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GOING PLACES. .. SEEING THINGS
January Travel: See Brookhaven Gardens
Mrs. Newton: Cactus and precious memories.
Thriving Cactus A Memorial
To One Who Liked Beauty
At 411 Boyd street a giant
cactus spreads over an area of
several feet and lifts its spiny
arms almost as high as the
woman who planted it there
more than 31 years ago.
Lily P. Newton, Firestone re
tired warper tender, has cherish
ed her prickly pear plant since
it was set out on her front lawn
Easter Sunday of 1926.
“It’s a sort of living memorial
to my husband, Lawrence. He
gave it to me to plant, just five
months before he died,” she re
The story behind it all is a
pleasant memory. She and Mr.
Newton'had taken the children'
down to Clover, S. C., on an
Easter egg hunt.
WHILE they were traipsing
through the woods looking for
places to conceal the colored
eggs, Mr. Newton discovered the
tiny cactus. He uprooted it and
carefully transported it home to
Gastonia. It had been placed in
one of the paper bags which had
contained the eggs.
“You plant it for me,” he re
quested of his wife.
The cactus thrived. Across the
years the slow-growing plant has
produced its white blooms about
the size of morning glory blos
soms—then the succulent prick
ly pears which passers-by would
pluck and eat. Last year there
was a good crop of the fruit.
Once her son wanted to uproot
the cactus so it would simplify
mowing the grass. But his
mother would not hear to it.
“I always felt that Lawrence
would like for me to keep it
growing,” she said.
Today her son, Clarence, lives
in the house on Boyd street.
THROUGH the years the cac
tus has grown without cultiva
tion. Despite the fact that it has
been trampled a number of
times by careless passers-by, it
continues to flourish.
“It has come to have a lot of
sentimental value,” the retiree
muses. “I like to think of people
stopping to enjoy its pretty blos
soms in the summertime.”
Mrs. Newton first came to
work at Firestone in 1906, at
what was then the Love and
Gray Company. For a number
of years she worked here, the
last 10 of which she spent after
the Firestone Company began
operating the plant.
She retired here about 12
years ago, and now lives with a
daughter, Mrs. James Short, a
respooler tender at Firestone,
But often she goes back to her
house on Boyd street for a visit
with her son—and a fond look at
her cactus plant, now approach
ing its 32nd year of growth as a
memorial to the man who ap
preciated the beauties of Nature.
The first cotton exported from
America went out from Charles
ton, S. C., to England in 1784.
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portionate Company employ
ment, Firestone sons and daugh
ters are assured of equal op
portunity to win.
Since the Scholarships were
first given in 1953, four sons and
two daughters of Firestone Tex
tiles employees have been select
ed for the awards. Of these, one
has already graduated and the
others are attending colleges and
universities in North Carolina.
Spring is never very far away from Mid-South
playgrounds of the Carolinas. It barely waits for
the Christmas season to end before making its
appearance on the Southeastern Coast, in the
Sandhills and in the Thermal Belt at the foot
hills of North Carolina's high mountains.
Camellias and the rich green of golf courses are
the first signs of spring, and by March, azaleas
begin to bloom and green touches the hard
Every month in the year brings a series of
lively festivals, sports events and celebrations
to the Carolinas—the area most visited by Fire
stone travelers on a week end from work or on a
Outdoor activities in the Firestone travel area
are not curtailed in January. The traveler can
pick from a list of sports events, garden pilgrim
ages and historical tours, and hunting expedi
tions—to mention just a sampling.
Plant Recreation, year-round sponsor of the
employee Travel Information Service, has a num
ber of suggestions for your outdoor enjoyment
during the first month of the year.
SHOULD you head toward the South Carolina
Coastal region, you will find Brookhaven Gardens
and Sanctuary one of the most popular beauty
spots in the Southeast. This all-year attraction at
Georgetown brings thousands of tourists to its
Because it is situated just off Highway 17,
many tourists traveling north and south stop off
to take in its beauty of nature, culture and art,
sprinkled over almost 10,000 acres by the Wac-
camaw river and the sea.
The guiding hand behind this project of beauty
belongs to Mrs. Anna Hyatt Huntington, world-
renowned sculptress, who founded it with her
husband, the late Archer Milton Huntington, and
later gave it to the State of South Carolina.
She takes special interest in the care of the
Gardens today and rejoices that no living bird or
other creature may be killed in the thousands of
acres of Sanctuary which she and her husband
provided for the preservation of the plant and
animal life of the South.
Mrs. Huntington’s home “Atalaya” is located
opposite the Gardens. It is modeled after a Moor
ish fortress in Spain.
Two of her most famous sculptures are Joan
of Arc and the Spanish grandee, the Cid, both in
New York and in Europe, with small replicas
in the Brookgreen Gardens. A massive work, the
“Fighting Stallions”, adorns the entrance to the
Gardens which contain many others of Mrs.
Huntington’s famous works.
BACK HOME in the North State, the UNC
Morehead Planetarium at Chapel Hill will make
available “Star Scouting” from January 7 through
February 3. To see one of the nightly shows will
kindle your interest in celestial science, much-
discussed these days.
On North Carolina’s Outer Banks at Roanoke
Island and near Fort Raleigh National Historical
Site is the Elizabethan Garden, with formal
planting and antique statuary. It is open all year.
For another famous garden, travel across the
state to Asheville. At Biltmore House the elab
orate gardens and beautifully-landscaped grounds
are visited by thousands of sightseers from every
state. Like the famous palatial dwelling itself,
the gardens are open to visitors all year.
At Fort Bragg, “home of the Airborne”, the
82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum
is housed in a new building at Division Head
quarters on the Main Post. It is open free to
If you are traveling south on US 1, it will
be time well spent to stop in the North State
Capital city. The State Building at Raleigh
features on its classic front a statue of the
three N.C. Presidents: Andrew Jackson, James
K. Polk and Andrew Johnson.
The Capitol is open to the public from 8:30
to 5:30 on weekdays, and on Saturday mornings
until noon. There is a hostess on duty in the
rotunda, to welcome visitors and answer ques
tions. A guide escorts visitors through the build
THESE FURTHER suggestions for a Raleigh
visit: See the birthplace of Andrew Johnson, a
shrine two miles from the Capitol. Other fre
quently-visited attractions are the North Carolina
Museum of Art, the State Museum of Natural
History and the State Historical Museum.
For Firestone folks who might be going afar
in January, the Information Service has this note
'Winter rates in the Land of Sunshine and
Flowers begin around January 15 and continue
through March. So far as prices go, the winter
season in Florida is the most expensive for
To all employees: Information and assistance
in planning your trip or vacation may be obtain
ed from the Travel Information Service, at the
office of the Plant Recreation Center.
Points Of Care For A Poinsettia
Want Scholarship? Planning Pays
Firestone scholarships are awarded on the basis of high
school grades, psychological test scores, and qualities of
character and leadership in high school and community.
Sons and daughters of employees who intend to compete
for scholarships should know the importance of course selec
tion and of applying themselves throughout the full four
years of their high school careers. During this period, it is
advisable for parents and teachers alike to help channel stu
dent interests in the type of courses and extracurricular ac
tivities which are best suited to development of individual
talents and abilities.
Having won a Firestone scholarship, it is of utmost
importance that a student attend the college or university
best equipped to educate him in his chosen field or profes
sion. Here again, parents and teachers can be helpful in
seeing that the student gets the most out of the scholarship
which he has won.
The poinsettia you acquired for
Christmas will add color to your
home for a long time, if given
careful handling and attention.
Members of the Firestone
Variety Garden Club suggest
some basic points of care that
will enable you to keep your
original plant thriving for a long
Plenty of water is essential to
good poinsettia care. Set the pot
ted plant in a bucket of water,
leaving it for five or ten min
utes, or until air bubbles stop
coming to the surface. Drain pot
and return to its foil wrapper.
TO BRING OUT the peak col
or of the red bracts or leaves,
keep your plant away from
bright lights. Frequent periods
of darkness will extend the life
of the colored leaves. This way,
you may be able to keep the gay
coloring until February, Locate
your plant in a humid atmos
phere, free of drafts and ex
tremes in temperature.
When the plant has lost its col
ored leaves, cut the tops back
from four to six inches. Store
plant in a cool, damp place until
spring arrives, then bury it pot-
and-all outdoors in a spot which
receives filtered sunlight.
During summer, pinch back
the new shoots after they reach
lengths of six or eight inches.
Discontinue this by mid-August
and your plant will take on a
nice, bushy appearance for the
remainder of the year.
COME AUTUMN. remove the
plant before frost catches it,
placing it in the house or other
suitable place. Begin the short-
day schedule. Allow it as much
light as is available in a short
day, then cover it with a dark
cloth overnight, repeating this
procedure day after day.
Feed about once a month with
a liquid fertilizer. If you give
your plant such care as the
Garden Club suggests, it should
blossom forth in its glorious red
leaves and yellowish center
flower by next Christmastime,
Gets Eagle Rank
Francis B, GaUigan, Jr,, 13-
year-old son of Cotton Division
Superintendent F, B, GaUigan,
was one of three local Boy
Scouts who received Eagle Scout
rank at the regular court of
honor held in mid-December.
Danger Of Fires
In winter, when people spend
increased hours inside, there is
a growing tendency toward the
careless practice of allowing fire
hazards to accumulate in the
form of newspapers, oily mops,
rags, and flammable cleaning
You can protect yourself and
members of your family by get
ting rid of such fire risks—which
pose even greater danger in the
cold-weather season when the
house must be heated.
Banish the threat of fire from
your house. Clean up today for
a safe tomorrow.
Engaged To Wed
Mr. and Mrs, Stanley Ledford
have announced the engagement
and approaching marriage of
their daughter, Marcene, to
Lloyd Beaver, son of Mr, and
Mrs. A. C. Beaver. The wedding
is planned for February 2.
Lloyd works as a creeler here.
Mr. Ledford is in Spinning. Mrs.
Ledford is in Twisting.
The Eagle rank is the highest
award in Scouting,
Young Mr. GaUigan is a mem
ber of Troop 13, sponsored by St.
Michael’s Catholic Church.
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