That Bull's-eye Flag
A careful check throughout the plant shows the following statistics relative to war bond sales
based on payroll figures: Plant 1, factory workers, 9.5%; office, 8.5%; Plant 2, factory, 9.5%;
office, 6.1%; or a general average of 9.3% for the whole of International Industries. To win the
bull's-eye flag for the entire plant, it will be necessary to attain an average of 10% of the total
payroll. In case either plant reaches the 10% figure, a bull's-eye flag will be flown by that
individual plant, regardless of the factory average. It has also been arranged to award small
bull's-eye flags to individual departments which attain an average of 10% of their .own payroll. The
above statistics will show what has to be done throughout the factory to reach the goal, but in
plants and in departments. See your bond captains and arrange to increase your bond purchases to 10%
or more if possible. The Minute Man flag for 90% participation of employees in war bond purchases
has been awarded to both plants and should be flying by the time this issue of Argus Eyes is off the
press. The captains wish to thank everyone for their loyal co-operation in purchase of war bonds and
ask their further support in increasing sales throughout the plant.
(In Cosmopolitan's Better Way) To men of loyalty and rense, 1941 will long be remembered as the
most aggravating year in American history. That was the year certain héroes, senators,
paragraphers and plain traitors joined with the faint-hearted and the Axis press in telling America
what she couldn't do. Never during the blackest days of the depression were .the nation's ears
assailed by such a raucous and exasperating concatenation of can'ts. You can't buck the wave of the
future. You can't break the machine-tooi bottleneck. You can't overtake the Axi? lead in armament.
You can't move an army past the Nazi submarines. You can't tooi up heavy industry in time to win.
You can't fight a two-ocean war with a one-ocean fieet. Can't, can't, can't, the boys were marching
. . . the bad. daneerous invincible Axis boys. Better throw in the sponge and save your necks.
Better give up the dangerous dream of stopping this ghastly business. You can't. It was terrible to
hear. particularly for those who realized the gigantic power and genius of American Industry. And
next to pheer relief in seeing the world shed of brigands. our chief joy in victory will come from
Industry'r having caught the?e fhabby defeatist with their can'ts down.
Notice To Argus Club Members
We would like all members of the Argus Recrea tion Club to know that the Argus Ladies' Leaeue
paid for their own bowling banquet this year. The company paid for it la:t year and not the club.
There has been some discussion on this point. Most everyone thinks we have received too much monev
from the club Conn-ering the large amount of money the club has made this year, the $150.00 we were
allowed for bowling shi1 is a verv Fmall sum. We can-ied the name "Areus" on our shirts
all year te advertise the club. We under.tand the club was meant to sponsor all recreational grouns
or we would not have asked for the banquet. We expect to have a bowling league again next year, but
if the club does not sponsor us we will not carry "Argus" on our shirts. The Argus Ladies'
"Bowling League Laura Egeler, Secretary.
JJo you hyphenate hedache?" "Not unless it's a splitting headache."
Minute Man Flag Raised
One percent additional payroll deduction from each employee for bonds will give us the Bull's-eye
flag. Can't we do it?
Although International Industries has been entitled to a Minute Man flag for some time, it has
not been raised because we have been so close to a Bull'seye flag. The deductions for bonds have
been running about 9.3% per month or seven-tenths of one-percent short. Now the Minute Man flag has
been hoisted and, due to the April drive, the ten percent flag will be up for at least one month. In
the April drive the two leaders are Francés Hill of plant two with $1,875
sold and Harold Peterson of plant one with $1,825. The total of extra bonds sold for April is
about $12,000 in the two plants. No definite quota has been set for our plant, but we would like to
go about $20,000. The payroll deductions for March in both plants amounted to $16,449.01. If each
employee would rake his deduction one percent, we could keep the Bull'seye flag flying all the time
instead of for one month. Let's set our goal for that.
Dolorous Dan Mchugh
(Verse with moral, written in pursuance of the current advertising trend of using fine poetry to
get across a selling message.) A bunch of GI's was scoopin' it up in a Malamute saloon, With
Corporal Cohén at the baby grand, banging a rag-time tune, When out of the night, that was 50
below, Dog-dour and loaded with woe, Strode Sergeant Dolorous Dan McHugh, the terror of Company O.
Now, Dan was a sarge with a pan like a barge, With hard little slits stead of eyes, One look at his
puss was enough to produce depression in 99 guys. On the night of my tale they had just got the
mail, And a GI was handing it out. When he gave Dan his mail, the frown disappeared And in joy Dan
gave vent to a shout. And from then until now, old Dan's been a wow, And they cali him Big Brother
McHugh, And he's everybody's pal, which goes to prove What a picture of home folks can do. Yes, a
picure from home some photographer sent, Made Wild Dan McHugh very tame. Now all is K. O. in Company
O, If you're a photog, do the same.
Dept. Decides To Mail Argus Eyes To Its Key Dealers
April 5, 1943. Tn „ __: , FROM: Homer Hilton TO: Vern Heek, President Argus Recreation Club
Asyou know, the Sales Department asked for a reprint of last month's issue ot Argus Eyes," so
we could send a copy toour dealers. The reaction is so tavorable, in that many dealers have
expressed keen interest in this newsy and mteresting paper, they want to remain on our list
permanently, so they may be kept in touch with what is going on here at the plant. ë We want to
comply with the request oí these dealers, so wish to have 1 000 copies each month hereafter,
these tó be mailed to our Number 1 dealers Inasmuch as this increased quantity is about half
of the total number which will be printed each month, I suggest we pay 50% of the cost because I
believe this added expense of the Sales Department is fully justified because of the value we will
get in creating greater good-will for the Company among some of our dealers. I am sending a copy of
this note to uy Core, so he will give proper instructions to be certain the Sales Department pays
their proportion of the expense hereafter. - A11 . March 25, 1943. To All Argus Dealers: It's been
almost a year since an Argus salesman has called on you The reason is, of course, that Aviation
Kadios, Precisión Optical and Fire Control Equipment for the Army and Navy are rolling off
our production lines where the C3, the Model A and the Argoflex formerly held sway. Although we
still haven't anything to sell you, we think you'll be interested in the enclosed copy of
"Argus Eyes," a monthly publication issued by our Employees' Association. The names and
faces appearing in this lively little magazine will probably be strangers to you. But we want you to
get acquainted with them because they're the folks who are gomg to build more and better Argus
cameras for you after the war. We don't know how soon this will be, but we want you to know that the
sacrifices you have made in going without cameras have, at least in a small way, helped to hasten
the day when we can resume civilian manufacturing. Meanwhile, we hope your problems of doing
business have not been too difficult, and we look forward with keen anticipation to the time when we
will be seeing you again. Until then - all good luck to you. Sincerely yours, ARGUS. Ann Arbor.
Homer Hilton, Sales Mgr. Quite a few changes have taken place in our dealer organization during the
oast year. Won't you please help us bring our records up to date by filling out the enclosed post
card (no stamp required). Mail it today so we can be sure your next copy of "Argus Eyes"
Returns Being Tabulated For Club Election
Although all campaigning is over and all parties are resting up from their strenuous efforts to
win the election, all returns are not yet in from all the various departments and no report can be
made as yet on the outcome of the voting for representatives for the Argus Recreation Club. Some
ballots from the far northern reaches of plant one seem to have been held up by heavy snow, but we
expect by the next issue to have a full report of the representatives elected and their choice of
officers for the coming year.
" 'Erbert. you really shouldn't have kissed me like that, with all those people so close
around us, even if it was in the dark." "I didn't kiss you. I only wish I knew who it was
- I'd teach him." " 'Erbert, you couldn't teach 'im nothing."
Argus Eyes For Victory!
This paper is an employees' publication. lts aims are: 1. To present news of individuals
throughout the two plants. 2. To keep former employees now in the service informed as to what is
going on at International Industries. 3. To present up-to-date information on all problems vital to
employees which the war has brought about. 4. To give all employees an opportunity to express
themselves. No items will be used which will tend to ridicule or embarrass anyone. Humor and
good-natured fun, however, are always acceptable. EDITORIAL STAFF Editors . . . Maurice Doll, Jeanne
Crandell Sports Editor Harold Peterson Photographer Richard Bills Circulation Manager Naomi Knight
For the Argus Club Verne Heek Chief Contributors: Laura Egeler Sophia Franczyk
The election of April fifth was a feeble example of a great democracy in action. We do not mean
this as any reflection upon the men who were chosen for the various offices because they are in all
probability capable men for the jobs We do believe, however, that the lighi vote in this election is
an indication oJ the value that is placed on a privilege that men are fighting to retain. We don't
want to be accused of resorting to appeals to patriotism in this matter, because the history of the
past few years is a more striking proof of the danger that confronts us. Hitler's rise was not based
entirely on force but rather on the power of the ballot. He started out with a small political
party, the National Socialists, who were originally regarded as a joke. but by electing a few
members to the Reichstag, gradually exerted enough power to take over the entire government. In
France the same thing happened. Laval was elected to office by the vote of the people. We have
groups in this country that could cause a lot of trouble if . they could get representation in our
government. The Huey Longs and the Gerald L. K. Smiths aren't as ridiculous as we think.
Inspection Dept. Fetes Ralph Rideneur
Ralph Rideneur was pleasantly surprised on his birthday, March 9th, when his inspection
department held a party for him in the cleaning room. He was presented with a large birthday cake
decorated with red roses and also a nice gift. Everyone present, even the guards, enjoyed helping
him sample the cake. The onlv disappointment was that he left us all guessing his age. Kinda mean,
An eight-pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jan A. Van den Broek on March 28, 1943. The following
poem is dedicated to the Van den Broaks from Dept. 40: Pacing the floor in our old goon cage, He
soon had us all in a flaming rage. At three o'clock he left the plant, To see what ol' Uncle Stork
had sent, 'Twas a nice little eight-pound baby boy, To mama and Blondie, oh! What a joy. They're
proud; as proud as they can be, To now have a family consisting of three. He has blue eyes and very
blonde hair, So he and daddy make quite a pair! If Jan Van den Broek the third's his name, Then we
all know he's headed for fame! Van carne in at eight without any rest, And certainly tried hard to
do his best. With puffed-up chest and big red eyes, He announced the news to all the guys. The best
of luck, you fortúnate three, We hope you continue to happy be!
Because our most important job at present is making weapons of war, we don't often find time to
enjoy things of a lighter nature. We do feel, however, that a short meeting of the workers in the
Lens Department is justified at this time because of the importance of the occasion. As you know, we
have all been contributing to the Red Cross; we have all helped to wish "God Speed" to our
entering the "Service" and from time to time we have aided each other in distress. But
behind all these things has been a moving spirit, a spirit that has not only fostered these
contributions, but one that has kept up the morale of the plant. Therefore, in recognition of all
the goofy horseplay, of all the blasted insolence and last, but by no means least, the insufferable
insults that we have put up with because of a few measly scratches and holes, we celébrate
this 99th birthday of Roy Hoyer.
FINE AMERICAN CAMERAS PRECISIÓN OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS AVIATION RADIO EQUIPMENT BUY WAR
A recení ad in Fortune, Time, Newsweek, U. S. News, National Geographic and olher
Homer Hilton Surprised On Birthday
The Argus League is in its final stages, but the winner of the title is yet very much in doubt.
At the present time Office No. 1 and the Lens Tool Room are deadlocked in first place. After holding
the lead for the entire season, the toolmakers finally succumbed to the combined pressure of their
opponents and some "professional heckling." The Office team took over first place, winning
three games from the tough Inspection five, while the Lens Tool Room was dropping three games to
Lawhead and his Lens Machine team. On the following week the two teams met in a crucial series, but
at the end of the evening each team had won two games, so the Office outfit maintained their one
game margin. Jess Cope, captain and choir man for Office No. 1, was the big gun team and his opening
222 game gave them that game and provided the necessary pins for the point for total pins. Sinclair
and Hartman furnished the spark for the toolmakers and their efforts feil short by two pins of
winning the point for the total pin fall. This match was one of the best and most interesting of the
bowling season. The one game lead was held by the Office team until the following week when the Lens
Tool Room gave the cellar dweiling Machine No. 1 team another whitewashing, and Office No. 1 was
taking three games from Machine No. 2. Following closely on the heels of the two top teams are other
fives that must be given an excellent chance of snagging the crown in the final weeks of bowling.
The Inspection, Paint Shop, Lens Prisms. Lens Office, and the Office No. 2 teams are closely bunched
and none is more than six games from the top. If any one of these teams should run into a
"hot" streak it is very possible for one of them to carry off the highly desired first
place. The winner of the title will most likely not be decided until the final evening's bowling.
The Bendix Wildcats who had been moving along in high gear were slowed down to walk by the
unpredictable Material Control team. Going into the match, the Wildcats were the decided favorites
to sweep all four games, but the controllers really poured it on the wild ones. The Wildcats were
forced to accept four humiliating defeats to their opponents who won the games without the benefit
of any "spot." For the Material Control it was the "Terrible Three" of Harrie,
Harvey and Fisher who "dood" most of the doing. These defeats practically eliminated the
Wildcat team as a contender for the Argus League Championship. The real surprise of the league for
this year has been the showing of the Office No. 2 team. This five started the year with only one
experienced bowler, Glenn Hilge. "Lucky" Koegler, Héctor Haas, Frank Ferrier and
Gene Livesay were all bowling in league competition for the first time. Despite this fact this team
has been no set-up for any of the other fives and have now gained a strong foothold in the first
división and only six games in back of the leaders. The latest team to feel their sting was
the Wildcat outfit who dropped three games to them despite the fact that "Lefty" Kendrovis
rolled a pair of 200 games and a 580 total.
With the coming of nice weather many Argus "softballers" are anxious to get out and
loosen up their arms getting ready for another season. The last two years the Argus teams have
captured the title in the Industrial League, and there is reason to expect that they will again
field a good team. Last year Manager Joe "Connie" O'Donnell led his team into the
play-offs against a good King-Seeley nine. The King-Seeley team had gone through the season without
once suffering a defeat. But in the playoffs the Argus team played inspired ball and won the title
in two straight. Although many of the players who participated in those games have joined the Armed
Services of the United States, there are some still here who are eager to make it three straight
titles in the Industrial League. Bernie Fisher and Ed Keuhn who did all the twirling last year are
again on hand to baffle their opponents with their assortments of stuff. "Slugger"
Sinelli, "Columbia Lou" Belleau, "Rifle-arm" Kelly, Shrimp Rayment, and Dick
Towner are members of last year's team who will be playing again this year.
On any nice week-end many employees of International will be found chasing the elusive white
pellet on the wide open spaces. With such a great deal of interest in the game it should be rather
easy to form some kind of a club so the game could be played in a competitive manner. All scores
could be turned in and a handicap could be arrived at in the same manner in which the bowling
handicaps are figured. In this way matches and tournaments could be held with all players having an
equal chance regardless of the kind of game they shoot. In the past seasons there have been numerous
employees who have enjoyed their golf, but there has been no organization. It is the writer's
opinión that a great deal of interest could be aroused if this were done.
Women's State Tournament News
The Argus Camera team did very well in the Women's State Tournament. They placed 13th position in
class D, receiving $16.00 for their 1998 series. The girls on the team were: Francés Hinton
(captain), Mary Tucker, Ori Wetherbee, Ethel Jones and Mary Briggs. In class C singles three of the
team played for prize money. Mary Tucker had 466, Francés Hinton had 460 and Mary Briggs 436.
Stephanie Gala placed in class E singles woth 380 and also in the doubles event, with Winnie Frazer
taking 6th place. This was the girls' flrst state tournament and I think they did fine,
Other Argus girls winning prize money were Leola Stoner, Nettie Parks, Nellie Hecox, Joy Hartman
and Laura Egeler. These girls did not bowl on Argus teams.
Championship Mixed Doubles News
Ori Wetherbee and Leigh Thomas won the Argus doubles championship with a fine score of 1345. Mr.
and Mrs. Glenn Hilge took a close second place when Glenn missed that fateful ten-pin in the last
frame of the third game. They had 1341. Laura and Rube Egeler placed third with 1326. Eric Soderholm
and the Mrs. followed close behind with 1325. Lauretta Egeler and Hank Klager took fifth place and
Lucille Brezee and Dick Fredericks finished in the cellar. This was one of the best mixed doubles we
had this year, having twentyeight couples bowling. They filled the twelve alleys at the Twentieth
Century. This was the final mixed tournament unless some one is a bear for punishment and insists on
another one. We have had a swell time this year and hope we can do the same next year. We hope to
have the trophy on display soon so everyone can see it. Ori and Leigh will each have nice little
medal to keep for their own. Thanks to Jule Eder at the Twentieth Century for such splendid
co-operation and thanks to every one who took part in the mixed doubles till next year. Laura and
Rube Egeler. Ask Claude Ward why his face was so red the other day when he brought the oscillator
girls a new jig.
News From Dept. 41
We are all glad to see Lydia Coleman's smiling face back in our department. Lydia just returned
from a vacation with her husband. Fred is in the Army now. Speaking of birthday cakes. The one the
girls in Departments 41 and 44 gave Ralph Rideneur tops them all. A good time was had by all. Ralph
also received a pair of gloves and a billfold. "Good cake, wasn't it, Ralph? Ann Hartwig has a
room with a view. From where she works, she can see her husband and give him the big eye all day
long. Look out, Freddie. She has her eye on you. It's allright, Ann, we're just jealous. Ask Viola
Curtis how she liked her ride to Jackson Saturday afternoon. On the other hand, perhaps you hadn't
better, because Hazel Daily had a flat tire on her Ford and Viola had to walk a mile for help.
"Darn the retreads," says Hezel. Wanted' A ride to the fortune teller's in Jackson. See
Grace Bultman in department 41. Edith Gerstier, where have you been the last couple of days? Is that
Sergeant from North África on furlough?
Just A Little Leeway
"Now, madam, I take it that you favor a straight-life policy?" "Don't make it too
binding; I like to step out once in a while."
Formal Opening Of Cafeteria
Problems Of The Heart
Dear Lucretia: I am a poor, defenseless girl working in a war plant. The wolves are plentiful and
hard to cope with. Every night I find at least one on my doorstep. There's one in particular who is
now on the road, A.W.O.L. (A wolf on the loóse - f rom the picture of the same name). What
shall I do about them? For myself, I have no particular objections, but my husband does. The other
night he greeted me with my very best rolling pin. Now I'm in the infirmary with a cracked cranium
and my hair parted on the wrong side. The question is, "Wolves and what to do about them?"
Signed, Confused. Dear Confused: Your plight, I should say, would concern a disgruntled husband and
a cracked cranium more than the wolves. The answer to your question, however, is to "wolf the
wolves," and sooner or later they'll get fed up with their own tactics and you too, tuck their
tails between their legs and run. Don't worry about your rolling pin, - someone must have a
second-hand one that they're willing to part with. Lucretia Panzpress. Dear Lucretia: I am a
widower, thirty-seven years of age, with six children tied to my apron strings. I'm employed at
present as a city streetsweeper. After a day's work I must return home to cook, clean, and etc. for
my children. I've tried to hire a housekeeper, but help being what it is, I've been unsuccessful in
obtaining anyone. My hands are red and rough from such chores. Please teil me what to do! Signed,
"Dishpan Hands." Dear Dishpan Hands: The solution to your problem is a simple one. Get
married! What with this excess of women today, you should be able to do rather well, especially if
you're employed as a street-sweeper. You know how a uniform attracts women! As for your red, rough
hands - get some hand-lotion. You'd be surprised how beautifully it works! Lucretia Panzpress.
"Air-conditioned" socks of a selfventilating weave have been developed for American desert
V-mail Letter From B. Aldrich
Here's an interesting item reprinted by "Letters," house organ of the Wolf Detroit
Envelope Co. f rom Printer's Ink: At the Richmond Golf Club, near London, England, these emergency
ground rules are posted, in all seriousness, on the locker room bulletin board. 1. Players are asked
to collect bomb and shrapnel splinters to save these causing damage to the mowing machines. 2. In
competitions during gunflre or while bombs are f alling, players may take over without penalty for
ceasing play. 3. The positions of known delayed action bombs are marked by red flags at a
reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance therefrom. 4. Shrapnel andor bomb splinters on the
fairways, or in bunkers within a club's length of a ball, may be moved
without penalty, and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move
accidentally. 5. A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may
be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty. 6. A ball lying in a cráter may be lifted and
dropped not nearer the hole, I serving the line to the hole, without penalty. 7. A player whose
stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosión of a bomb may play another ball from the
same place. Penalty one stroke.
"Oh, doctor, I'm afraid I'm going to die." "Nonsense, that's the last thing you'U
Eddie Hamilton Marries Miss Willis
Wedding bells rang for Dorothy M. Willis of Second Street and Eddie Hamilton. Eddie is presently
employed by International Industries in the machine shop in plant number two. They have just
returned from a short trip and are making their home in Ann Arbor. All of plant two join Mr. and
Mrs. Hamilton's many friends in wishing them loads of luck and happiness in the future.
Esther Schaffer became the bride of William Phillips, March 19, at the Zion Lutheran Chapel, Ann
Arbor. Esther has been with International Industries for several years, starting in the Kadette
División, then camera, and is now in the mailing dept. Bill also worked in the camera
división repair dept. Until his recent honorable discharge from the Army he was stationed at
Sheppard Field, Texas. Only men who have been in service really know how big the job is that we here
at home have to do; until ours is done, the boys on all fronts won't be able to finish theirs. So in
his present job at Willow Run, Bill's still helping all his former buddies. A very sincere note of
thanks from Mr. and Mrs. Phillips to all International Industries employees for the beautiful
wedding gift (a chest of silver and a table cloth). Doublé thanks from Esther, because due to
the increase of mailing it has become impossible for her to sell postage stamps, though she still
has defense stamps and will be very glad to sell them to you. Editor 's Note: Just how handy it was
to be able to buy all our stamps at Esther 's we never knew. Hope that she will be able to resume
sales soon. We miss that service just as much as you miss our smiling faces, probably more.
One Moment, Please--here's Why!
The above picture is not a "phony," it's the way our switchboard actually looks during
a busy moment. Chief Operator Mayzo Klager, with her assistants, Louise Gerrard and Juanita Boyd,
handle more than 1,500 calis per day - an average of one -every eighteen seconds! So if you delay
answering your phone for only eighteen seconds, you have just doubled the time it should take to put
your cali through. Although one small board and one operator formerly handled an average of 200
calis per day, International's wartime tempo has necessitated doubling the switchboard capacity and
adding two additional operators. Of course, in addition to handling an average of one cali every
eighteen seconds throughout the day, the girls spend a surprising amount of time paging people on
the P. A. System and handling telegrams on direct wires to Postal Telegraph and Western Union. If
you like to contribute to the war effort - without even leaving your desk - just f olio w the few
simple requests outlined by Chief Operator Klager. They are listed in order of their importance, and
if everyone will follow these rules the efficiency of the switchboard can be improved immeasurably.
1. Please dial your own number (when making outside calis) if you have a dial on your phone. 2.
Please answer broadcasts promptly.
This saves the operators lots of time and also saves time of the party calling you. 3. Give the
called party time to get to the telephone before hanging up. 4. Please answer your phones when they
ring - other calis may be waiting. 5. In calling departments where there are several people on one
phone, ask for the person you are calling, there are different rings for these people. 8. In
flashing the operator, flash two or three times slowly, she will see your flash but may not be able
to answer it immediately. Don't keep flashing six or seven times until the operator answers, because
while you are flashing it is impossible to receive your cali.
Announcing the engagement of Miss Helen Van Eyk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Van Eyk, of Grand
Rapids, Michigan, to William Fischer, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Fischer of Buffula, N. Y.
Miss Van Eyk is at present employed at the Willow Run Bomber plant. Bill Fischer is employed by
Argus in the polishing department of Plant two. They were engaged March 13, 1943. The wedding date
has riot yet been set. Congratulations and the best of luck to both of you from plant two.
A woman motorist swerved to a sudden stop bef ore the county jail. "What's happening?"
she asked excitedly. "We just had an earthquake," explained a deputy sheriff. "Oh,
thank goodness! I thought I had a flat tire."
Music Hath Charms
Awarded Medal And Citation
Argus Ladies' Bowling News
The bowling season has ended for the Argus Ladies' League. Everyone has had a swell time trom the
first place team to the last. Raw Inspection pulled through the last few weeks and held first place
position to the end. There was a battle for second place between Paint Shop and Purchasing. The last
night of bowling told the tale when these twso teams bowled each other. The Painters won three games
from the Purchasers to cinch second place. Purchasing took third. Camera held fourth and Engineering
took fifth. Accounting ended in sixth place and there was a tie for seventh and eighth between
Optical Two and Optical Three. Optical One took ninth and Sales were terith. My hat is off to the
team that ended in the cellar. Those girls have been in there trying every night, but luck just
wasn't with them. They will probably show us all up next year. These girls raised their team average
133 pins, which is a very good improvement. Cien Donner on this team raised her average the most of
any girl in the league, which was 44 pins. Other prizes were, high team three games, Paint Shop,
2110; high team single game, Engineering, 785; high individual three games, Clarice Lytle, 547; high
single game, Laura Egeler, 212. Low game prize went to Francés Soderholm. The League held
their banquet on March 22, with a war on and a lot of other things that carne up, I hope everyone
had a good time. There was an election of officers held at the banquet. The new officers are:
President, Francés Hill; Vice-President, Salley Kneiper; Secretary, Laura Egeler, and
Treasurer, Verald Adams. The League presented Ginny Meyer, the past president, with a very lovely
gift for holding her office so well. Good luck to the new officers and we hope to have as good a
League next year as this one has been.
Beatrice Mccallum Engaged
Announcing the engagement of Miss Beatric McCallum, daughter of Mrs. Otto Graff of Saline, to
Gregory Letsis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Letsis of Ann Arbor. Miss McCallum received a beautiful
ring, in which is engraved, "To Pete from Greg." "Pete" is her nickname. It also
bears the date of their engagement, March 27, 1943. Hearty the employees of plant two. Pete, Greg
congratulations to both of you from all and Greg's father are all employed by Argus.
I thought the doctor told you to stop all drinks." "Well, what of it? You don't see any
gettin' past me, do you?"
Our Trip To America
I shall never forget the day when the cable arrived from my American aunt inviting me to bring
our three boys over here, and I knew that a momentous decisión had to be made by my husband
and myself. When War was declared in 1939, we were on holiday in a tiny village on the southwest
coast of England. My husband returned to London, but the children and I remained in the country and
my husband paid us flying visits when he was able to do so. The Spring that France feil was
indescribably beautiful and it was hard to believe that the terrible events happening such a short
distance away across the Channel could possibly be true. Soldiers suddenly appeared one morning and
caused quite a sensation in our little village. They covered our beach with barbed wire and brought
Anti-Aircraft guns, but we still could not realize that our danger was real and imminent. Each time
we turned on the radio we thought - Ihis time France will have made a stand, this time it will be
all right. But as you know, things went from bad to worse and we started going to bed each night
wondering whether "it," the invasión, would have happened by the morning. It was
during this period that the cable carne and we decided that the boys and I should come. The British
Government was sending as many children as possible to the United States and Canada and we feit that
if the worst should happen to England, our children would be needed. By the time we sailed the
crisis seemed to have passed. Hitler for some unaccountable reason had not invaded England, our
"back to the wall" position had put the whole country on its mettle and there was a spirit
of grim determination everywhere. My husband still feit that it would be much better for the
children to be in the United States, so we sailed in the middle of August, 1940. I shall never
regret our decisión. I know that whatever the future may hold for us, our lives are the
richer for having known and loved America. It is only by actually living among people that you
really get to know them and the longer I live among Americans, the better I like them. My husband
feels that we have been away long enough and I quite agree with him and sincerely hope that the War
will soon be over. When I mention going home to the boys, they say, "Well, i how about Daddy
coming over here?".
New Bank Service For Factory Workers
Starting Friday, April 2nd, 1943, all Ann Arbor banks will be open from 4:30 P. M. to 5:30 P. M.
for the convenience of factory workers who have found it difïicult to get pay checks cashed
during regular banking hours. All bank services will be available. The banks will try this for two
months. Bank patrons other than war industry workers are requested to bank as usual - otherwise the
purpose of this courtesy may be defeated.
"The Smiths seem to be getting along better these days." "Yes, he visited his old
home town last month and saw the girl he was in love with twenty years ago."
3 I Purchasing Department
Spring Comes To Plant Number Two
Thursday, March 25th, marked the official arrival of spring in plant two when "Chet"
Wisner of the tooi room blossomed out in gorgeous knitted suspenders and matching tie. Words fail us
and adequate description is impossible to convey the real radiance of "Chefs" apparel.
Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed in such as these. Flaming red with bands of vivid
yellow was the color motif, and one had to look quickly, then glance away, as when viewing the
setting sun. Truly, this splendor must have been seen to be appreciated, and only a color photograph
could do justice to the ensemble. In fact, our photographer did his best to record and pass on to
those who were unfortunate enough to not have seen the resplendent Chet in person, a true picture of
spring's arrival. He tried non-halation film, and the film turned gray and vague, like a ghostly
lighthouse in a fog. He tried ortho-chromatic and, like the chemeleon on a piece of plaid cloth, it
just shriveled up and passed away. In desperation, he used fireproof, non-explosive, pan-chromatic;
the film curled up, the lens melted, and the camera went up in smoke. So did our photographer. Many
is the guess as to Chefs object in such a display of finery. One says it was a gift f rom a lady
friend; another, that he won it in a poker game; and still another declares Chet must have lost a
bet. At any rate, we all agree that Chet has what it takes; that good ol' intestinal fortitude.
Spring has come to plant two. A restaurant proprietor lately made this acknowledgment of bad service
in his establishment: Please be kind and respectful to our waiters. They are much harder to get than
Citation Awarded To Hilton By Secretary Of The U. S. Treasury
For distinguished service rendered in behalf of the War Saving Program, this citation is awarded
to Homer Hilton by Henry Morgenthau, Jr. Secretary of the Treasury.
Mr. Hilton's connections with the United States Treasury Department go back to days of his
organization of the National Photographic Contest, which was to be sponsored by the Treasury
Department through the State Offices - and for which Argus had agreed to dónate $10,000 in
prizes. This contest was accepted in the beginning of the National Drives of the War Saving Program,
but was ultimately swamped under by the gathering force and impetus of the program which assured
such tremendous proportions. Mr. Hilton, however, has continued to give his advice and help as
consultant to the Department, and has been of great assistance to the Treasury from that time.
International Industries was also selected for this award and honored by the United States Treasury
Department, not only for their unreserved services to the Department in Bond Sales, but also for
their allowing the unrestricted use at all times of the services of Mr. Homer Hilton. International
Industries is doubly proud of these awards, which gives new valor also to the flags which so proudly
fly over the factories.
Wedding Shower Given For Erma Seeger
A shower was given for Erma Seeger of the machine shop by Alice Arment, Elsie Ludwick and Betty
Howard at Alice's home on Green Street. Erma will become the bride of Don Stilts soon. After the
gifts were opened, games were played and a luncheon was served. Attending were Gladys Mueller,
Gladys Butler, Rose Judson, Mrs. Harrie, Ethel Huffman, Mary Briggs, Wilma Bailey, Betty Schmitz,
Olive Knowlson, Marian Thorpe, Leona Smith and Margaret Gault.
Herb's Best Girl
Letters From Service Men
Pví. Robert Haines (U.S. M.C.) tells us his giít box was more than welcome. We
can't imagine a Marine transferring into the Navy, even to be in the Opties department. We aren't a
bit surprised at your decisión, though. We don't mean to imply that there's anything wrong
with the Navy and we know that both branches will fight for the other, but there has to be that
friendly battle between the two. Lots of luck in adding and subtracting "Zeros."
Pví. Francis Wrighl, better known to us "Joe," writes to,tell us that he's now
stationed at Hawthorne, California, and that he's just passed his driving test and will do that type
of work. He's not far írom Hollywood and all the glamour gals. Not a bad place to learn the
art of soldiering. We're glad that you passed your Army driving test. Just think, good tires and all
the gas you need without a ration book. Corporal Charles Poe writes that he has arrived in
África after a stay in England. He says that he is experiencing a little difficulty with the
money, the language and the drinks, but that he's in good health. He'd like to hear from someone in
the shop, so get his address from the Argus Club and drop him a line. Pvt. Dwight Gerstier wants
everyone to know how much he enjoyed his gift box and the paper. He hopes to get a furlough soon and
when he does, International Industries will be one of the places on his visiting list. Pvt. Edward
Sayre has a new address. He and Mark Luedi are in the same camp. Ed., who worked for Doc Benson in
the service department, sends sincere thanks for his gift box. Pvt. Wilber Salow thanks everyone
íor his gift box and the copies of Argus Eyes. He says that he misses all his friends,
especially those in department 33, but that he is sure that if we here at home continue to send the
supplies that the boys at all fronts won't let us down.
Harold Mangus, formerly of department 15, now is in a Tank Destróyer Training School
somewhere in Texas. Harold's only been in service since December and already he's wearing two
chevrons, so we know he'll be having some of those shiny little bars some of these days. Lots of
Pvt. Olen Morris writes that it's plenty tough getting through the rookie stage, that he has
blisters on his feet and that five-thirty is the middle of the night to him. Corporal George
Dragich, formerly a guard at Argus, writes that he is instructing at a camp in California, but that
he'd much rather be in combat service. Ensign John Strauss writes that his gift box was a complete
surprise and therefore doubly welcome. He wonders where we were able to get such a selection of
goodies. We'll let you in on the secret, John. All the supplies for the service boxes were purchased
from Leigh Thomas before the shortage became so acute. We have shipped nearly one-hundred to date.
We hope your leave comes up soon, John. A second letter from Mitch Hopper states that Mrs. Roosevelt
was at their service center and that he managed to get into a couple of pictures taken with her.
We'll be looking for you in the papers and newsreels. Mitch, and hope you'll be in that top twenty
percent. Pvt. Charles Ceronski writes to thank the club for his gift box. He hopes to be sent into
combat soon and he says he's sure that if we here at home keep the supplies coming, the boys over
there will do their best to end it as soon as possible. Pvt. Jack Reed sends a note of thanks for
the gift box from himself and the boys in his barracks. Attention: Riveting department: He says he'd
like very much to hear from all of you. Sgt. Meivin Bahnmiller writes from somewhere in North
África to apologize for not writing before. We guess from what we've been readine in the
papers that he's pretty busv. He savs that he enjoys the paoer and that unless one is in the same
circumstances as he is they have no idea just how much papers and letters from home are appreciated.
He likes all the news, but especially the pictures. He thinks his write-up was a bit overdone, with
which we don't agree. Besides he's woirying about all the girls in department 36 and says for
someone to kiss them all for him. We'd like to know who wins this honor. He could no doubt give our
lovelorn editor some excellent advice after he completes the job. Athol Ward thanks the club for the
box and the paper. He's still in the hospital but expects to be relea sed soon and mieht even be
back looking at our badges and purses. Pvt. Mark LueHi pavs he received his box and enioved it very
much. Fe has onlv three more weks of school at a weather station. Mpvbe he can do something about
this Ann Arbor weather when he returns. Pvt. Tony Runas pavs that he and his cnm crew enoye the box
very much. Like all eood poldiers. he believes his crew to be the bet one in the whole Army and
we're rure that they are. Pvt. Fred Bent? savs to thank everyone for his gift box and paper. He savs
he would like to hear from all his old friends and co-workers. How about it; let's get out our pens
and pencils and write a few lines. In her school essay on "Parents," a little pirl wrote:
"We get our parents when they are so old that it is impossiblbe to change their
Not So Romantic
"So you met your wife at a dance; wasn't that romantic?" "No, embarrassing. I
thought she was home, taking care of the kids."
Marine's Letters Reveal Premonition
The following are two letters from Private H. Williams of the Marine Corps to his mother. Pvt.
Williams was the brother of Sarah (Billy) Hamlet of Department 39 and Gerry Otts, formerly of
International Industries. Pvt. Williams was killed in action with the Raider Battalion in the
Pacific war theater. The Firsi Leiier The October 2 letter follows: "Pvt. H. Williams "U.
S. Marine Corps "October 2, 1942. "Dear Mom: "Just a line or two to the best
sweetheart, friend, or mother I ever had. "We landed O. K. and I am safe and sound. "The
minute you receive this letter, write to Mrs. J. N. Shad, 4015 McGee street, Kansas City, Missouri,
and teil her that Bill and I are still together, and both O. K. now. Don't forget to do that because
Bill hasn't a chance to write. Also write to Jerry and Sarah and Herbie and teil them I didn't have
a chance to write to them as much as I would like to. Teil them thanks for sending the package, but
I never did get it. Also write to Grace and teil her that I didn't have a chance to write her, but I
appreciate all of her letters. "Mom. above all, keep this letter because when I get back home I
want to read between the line for you. "I haven't had any mail since the first of September, so
I don't know the conditions at home, but I hope that you are all O. K. "Mom. I have $10,000 of
insurance, so if anything happens to me. you will get a notice from the Veterans' Administration (U.
S. A., Washington. D. O. The insurance is arranged so that you will get $55 a month for the rest of
your life. "Now, Mom. don't get all upset because I am telling you all this; but it has been on
my mind for some time. I have no anticipation of what we cali crapping out, but I just wanted you to
know all this. "Well. Mom, I must close, as it is very late and I have more letters to write.
"Your loving son. Pvt. H. Williams." So read the letter that was never mailed.
Wrole Another Letter But there was another letter - never mailed either and written on same
stationery: The death letter. This letter, too. brings auestions. If Hollis was already wounded when
he wrote the first letter, then ouite surely the death letter was written in the very nresence of
death. The mother so believes. But some wonder how Hollis could have written if his death was from a
grenade explosión that fractured his skull - oerhaps even tore awav a hand. But it is very
plain that this death letter was to go to a mother who would never see her son again. That is ure.
Jt talks of facing eternitv and the iudgment and it expresses confidente that anv sins he mav have
committ.pd ppn. be íorpiven. .And at the end the letter rontainc; nn slipht hope of evpr
cepine1 hi; bploved mother apain on this earth: "I shall look forwavr} to our reunión in
the next world." Tt is a voice out of +hp cravp - nosiblv out of a sea grave. Undated. it
follows: The Desth Letter "The the Best MM-.hPv jn the World - This is rny farpwpii iot,to Mom.
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The above pugnacious looking Marine is Private George Walker, son of Roy G. Walker, former Argus
Sales Manager and now representing us in the optical field. A former employee of Argus, George will
be well remembered by folks in the Sales Department and Service Department. Although he left the
employ of Argus about three years ago, he continued in the photographic field until Pearl Harbor,
enlisting in the Marines Monday, December 8. After his training, he was with the Marines in the
first landing of Guadalcanal and spent five months there, later being evacuated to Australia. Those
who remember George as a strapping, husky youngster, well over six feet, will have no doubt that he
gave good account of himself and caused the Japs plenty of worry during those five months. In a
recent cable to his dad, George said he was fully recovered from Malaria and was with the U. S.
Fleet someplace in the Southern Pacific. Although he is able to write only infrequently, the excerpt
from his letter printed below is certainly worth reading and will give some of us here at home an
idea of just how the boys feel about things. (Excerpt from a letter of George Walker, U. S. Marine
Corps Oct. 12, '42.) It's amazing how people get a different aspect on the United States and the
word "home" in general, after we have come to be so far away, and for such a long time. .
To we out here on Guadalcanal, the United States has become a place where all people shall live
freely and equally, even at the supreme sacrïfice of some of us. Her shores must never be
touched by the maliciousness of a foreign power and by the help of God and the determination of the
men in service, they never will be. When I was back in America. I frequentlv heard people say that
"home" was wherever they hung their hat. What a terrible delusion that is! Out here on the
front, "home" has become something sacred to each of us. lts memory - and the promise that
some day - however distant - we will return to it, serves to keep our spirits hierh. One might even
say that it is all we live for! "Home" has become a symbol of peace and happiness, where
one is free from strife - where each oerson can. within limitations, pursue his or her idea of
happiness and self-comfort without restraint. in any way they see fit. providing that wav is
harmonious with that of the communitv. When it is all said and done. I guess that's whv we're all
fighting this war. and by God we'll not cease until every last menace is wiped' from our doors. I
honestlv believe that if every perron in America were to spend just one hour on th war front, the
period of the war would be cut in half. They would bocom co incemed with war's cruelties thpt each
would treble his efforts for war nnrinction. and we would have no moro rjpttiness and stuoiditv as
shown bv t.hA strikes back home. If they could ■nend iust one hour here. I am sure thev would
change their attitude promnt.lv. Don't misunderstand me now - we krrw that the troubleome proup is
mall and that the great percentage of the populat.ion is doine wonderful work - as we all can see.
And we know they will continue to do so.
"When are you to be married, Nora?" "Indade, an' it's niver at all, I'm
thinkin'." "Really? Why, what is the trouble?" '"Tis this, mum. I won't marry
Mike when he's drunk, an' he won't marry me when he's sober!"
Marine's Letters Reveal Premonition (Continued from. Page 7) honor to die with an outfit you know
will always be recognized as the best fighting unit in the world. Their traditions shall never be
forgotten nor marred in any way. The Marine's heroic stand at Wake Island should never be forgotten.
As long as America has men like these, the American flag shall fly over the land of the free and the
home of the brave. "As for the raider battalion, we are still Marines and are proud of it. We
are trained for a certain type of fighting and each man volunteered for each raid he ever went on.
Too much praise can never be given to those brave men who have never flinched in the face of death.
I am proud to have been a member of an organization such as this. "In closing, Mom, may I add
that you have been an ideal mother to me, as well as a friend and a sweetheart. I will look forward
to our reunión in the next world. Lovingly yours,
Corp. And Mrs. Bird And Friend
Pictured here are Corporal Roy C. Bird; Mrs. Roy Bird, first-aid nurse in plant two; and Private
Bill Bell. Mrs. Bird has been visiting her husband, who is with the armed forces stationed somewhere
in Virginia. Corporal Bird was manager of the Inter-State Truck System before going into the Army.
He is doing just fine since he joined the Army. He teaches athletics to a large group of boys. May
the best of luck be his f ore ver. Mrs. Birl met her husband in Newport News, Virginia, where they
spent the week-end together, enjoying every minute they had. Mrs. Bird is now back at work.
Optical Assembly News
We are very glad to have Mrs. Irene Walker back with us at the plant. She had been in her home
town, Columbia, Ky., where she underwent an operation. We all hope you'll feel like your old self
again very soon. Irene is employed in Optical Assembly in Plant two. Mrs. Paul Gen+ry has left for
Sault Ste. Marie, where she will join her husband, Corporal Paul Gentry. We wish both of them all
the luck in the world. We wish Mrs. Louise Dentón a speedy recovery. Louise was formerly
employed by Internatioonal. We are very sorry to hear that Charles Van Aken had pneumonia. We do
hope that he'll be up and on his feet soon. Good luck, Charlie. All the gang in optical assembly
wish you the speediest recovery.
Wise And Otherwise
According to the news coming out of North África it appears that Rommel just couldn't face
Department 39 News
Doris Sherman and Wilma Letteral left for Portsmouth, Ohio, to visit relatives and friends of
Wilma's. We missed their cheery "good mornings" and "hello's." They returned on
Sunday. Did you meet your sailor, Doris? Billie Hamlet wishes to thank all the girls for the lovely
gift she received when she was ill. Billie is back on the job now. Sorry you were ill, Billie.
Dorothy Elliott took a short jaunt to Illinois on March 27th. Wonder what the special attraction
was. Millie Williams seems to have an extra special friend in the Air Corps. We hear she just spent
quite a bit of money on an extra special picture. Was that for him, Millie? Gosh!
Sorry to hear about Adeline Opheim's husband. We hear that he has been wounded. We hope it isn't
too serious, Adeline, and that he'll be home soon. We welcome to our department Dorothy Little,
Lucille Havens. Eleanor Morey and Evelvn Barth. La Vita Shaw and Ann Nordman were transferred f rom
our department to department 41. Be good girls now that you're away from us. Don't step out too many
evenings. March 2nd was a great day in our department. Our boss, Harry Sparks, had a birthday. He
received a large cake beautifully decorated and also bookends and ties. We all had lots of fun,
which was climaxed with a telegram from "Moitle" wishing him a happy ooithday. We wonder
if Greg Letsis has learned :hat there's a lock on the cementing room door. We also wonder how his
nose is. We wish to inform a certain member of the office f orce that the banks of Ann Arbor do not
open until 10:00 A. M. If you don't understand, Sparky asks that you ask Ed Allman. Mr. Peterson has
been acting very rheerful these cold rnornings. Must be his wife has return ed from her vacation.
How about that, Ward? Armanda Dupper. a newcomer to our department. brought Sparkv a genuine
home-baked cake. In school we brought soples to our teacher, now it's cakes to the boss. We don't
mind, Amanda. It was delicious. We hope Eddie enioyed Soarky's birthday cake. Sparky heard his was
good. We missed Vii-einia Buss the two days she was gone. She's bark now fluttering about with a
pair of golden wings. Süarky is no loneer called "Mr. Fiveby-Five." It's
"Double-breasted meat ball" now. Wilma Litteral and Doris Sherman have a new reciDe for
whioped potatoes. They put "blinky" milk in them. It's supposed to improve the flavor. If
you're wondering what blinky milk is, ask Wilma.
Department 10 News
Erma Seeeer is wearin? a new diamond. Don Stilts is the fellow with the big smile on his face. We
unrierstand that the bief event will take place this month and that invitations are bemg sent out
for a party celebrating the event. Harold Bailey's name has iust been added to our roll óf
honor. He left t.o help out Uncle Sam. Good luck, Harold! Harold Forbes is back in the machine shot
again. He received an honorable discharge from the armv. He savs he wanted to stay in the forces but
that Uncle Sam thought that he was slightly over-age. Al spiro. who wrote the move tickets for
department ten. left for Washington to take a job with the Navy department. Marian Thorpe has
returned to work after a stay in the hospital. Gus Christ was back in the plant recentlv. He had a
week's furloueh from the Marine Corps. He says that he expects to go overseas shortly.
Fritz Reese Tells Of Trip To U. S.
I was born in Vienna, Austria, too many years ago. From this time I tried to develop into a human
being, an awfully hard job when critically viewed. You see, the development is not so difricult, but
the fixxing. There is no hypo invented yet for fixing humanity. History shows that many epochs have
developed their specific sorts of humanity, but every time the fixation failed to work and the
bright, hopeful picture faded and got darker and darker. My life spans two bright and two dark
periods: the gay nineties and thirties and the two wprld wars. Therefore it includes studying,
traveling, fishing, hunting, running a big company and pushing a wheelbarrow, starving, being kicked
and humiliated in the concentration camp. The first did not spoil me, the second did not kill me. I
don't boast about the first and I don't complain about the second. Everything, even the worst,
turned out good for me. The prescription for such a calm philosophy is simple enough. Don't take the
deep emotions and sreat events as important. Whether I left the old country with two dollars in my
pocket (as I did) or with $20,000 (as I wished to do) is absolutely unimportant now. The only
important matter was that I emigrated with the great hope in my heart and will in my brain and that
carne from a very insignificant, though deeply symbolic, and therefore highly enlightening,
experience. I teil you the story under the headline, "My first conception of America." In
the first World War I was ski instructor in the Austrian-Hungarian army. This army, as the whole
monarchy, was the most venerable mess on earth; a bunch of ten différent nations. each one
usine its own tongue and not understanding the language of any other nation. Traditions, ambitions.
.iealousy held them apart; a stubborn, but clever administration and common economie interests kept
them together. It was like a jig-saw puzzle: each piece a nonsense and the picture as a whole
wonderful. Among these nations were the Ruthenians. They belonged to the Russian branch. living in
the farthest north, east of Austria. They reresented the Cinderella in the auarrlin pmilv of
nations,. poor shepherds ani Jumberiacks on the lowest leve! of oiviliation. I was attached to a
Ruthenian cnmpany and there we were, high un .in the Tvrolian mountains in snow and sun. I could
show them what to do. but. not exDlain how to do it. The poor fellows did not understand a word of
Herman. I. the sophisticated Viennee not a word of Ruthenian. Heholeb' T stared at them. obedientlv
grinning thev pogoleH back at me. It was the tvnirqi Auetnar! oicture and it wp"t on fpw
minutes. Then one of the soldier rtened forwad and asked me in faultls menean whether I understood
EnpliVJ": b would serve as an interpretar. He hH been emigra ted as a child with rns ppnt
v-nñ had lived all the time in the United States. On a visit in tho old ronntrv. he was
tapperl in the sndren nuthr-paV nf war and. st.ill an Austrian citirv he harl to sere. We Austrians
wpvp p+. var with the United States, but mv rei rioan friend pnabled me to innirt Aiictrian
soldiers. America proviHpd "nderstindine. . This evpning in the pmnkv inn of the little
Tvrolian villaje. I thnueht about the strane pvnerience and tied to formúlate mv
fí-ryt connention of America. It must be 3 wrept countrv. reachine with an
ip-"iciT"ile arm pctöss the ocean and half "f F-uroce. A great country with a
till preater destinv: wioing out with a kind, helpful smile mistrust,
norance, jealousy, contempt which separate and disunte the nations of the old world. All that
amid and in spite of war. A great country, indeed, that of America! I have never had to revise 'my
first conception since.
Will They Repeat?
From The Motion Picture, "mrs. Miniver"
"This is not only a war of soldiers in uniform, it is a war of the people - of not only the
battlefield, but in the cities all the people - and it must be fought, and in the villages, in the
factories and on the farms, in the home and the heart of every man, woman and child who loves
freedom' . . . This is the people's war! It is our war! We are the fighters! Fight it, then! Fight
it with all that ïs in us! And may God defend the right."
Married At Fort Smith