Mr. and Mrs. Howard McCarler, Mrs. Bill Ford and her chil
dren, Jan and Rusty, spent a recent week end visiting relatives in
Waynesville, N. C.
Miss Peggy Hanna visited friends in Delano, Tenn., on a week
end in April.
Fifteen persons joined Mrs. Roxie Newlon and members of her
family on April 15, to help celebrate her birthday at the Newton
home, 1702 Trexler street. The birth anniversary date of the third
shift plant nuxse was April 3. Her brother, A. B. Roper of Chesnee,
S. C., was an honoree, too, for his birthday was March 30.
Miss Louise Sparrow, student at Tusculum College, Greene-
ville, Tenn., spent the spring holidays with her parents, Frank
Sparrow, grounds maintenance, and Mrs. Sparrow. At Tusculum
Miss Sparrow was among the honored guests at a recent dinner
given for seniors by President and Mrs. Raymond C. Rankin at the
Link Hills Country Club near Greeneville.
W. G. Henson, plant engineer, and Mrs. Henson spent a recent
vacation with Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Gilliam in Albany, Ga.
Furman Pearson, maintenance electrician, and Mrs. Pearson
visited Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Hutto in Swansea, S. C., in April.
Al/C Lantia Passmore, son of Roberl Passmore, fireman, and
Mrs. Passmore, spent a few days at home in April. Lantia is
stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.
A/2C Billy W. Howie and Mrs. Howie visited Mr. and Mrs.
Jerry Howie recently. The airman, a former Shop employee, is sta
tioned at Langley Tield, HamptdhT'Va. ~~
Clarence Bell Krider and Mrs. Krider left recently for France,
where Mr. Krider is assigned to duty with the Air Force. He will
be there three years. Mrs. Krider is the daughter of Mrs. Lola E.
Roberts, respooler tender.
For one week in April, Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hutchins were
guests in the home of Mrs. Ruth Hardee, respooler tender. Mrs.
Hutchins, the daughter of Mrs. Hardee, is remaining in Gastonia
with her mother while Mr. Hutchins is employed in Canada. He
will be there 15 months.
The father of Grelel Allen, respooler tender, died at his home
in Marion, N. C., March 16.
Mrs. Lou Ashe of Murphy, N. C., spent a few days in April
with her daughter, Dixie Griggs, respooler tender.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lancaster celebrated their fifth wedding
anniversary April 5. Mr. Lancaster is a twister tender; Mrs.
Lancaster is a respooler tender.
—More on page 8
Is Her Goal
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Betty Frances Bradley is on
her way toward fulfilling a long
standing ambition to become a
medical missionary to Brazil.
The daughter of Arthur Brad
ley, Refreshment department,
and Mrs. Bradley, Spooling, she
is in her first year of training
at Memorial Mission Hospital,
Miss Bradley is a graduate of
Ashley High School, and com
pleted a two-year program of
study at Montreat College be
fore commencing her training at
the Asheville hospital last fall.
After three years spent there,
she will attend a missionary
training school of the Presby
terian Church in Richmond, Va.
Voice Of Firestone To Quit Radio Portion
After Simulcast Takes Summer Vacation
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On next September 9, when
the “Voice of Firestone” begins
its 1957-58 season, it will be
tailored to the interests of tele
vision viewers exclusively, ac
cording to a recent statement
from Raymond C. Firestone,
In announcing the program
change, Mr. Firestone pledged
continuation of the high stand
ards of musical entertainment
which has been broadcast every
Monday night on the “Voice of
Firestone” for the past 28 years.
Following the first summer
vacation the program will have
had in its 28 years of continu
ous broadcasting, it will open
its 29th season on Monday night,
September 9, in the new time
allocation of 9 to 9:30 p.m., over
American Broadcasting Com
pany TV outlets. The program
will continue to feature the best
in popular and light classical
orchestral, chorus and solo musi
DURING 1956 the “Voice of
Firestone” received more recog
nition awards than ever before
in its long history, according to
Mr. Firestone who said, “It is
our plan to make the program
even more popular next year
for the nation’s lovers of good
Increasing costs of the com
bined televising and radio
broadcasting of “Voice of Fire
stone” programs was the prin
cipal reason for suspending the
program this summer, and the
decision to use only television
The “Voice of Firestone” has
the triple distinction of being
the oldest coast-to-coast radio
program on the air, the first
musical program to be televised
by a commercial sponsor and the
first to be simulcast. Firestone
also was the first to sponsor a
network television show.
IN THE 28 years that the
“Voice of Firestone” has been
on the air, many of the world’s
greatest artists have been heard
and seen on the program. They
have included Eleanor Steber,
Lily Pons, Lawrence Tibbett,
Nelson Eddy, Margaret Speaks,
Richard Crooks, Lauritz Mel
chior, Leonard Warren, Igor
Gorin, Gladys Swarthout, Ezio
Pinza, Patrice Munsel and Helen
Also presented were Mary
Van Kirk, James Melton, Nino
Martini, Jan Peerce, Christopher
Lynch, Bidu Sayao, Thomas L.
Thomas, Jussi Bjoerling, Wil
liam Warfield, Leontine Price,
Todd Duncan, Dorothy Maynor,
Rose Bampton, Martha Lipton,
Oscar Levant, Rise Stevens,
Jerome Hines, Nadine Connor
and Helen Traubel.
The “Voice of Firestone”
orchestra is directed by Howard
Barlow, distinguished American
conductor, with outstanding
artists as soloists. The theme
song “If I Could Tell You,”
which has opened the program
since 1941, and “In My Garden,”
the closing song introduced in
1932, were composed by Mrs.
Idabelle Firestone, wife of the
MORE THAN 28 years ago,
on December 3, 1928, Harvey S.
Firestone, founder of the Com
pany, introduced the initial
“Voice of Firestone” network
broadcast. The program was car
ried by 41 stations and featured
the Firestone orchestra under
the direction of Hugo Mariani.
Guest soloists were Franklin
Baur, star Ziegfield tenor;
Vaughn De Leath, contralto, and
Stafana Di Stefana, harpist.
On November 29, 1943, Fire
stone became the first television
network commercial sponsor
with a program of educational
films-.-'The--“Voice of Firestone”
was televised March 22, 1948,
as the first commercial musical
program. On September 5, 1949,
the program was broadcast and
televised simultaneously, thus
becoming the first commercially
sponsored musical simulcast.
Since Mr. Firestone spoke on
the opening program. Firestone
executives from time to time
have appeared with informative
messages to the Company’s mil
lions of customers and thousands
Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., has
given talks on important current
topics. The program has won
numerous citations and received
two high honors last year. One
was from the Chamber of Com
merce of the United States, hon
oring the Company for its out
standing record in represent
ing American business to the
general public and in recogni
tion of its contribution to the
culture of America through the
“Voice of Firestone.”
THE OTHER honor was the
Sylvania Award for an out
standing contribution to crea
tive television technique. The
“Voice of Firestone” carries the
approval of Parent Teacher As
sociations for juvenile listening.
Always a leader in worth
while youth, civic and communi
ty service activities, Firestone
has allotted many hours of free
time on its programs through the
years for special tributes and
public service messages about
the activities and programs of
National 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, the Future
Farmers of America, American
—Red Cross, United Community
Chest Campaigns, United Serv
ice Organizations, War Bond and
Savings Bond campaigns and as
sociations working to improve
the health and welfare of the
people of the world.
-From page 3
travel attractions in the western part of the Carolines, East Ten
nessee and North Georgia.
“It’s only a short drive from Camp Firestone to the famed
Asheville-Hendersonvi lie area and places of interest such as the
Cherokee Indian Reservation, Mount Mitchell and the Smoky
Mountains National Park,” Mr. Henson adds.
For accommodations at Camp Firestone, employees apply
through the plant Industrial Relations office. A person or party
may make only one reservation at a time but after it is used, an
other application may be made. An additional note about use of
the camp property:
If you make a reservation and find that you can’t use the
camp at the scheduled time, notify the Industrial Relations office.
Since there are usually people on the waiting list, your cancelled
reservation can make it possible for someone else to have use of
In addition to her formal
training, she will have at least
one year of nursing experience
in this country before being
commissioned a missionary to
Volume VI, No. 5
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,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
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.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
PERSONNEL—Barbara Abernathy '
WAREHOUSE—Nancy Cloninger, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
Claude Callaway, Editor