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Successful Gardening Takes Work, Patience
There is no easy way to have a good garden.
To get best results it usually takes some hard
work, and like other hobbies, gardening demands
practice and skill. This is the advice of Mrs.
Thelma Turner, wife of W. R. Turner, Sr., sec
tion man in Cotton Weaving. This year, she is
chairman of the flower committee of the Spindle
Center Agricultural Fair, for September.
“The best way to
start with a good gar
den project,” says Mrs.
Turner, “is not to un
dertake more than you
can do, and do well.”
She suggests that one
get as much informa
tion as possible on a
gardening subject in
which he is interested. Order seed catalogs, bor
row books from the library, talk with neighbors
who have grown plants successfully.
By the time you read this article the Fair
Flower Schedule will be available from the
Recreation Department. It will list every flower
that will be accepted for prizes in the flower
FOR ADVICE on flower culture, Mrs. Turner
offers these suggestions;
Most flowers grow well in a sandy, loamy soil.
If the ground is red clay, marshy or poor, worn
out dirt, add about one-third sand, one-third half
rotted leaves or peat moss, to one-third garden
soil. Woods dirt, pine needles, or any vegetable
matter about half decomposed will make the soil
spongy, so the air and water will stay in. Of
course, barnyard waste and commercial fer
tilizers are good to enrich the soil.
Dig about 12 to 14 inches deep, making beds
or rows the size or length desired. Add the sand,
leaves or whatever material you use to the garden
dirt, and mix thoroughly. Your ground is now
ready to plant.
FOLLOW DIRECTIONS that usually come with
packets of seeds. If you are setting out plants,
try to get them with a clump of soil. Otherwise,
make a hole in the ground large enough to take
the roots without crowding. Water well and
gently push in the soil around the roots, holding I'
the plant at the same level it originally grew.
About a tablespoon of a commercial fertilizer
may be added to the gallon of water. Keep the
solution stirred and use about a cupful around
each plant, unless a large plant, which should
have two cups.
Paul Kiser, Gaston County Farm Agent, and
Home Demonstration Agent Miss Lucile Tatum
have leaflets and booklets dealing with a variety
of flowers and vegetables. You can have them
The Gaston County Public Library has about 75
books on various phases of gardening, Mrs.
Spinner-Breeder Delegates On Tour Of Plant
Textile executives and cotton growers from
over the South and East were guests of the Fire
stone plant March 7. Their visit consisted of a
guided tour through the mill, refreshments in the
Conference Room, and a social hour at the Gaston
■ The Gastonia trip was a part of the 12th an
nual Spinner-Breeder Conference which was held
in Charlotte, March 7 and 8. The conference was
sponsored by Delta Council. Hosts for the gather
ing were the American Cotton Manufacturers In
stitute and the Combed Yarn Spinners Associa
All of the first afternoon of the two-day ses
sion was devoted to the plant visit here. Several
prominent textile executives spoke on the closing
day of the meeting in Charlotte.
IN QC LAB—The Usler Evenness Tester for
Yarns helps to keep constant check on the quality
of materials which go into fabrics at the plant.
Here, Luther Brown, left, shows the machine's
Uses to Dr. Hugh M. Brown, dean. School of Tex
tiles, Clemson College.
SPOOLIING—Hazel Hice, explains a warping
operation to J. M. Saunders, agronomist with the
Federal Extension Service of the Department of
Agriculture; and Early C. Ewing, Jr., agronomist
for Delta Pine Land Company, Scott, Miss.
CORD WEAVING—J. D. Nix, left, talks about
*he operation of a loom. Listening are R. B. New-
president of Deering ■ Milliken Research
Corporation. Pendleton, S. C.; and C. E. Dorn,
*®chnical superintendent, Dan River Mills, Dan
Caleb A. Spencer, 94, of Gastonia, is shown here with four
generations of his descendants. Other members of the family are
J. E. Spsncer, seated beside his father and holding his great
grandchild, Edgar Evans Wright III; standing, Mrs. E. E. Wright II,
the former Jo Ann Spencer; and A. A. Spencsr, her father. J. E.
Spencer is employment manager at Firestone. Mrs. A. A. Spencer
is employed in Cord Weaving.
Employee Saves Boy From Fall
A 6-year-old boy in the Fire
stone community thinks Jack
Morris is a great fellow. For
Morris rescued him from a pre
carious spot on a windowsill a
few days ago, averting injury to
the boy—and possible death.
Little Roy Wayne Davis, son
of Mrs. Sara Lou Davis, 101
Firestone, was playing at his
home about 4 o’clock the after
noon of the incident. Shortly
after that, Morris, a Cloth Room
employee, discovered him hang
ing by one hand from an up
stairs window across the street
from the Morris home at 103
Firestone. The child’s cries
arousing Morris, he noticed that
the boy was hanging from the
window some 30 or 35 feet above
THE SCREEN had fallen back
into place between the boy’s body
and the window, making it im
possible for him to pull himself
inside, had he had strength to
Morris rushed into the house,
past the child’s mother—whose
listening to a radio prevented
her from hearing her son’s cries
for help — caught the child’s
hand in his and pushing the
screen with his head, lifted him
Eight Men Taking Courses
At Belmont Textile School
NYLON WEAVING—H. S. Grehan, vice presi
dent of Volkart Brothers of New Orleans, listens
to Mildred Hoyle explain the operation of a loom
which converts nylon cord into fabric which is
destined for the multi-stage, gum-dip unit at the
Eight men from the plant are
enrolled for courses in the cur
rent term at North Carolina Vo
cational Textile School, Belmont.
These students were also among
the 14 from Firestone who were
enrolled for the fall term.
Employees for the present
term are listed here, along with
their department in the plant
and their course of study at the
Gary N. Clark, Cotton Weav
ing, weaving and designing;
Fred J. Davis, Spinning, yarn
manufacturing; Clarence W.
Donaldson, Rayon Twisting, yarn
manufacturing; William Roberts,
Rayon Weaving, weaving and
designing; Bobby A. Rogers,
Rayon Weaving, knitting; Mor
gan A. Guffey, Spinning, yarn
manufacturing; G. W. Horne,
Rayon Twisting, yarn manufac
turing; J. C. Mahaffee, Rayon
Twisting, yarn manufacturing.
Four persons from Firestone
made up the cast of a skit, “The
Honeymooners,” which was pre
sented on the annual Ladies’
Night program of the Gastonia
Optimist Club in early March.
Alice Kramdon was played by
Beatrice Bradshaw, Ralph Kram
don by Ralph Johnson; Trixie
Norton by Flora Pence, and Ed
Norton by Bob Purkey.
Ralph Johnson was master of
ceremonies for the program.