John P. Smith, clerk, attended the dedication ceremonies for the
new Recreation Building at Oxford Orphanage, Oxford, N. C., re
cently. There were 50 Masons from Gaston County attending the
services. Barbecue dinner was served on the orphanage grounds for
Mrs. Lillian Parham, inspector, underwent surgery recently at
Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Pat Bentley, inspector, has returned to work in the Quality
Gomer Wilson, Carding Department, and Mrs. Lelia Wilson, re
claimer, had as guests recently their daughter, Mrs. Gordon Ed
wards and M/Sgt. Gordon Edwards of Greenville, S. C.
Reggie Cox, son of Mrs. Brannon Cox, reclaimer, is a patient at
the base hospital at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Lula Mae Cape is spending several weeks with her mother,
Mrs. Blanche Newton, reclaimer.
Davis Tino, son of Mrs. Janice Tino, spooler tender, is attending
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mrs. Addie Deaton, spooler tender, spent a recent week end with
her son, J. C. Reynolds and his family in Bennettsville, S. C.
J. W. Hicks and his family of Clover, S. C., visited Mr. Hicks’
sister, Mrs. Helen Hamrick, spooler tender, recently.
R. B. Roberson, father of Lottie Roberson, warper tender, is
Mrs. Frances Player, winder tender, attended the funeral of her
sister-in-law, Mrs. J. C. Queen, in Forest City, N. C. on Sept. 20.
Mrs. Ruth Neal, warper tender, her husband A. J., and her sister-
in-law, Mrs. Catherine Neal and children spent a recent week end
touring the Smoky Mountains. They also attended the Cherokee
Indian Fair while there.
Mrs. Martha Parton, spooler tender, has returned to work after
several days in Charlotte Memorial Hospital for observation.
Mrs. Mae Foster, spooler tender, is recuperating from a recent
Homer Newton, son of Mrs. Blanche Newton, reclaimer, is at
tending Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, N. C., majoring in business
New employees in the Spooling Department are Calvin May, yarn
man, Furman McLeymore, sweeper, Velma Norman, Joyce Woddill,
Vergie Steel, Carrie Collins, Eunice Ivey, all spooler tenders; also
Gordon Rogers, warper helper.
Allen Dill, stationed at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Base, recently
spent the week end with his mother, Mrs. Estie Dills, spooler tender.
THE EXHIBIT had samples of products either manufactured at the Gastonia plant, or contain
ing materials made at Firestone Textiles.
Products Display At Chamber of Commerce
“Firestone Textiles and 2,300
employees working together for
a better and more prosperous
Gastonia” was theme of a prod
ucts display, exhibited at the
new Chamber of Commerce
building on Franklin avenue,
September 26 through October
A number of employees con
tributed to the display arrange
ment and workers in the Shop
did the installation.
The products display included
samples of liner fabric, indus
trial toweling, chafer fabric,
rayon, tire fabric, nylon tire fab
ric, high speed sewing thread,
weaving yarns, carpet yarns,
knitting yarns; a Firestone Su
preme and a Firestone Deluxe
Center of the exhibit was two
giant gears which turned, to at
tract the attention of passers-by.
Chamber of Commerce officials
reported that the display drew
considerable attention from pass
ing motorists and pedestrians
Smiths At Home
On East Airline
Safety Engineers Attend
National Safety Congress
L. B, McAbee, Director of Safety here, was one of 20 Fire
stone safety engineers from plants in the United States and
Canada who attended the 43rd annual National Safety Con
gress in Chicago, October 17-21.
Mrs. Bonnie Anderson, tie-in hand, and her husband. Jack
Anderson, weaver, visited Mrs. Anderson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Stiles in Murphy, N. C., recently.
Mrs. Martha Webb, tie-in hand, and her family along with Mr.
and Mrs. Webb spent an early-fall week end at Carolina Beach, N. C.
Bud Calhoun of the Shop and his wife, Mrs. Maxine Calhoun,
tie-in hand, have moved into their new home on Davis Park Road.
Pfc. and Mrs. Fred Hager have returned to Miami, Fla., after
visiting with Mrs. Hager’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burroughs.
Mrs. Essie Honeycutt, smash hand, and her husband, George,
fixer, spent Sunday, October 9 with Mrs. Honeycutt’s parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Costner of Rutherford College, N. C.
Mrs. Pauline Moore, battery hand, and her husband Jack, Cloth
Room, spent a recent week end visiting their children. Miss
Shirley Moore, Carroll Moore and his wife in Raleigh, N. C.
Roy Ward, fixer, and his wife Sarah, smash hand, spent the week
end of October 8th with their parents, Mrs. H. C. Ward of Forest
City, N. C., and Mrs. W. D. Walker of Rutherfordton, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Martin of Erwin, N. C. have been visiting
Mrs. Betty Martin, battery hand, for several weeks.
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THE COMPANY representa
tives held a special Firestone
safety meeting themselves in
connection with the Congress,
which placed emphasis on the
slogan, “Be Your Brother’s
As a member for many years
of the National Safety Council
which sponsors the Congress,
Firestone Company saluted the
Council on the October 17 radio
and television broadcast of “The
Voice of Firestone.”
The slogan, “Be Your
Brother’s Keeper — Stop Acci
dents” is based on a new safety
crusade against the three “I’s” of
accidents — Irresponsibility, In
competency and Indifference.
LEADING the Firestone con
tingent was Glen D. Cross of
Akron, Director of Safety and
Supervisory Training for the
Company, who appeared on the
program of the Rubber Section,
presiding for a panel discussion
on supervisory training.
The meetings of the Congress
was held in five hotels to accom
modate the attendance of some
10,000 persons—the Conrad Hil
ton, Blackstone, Congress, La
Salle and Morrison.
Elizabeth Evans of Akron,
daughter of Clarence Evans of
Firestone and one of the 1954
winners of the Voice of De
mocracy Contest sponsored by
the National Association of
Radio and Television Broad
casters and the United States
Junior Chamber of Commerce,
gave her winning talk, “I Speak
for Democracy,” at the Annual
Council Meeting which opened
the Congress on October 17.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilburn Smith
are at home at 160 East Airline
Avenue, Gastonia. She is the
former Miss Betty Jean Cleven
ger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
W. H. Clevenger. Mrs. Clevenger
is employed in Rayon Weaving-
Mr. Smith is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. H. Smith of Gastonia.
Klines Live In Newfoundland
★ ★ ★
Miss Nancy Louise Calhoun
became the bride of A-2C Don
ald Gene Kline in a wedding
ceremony which took place at
York, S. C., October 1.
The bride is the daughter of
Leon Calhoun, Weaving; and
Mrs. Calhoun, Spinning. The
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Thurman D. Fisher of
Lewis, Kan. He is stationed at
Pepperrell Air Base, St. Johns,
N e wf oundland.
A-2C and Mrs. Kline