MARCH 10, 1955
St. Patrick’s Day Honors Patron, Statesman
St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated on
March 17, honors the memory of
Ireland’s apostle and patron saint,
whose Celtic name was Sucat,
and to which the name of Patricius
was probably added.
The Irish national holiday is
marked with green, the color of the
day, which is significant of undy
ing gratitude to the memory of St,
Patrick. On this day the shamrock
is worn by the Irish and their de-
scendents everywhere to commem
orate its use by their patron saint
as a symbol of the Trinity.
Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day
expresses chiefly the patriotism
of the sons and daughters of The
Emerald Isle—wherever they may
be. The observance takes on the
color of parades, balls, special fes
tivities, dinners and speeches, not
only in Irish circles, but in general
ON THIS DAY parades are stag
ed throughout the world. Those in
Dublin, New York’s Fifth Avenue,
Chicago and San Francisco are
outstanding. The festivities are de
signed primarily to point up the
history, tradition, customs, folk
lore, music and fairy literature of
The man whose memory St. Pat
rick’s Day hallows was Eire’s most
beloved missionary and one of the
great founders and statesmen of
Christendom. There is uncertainty
as to the place of his birth. His
father was a native Britain and
apparently a leading citizen of
At the age of 16, Sucat was
taken prisoner by some Irish who
made a raid on western Britain
and carried off the youth as a
slave into Ireland. After six years
he managed to escape, probably to
western France, where he traveled
for days, suffering hardship, until
he found a refuge in a monastery.
After some time he traveled on to
Britain, where he claimed to have
had a miraculous vision of himself
as an apostle to Ireland. He went
to Gaul, studied for about 14 years,
then became the religious leader
which brought him lasting fame.
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HIS NAME is associated with
many legends. But apart from
tradition, the impact of his mini
stry—during the latter half of
the fifth century—was so great
that he has earned an enduring
place in history, not only of the
Irish, but of the peoples of the
world as well. Someone wrote of
him, “He converted numberless
heathen to Christianity. . , . found
ing, some 365 churches and plant
ing as many schoolhouses by the
side of each.”
Airman 2/C Bill Owens, of the
United States Air Force, son of
Overseer S. L. Owens and Mrs.
Owens, has landed in Tokyo,
Japan, on his way to Okinawa for
Perlie Anderson, card tender,
is a patient at the Gaston Me
Will Deese of the Carding De
partment, and Mrs. Deese visited
the former’s mother, who is very
ill, in Lancaster, S. C., recently.
Bobby James, son of Section
Man Carl James and Mrs. Novella
James, Main Office, and W. A.
Gaddis, Jr., son of Second Hand
W. A. Gaddis and Mrs. Gaddis,
spent the week end recently with
their parentSi Bobby and W. A.,
Jr., are students at Appalachian
Teachers’ College, Boone, N. C.
Miss Margaret Lewis, daughter
of Section Man Peyton Lewis and
Mrs. Lewis, is recuperating after
an appendectomy at Gaston Me
morial Hospital. Miss Lewis is a
The Customer: Life-Blood Of Business
The customer is the most important person in any busi
The customer is not so much dependent on us as we are
dependent on him.
The customer is not an interruption of our work—he is
the purpose of it.
The customer does us a favor when he calls—we are not
doing him a favor by serving him.
The customer is a part of our business—not an outsider.
The customer is not a cold statistic—he is a flesh-and-
blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.
The customer is not someone to argue or match wits
The customer is a person who brings us his wants—it
is our job to fill those wants.
The customer is deserving of the most courteous and
attentive treatment we can give him.
THE CUSTOMER IS THE LIFE-BLOOD OF THIS
AND EVERY OTHER BUSINESS. —Writer Unknown
Volume IV, No. 5, March 10, 1955
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, Corrie Johnson, Lorene Owensby,
Dorothy Baber, Dean Haun, and Vera Carswell.
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Bradshaw.
SYC WEAVING—Vivian Bumgardner, Lucille Davis, Sara Davis,
Nina Milton, Juanita McDonald.
CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene Burroughs, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL-—Sally Crawford, Leila Rape, and Louella
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ann Stevenson, and Christine Stroupe.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE—Patsy Haynes, George Harper, Albert Meeks,
PLASTIC DH>—Frances Huffman.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernathy.
student nurse at Gaston Memorial
Jimmy Dill, son of Mrs. Louise
George Dill, Weaving Department,
left February 16, for the United
States Navy. Jimmy is taking his
training at Great Lakes, 111.
George Robinson, Carding De
partment, Mrs. Robinson and their
son. Max, visited relatives in An
drews, Marble and Murphy, N. C.,
N. L. Harris, slasher tender, and
his wife, Mrs. Edna Harris, can
hauler, spent a recent week end
with Mr. and Mrs. N. N. Nolen in
Greenville, S. C.
Mrs. Eula Wilson, Payroll super
visor, Mrs. Joe Wilson, Sr., and
Mrs. Marvin Quinn vacationed re
cently in Jacksonville, Fla. While
in Florida they visited Mrs. Joe
Wilson’s son, Joe Wilson, Jr., who
is stationed at the Naval Air Base
at Mayport, Fla.
The employees of the Payroll
Department enjoyed a fish fry
dinner recently at The Hideaway
Fish Fry located on Davis Park
Road. Fifteen employees made up
Misses Doris McCready, Main
Office, Betty Holbrook, Shipping
Department, and Maxine Taylor
spent the week end of February
27 at Chimney Rock, N. C. While
there, they visited Mr. and Mrs.
Miss Helen Spencer, Main Of
fice, attended the Royal Ambassa
dor Convention held at the First
Baptist Church in Shelby, N. C.,
Saturday, February 26. Miss
Spencer accompanied at the organ
the Junior Boys Choir, which con
sisted of boys from the different
Baptist churches of the Associa
Mrs. Nellie Stowe and her hus
band, Carl, visited his mother, Mrs.
J. T. Stowe, the week end of
February 26. Mrs. Stowe is ill and
is making her home with her
daughter in Hillsboro, N. C.
Plant Officer Charles M. Fer
guson and his family have moved
into their new home at 913 West
Second Avenue. The house, form
erly an apartment house, has been
remodeled and redecorated.
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Perry In Textiles 34 Years
When Granville A. Perry reported for duty as Second
Hand in the Weave Room at Firestone, January 3 this year,
he rounded out a 34-year career in the field of textiles. He
was transferred here from the Firestone unit which was
maintained in Roanoke, Va., until the operation there was
incorporated in the Gastonia plant recently.
O - -
At the Roanoke unit, from Au
gust, 1949 through December, 1954,
Perry was an engineering foreman
in the rayon weaving department.
The new second hand here was
born and reared near Independence,
Grayson County, Va. His career in
the textile industry goes back to
1920, when he took his first job
in a mill at Fieldale, Va. During
his employment there he found
time to study at a textile school,
before he left in 1934 to spend the
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CLEAN HOUSE--AVOID FIRES
A clean house seldom burns. That’s the conclusion which the Na
tional Fire Protection Association has reached. The NFPA, interna
tional, non-profit technical and educational clearing house on fire
safety, in a bulletin prepared to help homeowners particularly in the
spring at clean-up time, points out that most fires start in trash piles,
rubbish or stored odds and ends that accumulate in and around the
house. Closets, attics, and cellars are the main starting places of home
fires, and plain ordinary good housekeeping is one of the best ways to
prevent both the start of fire and its spread.
“Real clean-up for fire safety boils down to a choice only you
can make,” cautions the NFPA, “Either get rid of that extra stuff
around the house that burns so easily—or keep on taking the long
chance of living amid such ideal fuel for fire,”
Other suggestions include: With the elimination of combustibles
in mind, look over the things you’ve got in your attics, closets and
basements. These items will burn fast: old linen and clothing, mattress
es and wooden furniture, curtains, draperies, lampshades, magazines,
papers, linoleum and rags—particularly dirty rags that have been used
for painting or polishing. This is the rubbish—the fuel—that too
often means the difference between a small, controllable fire and
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DON’T STOP when you’ve cleared out the inside of your house.
Go after rubbish in your back yard, in alleys and in vacant lots near
your home. And dispose of trash regularly and often—don’t let it pile
If you must burn your own trash outdoors, the NFPA offers these
First, get a fire permit from your fire department or fire warden.
Then pick a spot well away from house and garage and clear a strip
of earth around the pile to be burned. The same advice applies to wire
and sheet metal trash burners. Don’t try to burn too much at one time.
Have a few pails of water ready and a rake or wet broom at hand.
When you’re done, soak embers with water; stir to be sure all embers
are wet. A gust of wind can fan up embers that are seemingly dead.
Make sure that all fires are thoroughly out before you leave.
WHAT IS YOUR “CLEAN-UP QUOTIENT”? The NFPA has
prepared this quiz. If you truthfully answer “Yes” to all of these ques
tions, yours is one of those clean houses that “seldom burns”!
1. Do you regularly dispose of trash and rubbish?
2. Do you keep the grounds around your house free of dead grass,
weeds, trash, and dried brush?
3. Are your dust mops safely cared for and oily rags kept ii'
safe metal containers ?
4. Do you cooperate with charity drives for paper and trash: sal
vage your cast-off clothing, furniture, etc., or contribute it < to
rummage sales ?
5. Do you have your chimney and heating system cleaned at least
once a year?
6. Do you invite your fire department to inspect your home and
instruct you on fire-safe housekeeping?