decla
4. The Scout may transfer from
one Gastonia District Troop to an
other during the year of compe
1. The periods of competition
will be from June 1st to May 31st.
2. If more than fifty Scouts
qualify for the Firestone Certifi
cate of Merit in any one year, the
Certificate will be presented to the
fifty Scouts who receive the high
3. The Firestone Certificate of
Merit may be won more than once
by the same Scout.
4. The winning of special awards
is limited to two consecutive years.
5. The Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.
Award may be won only once by
any one Scout.
6. The decisions of the judges
shall be final.
7. The terms and conditions of
the competition are subject to
change annually at the discretion
of The Firestone Tire & Rubber
1. Build and maintain a bird-
feeding station and list the birds
seen using it for a minimum of six
2. Build a nature trail that will
be used for instruction over an
3. Construct a serviceable bridge
or lean-to capable of being used by
a large man.
4. Make a waterproof tent and
use it on at least four overnight
5. Make and use a back packings
outfit—pack frame, sack or basket.
6. Build some needed camp
equipment such as a permanent
fireplace or Dutch oven.
7. Develop and carry out
original conservation project
consultation with your leader or
other conservation leaders.
8. Establish a permanent, indi
vidual camp with improved natural
conveniences that make camping
comfortable. Use this camp a mini'
mum of four nights.
9. Hike to four prominent land
marks and make a written report
of your observations.
10. The Scout may select a pro*
ject not listed above provided his
selection is submitted to the Board
of Judges for approval.
(All entries must be approved by
Scoutmasters not later than
March 1st, so that judging may
completed by May 10th.)
Traffic Toll Down
The nation’s traffic toll is coming
The National Safety Council re
ports that for seven straig^
months, beginning in January ®
1954, the monthly traffic deat
total was lower than for the sam®
months in 1953.
An interesting and encouraging
feature of this good news to
ness and industrial people is tha
the Council attributes part of t e
traffic improvement to the
creased effort business and indus
try are making to extend theii
safety know-how to the entire coni
Every employee and every of
cial of this company can play
important part in this big effort ^
bring down the traffic toll.
courteously, sensibly, skillfu
Carry into your car the
practices you have learned on
job. Remember—the life you
may be your own!