FROM FIRESTONE CALIFORNIAN
Economic Progress Has A Price Attached
Stripped of his tools, the modern citizen
would be less able to fend for himself than
the prehistoric caveman. But with the aid of
science and technology, his opportunity for
progress is unlimited. We are reminded of
these truths by a booklet called “Trends in
Equipping the American Worker,” put out
by the Council for Technological Advance
Big muscles have always been a prized as
set in a man. But muscle power counts as
only a tiny fraction in today’s work. The
combined horsepower of all the mechanical
equipment in the United States is equiva
lent to that of 600 human workers per fam
The wealth-creating power of our people
has doubled with each new generation. To
day’s worker, with his new and better equip
ment, has the capacity of two men of the
1920’s, four men of the 1890’s, and eight of
the Civil War period, the Council points out.
Although this doubling of productive abil
ity has been going on for generations, we
have no assurance that it will continue. Too
many people assume that progress just hap
pens, but like everything that is worth
while, it has its price.
Some nations are so poorly equipped that
achievement of an industrial system as pro
ductive as ours is all but out of reach. For
tunately for us, we have the capacity to set
aside a sufficient part of production for to
morrow’s needs, and still have ample for
daily consumption. But the process of sav
ing and investing—by which we renew and
improve our equipment for tomorrow’s eco
nomic battles—must be understood, pro
tected and cultivated.
Since we know what price must be paid
for continued economic progress, and are
ab’e to pay that price, it would be tragic
indeed if we were to fail.
William R. Howard, Jr., be
gan his life pilgrimage at Gar
rison General Hospital on June
20. The father is a quill stripper
in SYC Weaving. Mrs. Howard
used to be a respooler in the
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby G. Wolfe
of Cleveland, Ohio, are parents
of a son, Mitchell Wayne, who
arrived June 29.
Cpl. Leon Dawkins spent a
10-day leave with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Leon Dawkins,
Sgt. 1/C Wayne Bates spent
10 days,in.. July with his parents,
Sam Bates, card fixer, and Mrs.
Donald Kelly began service
with the army on July 1. A
former overhauler in Weaving,
he is the son of Floyd Kelly,
second hand in SYC Weaving.
Donald Ray Palmer arrived at
Garrison General Hospital on
July 5. He is the son of Harold
Palmer, Twisting, and Mrs.
At Safety Meet
“North Carolina’s Industrial
■Accident problem” was the
topic of discussion by H. S.
Baucom, safety director of the
State Industrial Commission,
Raleigh, at a meeting of the
Blue Ridge Safety Council, held
in the Kings Mountain Woman’s
Club building, July 25.
Tha speaker was introduced
by L. B. McAbee, assistant In
dustrial Relations director at
I. S. Bull Named
FIX IT — BUT SAFELY
It’s money saving, educational,
satisfying and fun to tackle
jobs around the house that
need fixing. But use some com
mon sense and care. Unless
you know how, don’t try to
fix something that will be really
difficult for you. It calls for
expert knowledge to diagnose
trouble and repair an oil
burner, or to repair a roof in
a safe manner. There’s even a
right and wrong technique in
lifting a 100 lb. bag of cement.
Realize your limitations when
you attempt to do a job around
the house. Get qualified help
when you need it,
© AMERICAN MUTUAL LIAB. INS. CO.
To AIEE Group People and Places
Irvin S. Bull, assistant plant
engineer, will take office in
September as secretary to the
Textile Industry Sub-Committee
of the American Institute of
Mr. Bull was unanimously
chosen to this position at the
last meeting of the AIEE held
in Atlanta earlier this year. Be
sides the assistant plant en
gineer here, elected at the At
lanta meeting were R. B.
Flowers of General Electric,
Chairman; and R. H. Clark of
the Warner & Swasey Company,
Education is the process of leading men to give themselves to
their fellow men and to God through the channels they possess in
knowing, creating, being, doing. . , Civilization, peace, justice, cul
ture—these are the products of such love-motivated giving,
—Dean Everest Walker,
Fall River Plant
Marks 20th Year
The Firestone Industrial Products plant at
Fall River, Mass., marked 20 years of progress
With a celebration the week of June 24, In
cluded in the special events of the anniversary
Week were a civic luncheon and an open house
for employees, their families and the public.
The Fall River Plant manufactures products
for the home, industry and transportation.
Among chief items of production are Foamex;
molded rubber goods such as wheels and casters
for industrial, institutional and furniture uses;
engine supports and automobile accessories, ex
truded thread, covered and cut thread, polyure
thane foam, friction tape and parts for gas
An employee checks thickness of a Firestone
Foamex mattress at the Fall River plant.
Volume VI, No. 8
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
Carey, Ruth Veitch.
CORD WEAVING — Irene Odell, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen,
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ruth Clon-
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS — Barbara
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert
Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
Claude Callaway, Editor
—From Page 5
Cleveland Mills, waste handler, has returned from Detroit,
Mich., and Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where he visited friends.
Arthur Gorden, trucker, and Mrs. Gorden, with Mrs. J. C.
Lippsy and members of their families, have returned from a recent
week-end stay at the Lippsy’s summer cottage, Atlantic Beach, S. C.
Mrs. Helen Wellman, wife of Jack Wellman, trucker, visited
their son and his family in Asbury Park, N. J., in mid-July. Mr.
Wellman was to join Mrs. Wellman in late July for the remainder
of the New Jersey visit. They were scheduled to return to Gastonia
by automobile, making a tour of several Eastern and Southern
Mr. and Mrs. George Jackson, with Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Floyd
recently visited relatives in Durham, N. C.
George Jackson, laborer, Mrs. Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. A. C.
Floyd, Shirley Ofield and Mrs. Ann Floyd toured the highlands
of Western North Carolina in July.
The Maxie Carey family spent a week end in early July at
Winnsboro, S. C. There they visited relatives.
On a recent week end. May Jones, battery hand, and Mr.
Jones traveled to Atlanta, Ga., where they visited relatives.
A visit with relatives in Ashe County, N. C., was highlight of a
week-end trip in July for Clyde Hager, tie-in-hand, and members
of his family.
Among employees of this department who went on vacations
in late July were; Arnold Grindle and Mrs. Grindle to Carolina
Beach; Bernice Roland, Mabel Tindall and Miriam Cable to Myrtle
Beach; Lillian Seism to Atlanta, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. Sid Davis to
Panama City, Fla.; William Moody and family to Fontana Dam,
N, C,; and Ralph Deal to Waynesville, N. C.
W. S. Huffstetler and his family are now living in their new
home on the Kings Mountain Highway.
Nineteen guests were present for games and refreshments at
the party celebrating the fourth birthday of Eddi Perry on June 28,
Eddie’s mother, Mrs. Dorothy Perry, is a winder tender.
Mrs. Martha Wood was a patient at Gaston Memorial Hospital
A trip through the Great Smoky Mountains, with a stop at
Gatlinburg and Chattanooga, Tenn., was the main feature of an
early July vacation for Mrs. Ethel Neal and members of her
Mrs. Mattie Deaton underwent medical treatment at Gaston
Memorial Hospital in July.
A visit of several days at Camp Firestone, Bridgewater, N, C,,
was included on the July vacation travel schedule of E. P. McArver
and Charles McArver, and members of their families.
Several women of First Shift Winding were guests at a recent
ice cream supper at the home of Mrs. Helen Boyd, Chapel Grove
Ada Robinson, winder tender, and Mr. Robinson visited her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lum Stiles at Suit, N. C., recently.
1. In what country may be
found the world’s tallest people?
2. What is the westernmost
point in the United States?
3. Name the geographical
center of the North American
Continent; the United States;
North Carolina; South Carolina.
4. What region of this country
records the hottest tempera
5. Which state has the slogan
“Land of Opportunity”? “Land
—Answers on Page 8