Argus Eyes For Victory!
This paper is an employees' publication. lts aims are: 1. To present news of individuals
throughout the two planes. 2. To keep former employees now in the service informed as to what is
going on at Argus, Incorporated. 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 Oías. A. Barker
Assistant Editor Lucy Gridley Sports Harold Peterson Photographers I Stua Gildar; b r IJerry
Davenport Cartoonist Marie Barbier 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.
Life In Holland Under Naziism Described By Vanden Broek Family
The first uncensored mail to reach us f rom líber at e d Holland carne to J. A. Vanden
Broek ("Van") Engineering Department, whose family still Uves there. A few Unes, literall
y translat ed f rom a letter written him by his mother will give our readers an insight on how the
Dutch came through the war. and (Van's brother and his wife) lived in for the past two years, where
had an instructor' s job with the college there. They were evacuated in September and could take
nothing with them but what they could carry. Just this week they have been back for the first time,
(af ter nine months). The destrucción and looting has been terrible. The house is still there
and so is W's grand piano, otherwise everything is a hopeless ruin. Books, music, linen, clothing
and furniture deliberately broken, torn and destroyed, all but a table and a few chairs. C's
laboratory apparatus smashed to pieces. It's hard for them to take, but they share their lot with
thousands of others. had taken their silver, his extensive stamp collection, and the
all-but-completed work on his doctor' s thesis to the bank and put
it in safe deposit. But even the safe was robbed and all their things were gone. "Bob B. was
shot on May 2, 1943. Why, we do not know. By way of example, thousands of innocents were executed or
tortured to death in camps. Hans B. died in Dachar. Kees G. was transported to Germany but escaped
to Switzerland. He swam the Rhine. P.L. died in a camp and we do not know whether or not many of our
friends still live. Betty and Ann B. committed suicide shortly after their arrival, and after much
misery in a Jewish concentration camp. "We are perplexed and thankful that our immediate family
is still alive and together. We never lost hope and we were confident that some day liberation would
surely come. "We still have no light, gas or heat, but with a small tree to cut up for fire and
some food in the house again, all in American cans, one ounce of sugar a
week, and an ounce and a half of fat or butter, we can have a feast." ■ Between these Unes
we can read the unfortunate plight of a family . . . like your own. We can catch a glimpse of the
story of a Dutch family and their friends .... not an impersonal account like we read in the papers,
but a letter f rom an Argus worker's family, who lived through a period of Germán occupation.
To those who still do not believe in our participation in "foreign" wars, let it be known
that whatever we sacrificed, the work we did, and the bonds we bought were well spent for the
liberation of the oppressed people in the occupied countries and the extermination of Naziism. The
liberated people have suffered more than we can imagine. They have sustained irreplaceable losses,
and they will never forget what the American Veo pi e have done to put an end to their misery. The
people of Argus may m be proud of having done their part.
Suggestion Plan Bond Winners
Howard suggested that a fixture be built for grinding a part on the Centerless Grinding Machine.
This part formerly was ground on a Brown & Sharpe O.D. Grinder. By grinding this part on the
Centerless Grinder it is possible to get perfect concentricity with all O.D. surfaces.
Walter suggested a jig íor tapping (5) holes in the CC-307 Camera back, by using this jig
the tapping is done more - asily and with more accuracy.
Leona suggested that shelves be built to hold parts which are glyptaled and air dryed. Before the
shelves were built the parts were stacked in boxes, and this not only looked untidy but the parts
were not being air dryed properly. By placing the parts on the shelves it is possible to keep the
parts in proper arrangement and they also dry more quickly.
Lewis suggested that a special tooi be made for use in securing a contact ring to a shaft
assembly. This tooi was made and its use has proved to eliminate rejects which the use of the old
Congratulations On Your Anniversary Of Ten Years Of Service
Argus Recreation Club Meeting
The July meeting of the Argus Recreation Club was held on the lOth of the month at the
schoolhouse, and was called to order by Les Schwanbeck, president. Following roll cali and the
reading of the minutes of the last meeting, and in the absence of Lucille Gillespie who is on
vacation, Mr. Schwanbeck gave the treasury report. The matter of the forthcoming picnic was
discussed, and it was decided to hold the annual picnic on Saturday, August 18th, at Germán
Park, and committees were appointed to handle the details. The park will be open at 6:00 p.m. for
those who want to bring a picnic supper, and the evening's entertainment will begin at 8:00, with
Gene Schumann's Band furnishing music from 9 o'clock until 1:00 a.m. At twelve o'clock there will
a buffet lunch served. Art appropriation was granted to cover the cost of the picnic. In
reporting on the family picnic held in June at West Park, Les Schwanbeck stated that there were
quite a few Dixie ice cream cups left over and that they were donated to the U.S. O.
Last Month's Cover Picture
Credit for last month's attractive Iris cover picture goes to Arvid Andresen . . . who won the
$10.00 prize with this print in competition for the best spring flower picture. Very active in
Camera Club work, Arvid is a member of the Program Committee. Pictures for this month's cover and
additional picnic pictures within were made by Stu Gildart and Dean Wheeler.
Heard Over The Switchboard Or How To Cure Switchboard Nerves
Switchboard: "Office." Station X: "Hi there, have your news ready for "Argus
Eyes?" Switchboard: "Argus Eyes! Nope! No news this month. Wait 'till we have our
vacations. But boy, there's something we wish you would put in the paper that would certainly be
helpful." Station X: "What's that?" Switchboard: "Well, here's the thing. We
wish you'd ask people to identify themselves when they answer the phone. With 120 outlets and about
800 or some people in the plant, we can't recognize every voice that answers a phone . . . and boy,
you'd be surprised how many people just piek up the phone and merely breathe into the darned
thing." If they'd even say "helio" it would help." Station X: "Well, 111
see what I can do." Switchboard: "You know, the worst part. of it is when we page someone
and they answer f rom 'most anywhere in the plant. If they'd piek up the phone and say . . .
"This is Were you paging me?, it would help a lot ... and f$ enable us to handle the calis
quicker and more intelligently." Station X: "I see what you mean." Switchboard:
"And make it strong, will ya. Say, kiddo, did you know thatthe Red Peterson's had a new baby
boy. They already have a little girl. Swell, isn't it! Okeh, be seein' ya."
Optical Assembly Notes
Dear Argus Ann: I guess it's about time for me to relate the latest happenings to you. Nothing
unusual going on around here except the other day Eliza, out of a clear sky, got a shower sitting
right in her usual place. We thought the roof was leaking and she just moved down a little for the
day. When we got out we discovered it hadn't even been raining. I think that should be investigated,
Lila Lange's boy friend in the army is home on furlough and Gertrude Hale's boy friend in the
Navy is home on leave and all ears are strained for Wedding Bells, next month I'll teil you if we
heard any. We've been losing some girls lately too, Dorothy Morrison left to go back to school,
Helyn Moore left too- well part of us want a girl and part of us want a boy, but we really don't
care as long as they don't.
Ann Letsis left to become a WAAC, strange isn't it how twenty-one years ago, July 4th, her first
sound was Waa and now twenty-one years later, July 4th, she adds a C onto it and becomes a rnember
of Womens' Army. The girls gave her a beautiful "Make-up-Kit" and really wish her the best
of luck. Some of them have been walking around rather funny lately, seems as though it all adds up
to a base ball team they have every Monday night at Allmendinger Park. Just learning - what fun!
Katie Bauer, Helen Fraser, and Dottie Waggo+t had some sore throats Monday morning after going to
the Detroit baseball game Sunday. Evidently the Tigers won and Greenberg got his home run. Oh and
say, Clara S+eeb is the proud owner of a new convertable vehicle she intends to drive to Arizona in
August. Hope she doesn't run into those "rolling Cactus" they sure are hard on tires!!
Say if you hear of anyone with some extra food stored away tell them to invite Norm Hartman over,
for he's sure going around with a hungry look on his face since Mary Jane has gone on her vacation.
Have you ever seen Norm's little boy? Well he really is adorable, but it sure is a sight to watch
Norm. You know he has his picture up over the desk (the baby's I mean) and every night when we leave
he stands at the door with one of those
large scopes raised in his right hand and says to each of us "Isn't that a good looking
baby?" Just to satisfy his ego. Dorothy Schallhorn went fishing Saturday and caught her limit
but as usual all the big ones got away. We got a lot of new girls too, Rosemary Lyons, Clara
Hemingway, Mary Jane Naylor, Ruth and Naomi Graese, and Marguerite Haylow. Ann Daly is back with us
too, sure glad to see her back and looking so well. Been an awfully lot of touchy girls in our
department, sunburns, you know those things from too long hours in the hot sun in one spot? Well I
guess thats about all for now. Hope I have more to teil you next month, no doubt I will because
vacation starts the last of this month and everybody has to make the best of that short week. Yours
Notes And Nic Nacs
Many thanks for the lovely flowers from the Recreation Club. I also wish to thank my many friends
who sent me cards and letters while I was hospitalized.
With Our Armed Forces
Barbara Shimke - A Marine Bernice Ford - A Spare Betty Dinon - A WaaC Doris Skelding - A Wave Ann
Letsis - A WaaC Virginia Smith - A Cadet Nurse Charles Van Aken - Army Air Forcé Hazen Figg -
Army Signal Corps
A Serious Thought For The Month
June has gone, July is here The time is going so fast So many of us in the days gone by Have been
living in the past.
We cling to memories of pre-war days and wonder if soon we will see The things we've looked and
prayed for so long Become a reality. We always see the bright side of life and always hope for the
best So with our faith in them and their faith in us God will do the rest.
So Íets write letters every day Just a simple line or two Does as much or more for those
over there as their letters do for you. So when you say your too tired and too sleepy and your mind
is chucked full of sorrow. "I guess I won't write a letter tonight I can do it tomorrow."
Sometimes you discover the next day's too late and the rest of your life you' 11 say Never again
will I put off until tomorrow the letter I should have written to-day.
A Humorous Thought For The Month
Now if you had a bad night, last night Your head aches, your throat's dry as a bone. The lens
aren't coming, time going so slow. Why don't you try making some cones? Alice makes cones day after
day and she's one against sixty-five But she looks awfully happy when she lays down that stick Every
afternoon at ten after five. When one of us look in a cigar box that's erripty It always brings
forth such moans, and why? Not because we' re all out of cigars But because we' re all out of
To watch the job done you wouldn't understand why everyone dislikes it so And if you ask one of
us why? we couldn't teil you Because we really don't know. Except that it seems so insignificant and
really its most important of all Lots of lens, lots of lint, and no cones oh my! Is like Cinderella
without the ball. lts really a laugh when the stock chaser says, "we' re out, now doesn't that
make you sick." Then comes back in a few minutes with a dispenser, a box full of paper, and a
long pointed stick.
Business-like, pocket-sized stenographer and secretary, Plant II. Was born in Ann Arbor on
February 18, 1912, is married and has a daughter, Joyce Loriene who is ten years old and bears a
striking resemblance to her motherin miniature. Has learned a great deal about Argus executives and
semi-executives since her initiation 13 years ago and recalls starting out on. the radio assembly
line. Graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1930 and belonged to the Glee Club and Chorus. Still
warbles in her bath. Immediately bagged her first job with Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor - made her
start with Argus in 1932 and left a year and a half when Joyce Loriene was born. Finally returned to
the Company in 1935 and has been efficiently mulling over letters invoices and records ever since.
Claims to have listened to over 565,850 words of dictation during that time. Likes to visit the deer
country in season - is unsuccessful, but makes up for it with a local bag of pheasant and duck.
Annual trips to Hot Springs, she says, have been curtailed during the war. Likes to skatel in the
winter, rambles round golf courses and claims photography as a hobby. Further questionirrg
reveáis that she once won a Detroit Free Press Photo Contest. Is currently pouring over
"The Valley of Decisión" but emphatically denies any intimate knowledge of
"Forever Amber." without profanity
Friends may come and friends may go, and friends have birthdays too. So from each of us as a
friend, to each of you as a friend, We'd like to let you know; That we wish you a very happy
birthday. This year and many, many more, and hope that in the course of a hundred years, You get all
of the joys you've wished for.
The arrival of Kathleen, a seven pound baby girl, at the Coniways makes that a happy little
family of five. The Mrs. and baby are doing excellently. Cliff also is expected to recover. Arvid
Andresen has been suffering from a lame back the past few weeks. It must take a lot of back bone
tö go through that Arvid. Howard Kern celebrated his birthday June 26, with a delicious cake,
made by his wife Gertrude, a surprise. Howard invited many of the people of the department to share
it with him, and with cokes and cake, a real party was enjoyed. We just missed a picture by a few
minutes as our photographer was on hand just as the cake was being finished, instead of before it
was cut. We' re sorry, Howard. Dick Wilson and Bill Patton have turned their attentions along new
lines .... plumbing. Wonder if the water faucet works any better now. Dick also has everyone taking
salt tablets for "heat" fag. The Optical Design office and part of the Chemical Lab took
over Balhoff's cottage, en masse at Whitmore Lake for the
fourth. Everyone had a fine time, but one of the girls had a lovely sunburn as a result of the
various excursions across the lake in a row boat. Vacationers at this writing include Cliff Coniway,
Smitty and Dean Wheeler. In other words, we have a nice quiet drafting room. Warren Kays, back from
vacationing in New York, reports having a pleasant chat with Mayor La Guardia. Irv Ariss went to
Canada, and was to have T-Bones for lunch, and Sirloin for dinner everyday. We ought to all go to
Canada, Irv. Neil Podewils visited Chicago and took in the Aragón. (What were you doing at
the Aragón, Neal?) Walt Clawson spent his time fishing and sleeping. His seven year
oíd son showed up father (Continued on page 11, column 4)
Patrick James Hartman, is the young man's name, and he is the son oí Mary Jane and Norm
Hartman. Born on December 5th, 1944, Pat was four and a half months old at the moment his father
took this picture.
June Was The Month Of Brides
Miss Isabelle Schmidtke and Ensign Cari A. Brauer, Jr. were united in marriage in a ceremony held
at 8 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran Church on June 24th. Gowned in white satin, Isabelle wore a
finger tip length veil attached to a heart shaped cap. She carried a bouquet of white roses with her
prayer book. Miss Olga Schmidtke, matron of honor, wore an orchid lace gown, as did also the
bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid. Following a reception at the Schmidtke home on Packard Road, the
bridal couple left on a short wedding trip to Detroit, and then motored to Camp Crowder, Missouri,
where Ensign Brauer will continue his training. For going away Isabelle wore a light blue gabardine
suit, pink brushed wool coat, white accessories, and white rose corsage.
Arlene And Guerdon Wed On June 16th
Mrs. Frost was Arlene Britton, of the Planning Department, before her marriage to Guerdon Frost
on Saturday, June 16th, in St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. For her wedding, Arlene wore a
white satin gown with a íingertip length veil attached, and carried her white prayer book
topped by an orchid corsage. Her matron oí honor was Mrs. Clarence Rafeld of Wildwood Avenue,
and bridesmaids were Miss Olga Schmidtke and Miss Kathryn Frost. Albert Gall oí Saline was
best man, while Edmund Fitzgerald, USMCR and La Vern Bartlett oí Midland seated the guests. A
reception iollowed at the Michigan League, and later an open house was held at the Britton home.
Mildred Henson Weds Brice Bennett
Mildred and Brice, both of Plant IL were united in marriage by a doublé ring ceremony
performed Friday, June 15th, in the Baptist Church parsonage. Their attendants were Mr. and Mrs.
Robert McFarland. Mildred wore a street length dress of blue eyelet linen with white accessories and
a corsage of pink and white carnations. Following a short wedding trip by boat to Niágara
Falls, the bridal couple are residing at 3604 Platt Road.
Marie Smiley And Earl Dean Speak Vows
Marie Smiley of the Accounting Department, became the bride oí Earl Dean on Saturday, June
30th. at an informal ceremony performed in the Michigan League chapel. Judge J. H. Payne officiated
at the ceremony. Attendants were the bride's sister, Mrs. O. E. Roszel. Jr. of Soule BIvd.. and
Clarence Dean of Parkwood Ave., brother of the bridegroom. The bride was attired in a street length
dress of powder blue crepe with white accessories, and she carried a small bouquet of white roses
and baby breath. Following the ceremony a reception was given at the home of the bride's parents.
After a few days spent at Port Huron, the bridal couple will reside at 917 Miner Street. For going
away Mrs. Dean wore a pink dress with white accessories.
I ARGUS ANNUAL PICNIC Saturday, August 18th Germán Park Your Argus Recreation Club
membership card will admii you and one guest.
Georgia Wa+son and husband, Eddie, bought a new home in Darlington. It seems they have been
having a little difficulty with the neighbor's children, who like to handle paint brushes and have
little regard to color or selection of places to use the brushes. Georgia tells us she doesn't care
much for purple doors or multi-colored side walls. Our last report is a shell-pink bedroom just
finished. Yum-yum. Nellie Meyer is having quite a time getting settled any place. Their month at the
lake expired just a week before they could move into their house in town. So Nellie is moving every
week-end. Maybe someday . . . ! Mr. Eugene Schuman had his 21st (he says), birthday the 21st of
June. He was the recipiënt of a sport shirt and a very interesting and entertaining roll of
tissue. Marilyn Srnith has found a mutual friend in Katie Olds, whose boyfriend is also somewhere in
the South Pacific. If you hear of any tall, dark men, not married, please get in touch with Miss
Theresa McCarthy. Wilfred Isabelle and Gene Schuman aren't saying much about one Friday out with
"the Boys" (Wasem, Riek Fisher and Herb Oliver) . After all the talking and planning
beforehand it doesn't seem quite right that they should be so quiet about the whole thing
immediately afterwards. We wonder!! Charlotte Harvey went to her home town in Indiana to bring her
small son home after a visit with his Grandmother. Take it from her, this is no time to travel. Our
sincere wishes for a speedy recovery to Gladys Wolters who is ill. Leola Stoner and Bennie Kearney
visited her one evening and took her a gift from Inspection. Leola is back to work after a week's
vacation, looking bright and chipper. She had a nice time visiting friends in St Johns and the
nearby "suburb", Lansing On the fourth of July she watched the exciting boat races in
Detroit and also enjoyed a yachting trip. She will take another week later. We received a boquet of
beautiful wik lady-slippers from our good friend Walte Smith in Honor, Michigan. They were in
excellent condition after trip. We enjoyec them for days.
We are happy to know Nina Wal+erlouse's sister is feeling better after a ecent illness. Helen
Montagu, at one time, had seven:een cats. Twelve were kittens. She has Deen bringing them in to
work, two at a time, to find a home for them. We have lad some entertaining days watching the :uzzy
little fellows. Bet she misses them all. Cheer up, Helen, there will be more. Wonder how Jim Norris
feels since he called Laura one day and said, "Have you got a "babe" named Winifred
VanderdooI working in your department?" He was told "no". He called again later and
insisted that there was too a "babe" by that name. It finally dawned on Laura that the
"babe" was really Winfred Vanderpool who turned out to be a very nice young man who had
just started in the department, and most certainly doesn't look like a "babe". We accept
your apologies, Jim. Evelyn Kearns and Doris Layer went with Aggie Thurston to Saline, one fine
Saturday to make an impression. The "impression" turned out fine they say. Laura Egeler is
envious of W. Kelly, no end. Just imagine living on a lake shore all during fishing season. Wouldn't
be much house work done if she lived there. Jesse Steeres is back plugging in the paint shop after a
glorious two weeks trip into the upper-peninsula.
Be+ty Dicks will be leaving us this Friday. We will be looking forward to the great event. Edi+h
Fahrner has also "retired" to be a housewife. We will miss her fish stories. Marjorie
Parke, paint shop inspector, was presented with a beautiful blanket from her many friends here at
Argus. It was a farewell and wedding gift combined. She will be Mrs. William S+eeb after July
twenty-first. Good luck, kids. Marjorie was also presented with a personal gift from four of the
inspection girls. They, with Mar je, used to have a box in which they dropped a penny each time they
said a naughty word. When Mar je knew she was going to leave, she divided the money among the five.
After she left the department the four put the money back together and bought her a gift. Was she
The Schumann Children
Nancy and Donald are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Schumann. Nancy expects to start school
this fall and is taking dancing lessons . . . no doubt she will be a featured dancer and vocalist
with the Schumann Band one of these days. "Gene" says Donnie is mostly interested just in
getting into things.
From "44" to "28" we went, to either consolídate or get sent. There
were gals galore, some p'ump, some poor, to be exact just 24. There are Marys three, full of glee,
and two of each named Esther and Bernice. There is one of each called Rose, Nina, Leona, Doris,
Marjorie, Clara and Betty, Mabel, Lillian, Amanda, Naomi, Evelyn, and Millie, Leola, our man Art,
our two jewels, Aggie and Opal, and Ora, And up in front is Frank, Kelly, Herb and helpful Laura We
are inspectors full of punch, Come on Japs looking For a scrap. We've an idea and a hunch, that you
can't lick this bunch.
At last! Finally heard f rom Keni Wilcox, released from a Germán prison camp, now visiting
his parents in Waukeska. Place your order early for potatoes. Catherine R. has the situation well in
hand. Dan H. is the proud father of a baby girl. How about a picture. Surprise of the month Ann A.
really blushed like a rose . . . wonder why. Jan 's birthday party at the Hoyer's was really a
howling success. Howling is right. Bob B. is really handy with the hoe these days. Here's luck to
your garden, Bob. Could it be Lennie's halo that casts that bright light in the polishing room these
days? Leo W. would like a priority on a larger gas container. Seems to be a popular place for the
girls. Ruth B. is home from Texas. Driving her car back . . . that should really make her happy.
All good things happen at once, Barbara Titus and Roy Hiscock returned from vacations at the same
time. Roy tells about those fish in Zukey Lake and the joys of being a man of leisure. Barbara
Titus, however spent most of her vacation in bed with a summer cold. She claims it was the Alaskan
variety, brought to her by her son who is home on furlough from Port Edward, British, Columbia. The
rest of us are getting by and we' 11 be all right until it's time for somebody else's vacation.
Over The Bounding Main
One bright sunshing morning as Edna Dennis was driving to work, a very exciting thing happened.
As she was entering Saline the sun started shining in her eyes, so, in order to see, Edna reached up
and pulled the sun-visor down. It seems a little mouse had been hiding behind it and lo and behold
it landed in her lap. Up came Edna's hands from the steering wheel and out carne a piercing scream,
slam went the brakes and away went the mouse. Edna hunted and hunted but couldn't find him. Now the
problem was how to catch him. Should she put her cat in the car? But then how would she know whether
it had been successful or not. Finally she decided to set a trap and then she would be sure. The
next morning Edna carne to work carrying a paper bag. When asked what was in it, she reached in the
bag and pulled out a mouse trap with the mouse in it. Now she can drive without expecting a mouse to
fall in her lap. Let this be a warning to you to keep your car windows closed when not driving.
Vacation time is here and Laureene was the first on the list. She spent a very pleasant week in
Pontiac and Detroit. Everything went along fine until she reached Ann Arbor and found out the porter
at the bus station in Detroit failed to put her bag on the bus. She put in a very bad night and her
first day back on the job was a very busy one, between carrying the mail and phoning the bus
station. At last she was successful. Her bag arrived by bus at seven o'clock that night. Too bad it
couldn't teil where it had been. Laureene was so glad to get it that she didn't even stop to ask
where they found it and why it took a whole day longer than it did her to get home. Esther Phillips
is enjoying her'vacation at Whitmore Lake. To make everything perfect, her son Bob is home on leave
f rom the Navy.
Tool Design And Process Engineering
Irene Leabu has joined Argus to assist Russ Warren in the TimeKeeping Office. Best of luck,
Irene. We have two new arrivals this month. Both girls . . . one Wendyth Lynn, nine pound daughter
of Leonard Thomas. The other a five pound, ten ounce daughter of Jack Danner. Congratulations,
gentlemen. Phil and Lonnie Ganzhorn spent the weekend before the fourth in Canada fishing. Same
place we hear they spent their honeymoon. Romantic, wasn't it? Bud Davis is spending all his spare
hours remodeling his vine-covered cottage. You will have quite a retreat soon, Bud.
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Well, he done it! Our hero of the month is Chuck (Flying Tiger) Colé. Chuck is the third
member of the flying club to get his private pilot's license. He didn't have an easy time of it;
government examiners can get pretty fussy sometimes and it seems that Chuck got his share of it.
Even though only 35 hours are required for a private license, Chuck accumulated quite a few more
before he was able to satisfy the examiner. After failing to pass his flight test twice, he got
pretty discouraged sometimes, and he was "flying low" for a while, but now he is a
different man, and up in the clouds again. Congratulations Chuck, and more horse power to you. The
next brother ace to get in line for his ticket seems to be Norm Tweed. Norm passed his written exam
and now starts practicing and "getting sharp" for his flight test. Lf he sticks to it he
should get his ticket before the end of the summer. Let's keep our fingers crossed for him. Those
unfortunate mortals who do not fly can't appreciate the satisfaction of getting a license. It would
be more anologous to getting a driver's license for a car if you were required to take so many hours
of instruction first, f rom a licensed instructor on dual controls, and then after your first solo
trip around the block you were required to make dozens of trips more, mostly by yourself, covering
about every possible phase of driving, then
when you got to be pretty good a couple more hours of dual instruction to correct your mistakes
before the instructor would recommend you for a license. All this time you would be prohibited from
taking any passengers along, or to go any further than just so far from home, because you would not
be considered a safe driver yet. In the meanwhile you'd study up and pass an exam on a few
associated subjects. First the rules of the road for the sake of safe and well regulated traffic.
Then a study of navigation and the use of maps to make sure you' 11 be able to find your way around
. . . drive from A to B by the best road, without getting lost. Next comes the facinating study of
meteorology . . . you'd learn something about the operation of your car, what
malees it go and why. How much pressure you should carry in your tires and at what speeds to
drive and how to put your car away at night so it won't roll away. When you have all this under your
cap, you are about ready to become a driver. You are then ready to go for a ride with a government
inspector, and if you have been a good student and followed the recommendations oí your
instructor, and if the instructor finds that you have no dangerous or undesirable driving habits,
he' 11 declare you a safe and competent driver, and then you'll get your license. Then you really
feel like a bird because you are now a qualified driver and no longer a student. You can go where
and as far away as you want to. You can take passengers with you, and they will have confidence in
you because you have a license in your pocket that is something to be justly proud of.
Colé will be the last one of our student pilots to get his ticket the "hard
way". Up to the present, civilian flying was restricted and regulated by a complex and rigid
set of federal rules and regulations. Effective July 1, this year, a new set of simplified rules
have gone into effect, relying more on the pilot's common sense than on the rules themselves, to
keep people out of trouble. The new rules make it easier to learn to fly, and to get your private
license. Meteorology and navigation have been dropped from the written test, which will save the
student about a thousand pages of book learning. Eight hours of dual instruction are no longer
required before solo and many other rules have been eliminated to encourage our airminded to take to
flying and to make it easier for them to get a license. Let's show them that it was a change for the
Experimental Optical Shop
Howard McCombs returned from an extended vacation taken because of an infected hand. Glad to see
you back Mac. Tex Williams looks somewhat of a bronze color since spending a week working on his
boat. He also had some pictures of its progress toward completion. Looks mighty nice, Tex. Hotzel is
all grins now that the 2Oth is coming around. Is it going to be fishing or painting, Hotz? Dick
Guarino seems satisfied with the outcome of the doubleheader in Detroit between the Tigers and the
Yanks. Good games weren' t they, Dick? Gregg Letsis is advertising for a painter, or six. Wages? One
case of beer to a gallon of paint.
Wort is back from his vacation looking in the pink and all set for another year of hard labor, he
says. We don't know who Rose is, but the doctor says Herman has Rose fever. The girls enjoy having
Torn work at their table as he is quite a singer, and can recite poetry very well. Some of it was
written bef ore our time . . . guess that's why we enjoy it so much. Oh, yes . . . . he's quite a
jigger, too. Anyone having a pair of gun boats for sale see Ruth . . . she's out of shoe stamps.
TSgt. Warren Ross is home on Prisoner of War furlough. He is a former employee and a nephew of Helen
Brenning. P.S. The A! Deanhofer's had a baby boy born on July lOth. We don't know the little
fellow's name yet, but he weighed 7 lbs when he arrived, and we wish him and his mother and daddy
the best of luck.
Camera Club Announcement
This unusual poster announced a recent print assignment in "Contrasts" for the Camera
Club and was made up by the Program Committeer consisting of Arvid Andresen and Jan Vanden
The Theater Party was very successful and was exceptionally well attended. g Twenty-one regulars
- Clara, Doris " en, Mary Snell, Grace, Eunice, Juanita, Merna, Doris Mueller, Doris Ehnis,
Dorothy, Nancy, Joyce, Norma, Beulah, Kathryn, Mary, Wilmot, Marie, Dortha, Collette and Virginia
and two former employees Yvonne and Aletha had dinner at the League beforehand. Argus Eyes for
Victory was very interesting and enlightening. Summer is here for sure! Did you see that new plaid
jacket that Joe sprung on us? Wonder iL he took it with him on his travels to Chicago, Endicott, N.
Y., Washington, D.C. and other points? Speaking of travels, Norma has been week-ending in Lansing
again as well as Chicago. Alice Blanchard spent a few days in New York with her husband before he
was shipped out. That sparkle in Mary Jane's eyes has materialized on the third finger of her left
hand. Wilmot is buying furniture for her house and is getting all ready to move in the fall. We had
another party. On June 24 we helped Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hiscock celébrate their thirty-fifth
wedding anniversary at their cottage. We all had a swell time even tho it did rain. Some of those
there were Mr. and Mrs. Tweed, young Eddie and Betty; Mr. and Mrs. Schwanbeck and very young son,
who is an exceptionally sound sleeper; Mr. Rockman; Mr. and Mrs. Warren; Mr. and Mrs. Ward; and Mr.
and Mrs. Schumann. Gene had his accordian with him and we enjoyed the music very much. June 14 was
an important date to Nancy also as it was her wedding j versary too. We all enjoyed the bouquet her
husband sent her as she brought it to the office. By the way if anyone noticed Nancy liked
exceptionally well fed one day awhile ago, ask Joyce how come and what she had for lunch.
Vacationing is in f uil swing. Glenn is back from northern Michigan (mayhaps we will have that
vension dinner this fall) . Grace and Eunice report their house all cleaned. Dorothy is back from
visiting in Kansas. Clara had a busy time attending all the parties and getting in a few fishing
trips. Dortha had fun but had to diet so a certain dress would fit and is she making up for it now!
Roy is planning a week at a lodge in northern Michigan and the supplies he is taking with him!!
Marie outdid us all, however, she is now Mrs. Earl Dean and is honeymooning in Port Huron.
Congratulations and all good luck to you both, Marie. Our Giddy-ep Girl, Jinny, is becoming a fine
horse-woman but how she hates those mosquito bites in certain places. Bobbie just loves the little
birdies - ask her if you don't believe it. Well, the gals are planning another party so we'll teil
you about it next month.
Former guard Lewis López has left Argus to take another position. A familiar face is back
. . . that of Cornelius Fox, who now greets us every day as we come in to work. Jackson Bossen is
the official custodian P of the parking lot, and a very good one too. Everything is kept in tip-top
shape at the Liberty St. building, besides keeping an eagle eye on the weather and employee cars.
Clarence Bross is enjoying a weeks vacation. Suppose he might be in Detroit to see a certain some
News Of The Toolroom And Maintenance Departments
To Jack Pel+on (or his father) goes the honor of catching the biggest bass of the season, or at
least the biggest displayed around these parts. Bill Fraser is now vacationing home on furlough from
the Navy, after spending twenty some jtnonths in the Pacific. We have two new employees in the
Toolroom, namely, Christian Korte and Andrew Rickleman. Cari Fischer has left the company to
continue his studies at the University Law School. Cari Seitz had the misfortune to injure his foot
and has been off work for several days. August Kirchner just came back to work after walking that
last mile. He finally found the one and only and stood up and said "I do".
Congratulations, Gus. But due to war-time shortages and all, cigars going overseas etc., Gus says he
will be a little late with cigars. We wish that "Hank" Doll would make up his mind just
where he wants to work. Hank left us and returned again all in one week. What's matter
"Hank" did you miss the girls at Argus. Lee Skinner reports that some one stole his boat,
so he hasn't been able to go fishing. Bill Zoellner is vacationing in California these next two
weeks. Also Harlow Pullen, the pleasant valley boy is on a vacation. Harold Sweet returned from his
vacation reporting his cottage at Pleasant Lake to be in ship-shape condition and fishing good.
Loren Bement and Hank Smith both returned from vacations with a good tan. And Smitty says he made
quite a hole in the ground under his house. So that basement must be about dug by now. Irv Bra+z and
his terrible Phillies or (Argus Independents) to you, have lost five close games in a row, but are
now working up a good beating for some of the teams they have yet to meet.
We hear that Sam Ross has good aim in jerking bass off from weeds, and hitting himself between
the eyes, and all he did about it was break the end off his fly rod, bust an oar, tear up two seats
in the boat, and drop a half case of beer in the lake. John Van Natter and Jack Pelton have filled
out their limit a few times with fine catches of Blue Gill and Black Bass.
Fritz Lepins can hardly wait till his vacation time comes so his mother-in-law can take him
fishing. Joe Majewski, the eight o'clock scholar has now changed to twelve o'clock.
Son oí Oscar Clymer, toolmaker in Plant II ... "Bud" has completed boot camp and
returned to Great Lakes íor íurther training.
Stephen has returned to Argus after serving for two years in the Navy . . . one year at the
shipyards at Pearl Harbor and a year as metalsmith at Treasure Island, California. His wife. Irene,
also contributed to the war effort here at Argus while Steve was in the Navy.
Lt. Rickelmann is the son oí Andrew Rickelmann of the Toolroom, and has just returned from
Italy where he was a member of the 15th Air Force, that was so effective in that area in overcoming
the enemy. Holder of a Presidential Citation, he also has many Battle Stars and Oak Leaf Clusters,
which represent his important contribution. Two brothers, James and Bernard are on active duty in
the South Pacific.
Henry N. Smith, of the Toolroom. is the proud father of this attractive threesome. Henry, Jr. is
seven years old, Susan admits four years, and Patricia the baby is one year old.
Planning, Priorities And Timekeeping
Well, Helen Evans is back with us once more, but only to leave us again. We shall be very sorry
to see her leave Argus, and we wish her the very best in the future. Helen will be taking up
residence in Jackson, where she will be employed by Aeroquip Corporation as secretary to the
Secretary-Treasurer "Steffie" Gala is taking Helen's place as Ed Wasem's secretary.
"Steffie" is now a full-fledged citi2en of " these United States. She received her
final papers on July 11, 1945, and we are very proud of her. Congratulations, Steffie! Ruth Groves
has left Argus and is living in Lansing where she is working in the Governor' s office. She likes
her work very much. Before "Ruthie" left Ann Arbor a few of the girls from Planning
got together to bid her fond adieu. Needless to say the "adieu" was very fond. During
the weekend of June 23rd Btetty Gee and husband visited their son "Speed" at Great Lakes
Naval Training Station. Betty can't get over how Speed seems to have just plain "shot up"
since he has been gone. When Speed calis up home, Betty has to hold "Snoppsy" up to the
phone and let him hear Speed' s voice, whereupon Snopps promptly starts to cry and wine for his
master's return. ("Snopps" is the family dashound; a cute little trickat that, too!) Verna
Frost and husband "Frosty" were at the lake fishing one weekend and Verna reached out to
grab the line, when all at once - kersplash ! ! Verna feil smack into the water! My Goodness! Isn't
this the department for new girls, though? This past month Planning has acquired two more new
members. Oh, well, at least we break even, what with losing Ruth and Helen! The new girls are: Joyce
Stiller who is
an Ann Arborite (she's lovely, she's engaged!), and Joan Stuckwisch who was just married a few
days after she began her work with us. Congratulations and best wishes, Joan! She is a native
Detroiter and a former student of the University of Michigan; her husband is a veteran attending the
University of Michigan. Ed Wasem and Jack Covey are vacationing now. Pat Will, Flossie Speicher, and
Lee Heuer just finished theirs. Harriet Lemble is away on leave-ofabsence, but for an awfully good
reason - her husband, Rod, is home f rom the ETO on a 3O-day furlough. What got Rod was that he and
his buddies were forced to return some jewels to a Germán fraulein which was loot originally
taken from occupied countries by the Germans. Davey is so excited now that his father is home; he
follows him around like a shadow. Kathy Kasper is doing a very good job of substituting for Harriet
on the shippërs. Oh, yes, Betty Bradley isn't with us any
more, either. (Guess we aren't "breaking even" after all!) Betty joined her husband in
Pennsylvania. Penny Deede is marking the days until she leaves Ann Arbor to join a theatrical
company in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she is in line for a scholarship. Here's wishing you good
luck and success in your venture, Penny - and it won't be long before we see your name up in lights,
The William Fike Family
As this goes to print, Gerry Flick's husband has arrived home on furlough. We miss you Gerry, but
we understand how it is. Peg Nelson tells us she has been able to economize on cold-cream since
watermelon is in season. She likes it that much. WANTED: (very badly) Two very fine mesh screens to
keep the flies out of our office. We are well equipped with fly-swatters, but no room to swing at
them. Francis Cari is really a bear for punishment. He actually gets up early in the morning to play
tennis, thinks nothing of a few rounds of golf and perhaps winds up the day by playing baseball!!
All we can say is, "Where do you buy your vitamin capsules?" Signed, Your tired anaemic
News Of Argus Servicemen
Dear Mrs. Radford: Tve just received the overtime check you have sent me, and I'd like to thank
rou for it and it's about time I wrote and hanked you for sending me the Argus Eyes and the swell
Xmas package. The Xmas package carne to me at the ight time. It helped fill in those empty paces
between meáis while riding over íere on the ship. The package carne just ?efore I got
aboard ship, New Years Day. Looking at this check sure makes me lomesick to be back working again at
the :actory. Will you please tell Roy this is a heck of a time to be putting three nummers of a kind
on my check. How does he expect me to win a check pool way over iere in Germany? Tve written Bob
McFarland but he hasn't answered my letter yet, so when you see him, tell him he'd better get busy
and write, hey.
I never once dreamed while I was back working for Argus that I would soon be over here directly
attached to an outfit :hat uses Areus equipment. I'm in an Anti Aircraft Battalion, that uses the
plañe detector or rather the siehts on the director for shooting down the enemy planes. [,
mvself work at the command post as a radio and switchboard operator. I like the work real well, it's
quite interesting, [ike optical work it's possible to learn somethine new every day. I'm writing
this letter while on dutv, "not very busy for the moment". We also use trie Binoculars
that Argus helped make. From the firsthand information I've received. the fellows who use them say
they can't be beat. Now that softball season is rolling around I'd sure like to be back playing with
the team, but then there are plenty of other fellows who left the plant before I did, who are
wishing the same thing. I spend most of my off duty hours writing letters or playing softball with
the other G.I.'s around here. I've seen plenty of France, Germany and a little bit of Austria so
far, but now that the war is over here and if I don't have to go pay the Japs a visit, I'd like to
come straight home without anymore sight-seeing, especially the kind of
seeing where you see the dead and the ruined cities. I'll ñever be the hero that Jim
Swaney and some of the rest from Argus that were up closer to the fight at all times, than I was.
"Had a few scares tho", that were enough for me. I'll close now because I'm getting kind
of busy. I'll drop you a note from time to time, and if anyone has a few minutes to spare please
teil them to write. With many regards,
Tsgt. Warren L. Ross
Sgt. Ross, who formerly worked at Argus, has just returned to Ann Arbor after being liberated
from 14 months in Germán prison camps. A gunner on a B-24 Liberator, Sgt. Ross was injured in
France before D-Day, when his flaming plane was knocked down. Overseas since the fall of 1943, Ross
was a member of the Eighth Air Force in England, serving as a radio gunner in a heavy bombardment
crew. Besides his gunner's wings, he wears the air medal and the European theater of operations
ribbon. He is the nephew of Helen Breining of the Salvage Department.
Harold Hopper In Hawaii; Wants Argus Camera
Helio Folks, It's been several months since I received one of your papers, but that isn't
anyone's fault. Tve been moving around quite a bit, of late, and it's taking some time to get my
back mail. I'm in hopes that l'Jl get an Argus Eyes soon. They really hit the spot, and are good
reading. They bring a fellow back home, during the time he's reading and thinking about them. It
seems like only yesterday that I was working at good old Plant No. II, and it'll really be the day,
when I can get back. I run across a lot of fellows with Argus cameras, and when I do I talk an arm
off of them. It's just like meeting an old buddy f rom Ann Arbor. By the way, l'd like very much to
have one of the old Argus cameras. A small one, and I don't remember the number. I believe it was
made before the C-2 and C-3. If any one knows about one, or has one for sale, ï'c be very happy
to pay their price. If any one has any information along this line ask them to please cali my wife,
2-6464 in Ann Arbor. I'll be very happy to hear of any information. It's been a long time since I
heard f rom any of my old pais, and I guess you know I'm behind on a lot of things, so what do you
say about dropping me a line. Your friend,
Geo. Gillen Transfers To A.t.c.
In a recent letter received from Pfc. Geo. R. Gillen, he writes that he has transferred from the
8th Air Force to the Air Transport Command. He was formerly stationed in England. At the time of
writing George was in Northern África awaiting assignment alter having flown over France and
Spain to Casablanca. He also said "Teil everyone I said 'helio' ".
Pfc. Jack Vealey
A member of the lst Batallion of the 273rd Infantry, Jack had the honor of being among the first
American troops to join forces with the Russians in Germany at Leckwitz near the Elbe River. Still
in Germany, Jack, like the rest of his buddies, is looking forward to a furlough at home.
Pfc. Clyde Melton
A former member oí the Machine Shop, Clyde recently visited his friends here while home on
íurlough. He wears a Purple Heart medal, which was awarded him for wounds received in action
in Germany on April 12th. His wiíe, Rosemary Melton, is employed in Department 27.
Ray Taylor In Army Personnel Work
Dear Mrs. Radford: "I thought it was about time for me to drop you a line or two. I would
have before but never seemed to get around to it. I have been keeping pretty close contact with the
Company thru letters from many of my oíd friends. I am glad to hear everything is going well
there and that the old friendly Argus spirit still exists. I take it, from the letters I receive,
that you and the rest of the Personnel Department are doing your bit to keep everyone happy, and
doing a good job. "I have been receiving my copy of Argus Eyes pretty regular and I want to
thank you for it and I also wish you would pass my thanks on to the rest of the people responsible
for me receiving my copy. It has proved very interesting and I am looking forward to receiving many
more issues. I read it from cover to cover, and then I send it to my wife. That copy sure gets
around . . . many of the men in my office read parts of it also. Martha knows quite a few of the
people at Argus and as soon as I told her I was receiving Argus Eyes she asked me to forward it to
her. Martha worked for Harry Sparks for a couple of weeks, that was before we were married. By the
way, Ann, my daughter is getting to be quite a bie girl . . . she's eiehteen months old now and is
growing like a weed. "Everything is going swell with me over here. I am located about thirty
miles south-west of Paris, just outside of a town called Etampes. We have something in common ... I
also am working in a Personnel Department, but I assure you
it's quite a bit different f rom a civilian Personnel Department. I make all types of entries
into service records and also handle quite a bit of the interviewing, especially for the past couple
of weeks. We had to interview every man in the department, figure out his points and make out
Adjusted Service Rating cards on them for the new Point System, which you surely must have heard
about in the States. "You must know by now that I spent a little time in the hospital when I
first got over here. It wasn't anything really serious, I had a bad cold and ran a fever of about
103 to 104 degrees for a couple of weeks. They had quite a job getting it down and keeping it there.
In the end I guess it turned out to be a good thing . . . I have a swell job here and really enjoy
my work. I doubt very much if I would be doing office work if I hadn't been sick. How I got the job
111 never know . . . guess my Argus background helped a lot. Everyone else in our office is a
college gradúate . . . mostly ex-combat men. We have lawyers, artists, accountants and one
optical man, who of course is myself. I am learning a lot here which may help me some day and even
if it doesn't I have made many friends and am enjoying myself. "I miss everyone at Argus and am
looking forward to the day I am able to see all of you again. Argus is like part of the family with
me . . . it always meant more to me than just a place to work and even if something should happen
that I never work there again, I will always want to visit Argus and the many old friends I have
there. Right now I plan to be back there on the job again some day, but one can never teil what his
plans will be for sure when he gets out, or what conditions will be at the Company for that matter.
"I believe that's about all the news I have for the present. I would like very much hearing
from you in the future. I know you' re quite busy these days, but sometime when you have a minute to
spare drop a couple of lines my way. As ever,
Harold Gee, a former student at St. Thomas Assumption College in Windsor. Canada, is taking his
"boot" training at the Great Lakes Naval Training center. He is known to all his Ann Arbor
friends and family as "Speed". Speed is the son oí Betty Gee who works in the
Planning Department. This picture was taken during the weekend that Betty and her husband, Harold,
visited Speed at Great Lakes.
Doings Of Department 10
Maurie Howe is a proud father. The Howe's have a baby boy, Robert Lee. Helen S+einke has been in
dithers. Her husband, Adolphe was home on furlough. She is working now and seems to have returned to
earth. Harold Forbes is vacationing in Pennsylvania. We wonder of he is traveling on horse back. How
will he bring home all those antiques? Among the service men to visit us were Pvt. Russ Conway and
Pvt. Clyde Melton. Both looked like a "million dollars". Cora Barhit+e's brother, Pvt.
Rowley is home from the European area where he was a Germán prisoner. After a visit with his
family he will go to Miami Beach for a rest. "Lucky" Sannes brought us proof of those
Russian peanuts. They really are roasted sun flower seeds. Believe me, they're good.
Wac Lillian Moore
It was just a short time ago that Lillian left us to join the WAC's. but she has completed her
basic training at Ft. Ogelthorpe, Georgia, and is awaiting assignment as a hospital technician.
Keenly interested in her work, Lillian has passed all oí her examinations with high
Cpl. Paul Rosasco With His Outfit Again
After a very close shave, Paul is back with his outfit again, and at the time of writing, was in
the midst of the rainy season in the Philippines. Paul says he's short of the necessary points which
would bring him home, but figures he'll have plenty of opportunity to earn more. In reminiscing
about Argus, Paul says to say "helio" to all his friends . . . and to Eddie Girvan, he
says, "Give him h - for not writing".
Letters From Servicemen
Pfc. Orviel Harrison sent a note to his friends in the Argus Recreation Club to teil them his APO
number has been changed to 718 instead of 264. Says he gets Argus Eyes quite regularly and when it's
lonesome, it comes in mighty handy till the next one comes . . . so just keep them coming . . . and
the best of health to each and everyone of you."
Letters From Servicemen
Joe Wright, writing from Dutch New Guinea says he would be willing to send us some of their
sunshine . . . that they have too much of it to suit him. He is unable to give us any details of his
duties . . . but would certainly like to have news of the activities of his friends here at Argus .
. . and letters from other fellows in the service.
Sales And Advertising
Another new face in the Sales Office! Mrs. Mary Lee McGee is taking Bet+y Lund's place. Mary
Lee's husband, Chuck, is stationed at Lincoln, Nebraska and expects shortly to be flying B-29's over
Tokyo. We hope Mary Lee enjoys her work at Argus and will be with us a long time.
Be+ty Lund has left Argus and is now living in Brooklyn. Her husband is playing baseball with the
Brooklyn Dodgers. We wish you lots of luck, Betty and Don. We also appreciate their thoughtfullness
in helping us go over the top in our war bond drive by purchasing $6,600.00 worth of bonds from our
Miss Lundahl is enjoying her vacation at Pumpkin Hollow Farm, Craryville, New York. Doris S+rite
is expecting her husband, Don, home from overseas any time now. Don has been in Belgium, France,
Germany and Austria and is coming back on his way to the Pacific Area. There was a lot of excitement
July 3rd when Jackie Schaffer received a telegram saying that Thelma Faber, who joined the SP ARS in
April, 1944, was married to Lloyd Fuller on July 2nd. Lloyd hails from Clearwater, Florida and is
now in the Navy expecting to go overseas. Congratulations, Thelma and Lloyd, we all wish you the
best of luck. Helen O'Sullivan has just returned from a vacation at Houghton Lake, where she enjoyed
plenty of sunshine and fresh air. We failed to make mention last month that Jimmy Barlcer has joined
the suburbanites living at Pittsfield Village. He and his friend Major Hinlde have taken an
apartment there, and both of them can be seen early in the morning and late in
the evening carefully tending their lawn or flowers and shrubbery, which they have planted. We
understand they have a sizable vegetable garden in the vicinity, too, but so far they have not
revealed its exact location.
Radio And Camera Departments
Welcome to all newcomers to our department. We are pleased to have you with us and hope you feel
happy to be here. So glad to know: Aleata Farris, Katherine Carter, Ethel Keine, Elsie Nichols,
Nellie Glass, Leona Spicer, Dorothy Rice, Francés Alexander, and Harvey Bennett. Surprised
and happy to have Jack Mosher back with us again. Hope your stay will be a long one. Madeline Mede
has been quite ill for some time. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Hurry back, Madeline. What's
this we hear about Don, Larry, and Jim taking advantage of the meat they found available at a
Chelsea restaurant. One serving should have been enough, but they didn't stop until after the third.
Nice eating, boys. So sorry to have Evelynne Meidrum, Florence Bartell and Barbara Sibert leave us.
Wish they would come back. If you want to know anything about Chicago and Benton Harbor, you can get
first hand información from Mary Tucker, lla Sutfin, and Frieda Wackenhut. They spent a
glorious week-end and carne back with many tales and bad sunburns. Drinks were pretty expensive, eh!
Mary? How will Henry C. keep busy while his wife is away on vacation. Here is hoping he doesn't lose
too much weight (trying his own cooking) .
Do you suppose John Kendrovjcs will try going over Niágara Falls in a barrel while on his
vacation? Our mystery of the week is: Who broke into Mary Roy and Loma Graham's apartment on Sunday
night while they were gone to the show? This is two days later and their hair is still standing on
end. Ed Nimke has just waved good-bye to his Riveting Department and gone to take over the Camera
Line. Pvt. Lore+ta Riseol the Wacs was back for a visit with her many Argus friends. She looks
wonderful. Jerry L. is so excited about the expected arrival of her husband. We will all be glad
when he gets here so she can get back to her normal self . Grace can smile once more, since she is
through with all her trips to the dentist. Why don't Gussie B. and Dorothy A. want their pictures
taken? Signed, The Nose That Knows
Lt. George L. Crocker, son oí Mrs. Guy Crocker who works on the cable line on the
íourth floor, has seen much action in the South Pacific area. Stationed for a long time on
Saipan, he made several flights over Iwo Jima, and in May oí this year, he was transferred to
the island of Okinawa. from which base he has made flights over Japan in his P-47 Thunderbolt
Loretta Rise In Wac Medical Division
Loretta's friends at Argus enjoyed a visit from her recently when she was home on her first
íurlough aiter corapleting training periods at Des Moines, Iowa, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, and
Virginia. I Following this leave, she will report to California for íurther training. All of
Loretta's friends at Argus, and especially those in Department 18, where she was formerly employed,
send her best wishes for good luck.
Thank You Notes
A note of appreciation was received from Mrs. John Schuier, for flowers and expressions of
sympathy at the time of Mr. Schuier' s death. To Thank You for the Flowers The flowers were lovely
and so was the thought, Words just can't express, the pleasure they brought. Gladys Walter The
family of Charles A. Folk acknowledged with grateful appreciation the expression of sympathy
extended them by the Recreation Club at the time of their bereavement.
What's What In The Accounting Office
We' re counting days again and now it's only 6 more and Milly LaRue will take a weeks vacation
and spend it with Clare. For those who haven't heard of him - he's Clare McGillem, an Ensign in the
U. S. Navy. We know she'll have a grand time. Our only wish is that she doesn't come back all
sunburned like she did last weekend. Clem Donner surprised us all and took a trip up to Battle Creek
to watch a C-46 go out. She said it was "swell". The C-46 or Le, Clem? Maddy Smith had a
nice birthday surprise from the gang when June 27 carne around. They gave her some records she'd
been hunting for. Kirlc Fisher has gone on his vacation now and he wouldn't teil us where he went
because he was afraid of the fan mail he might get. Since Kirk was on the radio, he's been quite the
ladies man. Up to this time it's been Frank Sinatra "the voice", but now it's
"Kirkie, the voice". He's had all sorts of proposals made him, so folks if
"Kirkie" is missing from the office, you know he's either at the Campus Drug Store in a
brown shirt and green tie, at Lunsford's Bakery meeting the cute lil' gal with the same initials as
his, or he's at the Sugar Bowl. What strange things don't happen when a body goes on the air!
It's All In Fun
Service Department News
SSgt. Robert Young, a combat engineer with the famous Black Hawk División recently
returned from the European Theater and paid the department several visits. Prior to entering
service, Bob worked in this department, so we were all happy to see him home once again. Among the
souvenirs that Bob brought back was a camera of Germán make which proved very interesting to
us all. We all enjoyed our visits with Bob. Lida Rohr is our new1 packing clerk replacing Evelyn
Belleau who recently joined her husband in Biloxi, Mississippi. Welcome to the department, Lida!
Bernice Highfield recently left the department as she and her husband have a new home in Holly,
Michigan. Martha Crago has taken over her job as receiving clerk. We hope you'll like your new job,
Martha. Cigars and candy were passed around the department on the morning of July 3. The reason - a
daughter, Diane Teresa, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lansing. The department wishes to extend
their congratulations to the proud parents of little Diane Teresa.
One For Ripley
These prize Morel mushrooms were found by M. L. Smith (cali me Smitty) .... where, we can't say,
for Smitty refused to divulge this information in spite oí all pleadings .... and although we
did find a few mushrooms ourselves, none oí them compared to these 8 and 9 inch models. We
understand that a copy of this picture has also been sent to "Believe it or not. Ripley" .
. . . so perhaps you'll be reading about them in some of the national newspapers .... but at least
we have the "scoop".
July lOth and Red Conway celebrates another birthday. (I swear he doesn't look a day over forty).
The gang presented him with a billfold, some cash and lots of good wishes. This reporter is a little
behind times what with Department 27 scattered hither and yon ... so now I report that Larry
Williams has returned to the Argus fold after an absence of four years . . . and Ken Yates is a new
addition to the stockroom payroll. Bob Smock went fishing and all he got was two flat tires . . .
better luck next time, Bob. Jean Schoen, who used to be Herbie Oliver's Girl Friday, was a welcome
visitor to the department. She, with her husband, who is on leave, is vacationing with her parents.
Herbie, when frying eggs for an early breakfast, keep your eyes open and your fingers out of the
frying pan. After his most careful tending of that tomato vine, with the one beautiful ripening
tomato on it, what did Slcipper do but go out hoeing the other evening and whack it down.
Unintentionally, of course.
Family Picnic (continued)
Eugene added much to the enjoyment of the picnic with his clever ventriloquism act.
DEPARTMENT 61 (Continued from page 3) by catching a 3V2 . small mouth bass. Jack Beamesderfer,
also vacationing, spent his two weeks in his lab on campus, with a day of fishing and a weekend in
Toledo thrown in. Joe Dianetti took another flying trip to Rochester recently. Joe's brother was on
furlough at the time. Helen Balhoff invaded the Marine Base at Jacksonville, Fia., for her vacation.
A fine time was had by all ... nufï said! Pat Tracy spent her vacation buying shoes, we
Guess Who? John Van Natter and bride. Toolroom -Plant II.
Vtb-31 Squadron Member Says He'll Soon Be Ready For Round Two
The f olio win g story of Herman W. Fowler, son oj Edgar Fowler of the Rece ivin g Department, is
re print ed f rom BAM - a Naval Gunnery School Paper.
Herman W. Fowler, ARM2c is a mild and modest student of Class 29-45. When you talk to him he has
a quiet but pleasant atmosphere about him which gives one the impression that his life has been
uneventful and as easy going as the way he talks. But through this man's eyes have passed some of
the hottest and hell-fightingest air battles and raids ever witnessed in the Pacific. He was there
when they first gave the Marshalls a softening up - his torpedo plañe aided in the bold air
attack on the Pearl Harbor of the Japanese, Truk. Then there was Palau, where his stubborn plane got
the ack, but not enough to send it into the devouring ocean below. Places like Saipan, Rota, Leyte
and Manila have tasted the sting of his squadron, the famous VTB-31. This is a part of the naval
action behind those silent eyes of the sailor f rom Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Af ter 12 months of extensive action during the victorious year of 1944 and with 400 hours of
combat over the smouldering islands of the Japanese, Fowler returned to the peacefulness of America.
But what of the combat record that he and his squadron established? The Navy history books will teil
of his squadron receiving 131 decorations, including four Navy Crosses. Fowler received, on his own
part, the Air Medal for meritorious action and the Purple Heart for a shattering shoulder wound
acquired during the Palau island raid. For further proof of the heroic escapades that stimulated
these awards, the current motion picture "The Fighting Lady," was a pictorial portrait of
the action seen by Fowler's squadron, as the movie centered around the offensive exploits of his air
group. The fighter squadron assigned to Fowler' s flight group also proved its ability by accounting
for 143 less planes in the Japanese Air Force. His skipper, who was at that time Lt. Comdr. Robert
A. Winston, set somewhat of a record when he knocked down three enemy planes in three minutes. The
lieutenant commander also is a well-known war writer, who has had published a number of books on the
valorous experiences of the Air Navy. "All this was just another round of adventure and
glory," said Fowler. 'Til get round number two after finishing here, and I hope that is the
last one, for you can have the glory and adventure, and 111 take the peacefulness of Ann
Reading From The Ceiling
(Reprinted írom July lOth issue of "LOOK" Magazine) Ceiling reading . . . modern
science's newest gloom-chaser for the bedridden . . . recently had its test preview by wounded
servicemen at Halloran Hospital, Staten Island, N. Y. With the remarkable device pictured here,
patients unable to hold the weight of a book or manage page-turning can read while flat on their
backs, can "turn" pages by a simple push of a button. A microfilm company executive
temporarily hospitalized and tormented by the blankness of the ceiling above his head, hit upon the
idea of flashing microfilmed material against this expanse of bareness. Later, he approached the
Argus camera manufacturers with his idea, and a projector was worked out that did the trick. Now in
preparation is a library of more than 500 microfilmed books ranging f rom The Little Kïng to
the Bïble. They will be ready for circulation this fall, when projectors will be available in
quantity. Meanwhile, under the aegis of Projected Books, a non-profit group fathered by Argus and
University Microfilms, wounded men in one Army hospital are already beginning to read from the
ceiling over their beds.
By merely pushing a button in his hand, this plaster-immobilized soldier can "turn"
pages of the ceiling-book he is shown reading in the picture at right.
A screwtop lens adjusts projector to bring the image into focus on any ceiling. The picture book,
"Woodrow Wilson" is part of the microfilm library.
A clear. readable image is thrown onto ceiling directly over patient's head by small, 20-pound
projector. - LOOK, page 55 Science Editor Kocivar and stafí photographer Rodenpaugh of
"LOOK" magazine spent a lot of time at Halloran General Hospital on Staten Island. New
York harbor getting the'se pictures and the reaction of wounded veterans to reading on the
Emerson Harvey Receives Dental Degree And Commission In Navy
We were happy to learn that Emerson Harvey, a member of our military honor roll who was formerly
employed in the Planning Department, received his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery on June 23rd
from the University of Michigan Dental School, as well as his commission of Lieutenant junior grade.
He reported for duty on June 26th to the Dental División of the U. S. Naval Training Center
at Bainbridge, Maryland.
We wish to make a correction at this time regarding the Blood Donor list pub11 lished last month.
Clarence B.ross was a three-time donor, and his name has been added to the list.
Blanche Ranson has been all smiles lately, but she really has a reason. Her son, and son-in-law
are home on leave now. Her son Willard has spent the last three years overseas with the Navy and her
son-in-law Arthur Gerstler has spent the last year in Texas with the A.A.F. They both will be
leaving again soon and we wish them lots of luck. Viola Curtiss seems to be quite happy these days
but we know why. Her brother, who has spent the last two years in England, France and Germany, is
now home on furlough. What's this we hear about our "little Sinatra" of centering getting
married. It really isn't so tho, is it Bernie? Mary Jane FIke received a card from Keneth Wilcox
saying he was now home again in Wisconsin, and that he would appreciate hearing from all or any of
us soon. We should all make an effort to write him as we remember he has been a prisoner of the
Germans and we know he'd like to keep up with the highlights of Argus. You can get his address from
the Personnel Department anytime. We wonder if Cari Willmer has ever rented his room. He seemed
quite anxious as he put a sign on the main bu'letin board in Plant II. How about that Cari?? Any one
who is interested in traveling and learning the art of washing windows, contact Doro+hy and Gracie.
They can give you complete details on everything. You must hurry tho as the first tour will start
soon. Irene Nell says "she'd like to learn the art of flirting". Can any one help her out?
As if she needed some help, ha, ha. Our sincere thanks to everyone for the lovely wedding gifts. -
Mr. and Mis. Brice Bennett. Any one interested in skating on
cerine (the latest thing in floor wax) see Dorow in the new addition of the packing room. We hear
it's somewhat like Dorow "quick slick". Say Dick, you must remember the safety meetings.
The fun and fumble soft ball team is quite disappointed in their so-called fans; no one has been
going to the games, so they've lost every game for this season. At least that's what "Ole"
says they need. We should all go out to watch them some night and see just what's wrong. How about
that fans? Dick Dorow was handing out the ice cream quite freely one day. Wonder just what was
coming off. Some one must have given it to him, to give to some one else, eh, Dick?
The Gals In White Do It Again
June certainly is a popular month for A birthdays. After catching our breath from Francés'
s party we prepared ourselves to celébrate one for Mildred Bird on June 21st. The stage was
set, the curtains drawn and the candles lit. Vi and Francés kept peeking out from behind the
curtains, like so many peeping toms, waiting and watching for Mildred and Reata to come from across
the street Finally, after replacing the candles on the cake, and our ice cream practically at the
soup stage, they arrived. Gerry came to take the pictures and after much pushing, this way and that
way, we could all share the birthday cake with Mildred. We gave her a dozen Fostoria cups and
saucers, to add to her set. She was' mighty pleased, I know. We are all looking forward to our
vacations. More about the details later.
Billy And Tommy Dorow
"gals In White"
"The Boss" . . . Francés Watterworth to you .... is on a two weeks vacation ....
and the First Aid just isn't the same. She's only been gone a day, and already we're looking forward
to her return. T'aint of ten you find a Boss "All wool and a yard wide", but we've got one
.... some people talk on and on about their children, and grandchildren, and fishin', etc, but just
get us started about "The Boss", and we' 11 talk forever. Hurry and get those two weeks
over in a hurry .... will ya, huh? Reata Wilkinson Reata has the right idea .... three birthdays in
her family in July. She celebrares the 22nd, and her "younguns" Lee,
jr. and Patsy within a week of Reata's. She was really surprised when we had a party for her in
the First Aid .... eats and all .... and we hope she was as happy receiving her gifts, as we were
getting them for her. Reata really is "quite a gal" .... in spite of her reserved manner.
You've probably heard a few of her favorite expressions: "My L-O-R-DÜ . . . "Sitting
here with my hair on my head" .... "From cellar to garrett". I'm surprised she's so
young looking .... for her family runs a close second to "The Aldrich Family" .... only
they cali her son Lee instead of Henry .... but the difficulties are pretty much the same, just ask
his "Mom". We wouldn't have you any other way Reata .... and many happy returns of the
It's Mildred Bird's Birthday
It Shouldn't Happen To You!