Why They ^Buy-and-Sell Firestone’
Employees are the mainspring of the cur
rent “Buy-and-Sell Firestone” campaign.
They are the salesmen. Workers continue to
seize every opportunity to inform them
selves about the products which the com
pany produces and markets. They buy the
products themselves, and they are constant
ly alert to “sell” Firestone products to
friends, relatives and neighbors.
The six people featured here are con
vinced that more sales mean more jobs for
more workers. They agree that the coopera
tion and support of every employee are es
sential to an increase in sales—“the sale
you make may insure your job or mean a job
for a worker who has been laid off because
of the recession.”
These six people tell why they promote
the sale of Firestone products.
Neazel Weathers, Shop (sani
tation service)—“Getting what I
need at Firestone reminds me
that sales make jobs. My job and
the job of other people who
work for the company are made
more certain through increased
sales. The easy-payment plan
helps me out a lot.”
Lonnie Crisp, Twisting (syn
thetic) — “Buying Firestone
products builds my pride in the
things I help to make at Gas
tonia. Firestone stores have al
ways cheerfully helped me to
get the things I wanted, and
have stood behind the quality of
Mrs. C. L. Brock, Office (Cot
ton Division) — “Buying Fire
stone products keeps reminding
me that I am a part of the Com
pany’s progress. An example of
quality in what I have bought is
a TV set which has operated six
years without major repairs.”
Raymond Whitworth, Twisting
(synthetic) — “Getting products
from Firestone not only sup
plies my need but also helps my
job and the job of others in the
company. There is a wide se
lection of merchandise at the
stores and through the order cat
Mrs. Chester Deaton, Twisting
(synthetic)—“When we help to
produce a quality product, we
ought to be proud enough to buy
it ourselves, and ‘sell’ it to our
fellow workers, and others of our
acquaintance. It is a pleasure to
buy at Firestone stores.”
Mrs. Lewis Connor, Twisting
(synthetic) — “The guarantee of
quality in Firestone products
means a lot to me. When I am
satisfied with the products, I
feel it a privilege to introduce
them to others. I get good service
at Firestone stores.”
THE HILLS BEYOND
Funeral for Silas Franklin
Glenn, 82, was held September
22 at Bethel Presbyterian
Church in York County, S. C.
The retired Firestone employee
was buried in the church ceme
Surviving are two daughters,
Mrs. Roy Jackson of York; Mrs.
David Lowery of the Twisting
department; sons: David R.
Glenn of York, Harold of Gas
tonia, Robert of Clover, S. C.;
14 grandchildren and 14 great
The Rev. John Posey Reeves,
78, father of Paul Reeves of
Carding, died October 18 in An
derson, S. C. Funeral was held
October 19 at Hopewell Baptist
Church, Seneca, S. C.
The Rev. Mr. Reeves was a re
tired Baptist minister. His son
who works here, and another
son, Fred of Rex Mill, are also
ministers. A daughter, Mrs.
Eloise Queen of Gastonia also
Funeral for Mrs. Frank Adams,
60, mother of Charles Adams of
the Warehouse, was held October
16 at High Springs Church and
burial was in Rose Hill Ceme-
tary of Gastonia. Besides the son
who works here, she is survived
by her husband, Frank Adams;
sons Erwin and Billy; and two
daughters, Helen and Marjolin.
Do You ‘Worry Up The Wrong Tree’ ?
A son, Jeffrey Howard, was
born to Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Ford on October 7. The mother
is the daughter of Mrs. Howard
McCarter of Payroll, and Mr.
McCarter of Spinning.
The daughter born to Mr. and
Mrs. T. B. Yarbrough October 4
in Kings Mountain has been
named Mary Elizabeth. The new
arrival is a sister of Jane More-
head, Main Office.
Linda Cheryl Owens was born
to Mr. and Mrs. John Owens Oc
tober 19. Her father works in
Supply. The baby’s paternal
grandfather, S. L. Owens, is
overseer in Carding. Her mater
nal grandmother, Mrs. Emory
Johnson, works in the cloth
IN TEXTILES. . .
You Are A Part
Of A Great Industry
A Colorful History . . .
Since its introduction in North Carolina in the
early 1800s, the textile industry has been a leader
in the State. As far back as 1810, North Carolina
families turned out $3,000,000 worth of textiles
through home industries, surpassing Massa
The first successful cotton textile mill in the
North State was built in 1813 by Michael Schenck
and Absalom Warlick in Lincoln County.
As early as 1840, there were some 25 textile
manufacturing mills operating in the State.
The Picture Today . . .
Today, there are approximately 1,000 textile
mills operating in North Carolina. These mills
account for the nearly 6,000,000 spindles in place.
This number is second only to South Carolina,
which leads the nation in the number of spindles
in place. Gaston County alone has more cotton-
mill spindles than any other county in the United
Employment. North Carolina leads the nation
in the number of textile mill employees, textile
payrolls and in value of textile mill products.
Of the 469,845 manufacturing employees in
North Carolina in 1956, textile mills employed
252,985—more than half of the total.
Production. Textile workers in the State turned
out products valued at $2,592,000,000 in 1956.
Wages. North Carolina textile mills paid out
about $675,000,000 in wages in 1956, almost half
the entire manufacturing payroll of the State.
A Taxpayer. It is estimated that textile mills
pay $5,000,000 or more in property taxes annual
ly to local governments in North Carolina.
Helps Other Industries. Major railroads of
North Carolina in 1954 moved some 849,000 tons
of cotton in various forms of textile products.
Seven major motor truck lines in North Caro
lina reported that 26 per cent of their revenue
was derived from handling textile products in
1954—the latest year for which figures are avail
Progress Continues . . .
Up through November of 1957 a total of
$14,362,000 was earmarked by textile plants of
the State for expansion, modernization and ma
chinery during the year.
During 1957, expansion plans were announced
by 27 existing textile mills in North Carolina,
adding some 2,000 new employees to their pay
This business of living now
adays has become so complicated
that a lot of people find them
selves worrying up the wrong
trees. So observes “Safety News”
of the South Carolina Industrial
Commission. The October issue
of the journal proceeded to il
lustrate by way of these selected
We worry about the Russians
—then get run over by a neigh
... Worry about radioactive
fallout — then poison ourselves
while spraying bug dust on the
... Worry about the children’s
being run over by cars—then
drag them into the street on a
... Worry about crashing in an
airplane—then fall off a ladder
while painting the house.
... Worry about winning a
football game—then gamble our
lives on the way home.
... Worry about having the car
greased every 1,000 miles—then
wrap it around a tree.
... Worry about lack of prop
er nourishment for the children
—then leave household poisons
around for them to snack on.
... Worry about polio — then
get crippled up by a mowing ma
chine, or other power tools.
... Worry about retirement—
then do everything we can to
keep ourselves from lasting that
... Worry about whether or
not we will be successful in life
— then never get a medical
Moral: It’s wise to guard
against the spectacular and the
unusual. But it’s the ordinary
things in life that are the most
likely to cause an accident—and
maybe even take your life.
Second Lieutenant Jerry W. Turn
er is assigned to duty in the Aircraft
Control and Warning Squadron at
Zapeta Air Force Station, Texas. He
is the son of SYC Weaving second
hand W. R. Turner, Sr., and Mrs.
Turner; and the brother of Mrs. W.
L. Fritton of Main Office.
Lt. Turner, a graduate of Ashley
High School, Gastonia, was employed
in Carding here from June of 1945
to December, 1950. He was com
missioned upon his recent gradua
tion from officer candidate school at
Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
OCS is a six-month course of pre
scribed fundamentals required for a
commission in the Air Force.