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AI]RIL 11, 1955
Display Of Flowers, Figurines
Symbolizes Road Of Life
A drama depicting man’s ascension from the basest
level of human experience to life’s highest achievements was
told recently through the symbolism of figurines, accessories,
^nd flowers, in a display arranged by Mrs. W. R. Turner at
i-ioray Baptist Church.
Mrs. Turner’s husband is a second hand in SYC Weaving,
^er daughter, Delores, is employed in Main Office, and a son,
W. R. Turner, Jr., works in Time Study here.
Explaining the symbolism of her
display, Mrs. Turner pointed out
that on the five tiers of the ar-
1‘angement was traced the path
the Cross to the triumph of
dullest moral and spiritual accom
plishment. The steps in between,
going from the lower tier to the
^Pex, represented the road of life.
The way was depicted first as
^yduous, until the state of man
kind became elevated by the intro
duction of the Bible. As the road
climbed upward, the way became
hi’ighter as the peoples of the
^orld were released from bondage
hy the light of Truth.
AN EXAMPLE of the meaning
ful symbolism, said Mrs. Turner,
was the arrangement of accesso
ries around the Cross. “At the
crucifixion, the very plants of na
ture, devoid of colorful hue, droop
ed in an attempt to hide the dark
cross based with thorns, and
boughs of trees dropped their
heads in shame.”
Near the summit of the display
an arrangement typified America
as the land of freedom, opportunity
and plenty under God.
bounced as available when the pro-
&ram was initiated in 1953, it was
decided upon the recommendation
the Scholarship Board to award
additional six scholarships this
year because of the extreme close-
^®ss in the scoring of the leading
Two hundred and fifteen sons
^•^d daughters of Firestone em-
l^loyees, all high school seniors,
applied for Firestone Scholarships
this year. All applications were
'^^i’efully reviewed by an impartial
^^oup of judges in selecting the
®st qualified students for the a-
(Continued from Page 1)
SCHOLARSHIPS are allocated
Various sections of the country
the basis of proportionate Fire-
ftone employment, thereby assur-
that children of all employees
equal opportunity to win one
the college education scholar-
nips regardless of where they may
The scholarships provide for
j^^^l tuition, academic fees, text-
_^oks, and a substantial contribu-
'on toward living costs. They are
Renewable annually until require
ments for an academic degree are
^Ifilled, providing satisfactory
*^^^ndings are maintained and all
ei* qualifications are met.
OF THE WINNERS, six are
from Ohio; four from California;
two each from Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania and Tennessee, and
one each from Florida, Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa and North Carolina.
Sellers is the third student from
a Firestone Textiles family to re
ceive the scholarship grant. In
1953 Claudette Taylor, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Taylor, was
winner of the scholarship; and last
year Carl W. Stewart, son of Mr.
anl Mrs. Carl W. Stewart, Sr., re
ceived the honor. Both are attend
ing Duke University.
0. K. Forrester, overseer in
Winding and Spooling, was named
a director of the Gaston Personnel
Association, at a meeting of the
organization in Masonic Temple,
Thursday evening, March 10.
The Gaston Personnel Associa
tion is composed of individuals in
personnel work or in a supervisory
capacity in Gaston County indus
Investment Climates Seen As Aid
To Economic Growth, Prosperity
We can look forward to the broadening of international
markets, the continued economic growth of this hemisphere
and a greater prosperity in the free countries of the world, if
we realize our opportunities and encourage the establishment
of investment climates that will capitalize on them, Harvey
S. Firestone, Jr., recently told an audience of more than
1,200 business leaders from the United States and Latin
The Chairman of the Firestone ^
Company was one of two principal
speakers at the Inter-American In
vestment Conference banquet,
March 2, in New Orleans. His topic
was “Economic Development in
Latin America Through Co-opera
tion of Private Enterprise.”
The four-day conference, in
which Mr. Firestone was a partici
pant, brought together for the first
time a great many representatives
of Latin American business and
agriculture who had specific in
vestment projects to offer and a
number of potential American in
vestors interested in Latin Ameri
Among others who addressed the
conference were President Dwight
D. Eisenhower, over a closed cir
cuit, and Alberto Lleras Camargo,
former President of Columbia.
IN HIS TALK, Mr. Firestone
said, in part;
“In the lifetime of most of us,
there has been a growing realiza
tion that economic leadership car
ries a social responsibility for the
economic betterment of our respec
tive peoples. I venture to say that
recognition of this responsibility is
one of the important reasons for
the great interest in this confer
“If the potential for economic
expansion in Latin America, or any
great part of it, is to be realized,
foreign private capital will have to
be attracted in greater quantities
than in the past.”
News In Brief
(Continued from Page 2)
Electrician Horace Robinson left
by plane, March 26, for a trip to
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, where
he will install a Kidde machine at
the Firestone plant there.
Miss Mary Rose Foy, student
nurse at Spartanburg General Hos
pital, spent the week end of March
26 with her parents. Lathe Opera
tor Ed Foy and Mrs. Foy.
Plant Engineer W. G. Henson
and Mrs. Henson along with Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Kaylor visited the
Charleston Gardens, Charleston,
S. C., during the week end of March
Lathe Operator Cramer Little
and Mrs. Little had as recent
guests, Mr. Little’s brother, L. D.
Little and his family of Miami,
Fla. They also visited other mem
bers of the family while here.
John Glover, son of Jessie Glov
er, Shop, is a patient at Gaston
County Negro Hospital having un
dergone an appendectomy.
Mrs. Maggie Robinson, who suf
fered a broken hip four months
ago, is still confined to her bed at
the home of her daughter, Mrs.
John Mitchell, and son-in-law.
Carpenter Foreman John Mitchell.
Mrs. Myrtle Berryman has been
transferred from the third shift
respooling to the second shift.
Barbara Stamper of Wichita,
Kan,, visited her mother, Mrs.
Edna Howard, respooler, for the
Miss Bobbie Chambers of Win
ston-Salem, N. C., spent the week
end recently with her parents,
Otha Chambers, splicer fixer, and
Mrs. Chambers, respooler.
Mrs. W. A. Stone, her daughter,
Nancy, Mr. and Mrs. Murdock
Stone of Johnsonville, S. C. and
also Mr. and Mrs. Willie Stone of
Chester, S. C., spent the week end
of March 19 visiting Mr. and Mrs.
William Cosey and also Mr. and
Mrs. Emory McDaniel. Mrs. W. A.
Stone is a sister of Mrs. Cosey and
Thurman Summey twister tend
er, visited his stepfather, S. S.
Smith of Asheville, N. C., who has
been seriously ill for several
Mrs. Ruth McCreight, reclaimer,
visited her mother, Mrs. Corrie
Smith of Canton, N. C., recently.
Mrs. Zeb Bradley, wife of Zeb
Bradley, fixer, has been ill for
W. A. Johnson, head changer,
and Mrs. Corrie Johnson, reclaimer,
had as their guests on March 22-27,
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Johnson, Jr.
and their son of Wheaton, Md. Lee
Johnson, another son of Mr. and
Mrs. Johnson, was also home from
Wesleyan Methodist College, Cen
tral, S. C.
Lake Quinn, baler, and Mrs.
Quinn, inspector, have moved into
their new home on South Vance
Loyd Maxey, inspector, is a new
employee on the first shift of this
William Charles Smith, inspec
tor, has returned to work after a
week of vacation at home.
Miss Pauline Beaver, laboratory
clerk, had as week-end guests
March 26, her brother, Roy Beaver,
Bill Starr, Larry Van-Burgin and
Jack War ren of Keesler Air Force
Base in Mississippi.
Ray Clark, creeler, has returned
to work after a week of illness.
Mrs. Hildred McCurrey, spooler
tender, and family spent the week
end of March 19 in Andrews visit
ing Mrs. McCurrey’s parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Claude Bradley.
Mrs. Lillie Newton, mother of
Mrs. Vera Short, spooler tender,
has been ill for the past two weeks,
but is showing some improvement.
Mrs. Sara Bentley, spooler ten
der, visited in Portsmouth, Va.,
while on her vacation recently.
Mrs. Bruce Bentley and daughter,
Donna Lee, of Manchester, N. H.,
returned with Mrs. Bentley to
spend a week here.
Miss Ruth Davis of Raleigh,
N. C., daughter of Mrs. Grady
Davis, reclaimer, spent the week
end with her parents. She was re
turning to Raleigh after spending
several days in Asheville attend
ing an educational conference.
Mrs. Elizabeth Harris, winder
tender, had as week-end guests.
David C. Kelly, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Kelly, is serving in the
Navy aboard the USS Henrico. He
is a former employee in the Recrea
tion Department here. His father is
a second hand in SYC Weaving.
His address is: Boat Division, USS
Henrico, Dp. A-45, San Francisco,
B. W. Lovingood, formerly em
ployed here as a roving hoister in
the Spinning Department, is with
the U. S. Naval Minecraft Base,
Charleston, S. C. His present ad
dress is: B. W. Lovingood, QMS,
USN; Commander Mine Force,
U. S. Atlantic; Fleet Staff; Naval
Minecraft Base; Charleston, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Teeter of Kure
Beach, N. C.
Agnes Potts, matron of Barium
Springs Orphanage, visited her
sister, Mrs. Ruth Cloninser, winder
Dickie Ledford, son of Mrs. Bon
nie Ledford, has recovered from
Mrs. Helen Rhyne, winder ten
der, visited her sister, Mrs. Ross
Edison in Asheville, N. C., recently.
Mrs. Annie Lay, winder tender,
entertained her daughter, Dot, at
bridal shower on March 11.
Mrs. Pearl Peele, winder tender,
has been transferred from Plastic
Dip to the Winding Department.
Herbert J. Seism, son of Mrs.
Lillian Seism, winder tender, made
the honor roll for this month at
Belmont Abbey College. Mr.
Seism is also the secretary of his
Russell Morrison, son of Mrs.
Louise Scruggs, creeler, has com
pleted his basic training at Lack
land Air Force Base, Texas, and
is spending a few days with his
mother. Airman Morrison will re
port to Denver, Col., for fui'ther
Ernest Coleman, yarn man, has
been out due to burns he received
at home recently.
Rose Bryant, father of John
Bryant, Shop, died at Catholic Hos
pital, York, S. C., March 17, at the
age of 74. Mr. Bryant had spent
most of his life in York County,
S. C. Besides his son John here, he
is survived by three sons and six
daughters. He was buried in Cen
ter Grove Baptist Church ceme
tery, in Gaston Coimty, March 21.
Mrs. Hepsy C. Johnson, mother
of W. A. Johnson, head changer,
died March 11, at Chester, S. C.,
after 16 months of illness. Mrs.
Johnson was 74 years old. The em
ployees of the Spinning Depart
ment extend their deepest sympa
thy to the family.
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