North Carolina Newspapers

    Our liberty can never be safe
but in the hands of the people
themselves. —Thomas Jefferson
VOLUME VI
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GASTONIA
GASTONIA, N. C. JULY, 1957
Democracy is a method of our
getting ahead without leaving any
of us behind.
-T. V. Smith
No. 7
JOHN CHARLES CONE: 1957
Top Honor Given For Scouting Excellence
OF BEST THINGS IN LIFE...
School has been out long enough to be a pleasant—and remote
—memory. September is yet too far away to cause the younger set
much concern over such space-binding things as classrooms, text
books and homework.
Midway in the summer season comes July, renowned for hay
time and early harvest, ripening blackberries, camp meeting days
and a million other pleasantries that add goodness and variety to
life.
Traditionally, in the seventh month the old swimming hole is
one of the most cherished blessings of the youngster whose hopes
are quickened by activities in the out-of-doors. Then too, there’s
the cool retreat of a creek bank, with a good fishing pole and a
supply of the best bait in the land.
What better way to challenge the heat of a July afternoon
under the Piedmont sun?
These sons of W. G. Queen, Spinning, and Mrs. Queen of Rayon
Twisting, 1123 West Seventh avenue, are typical of Huckleberry
Finns and Tom Sawyers in Firestone families.
Randy (left), and Bobby are making the best of vacation
daj^s, before returning to Wray Junior High school, come next Sep
tember.
“It’s usually crowded at the
bottom of the ladder, but there
aren’t nearly so many competi
tors when you are nearing the
top rung.” So philosophized
President Charles Bryant of the
Piedmont Council, ESA, upon
congratulating the 1957 winner
of the Company’s highest honor
in Scouting.
John Charles Cone, rated out
standing in all phases of the Boy
Scout program, has become the
12th Gastonia area recipient of
the award named for the Com
pany Chairman. The 16-year-old
boy from Troop 11, Gastonia, is
an Eagle Scout with 22 merit
badges.
At the annual Scout Banquet
on June 13, the winner received
from General Manager Harold
Mercer a silver medallion, a Cer
tificate of Merit, a $100 U. S.
Savings Bond and a check for
$25.75 for expenses of two weeks
at Camp Lanier for Boy Scouts,
near Tryon, N. C.
Each of the other 49 boys re
ceived from Cotton Division
Superintendent F. B. Galligan,
a Merit Certificate and a check
for $25.75 for camp expenses or
for purchase of scouting equip
ment.
IN ANNOUNCING the winner
of the top award. Recreation Di
rector Ralph Johnson comment
ed: “Each one of the 50 Scouts
nominated, and who qualified
for this year’s awards, was a top
winner. But the winner of the
medallion had just a little more
on the ball than the others.”
This year’s award winner is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Cone of 1025 South Belvedere
avenue, and is a student at Ash
ley High School. After joining
the Boy Scouts four years ago,
he became a Star Scout, a Life
Scout, then an Eagle.
The Harvey S. Firestone, Jr.
Award provides an incentive
for Scouts to work a little hard
er toward improvement and at-
SLOW DOWN AND LIVE
Traffic Safety Program Emphasized
The annual “Slow Down and
Live” summer traffic safety pro
gram will be observed through
Labor Day, September 2. The
ARRIVE
program, begun on Memorial
Day, is an added effort to reduce
the rising traffic death toll in
the United States, Canada and
Puerto Rico.
“Slow Down and Live” is aim
ed at curbing the “Fatal Five,”
one or more of which are pres
ent in over 90 per cent of high
way fatalities.
These five include:
1. Excessive speed; 2. Failure
to yield right-of-way; 3. Speed
too fast for existing conditions;
4. Improper passing; 5. Follow
ing another vehicle too closely.
The Highway Departments of
both North and South Carolina
are supporting this program
through stepped-up enforcement
of traffic laws, radio and tele
vision programs on safety, and
other advertising means.
tainment. It was originally
named for John W. Thomas,
honoring a former Company
Chairman. Since Mr. Thomas’
death, the present Chairman has
promoted Boy Scout interests in
U. S. cities where the Company
operates major plants.
SCOUTS contesting for the
Firestone award are appraised
on their Scout record, church
record, school record and their
scoutcraft project. Cone’s project
was a picnic table which he
built in 33 hours. It consists of
dual sections which convert to
two benches when not in use as
a table.
An added feature of the Scout
Banquet this year was the spe
cial recognition given previous
winners of the top award. Five
of the eleven were present.
Also attending was John Les
ter Cloninger, Eagle Scout of
Dallas, who last summer won
the Medal of Honor for Life Sav
ing. He is the only Scout of the
Piedmont Council to win this
medal. Governor Luther Hodges
has nominated him for the
Young American Award for
Heroism.
John Charles Cone receives congratulations and the medallion
of the Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Award from General Manager
Harold Mercer. Another Scout Banquet picture is on page 8.
IN LIBERIA
Promotion materials are be
ing placed in the hands of may
ors and other persons working in
the field of traffic safety. The
Highway Department of both
Carolinas and many local agen
cies and firms in the two states
are distributing posters, leaflets
and bumper strips in the interest
of the “Slow Down and Live”
campaign.
At Girls’ State
Shirley Ann Love, 16, served
as delegate to the All Girls’
State meeting on the campus of
Shaw University, Raleigh, June
16-21. Miss Love, a rising senior
at Lincoln High School of Besse
mer City, represented Gastonia
American Legion Post No. 23.
Her parents are Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Love, Sr., of 1917 Win
gate street. The father works in
the plant interoffice mail service.
Edifice Memorial Of Company Founder
The Harvey S. Firestone Science Building at the University
of Liberia in Monrovia is said to be the finest edifice of its kind
in the West African republic where the Firestone Company has ex
tensive rubber-growing interests.
The structure, dedicated recently, was made possible largely
through a gift of $50,000 from Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. The Com
pany Chairman participated in the cornerstone-laying ceremonies
of the science building in October of 1955.
At the recent dedication ceremonies, Mrs. Ross Wilson, wife of
the vice president and general manager of the Firestone Plantations
Company, cut the ribbon, thus officially opening the building as a
memorial to Harvey S. Firestone, who pioneered in rubber-growing
in Liberia as early as 1926.
Liberian President William V. S. Tubman was among those
present at the opening exercises.
Nine More Shows On Starlight Fare
Nine full-length movies remain
on the schedule of free outdoor
theatre entertainment at the
plant. Besides the regular fea
ture presented each Friday eve
ning at dusk in front of the plant
and near the recreation park,
there will be the last nine chap
ters of the serial “King of the
Congo.”
July 12: To Hell and Back
(technicolor), Audie Murphy.
July 19: Count Three and Pray
(technicolor), Van Heflin and
Joanne Woodward.
July 26: Ma and Pa Kettle at
Waikiki, Percy Kilbride and
Marjorie Main.
August 2: Far Country (tech
nicolor), Jimmy Stewart and
Walter Brennan.
August 9: This Island Earth,
Jeff Morrow and Faith Domer-
gue.
August 16: Last of the Com-
manches (technicolor), Brod
erick Crawford and Barbara
Hale.
August 23: It Came Beneath
the Sea, Kenneth Tobey and
Faith Domergue.
August 30: Saturday’s Hero,
John Derek and Donna Reed.
September 6: Forbidden Land,
Johnny Weismuller and Jungle
Jim.
    

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