People and Places —From Page 4
Roscoe Westmoreland, card tender, and members of his family
visited friends and relatives in Georgia recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Ammons, both of Carding, made a tour
through East Tennessee and Kentucky the highlight of a recent
Second Hand Carl Rape and Mrs. Rape, Quality Control In
spector, visited their son Bobby and his wife in Nashville, Tenn., a
few days ago.
A tour of the Western North Carolina mountain country was
chief feature of the vacation of Second Hand Coy Bradshaw and
Bobby Black is back on the job after having undergone surgery.
Machine Fixer Leon Dawkins and his family are back home
from a sightseeing trip to Florida.
Firestone Retiree Furman Mason and Mrs. Mason, roving haul
er, went on a recent tour through Kentucky.
Following is the classification
list of entries from among hor
ticulture pieces, plants, treeSj
shrubs and vines which may be
exhibited in the “Variety in
Autumn” standard flower show,
October 6-7, at the new Fire
stone Recreation Center.
Mrs. W. R. Turner, Sr., gen
eral chairman, explains that the
show will have two broad classi
fications of horticulture and
artistic entries. Because the hor
ticulture portion is expected to
be the larger one, its classifica
tions are being printed here, in
advance of the show schedule
which will have a complete list
ing of the exhibit materials and
Copies of the schedule will be
available from the Recreation
Department after September 15.
Horticulture; Annuals, bien
Group 1, hybrid teas, one
bloom. 1) Red, 2) White, 3) Yel
low, 4) Pink, 5) Bi-color, 6)
Blend, 7) Varieties, 8) Any
Group 2, hybrid teas, (climb
ing or vine). 1) Red, 2) White, 3)
Yellow, 4) Pink, 5) Bi-color, 6)
Blend, 7) Varieties, 8) Any other
Group 3, Floribunda, one
spray. 1) Red, 2) White, 3) Yel
low, 4) Pink, 5) Bi-color, 6)
Blend, 7) Varieties, 8) Any
Section: Dahlias—One bloom,
any color. 1) Formal, 2) In
formal, 3) Cactus, 4) Pompom
(one color), 5) Miniature (one
color), 6) Ball, 7) Any other.
Section: Gladioli, one stem. 1)
White, 2) Yellow, 3) Pink, 4)
Red, 5) Purple or Lavendar, 6)
Salmon, 7) Miniature, 8) Any
1. Agerantum: a. Dwarf, b.
Tall (one stem).
2. Asters: a. Annuals, b. Per
Those attending the Hipps family reunion at Canton, N. C.,
in late summer were Charles Hipps, chief inspector, Mrs. Hipps and
other members of the family; Mrs. Kitty Moffit and Mrs. Pallie
Wallace, all of Gastonia; and Ter a McCall and Linda Moore of
Lenoir, N. C.
Mrs. Grover Brock, SYC Weaving inspector, and Mr. Brock
have returned home after a visit with their son. Staff Sergeant
Ronald Brock and his family at Waco, Texas. Sergeant Brock is a
radar-electronics technician stationed at James Connelly Air Base,
Max E. Pearson, Cable Twisting inspector, and Mrs. Pearson
spent their vacation at Myrtle Beach, S. C.
Thomas Jones, Cable Twisting inspector, and Mrs. Jones
visited recently with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Jones, at
Suit, N. C.
Minnie Lee Gaddis. Cord Weaving inspector, was in Atlanta,
Ga., recently, where she visited relatives.
—More on Page 7
October Flower Show Classifications
Announced By Variety Garden Club
3. Celosia: a. Amaranth, b.
Cockscomb, c. Plume.
4 Crocuses: a. Yellow, b. Blue
or Lilac, c. Zonatus (striped).
5. Irises—fallow twice-bloom
6. Marigolds: a. Carnation
(one bloom), c. Chrysanthemum
(one bloom), c. French bi-color,
d. Dwarf (one spray).
7. Salvia (scarlet sage), any
color (one stem).
8. Snapdragons, any color (one
9. Strawflowers (one stem).
11. Any other.
Section: Potted Plants.
1. Ferns; a. Sword, b. Plume,
c. Maidenhair, d. Asparagus, e.
2. Begonias: a. Fibrous, b.
Tuberous, c. Rex, d. Any other
single, e. Any other double.
3. African Violets; If sufficient
entries, they will be classified—
Doubles and Singles; a. White, b.
Blue, c. Pink, d. Lavendar, e.
Bi-color, f. Two-tone, g. Ruffles,
4. Geraniums: If sufficient en
tries, these will be classified—
a. Zonal, b. Pelangoniums, c.
Red, d. White, e. Pink, f. Salmon,
g. Apple blossom.
5. Sultana: a. White, b. Vari-
foliage, c. Any other.
6. Coleus: a. Small-leaf, b.
Large-leaf, c. Gizzard-leaf.
7. Any other.
Section: Flowering Shrubs,
Trees and Vines specimen (not
over 30 inches).
1. Pryacantha: a. Orange, b.
Red; 2. Nandina; 3. Holly—clas
sified, if sufficient entries; 4.
Bittersweet; 5. Lantana; 6.
Abelia; 7. Clemantis: a. Large-
flowered, b. Jackmani, c. Wood
bine; 8. Honeysuckle; 9. Any
IN AKRON, Dr. F. W. Stavely, director of
chemical and physical research laboratories for
the Company, shows a sample of Coral rubber,
replacenient for natural rubber. Coral, developed
through a planned research program, has all the
qualities of natural rubber obtained from trees
such as the one in this picture. Above Right: The
largest synthetic rubber tire ever produced by
the Company—size 24.00-25—lies in the mold
where it was formed, ready to be rembved by a
workman. It and three other tires—all made of
100 per cent Coral rubber—were presented to the
Army in July for testing. Manufacture of such a
tire has been the goal of rubber research scien
tists for years.
Firestone Pioneering In Synthetic Rubber
☆ ☆ ☆
In coming years, cord fabric
rolling from looms of the Gas
tonia plant will be teamed up
with the Company’s newly-de
veloped synthetic rubber for the
production of tires, and likely
other products for the world
The Company, a long-time
pioneer in the development and
perfection of synthetic rubber,
recently had granted eight pat
ents in two foreign countries—
Spain and Italy—on niethods for
the production of Coral rubber,
a replacement for natural rub
Development of this replace
ment for natural rubber repre
sents a scientific “first” for Fire
stone. The Company now has
more than 70 patent applications
filed in the United States and in
foreign countries on its Coral
The process worked out by the
Company for the production of
Coral yields a high-quality, high-
molecular weight rubber which
consistently gives less heat
build-vp than natural rubber and
has an excellent degree of re
TECHNICAL details of the
process were first presented to
the division of rubber chemistry
of the American Chemical Socie
ty at Philadelphia, November 3,
Passenger car and military
tires of Coral rubber have been
produced and thoroughly tested
with excellent results. U.S.
Army Ordnance recently tested
military tires made of Coral and
pronounced them equal or better
than tires containing natural
In recent months, giant-size
military tires (24.00-25) were
manufactured of Coral for
further tests. The gigantic tires
are more than six feet in di
ameter and weigh in excess of
1,000 pounds each.
In building these and other
tires it was determined that
Coral rubber can be handled
very much like natural rubber.
And Company production lead
ers said that no major process
ing difficulties are foreseen.
The Firestone pilot plant fa
cilities for the production of
Coral are being expanded in
Akron. Company spokesmen said
recently that Firestone officials
are convinced that Coral rub
ber may be used in any applica
tion where natural rubber is
X-RAY PATTERNS of natural rubber (left) and of the new
Firestone synthetic rubber (right) are shown to be almost identical.
Pictures were made by passing a beam of X-rays through small
stretched samples of rubber and recording the images obtained
on photographic plates. Since every material has a distinctive X-ray
pattern, the similarity of the patterns of natural and Firestone's
new synthetic is particularly significant, although the new syn
thetic rubber sample was stretched about twice as much as the
natural rubber sample to obtain the above pattern. No other syn
thetic rubber has such a similar X-ray pattern to that of natural.
Most synthetic rubber X-ray patterns are simple halos without any
crystalline reflections which show up as bright spots.
THE HILLS BEYOND
Henry M. McKelvie
Was Plant Manager
Funeral services were con
ducted August 15 from First
Presbyterian Church of Kings
Mountain for Henry M. Mc
Kelvie. The textile official, busi
ness executive and civic leader
died at the age of 56 at his home
in Kings Mountain, August 12.
He was buried in Mountain Rest
Mr. McKelvie was connected
with the Manville Jenckes plant
(now Firestone Textiles) from
1922 to 1935, starting as an elec
trician, and advancing succes
sively as electrical engineer,
plant engineer and agent in
charge of southern properties.
He was vice president and
The state of Massachusetts was
first to require, by law, filing of
industrial accident reports. That
was September 1, 1887.
Education suffers from calendaritis. Diplomas and degrees
carry the subtle suggestion that a man’s education is finished at a
certain age, and he can stop learning and begin to live. But learn
ing is a life job. A true education registers men and women at the
cradle and graduates them at the grave.—Glen Frank, former presi
dent of the University of Wisconsin.
general manager of Firestone
Cotton Mills from the time the
Company purchased the plant in
1935 to 1938.
A native of Fall River, Mass.,
and a graduate of Brown Uni
versity, he held several re
sponsible positions in New Eng
land before coming to Gastonia
in the early 1920s.
While connected with the
plant here he was a leader in
Boy Scout work. Once president
of the Piedmont Couricil, he re
ceived the Silver Beaver Award
in 1942. Here, he promoted the
sports and recreation program
and developed an employee
farming project in the Firestone
community in the 1930s.