YOUR SHARE IN AMERICA
Bond Purchasing At 97.1 Of Employment
MOST RECENT addilion io the 20-year record holders list was
Frances Brewer of Cotton Weaving. Presentation of her service
pin and gold watch by General Manager Harold Mercer honored
her score of years' employment. There was an extra word of con
gratulation from Industrial Relations Director Thomas Ipock.
13 Added To 15-Year List;
Other Service Milestones
The honor roll of those people who have reached the
two-decade service mark here remained at 276 for January.
But the next length-of-service category marked up 13 addi
tions to its roster.
Joining the 15-year group were:
Paul J. Torrence, Carding; Sam Bunton, George H.
Weaver, Spinning; Gwynn Hardin, Spooling; Ellen C. Dixon,
George W. Davis, Rayon Twisting.
Gladys B. McClure, Bonnie Anderson, Rayon Weaving;
Clyde L. Payne, Cotton Weaving; Dorothy A. Wilson, Cloth
Room; John W. Holland, Lester P. Brown, Boss Parson,
Each of these persons has received his service pin.
Also receiving service pins in Parks D. Stiles, Rayon Weav-
January were: ing; Horace Armstrong, Ware-
Ten Years house; Harold Robinson, Nylon
Willie W. Goble, Spinning; Multi-Stage Unit; William Rob-
Lura C. Bell, Lucy W. Conner, erts, Quality Control; Leeroy
Delsie E. Merritt, Spooling; J. B. Palmer, Winding; Cicero H.
Easier, Rayon Twisting; Buster Falls, Shipping.
G. Stiles, Roy T. Hardy, Rayon
Weaving; Helen F. Heffner,
Cloth Room; A. D. McCarter,
James A. Truesdale, Howard
E. Nix, Spooling; Fred H. Hollo
way, Joe Billy Neal, James H.
Thompson, Dillard Gilbert, Bay
ard M. Gunter, Pearlie W. Tate,
In a small town in Louisiana,
there is a general store which
has a sign above the counter,
“Credit is extended only to
those who have reached the age
of 80 and are accompanied by
Brotherhood Is More Than A Word
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By James Kerney, Jr., Editor, The Trenton (N.J.) Times
Brotherhood is like the weather. Nearly everybody talks
There isn’t much any of us can do about rain or snow.
But there’s a lot all of us can do about Brotherhood.
Of course, we pay it lip service. We know that our Con
stitution gives everybody civil rights, including freedom of
worship and belief, freedom to think and read and speak. We
all speak up for these constitutional liberties. And talk about
Brotherhood, just talk, itself, is a good thing. It keeps us
thinking about our neighbors and it keeps advertising the
need for understanding.
WE NEED TO REMIND ourselves that democracy is a
system of free men banded together to keep freedom in a
free country. Freedom can flourish only where there is un
derstanding. Prejudices and discrimination, intolerance and
persecution exist only where there is ignorance. That’s why
talk about Brotherhood is good for democracy.
Beyond talk, there is more we can do. All over America
there are organizations helping to spread Brotherhood. There
is the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and there
are Councils for Human Relations in many cities. There is
the great work of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts which
helps promote Brotherhood. Giving blood to the Red Cross
is Brotherhood at work. For that matter, a simple “hello”
to a neighbor is Brotherhood.
February 16-23 is Brotherhood Week and we are more
conscious right now of what Brotherhood means. It will help
America a,nd every American to make every week Brother
As of mid-January, Fire
stone Textiles people were
buying U. S. Savings Bonds
at the rate of 97.1 per cent of
the employment. This high
figure, being maintained
since the “Share in America”
special Bonds sales booster
early last fall, was announc
ed by Orville K. Forrester,
Bonds sales chairman.
Mr. Forrester, overseer in
Spooling - Winding, pointed out
that the recently-compiled fig
ure of 97.1 is the same as the
rate achieved in late 1956, a
record up to the time of the
“Share in America” campaign.
The all-time high level of
Bonus buying here was realized
last September, when the plant
registered 99.2 per cent of its
employment under the Payroll
“I believe the high rate of
purchase being maintained here
definitely indicates that our peo
ple are becoming more and more
convinced of what a bargain
they’re getting in Savings
Bonds,” said Mr. Forrester. He
added: “In these days of concern
over the most for your money,
you can hardly beat the Payroll
Savings Plan, especially after
the recent increase in interest
rate and the shorter term of ma
turity for Series E Bonds.”
THIS led Mr. Forrester to re
view the following facts con
cerning Series E Bonds:
1. When held to maturity they
now earn 3-/4 per cent interest.
The former rate was 3 per cent.
2. Bonds mature in 8 years, 11
months. This is 9 months earlier
than the old time rate.
3. Bonds now pay a higher
yield of return in the earlier
years: 2% per cent if held for
one year; 3 per cent if held 3
4. They may be purchased in
same amounts as formerly: $25,
$50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000 and
5. They still sell at the former
prices: $18.75 for a $25 Bond;
$37.50 for $50; $75 for $100, for
Remember these outstanding
features of Bonds:
1. They are replaceable if
destroyed. The U. S. Treasury
will make good any Bonds that
On Select List
Three motion pictures sponsor
ed by the Company are in the
“Golden Circle” of 11 films dis
tributed through Association
Films Incorporated, largest dis
tributor servicing television sta
tions with free films.
The 11 “Golden Circle” films
are those in most demand and
with the highest number of
showings. Firestone’s three titles
are: “Liberia, Africa's Only Re
public,” with 857 showings;
“Goggles and Gauntlets,” the
Glidden (antique auto) tour film,
with 732, and “America’s Future
Progress Depends on Better and
Safer Highways,” with 727.
The 11 films in the group have
been viewed by an estimated
audience of more than 792,575,-
are lost, stolen, mutilated, or de
stroyed— provided you have a
record of their serial numbers.
2. They have a guaranteed rate
of return over a period of years.
3. They have guaranteed re
demption values—not subject to
the risks of market ups-and-
4. They can be cashed in any
where in the United States.
5. They are backed by the full
faith and credit of the United
For E Bonds issued beginning with February, 1957:
And You Will Have
In 8 Years
and 11 Mont]
Real Gasoline Engine Drives
This Sputnik Trail Blazer
That daily trip to the mailbox
once was a routine chore for
Donald Stiles, eight-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stiles of
Dallas. Now, every weekday,
Donald eagerly awaits the mail
trip because the journey up and
down the long country lane is
made in a sleek miniature auto,
under the throbbing power of a
real gasoline engine.
The vehicle was assembled at
the Stiles’ farm home shop on
Route 1, Dallas. Work was done
by the deft hands of Donald’s
father, for more than 16 years a
Firestone weaver in Synthetics.
Credit, too, should go to Willie
Tench, quiller fixer in Synthetics
The plywood and tubular-iron-
frame runabout boasts the name
“Sputnik Trail Blazer.” A little
more than five feet long and
around 30 inches wide, it is ca
pable of rolling to a maximum
speed of 10 miles an hour on
10-inch lawnmower wheels.
The source of power is a one-
and-one-half horsepower mower
engine hitched to a V-belt and
friction-clutch arrangement. This
drives the rubber-tired wheels
by a sprocket chain. Mr. Stiles
explains that the auto is usually
geared to four or five miles top
speed, rated by use of a smaller
drive pulley to reduce the speed.
Mr. Tench made his contribu
tion to the project by welding
the frame of the one-inch iron
piping. Donald’s father designed
and constructed the thick ply
wood body and finished it off in
green and black enamel.
When Donald takes his “Trail
Blazer” on a ride, he keeps it
where it belongs with a’staiidard
Model “A’’ Ford steering wheel.
The wheel, with the heavy
screen front grille, gives the
craft a nifty appearance.
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Weaver Ray Stiles and son
Donald hauled the homemade
car in a pickup truck from Dal
las to Gastonia, for a demonstra
tion run. Here Mr. Stiles cranks
the engine, as his son is all set
for a spin around one of the
Firestone parking lots in front of
If It’s Lost—IR Office May Have It
Now and then there are lost-and-found items turnec
in to the front office of the Industrial Relations department-
In recent weeks, for example, there have been several items
such as a watch, rings, keys and eyeglasses that have been
found in and around the plant.
Owners of any lost-and-found items may claim them by
furnishing identification at the front office of the Industrial
Relations building, main front gate.