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June 25, 1955, edition 1 /
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How a man plays the game shows
something of his character. How
he loses shows all.
Don’t underestimate the value of
a smile. It is remarkable how con
tagious it can be.
GASTONIA, N. C., JUNE 25, 1955
FOREST DELLINGER, Shop, places one of the permanent signs
in the new Company parking area between Franklin and Second
Avenue. The parking lot, now in use, is of much benefit to the in
creasing number of automobile owners employed by the Company.
Madden Here For 15 Years;
23 Others Have Long Records
As of June 1, Grover H. Madden,
of the Spinning Department, be
came the 372nd employee here to
complete a 15-year record of ser-
vice with Firestone Textiles.
Also on June 1, five completed
lO-year records, and 18 completed
p-year periods of service. The list
Caiding: Fred Westmoreland;
Spinning: Maude Johnson; Cotton
wisting: Clyde H. Savage; Cotton
Weaving: Alice W. Tate and Ger-
Spooling: Eugene R. Loftin;
ayon Ply Twisting: Stella Coth-
ern, Elizabeth Howell, Joseph R.
Cote, Eugene C. Kincaid, Rayon
Weaving: Martha C, Webb, Rachel
S. Dugan; Cotton Weaving: Ear-
lene H. Gordon, Betty W. Clonin-
ger, Rufus G. Carpenter, Colsia
0. Truesdale, Katie F. Webster.
Warehouse: George Pendergrass;
Quality Control: Bonnie H. Led
ford; Supply Room: John W.
Owens; Winding: Ernest W. Cole
man, Katherine K. Davis and Cath
The service record box score, as
of June 1, stood at: 372 for 15
years’ service; 847 for 10 years;
and 1,954 for 5 years.
Boy Scouts Honored At Banquet
Hudson Winner Of Firestone Award
Fifty Boy Scouts from the Gastonia District were awarded Certificates of Merit for
excellency in scouting, and one of them—with the most outstanding record of all—received
the Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Award, in ceremonies at the Recreation Center June 10.
Besides the Certificate of Merit, each scout received a check from the Company covering
expenses for two weeks at Piedmont Boy Scout Camp, Lake Lanier, near Tryon, N. C.
The Company makes these awards each year to outstanding Boy Scouts in American
cities in which the organization operates major plants.
As winner of the 10th annual
Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Award,
Carroll C. Hudson, Jr., was pre
sented a silver medallion and a
$100 savings bond.
Hudson, a 16-year-old Eagle
Scout with 31 merit badges, was
rated on his superior record in
scouting, church and school ac
tivities, and project work. For his
special project this year, he con
structed a floating pier at the Ca
THE WINNER is a member of
Troop 6, Gastonia, which is spon
sored by First Baptist Church. He
will be a senior at Ashley High
School next year.
The presentation of Certificates
and the Award June 10, followed a
dinner served at 7 p. m. Present
for the occasion were a number of
scouting officials of the Piedmont
Council, BSA, and several repre
sentatives of Firestone Textiles.
General Manager Harold Mercer
presided at the meeting, and In
dustrial Relations Director T, B.
Ipock, Jr., introduced special
guests. General Superintendent
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help promote the program to
build an adequate highway
TENTH TO RECEIVE AWARD—Eagle Scout Carroll C. Hudson,
Jr., receives the Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., Scout Award from General
Manager Harold Mercer. Hudson’s Scoutmaster, John E. Wiley, .fr.,
of Gastonia Troop 6, looks on.
Canady First To Retire From Quality Control
Home to 61 Smith Street,
^^^onia, was the destination
E. p. Canady, when he re-
from Firestone on May
prv,' 1 the veteran textile
piployee has turned his atten-
lon to gardening and to rou-
chores around the house.
, We is the first employee
ere to be retired from the
quality Control Department.
Canady moved to Gastonia from
reenville, S. C., in 1929, and be-
at the plant here
Same year. After the Firestone
vcax. trie r iresione
took over operations in
1938* ’^^niained on the job until
t ; leaving to work at another
1942' ^ plant in Gastonia until
• Returning here that same
resumed his period of
in years he was
av, 1 Weave Room, as a weaver
years of his ser-
t ® in the Quality Con-
^ epartment where his assign-
en vvas that of inspecting fabric
^ the looms.
AT THE END of his long period of service here, E. F. Canady
received the well-wishes of fellow workers of the two departments
in which he had been employed through the years. Here he exhibits
a check for $12.36 and $33.06 in cash, representing gifts made by his
friends in SYC Weaving and Quality Control. At left. Manager R.
I>. Hull of Quality Control; right, Overseer E. D. Bagwell of SYC
Nelson Kessell and Comptroller
Everett Mechem presented the Cer
tificates of Merit.
* * lit
THE FIRESTONE scouting A-
ward program was originally called
the John W. Thomas Award, in
honor of a former Company Chair
man, who was first to promote
scouting emphasis in the Company
on a national basis. Since Mr.
Thomas’ death, Harvey S. Fire
stone, Jr., has carried on the Com
pany’s interest in scouting.
Individual Is Most Important
In Industry, Trainer Asserts
A reduction in employment caused by automation (the
increased use of automatic machines and equipment) should
be more than absorbed in jobs which provide more and better
things for each member of our increasing population, J. E.
Trainer, Executive Vice President of the Company declared
Speaking to the Western Penn-O
sylvania Chapter of The American
Society of Safety Engineers, meet
ing in Pittsburgh, Mr. Trainer
pointed out that the increasing use
of automatic machines “has been
going on for years.”
“The future effect of automation
on manpower will be no different
than it has been in the past,” he
He referred to the telephone in
dustry as an example in which
automation has played a big part.
During the period of 1940-1950
there was an increase of 159,000 or
79 per cent in the number of tele
phone operators employed, he not
* iH H<
MR. TRAINER DEVOTED most
of his talk, “Making The Best Use
of Our Human Resources,” to acci
dent prevention and its function of
conserving “our country’s most
valuable asset, its manpower,”
“In the conflict of the Free
World with the countries behind the
Iron Curtain,” he said, “the winner
will be the country or combination
SEE EDITORIAL ON PAGE 2
of countries that can produce the
most and best implements of both
peace and war. We are outnumber
ed in manpower by a ratio of at
least five to one in the present
alignment of world powers. For
this reason I believe that everyone
present here tonight will agree that
it is imperative that we make the
best use of our manpower in the
Effective industrial safety
programs in plants throughout the
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