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Pan-American Day On List
Of Events During April
KliE-FLYING WINNERS — Children from
Firestone families competed in a kile-flying con
test in the Firestone ball park Thursday after
noon. March 22. The contest was an activity of
the plant recreation program. Winners in the
photograph, from left are: Henry Froneberger.
"hard luck" class; Van Riley, best decorated
kite; Ronnie Starr, highest altitude; Sonny Brad
shaw. steadiest bow kite; and Bobby Edwards,
strongest puller. Van Riley, whose kite was
judged the "best decorated," constructed his craft
of home materials and wrapping paper from a
local laundry. By the "hard luck" title was meant
the operator whose kite had the most difficulty
in getting off the ground and staying in the air.
BOYS INTERMEDIATE BASKETBALL—One of the several
basketball teams under the recreation program at the plant during
the past season was the Boys' Intermediate Team of members 14
through 18 years of age. About 20 boys in this group, all sons of
Firestone employees, played the past season. The five in this photo
graph are, from left: Bobby Bryson. Ted Scott. Wayne Teal. Glenn
Turner. Curtis Williams.
OUTSTANDING BOWLERS—This Winding-Weaving bowling
team was one of the 35 men and women's teams which played dur
ing the season just ended. Winding-Weaving won 29 games and lost
only one in the second half of the season. In the picture are. from
left; Mary Pearson. Mary Johnson. Edna Champion. Faye Oates.
Lois Auten and Dorcas Atkinson.
New Garden Club
Four women from Firestone
families have been selected as
officers of the Variety Garden
Club, organized here on March
13. They are: Mrs. Carl Rape,
president; Mrs. W. A. Johnson,
vice-president; Mrs. Henry Chas
tain, secretary; and Mrs. L. B.
McAbee, treasurer. Mrs. Charles
Fourth 1955 Honor
The “Voice of Firestone” re
ceived its fourth recognition
award for 1955 as the National
Association for Better Radio and
Television cited it as the out
standing program of classical
music in both radio and tele
vision categories. The program
was the only one to win two
awards from the Association for
Other awards to the Firestone
Company during the past year
Chamber of Commerce of the
United States “for its contribu
tion to American culture through
the simulcast of the ‘Voice of
The Anglo-Saxons called it
Oster-Monath, or Eostur-Monath
from Eostre or Ostra, the god
dess of spring, from which the
Christian festival of Easter takes
its name. Charlemagne thought
of it as the month of green grass;
and the ancient Germans called
it the bud month.
Its name may have come from
the Latin Aprilis, a form of the
Greek goddess Aphrodite, or
from the Latin Asperire, mean
ing to open, in allusion to the
opening of buds on trees and
plants at this season of the year.
ITS NAME origin is lost in the
mists of antiquity, but April is
sure to suggest traditional spring
showers and April Fool’s Day.
The month of April, with its
30 days, encompasses a number
of outstanding dates. In North
Carolina, April 12 is commemo
rated as Halifax Resolution Day,
marking the adoption in 1776 of
a resolution favoring independ
ence of the American colonies.
North Carolina was first of the
colonies to favor separation
from Great Britain.
Since 1931, April 14 has been
observed as Pan-American Day,
“to give expression to the spirit
of solidarity and to the senti
ments of cordiality and friendly
feeling which the government of
the United States entertain to
ward the peoples and govern
ments of the other republics of
the American continent.”
AMONG BIRTHDATES of
notable persons are: Booker T.
Washington, April 5; Thomas
Jefferson, 13; James Buchanan,
23; U. S. Grant, 27; James Mon
Wildlife Restoration Week and
National Be - Kind - to - Animals
Week are usually observed dur
ing the month of April.
On the lighter side, the month
of April, according to the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, has
within its scope of days the
cereal and milk spring festival,
April 1-30; honey-for-breakfast
week, 17; potato bread for flavor
week, 22-28, and national
mother-in-law day, April 8. Its
sponsor, the museum of Ameri
can Comedy, Tuckahoe, N. Y.,
says this is its purpose: “To re
mind the nation of the necessity
Sylvania Television Award
“for the best musical series of
1955 ... In presenting as guest
artists some of the outstanding
singers of our time, it has
brought unending pleasure to
the public and has made a real
contribution to the American
Governor’s Award of the State
of Ohio to the “Voice of Fire
stone” for consistently further
ing culture in entertainment.
Ralph Johnson and Bob
Purkey of the Recreation De
partment attended the Industrial
Recreation Conference at N. C.
State College, February 29,
March 1-3. Johnson participated
in a panel on interracial rela
tions in industry. Purkey was on
a panel discussion concerncd
with program resources and in
Travelers’ Calendar For April Has Variety
Festivals, garden tours, art exhibits, and sports
events are among attractions for travelers in
North Carolina during the month of April.
The colorful Carolina Folk Festival, which an
nually attracts thousands to Chapel Hill, will be
held April 6 and 7 on the University of North
Carolina campus. The program on each of the two
evenings at 8 p.m., will bring several hundred
performers—fiddlers. Ballad singers and square
and clog dancers—from many Southern states
and North Carolina counties to recapture the
spirit of traditional American music, dancing and
The first major art collection purchased with
state funds opens April 6 in Raleigh. Containing
over 200 paintings, valued in excess of $2,000,000
and including masterpieces by Rubens, Rem
brandt, Van Dyke, Andrea del Sarto, Frans Hals
and other masters, the North Carolina Museum of
Art is housed in a four-story, fireproof building
adjacent to the State Capitol.
GARDENS of many types and a group of
buildings, ranging from 18th Century plantation
homes to the new Charlotte Coliseum featuring
the world’s largest dome, are on display to
visitors between March and mid-summer during
the statewide “Elizabethan Garden” tour.
The Garden Club folder giving detailed in
formation about the statewide garden tour is
available free on request to the State Advertis
ing Division, Department of Conservation and
Development, Raleigh, N. C.
ALSO of possible interest to travelers are these
events on the April calendar:
April 5, opening of trout season, statewide;
21st annual Kennel Club Dog Show, Asheville,
9; 33rd annual Spring Carolina Dramatic Asso
ciation Festival, Chapel Hill, 12-14; Pilgrimage
of old homes of Murfreesboro and countryside,
14 and 15; Southeastern sports, travel and vaca
tion show, Charlotte, 25-27; Dare Coast Pirates’
Jamboree, Dare County, 27-29; and CGA Asso
ciation tournament, Salisbury, 29.
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GASTONIA. N. C.
E. Hedgepeth, wife of the min
ister of Firestone Wesleyan
Methodist Church has been ap
The club meets every second
Thursday of the month at 9:30
a.m., at the Firestone Girls Club.
This year’s project has been an
nounced as “Growing flowers
in and around the home.”
At a recent meeting, Plant
Officer Charles M. Ferguson
showed a film on “How to Grow
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