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GOING PLACES. . . SEEING THINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Cicero Falls and daughter Hollis spent a recent
week-end in Savannah, Ga., where they visited with Mrs. Falls’
sister, Mrs. L. L. Wofford. Mrs. Falls is in Payroll.
Mrs. Beatrice McCarter of Payroll, her daughter Janet Ford
and her children, Jan and Rusty, spent several days in Waynesville,
N. C. They visited Mrs. McCarter’s sister, Mrs. Claude Woodard.
Also visiting Mrs. Woodard recently were Miss Helen Spencer,
Main Office; and her daughter, Susan.
Mrs. Novella James of Main Office, Mrs. Mozelle Brockman,
Billy Owens and their father, S. L. Owens, overseer in Carding,
spent one day in Durham recently.
A stop at Myrtle Beach, S. C., was highlight of a recent week
end trip for Mrs. Gene Alexander and her family.
Mrs. Glenna McGinnis visited her mother, Mrs. Earline Gordon,
in Tryon, N. C., recently. Mrs. Gordon used to work at Firestone.
Kenneth Tompkins visited his brother, R. L. Tompkins, pur
chasing agent, on a two-week vacation in June. Kenneth lives in
Jerry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sparrow, is spending this
summer at Warren-Wilson College, Swannanoa, where he is taking
one course, working in the machine shop and operating a bulldozer
part-time. Jerry will begin his sophomore year there this fall. His
father is on the grounds maintenance force at Firestone.
Louise, oldest daughter of the Sparrows, is attending summer
school at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S. C. Beginning this fall she
will be on the faculty of Armstrong School, Gastonia. This will
be her second year at Armstrong.
Mrs. Albert Meeks is back home after having completed a
course in senior mission study methods at a Presbyterian Church
school in Winston-Salem. Her husband works in the Warehouse.
Mrs. Jack Wellmon has returned home after a month spent
in a Gastonia hospital, where she recovered from injuries received
in an auto accident. She expresses her appreciation to her friends
who visited her in the hospital. Her husband works in the Ware
Ralph Deal, yarn hauler, has recovered from a surgical opera
Faye Ross, winder tender, spent a recent week-end at the Isle
of Palms, Charleston, S. C.
Wide Range Of Travel Attractions In July
July is the most popular travel month of the
year in the Carolinas. Resorts from mountains to
seashore, the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore area are samplings
of places to go.
Things to do across the Carolinas range from
hiking and golf in the mountains to deepsea fish
ing off the coast. Festivals, sports events, drama
and one of the country’s largest crafts exhibits
add further variety and color to the on-the-go
picture in July.
Thus reminds the Travel Information Service
of Plant Recreation, which each month posts a
list of suggestions designed to help you to a bet
ter enjoyment of your trip away from the job.
ASHEVILLE will be host to the 11th annual
Craftsman’s Fair of the Southern Highlands July
14-18. Skilled workers in over 50 different kinds
of crafts display their finest wares, demonstrate
their skills, and serve as instructors at the “Try-
it-Yourself” booths which give visitors an op
portunity to test their own talents at loom, work
bench, or potter’s wheel. The new exhibit “At
Home in Your Home”, will show rooms furnish
ed and decorated with traditional and modern
crafts produced by members of the Southern
Does the lore of Scotland’s highlands strike a
tender cord in your sentiment? Then go to Mac-
Rae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Moun
tain near Linville July 13, for the third annual
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and
Scottish Clans Gathering. The day-long event
is highlighted by contests for tossing the caber
and dancing the highland fling. A church service
with the singing of ancient Scottish hymns will
be a part of the program.
It has become quite common for employees
and members of their families to make Camp
Firestone on Lake James near Marion the take
off point from which to travel to the many points
of interest in the “Land of the Sky.”
Examples of main attractions are the several
outdoor historical dramas in the area, most fa
mous of which is the Cherokees’ story, “Unto
These Hills”, at Cherokee. Across the ridge at
Gatlinburg is “Chucky Jack”, centering in the life
and times of John Sevier, Revolutionary hero
and first governor of Tennessee. And “Horn in
the West” plays through August at Boone.
SUMMER theatre of the outdoor type is en
joyed at Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock; Silo
Circle Playhouse, Black Mountain; Parkway
Playhouse, Burnsville; and Oberammergau Pas
sion Play, Hendersonville.
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will be
held in Asheville August 7-9. Since 1927,
dance teams, ballad singers and musicians from
all parts of the Southern Appalachian take part.
Folklore and ballads authority Bascom Lamar
Lunsford is founder and director.
Dorothy Keenum (right) was
the Firestone-family contestant
in the “Miss Gastonia” beauty
pageant staged by the Jaycees
at Ashley High School June 21.
She is the daughter of Ernest
Keenum, supply room clerk, and
Mrs. Kennum. As her talent por
tion of the program, she recited
a dialog in verse entitled “Don’t
A 1958 graduate of Ashley
High School, Dorothy is in her
first term of nursing education
at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. William L.
Whitener are at home in Golds
boro, after their wedding at First
AR Presbyterian Church in Gas
tonia, June 21. A member of the
regular Air Force, he is stationed
at Seymour Johnson Field.
Mrs. Whitener is the former
Joyce Wilson of Gastonia. He is
the son of Tracy Whitener, sec
ond hand in cord Weaving; and
Mrs. Whitener of Splicing.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hance of Woodruff, S. C., visited on a
June week end with Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Edmond. Mrs. Edmond
is a reclaimer in cotton twisting.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hughes of cotton and rayon twisting spent
a recent week end with Technical Sergeant Paul Table and Mrs.
Table in Hampton, Va. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hughes.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bradshaw, Jr., had as a recent week end
guest their daughter, Mrs. Gerry Green of Alexandria, Va. Mrs.
Bradshaw is a tie-in-hand in cotton twisting.
Overseer Vernon Lovingood, cotton twisting, and his family
spent a recent week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George
Lovingood, in Murphy, N. C.
Going to Hendersonville, N. C. for a visit were Mr. and Mrs.
W. B. Smith and family. There they visited a daughter, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hughes had as week end guests in June
their son Edward and members of his family, from Charleston,
Mr. and Mrs. Dexter Edmond spent a June week end with Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Blackman in Darlington, S. C. Mrs. Blackman
and Mrs. Edmond are sisters.
Among the many employees’ sons and daughters who were
spring graduates at Ashley High School was Leonard McMillan,
son of John A. McMillan, cotton twisting.
W. A. Johnson of Spinning and Mrs. Johnson, splicer in syn
thetic Twisting, visited in mid-June with their son, Lee Johnson,
who lives in Halifax, N. C.
Kathleen Chambers of Jacksonville, Fla., visited for the week
ending June 14 with her parents, Otho Chambers, splicer fixer, and
Mrs. Chambers, respooler tender in Twisting. Another daughter,
Evelyn Chambers, is spending the summer with her parents here.
Last year Evelyn was a teacher of the sixth grade at Lake Park
School in West Palm Beach, Fla.
John Fletcher of the Shop, Mrs. Fletcher of synthetic Twisting;
Edgar Foy, Shop, and Mrs. Foy of Twisting; Paul Walker, roller
shop, and Mrs. Walker went together for a visit at Camp Firestone
on a week end in mid-June. Camp Firestone, on the shore of Lake
James near Marion, N. C., is operated for employees and members
of their immediate families.
Listed For June
Five persons whose names
were added to the 15-year serv
ice roster in June brought the
total number of employees in
that category to 552. With no
names added to the 20-year list
in June, that number remained
In addition to the 15-year peo
ple who received their service
pins, one was added to the rec
ord for 10 years of employment,
while the 5-year list was in
creased by 8. They have received
their pins also. They are;
George E. Harper, Jr.
Loyl W. Quinn, Carding; Wal
ter P. Tate, Cloth Room; Aaron
W. Owen, Charlie F. Setzer,
Shop; Jessie Lee McFee, Wind
ing; Charles R. Wylie, Spooling;
Gilbert Thomas Hunter, Rayon
Twisting; Marjorie B. Hill, Main
There are 15 million more jobs
in the United States today than
in 1939. By 1975 there will be 22
million more jobs than today.
The future of America holds new
promise for all.
Volume VII, No. 8, July, 1958
Published by The Fireslone 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 Pence.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert
Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey, Marjorie Falls.
Claude Callaway, Editor
Charles Clark, Photographer