GASTONIA • NORTH CAROLINA VOLUME X-NUMBER 13 DECEMBER, 1961 Tire$ton« W S3SW Rubber • Chemicals • Textiles Synthetics • Metals • Plastics m'. 1 j:. . V ' x> *.t. - rfppl i.-ii , it. 't#'V ’) ■;,• ' >“ ■ ■ .' 'in.'-.*- ■ "I Wonder As I Wander", folk-carol with its Hughes of Martins Creek Road, Murphy, look tender Nativity theme, is most at home in the across a Cherokee County landscape, sug- pine-covered hills of Western North Carolina, gestive of the mood in the beloved Christmas because it was here the song was preserved carol. The Hughes are the parents of Elmina and given to posterity. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Bradshaw who works in Twisting. A GIFT FROM THE HILLS A chance meeting of a folkways collector and a wandering family has left a beloved song in the living tradition of Christmas the world over One of the world’s most beloved folk- carols of Christmas is a gift from the hills of Western North Carolina. Back in the early 1930s John Jacob Niles, well-known American folklorist, was recording the old ballads handed down from generation to generation to the people in the South ern Highlands. It was near Christmas. Wandering along the main street of Murphy, Niles heard a young girl singing a plaintive little song in minor key. The folklorist had not heard it before. . . “I wonder as I wander out under the sky. . He pushed through the listening crowd and asked the little girl to sing it again. As he made a recording of the song, he was sure he had heard something new . . . and somehow, something very old and rare, yet common as the eternal blue haze over the Smokies, spring water, mountain sunlight, and the rugged hills themselves. the little girl said she had no idea who might have written the “piece” she was singing. She’d always known it . . . didn’t know that it was especially unusual. Her name was Annie Morgan, and she was s member of a transient family, leaving Murphy that very day. The family headed west. When Niles tried to foUow it up, no body west of Murphy could remember seeing More on page 3 Off-Job Safety For December At quitting time on your shift, you can’t tuck away safety-awareness-and-practice in your locker, desk drawer or toolbox as you head for home. At least if you do, you are a choice candidate for injury yourself, and you may be the cause of injury to someone else. This is the truth behind observance of Off-the-Job Safety Month in December. Every year, all Firestone plants in the United States set aside the months of May and December for stressing away- from - the - job injury control. Within or near these two months are five major holidays and each one takes its lion’s share of toll in injury and death every year. Most of these injuries and fatili- ties occur at home, at play, on the highways, or other places beyond the job. "Our company is vitally in terested in its employees as peo ple 24 hours of every day—not just while they're on the job in factory, store, or wherever else Firestone - Ohtsu Plant In Japan To Produce Tires The Firestone company plans to produce tires in Osaka, Japan, in cooperation with the Ohtsu Rubber Industry Company, Ltd. An agreement signed by the two companies gives Firestone its fourth facility for production of tires and tubes in the South Pacific and Eastern Hemis pheres. A plant was opened in Bombay, India in 1940; at Christchurch, New Zealand in 1948; and at Manila, The Phil ippines in 1957. Under the agreement, Fire stone will provide technical in formation and assistance and share its knowledge of new de velopments with Ohtsu. Both Firestone tires and the Ohtsu brand will be produced in the —More on page 3 they may work," said Gastonia plant general manager Harold Mercer. Figures gathered in the com pany’s safety department show that in a typical month, injuries taking place away from the job and leading to lost time at work outnumber on-job injuries at least 30 to 1. ANNOUNCING the annual emphasis on control of holiday- season injuries, company safety manager M. R. Batche said the main purpose of the effort is the reduction of pain and suffering to employees and their loved ones. Mr. Batche pointed out —More on page 4 ☆ ☆ ☆ • Faye Kennerly with a time ly message. She works in Weav ing (synthetics). December 16 Children’s Yule Parties Set Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And he’s on his way for a pre-Christmas Eve visit with Firestone youngsters in the Gas tonia area. This will be St. Nick’s 22nd annual whirlwind flight to Christmas parties for children of Firestone households here. By special arrangement, Santa loads up many nice things some where south of the Arctic Re gions and has them piled high at the parties here. Members of the industrial relations depart ment at the Gastonia plant serve as special agents for the fun and frolic. The parties will go according to traditional schedule — this year, on Saturday, Dec. 16. As in the past, shows will be staged in three installments, two at the Webb Theatre downtown, with beginning time 9 and 11 a.m.; and at the Palace Theatre on North York street, beginning at 10:30 a.m. At all performances Santa will be on hand to see that gifts are handed out. His appearance will be preceded by a program of sparkling movie fare, including cartoons, short-length comedy and other features. Children through 13 years of age who are members of Fire stone households will be honor ed guests.