NOVEMBER 10, 1954
Miss Nancy Jo Burroughs,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe 0.
Burroughs, exchanged vows with
Fred A. Hager, in a ceremony at
First Baptist Church in Bessemer
City, Saturday, September 4, at
7 p. m.
Mr. Burroughs is in the shop, and
Mrs. Burroughs is in the Cord
The Reverend Fred Forester,
pastor of the church, led the mar
Given in marriage by her father,
the bride wore a gown of white
silk organza, embroidered in petal
pink satin. Her veil of pure silk
Religion Is Bulwark
Of American Life
The heart of America’s great
ness is its religious strength. Only
by faith can men hold firm and
uncompromised their spiritual
heritage of freedom and the right
to live with hope.
No force can close in on that
freedom and hope as long as we
hold to our unfaltering belief in
the fellowship of man with his
God. No force can overcome the
heroic powers which spring eternal
ly from faith.
We can thank the religious be
liefs of our founding fathers for
dedicating their labor and their
lives to the creation of this land of
freedom. The foundations of this
nation were laid by men and
women who believed in God and
His influence in human affairs.
From the earliest days, spiritual
aspirations have been a vital force
in American life.
The first act of the Pilgrims
after their ship gained the shelter
of the harbor in the autumn of
1621, was to thank God for having
led them safely overseas.
illusion was triple-tiered and was
attached to a half hat of the same
material. She carried a prayer
book topped with an orchid,
A program of music included
numbers by Miss Jo Ann Bur
roughs who sang “Through The
Years,” and Jimmy Chasteen, who
sang “O Promise Me,” and “The
Miss Jeanette Burroughs, who
attended her sister as maid of
honor, was attired in a ballerina
length dress of petal pink brocade,
worn with a pink satin baneaux.
She wore a flirtation veil and car
ried a bouquet of red roses.
The mother of the bride chose a
dress of aqua faille, featuring a
Charles Lee Hager attended his
son as best man. Buster Horne,
Dizzy Coon, Bud Morgan, and Jack
Herndon were ushers.
Mrs. Hager attended the Besse
mer City schools. Mr, Hager is a
1954 graduate of Bessemer City
After a trip through Western
North Carolina, the couple went to
live in Jacksonville, Fla., where
the bridegroom is stationed with
the U. S. Marine Corps.
The first money issued by the
new nation was stamped with its
faith in divine power with the
phrase: “In God We Trust”.
Early in the sessions of the Con
stitutional Convention in Phila
delphia, Benjamin Franklin inter
rupted the proceedings to inquire
why the meetings were not opened
with prayer for divine guidance. He
reminded them that in that very
room when the Declaration of In
dependence was being drawn up,
there had been daily prayer.
Today there is urgent need for
the vision and fortitude of men of
faith. Much depends upon us—as
individuals and as a nation. We
have in this nation a vast reservoir
of that faith. Mobilizing it and
sharing it is the one sure way to
inspire hope in the hearts of the
people of the world for a better
For Fire Years Service
Following is a list of awards of
five year service pins to employees
of Firestone Textiles, for October,
Rayon Twisting Bobbie S. Ray-
field, Stella E. Moore; Cotton
Twisting Glenn R, McMillon; Cot
ton Weaving Harcell T, Tate.
Volume III, No. 17, November 10, 1954
Published bj The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
Firestone Textiles Division
Gastonia, North Carolina
Department of Public Relations
CLAUDE CALLAWAY, Editor
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 CONTROLr—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Louella Queen.
Winding—May*elle 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,
Friends Gave A Surprise Party
Beaver Retires After 19 Years Service
“I feel somewhat lost, not hav
ing a regular job to do,” remarked
A, C. Beaver less than one week
after he retired from work as a
twister-doffer at Firestone Tex
tiles, after 19 years and four
months of continuous service to
the Gastonia plant. Mr. Beaver,
who was 65 last October 5, has
been in either the twisting or doff
ing department since he came to
work here in 1933. His duties have
taken him to assignments on dif
ferent floors of the plant.
When he retired on October 29,
his friends in the plant gave a sur
prise party, at which they pre
sented him with a package con
taining two white dress shirts, a
necktie and tie pin, and a billfold.
Beaver was brought up on a
farm near Murphy in Cherokee
County, N. C., and spent his early
life as farmer, timberman, and
later as a copper miner in East
Tennessee. He recalls that when he
was working in the Tennessee cop
per mine near Ducktown, his
family remained in North Carolina,
while he traveled to and from his
job—to board in the state of
He moved with his family to
Gastonia in 1926, and was first em
ployed by a textile mill prior to
coming to Firestone. Mrs. Beaver,
also employed at Firestone, has a
record of more than 19 years ser
vice with the plant. Three of Mr.
Beaver’s brothers are also em
ployed here. They are William T.,
Robert L,, and James B. Beaver.
The A. C. Beavers have eight
children, five boys and three girls,
all of whom are married, except the
youngest son, Lloyd.
Through his more than 19 years
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A. C. Beaver, at left center, receives a gift from Hobert Aldridge,
overseer in the Ply Twisting Department, on the occasion of Mr.
Beaver’s retirement from more than 19 years service with Firestone
with Firestone, Beaver has been
fortunate, in that he has lost very
little time on the job from sick
ness or accidents.
“In my work at Firestone I al
ways tried to cooperate with my
supervisors, and do the job well,
for that was the best way to get
along,” he says.
On his vacation throughout the
years he has visited various places.
“My last vacation seemed to be the
best ever,” he remembers. Mr. and
Mrs. Beaver, along with Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Anderson (Mrs. Anderson
works for Firestone), toured
parts of Virginia, Kentucky and
Tennessee. In Kentucky, Mr. Beav
er had his first experience of going
inside a coal mine. In Tennessee
members of his party visited Look
out Mountain and Rock City, from
which they were able to see parts
of seven states.
Asked if he plans an extended
vacation this winter, say like to
Florida, the retired Firestone
worker replied: “No, Florida would
be a mighty nice place to go, but
a fellow wants most of all to just
be at home.”
Mr. Beaver regularly attends
Beech Avenue Baptist Church, not
far from his 6th Street home.
Still young in heart and also in
years, Beaver has almost a com
plete set of his original teeth, and
his black hair shows only a tinge
of grey. “It’s getting a bit thin on
top,” he remarks jokingly.
And what of his plans for the
future ? He’ll probably find a part-
time job to pass the hours, while
at his home at 1015 W. 6th Street,
he dreams of a few acres in the
country where he can do some
gardening, and perhaps tend a few
pigs and a flock of chickens.
Firestone Tires Set
New Speed Record
Fourteen new American speed
records were established on Fire
stone tires at the sixth running
of the annual National Speed
Trials over the blistering salt flats
at Bonneville, Utah, August 30
through September 5.
The Ray Brown Shadoff Special
turned the top speed of the meet
when it established a new Class
“C” Streamliner record for the
measured mile at an average speed
of 248.26 miles per hour. The same
car won the fastest speed trophy
for the measured mile in one di
rection of 252 mph. This same car,
a single engine powered machine
with 302 cubic inches and 325
horsepower last year won the In
ternational competition in its class
for one, five and ten kilometers
and one, five and ten miles with an
average speed of 236.36 mph. The
car was driven to the new Ameri
can record this year by Bob Bow
en. The old record for Class “C”
Streamliners was 224.144 estab
lished in 1952.
For the first time in history, a
modified roadster. Class “C”, was
driven over 200 mph. It was the
Jim Lindsey entry that completed
the two-way mile in an average
speed of 202.07 mph. The previous
record of 186.09 was established in
The Neumayer-Reed Bros. Class
“C” Lakester was piloted to a new
American record by clipping more
than eight miles per hour from the
old record. The new time was
205.71 as compared to the record
established in 1952 of 197.88.
Also rewritten into the record
book was a new American record
in Class “D” Competition Coupe.
The Don Bishop entry was clocked
at an average speed of 171.57,
beating the previous record of
160.852 established in 1953,
New records were set in all four
classes in the Coupe category.
The “B” record went to the Toros-
Arias entry with 138.41 (old
record, 133.257); “C” record to the
with ’54,34 (open).
It is significant that with more
than 450 entries, 84 per cent of
the owners selected and used Fire
The American record for Class
“E” Streamliners established in
1953 by the Floyd Clymer Motor-
book Special, owned by Bill Kenz
and Ray Leslie of Denver, Colo
rado, was not broken. The famous
777 was on hand to defend and roll
ed to a 151 plus in warm-up. The
1953 record speed of 256,045 mph
still stands as the top American
speed on the world’s fastest race
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and components; in Noblesville,
Indiana, tank tracks, and in Los
Angeles, California, Corporal Guid
The Company also operates
Ravenna Arsenal, Ravenna, Ohio;
Keystone Ordance Works, Mead-
ville, Pennsylvania, and Plum
Brook Ordnance Works, Sandusky,
Ohio. In addition, an active De
fense Research Division is carry
ing out a number of important
assignments for Army Ordnance,
Navy Bureau of Ships and others.
At the conclusion of World War
II, Mr. Gohr was named Purchas
ing Agent of the Company,
1951 he was named General Man
ager of Plant 3, the large defense
manufacturing plant of the Com
pany in Akron, For the past two
years he has been on special
Opening date for girls’ basketball
practice has been set for 7 p-
November 16, at the Armory»
Ralph Johnson, director of recrea
tion, has announced.
Service Pins For November
As of November, 1954, 360 fifteen year service pins, 800 ten year>
and 1,841 five year pins have been awarded Firestone Textiles eitt'
ployees. Those receiving fifteen year awards for November: Cardii^^
Garland Fox; Rayon Weaving Otho J, Chambers, M, Ethel C. Tate,
Cotton Weaving Elam Kaylor, Bassie R. Rogers.
For ten years service: Spooling Pearl H. Edison, Virginia H. Eakei’’
Rayon Weaving Frank S. Lineberger,
Five years: Rayon Twisting Ollie J, Propst, Julius R. Hodgf®'
Rayon Weaving Roy L, Davis; Warehouse Tracy H. Moore, Sam^®
Wilson; Winding Dorcas A. Atkinson.