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Nov. 1, 1957, edition 1 /
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A man should never be asham
ed to own he has been in Ihe
wrong, which is but saying that
he is wiser today than he was
Heredity is an omnibus in
which all our ancestors ride, and
every now and then one puts his
head out and embarrasses us.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
GASTONIA, N. C., NOVEMBER. 1957
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Autumn Hath All The Summers Fruitful Treasures
Summer has come and gone, but there are yet
days of warm sun to soften the great lengthening
shadows across the browning fields, and to im
part an added splendor to November days of
russet and gold in the Piedmont Carolinas.
In her gift of the seasons, the Good Earth en
dows autumn with a special majesty and rich
ness. By this time of year, fields are cut and re
seeded, granaries are filling up, bins and shelves
are laden with the summer's treasures, and once
more seed-pods proclaim the mystery and miracle
of enduring life.
November has come again, bringing with it a
million familiar sights and sounds of harvest.
This scene on the Vandenburg road farm of
Howard Rhyne suggests something of the bounty
that has once again visited the land. It is a re
minder that the plenty for which the Pilgrim
Fathers rejoiced on the First Thanksgiving seems
sparse indeed to us, whose daily lives abound
with blessings scarce or unknown in some corners
of the earth.
In the photograph: Arthur and Roxie Marie
Newton, twin son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
A. T. Newton, 1702 Trexler street, Gastonia. Mrs.
Newton is third shift First Aid nurse at Firestone.
Winners In ‘Variety’ Listed
Sixteen members of Firestone
families won honors for their
entries in the first standard
flower show to be held at the
plant. “Variety in Autumn”,
staged in early October, was
Sponsored by the Firestone gar
The show featured displays of
horticulture pieces, arrange-
ttients and compositions, com-
ttiercial exhibits, special layouts,
and table and anniversary
Exhibits were entered and
Judged according to standards
of the North Carolina Garden
Club, Inc., with which the plant
garden organization is affiliated.
A team of 12 judges from
various sections of the State ap
praised the entries.
Just before the opening of the
show, visiting judges were en
tertained at a luncheon at the
Gaston Country Club. Hostess
was Mrs. Harold Mercer, wife of
the General Manager at Fire
Of employee family winners,
Mrs. W. E. Pope was awarded
the Jackson & Perkins trophy
for the best rose. Of all entrants,
Mrs. Henry Chastain won the
greatest number of points.
IN THE special awards class,
Mrs. Frank Sparrow’s vegetable
display was selected as a win
Outstanding among special
exhibits was that of the African
violets, arranged by members
of the plant garden club.
Those from Firestone winning
prize ribbons included:
Miss Teresa Chastain, Mes-
dames Henry Chastain, George
Robinson, R. G. Henderson, Al
vin Riley, W. R. Turner, Sr.,
W. E. Pope, E. J. Mechem, Carl
Stowe, Sr., Carl Rape, W. M.
—Turn to Page 7
A T FIRESTONE IN DECEMBER
U. s. Plants To Observe Off-Job Safety Month
The following message by Ex
ecutive Vice President James E.
Trainer announces the month of
December as Off-the-Job Safety
^onth at Firestone plants in the
Great strides have been made
in the past 35 years in the field
of industrial accident preven
tion. As a result of this progress
preventing occupational acci
dents, the safety records of men
^nd women in our plants have
become outstanding ones.
Now, an important challenge
^aces all of us in reducing the
^arge number of off-the-job ac
In order to promote safety in
the home and on the highway,
Firestone plants in the United
States will observe an “off-the-
job safety month” during
December. During this period
employees will be reminded of
off-the-job safety rules through
personal contact by supervisors,
plant papers, posters and other
means of communication.
By making safety a vital day-
to-day living activity, our em
ployees have become safety con
scious on the job. It is our hope
that as every employee leaves
the plant he will take that safety
consciousness with him.
If a man is injured driving to
or from work or by carelessness
CARE ENOUGH-SHARE ENOUGH
United Fund Drive
Ends November 10
The Employees’ United Fund appeal, coinciding with the
Greater Gastonia United Fund drive, will close on Novem
ber 10. A report from General Superintendent Nelson
Kessell, who is chairman of the campaign here, indicated
a generous response from Firestone people up to the time
the plant newspaper was being prepared for publication
in late October.
Mr. Kessell and UF Co-Chair
man Francis Galligan, Superin
tendent of the Cotton Division,
were encouraged by the early
response to the money-raising
effort which seeks to help Gas
tonia meet its United Fund goal
of $115,000 this year, for the
support of 15 participating com
munity and charity agencies.
RESULTS of this year’s UF
campaign here will be recorded
in the December issue of the
General Manager Harold Mer
cer, a p?st president of the Gas
tonia United Fun 5, commented
on this year’s money-raising
drive at the plant;
“^he generous response of our
people year after year is proof
that tho united way of giving is
wall accepted by our employees,
as a means of doing a good job
for the worthwhile community
agencies made possible through
the United Fund.”
Suggestion Program Offers
Cash, Gifts For Ideas
Each usable idea you turn over to the Suggestion Sys
tem from now through next March 31 will earn for you an
attractive prize, in addition to the usual cash award. And if
you have turned in suggestions since October 1, they, too,
will be eligible under the new program.
The Industrial Relations de- mitted will be determined by
the date they are actually re
ceived in the Suggestion de
Each eligible suggestion adopt
ed entitles the suggestor to his
choice of any one of the five
premiums offered. It is not
necessary that suggestions be
adopted wittiin the six-month
period in order to be eligible for
There is no limit as to the
number of premiums any em
ployee may receive.
Premiums will be in addition
to the regular award in cash
which the individual receives
for his suggestion.
After the suggestor receives
the regular award for his idea,
he may pick up the premium of
his choice at the Industrial Re
partment has announced that
for every adopted suggestion
submitted during the six-month
period from October 1, 1957
through March 31, 1958, the per
son submitting it will receive
an item of his choice from
among five gifts specially pro
vided for the program.
Gifts are; Desk pen, man’s
wallet, pen and pencil set,
cigarette lighter, and a small
pocket case containing a nail
clipper, nail file, bottle opener
and small knife.
Here are the rules for the six-
IDEAS eligible for premiums
must be submitted during the
six-month period from October
1, 1957 through March 31, 1958.
Dates suggestions are sub-
at home, his whole family suf
fers. And the troubles that fol
low any injury are hard on the
It is our desire to keep every
man, woman and child free from
the pain and suffering that ac
companies any accident.
During 1955 and 1956, 40 Fire
stone employees were killed in
off-the-job accidents in the
United States. Many more were
seriously injured in such acci
Firestone employees have
proved that they can be safe on
Now, let’s meet the challenge
of being just as safe off-the-job.
PREMIUMS, TOO—Chief Accountant F. B. Harrison (left),
chairman of the plant Suggestion Board, discusses the prizes-for-
suggestions with Roy Ward of SYC Weaving. Mr. Ward is a frequent
contributor to the suggestion program.
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