North Carolina Newspapers

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Volume VII
No. 16
Our staie fair at Raleigh this
month brings the reminder that
such expositions actually were
held in this country even before
there was a United States.
In spite of limited factlities and
primitive tools, early settlers de
veloped considerable skill in rais
ing crops, weaving, shoemaking,
woodworking, cookery, and the
like. They were justifiably proud
of their accomplishments. But be
ing subjects of the English crown
they could hold no public show
ing or competitive exhibits with
out royal permission. That ob
stacle was., removed, however,
when King George III signed a
writ on February 3, 17G1, giving
the right "to hold fairs" to the
colonists of the area later known
as the state of Vermont.
Those early fairs and similar
country and state events of today
are simply modernized versions
of ancient festivals which greet
ed the seasons of paintings and
harvest. Now they range in form
from the elaborate New Orleans
Mardi Gras and the Philadelphia
Mummer's Parade to the still
simple fairs in agricultural coun
ties. And these latter most truly
reflect the "fair" spirit of colonal
Now, as 200 years ago, farm
folks display the fruits of their
labor and compete for the covet
ed blue ribbons or other prizes
which denote the superiority of
their products. Men exhibit live
stock or choice specimens of their
crops. Womenfolk display their
jams, ..cakes,., needlework., and
other achievements of feminine
skill. And all exhibitors, prize
winners or not, enjoy that warm
satisfaction of knowing that their
handiwork was worthy of display
for all to see.
To me there is an interesting
parallel between these fair ex
hibitors and us of Anvil Brand.
(Continued On Page Two)
Three Major Promotions Announced
By President Of Anvil Brand
Three major promotionis in Anvil Brand’s executive staff have been announce!! by Presi
dent R. C. Kirchofer, with the changes effective the first of October.
W. J. Rives has been elevated to the position of direct assistant to F. D. Mehan, execu
tive vice president; Reitzel N. Morgan has assumed the position of Manager of Production,
replacing Rives, and Clayton C. Holmes, Jr., has been promoted to Chief Industri;!] F'jigineer,
the position Morgan held, and will work directly under Morgan.
Mr. Kirchofer stated these
changes have been made as part
of the program to round out the
Executive Staff and to provide,
wherever possible, recognition
within the organization.
This action, Mr. Kirchofer con
tinued, is significant not only as
a mark of recognition of what
these men have accomplished; it
serves to strengthen the chain
of command and to provide re
lief for executives who have be
come increasingly burdened with
responsibilities. Also, he said, this
P'ermits re-planning berttain
phases of operation and to dis
tribute generally the work load
by delegating duties to men who
have demonstrated their capa
“I know you will join^e,” Mr.
Kirchofer said, “not only in com
mending Mr. Rives, Mr. Morgan
and Mr. Holmes for ’heir vast'
achievements, but also in con
gratulations for continued
successful growth with our com
pany.” ^
Mr. Rives first came with the
company in Sanford in 1936 when
High Point Overall operated a
branch plant there. After two
years away from the company he
returned 'to the firm dnH1940, with
his work including conversion of
machinery to modernize the
plant. He then went into en
gineering when a consulting
firm of engineers was setting up
an engineering department for
the company.
In 1948 he was appointed a
vice-president of the company,
in charge of production and has
held that position since.
A native of Sanford, Mr. Rives
is married to Elizabeth Stuckey
Rives, a former school teacher.
They have three children, Eliza
beth, 10; Warren, 7; and Jeff, 4.
Mp. Morgan is a native of High
Point and came directly to Anvil
Brand from the University of
North Carolina when he received
his business administration de
gree in 1948. He had served in
the Army Air Corps as a ; 'Mt
and instructor. He went into wnal
was then the Standan’'? Depart
ment, taking motion and time
studies. In 1950 Mr. Morgan was
made manager of the W ’ 'im-
plification and New Met. -- Di
vision of the Engineeriii ■ ^ept.
In 1950 he was named Supervisor
of Engineering and in 1954 be
came assistant secretary of the
company and this year he was
made an assistant vice-president.
Mr. iHolmes has been with the
company since 1951, having come
directly from the University of
North Carolina when graduating
with a degree in business admin
istration. He had served in the
Army Infantry from 1945 to 1947.
After going through the engineer’s
training period in the company,
he has worked in engineering
various departments in the plants.
A native of Wilmington, he is
29 and he and his wife, Betty,
have two girls, - who are three
years and seven months old. They
live at 2412 Williams Street.

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