Listed For March
Lewis Compton, Spinning; and Roland E. Conrad, Rayon
Weaving, joined the select group of 20-year employees here
during the month of March. The addition of their names to
the roster brought the total of 20-year record holders to 213.
The two who completed a
score of years of service with
the Company in March were
honored, each with a 20-year
service pin and a gold watch.
OTHERS in March receiving
recognition for long-term service
Claude H. Clark, Carding;
George H. Sadler, Rayon Twist
ing; Thelma Gilreath, Rayon
Clifton Glenn, Carding; Her
man A. Eaker, Virgil W. Self,
Spinning; Lillie P. Brown, Spool
ing; Henry J. McDaniel, Rayon
Twisting; John M. Chastain,
Is2ac Moss, Lawrence Wilson,
William R. Deal, Grover B.
Head, Spinning; Hattie C. An
thony, Spooling; Hyme Jackson,
Rayon Twisting; Audrey S. Sey
mour, Cotton Weaving; Howard
V. Martin, Shop; Miriam E.
Cable, William L. Moody, Ruby
L. Chapman, Winding.
IN FEBRUARY, six employees were added to
the mounting list of 20-year record holders as the
Firestone plant approached its 21st year of op
eration in Gastonia. Here, General Manager
Harold Mercer presents a gold watch to Alice
Eva Odom. Others who received watches in Feb
ruary are, from left: O. K. Forrester, Loyd T.
Metcalf, Wilbur E. Posey, Fred Chastain and
Nelson Kessells Report On Life In India
The new Republic of India
is a most exciting and ro
mantic land of legend, ac
cording to reports from the
plant General Superintend
ent Nelson Kessell and Mrs.
Kessell, who are in the East
on business for the Company.
Mr. Kessell has been assigned
for several months to the Fire
stone subsidiary tire plant in
Bombay, where he is serving in
an advisory capacity on tire fab
THROUGH LETTERS to rela
tives and friends in Gastonia, the
Kessells, who are on their third
trip abroad, describe India as a
land of contrasts, especially
socially and economically. Fam
ine and disease take a heavy toll
A T MARION COLLEGE
Student ‘Who’s Who’ Lists
Son Of Employees Here
William A. Dilling, son of W.
H. Dilling, Supervisor in Cord
Weaving; and Mrs. Dilling, quill-
er in Cord Weaving, is one of 8
students named to Who’s Who in
American Universities and Col
leges at Marion College, Marion,
Ind., for 1955-1956.
The student was at one time
employed in Main Office here.
He will receive the Bachelor of
Science degree in education from
Marion in June, and plans to
further his education toward the
Master of Arts degree.
AT THE Indiana college, Mr.
Dilling has earned a number of
distinctions, including recogni
tion as president of the Student
Council. A future teacher, he at
tended Central College, Central,
S. C., before enrolling at Marion.
In addition to his work in school,
he is employed on the second
shift of a wire manufacturing
plant in Marion. Mrs. Dilling, the
former Udine Clark, of Gastonia,
is manager of the snack shop at
For the honor of being named
to Who’s Who, Dilling was
chosen from among 12 candi
dates, for his outstanding
scholastic record, exemplary
character and participation in
MEMBERS of Who’s Who are
selected through nominations of
the Student Council and a vote
by the college faculty members.
Final approval is made by Who’s
Who Among Students in Ameri
can Universities and Colleges,
Tuscaloosa, Ala. Those selected
must be enrolled at a four-year,
degree-granting institution, and
must be members of either the
Junior or Senior class. Names
and biographies appear in an an
nual publication which is the
official directory of distinguish
ed students in American uni
versities and colleges.
Ernest B. Case and Ruby D.
Wilson were married in a cere
mony recently performed in
York, S. C., by Probate Judge
Charles F. Nunn. At the time of
their marriage, the bride was
employed by a Lexington, N. C.,
company. Case is employed by
Firestone as a machine oiler.
After the wedding, the Cases
visited relatives in Andrews,
N. C., and stopped at points of
interest in Western North Caro
lina. They will live in Gastonia.
of life each year despite mea
sures taken to increase food pro
duction and control birth and
Approximately 82 per cent of
the population are without any
education, although the Kessells
observe that there are some 30
universities and more than 650
colleges. Provision is being made
for future free education through
The part of the country in
which the Kessells are living is
included in the new Republic of
India which embraces the larger
geographic and population divi
sion of the sub-continent of In
dia. Population of the whole of
the country is in excess of 372
Almost 3 million persons live
in Bombay, a port on the Arab
ian Sea and on the west coast of
IN INDIA, the medium of ex
change is the rupee, with an ex
change value equivalent to 21
cents in the United States. There
are 14 different languages, with
more than 200 variations in dia
lect. More than 85 per cent of
the population follow the Hindu
religion, with the remainder be
ing Moslems, Jains, Buddhists,
Sikhs, Parsees and Christians.
“Here they do not kill the
cows, because they are sacred,”
writes Mrs. Kessell, “but the
poor sheep are most unfortunate.
Always on the menu there is
mutton in some form.”
THE KESSELLS departed
Gastonia January 29 and travel
ed by TWA Airliner. Describing
the trip over, they wrote:
“We stopped briefly at an air
port in Ireland and in Switzer
land; and at Paris, Rome, Athens,
Cairo, then to Bompay. A por
tion of the trip by train was a
trying experience. We had to sit
up for a long while, because
there was no sleeperette avail
In Bombay, Mrs. Kessel is
especially interested in the na
tive shops. She writes of the
exquisite products on sale, ob
serving that most goods are
quite expensive on account of
the tourist trade. For example,
there are black and silver-woven
scarves for the equivalent of $15
in American money, and beaded
handbags for $150.
GIFT OF APPRECIATION—Mrs. Dell Morgan receives of
Spinning Overseer Sam Guffey a package containing several
articles of clothing, given her by fellow employees at her retire
After 55 Years In Textiles—
Back Home To South Carolina
Her last stick of roving was set
in the creel. Mrs. Dell Morgan
surveyed her final piece of work
on the job in Spinning, and
closed the book on her 55 years
of history in textile mills in
more than a dozen states.
When she walked out of the
plant at the close of her shift
on March 5, her record in the
mills encompassed jobs in states
from New York to Alabama and
from South Carolina to Missouri.
THE RETIRED WORKER
grew up in Fairfield County,
S. C., and started working in a
cotton mill when she was just
a girl—in fact small enough that
she had to stand on a wooden
box in order to reach the creel.
With the exception of about
four years which she spent as a
weaver in a mill in Knoxville,
Tenn., Mrs. Morgan worked all
of her 55 years in textiles as a
While in Gastonia, she lived
at 108 South Ransom street.
In retirement, she is with a
daughter, Mrs. B. R. Hennessee,
in Winnsboro, S. C. She plans to
spend her retirement days en
joying her grandchildren, doing
projects around the house, and
perhaps traveling a little.
Help For Your Tax Reporting
Remember that date: April 16. It is the absolute deadlii^^
for reporting your income tax.
To help you during the few remaining days before the
deadline, the Special Income Tax Department will continue
to be at your service through April 16.
The days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday froi^
1 to 5 p.m., at the Girls Club. Trained personnel who
operating the free service for employees remind you
Bring with you the W2 Income Tax form and thfe
return form supplied you by the State and Federal Goveri}'
ments. If you plan to fill in the long form, have with you
information necessary for completing the form. This ^
include all allowable deductions such as interest, contrib'^
tions, and taxes.