No Closed Season On Safety With Firearms
The hunting season, eagerly awaited by de
votees of the outdoors, is well underway by
November. Although taking to the field or wood
with gun and dog means pleasure to the out-
doorsman, it is often turned into tragedy and
grief by the occurrence of an unfortunate ac
cident which most likely could have been pre
The National Safety Council calls attention
to three causes which lead to almost two-thirds
of the accidents reported during the hunting sea
son in this country. These are: Human beings in
the line of fire, mistaking people for game, and
hunting with the safety catch off the firearms
The following suggested safety practices
have been born out of the experiences of wise
and careful hunters. Put them down in your
memory as basic rules of firearms safety.
Treat every piece of firearms with the respect
due a loaded gun. This is Rule No. 1 in gun
In the field always travel with the safety
catch on. Keep the barrel pointed toward the
ground or if carried on the shoulder, pointed
Be entirely certain of your target. Never shoot
at a noise. Before you pull the trigger, be sure
other hunters are not in the range of fire.
Always be; sure that the barrel and action
are clear of obstructions.
Don’t shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface
Never leave your gun unattended unless you
unload it first and put the ammunition out of
reach of others.
Unload and “break down” gun when carrying
to and from the field.
“Break” gun before climbing fences, stone
walls or jumping ditches. Unload gun before
getting into a boat.
Never point a gun at anyone. Avoid horseplay.
Do not lean on a gun or use it as a cane or sup
port. Obey state laws by avoiding alcoholic
drinks before or during shooting.
Store firearms unloaded and “broken down”
along with ammunition under lock and key.
For the sixth consecutive
term. Recreation Director Ralph
Johnson is serving as a member
of the Advisory Committee of
the North Carolina Recreation
Commission. The appointment,
made by Governor Luther
Hodges in September, lasts
through July 1, 1959.
The Advisory Committee of
the NCRC is made up of 30 out
standing citizens who represent
a cross section of many of the
varied aspects of recreation in
terest in North Carolina.
The Committee helps the
NCRC to keep abreast of de
velopments in the special recrea
tion interests in the State, and
enables it to apply concentrated
information and experience on
local programs of recreation.
The NCRC functions under an
act of the State Legislature. It
was the world’s first such State
agency to be organized. More
than 20 states have followed—
in varying degree—this pattern
of state-supported advisory as
sistance to local recreation
Help someone up the hill and
you will find yourself closer io
Heavens Or Highways: He Likes To Travel
A two-dollar box camera and
an assortment of materials from
which to build airplane models
kindled an interest which has
blossomed into a life of ad
venture for Charles Clark of the
Industrial Relations department.
Ever since early childhood,
the young Gastonian has nurtur
ed what he prefers to call “an
instinct” for picture-taking and
“A fixed-lens, 127 roll-film
camera and model airplane ma
terials were the first equip
ment for my combination hob
by,” he recalls.
By the time Charles was a
freshman at Gastonia High
School, he had collected enough
materials to set up a photo lab
at his 2037 South Pine street
home. And soon thereafter, he
was the proud owner of a press
camera which helped to make
him a popular figure at wed
dings and other events in the
Long before this, he had been
constructing airplane models,
just so he could take pictures of
FROM high school to Fire
stone, it’s been a winding road,
with many an interesting side
His introduction to textiles
came as a trainee in a local plant
during his high school days.
There, he was acquainted with
all the basic operations of cotton
manufacturing, from the opening
room process through winding.
His experience also included
work in quality control.
A high school diploma earned,
Charles yielded to the call of ad
venture and joined the Air
Force. While attending aircraft
and engine mechanics school at
Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichi
ta Falls, Texas, he pursued his
photographic hobby in the after
noons and on weekends.
The service assignment ended,
he returned to Gastonia and
completed a nine-month course
at Evans Business College, and
was off again for Texas. Back
in Wichita Falls, he took a job
as technical writer and reporter
for Rhinehart’s Oil News, with
daily and weekly editions for in
vestors and other business peo
ple in the oil industry.
A FEW months later he came
back to Gastonia and took addi
tional courses at Evans, before
accepting a job as an assistant
supervisor at a local electrical
parts manufacturing plant.
After more than a year there,
he turned full attention to his
camera. From that time until he
came to Firestone, he specialized
in news and portrait photog
raphy, being employed at dif
ferent times by two local studios.
Since 1949 he has been flying
airplanes as a pastime. Licensed
in 1952 as a solo pilot, he became
a charter member of the Gas
tonia Flying Club that year. At
present he is qualified to fly
single engine craft up to 450
AVERAGE time spent aloft is
about eight hours a week. This
takes him from local points to
as far away as Miami on week
Charles sometimes trades the
heavens for the highways of
earth. In recent years he has
traveled by automobile coast-to-
coast five times. Of these, three
tours each covered 43 states. On
his last jaunt, made in 1955, he
rolled past 21,000 miles in the
United States, touching portions
of Canada and Mexico as well.
He joined the Industrial Re
lations department September
1, as Firestone News and plant
photographer. As a member of
Victory Baptist Church, Charles
is active in the youth programs.
He is vice president of the young
peoples’ training union and a
past Secretary of the church.
"THE SPIRIT OF FIRESTONE" was an outstanding exhibit at
the "Variety in Autumn" standard flower show in October. Mrs.
Harold Mercer supplied the red roses and Mrs. W. R. Turner. Sr.,
arranged the component parts to symbolize the Company. Among
elements symbolic of Firestone were; The urn, representing the
earth, from which all Company products are made; red roses, be
speaking the universal nature of the Company's operations; minia
ture Firestone tires, for strength and endurance, and the sculptured
bust of Diana, suggestive of the Company slogan "Best Today—
Still Better Tomorrow."
Physician Advises On The Asian Flu
If you come down with chills
and run a high fever and you
feel something awful — maybe
you have Asian flu and then
again, maybe not.
Dr. W. B. Parks, plant phy
sician, calls attention to this
warning from a special commit
tee of the American Medical
Association, which points out
that when a new disease is
widespread, any illness with
similar symptoms is likely to
get the brand.
Dr. Parks says that the AMA
takes laboratory tests to ac
curately determine the Asian flu
In any case, the illness—al
though no hayride—is generally
not dangerous and is not apt to
run more than a few days.
Firestone employees desiring
it have been inoculated against
Asian flu. But for those of you
who will not have availed your
selves of the protection, and for
the small number who may be
the unfortunate ones regardless
of precautions, keep in mind
some basic rules—in event of
attacks of flu.
THE American National Red
Cross has these suggestions:
Call a physician. Follow his
Stay in bed until fever has dis
Drink plenty of fluids while
fever is on. Not less than one
quart a day is a minimum.
Switch to a soft diet.
Keep away from persons who
have colds and other communi
Take cooling baths, or use cold
compresses on head, but avoid
Rest for two or three days
after the fever is gone.
This single engine Cessna 172 is a favorite craft of the plant
photographer. He also flies a 230-horsepower Cessna 182.
Your Company—And You
A young man who works for a certain company (let’s
call it Nonpareil Industries, Inc.), greeted an acquaintance
on the way to the post office the other day.
“I see in the paper that you’re now with Nonpareil In
“Yes, I am Nonpareil Industries,” came the seemingly
But when you stop to think about it, that wasn’t too
much an overstatement after all. It had come from a man
who had learned the importance of his individual contribu
tion to the company that employed him.
This incident goes to point up the truth that you are
your company, regardless of what your job may be. Even
though your job may seem insignificant, you are as much
a part of your company as anyone else—from top manage
ment on down the line.
Because you are your company, you are in a real sense
responsible for public attitude toward it. Wherever you go,
you are representing your company, whether making a good
impression or a bad one.
The reputation of your employer is vitally important
to you. So much so that it can mean the difference between
success or failure in business. !
In a lot of instances you will be the only person that
some people will ever know from your company. When you
meet people on the street, at the grocery, or wherever else
you might go, the impressions they get from you pretty
well determine their impression of your company.