North Carolina Newspapers

Your Help Brightened ‘Valley’
“I could never fully express how much it helped. And I’ll
never be able to tell you how much it has been appreciated.”
That’s what Mrs. Dorothy A. Wilson, winder tender, wanted to
tell the people at Firestone, for she was talking about the generous
gift of money which her fellow employees collected to help the
family through the dark valley which came because of the extend
ed illness and death of A. Gordon Wilson.
Mr. Wilson, a fixer in the Cloth Room at the time he had to
quit work because of failing health, had been at Firestone 16 years.
His illness sent him in and out of hospitals for 18 months. But
the end came March 9.
Employees with a mind to reach out a hand to help his
widow gave $1,034 which has been applied toward payment of
hospital and medical bills.
Going To Boys’ State
Lynn Bumgardner is one of four Bel
mont High School students chosen to at
tend June sessions of Boys' State and
Girls’ State at the University of North
Carolina in Chapel Hill, and at Woman’s
College, Greensboro.
Under sponsorship of the American
Legion and Legion Auxiliary, two junior
class boys and two junior girls from Bel
mont High are chosen each year for this
Lynn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bumgardner of 115
Poplar street, Belmont. The father is employed in Quality Control
at Firestone Textiles.
At Belmont High, young Bumgardner is a member of the
Beta Club and the student council, and has been on the football
team. At Belmont First Baptist Church, he is president of the
youth choir, and past-president of his training union class. Lynn
is also an officer in the local chapter of DeMolay.
Students who attend Boys’ State and Girls’ State are chosen
on the basis of their qualifications of leadership, ability and cit
People and Places
—From page 3
Mrs. Etta Cable, mother of Porter Cable, yarn hauler, was a
recent patient at Garrison General Hospital, Gastonia.
Mrs. C. A. (Nancy) Cloninger has become secretary to cotton
office manager Frank W. Davis, replacing Marjorie Falls. Mrs.
Cloninger returned to Firestone after an absence of several months,
having worked for a time as secretary in personnel, and also in
the cotton office. She is remembered here as Firestone Textiles’
“Safety Queen of 1957.”
Rosevelt W. Rainey, waste house, was a patient in a veterans
hospital at Columbia, S. C., in May.
Henry Gordon, trucker, is back at work after a week’s absence
on sick leave.
On the record—vacations: Fred T. Morrow, warehouse super
visor; Robert Lee Setzer, waste baler; T. J. Ross, lift-truck op
erator were among those taking vacations in May.
Driving on city streets and getting there on country roads is different.
Be mindful and on the look-out for these three dangers often
present in country driving.
Road shoulders that may be
lower and softer than the pave
ment. If you get off the pave
ment, keep control by holding
the car to a straight course and
coast to a stop rather than by
jerking the steering wheel or
jamming on the brakes.
The bridge that’s narrower than
the approaching roadway. Slow
down and drive cautiously.
Curves on roads that aren’t
banked properly. To take
these curves slow down while
approaching the curve, take it
easy while rounding it, and re
sume speed after leaving the
STUDENT HONORS —Ai this year's College
Scholarship awards preseniaiion, Gaslonia plant,
were (seated from left): Mary Ann Moss, Betty
Ann McAbee, general manager Harold Mercer,
Jane Francum. Standing, from left, are parents of
students: Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Moss; Mr. and
Mrs. L. B. McAbee and Mrs. Rosie Francum.
Betty Ann McAbee, this year's winner of a four-
Scholarships Only One Part
Of Company Education Plan
This fall, 29 students from
across the nation will begin
their freshman year at approv
ed colleges and universities of
their choice, and the Firestone
company will begin paying the
bill. These young people are the
1960 group of sons and daugh
ters of Firestone employees who
this year won full Firestone col
lege scholarships. The package
gift includes full tuition, fees,
payment for textbooks and a
substantial contribution toward
room and board at school.
New this year on the scholar
ship program are the Certificate
of Merit awards recognizing out
standing achievements of run
ners-up applicants.
On the scholarship program
this year, company chairman
Harvey S. Firestone Jr. noted
that a total of 197 four-year
scholarships had been awarded.
As of this spring, there were 97
scholarship students attending
67 colleges and universities.
Where Are We?
—From page 3
Left: Double-Barrelled Can
non on City Hall Square in
Athens. Cast in Athens during
War Between the States, it has
become only weapon of its kind
in the world. Designer hoped
that its two cannon balls, link
ed by a heavy chain, would
sweep destruction over the bat
tlefield somewhat like a reaper
mows wheat. Tried out, with
some pine trees for “soldiers”,
the weapon shot one ball pre
maturely, broke the chain,
ploughed up dirt. In later years
“Several students each year
have received high honors and
have been elected to honorary
scholastic groups,” he said. “Be
cause of their excellent work,
many of these students have
been awarded fellowships for
advanced study in graduate and
professional schools.”
Scholarship and Certificate of
Merit winners were selected
from 405 applicants, the largest
list in the eight-year history of
the program. Of the 29 selected
for scholarships, 15 were boys
and 14 were girls. They repre
sent 14 states.
Broader Education Plan
The Firestone scholarship pro
gram is but one segment of the
company’s overall education
program. A limited number of
graduate fellowships is granted
each year, as well as eight one-
year scholarships to 4-H Club
members who have completed
one or more semesters of college
Annual contributions are made
to 14 state or regional associa
tions of private colleges and
universities in areas where the
it was used to celebrate Demo
crat party victories.
Right: Monument to Henry W.
Grady on Marietta street in At
lanta, memorializing Georgia’s
famous journalist. As an orator,
and brilliant editor of the At
lanta Constitution, he was a
powerful influence in the South
during Reconstruction Days
after the War Between the
States. Atlanta’s Marietta street
is financial center of the South
year scholarship, will attend Erskine College,
Due West, S. C. Miss Moss and Miss Francum
were among 104 applicants across the country
who each won a Certificate of Merit and a $50
U. S. Savings Bond. The two Gastonia certificate
winners plan to attend Woman's College at
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company has a plant or a large
concentration of employees. The
company also contributes to the
United Negro College Fund,
Continued education is en
couraged among employees. Ad
vanced training through day
and evening undergraduate and
graduate courses is promoted
and employees are reimbursed
for tuition and fees.
NINE of the 1960 scholars
have selected engineering as
their course of study. Six will go
into education, three will take
pre-law courses, two will study
chemistry and one each will
major in veterinary science,
social science, business adminis
tration, laboratory technology,
nuclear physics, speech therapy,
pre-medical, library science and
Scholarships awarded under
the Firestone program are re
newable annually, based on the
maintenance of satisfactory
grades and general progress
throughout the four-year college
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JUNE, 1960 ‘fire$fon«
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The Price Tag
Moods of the buying public are pretty
easily understood. When prices for goods
climb too high, the customer simply won’t
On this subject, did you ever stop to think
that the wa.y you perform your job de
termines pretty much whether or not cus
tomers will buy our products?
In the windup of things you are the per
son who helps to write the price tag. It’s
this way: If you aren’t giving a full day’s
work for a full day’s pay ... if you are care
less or waste raw materials that go into the
finished product ... if you mishandle ma
chinery and equipment ... if your produc
tivity is less than it should be. . .
You are contributing to higher produc
tion costs. And you know what that means.
Competition in business is keen today.
It’s going to get keener. There’s something
you can do. Constantly strive to keep prod
uct quality high and productidn costs low.
That way, we’ll be on the road to keeping
our full share of the market.
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Publication.

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