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Teachers See Plant On BIE Day, October 6
DISCUSSING the properties of rayon fabric is Sam F. Honey
cutt of Quality Control, for Mrs. W. T. Robison, Jr., teacher of ninth
grade at Arlington Junior High School.
EXPLAINING the operation of a shuttle is William C. Smith,
(right), of Rayon Weaving. Teachers are Mrs. Clarence B. Bomar,
(left), Ashley High School, home economics; and Mrs. Lamar
Smith, Ashley High, chemistry.
LISTENING to an explanation
on quality control is G. Lublane-
zki, business arithmetic t3acher
at Ashley High School.
Students Told of Industry
Schoolteachers turned stu
dents and the students of in
dustry and business became
teachers on October 6 in Gas
tonia. At the same time, stu
dents of junior high and high
school got a look at things
from a new perspective, too.
OF THE TOTAL of 62 school-
■teachers participating, four were
entertained at Firestone and
'W’ere taken on a tour of the plant
during the afternoon.
The teachers who moved out
of their classrooms to get a
glimpse of industry here, were
shown the various departments
of the plant and had explained
to them the workings of each, as
the tour was conducted by Sam
F. Honeycutt of Quality Control.
J. V. Darwin and E. J. Mechem
of Main Office officially wel
comed the teachers and coordi
nated their visit.
ON BIE DAY, the men who run
the business and industry of the
city moved into classrooms early
that morning and remained un
til the regular school day was
T. B. Ipock, Jr., Director of In
dustrial Relations, represented
Firestone at Ashley High School.
He briefed the students on op
erations of the plant here, told
them of what goods are manu
factured, where the goods go,
and other information that the
students otherwise might not
More than 150 were present
at a banquet in Masonic Temple
that evening, for the closing por
tion of the annual BIE observ
SOME GIFTS AT RETIREMENT—W. H. Billing, Overseer in
Oord Weaving, presents to Julia H. Long on her last day at work,
®*nployees' gifts consisting of articles of wearing apparel and two
^Mother of Year’ For 1953
Is Retired In October
On October 7 she went about
Work as a quiller in Cord
having just as diligently as
did on a typical day five
ago. Nothing unusual, per-
^ps — except that that was
^ia H. Long’s last day of 17
in the plant, and she want-
i handiwork on the
^ brought to a satisfying con-
Mrs. Long, in her years of em
ployment here, spent most of
them as a quiller and a loom
IN 1953, reporters of Firestone
News selected her as “the typi
cal Firestone mother of the
year.” At that time she was
described in the plant paper as
deserving the honor “For her
devotion to her family—she has
A VIEW of Lake James, Burke County, location of Camp Firestone.
Camp Firestone Improved During Summer
Camp Firestone, Company
recreation facility on Lake
James in Burke County, closed
October 31, after a busy season
which began May 19. Some 160
parties availed themselves of
the camp during the summer.
THIS YEAR the Company
made general repairs and ex
tensive improvements on the
Camp Firestone property. A
number of old mattresses were
replaced with Firestone Foamex
mattresses and most of the cabins
were painted and repaired.
Other improvements included
the addition of two boats and
replacement of all life preserv
ers with new equipment; and
the planting of grass on the hill
sides to prevent erosion. A crib
pool having a water depth from
8 inches to 40 inches was built
for the use of small children.
Manager of the camp during
the season was Earl Crook, a
former keeper of the boat land
ing at Lake Hickory.
six children—and her unassum
ing but charming personality
which earned the friendship and
profound respect of all who
During her stay at Firestone
she was honored frequently by
fellow employees. Once her
friends on the job were donating
money with the undisclosed in
tention of using it to buy Mrs.
Long a television set. Unaware
that it was for her, she insisted
on contributing to the fund her
self. Friends tactfully accepted
the contribution and a few days
later presented her with the TV
Dashing Dan pushed goggles
Now a patch is on his eye!
CHOOSE STAR FARMERS—Raymond C, Firestone (standing
left). Executive Vice-President of the Company, was among some
of the business and industrial leaders who met at the national
headquarters of the Future Farmers of America in Washington,
D. C., to judge the winners of the 1955 Star Farmer of America
awards. Standing with Mr. Firestone is A. F. Davis, Secretary, The
James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. Seat
ed from left, are: H. H. Bloom, President, Massey-Harris-Ferguson,
Inc., Racine, Wis.; Hugo Riemer, President, Allied Chemical &
Dye Corporation, Nitrogen Division, New York, N. Y.; Roderick
Turnbull, Editor, The Weekly Star Farmer, Kansas City, Mo.; and
Clark W. Davis, General Manager, Grasselli Chemicals Department,
E. I. duPont deNemours & Company, Wilmington, Del.
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