"Miss Optimist for 1955" poses with the orchid which Optimist
Governor Fred Frick pinned on her at a luncheon meeting Novem
Safety, Time Study Typist
Is ‘Miss Optimist For 1955’
Beatrice Bradshaw, 22-year-
old typist in the Safety and Time
Study departments, was official
hostess for National Optimist
Week observance here, Novem
ber 6-12, and is serving as “Miss
Optimist for 1955” until her suc
cessor is named during Optimist
Week next year.
Miss Bradshaw was selected as
“Miss Optimist for 1955” by a
committee of Optimist Club
members here, which included
Roland Bradley, president of the
club; Bill Long and George
THE DAUGHTER of Mr. and
Mrs. E. O. Bradshaw, 1705 East
Ozark Avenue, she was chosen
“Miss East Gastonia” in 1953.
She has light brown hair and
hazel eyes. Her favorite pastimes
are bowling and dancing. Miss
Bradshaw attends Adams Me
morial Presbyterian Church
where she takes part in young
On Monday, November 7, Miss
Bradshaw was special guest at
the Optimist Club meeting and
luncheon when Fred Frick, Op
timist Governor in North Caro
lina spoke to the club. The ap
pearance of Governor Frick, titu
lar head of the 18th North Caro
lina district, highlighted Nation
al Optimist Week for the local
club. At the meeting were Gas
tonia’s mayor, Leon Schneider
and several city councilmen.
Commmiicatioiis a ‘Two-Way
Street’, Supervisors Told
The complex structure of mod
ern industry demands effective
communications to promote good
employer - employee relations,
James Young of the Company’s
Akron Training Division told
supervisors at a dinner meeting
in the Girl’s Club recently.
Speaking on the subject of the
broad aspects of communications
in industry, Mr. Young empha
sized that communications in
any industry—if effective—must
be a continuous process of keep
ing channels of information open
between management and the
“It is a two-way street,” he
HE POINTED out that no
method of “mass” communica
tion could equal the effective
ness of the personal touch, and
recalled that when the Firestone
Company was founded, good in-
Eula Wilson, Payroll Supervisor, and Evelyn Mayfield, Lab
oratory, recently visited Mr. and Mrs. Donald Horne in Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Horne is a niece of Mrs. Wilson.
Delores Turner, Main Office, was a recent guest of Mr. and Mrs.
M. L. Patterson of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Fred White
sides of Knoxville, Tenn.
Pauline Harbin, Main Office, her husband, James Harbin, and
their daughter, Gail, visited their son, J. G. Harbin, at Georgia Mili
tary Academy. Gail is a student at Wingate Junior College. The son
was a Shop employee before entering school.
Sgt. and Mrs. Ben Boheler and son of Spokane, Wash., and Mr.
and Mrs. O. G. Collins of Laramie, Wyo., were recent guests of
Beatrice McCarter, Main Office, and Howard McCarter. Spinning
Myrtle Bradley, Main Office, recently visited relatives in An
Miss Barbara Abernathy spent the week end in Baltimore, Md.,
recently attending the Redskins-Colts football game. Mrs. Kay
Cooper and Mrs. Odell Richie of Drexel, N. C., accompanied Miss
Abernathy to Baltimore.
Mrs. Minnie Kilby, Insurance Office, and Robert Kilby, Main
Office, have moved into their new home on Springdale Lane.
Mrs. Grace Bell of Horse Cave, Ky., spent several days recently
with Mrs. Zula Eisenhower. Mrs. Eisenhower, Mrs. Bell and Mrs.
Nellie Stowe attended the Garden Council Flower Show which was
held ^t the Firemen’s Hall in Charlotte. Mrs. Stowe entertained
Mrs. Bell and Mrs. Eisenhower at dinner at the Ming Tree in Char
Mrs. Bobbie Baldwin, Personnel Office, and Mrs. J. P. Baldwin
recently spent a week visiting Mr. and. Mrs. Evan Baldwin and
family in Baltimore, Md.
Mrs. Julia Rosdahl, daughter of Mrs. Carl Stowe, Girls’ Club
Hostess, and children visited Mrs. Rosdahl’s husband. Swede, who
is working in New Bedford, Mass., for several months.
Miss Betty Bradley visited recently with her parents, A. C.
Bradley, Refreshment; and Mrs. Bradley of Plastic Dip. Betty is
completing a two-year nursing course at Montreat College. After
completion of the course there, she will enter Mission Miemorial
Hospital, Asheville, for three years of nursing study.
Miss Pattie Ledford spent November 12-13 with her mother
Bonnie Ledford, inspector. Miss Ledford was accompanied home
by Misses Clara and Alice Turk, twin sisters, who are classmates of
Miss Ledford at Mars Hill College.
Inspector George Hager visited recently with a friend, Jack
Embler, of the Marine Corps, Thomasville, N. C.
Inspector Easter Green and members of his family have moved
into their new home at 1026 Woodhill Drive, Gastonia.
—Continued on page 6
Miss Betty F. Little, daughter
of Lathe Operator Cramer L.
Little, Shop, and Mrs. Little, has
been awarded a March of Dimes
scholarship by the National
Foundation for Infantile Paral
ysis. The announcement came re
cently from Julius Sanders, Gas
ton County Chapter chairman.
THE SCHOLARSHIP awarded
Miss Little was conferred upon
recommendation of a national
committee of leaders in the
Medical social work profession,
and affords opportunity for
graduate study in the field. She
will study at Tulane University
School of Social Work, New Or
leans. Miss Little is now a gradu
ate student at Tulane, where she
will receive the masters degree
in social work in the spring.
March of Dimes scholarships
are part of a comprehensive pro
fessional education program
which today ranks as the largest
ever undertaken by a volunteer
agency. Since 1938, when the
National Foundation was estab
lished, $20,250,000 has been au
thorized to train the minds and
hands of professional personnel
for service in fields relating to
poliomyelitis and other diseases.
MEDICAL social workers, ac
cording to Mr. Sanders, play an
important role in providing as
sistance to polio-stricken pa
tients and their families. At the
time Miss Little received the
scholarship, a total of 675 awards
in this field had been made.
In announcing this award, Mr.
Sanders pointed out that the Na
tional Foundation’s educational
program also provides grants en
abling schools and professional
associations concerned with
medical and associate medical
personnel to maintain and im
prove their educational stand
ards and services.
dustrial relations were largely
the result of personal contact
between worker and employer.
As the company grows, he
said, it is not humanly possible
to carry on the man-to-man. re
lationship with every worker.
So the personal touch has to be
replaced by such means of com
munication as letters, directives,
bulletin boards, lectures, an
nouncements, the plant news
paper and other forms of printed
On this month’s cover, James
Barnett, Charlotte artist, depicts
the age-old story of the Nativity.
The cover painting sets a fitting
mood for General Manager
Harold Mercer’s Christmas
greeting to all Firestone Textiles
employees and their families.
Volume IV, No. 18, December, 1955
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Public Relations
CARDING — Edna Harris, Jim Ballew,
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Pearl Aldridge,
Corrie Johnson, Lorene Owensby,
Dorothy Baber, Dean Haun, and Vera
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis, Sara
Davis, Nina Milton, Juanita McDonald.
CORD WEAVING—Roy Davis, Irene
Odell, Mary Johnson.
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ann Steven
son, Elizabeth Harris.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrop.
WAREHOUSE — Patsy Haynes, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Mozelle Brockman.
SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE—Sue Van
PERSONNEL OFFICE—Bea Bradshaw
Claude Callaway, Editor