Issued Every Two Weeks By
and For the Employees
W HIS T L E
MARSHALL FIELD & COMPANY, INC,
Manufacturing Division, Spray, North Carolina
Monday, July 8, 1946
FOUR RETIRING EMPLOYEES HAVE RECORD OF 200 YEARS SERVICE
Pictured above are four key men of Marshall Field and
Company who were retired with pensions on June 30 and
whose combined years of service total 200.
Left to right are E. D. Pitcher, finance ofllcer, 61 years and
six months; Cabell P. Wall, Bedspread mill superintendent, 46
years and six months; W. B. Wilson, office cashier, 44 years
and eight months; and Nelson A. McBride, Warehouse foreman.
47 years and six months.
Other key men with long records of continuous service are
W. H. Owen.s, Knrastan Dyeing foreman, 48 years and six
months; John E. Williams, Supply room clerk, 45 years and one
month; James A. Edwards, Finishing mill head maintenance
man, with 40 years and seven months; and J. 1. Johnston,
Rayon mill foreman, 35 years and nine months.
Under Pension Plan
One hundred and twenty-two pen
sioned employees of Marshall Field and
Company, Manufacturing Division, were
honored by the management at a buffet
luncheon at Central Y. M. C. A., Spray,
Monday afternoon at which 55 em.ploy-
ees retired as of June 30 were lauded
in testimonials and were presented their
first pension checks.
Luther H. Hodges of New York, Mar
shall Field vice-president and general
manager of the Manufacturing Division,
speaking to the group, told of the Com
pany’s pleasure in helping in a practical
way its long-service employees. He told
of similar meetings in other parts of the
Company and the appreciation shown
by retiring employees.
“I am happy that the Company has
been successful and can afford financi
ally to pay pensions for life to many of
its workers,” Hodges said. He explained
carefully that the Company put in the
pension program for two reasons: to
help take care of older employees in
their later years and to give younger
employees a better chance, for advance
Hodges gave in some detail certain
background and historical events in the
life of the 94-year-old Company and re
lated stories about the original Marshall
Field and other executives. He describ
ed interesting incidents about the Spray
mills in the early days of ownership.
In closing he expressed his wish that the
employees would enjoy to the fullest
their gained leisure and would find time
to help other people and to do things
they had long planned to do.
Ben C. Trotter, Manufacturing Divi
sion representative on the retirement
committee, presided over the program.
Cabell P. Wall, a retiring mill superin
tendent with 46 years and 6 months ser
vice, spoke briefly for the retiring em
ployees. W. C. Glasgow brought greet
ings from previously retired employees.
Testimonials to the retiring employees
were presented by Harold W. Whitcomb,
divisional vice-president and assistant,
general manager of the Manufacturing
Division; J. Frank Wilson, production
manager; E. L. Brown, comptroller; R.
T. Graham, New York, general sales
manager; and J. M. Norman, Jr., J. E.
Barksdale, J. G. Halsey, and J. H. Rip
ple, mill managers; and J. P. Powell,
assistant mill manager.
E. D. Pitcher, retiring finance officer,
led in length of service with 61 years
and six months. Nelson A. McBride and
W. H. Owens, foremen, were next with
nearly a half-century each. Six more
employees had over 40 years each. The
cumulative total for the 55 employees
retired June 30 represents 1,435 years
Marshall Field employees with five or
more years of continuous service are
eligible for retirement with pension at
age of 65. Full cost of the plan is borne
by the Company. The pension plan was
inaugurated in December, 1943, and
prior to June 30 there were 67 employ
ees already retired on pension.