PAGE 2 S3SW§ NOVEMBER. 1959
Winter Tour Season
Begins In November
HERE SINCE 1939—In center, general manager
Harold Mercer hands Emmie A. Tompkins her
watch, in token of 20 years' service. Others re
ceiving awards were (from left): Buford Tate.
Noah Rowland, Leon Dawkins. Anderson Lynn
(second from right) and John Hall (not in pic
ture). Comptroller E. J. Mechem (behind Mr.
Mercer), and R. B. Hull. Quality Control man
ager (right) offered congratulations.
Service Milestones Listed
The Golden Gate International
Exposition in San Francisco and
the New York World’s Fair were
about to become memorable
events of 1939, when Noah A.
Roland came to work at Fire
stone in Gastonia for the first
time. Besides Mr. Roland of
Carding, five others on the job
here worked their first shift 20
years ago in October. They are:
Leon Dawkins and John P. Hall
of Carding; Anderson Lynn of
Spinning; Buford A. Tate of
Weaving (synthetics); and Em
mie A. Tompkins of Main Office.
Also m October there were 17
others who received service pins
commemorative of employment
records ranging from 5 to 15
Ernest Harris, Warehouse;
Oliver E. Hardee, Twisting (syn
thetics) ; Robert B. Hull, Quality
Glenn A. McMillon, Twisting
(cotton); Haracell T. Tate, Weav
Callie Reece, Coy R. Briggs,
Johnny N. McFee, Paul E. Peel
er, Twisting (synthetics); Royal
G. Chandler, Jack Woody, Twist
ing (cotton); Earl E. Buchanan,
Shop; Thomas M. Jones, Quality
Control; Ernest N. Meek, Louise
Medlin, Sara W. Smith, Virginia
E. Marr, Winding.
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When Firestone passed the 20-
year milestone in Gastonia dur
ing May of 1955, there were 200
men and women recognized as
those who were working here
during the plant’s first year of
operation—and still employed at
the time of the two-decade anni
On that occasion, more than 15
per cent of the employee
strength had been with the or
ganization 15 years or longer.
Another 15 per cent then held
records of between 10 and 15
years of service.
To revise the service record
statistics as of October and the
close of another fiscal year, a
summary shows the total num
ber of service pins distributed
Bayou News Joins
When Firestone Bayou News
was issued for the first time at
Lake Charles, La. in October, it
became the 12th newspaper of
the company’s family of em
ployee publications in the United
States and Canada.
The new publication is sched
uled each month to serve the
750 employees at the Firestone
Synthetic Rubber & Latex Com
pany, of which Paul A. Boley is
plant manager. This division of
the company is 12 miles south
west of Lake Charles and 35
miles north of the Gulf of Mexi
Editor of Bayou News is R. J.
Ruble, formerly of the Ravenna
Arsenal Firestone operation in
Other company publications
are issued at plants in Akron
and Ravenna, Ohio; Pottstown,
Pa.; Fall River, Mass.; Des
Moines, Iowa; Gastonia, N. C.;
While autumn color moves
down the mountains and across
the Piedmont and Coastal Plain
areas, November brings a new
winter season to Mid-South re
sort sections of North Carolina.
Golf, hunting, horseback riding
and fishing are big attractions
this month, while festivals and
other harvest time events beck
on the traveler to the outdoors.
Aware of the value of going
places and seeing things while
away from the job. Plant Rec
reation again this month posts
some travel suggestions for Fire
stone employees and members
of their families.
At Lake Mattamuskeet and
other popular hunting areas
along the North Carolina coast,
the season on geese and brant
opens November 10, with duck
hunting beginning November 20.
Bear, boar, deer, and ruffed
grouse seasons began in October.
The season for quail, woodcock
and rabbits opens November 26.
The Sport of Kings
Riding to hounds—one of the
most colorful of sports — is a
November - through - March at
traction at such centers as
Southern Pines, T r y o n and
Sedgefield, where formal open
ing hunt meets are Thanksgiving
Salt and fresh-water fishing
are good in November, too, with
five coastal angling contests
lasting into December. For Fire
stone fishing enthusiasts going
to the coast, here are the con
tests and dates: N. C. Salt Water
Sports Fishing, and Southeastern
N. C. Fishing Rodeo, both
through November 30; Hatteras
Island, through December 1;
Topsail-Surf City Area, and
Wyandotte, Mich.; Memphis,
Tenn.; Noblesville, Ind.; Los
Angeles, Calif.; and Hamilton,
Cape Fear Region, both through
Colonial Elegance at New Bern
Since the winter travel season
of 1958-59, Tryon Palace at New
Bern has been added to the list
of year-round historical sites in
North Carolina. The Palace, re
stored to its original splendor as
a Colonial and State capitol, is
open to the public weekdays ex
cept Mondays, and on Sunday
afternoons. A folder in full color,
now in distribution, is available
through the Recreation office.
Carrousel and Other Festivals
Among leading events in the
Gastonia area during November
are the mammoth Carolinas Car
rousel at Charlotte, with the
13th annual Pageant Parade on
the 26th; and the 6th annual
Rutherford County Harvest Fes
tival at Rutherfordton, the 22nd.
Other state events of a festival
nature include Harvest Square
Dance at Pinehurst, 27; third
annual Piedmont Festival,
Thomasville, 28; Gymkhana and
Pet Show, Pinehurst, 29.
At the new Greensboro War
Memorial Coliseum there is a
Lions Club Horse Show, Novem
ber 27-29. You can attend pro
fessional ice hockey games there
during the winter.
Projecting into early Decem
ber, these important notes ap
pear on the travel calendar:
December 1-January 4, “Star of
Bethlehem”, in its 11th annual
showing at Morehead Planetari
um, Chapel Hill. In Raleigh at
the N. C. Museum of Art, Decem
ber 3-January 3, “N. C. Art
Now available is a safety cap
designed to prevent children
from opening bottles or contain
ers of pills, poisons, insecticides,
bleaches, and other hazards. The
cap comes in three sizes.
In This Scientific Age:
A Dynamic Faith
Instead of limiting the importance of the spirit
ual life, modern scientific advances underscore a
need for a more dynamic, vital faith. In the at
tempt at conquering space, wise men do not lose
sight of the things in life that really count—moral
and spiritual values.
It is generally agreed that the United States
should have a good system of military defense.
But her real security is based on the spiritual
strength of her people.
Someone has observed that we grow stronger
as we come to depend more upon God’s help for
the courage and patience to meet the problems
of life in our age.
That is why we cannot entrust the safety of
our future altogether to our military might. Our
future is in God’s hands. We must look to him^
in prayerful humility for the disciplined strengt.
of character and spirit needed to win a world
peace and justice.
We live in a remarkable age. Tremendous dis
coveries cause us to look hopefully to even great
er scientific revelations and achievements. As the
universe yields her secrets, new and immense
dimensions will be added to man’s knowledge of
In November each year, the national Religion
In American Life program emphasizes the rich
rewards in store for those who worship regularly
in the House of God.
KEVENT FOREST nitES!
Altogether, there have been
4,674 service pins issued across
The roster of 20-year people
alone represents 6,680 years of
Employee loyalty and effici
ency always have been consid
ered priceless assets in the Fire
stone organization. The com
pany is proud of its people with
long records of service.
The Outer Banks — barrier
islands lying off the North Caro
lina Coast — were once inacces
sible. Today, they are open to
the world, with a network of
paved highways and free ferries.
Vacationists and sportsmen flock
to this area, where salt water
fishing and waterfowl hunting
Volume VIII, No. 12, November, 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 WaUace,
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