ONE JOB FOR 29 YEARS—Leonard Adams relired after 29
years in textiles. 21 of which were spent with Firestone. Here,
Carding Overseer S. L. Owens (left), hands Adams a gift of money,
presented by the retiree's fellow employees.
Retiree Worked 29 Years
On Opening Room Job
Get yourself a job that you
like, go to work and try to get
along with everybody. That is a
philosophy of Leonard Adams,
who, on July 27 retired after 29
years of service in the plant.
Eight of those years were be
hind him when the Company
purchased the plant in 1935.
The Bethel, S. C., native came
to Gastonia around 1927 to take
the Opening Room job which he
held all the years of his employ
ment here. His duty has been
the opening of cotton bales and
starting the fiber on its long
processing journey through the
The retired employee plans to
continue living at his 409 David
son street home. There, in sea
son, he spends quite a bit of time
growing a garden. And ap
preciating beauty, he raises some
flowers around the house.
A FAITHFUL communicant of
The House of Prayer, Adams
plays a trombone in the seven-
piece church orchestra.
“Across the years. I’ve never
done any traveling during vaca
tions,” he recalls.
“But now that I’ll have time to
spare, I’ve got my heart set on
a trip to New York for a visit
For Your Car
You can now equip your pass
enger car with first-line racing
tires of nylon cord body.
The decision to make the Fire
stone Super Sports 170 tire
available for trade sales was
prompted by thousands of re
quests from owners who desired
the additional safety of race tire
construction plus the four-way
traction and long-wear charac
teristics built into the new tire,
A complete range of sizes is be
ing offered to fit the wheels of
all modern passenger cars.
The Super Sports was intro
duced at the International 12-
Hour Grand Prix of Endurance
in March, 1955, as an American
product to provide better rubber
for competition sports cars of
both domestic and foreign make.
The winning car was equipped
with the new tires.
The new Super Sports tires
have a tough nylon cord body.
The tread and sidewall com
pounds were developed from ex
perience obtained on the In
dianapolis Speedway, the
Bonneville Salt Flats and ex
tensive testing on sports cars.
The Super Sports tires may be
ordered through Firestone stores
and dealers everywhere, but de
liveries are made through the
Firestone Racing Division,
Speedway City, Indianapolis,
with my daughter.” While there,
he’d like to see some of the
sights especially the New York
Every man giveth according to his nature—
from a man who loveth his craft, a job well
done. — Benjamin Franklin
One of ihe most admirable qualities in America's beloved "Poor Richard"
Was his sense of integrity and his pride in things he did that were worth-while.
And that brings us to the subject of quality, that priceless ingredient which
is always present in a product that the consumer has pronounced "good."
Those of us at Firestone Textiles engaged in the manufacture of useful prod
ucts for others can well take pride in our workmanship when we have personally
done our best to turn out top quality goods.
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An important step in quality control of
cotton manufacture is the testing for weight
per yard and evenness of lap. Here Leonard
Bumgardner of the Laboratory operates the
lap meter which makes the first major check
on quality after the cotton enters the manu
facturing process. If weight is off-standard
or defects are discovered, corrective measures
are taken in the picker room, where the lap
is produced. Thus, quality can be maintained
as the cotton moves to the card.
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People and Places —From page 4
Mary Laughridge held a family reunion at her home recently.
There were 55 guests present including her brothers, sisters,
relatives and friends.
Reid Deal has returned to his home after being a patient at
Garrison General Hospital.
Eula Church has returned to her home having been a patient at
Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Lucy Phillips, Clyde and Betty Phillips along with their sons,
Dob and Jan, vacationed in Boston, Mass., with Mr. and Mrs. James
Phillips and their son. While in Boston, they saw the Boston Red
Lura Purcell and Dell Morgan vacationed with Lucy
Phillips several days while on their way to Indianapolis, Ind.
Hazel Newton, warper tender, and her husband recently spent
a week at Myrtle Beach, S. C.
During vacation Lela Mitchell, warper tender, and her husband
visited relatives in Andrews, N. C., and Georgetown, S. C.
Helen Reel, winder tender, and family, along with Mr. and Mrs.
B. D. Patterson, spent a week in July at Clearwater, Fla.
Maggie Reed, reclaimer, attended the Fullbright reunion in
Greer, S. C., on July 22.
Mildred Smith, warper tender, and her family spent a week
in the mountains of North Carolina.
During vacation week, Gwynn Hardin, beam doffer, and family
visited relatives in Maryville, Tenn., Robinsville, Andrews and
Franklin, N. C.
Hunter Wiley, sweeper, spent his vacation at Myrtle Beach, S. C.
Hazel Owens, winder tender, and family went on a trip to the
mountains of North Carolina during the first week in July.
Mrs. Grady Davis, reclaimer, Grady Davis, speeder tender in
Carding, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Glenn visited Lt. and Mrs. Joseph
Stephenson in Greenville, Miss., recently. Mrs. Stephenson is the
Grady Davis’ daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Davis and the Glenns also
visited Mr. and Mrs. William Davis and children in Chapel Hill,
N. C., during July.
Edna Passmore, oiler, spent part of her vacation touring the
Cherokee Indian Reservation and visiting in Sylva, N. C.
Juanita Beddingfield, respooler, and family spent part of the
week of August 1st at Miami Beach, Fla.
Henry Barfield, twister doffer, has returned to work after a
Elease Cole, reclaimer, along with her sister, Mrs. Jimmy Dob
bins and Mr. Dobbins spent a recent week-end visiting Mrs. Cole
and Mrs. Dobbins’ parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Keenum in
Suite, N. C.
Belon Hanna, second hand, and Mrs. Pauline Hanna of the
Spinning Department, vacationed at Myrtle Beach, S. C. the second
week of August.
Mrs. Lorene Owensby. ply respooler, and her husband spent
the week of August 5th in Vesuvius, Va.
Jack Faile, twister tender, has been out from work for five
weeks due to illness.
Ray Hollifield and family of Georgia visited his mother, Mrs.
Floy Hollifield, respooler, a week end in August.
Jerry Dean Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. G, K. Robinson,
spinning doffer and respooler respectively, joined the Navy in
August and is now taking his training at Great Lakes, 111.
Everett Watson, twister tender, and family visited his parents
in Jasper, Ga., the second week in July.
Mrs. Sally Brewer, respooler, her husband Coy, twister tender,
and children visited the former’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. W. S. Ragan in Ocala, Fla., and then vacationed at Jacksonville
Beach, Fla. during July.
Mrs. Jossie Ledford, respooler, and husband Stanley, spinning
doffer, along with their children vacationed in Bryson City, N. C.
Mrs. Ruth Hardy, respooler, and her husband toured Florida,
going down the coast and returning by way of West Florida.
Odell Human, twister tender, and family spent a week in July
in Athens, Ga.
Junior Lancaster, fixer, and Charles Lancaster, twister tender,
visited their father, W. G. Lancaster, who celebrated his 70th birth
day on August 5 in Mayo, S. C.
Mrs. Nellie Fowler, wife of Austin Fowler, twister tender, has
just completed a beauty course at Gastonia Beauty College. Mrs.
Fowler has returned from a trip to Raleigh for her exam.
Mrs. Dixie Griggs, respooler, and Vinson, twister doffer, have
moved into their new home at 2112 Lin wood Road.
J. C. Mahaffey. twister tender, is a patient at Gaston Memorial
Mrs. Thelma Hardy, tie-in-hand, and Roy. weaver, toured Flori
da in July during their vacation,
Marjorie Hudson, reclaimer, and family moved into their new
home at 505 Butler Court during July.
Vacationing in Florida at Daytona Beach and Miami Beach,
were Mrs. Dorothy Baber, respooler, and husband Yates.
Mrs. G. C. Moore and children of Fayetteville, N. C. spent the
week-end of August 11th with Mrs. Chester Tate, tie-in-hand, and
Neal Tate, son of Mrs. Chester Tate, tie-in-hand, spent the
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