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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. Printed in U. S. A.
Killed In Action
Guard Edgar Fowler received notice f rom the War Dept., December 28th, that his son, Pvt.
Clifïord C. Fowler, a Ranger in the Infantry, was killed in action November 15th. He died at
his Rangers post of duty somewhere in Italy. Pvt. Fowler took his basic training at Camp Wheeler,
Ga., where he won the medal for machine gunnery. Before he went overseas early last June, he sent
the medal and other personal efïects to his wife and his father here. In addition to his wife
and his father, he is survived by four brothers and a sister. One brother, Herman Fowler, is a
Gunner and Aviation Radio man somewhere in the Pacific. Clifïord used to work for Greg Letsis,
Dept. 33 - Plant 2. Greg speaks for his old friends here when he says that "Cliff was all that
anyone could ask as a friend and a workman. He'll be greatly missed." All of us here at Argus
extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Vern Heck's Baby
'That's a good looking nat." "I bought it five years ago, had it cleaned three times,
changed it twice in restaurants, and it's still as good as new."
Timekeeping Dept. News
Mr. and Mrs. George Marsh of Felch Street have announced the engagement of their daughter,
Virginia Rose, to Pfc. Kenneth R. Hurst, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hurst of South Forest Avenue,
formerly of Vernon. The wedding date has not been set. The bride-elect is a gradúate of Ann
Arbor High School and Hamilton Business College. Pfc. Hurst, a gradúate of Vernon High
School, is stationed at Camp Howze, Texas, in the Cannon Company attached to the Infantry. Virginia
is employed in our stationery stock room. - Best of luck, Virginia.
$$ Suggestion Plan Is Revised $$
Employee suggesiions have always been encouraged here at International Industries. We are now
reviving and streamlining for action the suggestion plan which has been inactive for some time. So
many of you have requested and expressed an interest in the suggestion plan that it surely will f
urther encourage cooperation and a spirit of teamwork. And - last but far from least - you will
receive extra money for your ideas on production problems. Many ideas and other systems were studied
in an attempt to arrive at a plan which would prove stimulating and be fair to all participating.
The following very simple plan has been worked out: WHAT TO SUGGEST: Acceptable suggestions will be
limited to production suggestions which are adopted, and from which tangible savings results. They
will be such items as scrap reduction, elimination of unnecessary parts or operations, reduction in
material costs, elimination of duplicating or unnecessary work or provable increases in efficiency.
ELIGIBILITY: Every employee is eligible to win suggestion awards except foremen, superintendents,
assistant foremen, department heads, time study and methods men, engineers and executives. They are
expected to help employees with their suggestions.
AWARDS: Every suggestion accepted will be awarded a $25 War Bond. Every six months a $100 War
Bond will be awarded to the employee in each plant who has had the most suggestions accepted in the
previous six-month period. As in the past, suggestions of outstanding merit which result in savings
so extraordinary as to merit greater consideration and which are considered to be patentable by the
Company's attorney will be rewarded suitably by the Management on the merits of the case. J HOW TO
MAKE SUGGESTIONS: Suggestion boxes will be conveniently located throughout both plants, and
suggestion blanks will be in them. Help yourself to as many as you need. Write your idea clearly on
the space indicated, tear off the numbered stub that identifies you as the sender, and return your
suggestion to the box where it will soon be picked up. Do not sign your name. Your suggestion
remains completely anonymous until action is taken on it. Save the numbered stub. It is proof that
the suggestion is yours. i HOW DECISIÓN IS MADE ON SUGGESTIONS: The suggestions will be
received, audited and judged for award once each week by the Suggestion Plan Manager, who will be
appointed for each plant. Mr. William Thompson will act as Suggestion Plan Manager for Plant 1; Mr.
Ernest Sinclair will act as Suggestion Plan Manager in Plant 2.
A Suggesíion Plan Advisory Commiítee will be seí up in each planl. This
commiííee will consisi of four employee members. In Plant 1 four represeniaiive groups
of deparimenls will have one member each. These represenlalives will be elecied by all Plant 1
employees now and replacements, as they are necessary, will be appointed by other members of the
Plant 1 Advisory Committee. In Plant 2 the "A" Selection Committee will appoint a
sub-committee of four employees from representative groups of departments. The Plant Manager will
act as chairman of the committee, and the Personnel Department will be represented by either the
Personnel Director or Assisíant Personnel Director. The Suggestion Plan Advisory Committee
will meet once a month to audit the work of the Suggestion Plan Manager. This means that all
suggestions which have been rejected will be carefully reconsidered. It will be the function of the
Advisory Committee to work out new ways to stimulate interest in the Suggestion Plan. Once every
three months, both Plant Advisory Committees will meet together to review progress; compare accepted
suggestions and see whether any of ihose adopted in Plant 1 can be used in Plant 2, and vice-versa;
and exchange ideas for stimulation of the plan.
v WATCH THE BULLETIN BOARDS: Each week the numbers of ihe suggestions upon which action has been
taken will be posted. If your suggesiion number is posted, see the Suggestion Plan Manager in your
Plant to get the results. Turn in your produciion suggesiions ihe day this plan goes into effect the
next day, and every day. You will receive not only the best kind of monetary award for accepted
suggestions - a United States War Bond - but you will have the more lasting satisfaction of having
contribuied to the quicker winning of the war and the building of a better company for all of us
when peace comes. Election of the four Plant 1 Suggestion Plan Advisory Committee employees will be
held January 12. Be prepared to cast your ballot for ihose you believc best qualified to represent
you. This Suggestion Plan went into effect on January 1 and Suggestion boxes will be placed in both
plants just as soon as they are completed. Get your first suggestion ready!
K. P. Duty
Dora Eugene is recovering very nicely from having her tonsils removed. I bet Paul was happy for a
few days because she couldn't talk back to him. Elverna Newman has been on the sick list the past
few days. Her son, Lloyd, is home on furlough from his base in Texas. That should be a pretty good
cure for you, Elverna. Marjorie Young had better watch her step in dumping boxes over. Accidents can
work both ways, Marj.
Marjorie Parke is moving f rom Dexter to Ann Arbor. No excuses now, Marjorie, for being late. You
can use your little feet. Earl Wilkie was transferred to the machine shop. We miss you, Earl, and
that's no kidding. A doublé birthday party was had December 6 for Elverna Newman and Lillian
Stutzman. It's funny, girls, but you don't look a day older. Both received gifts. Hope you have many
more happy birthdays, girls. Amanda Alber was a week-end visitor in Chicago. Too bad you couldn't
stay longer, Amanda, and do some shopping. Molly Hooks is home for a few days, entertaining her son,
who has a ten-day furlough. Here's to you both, Molly, from the Inspection girls. We hear Marjorie
Young is going to the fortune teller. From where we're sitting it looks like wedding bells after
Christmas. Peg Ramnent is a new member of the Inspection Dept. It's new, Peg, but you are doing O.
Four Young Americans
Good Work, Plant 2
„ alu ? pr ju j ?S further distïnction vesled in the second award of the Army-Navy
"E" for the mainienance ot inal standard of Excellence in Production which won for you the
coveted "E" Flag on July 14th of last year. inis award is a splendid start for the New
Year and should be an ádded stimulus for greater effort in 1944.
We had our Christmas party December 9. It started with a dinner at the Allenel, and gifts were
exchanged. Eric received some golf clubs. Do you suppose that will improve his golf game any?
Everyone had a very nice time.
Announcement was made recenily of the engagement of Miss Viola Bemis (left) io Cpl. Robert
Whilmore (right) of Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky. Cpl. Whilmore was formerly employed in Plant 2.
Miss Bemis works in Dept. 41. A host of friends here extend congratulations.
Argus Flying Club
About 45 years ago, the "daring younger set" were banding together to buy a
"gasoline buggy" and explore the countryside. Some of them succeeded in getting as much as
five miles away from home in the "confounded" things. Today's motif is different, the
tempo faster, the goal tougher, but today as yesterday a new field beckons to those with a will to
explore. All members of the Argus Flying Club were novices to start. They now average about seven
hours each of actual flying time. Their Club is incorporated, and each owns a share in that new
Piper Cub in the background of the picture. Happy Landings, boys!
Dept. 44 News
Clyde Logan, who was our Chief Inspector in Mechanical Inspection, has left us to take a new
position in Battle Creek. There he will be nearer his family. We have enjoyed working with him and
we wish him every success in his new position. Herbert Reese, who was .Mr Logan's assistant, has
assumed his new duties as Chief Inspector. Donna Hungerford has gone to live in Alma, Michigan, her
former home. She has a job as an assistant Technician, and we wish her much success in her new
position. We hope she will visit us if she is ever down this way. Alexander Watson, better known as
"Sandy," spent a week-end up at his cabin in Mió, Michigan. At hunting he was one
of the unfortunate 75%, but had a grand time. He had a couple of shots, but says the deer ran too
fast. Here's wishing you better luck next time, "Sandy." Agnes Thurston's family seemed to
increase quite rapidly over the weekend. Her cocker spaniel had six puppies - three boys and three
girls. Congratulations, Agnes.
The stork presented Dr. and Mrs. Grant L. Boland with a young son, Patrick, Wednesday, December
22. Patrick's mother will be remembered as Ann Boland, formerly of our Personnel department. Argus
Eyes hope to have a picture of the newcomer for an early issue. Meanwhile, congratulations.
V-mail Letters To Argus
Up lo dale, we have received sonie of Ihe greeling cards from Argus men overseas. Lack of space
prevenís us from publishing all of Ihe kind Ihoughls and wishes of "our boys" in
Ihe armed services.
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Livesay entertained the Band Switch and A. T. D. lines, Plant 1, at a Christmas
party in their home December 20th. Christmas presents were exchanged; cards and other games were
played, and there was also dancing. A very nice lunch was served, and everyone present enjoyed a
grand evening. Here's a round dozen of hints on food conservation from the United States Department
of Agriculture's War Food Administration: 1. Plan meals for the week with altérnate choices
to use foods available. 2. Try new foods when usual foods are scarce. 3. Buy fresh fruits and
vegetables before spending ration points on canned foods. 4. Plan on a weekly basis to meet just
your family needs in all perishable producís. 5. Cover fresh meat loosely. Wipe with damp
cloth just before
ing. If ground, store in extra cool place and cook soon. 6. Store each food where it will keep in
best condition until ready for use. 7. Serve some fruits and vegetables raw; cook others in their
skins, jackets or natural covering. 8. Cook vegetables in small amounts of water and only until
tender. 9. Serve vegetables in water in which they were cooked or use this water in soups, gravies
and sauces. Use left-over juice f rom canned or cooked fruit for cold drinks. 10. Use every scrap -
bread crumbs in stufïin; meat bones and remnants for soup stock; vegetables in pies and hash;
cooking water for soups. 11. Don't take more food on your plate than you will eat. 12. Waste no
fats. Store butter and other table fats in tightly covered dishes in a cold, dark place away from
strong odors. To keep fats, strain fat drippings and store in clean, covered jars in a cool, dark
place until used.
The Industrial Basketball League is now being organized, and this year Plant Two will have to
carry the Argus colors in the battle for the title. It was first planned that Argus would sponsor a
team from each división, but the Radio plant had lost so many of its players that it was
impossible for Plant One to place a team in the league. In the Optical división, however,
there is much interest in the winter sport and a good team is in prospect. Many of the players in
that plant were members of last year's team and with this experience Argus will again have a strong
contender for the Industrial League championship. The regular schedule will begin soon after the
first of the year, and again all of the games will be played at Slauson High on West Washington
street. Amos: "Don't you think Frank suffers from too high an opinión of himself?"
Ruth: "I don't think he suffers. He seems to enjoy it."
The 1943-44 bowling season has reached the half-way mark, and the Radio Wildcats have jumped into
first place. The Office No. 1 team had led the league since the opening gun, but faded badly, and
the Wildcats seized the opportunity and walked into the post position and now have a five-game
advantage over the second place International Inspection five. The Wildcats have been bowling
sensationally in the past few weeks, and only a complete reversal of form is going to oust them from
the top spot. It has been the consistent bowling of the entire team rather than any individual
efforts that has been responsible for this team's rise. Captain Lefty Kendrovics has his team going
at a smooth pace, with each member showing improvement each week. Although a fivegame margin at this
stage of the race is not too convincing, the present leaders have a distinct advantage over the rest
of the field. The players on this team have averages that will most likely be improved upon, while
many of the other teams have averages that will be hard to maintain. This will prove an important
factor through the remainder of the season. The Wildcats feel quite confident that they are going to
remain in first place and be crowned champs for 1943-44. It is going to take some high powered
bowling to shake this confidence. The Inspection team is doggedly holding on second place, and this
aggrega- tion feels that they are in an excellent position to take over if the leaders should
falter. With this team waiting for a chance to take advantage of any opening, the Radio Wildcats are
going to have to maintain their present pace. With theso two teams grabbing most of the spotlight in
the past few weeks, the Lens Maintenance has quietly moved into third place just one game in back of
the Inspectors. The maintenance crew captained by Erv Braatz has been the real surprise of the
league. This team seems to have taken a new lease on life this year and Braatz has his team bearing
down all the time. After a slow start this team has moved out of the second división and has
kept climbing so that they are now within shouting distance of the lead. The Lens Maintenance is the
only team from Plant Two that is now in a challenging position, so naturally this five has a lot of
backers in the Optical Plant. There is a friendly rivalry between the two plants and so far the
Radio División has had all the better of the arguments. In last year's exciting race the Lens
Toolroom led the league until the last two weeks, when the Office No. 1 team of Plant One overtook
the toolmakers and copped the championship. The employees of the Optical División, are
anxious to have one of their representatives capture the company championship this year. If this is
to be done, Plant Two will have to place more teams in the first división. At the present
time only three out of the first ten teams are from the new plant, and with this percentage it
appears that the Optical workers are going to content themselves with second place money. The
collapse of the Office team seems to be as complete as it was sudden and finding themselves ten
games off the pace, their visions of a third straight crown seem to be ended. A ten-game deficit at
this time is a little more than even this veteran can overeóme. A new champion will most
likely be crowned this year, with the Radio Wildcats getting the nod at this time, but in as an
evenly matcher league as Argus is this year, anything can happen and probably will, The standings of
the league are:
Enlist And Eat
Bucyrus, Orno, Plam Dealer Special, March 8 - Patrons of a coffee shop here found its doors
locked today and the following sign conspicuously displayed. "No coflEee, no sugar, no meat, no
help, no oil, no heat and no profit. If you want a square meal, join the Army."
Joe: "My wife says that if I don t give up golf she'll leave me." Moe: "Hard luck,
I'd say." Joe: "Yes, I'll miss her."
Welcome To "argus"
Machine Shop, Plant 2
(All pictures - lefí ío righi) No. 1 - Elmer Lawhead, Foreman; Clic (Swede) Olson,
William Fraser, Bruce Goulder. No. 2 - Clifford Olson, Howard Crumley, Douglas Palmer, Frank
Johnson, Frank Graham, Roberi Crawford, Stella Piíiman. No. 3 - Donna Rice, Ruby Gunderman,
Clarence Remnant, William Fraser, Jim Eubanks. No. 4 - Leonard Carlsiorim, William Fraser. No. 5 -
Material Control and Processing Departments - Clifford Tiavoli, Foreman Material Control; Harold
Morehouse, "Sandy" Watson, Foreman Inspection of Machine Shop; Bernice Macy, Lucille
Brazee. No. 6 - Hubert Krasny, George Pickering, Robert Sioll, Doug Palmer, Leonard Carlstrom. No. 7
- Burring Bench Girls: Maxine Pierce, Theresa Frederick, Helene Brazee, Gertrude North, Virginia
Williams, Lillian Moore. The following members of the department were absent when the pictures were
taken: Eldon Marriott, Ann Thayer, Matilda Bonham, Otto Saulter, William Fike, Gordon Harvey.
Snips And Snaps
A smile is a language that even a baby understands. Bert L.: "Have you ever wondered what
you'd do if you had Rockeí'eller's income?" Ed Bloss: "No, but I wonder what he'd
do if he had mine." There's only one place you can find success without work - that's in the
dictionary. Clerk: "Do you want large or small oysters?" Loretta C: "Just medium, I
think. My husband wears a 15 collar." Sugar Daddy! A form of crystallized sap! Handsome Marine:
"If you keep looking at me like that, I'm going to kiss you!" Peggy "O":
"Well, I can't hold this expression much longer!" Don't be afraid of trouble! If somebody
hands you a lemon, make lemonade out of it! Mary Ann: "Well, we got a bundle of joy at our
house this morning." Carolyn: "What? A baby?" Mary Ann: "No, the
A pink elephant is a beast of bourbon. Mathilda: "Will you loan me $10.00 íor a
month, oíd boy?" Charlie S.: "What would a month-old boy do with $10.00?"
Englishman: "I say, what are those friends of yours doing?" Argus-ite:
"Jitterbuggin'." Englishman: "They get married later, don't they?" Let's
endeavor to live so that when we die even the undertaker will be sorry. Doctor: "You have acute
appendicitis." WAC: "Listen, sir. I carne here to be examined - not admired." Toby:
"Lillian, who was that man I saw you kissing last night?" Lillian: "What time was
it?" He: "Let's get married or something." She: "We'll get married or
nothing!" The man wrapped up in himself makes a small bundie. "To the maternity hospital
and never mind rushing," said a sweet young thing as she grabbed a taxi. "I only work
there." GI: "Is that ice cream pure?" Waitress: "As pure as the girl of your
dreams, Soldier." GI: "Give me a ham sandwich!" Edna K.: "I told him he mustn't
see me anymore." "What did he do?" Edna K.: "Turned out the light."
Low And High
"Have you noticed how a woman lowers her voice whenever she asks for anything?"
"Oh, yes, but have you noticed how she raises it if she doesn't get it?"
News From Depts. 40 And 41
Mr. Erwin Lutz was pleasantly surprised on his birthday, December 17th by the girls of Dept. 41.
A lovely birthday cake was enjoyed at rest period. Mr. Clarence VanderSloot of the Ordnance
división is leaving to go to Flint and his íormer occupation of X-ray technician. A
prospective bride of Optical Assembly is Irene Varady, who will be married in January to Kenneth
Bell. Kenneth is employed in the Grinding room. A happy grandmother of Dept. 40 is Mrs. Aüce
Weir. Charles Arthur was born December 3rd. Optical Assembly gives its heartiest welcome to Mary
Green, a new member of the family. Mrs. Robert Haines has received word that her husband, Pfc.
Robert Haines, was wounded in action. He is now in San Diego.
The roller skaters of Plant 2, including Katie Bauer, Millie Williams, Doris Smith, Helen Fraser,
Dorothy Williams and Ruth Wackenhut, met with a slight disaster Friday night when returning f rom
Ypsilanti. They had a flat tire. No one knew how to change it and couldn't have because they were
short one I "Jack." A kindly truck driver acknowledged their summons and brought them to
Ann Arbor, where they found help. P. S. Six girls from Plant 2 would like a lesson in changing a
tire. The Assembly has taken on a different look lately. Sixteen of our girls are ill. We hope they
get well so we can celébrate the holiday together. Irene Walker has left to return to her
home in Columbia, Kentucky. She has been with Optical Assembly for over a year and will be missed by
her many friends. The Dept. presented her with a í'arewell gift. Jimmy Weinman, the glamour
boy of Optical Assembly, was deer hunting up near Manistee, but regretfully stated that he didn't
even see one. Outside of that fact he and his friends had a wonderful time. We didn't ask him what
that included, but we all know fun is Jimmy's middle name. One member of our department who was
greatly missed recently was Laura Dick. Laura went home on her vacation, and from the looks of
things it certainly did agree with her. Dagney Larson has resigned and gone to spend the Christmas
holidays with her mother at Escanaba. Dagney leaves for San Antonio, Texas, the latter part of
December to make her future home there. The Dept. was lacking "something" for almost a
whole week. It was that Hartman man. We're sure glad he's better and able to be back on the job
A delicious fried chicken dinner was served at the home of Yvonne Shaw for the girls of the
Timekeeping and Cost Departments. Among those present were Kathryn Pfeifle, Mary Jane Roberts, Mary
Snell, Ruth Donaldson, June Goode, Marjorie John, Marie Smiley, Ruth Howe, Doris Hainen, Virginia
Marsh, Grace Langstaff, Harriet Hibbard, Edna Rendel and Wilmot Gray. Our guests oí' honor
were young Dick Shaw and "Duke," his dog. We were very sorry that two of the girls, Mary
Zimmerman and Louise Baker, were unable to join us. After dinner, we all proceeded to the
Thanksgiving Dance held at. the Masonic Temple, where, as you know, sixty chickens were given as
door prizes. Four of the group were lucky: Ruth Howe,
Kathryn Pfeifle, June Goode and Wilmot Gray. Menu of the Evening Fried Chicken Vegetable Gelatin
Salad Mashed Potatoes Gravy Hot Rolls Pickles and Olives Cake and Coffee Cokes and ?? The dinner was
cooked by Mrs. Roberts, Mary Jane's mother, and as a token of appreciation for her kindness, she was
presented with a gift. We are all looking forward to a repetition of this evening in the near
Alimony - A system by which, when two persons make a mistake, one continúes to pay for it.
Grade crossing - A place where headlights and light heads meet.
Girls' Bowling Presents
Argus Club Xmas Party Gifts
Jeanne and Harold were married Friday night, December 17, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church by the
Rev. Henry Lewis. The basque dress of ivory bengaline taffeta worn by the bride was made with a
square neckline, long fitted sleeves edged by fluted rufïles, and a slight train. Her shoulder
veil of illusion was held by a Juliet cap with clusters of narcissus at each side, and she carried
an arm bouquet of white roses, centered with a white orchid. Her attendants, wearing silk jersey
frocks, were Gloria Rettick, the maid of honor, in aquamarine blue, and the bridesmaids, Mrs. Will
Scott, of Yorktown, Va., and Minta Schoen of Lansing, a sister of the bridegroom, both wore coral.
John W. Lyman was the best man; the ushers were Herbert P. Oliver and Robert G. Braun. A reception
in the Ethel Fountain Hussey lounge of the Michigan League followed the service. Arrangements of
white flowers were used, with white candles on the tables and mantel.
Mrs. Schoen attended the University College of Architecture before working here. Ensign Schoen
attended the University, where he received his civilian pilot training. Since enlisting in the Naval
Air Corps, he has completed his
pre-flight work at Iowa City and his primary training at Ottumwa, Iowa. He received his
commission as a pilot this fall at Corpus Christi, Texas, where he is now stationed. The best wishes
of Jeanne's former fellow workers and many friends here go with them.
Dept. 16 News
It was a swell Christmas party that Edna Lelling had at her home for Bertha Snay, Helen
Williamson, Barbara Sibert, Hazel McCollum, Augusta Butts, Edna Hammon, Esther Heusel, Leota Powers,
Sylvia LeClair, Hazel Hill and Virginia Kulbicki. There was a grand dinner set on a table trimmed
with holly and tall red candles. In the center a lovely cake aglow with Christmas decorations lent a
festive air to the occasion. After dinner the group enjoyed games and dancing, and then Santa Claus
arrived to pass out gifts. Then carne a grab bag with funny little things in it to add more fun to
the party. Delia Flood is expected to come back to work after the first of the year. Everyone will
be glad to have you back, Delia, and we trust that you will feel much better soon. The C-4 line had
a Christmas party at the home of Grace Hintz. Gifts were exchanged and chicken salad sandwiches were
served. Everyone had a swell time. Several people from our Department have been out with the flu. We
hope it won't keep too many out. . The Dial line had their Christmas party in the Cafeteria. Names
were drawn and everyone received a nice gift. The Bucholz didn't have much luck in finding a deer on
their hunting trip. But they had a swell time anyhow. He: To girl who wrote, "Don't you dare
kiss me again," forgot to punctuate it. She should have written, "Don't you dare! Kiss me
again!" Patrón: "What kind of pie is that?" Waiter: "What does it taste
like?" Patrón: "Glue!" Waiter: "Then it's apple. The pumpkin tastes like
Optical Assembly Tree
A Happy Interlude
The Empty Room...
This is my boy's room. This is where he slept. This is where he dreamed a child's dreams. This is
where he saw a man's visions. Here, in this empty room, are faded pictures of teammates and
héroes . . . books scribbled over with notes and exclamations . . . the gloves and spiked
shoes we hung up for good before he went to war . . . the silver cup he won at Sea Bright . . .
bright pennants . . . and all the careless memoranda, the echoes of his days. :;: If fathers could
only pour their hate through the hot barrels of smoking guns, and write the records of their grief
with bayonet steel! They said I was too oíd to fight, though I'm only fifty.
But, if I'm too old to sight and drop a stick of bombs, Fm not too old to lay my money on the
line for war savings stamps and bonds! Maybe I am too stifï and slow to fight, but I've got
control enough to keep my car speed under 40 . . . so they can keep their fighting planes above 400!
And if I can't march thirty miles a day with a full pack, I can walk two miles to work and back to
help save gas and rubber! No, I'm not bitter any more because I won't win this war behind a gun or
on a ship or in the sky. I've come around to thinking that here at home we've got the job of passing
the ammunition along, of sacrificing little things, of giving up and going without, of looking ahead
to "less" instead of "more." Somebody's got to do the necessary, undramatic
things . . . and I guess that's what older men are for. Reproduced through the Courtesy of U. S.
I would like to thank everyone in the Assembly for making this a very happy Christmas. The chair
is grand and makes a welcome addition to our home. Grace Margaret thanks you, too, for the swell
table and chairs, and as soon as she gets off my easy chair she is going to try them. EDDIE GIRVAN.
Those who take the first warm weather too seriously aren't to be trusted too far as gardeners or war
Your wif e used to be terribly nervous. i Now she's as cool and composed as a cucumber. What
cured her?" "The doctor did. He told her that her kind of nervousness was the natural
result of advancing age."
"When ye're licked in a foight ye ought to say ye've had enough." "Sure if Oi can
speak at all Oi'm not licked yet."
Cost Accounting And Timekeeping News
A Christmas party was held at th Marilyn Inn on Jackson Avenue for á members of our
departments and thei guests on Tuesday evening, Decembe 21. Glenn, from the Cost department, gav a
very good imitation of "Elmer," wh proved himself a great success. Norm Tweed, assisted by
Toni Argo, with Har riet Hibbard, assisted by June Goode presented a typical "Hurry Up and Ge
Dressed" scène, which was won wit' equal honors, leaving us all in stitches Dancing and
(?) were also enjoyed by all, with hot beef sandwiches and coffe served by the management, to round
of the evening. "Was everybody happy, Bob?" Wel' a motion is in the making to have these
get-togethers more often. Our appreciation is given to Norm Tweed, Mary Zimmerman, Bob Ware and Roy
Craik for their part in getting the party together with such a fine turnout for both
Bob Isaacson, Plant 2 - Engineering and his father, Henry Isaacson, who works at the Bendix Plant
in Wayne hunted at their camp near Republic Mich., recently. The hunting weather was ideal - four to
seven inches of snow - and Bob shot his buck early the second morning of the season. His dad shot
his the following day at noon. Bob's buck weighed 190 pounds and had nine points. Henry's weighed
165 and hac six points. This was Bob's first buck in three years of hunting. "A word fitly
spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." - Proverbs XXV: 11.
Dept. 45 News
Welcome! Mervel (Smitty) Smith and Jan VandenBrock to Dept. 45. Smitty came f rom Plant 1 and Van
joined us af ter being in the Tool-room of Plant 2. A swell time was had by the thirteen couples who
attended the Ernie Sinclair's house-warming. You have a very nice house there, Ernie. Helen
Balhofï is back at her job af ter jeing out with the flu. Glad to see you, Helen.
Boy Friend: "We're gonna have a swell time tonight, Hon. I've got three seats for the
movies." Sweetie: "Three seats? What do we want with three seats?" Boy Friend:
"One for your Pop, one for Mom, and one for your kid brother."
This Is Your Column f -Use It! I i APARTMENTS WANTED. Anyf one knowing of rooms or apart$ ments,
PLEASE notify Mrs. f Radford. I WANTED: Table model radio. Must be in good condition. NotiX fy
Jackie Schaffer, Sales Dept. 1 ? S t WANTED: Argus C-2 or C-3, with Í range finder. Notify
Francés Í Gilbert, Advertising Dept. $$$ T FOR SALE: Famous Sil ver Arrow X Ice
Skates, with white top shoes attached. McGregor flannel linj ing, fleece lined tongue. Shoe J size
8. A hard-to-find bargain f I at $9.00. Inquire Sales Dept. I WANTED: Alarm docks. Any con dition,
if repairable. Notify the % f Editor. I I $ g FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE: Five f I bowlers. Cali Jesse
Cope. I This column is published for all International employees. If you x, h have anything for
sale or ex I change, or for anylhing you wish J Í to buy - use this column. There is Y no
Cards Of Thanks
Dear Argus Club: I really appreciate your remembrance of me. The violet plant was very lovely and
cheered me up no end. Sincerely, Marjorie John. Dear Argus Club: Thank you so much for the beautiful
plant you sent me while I was sick. It certainly cheered me up. I think sending flowers to people
when they are sick is one of the nicest things the Argus Club does. Yours sincerely, Polly Titus.
Dear Argus Club: "Thank you" for the lovely violet plant. It made me feel more cheerful
while I had the flu. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Sincerely, Leona Breisch. To the Argus
Recreation Club: Harold's mother and I wish to thank you for the beautiful spray of chrysanthemums
sent during our recent loss. It is a comfort to know your friends are thinking of you at this time,
and we are deeply grateful. Sincerely, Katherine Casto.
To the Argus Club: The family of Albert Remnant acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind
expression of sympathy. To the Argus Club: The family of David G. Sloss acknowledges with grateful
appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. The family of Cora Thomas acknowledges with grateful
appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. A word of thanks just to let you know how much your
gift and good wishes were appreciated. Avis Binder and Family. The family of W. D. Fiero
acknowledges with grateful appreciation the kind expression of your sympathy. In Appreciation: This
special greeting is coming your way with many more thanks than words can convey. Mrs. Leonard
Carlstrom. The plant was lovely - I appreciated your thoughtfulness so much. Many thanks. Verna
Frost. Dear Argus Club: Thank you for the flowers. They're bright and cheery, and they certainly do
add a note of happiness to these four walls. I hope to be back to work shortly. Thanks again for
your thoughtfulness. Sincerely, Ann Letsis. Peggy Watson and Sally Stone wish to thank the Argus
Club for the beautiful flowers sent to them recently. Mrs. Sadie Fisher wishes to thank the Argus
Club and her friends for the beautiful flowers. Dear "Everyone": Hal and I wish to extend
our sincerest thanks and appreciation for the wonderful surprise party, and the lovely blanket,
comforter and ten dollars you gave us. You've all been swell and we certainly appreciate what you've
done. Thank you again. And best regards to you all.
Argus Ladies, Plant 1 Bowling
The Cafetería has taken over first position in the League, with Accounting following.
Dials have third place, and Inspection fourth. Inspection suffered when the Planning team turned on
the heat and won three games. They rolled a high game of 807, to beat Inspection's 751 game. These
are the highest single team games bowled this year. Planning had a 2111 team series with their spot,
and Inspection had 2039 without a spot. The League played Santa Claus to the sick children in the
hospital by sending two large boxes of gifts to them. Thanks to Rube Egeler for painting the pretty
red boxes, and to Ginny Lau for trimming them, and thanks to Red Conway for letting Myrvin Stokka
What's the use of having a timetable ïf your trains don't run on it?" Now you're all
excited. How could you teil they was runnin' late if you didn t have a time-table?"
Dept. 27 News
Petie Exelby is visiting her soldier hubby at Colorado Springs during the holiday season. Wonder
if she took her red flannels - 'cause they say it gets durn cold out there. Say, fellows, just in
case you might be wondering where you can find an expert on the drill press, contact Red Conway.
Several days ago the blame thing didn't work right while Red was drilling, but in no time he had
everything under control. Yes, siree! Dora Eichel is back to work again after being out for a week
with the nu. She still feels shaky in the knees and is
minus eight pounds of something or other. That is one way to reduce, eh, girls? You sure have to
hand it to Myrvin Stokka for picking a dolí for his better half and she isn't a paper one
either. Had a swell time at the party held in the cafeteria for Red, our chief. He received several
nice gifts, but didn't go at all for the mistletoe idea. A delicious cake baked by Ruth O'Hare
combined with ice cream just hit the spot.
"Why do you cali your girls 'Spearmint'? Because she is wriggly?" "No, because she
is always after meals."
"What would you say, darling, if I told you I pushed my dog team for a thousand miles
through ice and snow, just to teil you that I love you?" "I'd say tha't was a lot of
Machine Shop, Plant 1, Holds Christmas Party At Gleaner's Hall
Dept. 10 News
To meet the demand for increased production, a number of newcomers have been added to the Machine
Shop. We are glad to have you with us, and we'd like to extend to all of you the Greetings of the
Season. The Machine Shop had its annual Christmas party at Gleaner Hall recently. Everyone had a
swell time. A lunch was served and then dancing to the music of Gene Shewman and his "Rhythm
Rascáis." Thanks to Harold Forbes, Doe Johnston and Louis Belleau for making the
arrangements. Harold Sullivan has taken over his duties as foreman in the Machine Shop.
"Sully" is happy to be with International and says it's a good place to work.
"Sully" was presented with a robe by his fellow workers of the department. Flora Mayer is
spending two weeks in Florida, where she is visiting her husband, who is in the Signal Corps.
Because of gas rationing, Flora had to take the train, and even taking a train is quite a problem
these days we hear. Al Richardson must carry a rabbit's foot with him. He has a high percentage in
winning football pots, as well as the check pools. Elsie Ludwick's brother, Bob, of the Marine Corps
was home for a short leave. Bob saw active service in the winning of Guadalcanal, but contracted
malaria while stationed there. He is now recuperating. The department was very sorry to have Tex
Markham leave us. The climate here is not just what Tex was used to, so he decided to move to
Florida. The Machine No. 2 team was talking again when they should have been listening. Talking
themselves into a bet with the Toolroom Five, the machine shoppers were sandbagged three games to
one. Al Sannes is shopping around for cigars. Mr. and Mrs. Sannes are expecting a visit f rom the
stork and Al isquite worried about current market conditions in stogies. Russ Conley is spending the
Christ i mas holidays at his home down in old Kentucky. Russ says he will spend a warm if not a
white Christmas. The flu bug has really been raising havoc with a lot of the employees of our
department. But the trouble seems to be subsiding and production is now back to normal. What would
happen to Ed Bethke if he were unable to have his cigars on bowling nights? A big black cigar is as
much of his equipment as the bowling shoes.
Bill Dobransky received a letter from his brother, lst Lieut. Mike Dobransky, who is now
stationed in China. Mike tells of visiting with All-American Tom Harmon, who is recuperating from
his latest narrow escape. After a leave of absence of almost a year, Roy Hamlin has returned to his
drill press. Roy was very ill, but has now fully recovered and is most happy to be back on the job.
We are happy to report that Marian Thorpe's little girl, Joan who was seriously injured when struck
by a car, is now well on her way to recovery and will soon be able to attend school. Hazel Rossiter
wishes to be called Mrs. McLean in the future. Her husband is in the Army, stationed in Texas.
Belated congratulations and best wishes. Doe Huston had quite an interesting experience. He bought
an unpainted table and chair set for his little girl. Doe proceeded to paint the set a pretty red.
After the Doctor had retired, the little gal decided to investígate Santa Claus' handiwork,
and finding the set, tried sitting on the chair, table, etc. Doe says that it should have two coats,
anyway. Department Ten received many cards from former employees who are now in the service. Harold
Forbes received a V-Mail letter from Charley (Red) Poe, who is now in Sicily.
Letters From Soldiers
Rita Graybill, Personnel, loans Argus Eyes a letter from her flanee, Corporal Robert Krebs. We
quote from this very interesting letter: "It seems that my Únele Sam is really going to
be certain that Bob sees the world. Here I am now inltaly, and as yet no end in sight."
"Now that we have finally received permission to speak of this land, I'll teil you as much as
possible in these few short pages. The country is really beautiful, very mountainous and lush with
green trees and cultivated areas. Studded here and there in the mountains and valleys are many
houses verifying the fact that Italy is densely populated. Once again, as in Ireland, we find the
houses built of stone and mortar, with people and livestock sharing a portion of them. Shocking in
America, but just everyday life in Italy. "We have seen ancient buildings situated on the crest
of mountains, bringing to mind the old Roman history and the survival of the fittest idea - the war
lord and his castle in a vantage spot and his serfs in settlements surrounding his domain. It is
truly picturesque and one sometimes marvels and wonders at j the age of certain structures such as
bridges and houses. As yet I've seen none j of the things I associate with Latin hisiury, bui I
wonder suiiiéiinieS whetliei Caesar, Cicero, or even Cleopatra, had not walked across the
very bridges which ¦ we have crossed. Remember Vesuvius and the ruins of Pompeii? Well, it
stirs ! up a queer emotion in one's mind and heart, and one thing certain is that I'm to see Rome,
the Vatican City, Capitoline Hill, Pantheon, and the Baths of Rome.
"I might add, the towns I've seen are awe-inspiring, that is, what is left of them. For many
are reduced to rumble. The people are very thankful that the Americans are here, and those up north
are waiting and praying for the day we get there. The Germans have been ruthless in their treatment
of these people. They have sacked their homes, taken their livestock, food and, in many instances,
have taken women and young men away with them. One fellow told about how the Germans had sacked his
home, broken his furniture, boobytrapped the place, and then took his wife and two daughters with
them when they left. It is mighty tough medicine and we find many stories in close with this one. I
can only thank God this isn't happening in the U. S. A.
"Many of the Italians speak English because they have been to America anc made a little
money, then returned to Italy, where their money is worth more Here is one for the women and it
reminds me of the methods of cooking I told you of when in Ireland. The women carry everything on
their heads, with perfect balance, and do a good share of the men's work. It is not uncommon to see
women walking up the road with a hundred pound sack of grain on their heads. Imagine American women
doing snmet.hing like that - thank God they don't. "Today I read some newspapers from the U. S.
and the headlines concerned the unconditional surrender of Italy. Well, the fuss the people in the
U. S. made of that - öne would think the war was over. Gee, it seemed funny to see this,
because at the present time there is so much booming all around me I can scarcely hear myself think.
Why, in the _ i_ J Jl _ 1 . _ . 1 t -i
past iwo aays we nave naa tcensorecü and believe me, when those planes go into the dive, one
must keep swallowing for a very good reason, and everyone's hair looks like something that is the
shortest distance between two points. All in all, this Italy business is fight all the way and
fairly makes the Tunisian campaign seem like a maneuver. But don't worry, 'Reet,' these Americans
can't be beat, and one can just bet that Jerry is plenty fed up with the whole affair. Retreating is
really a morale breaker and Jerry has been doing plenty of this for quite some time. It won't last
much longer. so keep smiling and keep that chin up."
Jack Alden Vealey, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Vealey (Mr. Vealey works in Plant 1, Receiving
Dept.) is finding that the soldier's life apparently agrees with him. He recently completed a course
in electrical engineering as student in the Army Specialized Training Program at Virginia Military
Institute, Lexington, Va. He was listed as one of the youngest men stationed with his branch of the
Army and one of a very few to be accepted for ASTP without the prerequisite of college training.
Jack gave indications of the way things would go for him on his first day on an Army rifle range,
when he drilled a sufficient number of targets to gain a Marksmans rating. Recently, Jack passed all
examinations for the Air Corps and is awaiting transfer to a new school, where he will study
aviation. Best of luck, Jack, and keep Argus Eyes posted.
Sgt. Roy Bird writes that Mrs. Bird, First Aid, Plant 2, that he ran into Friezie Waldron
somewhere in Iran. She is doing recreational work with one of the Red Cross overseas units. Fritzie
used to work in our Accounting office. Roy swapped his A. A. News for her Argus Eyes, and they had a
nostalgie time talking about the "home folks." Mayzo Klager, Switchboard, Plant 1, had a
letter from Fritzie not so long ago, which described life in a fox hole neav Cairo. Miss Waldron
certainly gets around. We'd like a contract to "ghost" her memoirs after the war. Pvt.
Allen Smith II writes Kathryn Pfeifïle of a change of address, and asks her to notify Argus
Eyes so that he can continue to receive the paper. Allen says, "Will you also express ray
thanks to the proper authorities for the Christmas box which arrived a few days ago. Inasmuch as it
obviously contained edibles, it had to be opened, for the ants would have gotten it, if left
around." (The ants in the Hawaiian Islands must be first class critters.) Glad to hear from
you, Allen, and we've made note of your new address so that you'll get your Argus Eyes regularly. We
would like to publish some pictures of you and the Islands out there. How about it, Allen?
Roy Compton, Jr., writes Charles Drechsel that life in Missouri is a little quiet and he's
looking forward to January when they start flying. Roy adds that "if you can get hold of an
extra factory paper, how about sending me one? I would like to see how all the old gang is doing.''
Your name has been added to our list, Roy, and you should receive Argus Eyes regularly from now on.
Write us about your flying experiences.
Lieuíenaní, Junior Grade, J. L. McCoy, who lefí International Industries for
the Navy, has been promoted lo a First Lieutenant in the photographic department of the Navy.
Congraiulations, Mac. Larry Dieterle sends Christmas greetings to Argus Eyes and his thanks for the
"swell box." Larry adds, "Best wishes to the Argus Club. And thanks to you, Larry,
and our best wishes for the New Year." Lt. Max D. Hammond, formerly of Plant 1, Machine Shop,
sends his new address. Max says he noticed the star opposite his name in the November Argus Eyes and
thought he'd better do something about it. He returned to his camp recently after completing a
course of study on mine fields. A card from Pvt. Larry Mills, former Argus salesman, tells us to
forward his Florida address to the mailing room so that he can receive Argus Eyes. Larry says he's
kept busy with his work in the Photographic Dept. of the Air Corps.
A Soldier's Thanks
Here's a letter that expresses the sentiments of a number of similar letters that have been
received here. We quote the message in f uil: Mr. N. T. Brotherton Dear Sir: My mother has forwarded
to me your retroactive check. At this time I wish to thank you very much for this pleasant surprise.
I am sure I am speaking for many of your former employees who are now in the service when I say that
your policy of making these payments is greatly appreciated by us. It will help not a little to make
this a happy Christmas, though I will be many "miles from home.
1 enjoyed very much my stay at Argus, and though it was interrupted, perhaps if fate is kind -
and you are kind - I will soon again be on your payroll. I would like nothing better. I know how
very much Argus is doing to bring Victory Day soon. Without the weapons from the home front a
soldier would be worthless. Each of us will do his part if you will but furnish us the tools. Then
together we can bring the Peace that we are all praying for. Each production soldier has as
important a job as any fighting soldier. We hope that everyone at home realizes this fact. We are
winning on all fronts now and with the continued support from the production line we will continue
to win. Then soon Argus can again turn to manufacture those grand cameras, and we can all get back
to our jobs. Again thanks for remembering me. Sincerely, Pvt. Kenneth Wilcox.
A V-mail from Cpl. Ernest (Tiny) Eddy, somewhere in Australia, states that he has just received
the Anniversary copy of Argus Eyes, and if each succeeding copy is as good, the paper certainly is a
success. Thanks for the kind words, Tiny. We'll try to keep each issue as good and better if
possible. Tiny says he sees a lot of units made by International in use daily, also C-2 and C-3
cameras. All of us here are also proud that our units are on so many fighting fronts today. And
we're proud too to have had even a small part in Allied victories. A letter from Cadet Jack Vealey
gives a new address and his thanks for the Christmas box and also the paper every month. Jack's now
stationed at V. M. I., Virginia, awaiting cali to the Air Corps. A letter from Lt. Eliot H. Smith
gives a new address and states that, although ! he has moved several times since he last wrote,
Argus Eyes has followed him from Alabama to Florida, to Randolph Field, and now to his present
position. That is G. I. mail service. Glad you like the paper, Eliot. If you have any pictures or
news that can be made public, send it along. You fellows in all parts of the world are very much a
part of the company and we want you to feel free to comment on anything, any time. Don't be too
tough on the Cadets, Eliot. I
But we'll wager that your bark is much worse than your bite. May we offer congratulations on the
Lieutenancy? Good luck, and keep it up. A V-mail from Sgt. Howard Geyer, somewhere in England, gives
a new addr ess and his thanks for Argus Eyes. From. the looks of the adsesses, t.here must be a lot
of you boys tagged for England. Congratulations to you on your promotion, Howard. A letter from AS
W. A. (Bill) Covert extends his thanks for both his Christmas box and Argus Eyes. Bill is attending
Clarion State Teachers College, studying physics, trigonometry, geometry and aerodynamics. It seems
there's a lot a fellow has to know besides airplanes. A letter from Sgt. W. M. (Wes) Osborn informs
us that he's been in the hospital two and one-half months with a back injury. Sorry to hear about
your mishap, and trust you are well on the road to recovery as you read this. Wes also sends a new
A letter from Joe Dobransky, EM 2c, gives a new address and also his thanks for the Christmas box
and Argus Eyes. A Christmas card from "Dick" Gainey - a beautiful dry-point etching of an
English country scène. Many thanks, Dick, and our best to you. Christmas cards were received
from Pfc. Glenn Boettger, Pfc. Charles Stotts, Pfc. Tony Rupas, Sgt. Nellie Stalker, SSgt. Donald
Strite as we go to press. All of them extend their best wishes and many thanks for the Christmas
gifts. Also received were a number of V-mail cards from overseas. (Pictured elsewhere in this
issue.) We wish we had room to print all of them.
"Hitler's cofïin is on the American production line today. It will be the most
expensive cofïin the world has ever known - but it will be worth the price if in that
cofïin we also bury foreyer the menace of regimentation and dictatorship in this world." -
Walter D. Fuller, Chairman, National Association of Manufacturers, and President, Curtis Publishing
Company. "From where I sit in Washington, it grows clearer every day that the nation is growing
constantly stronger, more determined and more unified to achieve its purpose and to smother the Axis
with war production." - Donald M. Nelson, Chairman of the War Production Board.
Pvt. Geo. (bud) De Wolfe
George stopped off to visit old friends here while on a six-day furlough enroute to advanced
training at Pittsburg, California. He has completed his basic training at Aberdeen, Md., and is now
attached to the Ordnance División, specializing in small arms maintenance. George tells his
former foreman, Ken Kaufman, Plant 2, that he "likes the Army better than the Optical
business." So we can expect great things of George inasmuch as we usually succeed in doing what
we really like. While here, George visited his wife and ten-month-old son, Tommy. It is reliably
reported that the new mustache Bud is wearing didn't scare the baby, but there were a few in Plant 2
who thought it may have been made out of paper-mache. Be that as it may, Argus Eyes wishes George
the very best of luck on the new job.