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Education Will Help You To Get Ahead
moni Council at the Boy Seoul 50th Anniversary
Jamboree. David Darwin, writer of accompany
ing article, is second from right in second row.
Other scouts from Gastonia were Mike Parrish.
Bob Caldwell. Boyce Wilson, Leslie Morris. Jim
Freeman and Johnny Jones. R. B. Wilson (stand
ing extreme right) was Gastonia leader. Two
other leaders from the council area are in
picture. The banner at right hailed Gastonia as
"The combed yarn center of the world." Fire
stone's mechanical department constructed the
framework and mounted the sign made of ma
terials supplied by another local textile firm and
a department store. Then it was shipped in
knock-down form to Colorado Springs.
Specialized training brings
rich reward in the form of job
promotions, so indicated a sum
mer report from the North Caro
lina Vocational Textile School
at Belmont. When new classes in
all four major areas of study
began September 1, principal
Chris E. Folk announced this list
of promotions for those who
have studied at the school. The
report is as of June 30 this year:
48 Superintendents
348 Overseers
485 Fixers and Section Men
108 Second Hands
110 Laboratory Technicians
125 Machinists
95 Miscellaneous Promotions
Gastonia Scouts Recall Summer Jamboree
Seven Boy Scouts and two
leaders from Gastonia as
sembled with other Scouts
and leaders at Piedmont
Scout Camp, Tryon, N. C.,
July 7. It was the first part
of a trip which took us to
the 50th Anniversary Scout
Jamboree at Colorado
Springs, Colo.
After three days spent at the
Tryon camp, we began the
journey to Colorado Springs. On
the way, we spent a night in
Birmingham, Ala.; Texarkana
and Amarillo, Texas, arriving at
Philmont Scout Ranch near
Cimarron, N. Mex., July 14.
Along Nature Trails
For five days we hiked in the
mountains, camping out at
night. We would arrive at a
base camp, pitch the tents, cook
our meals and then gather
around a campfire before bed
Out there you can really see
Nature. There are the beautiful
mountain peaks and such wild
life as deer and rabbits.
The buses came July 19 and
took us to the Jamboree. Arriv
ing that same afternoon, we set
up our tents. Three days later,
the Jamboree officially opened
with a show in the huge arena.
Attending on opening night were
56,000 Scouts from the United
States and 30 other countries.
Matt Dillon, U.S. marshal of
TV’s “Gunsmoke,” narrated
part of the opening program.
At the Jamboree layout there
were four trading posts and
many tents where you could
buy articles, and where scouts
could trade things.
On the program beyond the
opening session were a rodeo, a
display of the “Blue Angels” (a
team of Navy flyers), an Air
Force drill team, skill-o-ramas,
a Boys’ Life exhibit, and the ap
pearance of such entertainment
stars as the Lennon Sisters and
Herb Shriner.
Birthday Ceremony
The Jamboree closed on the
night of July 28, with another
show in the arena. This was a
sort of birthday party for Scout
ing. A giant cake with 50 can
dles represented 50 years of
At this ceremony, a scout
from each country represented
came forward and said “Happy
Birthday” in his native lan
guage. At the end of the pro
gram, Dr. Arthur A. Shuck
completed his term as Chief
Scout Executive, turning over
this high office to Joseph Brun-
ton Jr.
After the ceremony, each
scout lit a candle. The thou
sands of flames in the night
were an inspiring sight to see.
The singing of “Auld Lang
Syne” closed the Jamboree pro
We left July 29 on the home
ward trip, spending one night
each in the towns of Wichita,
Kan.; Poplar Bluff, Mo., and
Knoxville, Tenn. We stopped a
while at Dodge City, Kan. On
the way from the mid-west, we
traveled from Missouri to Ken
tucky to Illinois to Tennessee
in just three minutes. How? By
crossing small corners where
these states join.
Back at the Scout camp near
Tryon on August 1, parents and
friends joined us, for the
journey on home.
Attending the 50th Anniver
sary Boy Scout Jamboree was a
trip of a lifetime—one that I’ll
never forget.
Mr/s. John Weed Jr. Live In Chicago
After a wedding trip to Blow
ing Rock, Mr. and Mrs. John
deRoulhac Weed Jr., went to
live at 1209 North State street
in Chicago, 111. They were mar
ried in an exchange of vows at
high noon, August 27 in Gas
tonia’s First Methodist Church.
Mrs. Weed, the former Miss
Sarah Marie Mercer, is the
daughter of Harold Mercer,
Firestone Textiles general man
ager. She was graduated from
St. Mary’s Junior College, Ral
eigh, and Hollins College, Va.,
and spent a year in Paris, France
on a Hollins Abroad program
of study.
Mr. Weed attended Santa
Monica College, Santa Monica,
Calif., and is employed by Con
tinental Casualty Company of
☆ ☆ ☆
David Darwin of Gastonia was
official scribe for Troop Sec
tion 80 which was composed of
boys from North Carolina Pied
mont Council attending the
Fifth National Boy Scouts of
America Jamboree in Colorado
this summer. He reported to his
hometown in a series of three
articles published in the Gas
tonia Gazette. Here, David looks
back on his trip to the Jambo
ree as a matter of cherished
memory. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. V. Darwin. The
scout's lather is plant sales
manager at Firestone Textiles.
1299 Total Promotions
1812 Total Graduates
COMMENTED Mr. Folk: “The
value of the school to industry,
it seems, is shown by this list
of promotions. Some of these
graduates who have gone up to
superintendents, were fixers or
supply clerks when they began
their study here. In a number of
instances, they have made the
statement that they would still
be fixers if they had not attend
ed the school.”
Four Fields Of Study
The current term at the school
is offering courses in yarn
manufacturing, weaving and de
signing, mill maintenance (ma
chine shop), knitting and tailor
ing. In addition, there is a class
in mill maintenance and one in
yarn manufacturing offered in
evening hours. At the time the
new session began, principal
Folk announced that a night
class in weaving and designing
would be started, if a sufficient
number of students applied.
Programs at the school are
classified for pre-employment
training and supplementary
training. The school advises the
supplementary training and rec
ommends the student to get a
job in industry and attend
school on his off shift. He will
get much more out of the course
if he will study along the line
of work he is doing in the plant
and will progress faster in his
career, school officials believe.
Still, it is a fact that the pre
employment training does give
an employee two to three years’
advantage for promotion in the
North Carolina Vocational
Textile School has been in op
eration 16 years. For the past 12
years it has operated at capacity
enrollment of 300 students.
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the side
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far out into the street.
September Features The Best of Two Seasons
Look to North Carolina for a good combination
of choice features of summer and autumn pack
ed into September—a month that is a goodbye to
the sunny season not yet gone, and an introduc
tion to fall days sure to come.
September intensifies the coloring which gives
the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains
their names, and gradually splashes their peaks
and slopes with foliage brightness which reaches
its splendor in October. At this time of year sea
oats ripen on dunes along the Atlantic coast and
autumn flowers bloom across the entire state.
Come To The Fair
More than two dozen fairs take place across
the state during September. Dates of Sept. 12-17
are set for fairs at Hamlet, Concord, Hickory,
and StatesviUe; while the Sept. 19-24 list in
cludes those at Goldsboro, Madison, Zebulon,
Salisbury, Lenoir, Yanceyville, Lexington, Dur
ham and High Point.
Fairs for Sept. 26-Oct. 1 are scheduled for
Warrenton, Sanford, Enfield, Beaufort, Burling
ton, Wilson and Mount Airy. Two outstanding
ones Sept. 27-Oct 1 are the 37th annual Cleveland
County Fair at Shelby; and the 60th annual
Greensboro Agricultural Fair at Greensboro.
The 11th annual “Mule Days” celebration at
Benson Sept. 23-25 tops the festival list this
month. If you are traveling through Harnett and
Johnston counties at that time, you’ll long re
member this agricultural festival with its grand
champion mule contest and a bonus of street
dancing, music, speeches, and a parade.
With offshore and surf fishing of autumn be
ginning, the NC coast has more ocean fishing
piers than ever before — a total of 28, and all
open through October. Five contests, one all-coast
and the others regional, continue into November.
Into The Singing Hills
Traveling westward? Square dances are fun for
the whole family through the autumn season at
mountain resorts. Waynesville’s Saturday night
square dances continue to Nov. 26. At Fontana,
largest resort in the Great Smoky Mountains,
there’s a square dance fun festival Sept. 7-11, and
a square dance Pre-Swap Shop and Swap-Shop,
Oct. 1-9.
Late-summer surf bathing and choice sightsee
ing in the mountains suggest variety. With an
other color parade on its way, scenery along the
“rooftop of Eastern America” lures the traveler
to the hills.
Along the present 200 miles of the Blue Ridge
Parkway recreation areas have been increased
to seven this summer, Julian Price Park near
Blowing Rock being the latest added.
You'll Like Abingdon
Some Firestone people have reported a “travel
er’s treat” afforded by a side trip off the Park
way at Blowing Rock to the historic and pic
turesque area of Southwest Virginia, around
Abingdon. A new section of highway west of
Boone will take you by way of Watauga Lake
in the TVA group, then you can go to Mountain
City, Damascus, and Abingdon.
This friendly town, known afar as the home
of the famed Barter Theatre, will remind you of
Colonial Williamsburg. Stately old homes, an
tique shops, historic sites and superb scenery in
the area make Abingdon a point from which to
take numerous sightseeing tours.
Here, you can board the N&W’s renowned
“Virginia Creeper” for a thrilling trip over 55
serpentine miles to West Jefferson, N. C. The
trip will take you over 108 trestles, across tow
ering White Top mountain, and along the edge
of Jefferson National Forest.
Park your car free in the depot lot and get
aboard one of the few remaining passenger-
freight combos any weekday at 7:30 a.m. There’ll
be tim.e for lunch in West Jefferson by 11:45
a.m., when the train leaves for return to Abing
don. September and October are ideal months
to go for a ride on the “Creeper”.

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