JUNE 10, 1955
New Children’s Pool Has Velon Liner
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A flick of the wrist is all
that is needed to open into a
circular shape a revolutionary
rigid frame wading pool, with
liner made of Firestone Velon.
Called the Expando-Accordion
Pool, it is being introduced by
Holiday Line, Inc., of 54 Green
Street, New York. The pool
frame is made of steel plates
which fold accordion-style in
to a compact stack which can
be opened in a matter of sec
onds without the use of tools.
Of the liner, two sheets of the
Velon film are laminated and em
bossed to provide strength under
pressure and non-slip surface. The
Velon is made in a special formula
tion for inflatables developed by
the Firestone Plastics Company,
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ALL OF THE drawbacks of
previous rigid frame pools have
been eliminated with the Expando-
Accordion. There is no exposed
metal which might be dangerous
for children and which could be
damaged by rust. There is no
complicated assembling problem in-
THIS EXPANDO-ACCORDION POOL is both sturdy and at
tractive, It consists of heavy guage steel plates with metal hinges
and provides for ease of folding and assembly.
volving tubular metal. The frame
practically assembles itself. It is
not awkward to ship or store as a
folded frame in the average size
takes up no more than a cubic
foot. It provides the utmost in
comfort because the construction
is so sturdy that the inflated rim
can be used for sitting by the child
ren or even adults.
Don’t Take Hospitals For Granted
Do you know the hospitals in your community? Are you familiar
with the services they can render? National Hospital Week, May 8-14,
was a nation-wide effort on the part of your community hospitals to
bring to your attention the need for your having information about the
hospital facilities ready to serve you in your community.
It has been estimated that over 20 million Americans will receive
hospital care during 1955. The chances are that you, a member of your
family or a friend will go to a hospital this year.
What is a hospital ? It is a team of highly trained people organized
and dedicated to take care of other people when they get sick. It is a
standby power plant. Its doors are never closed.
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IN THE PAST, the person who went to a hospital stayed on an
average of 14 days. In 1955, more than half the persons entering a
hospital will stay less than one week. This shorter stay has been made
possible by many improvements. The “wonder” drugs cure some diseases
quickly; many new methods of determining what needs to be done mean
better diagnoses and better care in case of an operation. Modern equip
ment used by all members of the hospital team helps the patient to get
well. And the overall care available means that everything possible is
done to hasten recovery.
So the sick person suffers less, returns home sooner, and goes
back to work earlier and his family life gets back to normal.
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GASTONIA can be proud of its community hospitals. It is as im
portant that you know about them as it is for you to know about your
church, your school, your post office or any other community serwice
on which you depend.
Most of us take hospitals for granted.
You could, if necessary, worship God without a church building.
Vour children could go to school without a school building (the English
people did after the Blitz!) But if you are really sick you need a hos
pital. It could well be the most important building in town.
Visit your hospital. Be informed about it. Understand it and sup
port it. It’s yours.
Volume IV, No. 10, June 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, L orene 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 DIP—Frances Huffman.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE—Sue Van Dyke.
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Barbara Abernathy.
Airman 3/C Glenn M. Hardin,
nephew of Gwynn Hardin of the
Spooling Department, has been in
the Air Force approximately one
year, and is stationed at Del Rio,
Texas. His address is: A/3C Glenn
M. Hardin, AF 14529799; Box 278;
Headquarters Squadron Section of
3645th Maintenance and Supply
Group; Laughlin Air Force Base,
Del Rio, Texas.
Jimmy Dill, son of Mrs. Louise
Dill, Carding Department, and
George Dill, Cord Weaving Depart
ment, recently spent a leave from
the U. S. Navy with his parents.
Bobby Rape, son of Second Hand
Carl Rape and Mrs. Leila Rape, in
spector, is spending a few days at
home after completing a cruise to
Puerto Rico while serving in the
U. S. Marines. He is now stationed
at Camp Lejeune, N. C.
General Superintendent Nelson
Kessell and Mrs. Kessell marked
the 40th anniversary of their wed
ding, April 26. Mrs. Kessell is the
former Bertha Wilde. They were
married in New York, April 26,
The Kessells have a daughter,
Mrs. Atkins D. Michael of Gas
tonia; and two sons. Nelson, Jr.,
superintendent of a textile plant in
Winston-Salem, and Alfred C.
Kessell of the Quality Control De
partment at Firestone.
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Beaver of the
Twisting Department had as dinner
guests recently, Mr. and Mrs.
Huibert Keenum of Robinsville,
Boyd Bolynn, twister tender, has
returned to work after two weeks
of vacation in Cleveland and
Mr. and Mrs. James Bradshaw,
Carding and Twisting Departments,
and their son, Jimmy, visited Mrs.
Bradshaw’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
H, L. Hughes the week end of April
16, in Murphy, N. C.
Canteen Manager Luther Foy
and Mrs. Luther Foy, inspector,
had as dinner guests recently, Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Marshall and their
family, Mrs. R. P. Barrett of Rock
ingham, N. C., Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
Airington of Franklinville, N. C.,
and also Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Tanner
Miss Bertha Clark, inspector, has
returned to work after several days
absence due to illness of her sister,
T. G. Stacy, inspector, and Mrs.
Stacy had as their guests their
daughter, Mrs. Carrie Parrish and
her husband of Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Bill Moss, Laboratory, Bill
Moss, Mrs. Winston Crawford, in
spector, and Winston Crawford
visited the Rev. and Mrs. Rufus
Fisher and their new son in Flor
ence, S. C., recently.
Electrician Horace Robinson has
returned from the Firestone plant
in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada,
after having spent one month
there. He reported a very nice
Wade Ledwell, motor oiler, and
his family moved into their new
home Friday, April 22 in Woodhill.
Lawrence Hartgrove, Bob White-
worth, Dan Moss and Clyde Moss,
Jr., visited in Baltimore, Md., and
Washington, D. C., the week end of
Miss Jane Francum, daughter of
Mrs, Rosie Francum, tool room
clerk, had as her guest the week
end of April 23, Miss Patsy Jones
of Greensboro, N. C.
Assistant Plant Engineer H. A,
Cauthen and family attended the
annual Beckham Reunion at
Springs Park, Lancaster, S. C., on
Sunday, April 17. Approximately
200 relatives were present.
Mrs, Alma Westbrooks, spooler
tender, has returned to work after
one week of vacation.
Lucille Deverne, spooler tender,
is ill at her home in Kings Moun
tain, N. C.
Mrs. Hazel Newton, warper ten
der, is vacationing at her home in
Lawndale, N. C.
Mrs, Ester Turner, winder ten
der, and family spent a recent
week end in Dillon, S. C., visiting
Mrs. Mary Lou Acuff, creeler,
visited in Hickory, N, C. recently.
Mr. B. R. Robinson, father of
Lottie Robinson, warper tender, is
seriously ill. The employees wish
him a speedy recovery.
Sandra and Michael Daily, child
ren of Mr. and Mrs, Edward Daily,
each had a tonsillectomy recently.
They are getting along well.
Pvt. Charles Wiggins, son of
Mrs. Rosalie Burger, is now sta
tioned in Germany.
Mrs, Gertrude Hampton, warper
tender, is undergoing treatment at
Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Elizabeth Massey, James Buch
anan, James Hullender, Dorothy
McLain and Mildred Gobel are new
employees in the Spooling Depart
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith of New
Orleans, La., recently visited Mrs.
Smith’s sister, Mrs. Lee Lattimore,
Ken Stines, sweeper, visited his
grandmother, Mrs. Carl Mitchem in
Vale, N. C., on Mother’s Day.
Mrs. Hazel Newton, warper ten
der, has entered the hospital in
Shelby, N, C., for treatment.
Mrs, Lee Lattimore, spooler ten
der, recently spent a week end with
her mother in Ware Shoals, S. C.
Melvin Poteat, son of Mrs,
Evelyn Poteat, spooler tender, is
expected home from the U, S. Navy
New employees in the Spooling
Department are Ada Russell, Prue
Allen, Rosella Dover, Margaret
Navy, Evelyn Poteat, and Rena
Mrs. Etheleen Nichols, inspector,
entertained her daughter, Betty
Jane, in honor of her 15th birthday
at a lovely party. Twenty-three
guests enjoyed the games and de
Mrs, Irene Barton, inspector, and
her family attended a family re
union which was held at Spring
Park, S. C. There were 140 rela
Mrs, Irene Barton, inspector, and
her husband. Tommy Barton, have
moved into their new home located
on Linwood Road.
Mrs. Edna Champion, Cloth
Room, was called to South Caro
lina recently due to the death of
her uncle. Deepest sympathy is
extended to the family.
Mrs. Zula Eisenhower spent ^
week of her vacation recently tour*
ing the South down to New Of'
leans. Mrs. Eisenhower visited the
Bellingraph Garden in Mobile, Ala->
the National Cemetery in Vicks-
burg. Miss., the State Capital and
Gardens at Baton Rouge, La.,
toured the city of New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stowe with
their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Fre^
Thompson of Bessemer City, N.
spent a week end recently in Chai'
leston, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby G. Wolfe
son, Darrel, of Cleveland, Ohi^’
are spending two weeks with^^
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