YOUR TRAVEL NOTEBOOK
‘See North Carolina Month’
May is one of the best months of the year for
going places in North Carolina. This reminder
comes from Plant Recreation, which posts travel
cues each month to help employees and their
families to better enjoy their leisure time away
Governor Hodges has designated May as “See
North Carolina Month,” to acquaint Tar Heels
with the State’s coast-to-mountains vacation-
lands, and to stimulate in-State travel. It is dedi
cated “to the wider use and greater enjoyment of
North Carolinians of their own unequalled va
cation travel attractions, not only in May but
throughout the year.
More to see and do, more new roads and more
accommodations highlight the travel picture in
In May, the big attraction is the beach season,
which got underway early this month. On the
coast, the chain of islands known as the Outer
Banks swings out to within 12 miles of the Gulf
Stream at Cape Hatteras, where the variety of
northern and southern species of fish caught
from beaches and boats gives the area its title of
“Gamefish Junction”. The entire coast, broken by
numerous sounds, inlets and rivers, is excellent
for boating as well as for fishing.
There are new picnic and camping spots in
Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Bodie, Hat
teras and Ocracoke Islands.
More picnicking and camping areas, and a com
munity building in Nutbush Recreational Area
at Satterwhite Point have been established at
Kerr Reservoir near Henderson, N. C.
Westward in the State, new and newly-im
proved roads link mountain resorts to America’s
most-visited National Park Service attractions:
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and
the Blue Ridge Parkway.
At Asheville, largest city in the State’s moun
tain region, a popular new visitors’ facility is the
marked “Dogwood Trail” to scenic and historic
spots in and around the city.
New Road Signs For Travelers
More highway signs to guide and inform visi
tors hsve appeared all over the State during the
past year. They range from big overhead signs
at bypasses and intersections to rustic roadside
signs explaning geographical or historical fea
tures. The number of roadside picnic tables, in
addition to those at 15 roadside parks along main
highways, has been Increased to 450.
The “Rooftop of Eastern America” is formed
by the Southern Appalachians across Western
North Carolina. Here, in the Blue Ridge, Great
Smokies, and shorter ranges between, are 223
peaks of 5,000 feet elevation or more—including
Mount Mitchell, highest mountain east of the
Mountain highways, especially along the Blue
Ridge Parkway, are a showcase of wild flowers
in May and June. Over 160 miles of Parkway
have been completed for sightseeing travel be
tween the Virginia line and the Great Smokies
Park. The Park and the Parkway meet near the
50,000-acre reservation which is home of the
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. At Cherokee,
largest community on the reservation, is Ocona-
luftee Village, a recreated Cherokee settlement
of 200 years ago. It is open from May through
Public Lands For Recreation
More than a million and a half acres in North
Carolina are in publicly-owned lands which have
recreational use as their primary purpose, or
offer recreational facilities in conjunction with
conservation or natural resources, wildlife or
historic sites. In State and National Parks from
seashore to mountains and in the North Carolina
National Forests there are more than 100 deve
loped recreational areas for picnicking, hiking,
swimming and camping.
Mountain hiking trails through wilderness
areas are within a short drive of noted resorts.
Scenic attractions include waterfalls, unusual
rock formations and the cliffs atop mile-high
mountains, and gardens ranging from the planta
tion of the Southeastern part of the State to the
profusion of native flowers and shrubs at high
altitudes to the West.
Plant Recreation suggests this list from among
the numerous special events beginning in North
Carolina in May and early June:
Hatteras Island, Fishing Contest, through
December 1; Coastwise Fishing Contest, through
December 1; Southeastern N. C. Fishing Rodeo,
through November 30.
Chapel Hill, May 12-June 29: “In The Begin
ning” at Morehead Planetarium.
Chadbourn, May 14: 27th annual Strawberry
Charlotte, May 15: NASCAR Late Model 100-
mile Convertible Race.
Fontana, May 25-31: Square Dance Week.
Hatteras Island, June 6-11: Puerto Rico-Ameri-
can Blue Marlin Challenge Tourney.
Linville, June 7: Seventh annual Sports Car
Hill Climb, Grandfather Mountain.
Service Milestones For April
Both Mary B. Calhoun and
Pearl B. Boyd of Spinning
came to work here on April
25, 1939. When they reached
their 20-year service mile
stone last month they
brought to 320 the total num
ber of those who have com
pleted a score of years at the
While each of them received a
Service pin and gold watch, 15
others of their fellow workers
completed service records rang
ing from 5 to 15 years. April
service pins have been distribut
Mary M. Reeves, Carding;
Grace D. Beaver, Twisting (ray
on); Vaughn E. Stiles, Weaving
Horace A. Helms, Cloth Room.
Charlie Young, Carding; Edith
B. Davidson, Otis Dye, Grady L.
Davis, Pauline Mauney, Twist-
A line of five Air-buoy boat
trailers with springs of Airide
by Firestone is being produced
by the Electric Wheel Company,
a Firestone subsidiary. Note the
air springs, or bellows, on the
axle next to the wheel. Any
trailer in the line can be ad
justed to carry loads of various
weights up to its rated capacity,
by changing air pressure in the
Auto Safety Inspection
—From page 1
In April service pins and
watches went to (seated from
left): Ruth Bolick, Virginia
Bradley—who completed 20-year
records in March; Mary Calhoun
(receiving watch from general
manager Harold Mercer); and
Pearl Boyd. Industrial Relations
manager T. B. Ipock Jr. (left)
and Cotton division superinten
dent F. B. Galligan look on.
ing (rayon); John C. Petty, Ben
R. Byers, Warehouse.
Ethelda C. Robinson, Estev H.
Holden, Marlene E. Stewart,
Weaving (rayon); Blanche L.
Cooperating with the Inter
industry committee in the na
tionwide program is the Asso
ciation of State and Provincial
Safety Coordinators. H. D.
Tompkins, Firestone vice presi
dent, is a member of the Inter
J. W. Maples, director of
manufacturing, is heading the
committee for Firestone’s na
tional employee program.
When Firestone participated
in the plan last year, it was
the first business or industrial
concern to conduct a nation
wide safety check for employees
in conjunction with the national
voluntary Vehicle Safety Check
for Communities, sponsored an
nually by the Inter-Industry
Highway Safety Committee and
Last year approximately 1,300
communities and counties took
Two Firestone men are among
the five newly-elected officers
of the Gaston County Recrea
tion Association, to serve for
the ensuing year. Ralph John
son was chosen treasurer, and
Bob Purkey, secretary. They are
recreation directors at Firestone
Mr. Johnson served as first
president of GCRA, having been
elected at the organization’s
first meeting in April of 1956.
GCRA membership includes
professional recreation supervi
sors in communities, business
and industry of the county.
It is a central agency through
which all matters related to rec
reation in the county can be
cleared. Among its aims are: To
foster and maintain the highest
standards of qualifications,
training and ethics; to stimulate
and further interest in all
wholesomie forms of recreation;
to work with other agencies or
organizations having similar or
related objectives, and to strive
for coordination af activities of
all agencies—public, private,
commercial, and industrial—
concerned with the provision of
part and a total of more than
2Va million vehicles were check
ed for safe-driving conditions.
Of this number, about 10,000
vehicles were inspected in Fire
stone test lanes across the coun
try. At the Gastonia plant (619)
vehicles were processed.
Goal of Three Million
Vehicles This Year
Nationwide last year, one out
of every five vehicles checked
was found to be defective in
one or more of the ten check
points. This year a goal of three
million checked vehicles has
“The voluntary vehicle safety
check gives every motorist an
opportunity to do his part in
making his community a safer
place to live,” said Raymond C.
Firestone, president. “Even the
best drivers are poor risks if
they are driving cars with bad
brakes, worn tires, or other neg
“Our company wants to assist
in this program in every way
possible to help motorists every
where. We are especially inter
ested in making the opportunity
for safety inspection available
to our employees, because of our
continuing interest in keeping
them safe, both on and off the
CHAIRMAN of the Gastonia
plant committee is L. B. Mc-
Abee, assistant manager of in
dustrial relations. Serving with
him are T. B. Ipock Jr., manager
of industrial relations; A. V.
Riley, safety director; W. G.
Henson, plant engineer; J. V.
Darwin, Sales manager; and
Claude Callaway, Firestone
Also cooperating and assisting
in the program here will be
Captain Roy Short of the Gas
tonia Police Department; W. G.
Halsted, director of Gaston
Technical Institute; and Charles
L. Moore, manager of the Fire
stone Store, Gastonia.
It marks a big step in a man's
development when he comes to
realize that other men can be call
ed in to help him do a better job
than he could do alone.