Among those from Firestone who attended the 64th summer
Methodist Camp Meeting at Balls Creek in late August were Robert
L. Rhyne of Carding, and Mrs. Rhyne; H. T. Aldridge, overseer in
Twisting (synthetics), Mrs. Aldridge of Quality Control; Otho
Chambers of Weaving (synthetics), and Mrs. Chambers of Twisting
The Balls Creek camp ground two miles from Newton on the
Lincolnton-Statesville highway has been a church meeting place
since 1253. Here, Mr. and Mrs. Rhyne own a tract of land on which
they maintain one of some 270 “tents’’ for use during the camp
The buildings are of wood and all have electricity and running
water, obtained from one large spring on the property. Original
portion of the Rhyne property was purchased for 50 cents 60 years
ago. Rhyne later added more land with plenty of forest for
a picnic area.
In 44 years, he has not missed an “encampment.” His wife has
missed only two in the past 64 years.
Mr. and Mrs. I. R. Evans and daughter Peggy, of Tyler, Texas,
and Mr. and Mrs. Billy Waggner of Lindale, Texas, visited Doris
McCready, Payroll, this summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Barton, son Bobby and daughter Jerry
spent several days recently at Carolina Beach, N. C. Miss Barton
is in the Payroll department.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Woodard and son Jimmy of Waynesville,
Mr. and Mrs. Jess White and family of Lenoir visited recently with
the Howard McCarter family. Mrs. Woodard, Mrs. White and Mrs.
McCarter are sisters, Mr. McCarter works in Carding; Mrs. Mc
Carter, in Payroll.
Among those attending the Pilot International convention at
the Palmer House in Chicago recently was Miss Myrtle Bradley
of Main Office.
Going to Myrtle Beach, S. C. for several days recently were
Mrs. Alfred Bohanan of Main Office, Mr. Bohanan and their son
Steve. They were accompanied by Mrs. Bohanan’s parents, Mr. and
Mrs. G. A. Walker and children, JoElla and George.
Path To Peace
Respect and esteem of indi-
viduals for each other . . . are
pathways to permanent peace.
This was an observation con
tained in remarks by Harvey S.
Firestone Jr., when President
Charles De Gaulle of France this
summer appointed the company
chairman an “Officer in the Na
tional Order of the Legion of
The decoration was conferred
upon Mr. Firestone by His Ex
cellency Herve Alphand, am
bassador of France to the Unit
In accepting the honor at the
French embassy in Washington,
Mr. Firestone said; “The friend
ship between France and the
United States is deep-rooted and
long-lasting. As a citizen of the
United States, I am proud to re
ceive this recognition from your
country. I receive it with humil-
Miss Phoebe Pearson, Shop office, Mrs. W. B. McQueen of
Columbia, S. C., Mrs. J. G. Ledford of Washington, D. C., and Mrs.
George Adair of Chattanooga, Tenn., spent a recent week at Myrtle
Beach, S. C. —More on Page 5
—From Page 1
Participating are the Gastonia
plant. Firestone Textiles at Ben-
nettsville, S. C., and Firestone
Textiles Ltd., Woodstock, On
The contest, begun early this
year, is planned to continue for
a maximum of 12 years, with
each year a separate rivalry.
Should one of the contesting
plants win for three years in
succession, the series would be
Objective of this competition
is to strive for a safety perform
ance record with the least num
ber of lost-time accidents.
ity, as evidence of our mutual
affection. I will endeavor to do
my part to bring about even
closer understanding between
our two countries, between my
countrymen and yours. .
SYMBOL of victory is an
award plaque of polished wood,
a bronze figure below which are
tablets for recording winners by
the years, and the grand winner
at the windup of the contest.
The plaque, displayed for sev
eral days here recently, has
been sent to Bennettsville. From
there it will go to Woodstock,
then will be returned to the of
fice of W. A. Karl in Akron,
Ohio. The president of the three
contesting plants will keep it
until a winner has earned it at
the end of 1959.
In the event of a tie in the
three-plant safety race, the low
est accident severity rate will
determine the winner. Accident
severity rate means the number
of days lost per 1,000,000 man-
When you are worrying you
are literally choking yourself to
death. The word "worry" is de
rived from an old Anglo-Saxon
term which meant "to choke".
Prices Cut On Company’s ‘Yesteryear’ Tires
Antique-auto fans can now
buy Firestone-made tires and
tubes at a 25 per cent reduction
in price. At the time the price
drop was effective in August,
the company announced an addi
tion to its widely-known line of
antique tires: a 37 x Wz rib
With exception of the new
rib tread tire, all of the com
pany’s tires for old-fashioned
cars are authentic replicas of
the first tire ever manufactured
with an angular tread pattern to
overcome skidding. Originally
the words “Firestone Non-Skid”
formed the tread design, but the
firm name was later discontinu
Comeback in 1946
First placed on the market in
1908, the Non-Skid tread design
was discontinued in the early
Twenties. At request of antique-
car hobbyists throughout the
☆ ☆ ☆
IN 1909, when the horseless
carriage industry was young, the
latest in auto tires was the first
road-grip model, the famous
Firestone Non-Skid. When W. H.
Lincks — now retired — came to
work with the company in 1909
the machine shown here with
him was used in building the
Non-Skid. He is "pulling fabric"
to the cast-iron tire form. The
machine, along with an early-
day tire and wheel, is now on
exhibit at the historical and
product exposition in the Fire
stone Research Building at
nation, production of the famous
Non-Skid tire was resumed in
1946. Once the obsolete tires
were in circulation again, it was
possible for the old cars to be
taken out of museums and barn
sheds and put back on the high
Designed to fit most automo
biles manufactured from the
early 1900s to 1925, several
thousand of these tires have
been sold every year since they
were introduced. While the
original sizes and tread pattern
have been retained, modern
compounding and manufactur
ing techniques are employed.
The company continues to
turn out the Non-Skid type tire
for the more than 18,000 old-
timer autos that have been re
stored to “chug-along” condition
in the United States.
PUTTER GOLF—Sixteen teams from all three shifts and all de
partments of the plant took part in putter golf play this summer.
It was the second year the game had been a part of the recreation
program here. In the picture, from left: Charles Tate, James
Mauney, Gerald Hardin, J. C. Westbrook.
Volume VIIL No. 10, September, 1959
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 Pence.
WAREHOUSE—George Harper, Albert
Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey, Marjorie Falls.
Claude Callaway, Editor
Charles A. Clark, Photographer