20-Year Roll Call
Lengthened To 263
Ernest A. Givens, Shop; Walter Jolly, Spinning, Palmer
N. Waters, Carding.
These men moved into the honored 20-year employee
classification during August, bringing the total in that cate
gory. to 263. A gold watch and a 20-year pin have been pre
sented to each of them, as token of the Company’s apprecia
tion for their two decades of service..
Also in August, pins recog
nizing other long-term employ
ment periods were distributed,
ten of them for 15 years of serv
ice. The list:
Irene W. Anthony, Eula Lee
Church, Corrine C. Ballew,
Spinning; Bessie Chastain, Helen
T. Mason, James O. Thomas,
The seventh consecutive sea
son of free outdoor movies at
the plant closed September 6,
rounding out an entertainment
schedule this year of 15 full-
length shows and continued
story of 15 weekly chapters.
The starlight picture shows,
begun in late May, were present
ed free to employees, members
of their families, and the gen
eral public of the plant village.
At first, the movies were
booked for children only. In re
cent years, the variety of enter
tainment has come to appeal to
both children and grownups.
Each year during the summer
season the pictures are shown
on Friday nights in the open-
air area adjacent to the recrea
tion park in front of the plant.
Employment Manager C. M.
Ferguson, veteran projectionist
for the movies, recorded that
shows each week were well-at
The summertime movie enter
tainment is part of the year-
round program of the Recreation
Hazel A. H. Stewart, Rayon
Nettie E. Reeves, Jessi F. Liles,
Cotton Weaving; Arthur G. Wil
son, Cloth Room.
Mary N. Bolick, Leila C. Wil
son, Spooling; Sadie Glance,
Rayon Twisting; Cora L. Sneed,
Rayon Weaving; Margie L. Wal
drop, Cloth Room, James C. But
ler, Shop; Thurman Clark,
Quality Control; Girthel C.
Will Brown (military service),
Floyd Thompson, Ruth H. Car
penter, Will C. Humphries, Effie
Mae Boyd, Everett Watson, Sal-
lie M. Brewer, Rayon Twisting;
Walter C. Gilmer, Jr., Cotton
Weaving; Mae W. Grindle, Ruth
C. Hill, Ernest B. Dellinger,
Winding; Grace T. Reeves, In
dustrial Relations; Ethelene J,
Nichols, Cloth Room.
Mitchells At Home
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin David
Mitchell are at home at 707 Pied
mont Park road, Greenville, S.
C., after their wedding August
3 in Firestone Wesleyan Metho
dist Church, Gastonia.
Mrs. Mitchell is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. William A.
Johnson of Gastonia. The mother
is employed in Rayon Twisting;
the fathsr in Spinning.
The recent bride was gradu
ated from local schools and was
one of the first recipients of a
Transylvania scholarship. She
IN AUGUST, Ihree were added to the select
list of persons who have passed the 20-year mile
stone of employment. Here, Palmer N. Waters
(center), and Ernest A. Givens receive their watch
and service pin from General Manager Harold
Mercer. Walter Jolly, the third 20-year record
holder as of August, was not present for the
picture. Looking on are Cotton Division Superin
tendent F. B. Galligan (left), and George Chas
tain, retired. Mr. Chastain was on hand to accept
his initial pension check, following his retirement
a few weeks ago.
Company Makes Lightweight Truck Rim ARRIVALS..
Firestone engineers have de
veloped a new lightweight truck
rim that weights 8 to 12 per cent
less than most standard rims in
A tractor trailer unit equipped
with 10 of the new rims would
weigh about 120 pounds less
than if it were equipped with
“This means the operator can
increase his payload by 120
also attended Wesleyan Metho
dist College of Central, S. C.,
and Marion College, Marion,
Ind., where she was graduated
Mrs. Mitchell is a member of
the faculty of Paris High School,
Greenville. Her husband, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Martin
Mitchell of Six Mile, S. C., at
tended public schools at Six
Mile, Clemson College at Clem-
son, S. C., and Wesleyan Metho
dist College at Central, S. C. He
is employed by a specialty brok
pounds, resulting in greater
revenue per mile,” said L. J.
Campbell, president of Fire
stone Steel Products.
He noted that the new design
will be known as the Firestone
Challenger two-piece rim. Com
pany engineers developed the
new rim through careful lab
oratory analysis, making it meet
requirements of the tire and rim
association. With electric strain
gauge equipment, high stress
points were discovered and rein
forced for extra strength. Only
low-stress points were lightened.
Also, extensive road tests were
conducted before the rim was
released to the trucking indus
When mounted on duals, the
rims allow approved spacing be
tween units and can be used
with tire chains.
Challenger rims, which are for
use with tubed tires, are of sim
plified construction. There is
only one piece to remove when
Robert Adrian Hinkle began
his earthly pilgrimage at Gaston
Memorial Hospital, July 26. The
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Adrian
J. Hinkle. Robert’s father is a
drawing tender in Carding.
Ardin Medlin of Carding, and
Mrs. Medlin became parents of
a daughter, born at Gaston Me
morial Hospital on August 9.
August 9 was arrival date of
a son, born to Mr. and Mrs.
James W. Steele at Gaston Me
morial Hospital. The father is a
picker tender in Carding.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Menden
hall are parents of a son, born
July 17. The recent arrival,
named Robert, is the grandson
of Mrs. Nervie Barbee who
works in Ply Twisting.
Patricia Ann Hardin put in
her appearance at Garrison Gen
eral Hospital on August 7. Her
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Newell
Roy Hardy, Weaving, and Mrs.
Hardy are parents of a son who
arrived July 30 at Gaston Me
CLOSING DAY BUSY AT CHILDRENS PLAYGROUND
Youngsters in and around the plant community made
Ihe best of closing days at the Company-owned play-
S^ound area. Firestone Park ended its 10-week season
of operation on August 17. The playground here is one
more than a dozen public recreation facilities op
erated by the Gastonia City Recreation Department.
Xis equipment, for use by children through 12 years of
^9e, includes a wading and swimming pool, swings.
horseshoe pits, chinning bars, seesaws, and a ping pong
Just before the playground closed for the season, the
camera recorded these activities of employees' chil
dren. From left: Rebecca, Tommie Sue and Barbara
Jane McLeymore preferred the seesaws. Their father,
Clinton McLeymore, works in the Shop; their mother,
in the Cloth Room.
Linda Howard, daughter of W. R. Howard, SYC
Weaving; and Michael Lunsford, son of Mrs. Charles
Lunsford, Quality Control, took a final dip in the pool.
Ronnie Howard, Linda's brother, helped Charles Col
lins to swing high. Charles' father, Percy Collins, is
employed in Rayon Twisting.
Jane Elliott, playground supervisor, discussed the
technique of table tennis with Clyde Foy, Jr., whose
father is a plumber (Shop).