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Dec. 1, 1955, edition 1 /
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People and Places
—From Page 4
Cramer Little, lathe operator, and John Mercer, drill press op
erator, enjoyed a week-end fishing trip to Myrtle Beach, S. C.
G. V. Foy, carpenter, and Mrs. Foy spent their vacation recent
ly in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Fontana Dam and Murphy, N. C. At New
found Gap they saw snow, the first of the season in the Smokies.
Troy Jones, tinsmith, spent a week of fishing and entertaining
his friends at his cabin on South Fork River recently.
E. G. Bulman, Shop foreman, has returned to work after two
weeks of vacation.
Clyde Moss, Assistant General Superintendent, Clyde, Jr., elec
trician, and Dan Moss took a fishing trip recently to Shallotte Point.
They caught approximately 150 fish.
On a week end in early November, Boyd McDaniel, roving
hoister; and Mrs. McDaniel, visited his sister Mrs. Russell Horner,
and Mr. Horner in Palmyra, Pa. The McDaniels also visited in
Hershey. They are now living in Forest City, N. C.
Terry Lee Davis, four-year-old son of Grady Davis, sweeper,
underwent surgery on the eyes at Gaston Memorial Hospital in
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Haun of Tellico Plains, Tenn., visited Lewis
Clark, Fixer, and Mrs. Clark in early November. Mrs. Clark is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Haun.
Earl Queen, doffer, is back at work after a short illness.
Stella Moore, spinner, is back at work after a period of absence
due to the illness and death of her husband.
Lee and Alice Beckham, son and daughter of Pearl Beckham,
spinner, visited recently with their father, William B. Beckham,
who is in a Columbia, S. C. hospital.
Odell Hammonds, oiler, is back at work after a brief illness.
Mrs. Annie Lee Hubbard, spinner, and her husband, Ernest S.
Hubbard, spent a recent week in Miami, Fla., attending the Ameri
can Legion Convention. Mr. Hubbard was a delegate of the Auten
Stowe Post 144, Belmont. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs.
Frank McGee and enjoyed sea fishing while there.
Mrs. Lydia Davis, spinner, spent a week of vacation visiting her
son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Davis of San Antonio, Texas.
Gerald is stationed at Lackland Air Base. Tommy Gene Dodgen
made the trip to Texas with Mrs. Davis.
Mrs. Minnie Johnson, spinner, gave a birthday dinner for her
daughter, Miss Carolyn Dodd Johnson, on October 23. Guests were
Mrs. Bell Conrad; Miss Lucy Phillips; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Johnson
and Buddy; and also Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lytton and children.
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Walters have returned to Gastonia after 17
months away, while Mr. Walters was in the United States Army.
Mrs. Walters is the daughter of Mrs. Lula Snipes, Spinning Depart
Mrs. Addie Smith, Spinning Department, had as a recent week
end guest, Mrs. June Guy of Chicago.
Will A. Brown, doffer, has returned to his home from the
Garrison General Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Will A. Brown had as week-end guests recently,
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown and children of Pendleton, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady Ivey had as recent guests, Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Roberson and children of France, Roberson Mathis of Rock
Hill, S. C., and also Mr. Roberson’s mother of Lancaster, S. C.
Mary Laughridge, spinner, had as recent guests, Mr. and Mrs.
Forest Laughridge and their son Roger of Aiken, S. C.; Mr. and
Mrs. Furman Laughridge and son of Rock Hill, S. C.; Mr. and Mrs.
W. F. Holland and their two sons; and also Ross Laughridge and
Margaret Matthews, spinner, and her husband spent Sunday,
October 6 visiting Mrs. Henry Chapman of Lincolnton.
Hattie Taylor, spinner, visited her aunt, Mrs. Florence Emory
in Spartanburg, S. C.
Virgie Taylor, spinner, has returned to work after a tonsillecto
Mr. and Mrs. Will A. Brown had as guests recently, the Rev.
and Mrs. B. Olon Brown of Summerfield, N. C.
Margaret Davis, spinner, spent the week end recently with
her brother, Hugh Davis and Mrs. Davis in Augusta, Ga.
Minnie Johnson, spinner, had as guest recently, Mrs. Lillie
Owensby of Gastonia.
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Church had as week-end guests recently,
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Sherrill and baby of Massachusetts.
Lydia Davis, spinner, and her husband, John Davis, fixer, spent
a week end in Danville, Va., visiting Mrs. Davis’ sister, Mrs. Cynthia
Harold Davis of Washington, D. C., is visiting his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John Davis.
Mrs. Madge Corbett, spinner, has returned to her home from
a local hospital.
Keep Christmas Merry: Don’t Play With Fire
The gayety of Christmas can be turned into
tragedy this year—if you give fire a chance to
wipe you out!
To impress the truth that Christmas is the
time to be especially careful, the National Fire
Protection Association suggests the following
rules to help make your Christmas fire-safe.
The Christmas Tree
Cut a growing tree or try to buy one that hasn’t
dried out from prolonged storage. When too dry,
tree branches are brittle and shed the needles.
Stand the tree in water or snow outdoors until
you’re ready to use it indoors. Bring the tree in
doors just before Christmas and take it out as
soon afterwards as possible. December 26 is
The larger the tree the greater the hazard, so
don’t get one any larger than you need.
Just before setting up the tree saw off the
trunk at an angle at least one inch above the
original cut. Place the freshly cut tree trunk
in water and keep level of water above the cut
the entire time the tree is indoors. Check the
water level at least once a day for absorption and
Support the tree well. Don’t put it near sources
of heat, or where standing or fallen, it could block
the way out of a room and out of the house in
case of fire.
Do not use candles on the tree or nearby where
there is any chance for an open flame to contact
the tree or combustibles piled beneath the tree.
Use only electric lighting sets that bear the UL
(Underwriters’ Laboratories) label. Check lighting
sets each year before using for frayed wires, loose
connections, and broken sockets. Be sure the fuse
on the electrical circuit you use is not over 15
amperes. Cord sets with a fuse on the plug, bear
ing a UL label, are available.
If any extensive holiday wiring is planned, call
a competent electrician; don’t try to do it your
self unless you are so qualified.
Don’t plug too many cords into one outlet. Make
certain that all tree lighting is turned off before
retiring or leaving the house.
Decorations and Wrappings
Don’t let Christmas wrappings accumulate in
the house; place them in your metal covered trash
barrel or burn them in your incinerator as soon
Use non-combustible material — metal, glass,
asbestos, etc.—to decorate the home for Christ
mas wherever possible. When you must use com
bustible materials, be sure they are “flameproof-
ed,” particularly if they are to be anywhere near
the tree. Untreated cotton batting, paper and cer
tain cloth costuming will ignite easily and burn
with great intensity unless they are “flameproof-
ed.” Santa Claus whiskers have caused tragedies;
be sure they’re “flameproofed,” too.
Don’t buy pyroxlin plastic dolls, toys or non-
flameproofed cowboy suits, etc. Toys operated by
alcohol, kerosene or gasoline are especially
dangerous; they may upset and set fire to chil
dren’s clothing, the tree, or to the house itself.
Look for the Underwriter’s Laboratories label
when buying electrical toys. This means they
have been tested for fire and shock hazards and
may be considered safe if properly handled and
Don’t set up electric trains or spirit-fueled toys
under a Christmas tree.
Don’t allow smoking near the tree amidst
decorations or piles of wrappings. Have plenty
of safe ashtrays around and use them.
Plan on what you must do if fire breaks out.
Guard against flying sparks from a fireplace,
with a substantial screen and don’t use the fire
place to burn up wrappings and decorations.
Keep matches, lighters and candles away from
tiny hands. Have water-type fire extinguishers
that work, buckets of water or even your garden
hose connected to a faucet, within reach of the
tree. Unless you can put a fire out immediately,
call your fire department at once.
During Christmas, smoking and inflamable
decorations in public buildings are a dangerous
combination. Waste should be removed, aisles,
exits and firedoors must be kept clear and usable.
Exits should be plainly marked and easy to reach.
Report any blocked exit or fire hazard in public
buildings to your fire chief. You can render a
good service by helping to discourage the use of
wax candles at church candlelight services. Elec
tric candles are safer.
Mrs. C. T. Thomas of Danville, Va., mother of Claude Kelly,
doffer, has been sick for several weeks.
Mable McCray, spinner, and several friends spent a recent week
end at Chimney Rock, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. James Cantrell of California spent several days
with Mary Woodill, spinner.
Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Kelly of South America spent a week with
Claude Kelly, doffer, and Mrs. Kelly.
Joe Head, husband of Mrs. Ruby Head, spinner, has been a
patient at a local hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Burger of Winston-Salem, N. C., spent a
recent week end with Fred Ballew, oiler.
Thor Giles, doffer, has returned to his home from the Gaston
The children of Mrs. A. G. Bolick, Spinning Department, gave
her a surprise birthday dinner on Sunday, October 16. All of her
children and grandchildren were present for the dinner.
S. B. Spencer, husband of Lillie Spencer, spooler tender, is a
patient at the Kings Mountain Hospital.
J. C. Westbrooks, section man, is out sick.
Velma Norman is a new employee in the Spooling Department.
Frances Player, winder tender, had as dinner guests on a re
cent Sunday, her sister, Mrs. J. S. White and family of Spindale,
N. C., her brother, J. C. Queen, and her niece, Mrs. J. D. Shrop
shire and husband of Forest City, N. C.
Helen Hamrick, spooler tender, and her husband attended a
birthday dinner in honor of Mr. Hamrick’s grandfather, Billy
Hamrick who was celebrating his 96th birthday in the Mt. Zion
Community recently. There were more than 100 guests present for
E. R. Tino, Mrs. Tino, spooler tender, and family spent Sunday,
October 6 with their son, David, at the University of North Carolina,
Fred Bridges, sweeper, is a patient at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Delsie Merritt, spooler tender, spent Sunday, October 6 with her
son, Bobby, in Charlotte, N. C,
Mae Foster and Delsie Merritt, spooler tenders, have returned
to work after several days of illness.
—Continued on page 8
Miss Lois Ann Spake and Don
ald Anderson Jolly exchanged
marriage vows in an early
November ceremony at Mace
donia Baptist Church, Kings
The bride, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy B. Spake of Kings
Mountain, was graduated from
Kings Mountain High School and
King’s Business College, Char
Mr. Jolly, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Walter K. Jolly, both in Spin
ning, was graduated from Gas
tonia High School, served four
years with the U. S. Navy, and
was graduated last year from
King’s Business College, Char
lotte. The couple lives in Char
At Annual Garden
Mrs. Nellie Stowe, Girls Clut>
hostess, was among the number
who attended the meeting of the
Third District of North Carolina
Garden Clubs, November 4. The
Gastonia Garden Council'
host to the annual meeting
“Dried Materials for Winter
Arrangements” was the topic t>y
Mrs. John R. Rankin, at the ses'
sion which began at 10 a.m.
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