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Homer Hall, assistant division
manager in synthetics at Gas
tonia, was scheduled to leave
with his family in early July for
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Upon arrival
in the Latin American city, Mr.
Hall will begin an extended as
signment, working for the first
year as assistant to William
Rhyne, manager of Firestone’s
textile plant there.
Mr. Rhyne joined the Fire
stone organization at Gastonia in
1953. He was a member of the
supervisory staff in cotton pro
duction here at the time he was
assigned to the Sao Paulo plant
in February of 1955.
Firestone’s textile operation
in Sao Paulo is an important
part of the economy of Sao Paulo
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Hall and
children (from left) Bobby,
Laura Ann and Jeanetle studied
about South America's largest
state, in preparation for their
trip to Sao Paulo, one of the
most important of Latin Ameri-
:an cities. Residents of Sao Paulo
are called "paulistas".
☆ ☆ ☆
State, in the Southeastern part
Sao Paulo is the most popu
lous and leading agricultural and
industrial state in Brazil. Tex
tiles are among the leading in
dustries. Sao Paulo, the capital
with a population of almost 3,-
000,000, is sometimes called “the
world’s fastest-growing city.”
The Hall family was scheduled
to travel by Pan American Air
lines from New York to South
America. Their household effects
have been sent by boat.
Receives HS Award
Company president Raymond
C. Firestone received the first
Humanitarian Service Award
for Industry from the Eleanor
Roosevelt Cancer Foundation, at
a recent dinner in New York
when President John F. Ken
nedy was the principal speaker.
The dinner particularly hon
ored Gen. Omar N. Bradley, who
received the first annual “World
Peace Through World Health”
award of the foundation.
Mr. Firestone accepted his
award on behalf of all American
industry. More than 1,500 phil
anthropic, civic, entertainment
and industrial leaders attended
the dinner at which Mr. Fire
stone was described as “a repre
sentative of American industry
whose humanitarian services
Wealth Awaits You
—From page 1
economical power, labor of ex
ceptional character and ability,
and strategic location supported
“Today that promise has been
fulfilled. Industry came, grew,
prospered. Leading the growth
were three home industries al
ready established; Textiles, to
bacco and furniture. Today the
Carolinas Piedmont is a world
leader in these industries and
the South’s leader in total value
added by manufacture.”
have helped enrich the lives of
all ... a dedicated and con
scientious worker for causes that
benefit his community, his coun
try and the world.’'
RECEIVING the honor, Mr.
Firestone said: “To me, this sym
bol of recognition has a very
special significance, because it
comes from an organization
which, in so short a time, has
done so much toward reaching
one of the great goals of man
kind—relief from human suf
“Although my name is inscrib
ed on this plaque, I realize that
what is being honored on this
occasion is the good corporate
citizenship of all American in
dustry. . .’•
... .YOU SAVE MORE THAN MONEY
Before The Wreck
Because the outdoor season
is a time of coming and go
ing on the highways, this traf
fic safety limerick from the
North Carolina Department of
Motor Vehicles makes a timely
Before the wreck is the time
to check / Your lights and tires
and brake / 'Cause listen, friend
/ Delay might end / All the
plans for pleasure you make.
Win Some Prizes
Five outboard “navigators”
won nine prizes at handicap
races of the Firestone Boating
Club near Seven Oaks Bridge on
the Catawba River, June 17.
This was the first boating com
petition since the club was or
ganized for employees and mem
bers of their families about two
Outboard craft entered in the
competition ranged up to 45
Winner in the 35-hp series was
Woodrow Wooten of Quality
Control, who received a ski rope
from Carson’s Sporting Goods.
Bob Jones of the Shop was sec
ond, with a prize of 10 gallons
of outboard oil from Carson's
Texaco. In a second 35-hp race,
Jones won a regulation life pre
server from Carolina Sales (Bel
IN THE 40-hp series, James
Slechta, Electric Shop, won a
life preserver cushion, compli
ments of Horne’s Home & Auto
Supply, a Firestone dealer.
George Plyler took the 45-hp
series, winning a ski belt from
the Recreation Bowl Sports Cen
In elimination competition for
35, 40 and 45-hp craft, Slechta
won a case of outboard motor oil
from Reece Brothers (Cramer-
W. H. Massey of Twisting
(synthetics) took the sportsman
ship prize—a gift certificate for
a London fog jacket at Mat-
In skiing, Woodrow Wooten
was first with a prize of an oil
change for his craft from
Nichol’s Sunoco. W. H. Massey,
second, received a thermic jug
from Western Auto Stores.
As of July 1, there were 17
members of the boating club.
The group plans another out
board race later in the summer.
Of The Passing Scene
Samuel Wilson Was His Name
Another Independence Day month recalls some of America’s
traditions associated with patriotism and symbols of freedom. One
such tradition is the symbol of Uncle Sam.
Abroad, some people think that George Washington and Uncle
Sam are one and the same, whereas most Americans don’t believe
that Uncle Sam ever existed.
According to “Uncle Sam—the Man and the Legend” by Alton
Ketchum, Uncle Sam’s real name was Samuel Wilson. He and his
brother made bricks and packed meat in Troy, N. Y. When the War
of 1812 broke out, our troops for the northern frontier were gar
risoned nearby, and Sam Wilson was given a contract to supply
them with salt pork and beef. The meat was packed in barrels
stamped “U.S.”, initials that had not then become familiar.
“What does ‘U.S.’ stand for?’' asked the militiamen. “Why,
Uncle Sam, of course,” answered some jokester.
Uncle Sam didn’t appear in cartoons until 1830, and then he
was minus beard and wore a robe rather than striped trousers. He
acquired the goatee and his present attire in Lincoln's time.
Those who knew Uncle Sam Wilson described his as jolly,
genial and generous, of lovable disposition. He died in 1854 and
is buried at Troy alongside his wife Betsy.
SER VICE ANNIVERSARIES
19 Join ‘Long-Time’ Roster
Add John W. Hartgrove’s
name to the list of those who
have received lapel pins after
25 years of service at Gas
tonia, and the total number is
176. Along with a pin to each
person over the past years
has gone a $100 check in
token recognition of the
long-time service. Mr. Hart-
grove began working here
June 23, 1936.
Also in June, Jessie Glover of
the Shop receive'^ his pin for.20
years’ service and a gold watch
—standard gift of the company
after two decades of work. There
were others who marked service
anniversaries in June:
Roy A. Bolynn, Twisting (syn
thetics); Millard F. Goins and
Ross M. Laughridge, Weaving
Marvin Jolly, Hattie P. Moore,
Farm Tires Handle Chores With Ease
—From page 3
lumbiana (Ohio) Homestead
Farms, before they are approved
for the Firestone line.
Because of the specialized use
of farm tires, it would take
years to test new designs, con
struction and compounds under
normal use. So, development
personnel speed up testing at the
Columbiana test installation so
that comparative performance
statistics can be determined in
just a few months.
Extensive research in com
pounding rubber for tires also
shock, it provides an even and
uniform depth for the seed and
prevents damage to the precision
Firestone also makes a rib
tire for rear plow wheels. These
tires run in the plow furrow at
an angle, one shoulder taking
the vertical thrust and the other
shoulder taking the side thrust.
All Firestone farm tires go on
the market with proved quality.
Company engineers put them
through exhaustive tests at the
Farm Tire Test Center, the Co-
J. W. Hartgrove
John W. Garner, Bessie B.
Arney, Lloyd Hope and Thomas
E. Bradley, all Twisting (syn
thetics). Leroy L. Posey, Imo-
gene R. Thompson, Gary P.
Lyles and Jessie Dell Lewis,
Albert L. Wiley, Weaving (cot
ton); Samuel L. Leonhardt, Rosie
Francum and Thomas W. Turner
adds to Firestone’s leadership.
Rubber-XF, developed after
much research, is the strongest
rubber ever used in farm tires.
Firestone's farm-tire line is
another proof of the company’s
promise to make the “Best To
day, Still Better Tomorrow.”
JULY, 1961 PAGE 4
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