Goodyear Connections

by , under Family History Research, Online Research, WWII

I was flabbergasted when I read earlier this week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer that our president had tweeted that his followers should boycott the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and not buy its products. Apparently a social media posting to the effect that MAGA gear shouldn’t be worn at a Goodyear plant in Topeka, Kansas, get under his skin. Why did he take the time to post about it?

Well, I can’t answer this questions, but I can state a couple of my connections to Goodyear.

For one thing, I have a set of Goodyear Assurance tires on my 2015 Honda Odyssey. I bought them as replacements for the OEM tires before traveling to visit my daughter and her family in New York state last summer.

More appropriate to the genealogical theme of this blog, I do have a collateral relative who worked at the Goodyear company as a carpenter. My uncle, Frank Nikkari, listed as his employer on his WWII “Old Man’s Draft” registration card the Hunkin-Conklin Construction Co. that was doing contract work for Goodyear in Akron, Ohio.

It’s little connections like this that make genealogical research so fascinating.

  1. James M Landt

    I also don’t understand why Pres. Trump does that. But I also wonder why a company would impose a particular social agenda on its employees. Why do they ban the phrase ‘Blue Lives Matter” ?


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