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TWO ATTAIN RETIREMENT STATUS
Two persons marked the end of their employ
ment in recent weeks. They are Mrs. Bessie
Gaines, Spooling, and Mrs. Ethel Carson, third
shift nurse. Mrs. Gaines, who became a textile
worker at the age of 16, was on the job here as a
warper tender when Firestone purchased the
plant in 1935. Here, she receives retirement
best wishes from Overseer O. K. Forrester,
and a gift of clothing from her friends in Spool
ing. At right, Mrs. Carson admires a plate from
the several pieces of china given by friends in
Industrial Relations on her last day of work,
after 13 years of employment in First Aid.
-From page 6
People and Places
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stiles of San Antonio, Texas stayed for a
while in the home of Plant Guard R. V. Stiles, and Mrs. Stiles.
Ray is the Stiles’ son.
Mr. and Mrs. Will A. Brown attended June commencement
exercises at Marion College, Marion, Ind. Their son, Hubert A.
Brown, received the bachelor of arts degree with major in religion.
Rosalie Burger, creeler, had as guests during June, her father
Daniel Wiggins, a sister and brother, Frances and Bruce Wiggins,
all of Bryson City, N. C. Mrs. Burger’s sister, Frances, stayed several
days before leaving for Albuquerque, N. Mex., where she will work
during the summer before entering college in the fall.
Johnny Reed, son of Mrs. Maggie Reed, starter maker, was a
patient at Garrison General Hospital in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Stevenson and children of Athens, Ga.,
visited Pauline Dailey, warper helper, in June.
Dorothy Baber, respooler tender, and Jossie Ledford and Floy
Hollifield, spooler tenders, were on sick leave in mid-June.
Bill Neal, doffer, and Billy Ginn, twister tender, have returned
to work after having undergone surgery.
Employees’ sons and daughters who were graduated from
Ashley High School in June included: James Anderson Bradshaw
III, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Bradshaw, Carding and Twisting;
Miss Doris Payne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Payne, Twist
ing and Spooling; and Miss Betty Sue Bolynn, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Boyd Bolynn, Cotton Twisting and Rayon Twisting.
Henry Gordon, first shift trucker, is back at work after treat
ment in Gaston County Negro Hospital,
McBrie Sanders, waste hauler, and Mrs. Sanders were re
cent victims of an automobile accident. He was back at work by
mid-June, while Mrs. Sanders at that time was stni undergoing
treatment in Gaston County Negro Hospital.
Billie Jean Wellmon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack E. Well-
mon, Bessemer City, was graduated this spring from the Good
Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, Charlotte, after having at
tended Clark University, Atlanta, Ga. Mr. and Mrs. Wellmon were
present at their daughter’s graduation.
Recent week end guests of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meeks were
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Hardin of Charlotte.
Relatives and friends from West Virginia and South Carolina
were guests one week in June in the home of Mable Mantooth,
Winder Tender Dorothy Perry and her family visited her
sisters, Mrs. Paul Bryson and Mrs. Ralph Wright in Whittier, N. C.
On a week end in June, Winder Tender Viola McCurry and her
family visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M, Turner in Rock
Hill, S. C.
Hattie Gibbons, winder tender, returned to her home in
mid-June, after having received treatment at Gaston Memorial
For Superhighway Safety:
Add Some Extra Caution
John D. Paulus has been ap
pointed public relations director
of the Company. He succeeds
William D. Hines who has re
tired after more than 40 years of
service to Firestone.
Mr. Paulus comes to Firestone
from Jones & Laughlin Steel
Corporation, where he was di
rector of public relations and ad
vertising for the past six years.
Before joining Jones & Laugh
lin he was with a Pittsburgh
public relations firm.
Previously he was an editorial
executive with three metropoli
tan newspapers; The Pittsburgh
Press, Washington Post, and
Brooklyn Eagle. For twenty
years—until a year ago—he was
book reviewer for The Pitts
burgh Press and his book col
umn was nationally syndicated
When you take to the open
road in your auto, perhaps you
prefer the side highways that af
ford leisurely travel and a look
at the many wonderful sights off
the beaten path.
But maybe you want to go
afar on this summer’s vacation,
and thus will find yourself on
some of America’s super high
ways and turnpikes. For the be
ginner driver on the super
thoroughfares—or even for the
experienced traveler—here are
some commonsense suggestions
which can help you to safer
travel as you save time on the
new superhighways that have
sprung up across the country.
Watch the posted speed limit.
Traffic studies determine the
maximum safe speeds. When
you exceed a speed limit you’re
not just courting arrest, you’re
tempting the Death Angel.
On a divided highway with no
worry about approaching traffic,
learn to check the rear-view
CULTIVATE the habit of
glancing over your left shoulder
for a look at passing cars, which
might be hidden by blind spots
in your rear-view mirror, be
fore you pull out to pass.
A few simple practices will
help solve the problem of “super
highway hypnosis” and “frozen
Vary your speed every fifteen
or twenty minutes, that your
eyes may be kept alert.
Some of the super highways
provide broken center lines and
other visual markings for this
On long drives, to relieve eye
fatigue, stop the car off the road.
Close your eyes and rub them
to 88 newspapers and periodi
cals. The Sunday New York
Times publishes some of his
Mr. Paulus began his news
paper career on the Daily News
of Canton, Ohio, his home town.
He is a graduate of the Universi
ty of Pittsburgh, where he edited
the Pitt News, college paper.
Later, he took a postgraduate
course in business at George
town University, Washington,
Mr. Paulus has won several
awards for his newspaper and
public relations achievements.
In 1954 and 1955 he served as
consultant to the Second Hoover
Commission Task Force on
Water Resources and Power.
The inexperienced turnpike
driver soon learns how quickly
he “runs up” on a car which is
slowing down. Be able to stop
your car in time to avoid an
Take recesses along the way.
Coffee will help. Stop for a
breather and take a look at the
scenery you would otherwise
miss as you speed along.
Have an enjoyable and safe
THE HILLS BEYOND
Mrs. Sallie Love, mother of
Haskell Love, Carding, died re
cently at her home near Crowd
Luther Harrison, Warehouse,
wishes to thank his Firestone
friends for their many expres
sions of sympathy during the
recent death of his father,
George Harrison, of Rocky
Mount, N. C.
Funeral service for Frazier L.
McNair, a former Warehouse
employee, was held May 25 at
First Congregational Christian
Church in the Lincoln Academy
community. Burial was in Lin
coln Academy cemetery.
Grady Davis of Bryson City,
N. C., died recently. He was the
brother of Marion Davis of Card
HELP THE MAINTENANCE
CREWS FOR YOUR SAFETY
Maintenance jobs are nearly
always in process somewhere
in the plant. You can help the
maintenance crews maintain a
good safety record by staying
out of roped off areas; not
bothering them or getting in
their way; leaving their equip
ment alone; and keeping out
from under ladders and scaf
folds (where objects aloft can
be dislodged and fall). Don’t
start equipment on which they
Remember while their work
may be inconvenient to you at
the moment, it is necessary, re
sulting in a safer and better
place for you to work.
© AMERICAN MUTUAL LIAB. INS. CO.
Volume VI, No. 7
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 WaUace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Corrie Johnson,
Louise Long, Dean Haun, Vera Carswell,
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis, Maxie
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.
WAREHOUSE—Nancy Cloninger, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey,
Claude Callaway, Editor