New employees in Carding are Claude Bolick, picker tender,
and Billy Free, can hauler.
Arthur Ray Davis, son of Alfonzo Davis, sweeper, was admitted
as a patient to the Orthopedic Hospital, Gastonia, in November.
Frank Bradley, father of Opal Bradley, drawing tender, was a
November patient at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Theodore Rape, brother of Carl Rape, second hand, was a
patient at Duke Hospital, Durham, N. C., in early November.
The wife of Cleius Starr, intermediate tender, has been a
patient at a Durham, N. C., hospital.
Misses Jerry Barton, Doris McCready, both of Payroll; Sue
Shepherd, Shipping, La Ree Windham and Betty Kelly spent a
recent day in Cherokee, N. C., and other parts of Western North
Mrs, Clayton Wilson, Payroll supervisor, had as recent week-end
guests, her neice, Mrs. Donald M. Horne and son Tim of Norfolk, Va.
Herbert Broaden has returned to work after a period of
Miss Barbara Abernathy entertained a guest from Columbia,
S. C., the second week-end in November.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kilby had as week-end guests in Novem
ber, Mr, and Mrs. Clyde White of Statesville, N. C. Mrs. White is
a sister of Mrs. Kilby.
Plant Physician W. B. Parks
has reported that 642 employees
received flu immunization shots
in late October and early No
vember. The immunizations,
made available free to all em
ployees who desire the service,
wiU be repeated in a series be
ginning around the latter part of
January. This will be approxi
mately three months after Octo
ber 15—beginning date for the
season’s first round of shots.
Dr. Parks explains that the in
fluenza preventive usually gives
little or no unfavorable reaction.
It is administered intradermally.
To The Men and Women of Firestone Textiles
A family get-together in Startex, S. C., in November was ac-
casion for renewed acquaintances and introductions to long-lost
relatives of some employees here. Mrs. Maude Guffey, Spinning,
and mother, Mrs. L. M. Guffey, joined Mr. and Mrs. Claude Guf
fey and Eva Wheeler, to visit Mrs. Vesta Davidson and family at
Startex. Mrs. Davidson is a neice of Mrs. L. M. Guffey. On this oc
casion a number of other relatives came for the family gathering.
Irene Anthony has returned home, after treatment in a local
Glenn Bell, roving hoister, has been out from work on account
of an injured leg.
Recent visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Johnson
were Mrs. Lee Johnson and daughter, Becky Leigh of Marion, Ind.
Lee Johnson is a ministerial student at Marion College, Marion, Ind.
Mrs. Lucy Phillips recently underwent surgery at Gaston
Mr. and Mrs. Will Brown were recent visitors of the Reverend
Mr. and Mrs. B. Dean Brown of Jamestown, N. C.
Mrs. Henry Hovis, daughter of O. M. Taylor, section man, and
Mrs. Taylor has been a patient at Kings Mountain Hospital.
Mrs. J. D. McAllister of Magnolia, Miss., was a recent visitor
of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Matthews.
Estelle Cooper attended a fall conference of the Church of
God Sunday Schools in Statesville, N. C.
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Flu Immunizations Go To 642
Christmas is near. I am sure each of you
is planning to observe it in his own w^ay
with family and friends. As we look over
the year, each of us can see much to be
thankful for. More important, perhaps, is
the fact that our future here in America is
With the warmth of the Christmas Sea
son upon us, it is easy to forget that there
are millions of people in the world whose
most wanted gift this year is freedom—
freedom to work, to speak, to worship, to
rear their families in their own way and
For them, no material blessings can pro
vide a substitute for things which we so of
ten take for granted. On Christmas Day,
we’ll attend our churches. Our children are
being taught good citizenship and respect
for the dignity of the individual. These are
expressions of freedom. Last month we
made our selection of public officials to
represent us in government, and that was
As we enjoy the holiday season, let us
remember that first Christmas nearly 2,000
years ago when angels spoke words that
have been an inspiration throughout the
centuries: “Glory to God in the highest, and
on earth peace, good will toward men,”
By living these words, we can have not
only the kind of Christmas we want but also
the kind of world we want, for ourselves
and for our children.
Within our own plant, I think we have
set a fine example of how men of good
will can work together, each respecting the
other’s talents and all benefiting from each
Let us sincerely pray that the day will
soon come when men and women every
where will know more of the blessings that
we Americans have enjoyed during 1956.
With this thought, I extend to you and
your family my sincerest wishes for a very
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New
Company Wears Many Hats-Including Yours
“The Company” just came out with a new
product. “The Company” has broadened its policy.
“The Company” favors better roads. “The Com
pany” does this; “The Company” does that.
Every day people speak about that intangible
something “the Company” and what it needs
and what it gives.
SOME SPEAK of it reverently as though it
were super-natural. Others speak of it worriedly
as though it were an octopus. Some speak of it
affectionately as though it were a doting grand
father. Some speak of it confusedly. They’re not
sure just what it is.
Well, what is it, this “Company” we speak of so
often? What is this invisible something that is
so many things to so many people?
“The Company” is people—what people de
pends on the point of view.
TO THE MAN next door, “the Company” is
To the person looking for a job, it’s the inter
To the casual visitor, it’s the receptionist or
To the union committee, it’s the management
men across the table.
To the supplier, it’s the buyer.
To the dealer, it’s the man who gets him ma
To the fund chairman, it’s the person who gives
him a cheque.
TO US EMPLOYEES, it’s our supervisors.
“The Company” is not always the same person.
It is not always the same group of persons.
So when we talk about “the Company” we
should think of whom we speak. “The Company”
wears many hats—including yours. The way you
wear yours determines, in part, what people
think of “the Company”.
Means Extra Care
In December, winter driving
conditions prevail in many parts
of the Mid-South. Careful ob
servance of simple and sound
suggestions made by the Nation
al Safety Council’s Committee
on Winter Driving and by the
N. C. Department of Motor Ve
hicles, can prevent injury and
loss of life on the highways.
The rules may be summarized
Adjust speed to road and
weather conditions after getting
the “feel” of the road.
Follow at a safe distance.
Pump brakes for stopping on
snow or ice.
Make sure that tires are in
good condition. Use tire chains
A bag of sand carried along
can also help you out of sleet,
snow and ice.
Keep windshield and windows
clean at all times. Keep head
lights and windshield wipers in
good working order. A depend
able defroster is often a neces
sary item for safety.
Accept personal responsibility
for keeping your car safe for
driving under all winter condi
Charlotte artist James Barnette
has combined portions of two
churches in the Firestone com
munity to depict the meaning of
the Advent Season. At the left
of the cover is the center portion
of the window above the main
entrance to Lor ay Baptist
Church. The front of Firestone
Wesleyan Methodist Church
looms in the background. Scrip
ture quotation is Verse 14, Chap
ter 1, The Gospel According to
John, King James Version.
that is, it is injected into the
PUBLIC HEALTH records re
veal that influenza leads the list
of all reportable communicable
diseases every year in the United
States, and that it often reaches
The vaccine has proved 75 to
80 per cent effective against the
Watch the bulletin boards
throughout the plant for an
nouncement on the season’s next
series of flu immunizations.
Volume V, No. 12
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Public Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie West
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia WaUace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Corrie Johnson,
Louise Long, Dean Haun, Vera Carswell,
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis.
CORD WEAVING — Irene Odell, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Elizabeth
Harris, Hazel Nolen.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep.
SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE—Sue Van
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
PERSONNEL—Nancy Gragg. '
WAREHOUSE — Patsy Haynes, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
Claude Callaway, Editor