Year-Round Care Keeps Grounds Pretty
There was a time when the blades of grass and
the trees and shrubs around the plant didn’t come
in for much attention. But that was many years
ago when dust and mud were familiar sights
When the Company purchased the plant here
in 1935, landscaping and grass-grooming became
a part of the property maintenance program ad
ministered by the Shop.
In the old days it took a lot of huffing and
puffing to keep eight push mowers humming.
That was during the tenure of Thomss Little,
overseer of a crew of workmen who did some of
the first landscaping here and kept the lawns
groomed at the plant and around the then Com
pany-owned village homes.
After Mr. Little’s retirement, George Foy, now
a Shop carpenter, operated the power mower
which replaced the hand models.
TODAY, the job of grass cutting requires the
work of two men, and in the lush season a third
one is added. Present lawn barbers are Frank
Sparrow and Frank Brown. Joe Finger helps out
during the summer rush.
Frank Sparrow has been on this job around 12
of his almost 20 years at the mill. He recalls that
the present mower—acquired new early this
summer—is the third such machine that has been
used here. The machine is a five-horsepower,
gasoline-driven model with a reel blade out front.
It has a sickle attachment which is sometimes
used to slay large weeds that thrive in out-of-way
Sparrow and the other grass groomers follow
a fixed pattern of work during the cutting sea
son. Ordinarily, the grounds get a trimming on
the average of once every 10 days; in rainy sea
sons, about once a week. Where to cut depends
largely on the length of the grass.
ALTHOUGH the job has gone the way of auto
mation, there is still some hand work to be done,
such as spading, and operating one push mower
in crowded places.
The grass-grooming, landscaping, tree and
shrubbery care is a year-round task. Some grass
cutting goes on in winter months, although the
job is mainly shifted to sowing fertilizers, seed
ing, grooming trees and shrubs. Tree surgery is
one of the latest arts added to the job of making
attractive the grounds around the plant.
Some of the huff and puff is gone.
and Mrs. Gene Austin
Wonten are at home on Clark
street, Gastonia, after their mar
riage in Covenant Methodist
Church parsonage, a month ago.
Before marriage, Mrs. Wooten
^as Joyce Elizabeth Bumgard-
daughter of B. J. Bumgard-
fixer in Cable Twisting, and
Bumgardner. She is a form
er employee here. Mr. Wooten
is the son of Mrs. Jessie Wooten
and the late Mr. Wooten of Gas
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Faulk
ner are now at home in South
Gastonia, after their marriage in
York, S. C., in late summer. Mrs.
Faulkner, the former Betty Faye
Hanna, is the daughter of Belon
Hanna, Twisting, and Mrs.
Funeral for Shala Robertson,
step-brother of Frontus Lyles,
Carding, was held September 3
in Lancaster, S. C. Mr. Robert
son, who lived in Lancaster, is
survived by Mrs. Robertson, two
sons and two daughters; a sister,
two brothers, one step-brother
and four step-sisters.
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J. R. Dugan, father of A. C.
Dugan, slubber tender, died
September 6 at his home near
Bessemer City, N. C.
Stick-on Patrice Decores are
Chair features comfort of old- Shoes go modern with Fire
time rocker. stone Velon.
to^^ Elastics Company, Potts-
j. Pa., is featured in three
^ ^ntly-introduced products
available in department
chair has been de-
with the comfort fea-
Pra +• I’ocker while retaining
qualities of modern
by furniture. Manufactured
a product of the Fire-
aluminum tubing with webbing
of Firestone Velon. It is light
weight, is not damaged by rain
or sun, and is easily cleaned. It
can be stacked for storage.
Two strong springs between
the back and seat provide the
rocker action. For illustration
purposes, the springs are ex
posed, but are actually enclosed
in aluminum tubing. When one
sits in the chair, the springs
provide a rocker effect which
corresponds to the motions of
the body, permitting relaxation.
The “Rocker-Action” chair
comes in 11 solid colors of Vel
on webbing and two tones of
Velon tweed. It is priced around
$16 at leading department stores.
Jerry Dean Robinson
Carroll W. Veitch
Employees’ Sons In Service
Jerry Dean Robinson recently
spent a 15-day leave with his
parents, G. K. Robinson, Spin
ning; and Mrs. Robinson, Spool
ing. Jerry is now stationed at
Key West, Fla., where he is tak
ing special training.
A/1C George L. Mantooth has
returned to his place of duty, at
the Air Force Base, Amarillo,
Texas, after a 20-day furlough
with his mother, Mrs. Seattle
Mantooth, winder tender.
Loyd Hollifield, son of Mrs.
Floy Hollifield, respooler of
Spooling, has re-entered the
Army and is stationed at Fort
Jackson, S. C.
FN Carroll W. Veitch recently
spent 10 days of leave with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. McClure
Veitch, 304 South Vance street.
Mr. and Mrs. Veitch are both
employed in SYC Weaving. Car
roll is based at Norfolk, Va.,
with an assignment as fireman
on the destroyer USS Barton.
PFC Houston H. Allen, son of
Hiram Allen, Quality Control
Laboratory, and Mrs. Allen, is
stationed in Korea with a com
munications outfit. He requests
friends to write him. The ad
dress; PFC Houston H. Allen,
RA14560480, 24th Signal Com
pany (Mess); APO 24, San Fran
Upon his recent return from
service in Japan, Billy Owens
spent a furlough with his par
ents, S. L. Owens, overseer in
Carding; and Mrs. Owens.
E. G. Bagwell
Ernest G. Bagwell, overseer in
SYC Weaving, is plant golf
champion for 1956. B. J. Bum
gardner of Cable Twisting was
runner-up in the Individual Golf
Tournament which scheduled 22
matches from August 17 through
September 7 at the Municipal
I. S. Bull, staff engineer, was
top golfer last year.
Besides Bagwell, Bumgardner
and Bull, those participating in
the tournament this year were:
T. B. Ipock, Jr., James Cooper,
James Moss, Fred T. Morrow,
Fred T. Morrow, Jr., Ralph
Johnson, Bob Purkey, A. C.
Kessell, Sam Guffey.
Fla., the chair is of UNUSUAL decorative effects
can be achieved with Patrice
Decores, made of washable Vel
on. No water, paste, or tools are
needed to apply the decorative
cutouts. The paper backing is
peeled off to an adhesive sur
face and the die-cut Decores are
placed in position. They adhere
to any smooth surface, yet may
be removed and replaced in or
der to change arrangement to
suit decoration needs.
Decores are made by Patrice,
Inc., of New York. Twelve de
sign groupings are priced at
about 39 cents a set.
A SPECIAL press-polished
formulation of Firestone Velon
vinyl sheeting is used to produce
the basic material for a new
style of women’s pumps. The
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bike and after he takes a pledge
to ride safely, he will be award
ed a membership card in the
Bicycle Safety League.
He must pledge to obey the 10
rules for safe bicycling which
are printed on the card. The card
also will contain information
about the bicycle which may be
given to the police when and if
the bike is ever stolen. TPA
members will be at Todd Field
and Lineberger Park from 8:30
a.m., throughout the day on Oc
The TPA has long been active
in safety prevention work. It is
the founder of the National
Child Accident Prevention pro
gram and originated the slogan,
“Watch That Child.” In past
years the local post has staged
safety programs in the city.
Mrs. L. M. Hardy, mother of
Ray Hardy, Weaving, recently
marked her 69th birthday. Her
son, Ray, and his wife, Thelma,
tie end hand here, and their
daughter, Mary Frances, visited
Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Hardy on her
birth anniversary, September 3.
At the family gathering, Mary
Frances celebrated a birthday
The elder Mrs. Hardy has 11
children, 42 grandchildren, and
13 great grandchildren.
Employee’s Photo Used In Magazine
A recent issue of The Lookout,
an internationally - circulated
magazine of religious education,
published a photograph of Mrs.
material is highly resistant to
scuffing and scratching, and
keeps its clear beauty for the
life of the shoe. The footwear,
made by Mannequin Shoes, Inc.,
New York, may be cleaned by
wiping with a damp cloth.
Robert Pence, Firestone News
Typist. The magazine, published
in Cincinnati, Ohio, used Mrs.
Fence’s photograph to illustrate
an article, “The Bible School,
Key Organization,” by Orval M.
Morgan, dean of Midwest Chris
tian College, Oklahoma City,
Okla. The photo was made by
Claude Callaway, Firestone
News editor, and a former as
sistant editor of The Lookout.