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We acquire the strength which
we have overcome.—Emerson.
Goodness is the only investment
that never fails.—Thoreau.
GASTONIA, N. C., AUGUST 25, 1955
THESE EMPLOYEES, who completed 20
years’ service with the Company in August
Were photographed with the General Manager
and other representatives of management who
Were present for the awarding of 20-year pins
and watches, August 16.
Front row, from left: Vina D. Robinson, Spool
ing; General Manager Harold Mercer; Norma
Beaver, Weaving; Robert Davis, Spinning; Rose-
velt Rainey, Warehouse.
Back row; W. G. Henson, Sr., Plant Engineer;
Wade H. Stiles, Rayon Twisting; Julius C. Wilson,
Shop; William B. Buchanan, Rayon Weaving;
Francis B. Galligan, Superintendent of the Cotton
Division; Clyde Moss, Sr., Assistant to the General
Superintendent and Frank W. Davis, of the Cotton
Not present for the photograph were, Jim
Bates, Carding; William S. Guffey, Spinning; and
Myrtle Bradley, Main Office.
Indian Educator Visits Firestone Plant
Miss Shiva Dua, a staff member of the
Women’s College of the University of Delhi,
India, went on a conducted tour of the plant
here August 10.
Miss Dua, honorary secretary of the All-India
Women’s Cultural Food Council, is in the United
States studying cafeterias and their operation. The
information she collects on her visits in Kentucky,
Iowa, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania through
October 5, will be used for improvement of cafeterias
in schools and universities in India.
The visitor, who has been in this country since
June 5, was much impressed by her tour of the
plant. “Most fascinating and instructive” was her
On this, her first trip to the United States, Miss
Dua “liked the country fine” and thought that Gas-
tonians were “very friendly,”
MISS SHIVA DUA of Delhi, India, chats with
Canteen Manager Luther Foy, during her recent
visit to Firestone.
Get Pins, Watches
To honor them for having completed a score of years’
service with the Company, General Manager Harold Mercer
presented pins and watches to those employees who became
eligible for the awards during August.
The presentations were made August 16 in the plant
conference room. Assisting Mr. Mercer were department
heads and others of plant management in whose depart
ments the 20-year persons are employed.
Those honored on August 16 brought the number of 20-
year record holders to 128, representing a total of 2,560 years
of service to the Company.
Plant Officer, Section Man
Aid Hurricane-Stricken Coast
Plant Officer Charles M. Fergu
son is beginning to think that fate
is gearing his annual vacations to
coincide with hurricanes off the
coast of the Carolinas. Last Oc
tober during his vacation, as an
officer in the Civil Air Patrol,
Ferguson found himself giving
emergency communications aid in
the wake of Hurricane Hazel.
This year he spent another vaca
tion on the job as a communica
tions officer during the fury of
Connie and Diane.
FERGUSON, a Major in the
CAP and North Carolina Communi
cations Officer for that organiza
tion, was accompanied to the hur
ricane area by First Lieutenant
John W. Freeman, CAP, section
man in the Spinning Department
here; and Major C. F. Rose, com
mander of the Gastonia squadron
of the CAP.
These men followed Hurricane
Connie up the coast from Wilming
ton to Morehead City, then on to
New Bern, where communications
—Turn to Page 2
Youngsters Eat Watermelon
At Closing Of Playground
A watermelon feed for the
youngsters brought to a close the
summer season of the Firestone
playground, Wednesday, August
17, The treat was given by the Rec
reation Department, in coopera
tion with the playground super
The recreation area, between
Franklin and Second in front of
the plant, is operated during the
summer season by the City of Gas
tonia, as a public playground fa
cility. It is opened soon after the
schools close each spring.
AT BOTTOM LEFT—Dozens of youngsters enjoyed the swings,
seesaws, ping pong and a final dip in the pool on the closing day of
the playground season. Then, as a fitting conclusion, they set at
naught a supply of one of South Carolina’s most famous products.
MIDDLE—Joe Bill Green figured the popular Southern berry
was right palatable all the day down to the bottom.
RIGHT—Sherry Queen brought Brother Michael along. Both
appeared to agree that the trip was worth-while.