ON THE TILTING ARBOR SAW, S. L.
Owens shapes a piece of wood which will become
part of a coffee table.
HANDS OF THE CRAFTSMAN hold a co
lonial design spice cabinet made of birch. Drawer
pulls were turned on lathe.
FOR YOUR TRAVEL NOTEBOOK
More, Better Signs Added To Highways
Carding Overseer Is Woodworking Enthusiast
The man stood in his neat
ly-arranged shop with some
shavings in his hair, holding
a stick of white pine. He had
taken that piece of wood, fast
ened it deftly to the business
end of a lathe and chiseled a-
Way until it emerged—in
record time—as a table leg
that would grace almost any
piece of furniture.
IN DUE TIME the table was
finished, and found its way to
Loray Baptist Church. There it
went into use as a support for a
The craftsman: S. L. Owens,
overseer in the Carding Depart
ment, who has been at Firestone
more than 20 years. And in those
20 years he has been spending
some of his spare time developing
his hobby of woodcrafting.
“I just like to work with my
hands,” he says, “and I find that
my hobby not only helps to use
spare time profitably, but it also
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mc-
Swain, a daughter, Grace Ann,
at Memorial Hospital, August 4.
The father works in Main Office.
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“One outstanding feature of this
has been the great increase in the
^lumber of cars and trucks being
driven in western Europe. And this
increase has created the urgent
^eed similiar to ours in the United
States for the building of better
and safer highways for the more
economical movement of goods and
Why Take A Book
You can swat flies with it.
If you spread a newspaper over
it, you can eat a lobster handily
from it on a picnic.
You can wrap it in a towel and
use it for a pillow on the beach.
You can use it as a tray to bal
ance bottles, cigarettes and candy
bars in the sand.
If everything else fails and it’s
raining—you can always read it.
“Production, employment and
sales continue to show large in
creases in every country I visited,
and the standard of living is un
dergoing constant improvement.”
CHAMPIONS—Members of the Firestone team of Little League
Girls’ Softball finished the season undefeated. They competed in 12
Sames during the season with teams representing churches and
civic clubs. In first row are: Jean Bailey, Vicky Bolick, Ann Gaddis,
I'atsy Brewer, Laura Ballard. Second row: Marlene Hardy, Hope
Matthews, Betty Stewart, Dorothy Gaddis and Beverley Riley.
takes some of the tension out of
HE RECALLS that his first
woodworking project was a what
not shelf, fashioned with the bare
minimum of hand tools—a hammer
and a saw. Since that time, he has
made tables, desks, lamps, chairs,
cabinets, repaired antiques and re
finished furniture. A current pro
ject is the making of a set of lawn
furniture for himself and another
for his daughter,
Owens’ well-equipped shop was
a Christmas gift from his six
children. The equipment was de
livered to the basement workshop
in his home at 107 South Millon, a
piece at a time. Latest machine to
be installed was a jointer-planer.
Other pieces include a power jig
saw, tilting arbor saw, sander,
lathe, and a complete line of hand
tools. His shop, as he has it set up
now, has been in use for about two
The craftsman has not commer
cialized on his hobby, but has kept
it as a means of supplying items
for his own use and for gifts to
To S. L. Owens, his woodworking
shop is a recreation center.
Highway travel should be more
fun than ever this season—and
safer. You’ll be able to get where
you’re going a lot faster—and
without taking chances.
IN NORTH CAROLINA, 15,000
new highway signs have been add
ed to the network of roads, warn
ing motorists when they are ap
proaching restricted zones and
when it is prudent to resume high
The signs came as a moderni
zation of the highway warning
system after drivers, both tourists
and Tar Heels, registered protests
that they weren’t fairly warned
when they entered a speed zone or
when they were approaching other
traffic hazards. The move has
eliminated the old speed zone con
glomeration. Only 960 special traf
fic areas were re-established, all
based on a definite highway safety
formula and all marked so that
motorists are advised when they by monotony,
aproach and leave the “slow”
IN OTHER STATES across the
nation, much of the exasperation
arising from poorly marked roads
will be missing, too, for highway
authorities are installing bigger
and better direction and distance
Besides, the road experts have
found that major highways,
especially toll roads, should be
livened up with colorful, amusing
signs that show up clearly day or
night. They’re designed to stimu
late the driver, and to avoid the
“hypnosis” which mile after mile of
straight, beautiful concrete fre
Motorists in strange cities or
countrysides are safety hazards
when they slow down to look for
signs. And this often causes heavy
traffic congestion. It has been
that as much as 50 per cent of toll
road accidents have been caused
No doubt you’ll be spcntling many happy hours this summer at the
lake or beach. Use these common-sensc precautions for a safer,
Stay out of the water at least
one hour after eating.
Never swim alone or away
If you can’t swim stay in
shallow water, not more than
waist deep, for safety.
Don’t dive into unfamiliar
Keep a close supervision
over children in or near the
If you are not a swimmer,
stay out of boats unless a
life jacket is worn.
Get your suntan gradually to
avoid sunburn. Wear dark
glasses on shore in bright
sun to avoid glare tliat can
cause injury to your eyes.
(?) AMERICAN MUTUAL LIAB. IN*. CO.
Believe In Unlucky Numbers; Fatalism?
Do you believe that accidents are something that
occur because a department’s good safety record was
mentioned, or because there have been two accidents
and they come in “three’s” or because it is Friday
the 13th or because your “number’s up?”
These are just a few of the hundreds of super
stitions that many people believe. But did you ever
stop to think that perhaps accidents occur because
we are failing to do an adequate job of accident-
prevention ? Guards left off machines can cause acci
dents, to one, two or three people on any day of
the week, not only on Friday.
GOOD SAFETY RECORDS are spoiled by fail
ure of someone to practice the safe way to do the
job more often than by mentioning the department’s
good safety record.
As for the “three’s” we
can always get the total to
add up to this figure if we
wait long enough.
“Your number’s up” is
simply a statement of fatal
ism. Although Oriental people
believe in this type of philos
ophy, religions of our west
ern people do not uphold
fatalism. This doctrine is the
belief that all things or occurences are subject to
fate. Isn’t this merely an easy way out of explain
ing carelessness and misfortune?
Why do people believe certain superstitions ?
Perhaps it is because many of them were once associ
ated with serious accidents. Walking under ladders
came to be unlucky because
many early ladders collapsed
on people or objects were
dropped on the unlucky pass
THE COMBINATION of
Friday falling on the 13th of
the month has been consider
ed unlucky for many reasons.
Friday in itself has been con
sidered unlucky by many be
cause the Crucifixion took place on Friday. The num
ber 13 is considered unlucky by many and in re
ligious circles the origin of this superstition is
ascribed to the Last Supper which was attended by
Christ and the 12 Apostles, thus making 13.
The idea of “three on a match” as unlucky grew
up during one of our wars when front line soldiers
quickly learned that the time taken to light three
cigarettes was enough for enemy snipers or artillery
to get the range.
Unfortunately the derivation of these super
stitious ideas has been forgotten and they have been
given other connotations. Perhaps a good job of
accident prevention coupled with careful instruction
and work can erase some of these superstitions
which people believe.