Heading the list of long-
service people at Gastonia
for April were Lewis R. Con
nor and Cole L. Whitaker,
each with 25 years of em
ployment completed. Their
pictures are with this article.
Next came eight others with
20 years’ service: David Adams,
Carding; R. M. Fullbright,
Spooling; William G. Hall,
Twisting (synthetics); Annie W.
Bradsihaw, Weaving (synthetics);
Wilbert B. Tate, Weaving (cot
ton); Alva L. McCarter, Shop;
Carl B. Guffey and Thurman
Clark, both Quality Control.
Others on the April roster:
A REFRESHING CHANGE
For Something New—Try Camping
Lewis R. Connor
Cole L. Whilaker
C. A. Faulkner and Jennie D.
Bradley, Twisting (synthetics);
Frank Allison Jr., Shop; Jennie
L. B. Hall, Quality Control.
Vera Lee Carswell, Stella C.
Anderson and Nervie B. Barbee,
all Twisting (synthetics); John
W. Hendricks, Warehouse.
Bobby L. Jones, Shop.
Firestone Scholar On Dean’s List
Betty Ann McAbee was one of
11 in the freshman class named
to the dean’s list for the first se
mester this year at Erskine Col
lege, Due West, S. C. She is the
daughter of L. B. McAbee (as
sistant division manager of cot
ton at Firestone) and Mrs. Mc
The student is completing her
first year in the elementary edu
cation curriculum, attending
Erskine on a Firestone four-year
A member of the South Caro
lina Student Education Associa
tion, Betty has been elected this
organization's secretary of the
Erskine chapter for the coming
She was recently elected soph
omore class representative to
the Women’s Council, a branch
of Women’s Student Govern
ment at Erskine.
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needs and equipment and start
assembling them as you go
along. Put them all in good re
pair for safety.
9. Remember emergencies will
call for a first aid kit, a flash
light with fresh batteries, a tool
kit, extra keys and proper iden
8. Have car completely check
ed for safe operation. Pay special
care to tires, including the spare,
the brakes, lights and wind
7. Arrange quiet games or
other interesting activities for
the children to play in the car.
A long trip is not much fun for
restless youngsters who often
distract the driver.
6. Load equipment and sup
plies carefully, so items to be
used most frequently are easy
5. If some pieces of travel gear
won’t fit into the trunk, pack
them so they won’t obstruct the
4. Notify police and a trusted
neighbor that you will be away,
and ask them to check your
Piano pupils of Mrs. Ray Eng
land presented a recital at Fire
stone Recreation Center recent
ly. Mrs. England’s husband
works in the Shop.
Most of the young people tak
ing part in the recital are from
Firestone families. They were:
Anita Andrews, Debra White
sides, Susan Harris, Janet An
drews, Cathy Whitesides, Jackie
Owens, Donna McClure, Lorice
Jacobs, Patsy Martin, Linda Bed-
dingfield, Jan Hall, Nancy Wal
lace, Kay England, Donna Der-
ryberry, Rita Ledford, Susan
Hollifield and Sam Loudermilk.
premises frequently. Notify the
mailman, milkman and paper
delivery boy that you will be
gone—and for how long.
3. Allow plenty of time to
cover the actual miles you hope
to travel. Schedule frequent rest
stops and allow time to enjoy
the scenery, take pictures and
visit with people along the way.
2. Plan to stop nights and keep
your sleep schedule. Being tired
hinders good driving and robs
everyone of traveling enjoy
ment. Motels and other accom
modations begin to fill early in
the evening, so stop early.
1. Make a last-minute check
at home, like lights and appli
ances that might be unsafe while
you’re gone. Lock windows and
doors, climb into the car—and
all take a ride!
0. Happy traveling!
To Eagle Scout
April was an eventful month
for Robert B. Hull Jr., son of
Robert B. Hull (Quality Control
and laboratory manager at Fire
stone), and Mrs. Hull of 1609
Fairfield drive, Gastonia.
The youth became Gaston
county’s newest Eagle Scout and
a day or so later, received one
of the four first-place prizes at
the Gaston County Science Fair.
His entry was an elaborate dis
play of radio equipment. More
than 300 students took part in
showing 250 exhibits at Wray
Junior High School gymnasium.
Robert’s promotion to Scout-
ing’s highest rank came when
Tommy Rankin, district Scout
executive, presented the eagle
symbol at the April court of
honor in the county courthouse.
Robert is a member of Gastonia
Troop 4. A student at Grier
Junior High School, he has been
in Scouting for three years.
MAY, 1961 PAGE 3
Howard Moore of the Shop
was trying to decide what
kind of vacation to take this
summer. “Why not plan a
camping trip?” ventured
J. C. Crisp of Twisting (syn
thetics). “My family and I
have been making tent living
a part of our vacation for
If you lake J. C. Crisp's ad
vice — as did Howard Moore —
you'll join a growing clan of
some 30 million Americans who
can be expected to take to the
road and the woods on some
kind of camping trip this year.
No matter where you live, it
is possible to find beautiful
camping areas within easy driv
ing distance. National or state
parks and forests with camping
facilities are located in every
section of the country, and in
many areas local and private
campgrounds are growing in
Another reason for the boom
in out-of-doors vacations: An
entire family can enjoy a vaca
tion and still range far afield, at
just a little more than it would
cost to stay at home.
It Works Some Magic
With the many new comforts
and luxuries developed by camp
ing equipment makers, camping
has become a family affair. And
the chief value of a camping va
cation is that it seems to work
magic on family ties—through
visiting new and exciting places
off the “beaten path”, sharing
new experiences, and having fun
A week or two in the health
ful outdoors can mean relaxed
and easy living.
Decided you’ll take a camping
vacation? Next, locate a place
to go. Destination will largely
determine what equipment and
supplies you take along.
Many road maps indicate lo
cations of camping facilities.
Full listings may be had by
writing the department of parks,
conservation, or forestry in the
capitals of states you plan to
visit. For information on nation
al camping areas, write to Na
tional Parks, Department of In
terior; or National Forests, De
partment of Agriculture—Forest
Service both, Washington, D. C.
A newcomer to tent living?
You may want to read articles
or books on camping. Your pub
lic library and most book stores
are good places to look. You will
find listings of camping facilities
in this country and in Canada,
locations, and where to write for
Some Things You'll Need
You can head for the open
road with just about all the com
forts of home—thanks to the im
proved camping equipment on
the market today.
A list of basic articles needed
for an extended camping trip:
Tent, sleeping btigs, camp
stove, portable icebox, lantern,
flashlight with a supply of fresh
batteries, cooking equipment and
eating utensils, food, w'ater jug,
axe, approved gasoline can, and
a well-stocked first aid kit.
While there is almost no end
to gadgets you can take along,
it’s best to keep equipment port
able and simple.
Most important article is the
tent, your biggest item of com
fort and protection from the ele
ments. Buy one with enough
head room for the tallest mem
ber of the family and with
enough floor space to accommo
date the group. An umbrella-
style tent 9 x 11 feet will sleep
four persons. Consider such ad
ditional features as windows and
sewn-in floor for protection
against moisture and insects.
Ocean Blue To Aquamarine
Most tents are made of cotton
canvas, a rugged, long-wearing
fabric. Its porous weave permits
air to pass freely through the
fabric, eliminating danger of
moisture accumulation on the
Canvas tents are made of a
heavy construction called duck,
or of lightweight drills and pop
lins, all easily and quickly set
up. Some colorful models pop
up almost as easily as an um
brella, others attach to your car
top, blossom over the end of a
station wagon, or rise magically
without the aid of tent poles. In
one type, air-filled struts take
the place of poles.
Tent colors range from ocean
blue and aquamarine to pink
Big changes in equipment are
not limited to tents. Equipment
includes multi - story sleeping
bags, so the user can choose the
layer needed for the tempera
ture; fancy stoves and cooking
utensils; and such articles as
canvas air mattresses, air pil
lows, cots, portable showers, and
panels for privacy and protec
tion from wind and sun.
With so many new products
and equipment to make camping
easier and more exciting, you’ll
find this kind of vacation hard
This Is Bike Month
May is American Bike Month,
promoted in the interest of the
55 million cyclists and 27 million
bike owners in this country.
During the month, civic and
fraternal groups, schools, youth
organizations and youth-oriented
groups are sponsoring local-level
programs such as rodeos, parades
and safety programs.
RECREATION NOTES ON TRA VEL
May: For A Good Time
A warm-weather call to seashore areas of the
Carolinas, spring wildflowers in all their glory,
festivals, sports-recreation “specials”, and his
toric shrines. Add them up and you’ve just begun
the list of entries on the travel calendar for May.
Travel information service of plant recreation
would remind you that this is one of the finest
months for vacation and leisure travel in the
Carolinas and neighboring states.
In this state alone, ^ all recreation areas and
scenic attractions are in business for the season.
Outstanding of these are the Blue Ridge Park
way recreational areas and special attractions
open from May 1 through October. In the state
they include Parkway Craft Center in Moses
Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock; Museum of
North Carolina Minerals at Gillespie Gap near
Spruce Pine; Doughton Park near Laurel
Springs; campgrounds at Doughton, Crabtree
Meadows and Julian Price Park, and scenic won
ders like Linville Falls. All sections of the motor
road are open for the season.
You Get A Line; I'll Get A Pole
The Gulf Stream, ocean surf, lakes and moun
tain trout streams are in season for good fishing.
Ocean piers are operating and the sports fishing
craft based at Oregon Inlet, Hatteras, Morehead
City, Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beaches,
Southport and other points along the coast serve
deep-sea anglers. Mountain trout season began
in April, with some streams in the Smokies
scheduled to open in mid-May. An illustrated
guide, “Let’s Go Fishing and Hunting in North
Carolina”, is free on request to the State Adver
tising Division, Raleigh.
All across both Carolinas there are many his
toric attractions — several of them of special in
terest in this Civil War Centennial Year. In North
Carolina, significant Civil War sites like Fort
Macon near Morehead City and Fort Fisher near
Wilmington are treasuries of history.
Typical of other attractions thriving on the
past are the Museum of the Cherokee Indians
and the Indian Village on the reservation at
Cherokee. The Museum is open year-round; and
the Village opens its season this month.
"Dixieland" Open As Literary Shrine
In Asheville, author Thomas Wolfe’s boyhood
home “Dixieland” is maintained as a literary
shrine. Thomas Wolfe Memorial, open to visitors
from May 2 through early autumn, is furnished
as it was when the novelist’s mother operated it
as a boarding house called “Old Kentucky
Outstanding of play events in the state are the
Square Dance Fun Festival at Fontana, May 24-
28; and Magnolia Festival at Wake Forest Col
lege, Winston-Salem, May 7-13.
On the long list of events in May, these are
samples for the sports-and-outdoors-minded:
National “600” stock car race, Charlotte, May 27;
Great Smokies Trail Rides, sponsored by Ameri
can Forestry Association and beginning at
Waynesville, May 31-June 10. Others—in June—
but belonging to the list: “Worlds That Have
Vanished,” Morehead Planetarium at Chapel Hill,
June 1-August 31; Sun-Fun Frolic, Myrtle Beach,