GOING PLACES. . . SEEING THINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Dill and their two children have arrived
from Arizona, after Mr. Dill’s release from army service. He is the
son of George Dill, Weaving, and Mrs. Dill, Carding.
The Rev. Paul Reeves recently completed a six-weeks refresher
course in Bible at Fruitland Bible Institute, a school of the min
istry near Hendersonville. It is operated by Southern Baptist
Pearlie Anderson, card tender, is back at work after having
been on sick leave.
Misses Jerry Barton and Doris McCready, with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McCready, spent a recent weekend in Harwell,
Ga. There, they visited relatives of the McCreadys.
F. B. Harrison, chief accountant, and his family are living at
their new home, 607 Dartmouth drive in Roland Park.
Mrs. Reid McGinnis, switchboard operator, and Mr. McGinnis
were in Tryon, N. C., recently, where they visited her mother, Mrs.
Earline Gordon, a former employee at Firestone.
Mrs. Carl Sanders. Main Office, Mr. Sanders and their daughter
Katherine, spent an April weekend in Franklin, N. C., where they
visited with the H. C. Fouts family, former residents of Gastonia,
Employment manager Charles M. Ferguson, his sons Charles
and John, and a daughter, Barbara, each rode a horse in a rodeo
parade in Gaffney, S. C., April 12. The parade and rodeo was spon
sored by Shriners of South Carolina. John Ferguson, manager of the
K-Bar-M Ranch near Gaffney, supplied the horses.
May Is Picnic And Travel Time Down South
Approximately 40 persons attended a special Sunday dinner
at the home of Grady C. Johnson, 2626 South Calvary street, Sun
day, April 13. The occasion marked Mr. Johnson’s birthday. Among
those present was Boss Parsons, Firestone elevator operator.
Miss Marie Moore, student of the Woman’s College, Uni
versity of North Carolina, spent her spring holidays with her
parents. Machinist Howard Moore and Mrs. Moore.
Roland Huss, elevator operator, was back at work in late April,
after a short sick leave.
Plant Engineer W. G. Henson and Mrs. Henson had as recent
guests their daughter, Mrs. Thurston Gilliam, and her sons of Al
Porter McAteer, former Shop employee and now a student at
North Carolina State College, has completed his second phase of
examination for entrance to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Denver,
Colo. If his application is finally approved, he will enter the
Academy this fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Eaton and son of Columbia, S. C. were
recent visitors in the home of Jack Moore, benchman, and Mrs.
Moore. They are the parents of Mrs. Eaton.
Descendants of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Foy gathered for a
family reunion at Karyae Park near Gastonia on Sunday, April
20. The J. K. Foys’ five sons; Luther, Ed, George, Livie and James;
and three daughters; Mrs. Roy Crawford, Mrs. Lucius Boyd and
Mrs. J. N. Crawford were all present. Ed and George are employed
in the Shop here; Luiher is manager of the plant canteen service.
Members of the Shop group express deepest sympathy to the
family of Mrs. E. S. Hughes, who died recently, Mrs. Hughes was
the mother of plumber Horace Hughes.
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Guard YourseK From Polio
It’s not too late to seek protection from the dread disease
of polio, reminds the North Carolina State Board of Health,
Dr. Fred T. Foard, director of the board’s epidemiology di
vision, pointed out that the vaccination in time might well
save thousands in the state from polio during the coming
Vaccine supplies are available through county health
departments for free inoculation for individuals under 20
years of age, Dr. Foard reported, and through private phy
sicians for persons in older-age groups.
The month of May brings a summertime look
at the seashore areas of the Carolinas and a lavish
display of spring wildflowers to the Blue Ridge
Mountains of both states, and to the Great
Smokies of North Carolina and Tennessee.
Travel Information Service of Plant Recrea
tion posts the bulletin that May is one of the
finest months of the year for vacation and other
travel in the Carolinas and their neighboring
Statewide in North Carolina, there is a good
choice of accommodations, and all recreational
areas and scenic attractions are open for busi
The weather is warm enough for surf bathing
on the coasts of the Carolinas, and ideal for out
door sports and sightseeing trips in every section
of both states.
Plant Recreation reports that a number of
employees have inquired about this year’s Sun-
Fun Festival, the annual event which officially
launches the season at Myrtle Beach—most popu
lar seashore area among Firestone people.
THE FESTIVAL has been set for June 4-8.
According to information received by Ralph
Johnson, recreation director here, the coming
festival should be the biggest in the seven-year
history of the colorful event. A feature attraction
will be the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant of
South Carolina, which will make its first appear
ance in Myrtle Beach. The pageant will bring to
Myrtle Beach “Miss Universe” or “Miss United
States” and some 50 South Carolina beauties.
Numerous other recreation and entertainment
events have been planned. Since its beginning in
1952, Sun-Fun has grown into one of the out
standing festivals of the Carolinas.
May is picnic and travel time along the flow
ering highways of North Carolina. In the moun
tain empire, dogwood blossoms and fresh green
foliage cover the slopes early in the month, with
snow triUium, pink azalea and numeroiis small
flowers blooming on the forest floor. During the
latter part of May and intojearly June, Catawba
rhododendrmi, mountain laurel and flame azalea
bloom at elevations up to around 3,000 feet.
HIKING TRAILS in the Joyce Kilmer Memori
al Forest, the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway give
further access to the beauty of Spring.
In May, the fishing’s fine. Ocean surf, the Gulf
Stream, lakes and mountain trout streams beckon
anglers all across North Carolina. Ocean fishing
piers are open, and the sports fishing craft based
at Oregon Inlet, Hatteras, Morehead City,
Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches, Southport
and other points along the coast are in demand
for deep-sea fishing trips. The mountain trout
season opened in early April. Streams in the
Great Smokies will be open for fishing around
the middle of May.
All of North Carolina's Slate highways and
bridges are toll-free. The State operates free
automobile ferries across Oregon Inlet to the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational
TRAVELING WEST and looking for a step
backward into history? Choose the Oconaluftee
Indian Village on the Cherokee Reservation. It
will be open to visitors from May 17, The village,
open every day through October, is a re-created
Cherokee community of 200 years ago, depicting
a primitive culture that is authentic and un
usual, Indians are garbed in the traditional
feathers and buckskin of their forebears, and
daily perform tribal rites and practice craftsmak-
ing that have been revived from the early days
of their history. At the village are reproductions
of designs of two centuries ago, including types
of homes in which the Cherokee lived and the
earliest type of dwelling of the white man when
he first made friends and traded with the Indian
in the early 1700s,
The museum at Cherokee is a focal point for
reminders of Cherokee history and tribal tradi
DOWN EAST in North Carolina during May
there are a number of festivals which are ex
pected to draw attendance from every area of the
state. Outstanding of these are the Halifax Coun
ty Bicentiennial Celebration, May 11-18,"’with
events centering in and around Halifax; and the
seventh annual Guilford County Fine Arts Fes
tival, High Point, May 22-25.
Need help in planning your trip anywhere?
Whether an afternoon, overnight, week-end or
extended vacation tour, free assistance awaits all
Firestone employees. Call or stop by the office
of Plant Recreation, Happy traveling!
Try For Prizes
For the 22nd year in a row,
Firestone Textiles fishermen
may try for prizes for landing
the biggest catch, and for fabri
cating the “most unbelievable
hard-luck” yarn about fishing.
Competing in the contest from
April through October will be
members of the two fishing clubs
here. Prizes will be fishing
In addition to the prize for the
biggest fish in any single cate
gory, an award will go to the
member in each of the two clubs
who brings ashore the heaviest
Filled-out contest blanks from
the Recreation Department
should be turned in to the Rec
reation Center, where they will
be filed, then tabulated when
the contest closes next fall. Any
entry submitted after the dead
line date of October 31 will be
placed in competition for the
TOP angler for 1957 was Leon
Dawkins of Carding, who landed
an albacore weighing 18V2
pounds, a king mackerel of 16
pounds and a jack crevalle of
IIV2 pounds. The next two lead
ing fishermen at the plant were
J, C, Barker, Shop, who turned
in a 12-pound carp; and Troy
Jones, Shop, who caught a 6^-
pound catfish. In a special cate
gory, Claude Jonas of SYC
Weaving posted the biggest
largemouth bass—6 pounds, 10
For the past two years there
have been no “hard-luck” fish
ing stories submitted in the con
test. This summer, entries may
be turned in through October,
Volume Vn, No. 6, April, 1958
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division.
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Industrial Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie Ammons.
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Vera Carswell,
Katie Elkins, Annie Cosey, Catherine
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—M a X i e Carey, Ruth
CORD WEAVING — Irene Odell, Mary
Johnson, Samuel Hill,
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Ruth Clon-
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep, Mildred
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready,
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS—Flora Fence.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert
Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey, Marjorie Falls.
Claude Callaway, Editor
Charles Clark, Photographer