Six Names Added
To 20-Year List
The number of employees to earn a 20-year record of
service here mounted to a total of 233 in August, when 6
were added to the long-term roster. During the same month,
4 were added to the 15-year list; 9 to the 10-year; and 15 to
the 5-year roll. Those observing the 20th anniversary
were Emory Beaver, Carding; Ben T. Hanna, Jr., Rayon
Twisting; Frank Brown, Marvin E. Robinson, Shop; Leona
L. Dameron, Quality Control; and Leonard B. McAbee, In
Each of these 6 persons was
honored with a gold watch and
the appropriate lapel service pin.
Following is the remainder of
the service anniversary listings
Walter E. Lyles, Carding;
Henry Barfield, John H. Stevens,
Rayon Twisting; William R.
Robert K. Pinkard, Carding;
Roland B. Jolly, Spinning; Lillie
C. Spencer, Annie B. Parks, Lela
R. Mitchell, Spooling. Juanita
Beddingfield, Rayon Twisting;
Ansel C. Waldrep, Rayon Weav
ing; David L. Hager, Cotton
Weaving; Mary Helen Spencer,
JOIN SELECT GROUP—Seven who. in July,
reached 20-year employment milestones look over
their gold watches and service pins, commem
orating their lengthy records with the Company.
Standing in front row, between General Manager
Harold Mercer (left), and Cotton Division Super
intendent F. B. Galligan are Emma Reese, Gatha
Piercy and Ruth Posey. Behind them are. from
left, Henry Chastain, O'Dell Helms, William P.
Reeves and J. M. Piercy.
Plant Featured In New Directory
An aerial photograph of the Firestone Textiles plant was
chosen to represent Gastonia’s industrial supremacy, in the
introduction to the 1956 edition of the Gastonia City Di
rectory. The plant here was treated as one of the 48 textile
manufacturing establishments in the city and “one of the
largest tire fabric plants under one roof in the world.”
Firestone contributes substantially to Gastonia’s annual
textile payroll of almost $50 million.
Dixie D. Griggs, Samuel A.
Grisson, Harvie E. Hamilton, L.
T. Humphries, Esther G. Butler,
Bobby Joe Smith, Dautha L.
Lane, Frances G. Deaton, Rayon
Margaret E. Ware, Rayon
Weaving; Tom J. Neal, Russell
V. Carpenter, Shop; Gaddis H.
Owens, Supply; Fred B. Spar
row, Winding; James M. Cooper,
Time Study; Roxie M. Newton,
Each 15, 10 and 5-year record
holder for August has received
a pin commemorating the in
dividual’s length of service with
Safety Shoes Prove Value In Mower Accident
A few months ago Lewis Montgomery invested
$8.85 in a pair of safety shoes. What happened
recently to the Sales Yarn Twisting employee
convinced him of the value of foot protection—
at home as well as on the job at the mill.
The other day he was mowing the lawn, at his
509 West Allison avenue home. The gasoline
power mower was wading through a patch of
slippery grass and Montgomery’s right foot slid
under the machine, coming in contact with the
high-speed rotary blade. Because of the pro
tection afforded by the steel plate in the toe of
the shoe, he came away from the accident with
only a slight injury.
After this experience, Montgomery is convinced
that protecting one’s feet—like so much of safety
—is a matter of common sense and precaution.
We have learned to handle material and equip
ment at home and around the mill, the employee
agrees, but we often neglect the available means
of protecting ourselves from injury in those acci-
LEWIS MONTGOMERY (left), and Safety Di
rector Alvin Riley exhibit the shoe which saved
Montgomery from serious injury.
dents which occur, even though we try to prevent
THE STORY of Lewis Montgomery suggests
further comment on the subject of foot safety.
Accompanying foot injuries in a great majority
of instances are (1) Pain; (2) Loss of income, if
the injury results in lost-time from work; and
(3) Danger of permanent disability. An injury to
the feet can be one of the most difficult to correct.
There are 26 relatively small bones in each foot
and if one is injured, it will affect the function of
the whole member.
The plant stockroom makes available to em
ployees various styles of safety shoes. This foot-
vear is sold at cost and may be bought either
for cash or by payroll deduction.
There are some styles of shoes, though not
usually available in stock, which can be had
on special order.
PREVENTING foot injuries is not a matter of
being lucky. Sooner or later the law of averages
will catch up with everyone. Against this, wear
ing safety shoes is commonsense protection.
Wins Distinction In Athletics
☆ ☆ ☆
Julius Reeves, stepson of Mrs.
J. B. Reeves, Jr., first shift
nurse, spent part of the summer
vacation in Gastonia, and will
return to Carlisle Military
School, Bamberg, S. C., for his
As a freshman student at CMS
last academic year. Reeves was
named in May the “outstanding
player of the month” on the
Golden Cyclones baseball team.
The honor came to him because
of his outstanding performance
as a catcher during the year. He
had one of the top batting aver
ages for his team.
The past school term was his
first year at playing baseball.
Before going to Carlisle, he at
tended University High School
in Columbia, S. C. Last year he
lettered in baseball and was one
of 8 to be voted into the Block
“C” Club, honorary athletic
group at Carlisle.
Keep Children Safe From Fire
Carelessness may number your child among the 1,500 American
youngsters five years and under who die in home fires every year.
And the tragedy of these figures is all the greater because most of
those fires would not have occurred if there had been proper care
to do away with fire hazards.
Researchers have found that the rate of juvenile loss from fire
has not been reduced for many years. A checklist of the following
items can help you to keep your children safe from fire:
Never leave a small child unattended. Mothers should be sure
that baby sitters are able to deal with unexpected emergencies
such as fires.
Young children should be taught never to play with matches,
and that homes should be carefully surveyed for fire hazards which
can be done away with. Among these hazards are closets filled with
rubbish, trash and other inflammable material in closets, attics and
basements; defective electrical equipment and heating units, frayed
electrical cords, and careless smoking habits.
NCVTS Has Evening Course
in all classes: yarn manufactuf'
ing, weaving and designing, niiH
maintenance, knitting and tail'
A CLOSEUP of the damaged shoe. The mower
blade was stopped by the steel toe plate.
A special class in the mill
maintenance department has
been scheduled at North Caro
lina Vocational Textile School,
Belmont, for the fall term, be
ginning September 4. This class,
which runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m.,
five nights a week, has been
arranged for textile employees
whose work shift lasts through
late afternoon and who are not
able to attend morning classes.
Other special classes will be
started when a sufficient num
ber of students apply for en
rollment, Principal Chris E.
Folk has announced.
At the fall session of the
school, students will be accepted
ALSO, students may enroll
for the morning shift, 8:20 a.ro-i
to 1 p.m., or 3 to 6:30 p.m. Vet'
erans who wish to receive
benefits from the Veterans Ad'
ministration, six hours per day>
may arrange for the benefits
in some of the school’s depa^"^'
Anyone who wants to enro
in the classes for the fall terii|
may get in touch with the scboo
office which is open from 8
until 4:30 p.m., Monday throu^