North Carolina Newspapers

    MARCH, 1957
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JANUARY-FEBRUARY holders of 20-year em
ployment records each received a watch and
service pin. Eliza Jolly (center), is handed her
Watch by General Manager Harold Mercer.
Others, (from left), are Clarence Case, William
C. Ramsey, John Bryant, and Bertie Stiles. Plant
Engineer W. G. Henson (extreme right), was on
hand to add his congratulations.
A word to the wise
take care of your eyes
It’s Back To ‘The Good Earth’
For Retu*ee John C. McCraw
H&ve your
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For a free folder, write to
Hatioftal SocieJji' for tte
Prevention of Blindness
Sox 426, Hm vorll 19, N. Y.
During the more than 30 years
that John C. McCraw was a card
tender, weaver and dyehand in
textile mills of the South, he
watched a lot of changes come
to the industry.
When the retiree recently put
in his last shift at the plant, his
memory went back to the day
he first began working—at the
age of 19—in a cotton mill at
Clifton, S. C. There the most
laborious part of his job was the
Long Distance From East To West
“From Manteo to Murphy” is
a familiar expression which re
fers to the length of the Tar Heel
State. It suggests this more-uni
versally-known list of expres
sions making use of the word
“from.” When stripped of their
disguise, they take their place
among commonly-known figures
m American speech. Can you
convert them to their familiar
1. From the Pine Tree State
to the Golden State.
2. From worn-out clothes to
financial fortune.
3. From one extremity of the
the earth’s axis to the other.
4. From a baby’s bed to a
cavity in the earth.
5. From the first to the twen
ty-sixth letter of the English al
6. From the most northern city
to the most southern city of
7. From lachrymose activity to
8. From the majestic to the
9. From an architectural col
umn supporting a portion of a
super-structure to the upright
part of a fence.
10. From a liquid food consist
ing of the broth of meat or vege
tables or both, to dry fruit hav
ing a kernel of meat.
11. From the lower level of a
building to the space under the
12. From infinite time to in
finite time.
—Answers on page 6
hand-stripping of the card. In
the years that have passed since
then, mechanical operations have
put an end to time and labor
consuming operations. The pres
ent-day vacuum stripper on the
card leaves the tender free to
watch after the overall opera
tion of the machine which forms
an early link in the long process
of cotton fiber refinement.
A NATIVE of Cleveland
County, the retiree spent almost
15 years in the Carding Depart
ment here. After his first job at
Clifton, he worked in mills at
Cliffside and Mooresville, N. C.,
spending altogether around 16
years in mills before coming to
Firestone. In the late 1930s he
had a brief recess from textile
work, when he operated a farm
in Cleveland County. With the
exception of a little while in the
dyehouse and in the weave shop
of a Mooresville plant, he has
spent his factory years as a card
McCraw has two sons and a
daughter who are former em
ployees of Firestone.
Mr. and Mrs. McCraw, who
have been living at 1207 West
Hooper street, Gastonia, have
moved to their 16-acre farm in
the Cherokee community near
Gaffney, S. C. There the retiree
plans to raise some pigs and to
do some truck farming.
Tir^$lon^ SfSWS
Volume VI, No. 3
March, 1957
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Industrial Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie West
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
Maude Guffey.
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
Rosalie Burger.
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Corrie Johnson,
Louise Long, Dean Haun, Vera Carswell,
Katie Elkins.
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.
SHOP—Rosie Francum.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
PERSONNEL—Barbara Abernathy
WAREHOUSE—Nancy Cloninger, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
Claude Callaway, Editor
Three Are Added
To 20-Year List
For two decades of uninterrupted employment with
the Company, the names of three more persons have been
added to the mounting list of 20-year record holders here.
For February, the long-term service of William C. Ramsey,
Spinning; Bertie Stiles, Rayon Weaving; and John Bryant,
Shop, was commemorated with the awarding of service pins
and watches.
Also during February, three
employees reached the service
milestone of 15 years. They are;
Eva N. Plyler and Mae Minnie
Massey, Rayon Twisting; and
David Sylvester Smith, Person
nel (plant guard).
Others receiving service pins
for February included:
Ten Years
Shufford Turner, Spinning;
Aletha D. Davis and Alice J.
Bell, Spooling; Annie M. Donald
son, Clarence Donaldson and
George C. High, Rayon Twisting,
Annie B. Kiser, Rayon Weav
ing; Paul Gilbert and James L.
Hemphill, Shop; Lonnie Gwinn,
Warehouse; Marguerite Styers,
Main Office.
Five Years
Clyde L. Hayes, Carding; Coy
E. Brewer, Rayon Twisting;
George Jackson, Jr., Warehouse;
Esther M. Green, Quality Con
trol; and B. J. Magner, Main Of
REMINISCING—John C. McCraw (background) and Carl Rape,
Carding second hand, compare present-day features of carding ma
chines with those of the same kind of equipment 30 years ago.
The Laboratory-General team won top honors for performance
among men of the duck pin leagues of first and third shifts, in the
season which ended February 5. For second shift, the Weaving team
was victor. The Laboratory-General team (above), came out as top
keglers for their superior performance in a series of 36 games. From
left: A. C. Kessell, Ernest Hubbard, Reid Crouch, Don Sills, M. L.
Ramsey and Lane Creasman. Team members not in photo: Ralph
Johnson, Bob Purkey and Luther Brown.

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