JANUARY, 1957 PAGE 3 Employees’ Children Feted At Yule Parties The Patron Saint of Children—this year with an overabundance of whiskers—kept his tradi tional appointment with more than 2,000 Fire stone employees’ children under 14 years of age. It was the occasion of the three Christmas parties at the Webb and Palace theatres in Gastonia, Saturday morning, December 15. The children’s Christmas observance was the 17th annual pro gram sponsored by the Company. Approximately 1,800 children attended the theatre shows. Those who did not attend a theatre party received gifts at the plant Industrial Rela tions Office. At the Webb, there was a show at 9 and another at 11 a.m. At the Palace, the show began at 10 a.m. The program for all three shows consisted of selected cartoons and short movie features. At the close of each performance at both theatres Santa Claus appeared and directed dis tribution of gifts, handed out according to the children’s age groups. I Above: Mixed reactions are registered on the faces of these children as they watch a "Big Bad Wolf" cartoon from among the collection of short movie fea tures shown at the Webb Theatre. Steve Tomberlin ^olds Donald Earl Howell, while James Howell sits at right. Standing are Ronnie Howell and Betty Tom berlin. Center: Thomas A. Grant, Time Study, gives his daughter Sharon a hand for a very personal welcome to the bewhiskered visitor from the North Country. Right: First Shift Nurse Grace Reeves passes out packages of yuletide cheer to Brothers Dana Phillips (left), and Terry. Above; Typical of the family groups at the Palace Center; Rosa Marie Muskelly, in the arms of her theatre party; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thompson, along sister Naomi, was a mite skeptical of Santa Claus, but Mth sons Douglas James (held by father), Fred Allen; even more so of the photographer. ®ttd daughter Delores Ann. Right; Somewhat weary of flashbulbs, St. Nick crouches behind these youngsters waiting in line to re ceive their presents. From left; Jackie Hogan, Susan Craig, Bill Hogan. Above; Of course she'd been good. Tena Deloris Mer- * lists her wants for Christmas, as the North Pole's famous citizen lends an ear. Center; Among the several young women who helped spread holiday cheer at parties in both theatres were Barbara Abernathy, Industrial Relations secretary; and Nancy Gragg Cloninger, Cotton Office secretary. Right: Although anxious to see what was behind the wrappings, these Beaver Brothers pause long enough to exhibit their gifts. From left, front row: Ralph, William and Arthor. Second row; Alfred and Stanley.