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Another Name Increases List
Of 20-Year People To 276
When Frances Brewer of Cotton Weaving received her
20-year service pin and gold watch recently, it brought back
many a memory of that first day she came to work here on
December 30, 1937.
Her name, added to the lengthening roster of those who
have spent 20 years on the job here, increased the number
in that classification to 276.
James Cooper, Time Study, points to an article on the death of
Abrsham Lincoln, in one of the newspapers he gave the high school
library. Looking on: Mrs. John Riley, librarian, R. E. Carothers,
Antique Papers At Library
A Gift Of Time Study Man
At the same time Mrs. Brewer
reached the 20-year milestone,
there were five added to the
fifteen-year list. Also, two reach
ed the ten-year service mark,
while three were marked up for
five years of employment. All
have received their service pins.
Private First Class Donald
Kelly spent the Christmas holi
day season with his wife and
son, and his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Floyd Kelly in Gastonia.
Donald’s father is second hand in
SYC Weaving. Donald is a for
mer employee in SYC Weaving
here. He has reported to an army
station in New Jersey, from
which point he will be sent on a
tour of service in Germany.
More than likely, you’ll hear
the smooth vocal stylings of
Wilburn Summey, if you dial
your radio to The Voice of the
Spindles any Saturday from
11:35 to 12 noon.
The nine-year Firestone em
ployee manages a pretty busy
schedule of entertaining with the
Gaston County Boys, when he is
off the job from his duties on
second shift Cable Twisting. Be
sides his talented voice, his
nimble fingers as a doffer carry
over to make him one of the
most popular guitar pickers in
this section of the country.
Wilburn recalls that his in
terest in country and Western
music goes back to the days of
his childhood. It wasn’t long
after he acquired his first guitar
that he could plunk a fair tune
to accompany his singing of
ballads. First it was for his own
entertainment. Then other folks
liked it, so he began to team up
with some of his neighbor
friends, to specialize in folk
The December list includes;
Henry G. Church, Carding;
Lillian W. Morrison, Spinning;
Garfield Thomas, Rayon Twist
ing; Melvin Morrison, Rayon
Weaving; Hobert T. Aldridge
(Overseer), Rayon Twisting.
Oscar W. Hart, James Moore,
Edward Knox, Cotton Twist
ing; Martha R. Webster, Rayon
Weaving; Marshall J. Gilbert,
Belonging to the ten-year
roster and not previously re
ported in the plant newspaper;
Thelma Hiott, Spinning. Her
first decade of service was com
pleted last summer. Through an
oversight, her name was not in
cluded in the listing at that time.
songs and some of the “better
grade” of hillbilly and Western
ALMOST four years ago he
joined the Gaston County Boys
string band. Ever since, he has
been entertaining on radio and
television stations in the Caro-
For two years the band had a
weekly show from WKMT,
Kings Mountain. A year and a
half ago, the boys came to
This musical troupe has ap
peared on programs over WSPA-
TV, Spartanburg, and WLOS-
TV, Asheville. Once the boys
made a good showing for them
selves on the Arthur Smith
“Crackerjack” Talent Hunt.
They went on to participate in
the finals over WBTV in Char
In the Gaston County Boys
current program series at
WGNC, the Firestone doffer is
the featured vocalist.
Students at Gastonia’s Ashley
High will get a closer look at
history because of a Firestone
man’s gift to the school library.
James M. Cooper, chief Time
Study engineer, recently donated
two old newspapers from his
collection of historical items.
The Journals given to the
library are: A June 24, 1812 copy
of The London Times, and a
copy of the April 16, 1865 New
The Times, a four-page tab
loid, represents a “news extra”
chronicling the closing military
campaigns of Napoleon Bona
parte, ending with the Battle of
Waterloo. Besides reporting the
“long and sanguinary conflict’"
of the closing days of the Water
loo engagements the English
newspaper reflects the home-
front life of that day.
THE STUDENT of history
may read of art exhibits, credi
tors’ notices, sermon topics,
front-page ads for domestic serv
ants, board and lodging, ap
prentices, household goods,
tutoring and nursing services.
The assassination of President
Abraham Lincoln furnishes the
lead story for the New York
Herald, the second paper which
Mr. Cooper has placed in the
Ashley library. Its single-sheet
format presents an example of
quaint journalism. Besides the
account of the President, it con
tains dispatches from the battle
fields of the Civil War, including
a proclamation by Confederate
President Jefferson Davis.
Both papers placed in the
school library were taken from
Mr. Cooper’s collection of a half-
dozen old journals which have
been carefully preserved be
tween the pages of a family
Before the presentation was
made. Firestone carpenters built
a display case for each news
paper. The cases are designed for
permanent keeping of the jour
nals, at the same time permitting
all pages to be read behind win
dows of lucite.
Glenna Rose Hamrick and
Robert Reid McGinnis were
married in a ceremony at Unity
Baptist Church Parsonage
December 21. The bride is the
daughter of Mrs. Earline Gordon
of Gastonia and Fred D. Ham
rick of Buffalo, S. C. Her hus
band’s parents are Mr. and Mrs.
C. H. McGinnis of Gastonia.
The bride attended Ashley
High School and Evans College
of Commerce. A PBX operator
at the plant, she will continue to
live in Gastonia, while Mr. Mc
Ginnis is assigned to duty at
Fort Bragg, N. C.
General Manager Harold Mer
cer is serving as chairman of the
Advisory Council of the School
of Engineering, North Carolina
State College. Chosen at a recent
meeting of the group in Winston-
Salem, Mr. Mercer is among 15
members of the Council for 1958.
The 33 members present from
State College included Chancel
lor C. H. Bostian and J. H.
Lampe, dean of the School of
The Advisory Council is made
up of leaders in business and in
dustry in the State. It functions
to promote the progress and best
interests of the School of Engi
neering, “in the successful ac
complishment of its mission.”
At the meeting attended by 71
from industry and State College,
Dean Lampe expressed belief
that the young people of North
Carolina are one of the State’s
most important resources.
“It is through such groups as
the Advisory Council that the
College staff and industrial lead
ers can deal with mutual prob
lems, whereby the educational
program of the State may best
be strengthened,” he said. The
School of Engineering has a total
enrollment of 3,425, he noted.
R. S. Firestone
Roger S. Firestone, presi
dent of Firestone Plastics Com
pany, Pottstown, Pa., is serving
again this year as president of
United Cerebral Palsy Associa
tion, Inc. He was re-elected to
this office at the organization’s
recent annual convention in St.
Mr. Firestone is the youngest
of five sons of the late Harvey
S. Firestone, Company Founder.
He was graduated from Prince
ton University in 1935 and did
postgraduate work at the Cali
fornia Institute of Technology.
In 1938 Mr. Firestone organiz
ed and became president of the
Firestone Rubber and Latex
Products Company of Fall River,
Mass. Then in 1942 he entered
the Navy, rising to the rank of
lieutenant commander. He was
released from service in 1945.
He then became president of
Firestone Aircraft Company and
manager of the new products de
partment of the parent Com
pany. In 1947 he was elected
president of Firestone Plastics
Mr. Firestone is a board
member of the Boy Scouts of
America, and of the Freedoms
Vol. VII, No. 1
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Departmeni: of Industrial Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie Ammons.
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Vera CarsweU,
Katie Elkins, Annie Cosey.
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis, Maxie
Carey, Ruth Veitch.
CORD WEAVING — Irene Odell, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ruth Clon-
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—Flora Pende.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert
Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey, Marjorie Falls.
Claude Ccillaway, Editor
Charles Clark, Photographer
Gaston County Boys—Wilburn Summey (behind microphone),
is regular vocalist and guitarist. Other band members with the
Firestone employee are (from left): Charles Davis, Don Green, and
Twisting Doffer Is Featured
Vocalist Of Radio Playboys
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