Five Gastonia area Firestone Scholarship winners from 1953
through 1956, have completed another year in college. One
of them was among the 15 throughout the country who made up
the first group to graduate under the Scholarship program, begun
more than four years ago.
Top left: Peggy Davis (right) of Lincolnton, a 1956 winner,
in her dormitory room with a classmate at High Point College.
Peggy is a religious education major.
Top Right: Bobby Sellers of Bessemer City. 1955 Scholarship
recipient, spent his first year at North Carolina State College. He
transferred to Appalachian State Teachers College, Boone, where
during the past term, he took courses in the education curriculum.
He is shown here in the chemistry laboratory.
Above: Carl Stewart of Gastonia, a 1954 Scholarship winner,
has completed his third year at Duke University. The student, here
doing research in the university library, has distinguished him
self as a member of the varsity debating team. Above Right; First
Scholarship winner from a Firestone Textiles family was Claudette
Taylor. Now Mrs. Ralph Kaylor, she received her bachelor of arts
degree in philosophy at Duke, June 3. Here, she reports on a re
search paper which was one of her last assignments before
Bottom: Michael Stroupe of Bessemer City, a last-year winner,
was an electrical engineering student at N. C. State during the
past year. At school he has a vast world of science to explore, as
indicated here by this control panel of the nuclear reactor.
Company Adds Illinois Plant
To Wheel And Rim Interests
Another plant—this one em
ploying 750 persons—^has been
added to the Firestone organiza
tion. In a move to expand the
Company’s interest in the wheel
and rim-producing business, as
sets of the Electric Wheel Com
pany of Quincy, 111., manufac
turer of steel wheels and rims,
will be operated by Firestone
Steel Products as a division of
the parent Company.
When Electric Wheel was
founded in 1890, electricity was
used in the manufacturing proc
ess for heating the spokes of the
wheels, which at the time was
a great innovation. From this
use of electricity the firm name
THE BUSINESS had rapid
growth, as farmers across the
country found that metal wheels
outlasted wooden ones. Not only
were wheels made for farm
wagons, but for many different
types of implements such as hay
balers, threshing machines, cul
tivators, weeders and sprayers,
In recent years the trend of
wheel manufacture has been to
ward rubber-tired, demountable
disc wheels. To meet this de
mand the Company began in
1928 to manufacture wheels of
pressed steel. Its steel depart
ment now has presses having a
capacity up to 2,500 tons.
Electric Wheel has manufac
tured and sold products for ag
ricultural and earth - moving
equipment such as welded steel
Ten billion and 800 million
A lot of money.
That’s the figure for the total
of all accidents in the United
States last year, according to the
Institute for Safer Living of the
American Mutual Liability In
Just think of what that much
money could do in a construc
This figure is equal to the net
income of the 135 largest rail
roads, utilities and corporations
in the country.
It exceeds the total expendi
ture of the U. S. Navy for 1955.
It would have clothed every
man, woman and child in the
nation in 1956.
It would have built 1,000,000
new single family homes, figur
ing the average cost at $10,600.
It would build 300,000 Class A
new schoolrooms which would
provide facilities for an addition
al nine million youngsters.
It is enough to provide aU
three shots of Salk vaccine for
every person in the world.
It is equal to the total number
of dollars in social security
benefits paid in 1953, 1954, and
It represents funds sufficient
to construct 2,000 hospitals, each
having 300 beds.
Names And Places
Odd And Curious
Interesting world, isn’t it? In
looking over a post office list of
curious towns—or at least curi
ous town names—the following
examples turned up.
Some sound inviting, like
Love, Va.; Darling, Miss.; and
Relief, N. C. Then some sound
less inviting, like Worry, N. C.;
Double Trouble, N. J.; War, W.
Va.; and Hell, Ky.
How do you like Raspberry,
Ark.; Cake, Va.; Pie, W. Va.; and
Rat, Mo.? There seems to be
everything from A to Z, which
reminds us of Azusa, Calif.,
which is so named because it
stands for “everything from A
to Z in the U.S.A.”
—From page 1
equipment and new methods of
rayon and nylon tire fabric prO'
From Gastonia, the visitors
went to Akron, where they
studied processes of building
tires of rayon and nylon fabric
construction. With the exception
of Mr. Anderson who will re
main in this country for several
weeks, the visitors have return
ed to Scotland and India.
disc wheels, spoke wheels and
axles for agricultural vehicles*
wheels for crawler tractors, steel
weldments, farm wagons and iW'
dustrial trailers. The compai^J^
has a gray iron foundry
produces hubs, spindled and
other items for agricultural
plements. Its principal custome^^^
have been farm implement, traC'
tor and earth-moving equipm®^
manufacturers, with sales
marily in the Midwest.