Three Are Honored
For Long Records
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An aggregate of 60 years of service was recorded in
November, when three women were honored for long-term
records at the plant. Marking 20-year service anniversaries
were: Grace Neely, Cotton Weaving; Lillie A, Brown and
Hazel D. Ward, Spinning. They received the congratulations
of the plant General Manager and were each presented the
customary 20-year honor: a gold watch and the appropriate
The addition of these names to the record brought the list
of 20-year employees to 248.
MEANWHILE, 30 other employees here marked service an
niversaries ranging from 5 to 15 years. Here is the November list:
Dallas H. Smith, Carding; William H. Massey, Rayon Twisting;
David Gribble and Alloise Murray, Rayon Weaving and Herbert
Broaden, plant mail service.
Domer E. Wilson and Hasker Love, Carding; Mary Pruitt,
Spinning; Beatrice Stowe, Alene A. Bolynn and Thurman Sum-
mey, Rayon Twisting. Bonnie Dockery, Cotton Twisting; Roy Lee
Ball, James R. Reel and J. Hoyt Blackwood, Rayon Weaving.
J. B. Mitchell, Shop; Harold N. Robinson, Warehouse.
Ruby E. Mullis, David Ratchford, WiUiam S. Haynes, Miles T.
Michaels and John Cothern, all Rayon Twisting. Bessie Foster and
Samuel L. Glenn, Rayon Weaving; Albert L. Wiley, Sarah M.
Keever and Dezaree C. Crisp, Cotton Weaving. Ralph Dalton, Shop;
Ralph L. Moten, Supply.
People and Places —From page 4
Mr. and Mrs. Grady Ivey had as recent week-end guests,
Beatrice Snapps and Lillian Margil of York, S. C., and Mary Robin
son of Rock Hill, S. C.
Women of SYC Weaving honored Mrs. Ella Ruff at a going-
away party held in the Dogwood Room, Charlotte, November 2.
She received a four-piece luggage set. Mrs. Ruff and her husband,
J. C. Ruff, left Gastonia November 9, for their new residence in
Williamsburg, Va. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ruff are working at the new
State Hospital there.
Mrs. Sarah Ward, change hand, visited Mr. and Mrs. Marshall
Clary and family recently in Moundsville, W. Va. Mrs. Clary is a
daughter of Mrs. Ward.
Viola Webb visited her nephew, George Lewis, at the Mission
Hospital in Asheville, N. C., where he is a patient.
Martha Wood had her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Gatlin of Annapolis, Md., as guests for several days. Mr.
Gatlin is in the Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Anderson had as recent guests Mr. and Mrs.
C. B. Green of Concord, N. C.
Roy Palmer spent a recent week end with his uncle and aunt,
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hensley of Murphy, N. C. While here, Roy at
tended the homecoming program of a rural Baptist church in the
Ronnie Cloninger, son of Mrs. Ruth Cloninger, visited his
brother. Bob Cloninger and Mrs. Cloninger at Furman University,
Greenville, S. C., recently. While in Greenville, Ronnie attended
the Furman-Columbia football game.
Visitors of Mabel Thomas recently were her aunt, Mrs. Mamie
Mehaffey and family of Robbinsville, N. C.
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In a recent exchange of vows
at First Baptist Church, Gas
tonia, Miss Betty Helen De-
Brule became the bride of James
William Pryor. She is the daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Palmer DeBrule of Gastonia; he,
the son of Mrs. Vergie E. Pryor,
employed in Spinning here. The
new Mrs. Pryor attended Win
gate Junior College, Wingate,
N. C. Mr. Pryor attended Ash
ley High School here and was
graduated from a high school in
Orlando, Fla. The couple lives in
SIX EMPLOYEES joined the ranks of 20-year
record holders in October. Here, Edgar Sloan Foy
receives his 20-year watch from General Manager
Harold Mercer (center). Others who received
watches were Horace Butler (extreme left), and
Clyde A. Foy (second from right). At extreme
right, T. B. Ipock, Jr., director of Industrial Re
lations, looks on. In back row (from left): Wini
fred Redding and Milligan L. Ramsey. Paul
Powers, included in this group, was not present
when the picture was made.
Editorial Bids Workers: Be Alert To Ideas
Note: The following quotations are taken from
an editorial in The Gastonia Gazette of Novem
ber 14, commenting on the Company Suggestion
Awards story appearing on page 2.
It often has been said that the elephant has
a million-dollar body, but a 10-cent brain.
There are millions of workers in the industrial
world of the United States. They have strong
bodies, but to say they have 10-cent brains is
doing them an injustice.
These persons who work by the sweat of their
brows in steel mills, automobile factories, tex
tile mills and other heavy industry have an
insight into their respective machinery that is
missing even in the mind of the man who in
vented the machinery. The fellow who invents
a piece of machinery turns it out and watches
it in limited tests. Once that piece of machinery
is put into operation, the man who sees that it
runs, watching it perform hour by hour and day
by day, knows what it can do. He also, if he is
keen of mind, can see something that will im
prove the operation of the machine.
VARIOUS organizations throughout the coun
try offer cash prizes for persons who turn in
suggestions for improving plant operation. The
Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, with a branch
in Gastonia, is one such organization. It pays
mechanics and other employees well for sug
gestions that are adopted.
Recent report from Firestone reveals the Com
pany has paid out a total of $1,000,000 to em
ployees for money-making or money-saving sug
The Gazette feels that The Firestone Tire &
Rubber Company is doing a fine thing in keep
ing workers on their toes, by urging them to use
their brains. This newspaper commends the Com
pany for what it is doing.
We have this advice to the workers:
Don’t become discouraged over your daily
chore. Be alert. You may find a way to save your
organization some money and net yourself some
cash. It’s at least worth a try.
Howard E. Railey
Three Railey brothers — all
servicemen — the sons of Mrs.
Letha Hammonds, Spinning, re
cently arranged leaves of ab
sence together, for a visit with
their mother here. On the visit,
their friends and relatives con
gregated at the Hammonds
residence, 1110 Lin wood avenue,
for a family reunion. It was the
first time in several years the
brothers had been home at the
Sgt. Howard E. Railey had
just returned from 28 months in
Japan. In service six years, he
plans to make the Army a
career. His assignment is now at
Fort Campbell, Ky.
Pvt. Marion F. Railey is serv
ing in the Army at Fort Jack
son, S. C., after induction there
a few weeks ago. Mrs. Railey
lives with her husband’s mother
SP/3 Jerry J. Railey had ar
rived home from a 21-month
tour of duty in Germany. He
is now discharged and at home
with his mother.
DC/2 Robert L. Ward, who
has been serving in the Navy
aboard the USS FDR, and Mrs.
Ward recently visited his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Ward,
Sr., of Gastonia. The father is an
overseer in Spinning.
Robert, who has re-enlisted
for six more years of service, has
reported to a naval base in
Virginia. His wife, a native of
San Francisco, Calif., is remain
ing in Gastonia with her hus
Pvt. Glenn Jones spent a 10-
day leave in November with his
father, Walter Jones, interme
diate tender in Carding. Pvt.
Jones has completed his basic
army training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Bobby Ray Barber, son of Mrs.
Mary Herring, roller picker, was
inducted into military service in
October. He is stationed at Fort
Jackson, S. C.
ARRIVALS. ■ ■
A/1C Donald G. Kline and
Mrs. Kline are parents of a
son, named Ronald Gene, born
in late fall at Saint Johns, New
foundland, where the father is
stationed. Mrs. Kline is the
former Nancy Calhoun, daugh
ter of William Calhoun, Weav
ing; and Mrs. Calhoun, Spinning.
A/2C Dallas W. Allen, son of
Mrs. Lucy Allen, Spinning, is
assigned to Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio, Texas. Air
man Allen was discharged from
service last July, but re-enlisted
for six more years. During a
recent 90-day furlough, he visit
ed his mother in Gastonia.
Mrs. Allen, the former Miss
Eileen Vanderbilt, and the
Allens’ young son, are temp
orarily with her parents in
In NSC Bulletin
Gentry Tindall, Shop, was
featured in a fall issue of “Safety
Newsletter,” Textile Section of
the National Safety Council. The
publication, issued from Chicago^
carried two photographs of the
employee here, to illustrate the
right and wrong way to crank a
Along with the photos, the
Newsletter reprinted a general
story on mower safety, which
had appeared in a last-summer
issue of the Firestone Textiles
Airman Kline’s post of service is
at Pepperrell Air Force Base,
A daughter to Bill Deal, Spii^'
ning, and Mrs. Deal, October 26.
To Charles Tate, Spinning, and
Mrs. Tate, a daughter. Septet'
ber 23. A son to John Davis>
Spinning, and Mrs. Davis, Sep'