APRIL 25, 1955
THESE ARE PICTURES of some of the persons who were honored at the 19th annual All-Sports
Banquet, April 9. Shown here are, from left: Ann Hubbard, Nora Crouch, Nell Bolick, Mary Helen
Pearson, Dorcas Atkinson, Sam Guffey, Ernest Bagwell and Carl Wallace. In the foreground may be
seen the Supremacy Trophy.
ANOTHER GROUP of those honored for outstanding sports and recreation participation were, from
left: Sue Van Dyke, Robert Nash, Oileen Weaver, Elsie Nash, Mildred Dodgen, Max Cary, Walter Gil
mer and Ed Crisp.
MORE sports champions are, from left, seated: David Rollins, Charles Taylor, Cloe McDaniel,
Marlene Stewart, Lenore York, Mary Helen Pearson, Jerry Westbrook, Dobb Phillips, Roger Lunsford,
Jimmy Ipock. Standing: James Barker, Eula Dunlevy, Charles Tate, Elsie Nash, Ophelia Wallace,
Clara Burgess, Bobbie Baldwin, Nora Crouch, Ann Hubbard, Charles Dodgen, Lloyd Hager, Betty Queen,
Anniversary Program Complete
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Second—Trouble light (man), Lazy
susan (woman); Third—Electric
clock (man), Picnic basket
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FOR THE PLANT tours open to
groups, employees and the general
public, May 3-6, daily prizes will
be awarded to lucky ticket holders.
These prizes are: First—Four
Firestone tires; Second—Two tires;
During the plant tours visitors
other than employees will get a
copy of a commemorative booklet
telling the Firestone story in Gas
tonia. Employees will have received
their booklets in the mail by that
time. Visitors will be served light
refreshments at the end of the
tour route. Too, there will be a
souvenir for each person making
A schedule of the five-day anni
versary program includes:
Tuesday, May 3: Plant tours for
employees and their families. Tours
from 9:30 to 9 p. m.
Wednesday, May 4: Tours for
school children from the junior and
senior high schools, both white and
Negro. Teachers will accompany
their classes. Tours to be held
from 9 a. m. till 12 noon, and from
1:30 to 5 p. m.
Thursday, May 5: Tours by civic
organizations. Invitations are be
ing sent to the clubs. Tours will be
from 3:30 to 9 p. m.
Friday, May 6: Tours by the gen
eral public from 9:30 a. m., to 12
noon, and 3:30 to 9 p. m. Tour
tickets will be placed at several
distribution points. The tickets
may be secured in advance.
Saturday, May 7: Barbecue for
employees and their families from
11 a. m., till 4 p. m., at the Fire
stone boulevard parking lot. Square
dance that night.
A QUALITY PRODUCT
Champions On Parade
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At Annual All-Sports Banquet
When Firestone held its 19th annual All -Sports Banquet
in the Recreational Center, April 9, at 7 p. m., some 200 sports
champions stepped front and center to be signally honored
for the distinction they had won at the plant in the sports and
recreation program during 1954.
As an outstanding feature of the.o
evening’s program, awards and
trophies were handed out all the'
way from the coveted Supremacy
Trophy for the departments win
ning the most honors, to a trophy
commemorating the biggest fish
catch during the season.
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PRINCIPAL speaker at the
banquet was Rex Enright, head
athletic coach at the University of
South Carolina. Enright told the
audience, which included eminent
personalities of the sporting and
recreation world, that “the game of
life demands no alibis”. He cited
football as the all-American game
which is “the best proving
ground for true democracy,” and
lauded the American system of
competitive sports as a great force
in the development of character.
On the banquet program Ralph
Johnson, Director of Recreation,
served as master of ceremonies.
General Manager Harold Mercer
made remarks of welcome and Miss
Llew Adams responded.
After the introduction of guests,
Johnson awarded departmental and
individual trophies. Special awards
were made by General Manager
Harold Mercer, Nelson Kessell,
General Superintendent, and Fran
cis Galligan, Superintendent of the
THE SPINNING, Weaving, and
Twisting departments were joint
winners of the Supremacy Trophy.
The title of “Most Competitive
Athletes” went to Nora Crouch and
During the evening’s festivities
General Manager Mercer received
a birthday cake, commemorating
Firestone Textiles’ 20 years of
progress in Gastonia.
A Firestone girls’ bowling team
won the championship in the Ladies
Pioneer League the week of April
3. The Firestone girls defeated
Cohen’s Dress Shop, winning the
three playoff games by the total
pinfall of 1,472 to 1,434.
Members of the winning team
are; Sue Van Dyke, Superinten
dent’s Office; Nora Crouch, Spin
ning; Bobbie Baldwin, Personnel;
Dorcas Atkinson, Winding; Ann
Hubbard, Spinning; Mary Helen
Pearson, wife of Max Pearson of
3YC Weaving; and Mary Johnson,
The Pioneer League, organized
about five years ago, was composed
the past season of teams represent
ing retail stores, industrial plants
and service companies.
Through May 1
Firestone employees will have
the opportunity to participate in
Gastonia’s annual “Clean-up, Paint-
up, Fix-up Week, April 24-May 1.
Special days during the week’s
observance have been designated,
to emphasize the various aspects of
the campaign. Sunday, April 24,
was observed as Church Coopera
tion Day, when ministers urged
support of the program from the
pulpit. Other days are: Fire Pre
vention Day, Monday, April 25;
Clean-up Day, Tuesday, April 26;
School and Health Day, Wednesday,
April 27; Paint-up Day, Thursday,
April 28; Beautification Day, Fri
day, April 29; Safety and Check-up
Day, Saturday, April 30; and Jay-
cee Paper Drive, Sunday, May 1.
Serves On Sports Committee
Ralph Johnson, Firestone Recreation Director, has been appointed
by Governor Hodges to serve on the Governor’s State Festival of Sports
Committee for 1955. The announcement came April 6, in a letter to
Mr. Johnson from R. L. McMillan, chairman of the North Carolina
Festival of Sports Committee. This is the second year that the rec
reation director here has been appointed to the Committee.
Among the purposes of the Festival of Sports Committee are the
publicizing and promotion of community approval to good existing
sports activities in the state, and, where possible, to stimulate increased
citizen participation in wholesome sports activities.
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