"we Have Fought The Good Fight And War"
American and Allied fighting men backed by the production of American Industry have won the war.
Argus Management and Employés are proud of their patriotic efforts that have helped bring
Victory to American arms and to share the merit and gratitude of a world saved f rom destruction.
Their producís played a vital part in knocking out the air armadas of Germany and Japan, and
in devastating raids on enemy industrial centers and troop concentrations. They sailed with the
fleets to aid in naval victories that sent the fighting ships of our enemies to the bottom of the
sea. Argus products served the big guns, that cleared the way for Allied advances in África,
Italy, France and Germany. They landed on the beachheads at Guadalcanal, Saipan, Leyte and Iwo Jima.
They were truly the Argus eyes for victory - the precise, impersonal, deadly eyes of f ire power
that blasted a path straight toward Berlin and Tokyo. And in postwar years, the facilities and
personnel acquired by Argus will become part of a greater American optical industry that can take
and hold world leadership. Argus management and employés are proud of the four-time Army-Navy
"E" award that flies over the plant - in recognition of their patriotic efforts to solve
manufacturing problems and set production records that called for new skills, new methods and new
standards of precise workmanship.
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 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 Chas. A. Barker Assistant
Editor Lucy Gridley Sports Harold Peterson _5 , ƒ Stuart Gildart Photographers jJefry 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.
An Inspiration For Bowling Again This Season
This first place trophy was won by Laura Egeler in Jackson last spring in the Millers Jeweler's
Women's Classic. Laura had games of 158-159-182-191 and 199 for a total of 889. This was two pins
under the top score for actual pins. Her handicap gave her a total score of 1044 which won the
trophy and seventy-five dollars. Actual pin average was 178; the handicap was 209.
Your Golden Rule
Is your shiny golden rule made out of brass ? Do you display a sign "keep off the
grass"? Have you a chip upon your shoulder? Are your friendships getting colder? Perhaps the
house you live in is made of glass. Is the light you cast all trimmed and in first class? Do you
think in all your tests that you will pass? Are your very best intentions One or two or three
dimensions? Then perhaps your golden rule's made ou of brass.
Argus Makes Fine Showing In 7th War Bond Drive
The best showing to date was made by Argus members in the 7th War Loan Drive. Of a quota of
$70,930.00, the total jonds sold was $68,868.72 and was acomplished by the combined efforts of all
xnd captains who certainly deserve speial commendation for their efforts. We're roud of them as well
as every member of our organization who purchased a bond and did their bit towards bringing V-J Day
that much nearer. Each department or group that made its quota was given a $25.00 war bond, and here
were five such groups that qualified and drew ñames to determine the winners. Following are
the Bond Captains and he lucky bond winners and their departments :
Bond Captain Annabel Farmer Lucille Gillespie Joe Lyons Francés Watterworth Charles Barker
Joy Hartman Ken Kaufman Brice Bennett Annabel Farmer Wilhio Kelly Harold Peterson Vincent Swickerath
Ed Girvan Ivan Benson Alice Blanchard Lucille Gillespie Neil Podewils Jack Covey Merrill Rayment
Dora Eichel Charles Millage
Department Lens Polishing General Accounting and Administration Mechanical Tool Room and
Experimental Machines Personnel, Medical and Plant Protection Purchasing, Sales, Advertising and
Switchboard Standards and Maintenance (Radio) Final Processing and Optical Inspection Blocking,
Grinding and Amici Prisms Polishing Inspection and Paint Shop (Radio) Machine Shops Radio Assembly
Optical Assembly Service Payroll and Timekeeping, and Factory Cost General Accounting and
Administration Production Engr., Mech. Engr., Electrical Engr., Optical Engr., and Chemical
Engineering Planning and Planning Records Shipping Production Service Maintenance (Optical) &
Paint Shop (Optical)
Winner Headley Downey Jeanne L. Clark William Fike Cornelius Fox Nellie Meyer
Winners In The War Bond Drawing
Policy On Employee Collections
We all spend most of our day-time hours at Argus, and it is only natural that we make many
friends at work. This spirit of friendliness is characteristic of Argus and we all have a right to
be proud of it. And when our friends are imarried, leave the company, or have an event of special
importance in their lives, we have a natural desire to remember them with gifts. The collection of
money to purchase gifts is a very delicate matter, however ; hard feelings are likely to result
either from not asking some people who might like to contribute or from induding in the collection
those who do not know the employee well or feel they cannot afford to contribute. So that we may
preserve óur friendly spirit and avoid possibie misunderstandings and hard feelings, the
collection of money to purchase gifts for employees should be restricted to the department in which
the employee works. And in order to insure the same consideration for all employees, the foreman or
department head of the department in which the employee works should be contacted before the
collection of money is made. This policy will enable us to remember our Argus friends and at the
same time avoid duplication of gifts and the unpleasantness of hurt feelings that are due to
Argus C-3 Records Scenes At United Nations Conference
Pvt. "Johnny" Smith brother-in-law of Leona Smith of the Machine Shop had some unusual
picture opportunities during the United Nations Conference when he was among he servicemen selected
as drivers for the delegates. This picture of President Truman was taken by Pvt. Smith with his
Argus C-3 sent him by Leona, and he also procured many other interesting pictures of internationally
known people. Pvt. Smith is stationed at Camp Roberts.
Camera Club Meetings Resumed
The first Camera Club meeting of the new season will be held at the studio in he Nichols Arcade
on Thursday, September 13, at 8:00 p.m. The print assignmeüt s a marine scène, but let's
all turn out whether you have a picture or not.
Argus Ladies' Bowling League of Plant I held a meeting August 2Oth at the Argus club rooms on
Liberty Street. The meeting was well altended and 12 teams were formed, and a goodly number of subs
was entered. It was voted to start bowling September 5th at 6:45 at the 2Oth Century bowling alley.
Were looking forward to a lot of fun next season and are anxiously awaiting the starting date.
Bobby is the five months oíd son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert lohn Billau. Dad is foreman of
Department 28, Lens Blocking and Polishing, and is celebrating five years of service with Argus.
What is this we hear of Pat Will eating pickles?? It's the new secret weapon for testing for
mumps and by golly, she did have them. The nurse sent her home and luckily enough no one else had
them although several tried the "pickle test." Arlene (Britton) Frost likes married life
very much, so we hear from a letter received from her not so very long ago. Cooking isn't so bad
either she says for after having made a strawberry shortcake one day and accidentally dropping the
biscuit on Jack's toe nothing happened - well, did she expect to cripple her husband? We would like
to introduce a new addition to the Planning Department, namely, Isabelle Manning who has charge of
D.M.'s and is doing very nicely. Harriet Lemble has joined us again after a leave of absence. Her
husband returned from overseas for a thirty-day furlough and is now in North Carolina. Another happy
woman is our own Muriel Raaf. It was one exciting moment for her to hear that her husband was coming
home after 19 months overseas. She is now vacationing and spending a second honeymoon all over again
- hmmmmü Several weeks yet and 111 see "Speicher", says Flossie. She has been waiting
for a long time now and her husband has been overseas for at least 19 months. Chicago is some place
to spend money not alone spending a vacation, but that is where "Steffey" spent part of
her vacation and from wild rumors she sure had a wonderful time! Our own boss, Ed. Wasem, must have
had a very restful vacation for he spent it at home and looked quite rested up as if getting
prepared for that week of inventory. Nothing like going up north and getting lost in the woods. Jim
Nutt just returned from a two week's trip spending it up at Houghton Lake. Tune in again next time
and perhaps we' 11 have some more news for you.
What's What In The Accounting Office
It seems we had quite a few birthdays this month. Clem was first on August 3. She didn't seem to
be too surprised at the midriff pa jamas the gals in the office gave her, but she did get surprised
and we might add a little "red" when Torn Aldrich, the auditor, asked her to model them
for him. He called it "expert advice". Af ter work Doris Ehnis, Bobby Foster, Milly LaRue,
Gerry Brown, Maddy Smith and Clem, went out to the Island for a picnic supper and refreshments. All
in all it was a gala affair and may you have many more, Clem. Oh yes, we musn't forget! Kelly Goss,
Harry Rookes, and Doris Ehnis delivered the official birthday paddie. Ooh! My aching . . . back!
Milly LaRue celebrated her birthday on Sunday the 12th. The office gave her a nice charm bracelet
with a horse-shoe and a four leaf clover for good luck. There is talk of a party at Whitmore Lake on
Monday night - and it sounds like fun. And by the way, she did get those days counted, and Clare
carne home. Thus ... a happy weeks vacation. Issy Nash says she is past the celebrating stage with
birthdays, but she did have a very nice one this year. Many happy returns, Is. She beat us on our
suntans when she returned from her boat trip which took her up into Lake Superior as far north as
Escanaba. Gerry Brown spent her weeks vacation showing hubby Perry how to catch bullheads. Gerry
said there were so many they didn't know what to do with them. A likely fish story!
Jeanne Clarke has gone on her vacation to California. Watch next month for those details. Iva
Covert stopped in and brought us all a hot fudge sudae the other day. She's just returned f rom
visiting with her husband. Bill has left for overseas and may
he return real soon. Our best wishes to you both, Iva. Jessie Hack has been spending her weekends
out fishing and every Monday morning finds her bragging about getting her limit - 1. Someone told me
we never do anything in this office. I wonder!
VACATIONÜ . . . And we scattered . . . Alyce took off for a two-weeks
"atïome" in Iron Mountain, and as we hear ler Staff -Sergeant brother is also there
on rurlough from his California station, we expect to greet a very happy Alyce on her return, and
hear of lots of exciting adventures and wonderful times. Silver Lake, at Wolverine in Northern
Michigan drew Arlene, where she went in for her favorite sport, fishing, in a big way. She caught a
2 Ib. black bass - not 3ad eh? - and a pair of sunburned knees that really had us worried. P.S. The
sunburn is OK now. P.P.S. The knees always were. North for Lila, too. Sault Ste. Marie was her
vacation playground - fishing, swimming, and RELAXING. And, believe it or not, Lila went skating.
Ask her about it - it stunned us, too! . . . Eileen pushed off for the East - and in five days
visited old friends in Washington, Philadelphia, and Mt. Holly, New Jersey - travelling in 5 trains,
8 taxis and 2 buses to do it, and returning to Ann Arbor in time to hear her brother-in-law is back
from a year overseas. Yippieü Lloyd and his family drove to Muncie, Indiana (his home) for one
week, and is now back here busy on his elegant garden and brand-new chickens. He's waiting (im)
patiently for a real home-grown meal - well, aren't we all ? .... Look out, Lloyd, here we come!
Ervin was the wise one. Vacations are for rest, and change ; so, af ter all the long hours and days
and months of work, he and Lucille stayed at home in their grand new apartment and lived the life of
Riley, relaxing in peace and caring for his garden, too. (We all have great hopes for - and from -
this tilling of the soil by Ordnance members . . . . ) AH - VACATIONÜ!
Genial, cigar-chewing timekeeper, Plant II. Was bom in Ann Arbor on November 3, 1902 - has been
successfully married for 16 years and lives at 936 Mary Street, where a quick survey among neighbors
reveáis no severe complaints. Went to Ann Arbor High School for as long as the authorities
would permit, picked up a fair knowledge of ancient history and can rattle off all the names of the
bad European kings. Consequently spends most of his time pouring over historical novéis.
Worked irregularly for Argus f rom 1931 and became a permanent member in 1935. Claims to have worked
in every department except First Aid and the Switchboard and is open to any attractive offer. Has
travelled in Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire and has gone South as far as Memphis but says
that he still hasn't found a good ten-cent box of cigars. Has made pie history at Argus by
consumming 853 'of them since the Cafetería was opened. May be seen any day during the lunch
hour surrounded by 3 pints of ice cream, several varieties of pie and 3 or 4 half chewed cigar
butts. Is a great cribbage player and has perfected a neon peg which glows red when an opponent
miscounts. Will not discuss his bowling score, however, which we withhold by request.
Bobby Miller Celebrates 4th Birthday
Gals In White
Francés Watterworth "The Boss" is on the sick list . . . "Old man germ and
his family have certainly found a haven in her. She really does things the hard way. Seems it would
be much easier just to drop in at the old U. of M. Hospital and say 'helio' to all her old
co-workers (those were the days -she tells me) instead of going as a patiënt. Please don't let
this frighten you away, just because we didn't 'Do right by our own', we still pledge to give all of
you the 'mostest of our bestest' ". Reata Wilkinson is on her well earned vacation, and is in
Alma, Michigan visiting all the doctors and nurses at Smith Memorial Hospital, where she was a
member of the staff for several years before coming to Argus.
Dept. 71 -- Optical Design
Joe Dianetti's frequent jaunts to Rochester, New York have drawn to an end as wedding bells rang
out for Mary and Joe August 11, 1945. We all wish you the best of luck Joe. Vacations of the past
month include Bill Patton's journey to Lake Placid, N. Y. (which was rather chilly) and upon his
return a trip to St. Joseph's Hospital for an appendectomy. Nice going Bill. Micky Campbell's trip
to New York City to bid her sister "Bon Voyage" on her boat bound for Puerto Rico and her
husband. Arvid Andresen is spending his vacation ridding himself of a drafting room pallor while
canoeing in this nice August sunshine.
Tool Room And Maintenance
At this time Hubert Krasney, Sam Ross, August Kirchner, and Fritz Lepins are vacationing. John
Doughty from Dundee is a new employee of the toolroom. Mr. Wm. Zoellner has resigned and moved his
family to Glendale, California. Mr. Ted Schlemmer is our new foreman. Welcome back, Ted! Wm. Fraser
had to find out the hard way that softball is a youngsters game, and that he is no youngster
anymore. "Scotty" hurt his leg quite seriously while playing with Irwin Braatz, Fun &
Fumble ball team the other Wednesday night. Harold Horning's car looks like a new postwar model
since he had it painted. But understand it still squeaks and rattles like a prewar model. Cari Bates
made a trip over into Illinois the other day, and reports he couldn't find a good steak dinner any
place. Every place was having a meatless Monday or Tuesday or something. Harold Sweet thinks an
atomic bomb has already killed all the fish in his lake, at least they have stopped biting. Minnie
and Mickey Mouse built a nest in the waste basket and proceeded to raise a family, which became the
center of attraction in the toolroom, until they were chloroformed. Now there are not so many young
lady visitors. Must be the girls came to see the mice and not to hear Joe Majewski sing.
"Hanlc" Smith has started to worry about his bowling scores for this coming season
already. It will soon be that time of year and we can see if "Hank's" worry - ing was for
nought. When "Bo" Price ran into "Hank" Millage on the ball field the other
evening Hank didn't give much but little "Bo" thought he had hit a brick wall. In his
dazed condition he immediately asked, "did I hurt you"? The number-one question of the
day: "Did Fritz Lepins drive Bill Zoellner to California or go to Lake Leelanau?"
Argus Flying Club Members Have Busy Month
No stranger to the art of flying, Jimmy Barlcer says he used to fly "crates" during the
first world war which were held together with piano wire. "Rocky" and Mrs. Rockman are
both aviation enthusiasts .... as are their young sons who have already had some dual. That's
"Van" getting ready to do prop honors for brother ace, Vern Heek, who though not shown in
the picture is at the throttle of the Argus flying club ship. Norm Tweed, leaning against the prop
vows he's going to sit upon the cowling and ride the ship like a bucking broncho, if and when he
gets his private license. Leona Hall ("Lee") stands by the Argus tced prior to taking off
for a lesson. Lee will be soloing one of these days soon, as did Vérne Nelson just as we go
to press. Vern Heek in the center is in good company here with two flying Club members whö have
their private pilot's licenses: "Chuck" Cole at the left, and "Van" Vanden Broek
at the right looking over the top of his sun cheaters.
The Hello Gals
FLASH Did ya know we got "Percy"? We have- Priscilla Stiller is the "keerect"
name. "Percy" will be leaving us the first of September to go to Webster College, St.
Louis, Mo. "Tommie" "Flash" liles has been away for a week on vacation.
"Tommie" is Argus' newest "Farmerette" chickens, and stuff and things.
Vacations are almost over. Our current casualty is Ruth Scharren, who is in northern Wisconsin
with her parents. We tried to convince her that she didn't need a vacation this year, but off she
went in spite of all our arguments. How we miss her, and how we are counting the days until she
comes back! Not only is she a. capable and efficiënt boss, she is a swell girl and a lot of
fun. Mrs. Radford is back in the fold after her trip to Fontana, California. Virginia Fox is still
hoarding her vacation in the hope that Duane will be home. She is another girl we hate to be without
for even five minutes, and since we never have had to get along without her we dread trying. Since
she carne to Argus a year ago she has never been absent nor late. Lib Kivi is with us again for a
short time. She is anxiously awaiting her husband's discharge f rom the Air Corps. Lt. Kivi is in
Sioux Falls, S. D. at the moment, where Lib will join him at the end of August. After the war he is
going back to school, so the Kivi's will be in Ann Arbor indefinitely.
Sgt. Harry Letsis and Cpl. MacPherson are both on vacation. We wish you both the best of luck and
hope to see you back soon. We also wish Gertie Sutton a fine time on her vacation. Hurry back
"And so we'll sing and cheer Vacation time is here." Ah, yes, vacations! And the tales
we hear. Get Roy to teil you his story about what he saw, (without the benefit of snake-bite remedy
too, so he says) while vacationing in the Northland. However, he reports a fine time was had by all
and hopes to have some pictures for us. Mary Snell enjoyed a week sleeping, reading, and relaxing in
general but is saving the second week until later. Joyce spent a week with friends in Denver and
plans on another week up north. Harry sent intriguing cards from Interlochen, Mich. Doris Hainen
went to Canada again for two weeks too, - guess we'll have to investígate a little. Norm is
eating regular again after flying to Chicago and driving his family back. Dorothy Meineke brought
her car back from Kansas. How about taking us for a ride Dot? Bleulah had a sudden bad attack of
vacation fever so took a few days off, went on a shopping bender then went 'down on the farm' to
play the role of Papa's little helper. However, she found waiting in line at the grain elevator at
5:00 A.M. (believe it or not) a rather sleepy job, especially as it rained. We have two new members
to welcome, Fae Kaufman is helping us between school terms while Sylvia Feldlcamp is now a regular
in payroll. We were sorry to hear of the death of Bob Ward's father and extend to him our sincere
sympathy. Congratulations are in order: Harry Roolces is the very proud papa of a baby girl,
Patricia Kay born July 26. He also celebrated his birthday by being on the receiving end of 'the
paddie'. Congratulations and all good wishes to our new bride, Mrs. Arthur Rutledge, - Mary Jane to
us. Mary Jane got in a bit of cooking practice while Mom Roberts was away last week - a good thing
for Arthur. Warning! ! Beware of poison ivy! However if anyone is exposed to an overdose consult Dr.
Rockman, the gentleman behind the dark glasses, for specialized treatment. The week-end party at
Vonnies cottage was lots of fun except for the rain. However, we did very well amusing ourselves
indoors. Inventory may be a head-ache to lots of us, but the hour lunch period was wonderful.
Several of us including Irene Leabu and Collette, two gals we don't see much of, took a picnic lunch
to Island Park, one noon. Notes Miscellany: Doris Ehnis - fishing but no fish. Dortha - showing us
Oriental novelties sent by sailor husband. Ginny - a first-rate cleaning lady. Just look at the
vault and see. Also slightly on the mechanic type but couldn't find the canary in her car. Alice
Blanchard - Pinch hitting for vacationing secretaries in General Accounting. Mary Jane and Doris -
-receiving cards from employee Doris Miller. Clara - Rushing round in a bright red apron. Joyce -
recovering from moving into her new apartment and from routing-book rash. Grace - received very
interesting necklace from husband stationed in South Pacific. Eunice - having X-Rays. Glenn- working
at both ends of office when Papa Rookes passed the candy. Alyce - Canning beans from her garden.
Wilmot - New permanent and hair-do. Also several pairs of new shoes. Marie - spending her spare
minutes grocery shopping and hunting receipts.
Jim Norris - found elusive raincoat among the time cards during the Saturday A.M. cleaning. Russ
Warren - marking time. Les-giving the girls a: demonstration on how to tie neck-ties without a
mirror. Harry- very fond of opening arïdclosing windöws! Juanita - Gained backjost weight
ancj .iecovered from cold since Mrs. Dean's
return. Joe - the exception to prove the rule, would like inventory more of ten :so he could keep
on brewing coffee in his -private sanctuary. y Torn (the auditor) - went home (Detroit) to gët
'a ';good nights sleep 'but very yóüng ': iaüghter had different ideas. Likes
Clerh( up hair-do much ietter than down-do.
Kathryn - taking a bevy of mermaids, Nancy, Jöycë, Bobbie, Merna,.añcl Norma,
swimming. We hope thëre'will be pictures next month.
The Argus Ramblers and Independents Had an Enthusiastic, If SmalL Audience at Their Last Game of
Vacation is over for half of the department while the other half is still sleeping in this week.
Welcome to Virginia Morgan, Thelma McGrew and Sunni Mullreed who have moved in with us from the
machine shop. Hope they like us here. Virginia spent her vacation traveling in the beautiful
northern Michigan. It was a lovely trip she says but she is looking forward to something better this
week-end. She and her husband and four other couple are going on a yachting trip at Bay City. Thelma
says there is no food shortage in Kentucky where she visited friends. We fairly drooled as she told
us about southern fried chicken, home cured hams, steaks and chops. Rose Judson was af raid to leave
the house all week for fear she wouldn't be there when her husband came home from overseas. Cheer
up, Rosie, he will get here some day. Nina Walterhouse and Lillian Stutzman played (or worked,
rather) at nursing because of illness in their families. They must have done all right because the
patients survived. Hope they can have a better vacation later. Mabel St. John spent a day in Canada
and celebrated her birthday at the lake for a few days. Bet she did some wedding planning too.
Harvey Pitts stayed in town that week. He can't figure out why there is a beer shortage. Sunni
Mullreed visited friends in Detroit and Mabee. She regrets there was no time for horse-back
Mary Raymond is still peeling oftgobs of skin from that beautiful sunburn she got while on
vacation on Traverse Bay. She fished and swam and likes "The Brook" in Traverse City.
"Scuffie" Wilson has returned to us af ter a long absence. We are glad to have her come
back. She and her husband spent some time with relatives in Tennesee and Georgia. Although she says
her vacation wasn't long enough she is glad to be back at Argus. Art Gerstler's son was home on
leave so they spent a lot of time together fishing and resting at the lake. Aggie Thurston spent a
few days visiting her mother in Jackson. Bessie Coon's long wait is finally over. Her son, who was a
Germán prisoner is home, safe with his family. We are so happy for her. Evelyn Kearns saw
about twenty-five deer including a doe with twin fawns while she was at Grayling and Houghton. She
hated to cover all that lovely sun-tan up with so many clothes when she came back to work. Doris
Layer visited relatives in Manchester. She is quite a fisherwoman from the reports of the fish she
caught. Laura Egeler loves boat trips. She took two of them on her vacation. The first week-end she
and Rube went to Cleveland and back, over the water. They visited relatives there. The last week-end
they went to Buffalo, Niágara Falls, and back to Detroit via Cleveland. Alma Fox and husband,
Leola S+oner and John Kendrovics, Roberta Jones and Eddie Kuehn helped to make it a wonderful trip.
. Sally Kneiper vacationed at Houghton Lake. She said the fish were plentiful and her husband had
quite a struggle with a ten an.d.three quarter pound Great Northern pike. They saw Clara Shallhorn
and her husband ... there and the group celebrated. .;.,[ , ■ .... (Conünued on page 8,
column 1) ...
The Optical Assembly Department Is Well Represented In The Armed Services
Dear Argus Ann: Well, settle yourself for a long period. Tve lots to teil you. We were certainly
scattered over the country this past week. I didn't know people could get around so much in one
week. Our Department has been like a beehive ever since vacation and they haven't all turned up yet.
The lakes around here must have risen three or four inches anyway, as many girls as there were in
them in one week, and from what I hear all they did was eat, swim and sleep. That is, except Dorothy
Schallhorn. She went to Houghton Lake and actually went fishing, - caught a 34 inch pike. That
sounds like a big fish to me. But then, who am I to doubt it? They teil me there are fish that big.
Lila Lange spent the week at Whitmore Lake. Says she mastered a sail-boat, but I'm from Missouri and
she hasn't offered to take me for a ride yet. Of course you know there' s always a few who have to
start their vacation a little early. This group consisted of Katie Bauer, Helen Fraser, Rosie
Schosser, Ruth Finkbeiner, Eileen Howell and Marjorie Black, who spent the evening at Lee and Eddies
supper club in Detroit. The feature of the evening was Clyde McCoy and his orchestra. Fine time was
had by all. - ' 'snuff said". Ruth covered a bit of Canada, buying her new fall clothes, and
got back to her home in time to meet Katie and Helen who motored over to have a swim in Lake Erie.
Incidentally, steak is sticking out of their ears, and the results were a few pounds gained - the
girls say that all was due to that delicious cooking of Ruth and her mother. Rosie Schosser spent
the week at Portage Lake, picked up a "slight" tap, and got together with a few of the
girls and caught up on the latest dirt. And she finally heard the current hit-song, "Rose
Mary". Received a letter from Pvt. Ann Letsis. She says it's "rugged" but she loves
it. She's stationed at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. Betty Glass spent her week at home visiting with her
brother. 111 bet that was something - two "Pennsylvania Dutchmen" getting together af ter
several months separation. Betty speaks a language we've never understood anyway.
Doris Smith spent her vacation with her brother John, who is in the Navy, at Norman, Okla. She
took the long way home, through Little Rock, Memphis and Louisville. She brought back a strange f
act. Jay's quote, "You know, they don't even have refrigerators in Oklahoma". And half our
months schedule could have been built in Kentucky, as many girls as we have went there. They teil me
they had everything from "Moonshine" to "Fried Chicken". Pauline Baker and
husband Bill, Cecile Eubank, Helen Bybee and Paul Stot+s all honored Columbia, Ky. Paul says he
really believes in Southern Hospitality. Only, in this day and age, they cali it "Southern
Comfort" and it comes in the form of a dark red liquid. Thressel Conley went to Salyersville,
Ky. She didn't gain a pound, but it wasn't because she didn't eat enough corn bread. Marguerite
Haylow went to Louisville, Ky. Dr. and Mrs. R. G. Smock visited in the Upper Península with
er, who just returned from 38 months overseas. Eva Baker visited in South Bend, Indiana, and
Dowagiac, Mich. Lucille Rollcoslcy went to her home in Vulkan, Michigan. Ann Daly and Elsie Paradise
shopped in Detroit. Mary Green shopped in Toledo. Virginia Ross went (now, you can believe this or
not, but this is what she told me) skiing in Iron Mountain. Paula Kapeleris and her husband went on
their second honeymoon. Took a boat to Cleveland and just "looked and loafed" for three
days. Pauline Johnson and her husband moved to Rose Drive. Pauline says "We don't have a larger
place, we just have a lot more room around it". Della Diuble and Laurain Devlen both frequented
the lakes. Francés Warren really had quite a trip to Mackinac Island and had quite a time
with the horses and buggys there, then
crossed over to Beaver Island. Said the water was really rough and she got "slightly
seasick". Her brother also arrived home unexpectedly after having spent two years overseas.
Ruth Williams spent four days in Detroit shopping for anything and everything that couldn't be
found, and two days at Sugar Loaf Lake trying to catch a fish. She left us today. She is going to
Tyler, Texas, with her sister Betty Billau, who is going to be with her husband Pvt. Earnest
("Red") Billau, formerly of Plant II polishing room. This is a little off Vacation now,
but there was a shower given July llth at Dagney Smock's home, for Helyn Moore. They gave her a baby
buggy. We have a new girl in the Department. Her name is Cord. She seems to be paged quite a lot in
Optical Assembly. She's a member of the "Eptic-glyptic" corner, too, on the M-62 line.
Pre-assembly fairly reeks of orangeblossoms. With a big happy smile Et+a Graham reveáis to us
the return of Sgt. Harold Rowkaski from France. She says they' 11 be sensible and wait awhile bef o
re "middle-aisling". Well, I guess I'll sign off for now. Yours truly, OPTICAL
Pfc. Thomas Glass. who served in the infantry with the Third Army, has just returned home from
Germany and is spending a thirty day furlough with his parents in Claysburg. Penna. After another
training period in Kentucky he expects to go to the Pacific area. Thomas is the brother of Betty
Glass, Optical Assembly.
Raymond L. Wingrove entered service May 30, 1943. He received his training at Camp Stewart,
Georgia and Long Island, N. Y. He left for overseas duty December 30, 1944, and served with General
Patton's 3rd Army. He is now stationed at Thionville, France. Raymond is the son of Mary Wingrove,
Clara Hemingway of Optical Assem bly is happy these days over the safe return from the Pacific
war area of her son, Lt. Thomas C. Hemingway. Lt. Hemingway has been in the service since June 1941
when he left co'lege to enlist in the Army Air Force. For the past year he has served as a B-29
navigator-bombadier in Squadron 882 based at Saipan in the Marianas. He was on the first bombing
mission over Tokyo on November 22nd of last year and before that over Japanese-held Iwo Jima five
times. After successfully completing thirty-iive missions over the Japanese home islands, Lt.
Hemingway was furloughed home to the States. Holder of the Air Medal with seven bronze Oak-leaf
Clusters and three bronze battle-area stars, the Lieutenant was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross and Presidential Citation on May 21st .... along with the other members of his crew. He is now
home for a month in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, after which he reports for reassignment at San Antonio,
Ssgt Bernard Lyons
SSgt. Lyons. who has been stationed with the 8th Air Force in England for 18 months. recently
enjoyed a thirty-day f urlough at home after docking in New York on June 29th. Part of his duties in
England consisted ol preparing "flimsies", which are special instructions and codes that
each bombing crew receives just prior to taking off on their missions. "Bunny" leit August
5th ior Sioux Falls. S. D. via Camp Grant ior Pacific area training .... but we hope that with the
recent deve'opments it may be possible for him to remain in this country, and to come home to
Former Argus Boys Pay Us A Visit While On Furlough
"The might mueller" (to the boys in Material Control), who was an artillery spotter
with the Field Artillery. brought along some interesting souvenirs from Germany recently. and is
spending a couple oi weeks with his young son who was about two months old at the time Elmer went
Bob, who íormerly worked in the Prism Department under Bob Isaacson, leit for the army in
December, 1942. Alter seeing service in Europe, he was captured by the Germans in the battle of the
Bulge ín December 1944, and was held prisoner until the arrival of the Ist Army in April
Etta Graham, Audrey Kett, Jerry Otts, Arlene Satterthwaite, Marjorie Black, Marie Breithaupt,
Dagney Smock, Ruth Williams.
Ts Romane Weis Promised To Write From Berlin
ROTENBURG, GERMANY July 21, 1945 "Dear friends: I promised to write as soon as we reached
Berlin, as close as I got was 125 miles south of Berlin, then our división met the Russians
so we stopped. Our trip across Germany was an exciting one as well as a fast one. After crossing the
Rhine we were continually on the move. The 69th took Leipzig, the fifth largest city in Germany ...
the biggest fight being for the "The Battle of Nations" monument at the edge of the city.
It wasn't long after the end of the war that the street cars were again running. The summer here has
been cooler than it was the summer of '42 when I was in Ann Arbor. We have a few warm days but the
nights cool off. The OD (wool) uniform is worn the year around here. I expect to be issued an
"Eisenhower" jacket within the next few days. Germany has some very beautiful scenery and
I have some swell pictures I have taken while traveling through and around Germany. I have been
receiving the "Argus Eyes for Victory" regularly since coming overseas. I appreciate it
and want to thank the
people that make it possible for me to receive it." Sincerely yours, Romane P. Weis Romane
was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on July 4th, which was presented to him by Lt. Col. Clark Y.
Gunderson, División Judge Advocate. In the Army 33 months, at the time of the award he had
been overseas eight months and participated in two major battles.
In last month's issue of Argus Eyes, we listed Leon Vealey as having been with Argus for ten
years, We understand that this is in error and that he is really an "old timer", having
come with the company about September 1, 1931.
Pvt. Ann Letsis Writes Company Song
Ann Letsis, who left us recently for Únele Sammy's Army, has really gotten the true army
spirit and when a contest was held for a Company song . . . Ann came through with one that won the
contest for Company 4 - her company. Stationed at Ft. Des Moines at present, Ann expects to
gradúate from there September llth.. Ye Editor received a letter from Ann expressing
appreciation for Argus Eyes, and telling of her great enthusiasm for the WAC organization, and we
expect this attitude will bring her the recognition she deserves. Good luck, Ann.
Cpl. Michael, Veteran Of German War, Visits Family
Cpl. Bob Michael, son of Lester Michael, supervisor in our Service Department, has just completed
a thirty day furlough after his return from Germany. Cpl. Michael, who is in the 29th Field
Artillery attached to the 4th Infantry División, landed on Utah Beach on D day plus 3 and
helped take Cherburg, St. Lo, Paris, and they cracked the Siegfried line five times; were in the
battle of Hertgen Forest, and the battle of the Bulge. The "Famous Fourth" was the first
to enter Germany and they hold the longest combat record of 199 consecutive days of contact with the
Germans. The Fourth Army while in Europe was with the lst, 3rd, and 7th Armies, and after the war
was transfered back to the 3rd. The end of the Germán war found Bob south of Munich in sight
of the Swiss Alps.
Sales And Advertising Departments
The past few months has brought many changes to the Sales Department, and this month we welcome
two new girls ; Melba Bowden and Carolyn Wilson, who both have husbands in the armed services. We
were sorry to have Doro+hy Bray leave, and wish her success in her work at the University where she
will also take some courses. Dons Strite and husband, Don, who was home on a thirty-day furlough
from Europe, spent an enjoyable vacation visiting Don's folks in Indiana. They also bought a house
in Platt while Don was here, and needless to say they are looking forward to the time when they can
have a home together. Don has been in the service for four years.
We all enjoyed a visit from Pvt. Marian Nichols, who is now a medical secretary stationed at the
Chilton Hospital in Maryland. It was grand seeing you, Marian. Jackie Schaffer spent her vacation at
Whitmore Lake with her family, and a "super" time was had by all as her brother Bob was
home on furlough. Jackie generously entertained the girls from the Advertising and Sales Departments
by inviting us out to two swell parties while she was at the lake. We' re sure everyone enjoyed the
"V-J Day celebration" following the announcement that the war with Japan had come to an
end. S+u Gild art took the first bus to Detroit where he took pictures of the crowd's reaction to
the wonderful news. We' re hoping to see some of the pictures soon, for we hear they are really
somethin'. Up to this point we have said nothing about the male members of the sales organization .
. . but this isn't because they haven' t been busy. On the contrary, they have been covering the
country from coast to coast with a "super" 16 mm. movie film entitled "Argus Eyes for
Victory" . . . and have had record dealer attendances at meetings held in Denver, Chicago,
Detroit, Boston, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Buffalo Philadelphia, New York, Washington, and so forth.
We don't know whether they've hitched-hiked across any of the route . . . but if the occasion called
for such action, we know our faithful sales organization would be up to the occasion, for so far
they have travelled more than 10,000 miles by auto, station wagon (there's a difference) train and
plane. Within the next few days the sales forcé will embark by plane on the southern portion
of their trip, which will conclude their present series of dealer meetings.
Argus Service Anniversaries
Rose and SteKa have been with Argus for ten years.
Radio Technician - Walt has been here five years.
Conrad. Rhea and Bob are celebrating their 5th anniversary with Argus.
Receiving Inspection (Continued from page 5, column 4) Sally S+one went ritzi and stayed in a
lovely hotel on Lake Michigan at St. Joseph. Morefunü Leona Baltezor went home to Tennesee to
visit her parents. Ethel Soli is visiting her mother at L'Anse in the copper country. Alma Fox has
her house all shining so we know how she spent her week. She topped it off with the trip to Niagra
Falls. Rube Egeler just loves to work. On his vacation he spent most of his time on the farm haying
and stuff. Not to be outdone, Laura went along and drove the tractor. Hauling hay in bails is no
easy task. The boys really worked until Laura found you could drive a tractor right up to the
Raising Prize Gladioli Is Ed Nimke's Hobby
Genial foreman of the camera line, Ed is also known throughout the organization as a gladioli
raiser par excellent, and blossoms from his garden adorn many desks throughout the Argus plants.
With more than 150 varieties of "glads" in his garden, Ed is the champion around these
parts and his garden is a source of great pleasure to the Nimke family as his father before him also
raised glads. Some of the varieties are 25 years old, and the bulbs range in cost from 18 cents each
to very rare ones costing as high as 15.00, and the blossoms range in every color and shade
conceivable . . . they are indeed a treat for the eyes.
Argus Annual Picnic A Success
Despite the three-day holiday following the announcement of the war's end . . . the annual picnic
held at Germán Park was a success and was well attended and everyone reports a "grand
time". No photographs were obtained, but Marie Barbier gives us below her impressions of the
Expediting And Receiving Department
Everyone in the office is either recovering from their vacations or looking forward to them. Gene
Schumann returned with a red face and a line a mile long about the enormous fish that he just missed
catching while spending a week at Vineyard Lake. We wonder whether the red face was from the sun or
the laugh he got on the fish stories. Our blushing bride, Mrs. Meyer, returned to work one Monday
morning with a play-by-play description of her íirst pie since being married. The details
gruesome but we notice Mr. Meyer still works in Plant II. Girls, Beware! Our fair haired boy, Mr.
Isa belle, is going to be a bachelor for a whole month. His wife is going on a vacation, so
naturally so will Bill, or should we cali it a field day? Georgia Watson left us on Friday night and
we didn't see her for a whole week. Of course, once you get way out there in Darlington, it's pretty
tough coming back to the crowded city. Georgia is really sold on country life. Our blonde, Ka+ie
Olds, is proving to us that you can have your cake and eat it too. Smitty, Marilyn Smifh, to you,
gives us a day by day description of the latest
Marine ofïensives. Marily is under the impression that one man is enough. It must be love!
Charlotte Harvey finished packing her covered wagon just in time to catch the others who were
migrating to the hills of Indiana for a few days. Think of the advantage Charlotte has over the rest
of us, we have to wear shoes all the time. Theresa (Jr.) McCarthy just returned after a delightful
week spent at a cottage at Portage Lake. Apparently the one week wasn't enough time to track down
that "tall-dark-handsome man" she talks so much about cuz she plans to make tracks into
Northern Michigan in the near future. Better luck next time, Theressa. Leon Vealy spent most of his
vacation going back and forth to the hospital to see his little granddaughter who was badly burned.
She is getting along fine now. Leon will take another week later to take the kids to the zoo and
have a good time in general. Joe Brahm really believes in the sign "Spend your vacation at home
this summer". So he did.
Camera And Radio
Vacations always bring back interesting experiences. While nosing through thf department we find:
The Jones' and Me drums' spent a week at Clear Lake. W are still wondering how they ate nine dozen
eggs, six chickens and a ham. My! My! What appitites. Peg Watson spent her vacation at St. Joseph,
Michigan with several girl f riends. Grace Hinz entertained Eolah Bucholz, Augusta Butts, Dorothy
Andress, and Irene Crippen at her cottage on Island Lake. Irene's favorite song is "Bell Bottom
Trousers." Ana belle Adams traveled to Georgia; she informs us that the cows slowed the bus
down and delayed her trip back. Lorna Graham and Mary Roy visited in Tennessee. We'd like to know
more about that certain "punk" that they keep talking about. Libby Cleven spent her
vacation at Ishpeming. Virginia Howard is vacationing in Florida - could it be wedding bells.
Dorothy Flick spent part of her vacation playing eighteen holes of golf. "Have you seen that
sunburn?" Eugene and Thelma Livesay spent their vacation at Mackinaw City and Points North.
Johnny Kendrovics will not reveal who accompanied him to Niágara Falls. This week finds us
saying goodbye to three more of our Argus f riends. Eolah Bucholz, Irene Crippen and Mary Tucker.
Eolah and Irene are accepting positions in their respective homes as housewives, while Mary has
enlisted in the WA VES and has left for Hunter College, N. Y. Argus wishes you the best of luck,
Mary. Welcome back to Helen Rubin and Bob Hurt. The Nose Who KnoM