Argus Gets Army-navy "e" Award
Each of the men and women working in the Optical Factory of Argus, Plant 2, are wearing the
Army-Navy production award for high achievement in the production of war material. It is ihe
coveted, prized "E", pin, the mark of outstanding excellence. Proudly they're wearing it
as a badge of honor showing what they have done and are doing as iheir part in the winning of the
war. At the same time Plant 2 received the Army-Navy "E" flag which, flying exultantly
beneath the Stars and Stripes, proclaims that here is an American fac„tory where loyal
Americans are giving service to match the supreme efïort of our fighters on the battle front.
The sight of that flag is a daily inspiration to us all and will be a daily inspiration to everyone
in Ann Arbor.
Not Lightly Given The Army-Navy "E" production award is not lightly given - nominations
for it are made by the Army or Navy officers in the district where the plant is located. The
nominations go on to Washington and are carefully investigated. If approved by the Army and Navy and
Navy 'higher ups," it then goes to the final board, which proves the award. Between nomination
and approval are many rigid examinations, many performance requirements, many technical essentials.
As the Army and Navy themselves say: High quality and quantity of production in the light of
available facilities or prime factors in selecting awardees. The board also considers full
utilization of available equipment, avoidance of stop stages, maintenance of fair labor standards,
cooperation with the war program, effective management and engineering, record of accidents, health,
sanitation and plant protection, utilizaztion of subcontracting facilities, the training of
additional labor forces and record of absenteeism.
Standards Are Exacting Plant 2 of International Industries and its men and women workers have
been judged according to these very impressive and very exacting standards and have been found
worthy. This week at the ceremony held at the plant, and which was fittingly presided over by the
dignitaries of the city, the Army and the Navy, they received the award they have won by the
diligent, faithful and difficult labor. Not only have the workers of Plant 2 passed the Army and
Navy test with I distinction, but their prodücts have too - passed even the more severe and
more significant test of battle. As has already been set forth, telescopic gunsights made by the
workers honored today had their part in smashing Rommel's supposedly invincible tank and artillery
forces in Egypt and Libia, they had their part in bringing about unconditional surrender of Tunisia.
Eighteen months ago the Army gave International Industries, Inc., a job to do. a job of tremendous j
difTiculty, a job involving the training of young men and women in a new. highly technical, exacting
precise try. This job has been done and is being done with increasing effectiveness. Today, the
workers who have made it possible are continuing their fine performance of production for which
recognition has been given in this award. The men and women of Plant 2 have deservedly received the
congratulations of the Army and Navy through Major McCormick and his fellow ofïicers at the
ceremony which was held on Monday. They have received the congratulations of their fellow workers in
International Industries, Plant 1, who also have made an impressive record in producing aerial
radios and who, because of that record, may be presumed to be well on their way to their own
"E" award. They will also receive the congratulations of workers in other Ann Arbor plants
who are doing valiant service in this war
effort, some of whom have already earned their "E" pin and some of whom may still be
able to fulflll the strict requirements governing this award. Ann Arbor may well be proud of the
award presented to Argus, it may well be proud of all the war work being done by all those people
who cali this community home.
Mrs. Mayzo Klager made a trip to St. Louis, Mo., to visit her husband, Cpl. Paul Klager, who is
stationed at Jefferson Barracks, oversea's replacement center. The best of luck and happy landings,
if and when, with a gal like Mayzo plugging for you, you can't go wrong, can you, Paul?
Doing Their Bit
Virginia Myers and Jackie Schaffer are taking Nurse's Aid training. Gooc for both of you,
"Ginnie" and "Jackie,' you couldn't do anything better. Since the new half-hour lunch
perioc has gone into effect, the girls decided i would be nice to have a potluck right in their room
so they could spend the whole time just eating, which they dic and hardly had time to eat all the
good potato salad, deviled eggs, home-made cake and all the trimmings. It was a great success and
they decided to do i' more often. At the start the wind from a bomb explosión has a velocity
of 7,000 miles an hour. That is 50 times as fast as an average speed tornado (150 m.p.h.).
Attention Argus Club Members
The annual Argus Club Picnic will be held Friday evening, July 9, at the German Park, on Pontiac
Road. Refreshments will be served free of charge. VLusic for dancing will be furnished by Eugene
Schumann and his orchestra. Because of food rationing, it is compulsory that you fill in the coupon
below and give it to Roy Hiscock by Friday, July 2. Food will be furnished for those who make
reservations, as receipt of reservation tickets will be issued. If you are not a member of the club
and care to join, contact your departmental representative. Your membership club card entitles you
to bring a friend. I am planning on being present at the picnic, Friday, July 9, at 7:00. NAME
Pledged To Our Fellow Workers Now In The Armed Forces
On this occasion, the employees of Plant 2, International Industries, Inc., acknowledge the share
contributed by our fellow workers now in the Armed Forces to the production record which won for us
this coveted award. To these and all the men and women of all the United Nations on the fighting
fronts of the world, we, on our production front, pledge our continued maximumn effort to reach the
goal which lies ahead of us all - Victory.
June Birdsall Engaged
Mrs. May Birdsall, 1330 Wilmot St, has announced the engagement of her daughter, Miss June
Birdsall, to Mr. P. T. Stevens, a senior student in Engineering at the U. of M. The wedding is to
take place in October. Miss Birdsall is a first aid nurse in Plant No. 2.
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 Editor Chas. A. Barker Sports
Harold Peterson Circulation Naomi Knight Photography Richard Bills The Representatives of each
Department are responsible that the news of these Departments reach the desk of the Editor in the
Advertising Department, Plant 1.
Depts. 41, 44, 33 News
Evelyn Barth is a newcomer in Dept. 33. She's slaving over a hot stove all day long, blocking.
The Inspection Room is glad to have you with us, Evelyn. If you have been wondering why Viola Curtis
has the white X on her cheek, it's all because of a boil. She has such a sweet disposition, and the
normal amount of meanness has to come out some place, henee the boil. The Inspection Room hopes you
feel lots better soon. Vera Hoffman has left for her vacation. Gone home to see her mother in Ohio
for two weeks. How about that, Marie Nagel? Has Harold Skinner kept that date? Remember, he was
going to teach you how to whistle. ' Say, Marie, maybe Harold likes to ride a bike, too, or if he
doesn't then maybe you could teach him.
Viola Curtís has returned from a trip to Camp Belvoir, Virginia, where she had intended to
visit her brother. Alas, she arrived just five hours too late. Her brother had been sent to Arkansas
to help fight back the flood waters there. Too bad, maybe you'll be able to go another time, we hope
so. Luella Mclntosh has been on time to work every morning since she has had that new two-tone bike,
with a basket and all equipment. She's decided to save her shoe leather and burn up the tires, for a
while anyway. The first day she had trouble sitting still, after her first lesson the night before.
She's looking for some one to teach her how to coast on the hills. Don't give up, you'll learn.
Besides look at all the fun you're having. The Inspection Room will sure miss Marjorie O'Day - no
more M3, no more Marjorie. The girls had a party for her at Metzger's Thursday, June 10. A good time
was had by all. Besides a beautiful corsage which she wore, the girls presented her with a purse and
a pair of earrings, the presentation being made by Opal (Shorty) Conley.
At The Zoo
Said the flea on the lion to the flea on the bear, "Let's have a game of golf."
"Where shall we play?" asked the flea on the bear. "Over on the lynx, of
course," replied the flea on the lion.
Our New Hours
Dept. 39 News
It seems that on Saturday, June 12th, Plant 2 was in distress. At least, that is what the flag
indicated. Why? We'd like to know. Ask Cpl. Nobb Ward. Billie Hamlet and Dorothy Elliott are leaving
for Peoria, 111., to spend their vacation. Have a good time, girls. Hurry back, we'll miss you. Pvt.
Dañe H. Williams (Herbie to you) would like to hear from all his fellow workers. His address
is: Pvt. Dañe H. Williams, his address can be obtained from N. Knight, Plant 1.
Wilma Literal has just returned f rom a vacation in Portsmith, Ohio. On June 14th Doris Shuman
looked mighty blue, as though she had lost her Dest friend. Well! Howard Cleveland left for the
Navy, didn't he? About those returning from vacations were Bob and Barbara Bultman. They had a grand
time in South Dakota. Mildred Williams just returned from Chicago, 111., and St. Louis, Mo. Girls,
she says, she never saw so many soldiers and sailors before. You have all heard by now of the
bouncing baby boy born to Marge and Harry Sparks in Chicago on June 3rd. The baby weighed seven
pounds. The Cementing Room misses Merna Patrick. She has left Plant 2 to work as a switchboard
operator in Plant 1.
Chang Eoyong gave a dinner for the girls in the Cleaning Room. Prepared entirely by Chang's eider
son, Peter, it was a typical Chinese dinner. After dinner the girls were entertained by Robert
Chang, who works in a war plant at Detroit, and K. T. Giang, an instructor of chemistry at U. of M.,
both friends of the Champ family. Chang Eoyong's family consists of two boys and two girls - Peter,
20; John, 14; Mary, 18; and Ruth, 7. The three eider children have been in Ann Arbor about three
years, the youngest two years. The family lives at 310 N. Thayer St.
Jack Davis and Bill Walker have left us to work for their "Uncle" at Great Lakes Naval
Training Station. Good luck, boys, send in your address. We are very sorry that Art Boyle had to
leave us on account of ill health. Here's hoping he'll soon be well again. Everyone in our Dept. is
wondering what "good luck" charm Alta Mahurin has been carrying that helped her to win two
bonds successively in our bond pool. What's the secret, Alta? Lucille Haven and Dorothy Elsifor are
new inspectors in our room. Welcome, girls!
Sales Dept. News
Bob Woolson and Ted Humphreys held their June birthdays on the same day, the 3rd. "May their
shadows never grow less." Amanda Alber's favorite cocker spaniel, "Blondie," was hit
by a truck Tuesday and killed. She's missed greatly by the family.
Learn Electronics And Radar
Each offers a big opportunity for the future - as well as here and now in radio work. A free
training course in the elementary mathematics, physics and electrical basis of Electronics and Radar
started on June 14th for two hours per night. The class will meet f rom 7:30 p. m. to 9:30 p. m. on
Monday and Thursday nights. It is open to any International Industries employee who wants to help
himself or herself get ahead in radio work. It will help you in the work you are doing now and to
gain advancement through knowledge. This course was developed by the United States Navy and is used
for training Navy-Coast Guard Technicians in Electronics and Radar. We have obtained official
permission to use it for International Industries. It will be given at the Ann Arbor High School,
which is located at State and Huron Streets, and will include laboratory as well as class room work.
No home work will be required, but it will help you to get ahead f aster and equip you for a better
job if you enroll now. N. T. BROTHERTON, Personnel Office. If you are interested in taking this
course, please sign below: Name Clock No
1. lake a glance around the room to see if anyone in particular is looking. 2. If the coast seems
to be fairly clear, start to stand up. In doing so, knock over a milk bottle on the table, which
will make a commotion. By this time you cali the attention of two-thirds of the people in the room,
apologize for being so clumsy. In your embarrassment fall back to the bench, sit there for a few
minutes until everybody has gone back to their refreshments. In the meantime you discover that you
have snagged your last pair of hose; you all know how this will make you feel. Don't say it, hold
your temper, for you must remember that your main objective was to leave, for the buzzer blew five
minutes ago. 3. Make a second attempt, lift one foot cautiously over the bench and set it squarely
on the floor. If this isn't done properly, in shifting your weight from one foot to the other,
things more disastrous might happen. Now that you have your footing, raise the other foot over the
bench. When this is done, consider that you have achieved a real accomplishment, for really, folks,
it is a task to remove oneself from a bench with dignity.
Dept. 28 News
Marjorie Young is meeting trains f rom Chicago. I wonder if she is expecting a soldier to step
off the 6:10. She's pretty thrilled over something. There is a young lady in our Dept. who has to go
to Chelsea for a beer. Maybe the miles are getting longer since the war, or she didn't get back till
3 A. M. Better stick to Ann Arbor beer, it will taste just the same around that time in the morning.
Earl Wilkie is in bed with a lame back. Too much bike riding, I'll bet. We are glad to have Alma Fox
back with us again after being in the Paint Shop for three weeks. She celebrated her birthday June
8th. It was also her son's.
Help Needed To Keep Bull's-eye Flying
It has been fun to watch the ' age of payroll deductions for bonds creep up. Last August it was
only 6.4 - then, by October, it was 7.3. And in November 90% were subscribing, entitling us to fly a
Minuté Man flag. In November the deduction was 9.3, so we thought, "Why fly a mere
Minute Man when a Bull's-Eye is just around the córner?" From 9.3, however, it crept up
rather slowly until, in March, all hands decided to raise the Minute Man flag, which was done, half
a loaf being generally thought better than no bread. The April bond drive brought our payroll
deductions up to 11.7, so with great optimism we hurriedly ordered the Bull's-Eye flag. It is flying
ment, but it is coming down soon. Everybody is worrying about income tax. Everybody is worrying
about a 20% deduction. Everybody is contributing toward a panicky run on the "war bond
bank." If you are head of a family and earn between 30 and 40 dollars a week and have one or no
dependents, your deduction is a mere $2.20 a week, which includes the Victory tax you have been
contributing. Our war bonds are savings which will be returned to us with very decent interest at a
time when we'll need them, so let us continue this painless and convenient way of providing for the
future. Painless to us, but shed a tear for the payroll department. They must keep up
with the various deductions from our pay, and also our changes of mind regarding our bond
subscriptions. Let us help them a bit by saving our payroll check stubs and knowing exactly in any
way except to raise them. The April bond drive, now so far in the past in these fast-moving times,
was really inspiring. Do you remember Evelyn Clark's campaign? And Harold Peterson, in a few
minutes, sold the whole of Department 10 to the figure of $1,950.00. Doris Layer did a wonderful
job, too. Francés Hill of Optical Assembly sold second to the highest figure in the
Industrial Group. Greg Letsis, Stan Read, Bob Kelley and Elmer Pfister helped no end, and all the
operated and everybody bought and bought. Harry Crist deserves special mention. Ever since bond
sales in this company began he has gone on quietly buying a hundred dollar bond each pay - ever
since last July. During the April drive he bought an extra one to send to his niece and nephew as an
Easter Greeting. In a few days our Bull's-eye flag will probably be lowered, but perhaps we needn't
part with it forever. If each of us raises his present subscription by one per cent and those of us
who are not subscribing at all do so, we vcan fly it forever. It is a beautiful flag and goes much
better with the Stars and Stripes than the rather anemic Minute Man.
Mrs. Fisher was first employed 14 years ago last Spring in what was then known as the Cavac Corp.
in the women's división on Summit St. When this building burned, the women were all
transí erred to what is now Plant 1. Mrs. Fisher went to work in the Wire Dept., where she
was a familiar figure all through the Kadette days.
When the company discontinued the radio line and produced only cameras and photographic
equipment, Mrs. Fisher took a well earned rest. Back in the old days there weren't any wire cutting
machines, all wires were cut by hand. But when the war came, and the company went into radio
production, only this time for our fighting forces, back came "Marnie" to cut more and
more wires (only this time by machine) to help toward "Victory."
Proudlv flvimr over the factory the American Flag celebrates its 166th birthday- in company with
the "E" Pennant and the Bull's-Eye FK7&áFTm!rácCombst Mr. Clinton Harris
and Mr. Robert Howse receiving the ''E" pin. Mayor the Honorable Leigh J. YouChataïi'
Major Nelson W. McCormick-Chief of Security División, Detroit Ordnance, who presented the
award. The Star-Spangled Banner."
Letters From Soldiers
Due to the limited space and the large number of letters received, we have been forced to
discontinue printing the entire letter, but we will acknowledge each and every one and print items
from as many as possible. Let us hear from you, if only to keep us posted as to your address. In a
letter from Olen Morris he tells us that it's rather warm where he is - 120 degrees in the shade and
no shade, but the beer is good, so that helps. What he really wrote for was to teil us how much he
likes getting "Argus Eyes," seeing pictures and reading about all the people he knew her
e. In a letter from Al. Crabb he tells us that he appreciates getting the "Argus Eyes"
even more than the Ann Arbor News. Why? Because it's a good chummy paper. He likes seeing pictures
of all the people he knew and getting acquainted with those who are new since he left. In a letter
from Al. Siitt he tells us life is a bit different now than when he was at International. Reveille
at 6:15, with retreat at 5:45, no time and a half for overtime or bonus. He's been promoted to
Corporal. Congratulations, Al! In a letter from Romane Weis he tells that when he completed his
basic training, he received a furlough and went to California, where he was married, and on his
return tu Camp was prornoted to Sergeant T4. Doublé congratulations, Romane! Just keep us
posted to any change of address and we will make every efïort to see that you receive
"Argus Eyes" each month. In a letter from Owen Kaufman he sends a new address and his
thanks for "Argus Eyes." Also his regards to Dept. 16.
A V-mail letter from Hazen Figg, Jr., says that the V-mail stationery that was in his Xmas box
comes in handy, as there is little or nothing to buy at his present address, North África.
Good luck, Hazen, and may your address be Ann Arbor soon again. A V-Mail from "By" Aldrich
tells us that he and all the men in his barracks all cried over the pies pictured at the lunch
counter. Sorry, "Sgt.," we didn't intend making you fellows feel bad. That his discharge
papers are being approved and that if and when he gets back to International, "Ed. Ginwan"
will have to remove the monkey's picture from his badge. Some cartoon we're going to try and
reproduce it. Corporal Norman Egeler writes home that he is well and getting along fine somewhere
the other side of the ocean. He is getting the "Argus Eyes" regular ly and enjoys them
very much. He sends his thanks to the club and says helio to all his friends here in the shop. He
gets pretty lonesome way over there and would enjoy hearing from some of the old gang. His address
is: Corporal Norman Egeler Depot 0-629, APO 507 % Postmaster New York City, N. Y. Norman worked in
our paint shop in Plant 1 before his induction in April, 1941. He took his basic training in Camp
Lee, Virginia, and was then transferred to Fort Jackson. He was then sent to Fort Dix and from there
went across to England. Pfc. Robert Haines, formerly of Department 36, let't San Diego about May 15
for points unknown in the South Pacific. He has been in the service since November 18, 1942.
Girls who serve in U. S. O. canteents now cali themselves "duration damsels." . . .
Older women form sewing groups caiied "Keep-the-boys-in-stitches" clubs.
The 1943 Softball season is only in its third week, but already the two teams representing
International Industries have given notice to the other teams in the Industrial League that each is
going to have a lot to say as to the winner of the title. The Argus Radio Team seems to have a
slight edge in the play so far, and this team must be given an excellent change of repeating again
this year and annexing the crown for the third successive year. In the opening game of the season
the Radio Team tangled with the Buhr Tool Nine, and even though this game was dropped by the close
score of 5-3, the boys showed a great deal of promise and possibilities. Our team was off to a poor
start in the first inning when two errors, coupled with a pair of singles, produced four runs for
the Toolmakers. After the opening inning, however, the Radio Team settled down and played heads up
ball, but the inability of the Argus team to hit safely with runners on the sacks was the cause of
their defeat. Wayne Larmee on the mound for the Radio teach pitched a good game and gave indication
of developing into one of the better pitchers in the League. The following week the Radio team met
and defeated the American Broach team with the score of 9-3. In this game manager Lou Lou Belleau
called on the veteran Ed Kuehn to go to the mound. "Fish" responded with a
four-hit game and proved that again this year he will be tough to beat. His bafïling slow
ball proved to be just that to the Broach hitters, who were taking their full cuts, but only
succeeding in popping out or hitting weak ground balls to the infield. The Argus hitters found their
batting eyes on this game and cuffed the noticeable improvement in the play of the Argus team and
the players seemed confident of themselves. The team this year is made up of a few veterans from
last year's championship team with "Recruits" filling the vacancies of the fellows who
have gone into the service. The catching duties are being taken care of by George Kline and Clyde
Melton. Wayne Larmee and "Fish" Kuehn leave little to be desired as far as the pitching
department is concerned. On flrst base, "Power" Fox is playing a bang-up game. At the
Keystone sack the ever reliable "Shrimp" Rayment is cavorting around like a youngster. The
short stop duties are being taken care of tbis year by the youthful Jimmy Strieter. The hot corner
is being handled by the veteran, "Slugger" Sinelli. In the outer gardens it is
"Irish" Joe O'Donnell, at rover. Manager Lou Belleau, in left; Rube Egeler, in center, and
Sid. Weiner, in right. The team as a whole looks as good, if not better, than the team that last
year brought the championship to "Argus." We are all hoping that they will again this
year. Make it three years, boys! Even though the Argus Optical Nine ; dropped their first two games,
there is every reason to believe that this team is going to make it tough for some of the top teams.
The Optical Team is made up of many players who are playing their first year in the Industrial
League, and there has been just a tough nervousness, which has afrected their playing ability. When
this is overeóme and the players become accustomed to the type of ball played in the
Industrial League. Other teams will have an interesting evening when they tangle with the Optical
One day some time ago someone called me on the phone and wanted to know if I we could have some
girls' softball teams. : Joy Hartman got the girls together and four teams were organized, two from
each plant. The Argus club furnished all the equipment needed. We were all set for practice when
someone turned the weather on, and what weather! We had to postpone practice for some time until one
day we were sure it wouldn't rain. We were ready to start the game when the rains carne, so we had
to give up again. Finally the sun carne and we had our first practice game. There were girls enough
for two teams, so Christine
zirium and Stephanie Gala chose sides and the game was on. Stephanie's team won with an easy
victory of 28 to 11. The next day there were more stiffs in the plant than there were girls. I hope
Tillie has recovered by now. We had planned on a four-team league, but something happened to the
girls in Plant 2 to make them decide not to play. I think it is too bad, considering the expense to
the Argus club for equipment. Maybe they don't realize a good thing when they see it. Not many girls
have the privilege of asking for things and getting them, especially the girls across the ocean.
There will be only two teams, made up from girls in Plant 1 and a few from Plant 2. Stephanie Gala
is captain of the Spitfires and Mary Tucker has charge of the Bendix Wildcats. We will play every
Tuesday night at Allmendinger park. We hope there will be a city league next year, so we can piek
the best players from our two teams to represent Argus. It is too bad the rest of the girls don't
want to play, because we expect to have a lot of fun. I am not sure who the girl was who called me
on the phone that day, but I hope she is one of the few from Plant 2 who is playing with us.
The Argus Recreation Club has given its approval of the formation of a golf club that will
sponsor tournaments for all the employees of International Industries who are interested in the popI
ular game. At the present time there are twenty-five who have signed up and professed interest in
the idea. Norm. Tweed, of the Cost Accounting Dept., Plant 1, and Norm. Hartman, Plant 2, are taking
names of those interested. In the near future a meeting will be i held, ofïicers will be
elected and a handicap committee chosen. All of the playing will be held on a handicap basis so that
all players will have an equal chance in the various prizes that will be ofïered. The recording
of each player's handicap will give everyone the opportunity of watching his improvement. The kind
of tournaments and the type of play that will be used will be decided at the meeting of the members.
Most of the employees of International Industries have been enjoying their golf at Stadium Hills,
because it is the least crowded and easily reached for the majority of players. Because this club is
being formed rather late in the season, it is imperative that we make definite plans in the very
near future, so that a tournament can be held. If there are any players who have not been
approached, just give your name name to Norm. Tweed, Plant 1, or Norm. Hartman, Plant 2. Let us try
to make the Golf Club just as successful as the Bowling teams. Eddie Girvan: 'Tve kissed the Blarney
Stone." Norm. Hartman: "You must have swallowed it."
There is glory to be gained, There are great deeds to be done There are goals still unattained,
Waiting some courageous one. What was flnished yesterday Merely paves tomorrow's way.
Sunday, May 23. Dear Mom and Mary: Today is Sunday and it is a day of well-earned rest, and as I
have time, I will try and write a little. You have no idea how hard it is to write. I have exhausted
all available material long ago and the only thing we can think of is to get this war over with and
get home. We all are pretty tired and we need a change. Civilization has long been a dream to us,
and when we look at a magazine or pictures of the good old U. S. A., it is like looking at Mars or
some far-off mythical place where all good soldiers go. I haven't had any mail for over two weeks,
so I'm not quite up on the local situation. I want to hear about Ann Argor, Detroit, how people act,
think, what is going on. It really is surprising how much the same all the letters we get are. They
all talk about tire shortages, gas and food rationing. Your letters are good, Mother, you mention
people and places that I know and love and things I want to come back to and see and be near, that
after all, is why we are over here - to ñght for these things - people and plans and little
things, not gas rationing or the shortages of sugar and silk stockings. People at home have no idea
how it is not to see a building, a church, a pretty girl, for seven long months, not to eat an
orange or apple or see a piece of lettuce. People don't realize these things because you have to go
through it before you can, and we're not unmindful or ungrateful for all they are doing for us over
here. It's just that we want always to have the world we want to come back to held up before us, it
makes it that much easier to go on. This is a peculiar letter, Mom, but I'm sure you understand when
I write about these things. I think of you and the family each day and I pray that this will all
come to an end soon. Love to all, BERNARD. Mr. Stork had a very busy week-end, June 4th to 7th. We
hear he's going to start using B17's soon. DELIVERED TO: Mr. and Mrs. William Cartwright, a boy.
Margurite worked in Plant 2, Timekeeping Dept. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Waldo, a girl. Mrs. Waldo will be
remembered better as Beverly Pierce, of Sales Dept. Mr. and Mrs. Dave Martin, a boy. Dave works in
Dept. 23. Mr. and Mrs. Vern O. Nelson, a girl. Vern works in Dept. 45, and Louise used to be a
timekeeper in Plant 2. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Veron Heek, a boy. Vern works in Dept. 45, but is well
known in both plants, as he's the former president of "Argus Club." Marjorie worked in
Service Department Touches African Soil In War Zone Camera
To Jimmie Barker: Jimmie, I would like to suggest that something be published in "Argus
Eyes" concerning the Service activities in conjunction with the war efïort. We have been
serving a lot of cameras for men in the armed services, both in the States and in foreign territory.
While our volume of service is somewhat less than it was a year ago, it seems that we are now having
a much higher percentage of returns from soldiers. I guess this is because there are more men in the
armed service every day and we may reach a point where it will be something to talk about when a
camera comes in from a civilian (provided, of course, the war lasts for a few more years). We have a
stafï over here of 14 people, including the office and myself, or you can make it 13 and skip
me. I think there are a lot of people in our own plant that don't even know a Service Department is
operating. Aside from the functions of the Camera Sales Department, the Service Department seems the
only link between the manufacturer and consumer. I feel that this sustaining factor is of
considerable importance at this particular time when many industries have closed up insofar as
civilian business is concerned. Since the Argus Service Department is holding down the fort against
tremendous odds with respect to operating with an inadequately staffed department and having to find
ways and means of making substitutions for some materials we are out of and no longer get, I am
proud of what we have been able to do in spite of these facts. Attached is a letter from a customer
in África. His camera arrived and you should have seen it. It was my first time to actually
touch African soil. The camera was full of it. I might mention that we have about a half dozen
customers' cameras here unclaimed. Some of them have been here for about a year. Normally we would
dispose of them, but I now feel we have a defmite responsibility in keeping them. The owners are
probably in the Armed Service and will eventually write for their cameras if they survive. If and
when they do, it will be gratifying to be able to teil them their cameras are still here and
accounted for. Argus Service Department Ann Arbor, Michigan U. S. A. Captain Leonard E. Kohn lst
Engineer BN, APO 1 New York, N. Y. April 16, 1943. Gentlemen: I am forwarding by parcel post this
date my Argus Model C-2 camera, which I purchased last May in Columbus, Ga. This camera suffered
damage by water and sand, and I would greatly appreciate its prompt repair. While in action here in
North África recently, it was necessary for me to cross a Wadi in a Jeep after a 24-hour
downpour. The Wadi was a roaring torrent over 100 yards wide and three to four feet deep, but there
was no alternative. Disconnecting the fan belt and muttering a silent prayer for the safety of my
Argus, my driver and I set out. We made it across all right, but not without the liquid silt roaring
a foot high through the Jeep. I barely managed to grab my Musette bag, which contained the camera,
before it could sweep away, but my new Weston Exposure Meter, which I had just received, was carried
downstream in my dispatch case and I never saw it again. By the time I reached safety and could
examine my camera, I saw that it was thoroughly soaked. It was a very sad blow to me and I made an
attempt to dry the mechanism, but quickly realized that it was a job for experts. Inasmuch as I had
become greatly attached to my camera during many months of unusual experiences and inasmuch as it
now appears that the greatest experiences are still forthcoming, I hope that you will be able to
give special attention to its prompt repair. After the camera has been repaired, please send it at
once by parcel post to my father at the address given below. He will immediately forward. it to me
and upo.n receipt of your bill will send you a check on my account by return mail. His address is:
Mr. Herman I. Cohn, 1041 Summer Street, Stanford, Conn. Surface mail being as uncertain as it is, my
mind would be greatly set at ease if you were to acknowledge receipt of the camera and case as soon
cel reaches you. If possible, use V-Mail as it is the promptest service available, and send it to
the address shown at the head of this letter. I realize that I am probably requesting better than
average service, but you will probably agree with me that the circumstances are somewhat unusual and
the case a worthy one. To insure that you receive this letter, I shall send a duplicate one in about
10 days. I shall be highly grateful for all
that you do.
Echoes From Another War
High prices, scarcities and rationing are not novelties peculiar to these times. Americans
sufïered them in previous wars, reminds Maud MacDonald Hutcheson in Nation's Business. She
recalls the staunch patriot, John Adams, entering Mrs. Huston's inn at Falmouth (now Portland) and
asking, "Madam, is it lawful for a weary traveler to refresh himself with a dish of tea,
provided it has been honestly smuggled, or paid no duties?" "No, sir," she said,
"we have renounced all tea in this place, but I'll make you cofïee." Indian corn sold
in 1779 at $4 hard money a bushel. Linens were $20 a yard and ordinary calicóes $30 to $40
yard. Board cost $50 to $60 a week and it took $4 a day to hire common labor. Mutton and pork
were not to be had in most colonial markets during the Revoluon. The colonies made an effort to
control and fix prices, but it failed, as indeed all similar attempts in industry have failed. And
who did the patriots of that day blame for it all? You guessed it - the merchants. It is always and
ever the same. The man from whom ultimate consumers buy is the goat when prices are exorbitant or
quality bad. They are unable to see that the retailer is only the end link in a chain - that he
often suffers from a war economy as much as anyone else. But it's easier for an indignant purchaser
to cuss the retailer for a profiteer than to think back from effect to cause.
A party was given at the home of Esther Phillips, by th Cross Country Ten Club, for Hazel Miller,
who is leaving with her husband to manage their resort on Otsego Lake, Gaylord, Michigan, for the
summer. Hazel has been with International for twelve years, most recently on the MP 10 Line. Have
fun, but hurry back, we'll miss you, and besides, we'd like to be there, too.
"since We Have Said Good-bye"
I work at Anne Nagel Restaurant in Hollywood, Califonia, which is patronized by radio and movie
stars. I have seen and waited on a great many of them, but to me the radio stars are tops. I have
been studying piano for a year in Hollywood at Paul and Butler School of Music. As for song writing,
I have been at it for five years, and this is the only one I have tried to publish, as it means a
lot to me. I wrote it af ter ray hubby was shipped overseas in March, 1942. He is now in New Guinea,
a technical sergeant with the Transportation Corps. Letters arrive about every three weeks, he tells
me that "Kate Smith" is the one and only person who could really make a hit out of my
He and all his buddies hear "Kate's" overseas broadcast whenever it is possible. It
would mean a lot to both of us if it were possible to get it backed and sung over the air. My
address is as follows, and I'd like hearing from all of you. Gwen Breining P. O. Box 2093 Hollywood,
Calif. Gwen Breining, who worked at International for five years or more, paid us a visit and
brought a very welcome addition to our music program. A recording of her own song, "Since We
Have Said Good-bye." We all wish her all the success in the world.
Girls From Dept. 28
Speak Wedding Vows
Opal Shimmons spoke her wedding vows to Cadet George E. Sloane of Chicago, 111. Before more than
200 guests gathered at the Court Street Methodist Church Flint, Michigan. Dr. W. E. Harrison read
the rites before a setting of candelabra, palms and baskets of all white flowers. The bride was
attended by Miss Marjorie Keiler of Grand Rapids, maid of honor, and three bridesmaids, Isabel
Colthrop, Sagina w; Betty Malerich and Cleo Jean Covert, both of Chicago. Mr. Sloane asked Max
Rafaelson, Detroit, to be his best man. Ushers were Robert W. Sloane, brother of the groom, David
Keiler, Grand Rapids, and Don Granger. A reception for 100 guests followed the ceremony, with Misses
Marie Bannan, Port Huron; Margaret Groef sma, Detroit, and Betty Breathwaite serving. After a brief
wedding trip to Detroit, Mrs. Sloane returned to Ann Arbor and her position at International, and
Cadet Sloane to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Both are members of Phi Kappa Phi, Cadet Sloane to Tau
Beta Pi, and Mrs. Sloane the Pi Lambda Theta. Congratulations and many happy years!
Ted Humphreys of the Sales Dept. had a very close cali. When Summer decided to come, he proceeded
to take down the storm windows. The weather being very hot, he wore shorts to do this little job.
And a mosquito bit him on - the ear.
We were sorry to lose Sophie Franczyk, who left June 2 for sunny California. She plans to find
work and make her home there. Sophia was a Company Inspector for the M-18 Telescope. As a forewell
gift the girls of Optical presented her with a beautiful traveling bag with her initials inscribed.
Good luck, Sophia, and come back and see us sometime.
Optical Assembly Gossip
Our new stockchaser sure gets around. It's O. K., Helen, as long as you give us a break at rest
period. We are glad to have Georgia Herling of Inspection Dept. back on the job af ter an absence of
four months. We express our sympathy to Lois Conkey, who is ill. We wish her a speédy
recovery and hope that she will be back with us soon. With Norman Hartman as our new assisstant
foreman, production should really roll. Congratulations, Norm! We would like to extend a word of
welcome to the several new girls in our Dept.
You Can't Cut Down The Clouds!
When Thoreau, the nature lover, saw the woodsman's axe destroying the forest, he exclaimed:
"Thank God, they cannot cut down the clouds!" There are some eternal things that the
destructive powers of men, in all their fury, cannot destroy. To think on these things is to achieve
an inward quiet and peace even in a war-torn world. The stars still shine. The sun still rises and
sets. The mountains are not moved. Birds sing. Little streams dance merrily on their way. Flowers
bloom and give off their perfume. The world goes right on being a beautiful place. There are
indestructible qualities of the human spirit, too. Mother love is immortal, and though crushed to
earth, it will rise again. Courage and sacriflce glow with a new light in the midst of the blackouts
of hope. Faith gallantly rides the whirlwind that's sweeping the earth. You cannot cut down the
clouds! The spirit of man cannot be destroyed! The finest things of life are immortal . . . they
will sur vive!
Two Southern gentlemen were bragging about the unusual memories of their respective colored boys.
"See that old, white-haired fellow hoeing corn?" asked one. "Well, about seventy
years ago, when he was just a boy, the Devil appeared to him out of a cloud of dust and asked,
Rastus, do you like eggs? Yassuh, Mister Devil, answered Rastus. Well about a week ago the Devil
appeared to Rastus again out of a cloud of dust and asked, How? Fried, said Rastus."
Bound To Win
Then take the honey for the bitterest cup There is no failure save in giving up No real fall so
long as one still tries For seeming setbacks make the strong men wise There's no defeat in truth,
save from within Unless you're beaten there, you're bound to win.
"the Proper Clothes For The Job"
'A survey made in England and the United States shows an increase in the number of accidents to
women in industry. A large factor in this is the fact that more women are employed now than ever
before, especially in war industry where we have the more inexperienced workers. Safety education is
most essential, and all hazards should be pointed out to the new individual on a job. Ordinary
street clothes are not to be worn in a factory, especially around machinery. Frills, cufïs,
belts, ties and anything loose that may be caught in moving machinery is very dangerous. A
protective safety hat is important, as the static electricity generated tends to pull the hair
toward a machine and to endanger the worker. All shoes should be low heeled and well fitted. High
heels have no place in a factory where there is machinery, oily floors or stairways. If each woman
employee would take it upon herself to see that she is properly dressed for the type of work she may
be doing, we would go far in lowering the percentage of accidents among women in industry.
Notice To All Employees
You may buy your vitamin tablets from the nurses in First Aid, both Plant 1 and 2, also in the
Cafetería. Price $1.00 per bottle of 100 tablets. This price is for employees only.
Speak Wedding Vows
Miss Beatrice McCallum of Optical Assembly and Gregory Letsis of Blocking Dept. exchanged their
wedding vows at seven o'clock on June twenty-second at the Lutheran Church in Plymouth. The bride
wore a street-length dress of powder blue, with Navy blue accessories and a corsage of white
gardenias. Dorothy Ormsby of Saline and Steven Letsis of Lansing acted as bridesmaid and best man,
respectively. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of Mrs. Sheldon Baker of
Plymouth, sister of the bride. The happy couple will be at home to their many friends at 1340 N.
University Ave., Ann Arbor. We wish them happiness and best wishes.
Fire Fighting Drill
M. S. Smith
Better known as just "Smitty," of the Engineering Dept. of Plant 1. Last worked for
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Dept. of Commerce, Washington, D. C, as catrographer in the
Aeronáutica! Chart División. For the past seven years has worked in architecture,
mechanical drafting, steel construction engineering, radio speaker engineering and commercial
photography. Hobby, photography and gas model aeroplanes. Home town, Fort Wayne, Ind.