YOUR TRAVEL NOTEBOOK
Autumn Glory Reaches Heights In October
INSPECTOR T. G. Stacy (righi), talks with Jesse E. Mitchell,
twister tender, just before Mr. Stacy retired after spending almost
a half-c°ntury in a textile mill.
Twisting Inspector Retires
After 40 Years In Textiles
When on September 27, T. G.
Stacy, Quality Control inspector
in Twisting, cast his approval
on the last strand of synthetic
cable, he took a backward
glance at his more than 40 years’
work in textiles.
It had been a good life, with
Letter Week Set
The first International Letter
Writing Week, scheduled for Oc
tober 6-12, is a reminder that
the letter you write could make
a contribution to better world
understanding—especially if you
have an acquaintance in some
The executive and liaison
committee of the Universal
Postal Union has suggested that
the United States and the other
95 member countries participate
in the observance which will
pay tribute to postal systems
throughout the world and their
contributions to better world
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ceive employees’ pledges in the
different departments, will be
ready to explain the “Fair-
As in past years, sign-up cards
allow for pledges to be paid on
the payroll deduction system.
TO STIMULATE interest in
this plan of giving, each con
tributor who gives the “Fair-
Share” amount or more, will re
ceive a ticket which will be
put in a drawing for several
prizes at the end of the solicita
Prizes will be displayed at the
main entrance of the plant by
On that last day at work, fel
low employees honored him at a
fishfry supper in the country,
and folks from the Quality Con
trol department — recalling his
love for fishing—said their fare
well in the form of a casting
rod and reel.
Mr. Stacy was here when the
Company began operating the
plant in 1935. And he’d been
here almost 20 years before that.
HIS FIRST experience in tex
tiles came at the age of nine,
when at the old Loray Mill here
his beginning job was picking
up quills which were scattered
by the quill refillers. Other
memories of that first job:
Eleven hours a day, six days a
week, at 25 cents a day.
For some years he was on pro
duction in Spinning, but for the
past 15 years he has been on
the inspection job. There, among
many things, he checked on the
quality of yarn twisted into
cable and exercised a close
watch on the machines, to see
that they turned out the best
“Back in the old days there
was no Quality Control depart
ment. The overseer was the
quality control in his depart
ment,” he recalls.
The retiring inspector wanted
to list three major advencements
he’d watched through the years:
Increase in quality, stepped-up
production, and the introduction
of fringe benefits for employees.
Mr. Stacy has a daughter, Mrs.
Carl Guffey, who is a splicer in
Weaving, His son, Paul, is a sec
tion hand in Spinning.
the time the campaign begins,
Mr. Kessell said.
In last year’s UF drive. Fire
stone employees here gave $10,-
920 to the various local, state,
regional and national organiza
tions and charities.
The unforgettable color of autumn, familiar
sights and sounds of harvest, a surge of big chan
nel bass along the coast, and an upswing in ac
tivity at the Mid-South resorts. These stand as
major attractions on the North and South Caro
lina travel calendar for October.
Firestone people on-the-go have a good choice
of accommodations in the Blue Ridge and Great
Smoky Mountains as well as at the beaches, and
in the land that lies between the seashore and
the westernmost ranges cf the two Carolinas.
In October, every mountain highway and side-
road becomes a showcase for the brilliance of
autumn foliage, with the biggest display of color
arriving from around the 15th of the month until
HIGH on the sightseers’ list of places to visit
—advises the plant travel information service—
is Asheville and the mountain empire surround
ing it. There, on October 11 and 12, the Mountain
Colorama Festival will be staged.
Main feature for Friday evening, October 11,
will be a Fall Festival Hoe-Down in the Ashe
ville City Auditorium. There will be square
dance team competition.
On Saturday, October 12, there will be a Fall
Music Night in the Auditorium, with competition
in this also.
Of interest to Firestone travelers who want
to see the crimson and yellow and other colors of
the forests and fields, there will be special fea
tures that include a Smoky Mountains tour to
the west and north of Asheville and a Blue Ridge
tour to the east and south.
Spectacular mountain-tops to visit by automo
bile include Whiteside, in the waterfall country
on US 64; Grandfather Mountain in the Blue
Ridge; Mount Mitchell, five miles off the Blue
Ridge Parkway; and Roan Mountain, now ac
cessible by paved highway connecting with the
Wayah Bald, in Nantahala National Forest, is
accessible by paved road, and there is a good
road up Mount Jefferson near the Blue Ridge
Parkway in the northeast corner of North Caro
THE PLANT travel service advises that all
mountain scenic attractions and most golf courses
and inns remain open through October.
In North Carolina during the fall color season,
a trip to Joyce Kilmer Forest is highly recom
mended by the plant travel service. This 3,800-
acre tract of wilderness may be reached by im
proved motor road. The Forest, memorial to the
man who wrote the immortal poem “Trees”, is
one of the few remaining examples of the vast
hardwood areas which covered the Southern
Appalachians centuries ago. It lies within Nan
tahala National Forest southwest of the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park.
An improved motor road looping around Lake
Santeetlah from Robbinsville, N. C., and High
way 123 is the approach route to the Memorial
Forest. A short spur road terminates in a cool
glade where there is a parking and picnic area.
From the glade, a marked hiking trail leads into
the forest. Beside the trail stands a section of a
tree trunk bearing a placque with Kilmer’s
poem “Trees” lettered on it.
DURING any season, the forest gives visitors
a feeling of exploring a true wilderness, because
a five-minute walk into it seems to take them
miles from civilization and years back into his
tory. In autumn, light through the brilliant foli
age is like that through stained-glass windows.
Some 20 miles of marked hiking trails lead
through the land, along cool streams, and up over
bold peaks and ridges of 5,000 feet or more.
Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is within an
hour’s drive of lodges and motor courts at Rob
binsville and Tapaco, and is less than 50 miles
from Fontana Village.
For employees availing themselves of facili
ties at Camp Firestone, Bridgewater, it is but a
few hours’ travel time by auto to Joyce Kilmer
Memorial Forest. Near the Forest entrance and
surrounded by National Forest lands is an inn,
accommodating autumn sightseers. Nearby is a
lodge popular with sportsmen who hunt bear and
Russian wild boar in the Santeetlah Wildlife
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Going places, seeing things? Let the plant
travel information service help you plan your
trip. Call or stop by the office of the new Recrea
tion Center, at Second avenue and Dalton street.
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JUSTLY famous in October is the surfcasting
along North Carolina’s coast, where channel bass
began hitting in the surf by early September.
Fishing for channel bass is expected to be at its
peak around October 20. Offshore fishing con
tinues good in October, and charter boats re
The “Ripe and Golden Month” is well-known
for its fairs in the Firestone travel area. Out
standing of these is the North Carolina State
Fair at Raleigh, October 15-19. Established in
1853, the fair has been held annually in late
autumn. It has a full complement of entertain
ment attractions as well as displays of livestock,
produce, handicrafts, foods and other items. The
new State Fair Arena has been called “America’s
most modern and spectacular new building.” The
State Fair Folk Festival is on the program of
OF OTHER fairs in North Carolina during
October, here is a brief listing: Surry County
Agricultural, Mount Airy, 7-12; Dixie Classic,
Winston-Salem, 7-12; Golden Belt, Henderson,
7-12; Union County, Monroe, 8-13; Carolina
Colored Fair, Winston-Salem, 23-27.
Added to the list of colorful events during the
month is the 10th annual Carolinas Yam Festival
at Tabor City, 10-12.
At the University of North Carolina Morehead
Planetarium, Chapel Hill, “Harvest of the Skies”
begins October 22 and continues through Novem
Emphasis On Fire Prevention
Set For Week Of October 6
I deem it the duty of every man to devote a certain portion
of his income for charitable purposes; and that it is his further
duty to see it so applied as to do the most good of which it is
capable. This I believe to be best insured by keeping within the
circle of his own inquiry and information the subjects to whose
relief his contributions should be applied. —Thomas Jefferson
Firestone people will join
other citizens of the Greater
Gastonia area in the observance
of National Fire Prevention
Week, October 6-12. The Cham
ber of Commerce, Junior Cham
ber of Commerce and the fire
departments of Gastonia, Cram-
erton. East Gastonia, Union
Road and New Hope Road are
sponsors of the event this year.
Scores of citizens have volun
teered their services to help
make the program a success.
As in past years, home fire
inspection blanks will be dis
tributed to school children. The
Jaycees will conduct a paper
drive and the fire departments
will inspect hospitals, schools,
hotels and other buildings, look
ing for fire hazards.
Radio stations, newspapers,
posters, pamphlets, demonstra
tions and other media will pro
mote the week’s observance.
National Fire Prevention
Week, set by Presidential proc
lamation, is traditionally observ
ed on the week which contains
October 8-11, anniversary dates
of the Great Chicago Fire in
Fire Prevention Week aims to
encourage all citizens of all com
munities to organize effective
programs for reducing the need
less waste caused by prevent
able fires in the home, factory,
school, business house and in the
Active prevention — safety
leaders point out—is the only
measure that will stop fires be
fore they start. Each person
must become fire-conscious, in
order to remove the cause of
Figures show that every day
all over the country, fires snuff
out the lives of men, women and
children, destroy almost a bil
lion dollars worth of property
each year, put people out of
work and leave thousands in
jured and maimed.
It is toward the reduction of
such losses that National Fire
Prevention Week is scheduled
Ready In October
The Company’s 14th foreign
manufacturing plant has been
scheduled to go into production
of tires and tubes in October.
Located near Manila in the
Philippines, the $5,000,000 plant
is equipped to produce 100,000
passenger car and truck tires a
year, in its more than 115,000
square feet of floor space.
Construction of the Philip
pine layout was begu,n in May
Along with the operation of
the Manila establishment. Fire
stone plans to develop a rubber
plantation of 1,000 acres on the