IN APRIL Lewis R. Connor and Cole S. Whil-
aker, left-lo-right ai center, joined Ihe lenglhen-
ing roster made up of employees who have been
here 20 years or more. Photographed with them
on the day these employees each received a 20-
year watch and service pin, are General Manager
Harold Mercer, extreme left; and Francis B.
Galligan, Superintendent of the Cotton Division.
Three Join 20-Year List
When Ruth Minor, Spinning; and Carl J. Stewart and Floyd Kelly, both of Cotton
Weaving completed 20 years’ service with the Company here last month, the total num
ber of long-term record holders in the two-decade category reached 218. A year ago, when
the plant marked completion of its first 20 years of operation in Gastonia, the number of
20-year employees stood at 100.
In May this year, other records
for fifteen, ten and five years
of employment were noted.
Exie Love, Spinning; Marie
L. Rowland, Rayon Twisting;
Javen A. Haney, Rayon Twist
William N. Laws, Carding;
Mary C. Woodell, Pearl R. Man
ley, Spinning; Eula G. Faulk
ner, Grace M. Ballew, Spooling;
Jennie Bradley, Harlon Graham,
Joe Ray Sain, Lassie L. Green,
Rayon Twisting; John P. Smith,
Room; Paul C. Barker,
Richard T. James, Rayon
Twisting; Harold W. Briddle,
Jess Hodge, Rayon Weaving;
Joel W. Jordon, Cloth Room.
GENEROUS CONTRIBUTORS—Roland E. Conrad (left), head
overhauler in Cord Weaving, became a Gallon Donor. Ray Thomas,
second hand in Spinning, contributed his 10th pint. Lucille Baker,
Spooling, who also became a Gallon Donor, was not present when
this picture was made.
Bloodmobile Visits Plant
Ninety-seven pints of blood
were contributed to the Red
Cross when the bloodmobile
made its visit to Firestone May
Physicians who assisted were
Drs. T. W. Parkinson, H. S.
Powell; and W. B. Parks of the
plant. Mrs. Grace Reeves, R. N.,
Firestone nurse, also helped out.
Volunteer workers included:
Mesdames Carl Stowe, J. R.
Brown, Tommy Dodger, Guy
Crawley, C. D. Houser, C. B.
Hipps, C. O. Starr, Henry Chas
tain, Bobby Baldwin, Charlie
Ledford, Rother Henderson,
Paul Walker, and Miss Beatrice
Employees who offered their
blood, included: Lowery Cobb,
Lewis Connor, Eula Church,
Luther Brown, Roy Crawford,
Bobbie Baldwin, Junior Bing
ham, Will Brown, Fred Davis,
Katherine Davis, Ralph Deal,
Thurman Davis, Lydia Davis,
Jim Burdette, Virginia Bradley,
Ray England, Belon Hanna,
Sam Honeycutt, Clyde Hager,
Luther Foy, Edgar Falls, Oscar
Hart, Roy Hutchins, T. B. Ipock,
Jr., Thor Giles, Bobby Jones,
Arthur Bradley, Myrtle Bradley,
Herbert Broaden, Irvin S. Bull,
Roland Conrad, Earlene Crease-
man, David Brittin, Maude Bry
son, Hurley Brooks, J. C.
Barnes, J. Coy Davis.
The only sure way to win
with a fire is to fight it before
it starts. Clean out trash, old
clothing, boxes and newspapers
in attics, closets, basement. Dis
pose of flammable items, put
oily cloths in closed containers.
Get rid of dried grass, piles of
Defeat fire before it attacks.
Remember, a clean house is less
likely to burn.
LuciUe Baker, Grady Davis,
Pearl Beckham, Rosalie Burger,
Edna Howard, F. B. Harrison,
R. B. Hull, Jack Faile, C. M.
Ferguson, Ben Hanna, J. A.
Haney, George Hager, Carl Guf
fey, Mattie Giles, W. F. Gates,
Arnold Grindle, J. L. Grant,
O’Neil Gamble, Irene O’dell,
Robert Love, James Ledford,
Gary Lyles, Paul Powers, W. M.
Queen, John S. Mitchell, Will
iam Murray, Margaret Mat
thews, D. L. Redding, Billy
McSwain, L. B. McAbee, A. D.
McCarter, Howard McCarter,
Cramer McDaniel, Grace
Reeves, Hattie Stacy, Columbus
Wall, Claude Stewart.
Jurlene Strickland, John
Smith, Dewey Smith, Pearl
Tate, Jack Tino, John Verdery,
Freddie Kessell, James Kilby,
Ollie Liles, Exie Love, Cramer
Little, Dillard Palmer, Charlie
Plyler, J. B. Mitchell, Raymond
Mack, Earnest Mauney, David
Rollins, Floyd Ratchford, Mar
garet Rhyne, Ruby Riley.
Ronnie Rumfelt, Harold Rob
inson, Alvin Riley, C. F. Robin
son, Tom J. Neal, Wade Stiles,
John Wood, Sam Ware, Algie
Warren, Lenora A. York, Will
iam Shull, Thomas Turner, Ray
First Two Weeks Of July
Set For Vacation Period
The plant will suspend operations the first two weeks
of July for the annual vacation period. The announcement
from the office of the General Manager said that employees
entitled to three weeks of vacation should contact their over
seers in order that a suitable schedule for the third week of
time off from work can be arranged.
Company Official To Speak
At Textile School Closing
Firestone Textiles President
William A. Karl will deliver the
commencement address at the
North Carolina Vocational Tex
tile School, Belmont, at 11 a.m.,
Wednesday, June 13, Principal
Chris E. Folk has announced.
The speaker will be intro
duced by General Manager
Harold Mercer, chairman of the
advisory committee of the
As president of Firestone here,
W. A. Karl heads the operation
of five plants, located in Gas
tonia, Bennettsville, S. C.;
Woodstock, Ontario, Canada;
Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Buenos
Mr. Karl has been a member
of the New York Stock Ex
change since 1940. On June 4,
1954, the New Bedford Textile
Institute conferred upon him an
honorary degree of master of
science, first ever given by the
IN 1954 he was named to the
board of trustees of the Textile
Research Institute, a non-profit
organization with headquarters
at Princeton, N. J. This Institute
is composed of textile mills, sup
pliers and research organizations
for the purpose of conducting
long-range research for the
benefit of the textile industry.
Mr. Karl is a member of the
National Council for the Young
Men’s Christian Association and
is on the board of trustees and
past president of the Akron,
During the past semester at
the Vocational Textile School,
Belmont, 8 men from the plant
here were enrolled for courses
in the following subjects: Weav
ing and designing, yarn manu
facturing, and knitting. These
8 were among the 14 plant men
who were enrolled the first term
of the current school year.
Copies Of Book On Liberia
Available To Employees
The story of Firestone’s development of rubber planta
tions in the small West African Republic of Liberia, and of
the development of the country itself, is vividly told in words
and pictures in the recently published "Liberia and Fire-
sione." Copies of this book are now available to employees.
nancial and technical assist
ance. It is against this back
ground of a small but determin^'
ed country to help itseK—with
aid from an American enterprise
—that the story of the planta
tions’ development is shown.
Liberia and Firestone als°
contains a section on rubber and
The story has its beginning
shortly after the first World War
when Harvey S. Firestone,
founder of the Company, an
nounced that he was going to
start a rubber plantation in Li
beria. The work of clearing the
dense jungle for the planting of
rubber trees started in 1926. To
day, 30 years later, the Firestone
Plantations Company has 90,000
acres of Liberian countryside
planted in high producing stock.
This story of a great develop
ment is perhaps surpassed by the
development of Liberia itself as
a result of the Company’s fi-
a brief but comprehensive hiS'
tory of the country.
Employees may have a free
copy. Fill in the coupon belov^
and send it to the Firestofl®
News office. You may send ^
through the plant mail or de-
posit it in any suggestion boJf-
TO; DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS,
FIRESTONE TEXTILES, THE FIRESTONE TIRE
& RUBBER COMPANY
Send me a copy of "Liberia and Firestone."