APRIL 25, 1955
Claude Ambrose Isham was born
on Monday, April 4 at Garrison
General Hospital. His parents are
Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Isham. Mrs.
sham is a former inspector in
Mr* and Mrs. Ray Pearson an
nounce the birth of a son, Robert
Hendrix, April 5 at Garrison Gen
eral Hospital. Mr. Pearson is a
and Mrs. Gene Carson are
parents of a daughter, Janice
;^ttn, April 6 at Garrison General
Hospital. Mr. Carson is a Shop
Pvt. and Mrs. Robert Hayes an-
^Unce the birth of a daughter on
. ^ch 28 at Garrison General Hos
pital. Mrs. Hayes is the daughter
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Beaver of
Cotton and Rayon Twisting De
Scott McCarter, electrician, his
and family left April 8 for a
^0 weeks visit with Mrs. Mc-
arter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
®rgil Hastings of Quincy, 111.
Jack Dill, son of Sanitary Fore
man Alvin Dill, was the lucky win
der of a 21-inch Admiral television
8'iven by Akers Center Hardware.
Jetter Patterson, henchman, his
lamily, Mrs. Frances Wiley and her
^hildren spent Easter in Cherokee,
Shop Employee Paul Barker, J.
• Tino, Jr., and Rev Chastain plan
0 leave May 5 for Louisville, Ky.,
0 attend the Kentucky Derby on
Lathe Operator T. H. Triplett
family spent Easter Sunday
^ith Rev. and Mrs. John Hicks of
^helby,^ N. C. Mrs. Triplett and
rs. Hicks are sisters.
Mrs. J. B, Mitchell and children
j_^sited Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Gil-
in Albany, Ga., recently. Mrs.
itchell is the wife of J. B. Mit-
® air conditioner and equipment
Mrs. Clara Mitchell, reclaimer,
^ as Easter Sunday guests, her
other, Mrs. Annie Calhoun, a
ister. Miss Ella Calhoun, and a
^ y illiam Allen, twister tender,
J^sited his mother, Mrs. Cora Allen
Asheville, N. C., Easter Sun-
J Mrs, B. M. Miller, her daughter,
^®yce Ann, and Minnie Lou John-
Qj Chester, S. C., were guests
J A. Johnson and Mrs. Corrie
^ "Son, reclaimer, during the
aster holidays. Mrs. Miller is a
ickey Beaver, 5-year old daugh-
of Mrs. James W.
jy^^^er and the granddaughter of
fji ' Mrs. W. T. Beaver of the
ed Department, has return-
® ^er home after two weeks of
Pitaf^ Garrison General Hos-
New of Tampa, Fla., bro-
Mary Wilkes, respooler,
a ^ guest in her home on April
Nancy Burleson, respooler,
family spent April 9 and
10 in Asheville, N. C.
Mrs. Floy Green, respooler, and
family spent Easter in Charleston,
S. C., visiting her daughter, Mrs.
Arbery Carrigan and family.
Thomas M. Jones, inspector, has
returned to work after several days
in a hospital.
Mrs. Opal Lunsford, inspector,
is a patient at Gaston Memorial
Miss Bertha Dettmar, warper
tender, recently spent the day in
Raleigh, N. C.
Mrs. Louise Scruggs, creeler,
spent the week end of April 2, in
Greenville, S. C., with her sister.
Sandra Darline Ingle, two-year-
old daughter of Paul Ingle, of the
Winding Department, and Mrs.
Engle, was struck by a car and
killed March 25, on N. C. Route 27
near Iron Station in Lincoln Coun
Fellow employees of Mr. Ingle
extend to him and Mrs. Ingle their
sympathy in the accidental death
of the child.
After a 13-month cruise in the
waters of the Far East, Robert Lee
Ward, serving aboard the USS
Wasp, is looking forward to being
on leave at home in Gastonia, to
help celebrate the 20th anniversary
of Firestone in early May.
His parents, W. B. Ward of the
Spinning Department, and Mrs.
Ward, received a telephone call
from him on April 11, in which he
told of his arrival in San Diego,
He is a former employee of the
Shop here. His military address is:
Robert Lee Ward; 967-32-41 USN;
R Div., USS Wasp; Fleet Postof
fice; San Francisco, Calif.
Frank Howard, son of Edna
Howard, respooler, recently re
turned home from service in the
Marine Corps in Korea. He has
received his discharge from service.
Married 25 Years
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sparrow
marked their 25th wedding anni
versary, Sunday, April 10. On their
anniversary they went to Asheville
and Weaverville, N. C., where they
spent the day with their daughter
who is a student at Warren Wilson
College. While there they joined a
group of friends for a picnic lunch
at a recreation park then went
ABOVE LEFT: The President of Venezuela, Colonel Marcos Perez Jimenez; Senora T’erez .limenez,
and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Chairman of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, on an inspection tour
oi the Company’s newest tire plant on March 26, in Valencia. Inspecting one of the vulcanizing units
tor Firestone tires in the plant are, from left fore;?round: Senora Perez Jimenez, Mr. Firestone and E.
v\. Araldi, Firestone Development engineer. Behind the President is Charles N. Roberts, Managing
Director of Companima Anonima Firestone Venezolana. RIGHT: A Venezuelan workman rolls a Fire
stone truck tire past vulcanizing molds in the Company’s tire factory in Valencia, 96 miles southwest
of the Venezuelan capital city, Caracas.
Company Operating Tire Plant In Venezuela
Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.,
Chairman of The Firestone
Tire & Rubber Company, ded
icated the Company’s newest
tire plant, in Valencia, Vene
zuela, March 26. Present at
the ceremony were the Presi
dent of the Republic, Colonel
Marcos Perez Jimenez; the
American Ambassador, Flet
cher Warren, and a large
group of state and city offi
cials, leading businessmen and
Built at a cost of $4,500,000, the
plant occupies 100,000 square feet
of floor space on a 46-acre tract,
employs 350 persons and has an
annual capacity to produce 150,000
Mrs. Beatrice McCarter, Main
Office, and her husband, Howard
McCarter of the Spinning Depart
ment, had as week-end guests on
April 9-10, the former’s sister, Mrs.
Jesse White and her family of
Lenoir, N. C.
B. .1. Magner, Main Office, was
called to Newburyport, Mass., on
April 8 due to the death of his
aunt, Miss Nora Singleton.
Mrs. Joan Dalton, Main Office,
Mrs. Pat Treadway and Mrs. Roy
Rockett, members of Main Street
Methodist Church, toured New
York in connection with the Wes
leyan Service Guilds during April
7 to 11. Twenty-four women made
up the tour that included the
United Nations and other points of
interest in New York.
sightseeing in and around Ashe
Mrs. Sparrow was before her
marriage Miss Lois Mozelle Hall
man of Gastonia. Mr. Sparrow,
also from Gastonia, is employed as
a yardman at Firestone. The Spar
rows have seven children, four
boys and three girls.
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Mr. and Mrs. Cramer Little cele
brated their 25th wedding anniver
sary March 29. To mark the oc
casion they made a trip to
Charleston, S. C., where they visit
ed the Cypress Gardens and places
of intei’est in the city. Back home,
members of the choir of West End
Methodist Church gave them a sur
prise party at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. N. E. Kaylor.
Mr. Little is a lathe operator in
The ceremony fell within a three-
day celebration of the 400th anni
versary of the founding of the city.
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VALENCIA, situated on a
plateau 96 miles southwest of the
capital, Caracas, was chosen as the
site of Firestone’s third tire plant
in South America, Mr. Firestone
said, “because of its topography,
its geographical location which
makes it the logical center of dis
tribution for our products to all
important markets in the Republic,
the ample supply of diligent and
capable workers, its proximity to
the important seaport of Puerto
Cabello and its abundant supply of
water, gas and electrical power in
dispensable for future expansion.”
Firestone’s other South Ameri
can plants are located in Buenos
Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo,
A Biddy League baseball team
will be organized for 7, 8, and 9-
year-old boys this summer, Ralph
Johnson, Recreation Director, has
announced. Johnson states that all
boys in this age group who desire
to join the team should let him
know as soon as possible. He ex
plains that a boy 9 years old who
will become 10 by next September
1, will still be eligible to play on
the Biddy League team this sum
Artur Eriksson of Stockholm,
Sweden, was a visitor at Firestone
Textiles March 24 and 25. Mr.
Eriksson, in this country for a
tour of rubber products plants, is
with Boras Kontisilke, Swedish
company which manufactures high-
tenacity tire cord, and was at the
Gastonia plant to study tire cord
It was his first trip to the United
States. He flew to New York and
before coming to Gastonia toured
the Home Plants of The Firestone
Tire & Rubber Company in Akron,
Mr. Eriksson, who was enter
tained informally by General Man
ager Harold Mercer, had many in
teresting experiences and compar
isons to relate for the benefit of
Company officials who were also
FIRESTONE EMPLOYEES contributed $548.85 to the Gaston
County Tuberculosis Association, when workers of all plant depart
ments gave through the United Employees Fund. Here Mrs. H. C.
Robinson of the Weaving Department presents the check for the
amount to C. I). Gray, president of the Gaston County TB Association.
W. L. Balthis, vice-president of the local Association, looks on. This
contribution from workers here brought the total Firestone Employees
Fund donations to $10,050.29.