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DECEMBER 24, 1954
Enlarged Parking Facilities
To Replace Firestone Houses
Three Firestone Textile-owned
houses will be sacrificed to make
way for space to enlarge the park
ing facilities at the plant, Harold
Mercer, General Manager, has an
The proposed parking lot will
accommodate 150 cars.
Expanded parking facilities are
necessary, Mr. Mercer explained,
because of the increased number of
cars owned by the employees. The
parking lot will also alleviate the
traffic congestion created on the
streets in the vicinity of the plant,
and help , to clear spaces around
“We will have sufficient capacity
to park 350 cars off the streets
when the new lot is completed,” the
General Manager said. “That’s a
far cry from what we had years
ago. When I first came to Gastonia,
we had one parking lot that would
hold 30 cars.”
Staff Sergeant H. L. Dixon,
son of Mrs. Nellie Dixon, respool
er, and his family returned home
Friday, December 17. Sgt. Dixon,
his wife and two children have been
in England for the past three
Mr. and Mrs. Otho Chambers
spent the week end recently visit
ing Mr. Chamber’s mother and
father in Lula, Ga.
Mrs. Bertha Dodgen visited her
mother, Mrs. C. J. Tyler and her
sister, Mrs. Sadie Williamson of
McCall, S. C., during the week end
of December 11.
Mrs. Skeet Fletcher, tie-in-hand,
spent a recent week end with her
father, Nathan Graves of McCall,
Mr. and Mrs. Hobert Aldridge
had as their guests Sunday, De
cember 12, Mr. and Mrs. William
Cosey and their grandson. Sonny
The women employees of the
Twisting Department had their
Christmas Party at the Girls’ Club
on December 13. A turkey dinner
was served and gifts exchanged.
Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Stiles spent
the week end recently with their
son, the Rev. Mr. J. W. Stiles at
Brevard, N. C.
Mrs, William Cosey, reclaimer,
and Miss Margie Cosey, main of
fice, entertained at a birthday
party in honor of Sonny Brock
man, the former’s grandson, who
was five years old December 11.
Ice cream and cake were served to
Miss Louise Sparrow, student at
Warren-Wilson College, Swan-
nanoa, N. C. and William Sparrow,
student at State College, Raleigh,
N. C., are spending the Christmas
holidays with their parents, Yard
man Frank Sparrow and Mrs.
Eight employees completed 15 years service to the Company
early in December. In foreground, General Superintendent Nelson
Kessell (left) receives from General Manager Harold Mercer the
pins which Mr. Kessell presented to those completing 15-year records.
They are, from extreme left: Otho J. Chambers, rayon weaving;
Garland Fox, carding; William F. Hogan, shop; Marvin Benton,
carding; Elam Kaylor, cotton weaving; Bassie Rogers, cotton weav
ing; John W. P. Motes, cotton weaving; and Ethel Tate, rayon
The three buildings to be demolished to provide space for a new 150-car parking
area are located on South Firestone Boulevard between Franklin and Second Avenue.
Electrician Harry Jopp and Ray
Kale made a trip to Marion, Ind.,
recently. They were accompanied
home by Mrs. Hubert Brown. Mrs.
Brown is the daughter of Mr. Kale
and the wife of a former Shop em
ployee, Hubert Brown.
Lathe Operator Marshall Gilbert
has returned to work after several
days of illness.
The Shop employees will have
their annual Christmas banquet on
Wednesday, December 22, at the
Girls Club. Serving on the com
mittee are Rosie Francum, J. G.
Tino, Jr., and Rufus Hughes.
Lathe Operator Marvin Robin
son entered Garrison General Hos
pital December 12.
Miss Mary Rose Foy, student at
Wofford College and Spartanburg
General Hospital School of Nurs
ing, is spending the Christmas
Holidays with her parents. Lathe
Operator Edgar Foy and Mrs.
Hazel Foy of the Twisting Depart
Gordon Wilson, fixer, and Mrs.
Wilson, visited their son in Sumter,
S. C., recently.
Jack Morris and Mrs. Morris,
visited relatives in Gainesville, Ga.,
for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Section Man Jack Moore’s
mother has returned home from
the hospital after a serious opera
Baler Lake Quinn and Mrs. Exie
Quinn, inspector, have as their
guest, Mr. Quinn’s mother, Mrs.
Emma Quinn of Murphy, N. C.
Mrs. Jerry Strickland, inspector,
and her husband and daughter
visited in Canon, Ga.
Mrs. Betty Thomas, inspector,
spent a recent week end with her
daughter, Mrs. Robert Harris in
Raleigh, N. C.
Leroy Bentley, strobatac opera
tor, and his family visited his sis
ter, Mrs. Effie Crawford in Tay
lorsville, N. C.
Mrs. Nellie Stowe had as dinner
guests on December 12 Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Thompson, who recent
ly moved to Gastonia from Min
MAIN OFFICE NEWS
The personnel of main office
welcome two new members to the
department: Mrs. Pansy Falls and
Donald Rhyne. Mrs. Falls, wife of
Cicero Falls of the Shipping De
partment, lives at 1019 West
Franklin Avenue. Mr. and Mrs.
Falls have one daughter, Hollis,
who is six years old. Mr. Rhyne,
married to the former Anne
Prestwood, lives in Dallas.
The women of the office person
nel entertained recently in honor
of Miss Edith Lewis, Payroll De
partment, whose marriage to Ray
Crawford will be an event of De
cember 25. Miss Sue Van Dyke had
charge of the entertainment and
Mrs. Nellie Stowe supervised re
freshments. Miss Lewis was re
membered with a shower of mis
Miss Helen Spencer, main office,
has accepted the position of organ
ist for Ranlo Baptist Church, Ran-
lo, N. C.
Mrs. Margaret Spencer, former
employee of main office, has re
turned to work in the Payroll De
partment on a temporary basis.
Mrs. Eula Wilson, Payroll De
partment Supervisor, and Miss
Evelyn Mayfield, Laboratory, at
tended the Community Chorus ren
dition of Handel’s “Messiah”, Sun
day, December 5, at the First
Methodist Church in Charlotte,
Raymond Varnadore, Weaving,
and Mrs. Varnadore announce the
birth of a daughter on December 9.
A daughter, Sharon Yvette, was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A-
Grant, at Garrison General Hos
pital, Gastonia, December 9.
Volume III, No. 20, December 24, 1954
Published by 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 CONTROL—Dealva Jacobs, Leila Rape, Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Dorcas Atkinson, Ann Steven«on, 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.
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GASTONIA, N. C.
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