He who chooses a road must
choose the place it leads to.
No man is rich enou^:h that he
can do without a neighbor.
GASTONIA, N. C., JULY 25, 1955
Number Of 20-Year
Employees Now 127
Addition of 28 names to the roster of 20-year employees
brought the number in that category to 127 on July 1. This
number of persons represents a total of 2,540 years of service
to the Company.
The 28 persons who became eligi- 9
We on July 1, were each awarded
a 20-year pin and a gold watch, at
® ceremony in the plant conference
room Friday afternoon, July 8.
General Manager Harold Mercer,
assisted by Industrial Relations
I^irector T. B. Ipock, Jr., made the
presentations. In presenting the
'"^atches, Mr. Mercer commended
the honored employees for their
loyal service during the past two
The 99 employees who held 20-
year service records as of June 30
of this year, were formally honored
at the “20 Years of Progress” an-
^iiversary banquet here on May 5.
that time each person honored
received a 20-year service pin and
^ gold watch. Their photographs
^ere published in the Anniversary
Edition of Firestone News.
Named Top Player
On Optimist Team
Bobby Barton, whose mother,
Mrs, Irene Barton, is employed in
the Cloth Room, was chosen June
21, as the most outstanding base
ball player on the Optimist Team
in the Harold Mercer Little League,
Bobby, who received a trophy do
nated by a senior member of the
Optimist Club, was selected for
the honor from among 14 other
members of his team. He has play
ed on the team for three years.
An “outstanding player” on the
Optimist Club Team has been
chosen each year since the team
joined the Little League five years
at fall river
Worker Is Awarded $4,000
For Prize Suggestion
An employee at the Firestone
^oamex plant in Fall River, Mass,,
received the largest suggestion
^'Vard ever made in the Firestone
^rs. Lillian Ferrucci received the
to ^ , __
oamex cushions and pillows. The
^ash award went to Mrs, Ferrucci
The idea came to her one day
,000 for her idea sugges-
improve the quality of
“almost in a flash,” said
Ferrucci, Her prize-winning
gestion was the only one she had
turned in for consideration.
Previously the highest sugges
tion award by the Company was
one for $3,000 which went to
Frank B. Bowen of the Los Angeles
plant in 1953 for his suggestion for
improving the manufacturing pro
cess for aircraft fuel cells.
THE 28 EMPLOYEES who each completed
a 20-year period here on July 1, represent a total
of more than five centuries service with the
Here in first row, from left, are: Addie Smith,
Pearl Aldridge, Ray Thomas, General Manager
Harold Mercer, Maude B. Webb, Sarah E. Full-
bright and Mattie Giles.
Second row: Luther Lee Shehane, Pauline
Hanna, Waymond Robinson, Luther Foy and Mae
Third row: Roy Carver, Myrtle Bradley, Ros-
coe Mauney, Mattie McDaniel and Annie S. Gallo
Fourth row: Mattie Briggs, Robert Spencer,
Clara Conrad and Mae Bell Keisler.
Fifth row: Thomas G. Stacy, Horace Robinson,
Lydia Davis, Lizzie Bolick and Ruth McGhee.
Ina Stiles, Ila Webster and Howard McCarter
were not present when this picture was made.
W, G, Henson, Jr,, Shop me
chanic, is attending Charlotte Col
lege five evenings a week, taking
the pre-engineering course. After
two years there, he will enroll at
State College for two additional
Undefeated Team Bids For Championship
SCIENCE FINDS PREVENTION, BUT
Precaution Good Insurance
Against Threat Of Polio
Don’t be misled bv a false
sense of security should your
child receive the Salk anti
polio vaccine. And don’t get
too optimistic and forget that
there is always the ever-pres-
ent threat of the polio menace.
This warning was issued re
cently by the North Carolina State
Board of Health, which also ad
vises that commonsense precau
tions against polio must not be
overlooked while scientists continue
their quest for further measures
I'or the control of the disease.
Sensible rules for good health
are always important. Now that
the polio season is here, parents
should see that a child avoids:
Fatigue and chilling
Long and unnecessary travel
Dirty hands during meals
Crowds and new contacts
Other people’s soiled towels,
dishes or tableware.
If polio should strike, be on the
lookout for these symptoms:
Fever, headache, upset stomach,
stiff neck or back, sore throat,
A person suspected of having polio
should be put to bed promptly. It
is well to remember that at least
half of all polio patients get well
without crippling effects.
Get in touch with your local
chapter of the National Foundation
for Infantile Paralysis if you need
help for a polio patient. The local
address is: 311 East Main Avenue;
Telephone UN 5-1286, If no answer,
dial UN 5-4487,
UNDEFEATED TEAM—As of July 25, the
'restone Girls’ Softball Team was undefeated
having played 10 games on the season’s
^*^hedule. The 12 members of the team this year
appeared most likely to capture the Gaston County
^nipionship, with only 3 games scheduled for
® remainder of the season.
In the photograph, from left, are: Doris Mc-
Cready, Llew Adams, Joyce Gragg, Vicky Bolick,
Gladys Hamrick, Jeanette Faris, Glenna Hamrick,
Gretchen Putman, Marlene Steward and Dorcas
Atkinson. Not present for the photograph were
Betty Hanna and Beverly Riley.
Francis’ On Movie Program
On the outdoor summer movie schedule for the next two billings
are: Francis Covers the Big Town, starring Donald O’Connor, July 29;
and Return of October, with Glenn Ford and James Gleason, August 5.
The summer movie schedule, which runs through September 9,
booked 15 full length features—two in technicolor; and a continued
story of 15 installments.
Pictures are shown each Friday evening at dusk in the Recreation
Park behind the Firestone Dormitory.